The newcomer in the acclaimed LSV line from Malibu, the Wakesetter 22 is the smallest of the bunch, but it more than lives up to the lofty expectations that come with the LSV badge. One of the unique options on the 22 LSV is a choice between two different hulls — Wake Plus or Diamond MultiSport. Like it sounds the Wake Plus is designed for those who just want to wakeboard or wakesurf, while those who also want to slalom ski should opt for the Diamond MultiSport. The Diamond Multisport has lifting characteristics that help it sit higher in the water, which reduces the wake for those who want to ski more aggressively.
The model we tested was equipped with a Wake Plus hull. Combined with Malibu’s proprietary Power Wedge III, Surf Gate and ballast tank tech, this hull produced surprisingly large and powerful wakes and waves, all of which offer the signature shape and transition the LSV line has become famous for. The systems are easily controlled with the large Command Center touchscreen dash. Unique to Malibu, the Sport Rotary Dial to the left of the steering wheel is a multifunction controller that lets the driver easily adjust the Power Wedge, Surf Gate, speed control and stereo by touch alone, so you never have to take your eyes off the water. Riders can also control Surf Gate, Power Wedge, speed and audio via the wearable Surf Band remote.
The Power Wedge III has more selectable set positions than in the past, allowing for even more fine-tuned customization of the wakes and waves. This is great for riders of different levels or abilities. If you’re a beginner and want a more mellow wave, you can decrease the angle of the Power Wedge and dial things back. If you’re advanced you can fill all the ballast, increase the Power Wedge angle and watch the wave grow. The wave has a nice-size pocket that’s easy to stay in, with plenty of push for all types of riders and board sizes.
With room for 14 people, the 22 LSV is comfortable without feeling oversize. This 22-footer handles with ease, even with a full ballast load, and the new captain’s chair keeps you driving in comfort all day long.
- Choose the hull that suits your needs, whether you’re a wake rider, a slalom skier or both.
- Transom seats provide a comfortable spot to hang out when you’re not riding.
- Surf Band allows the rider to remotely control several of the 22 LSV’s functions.
Price: $105,988 (starting)
How We Tested
Engine: 409 hp PCM Monsoon
Drive/Prop: V-drive/Acme 15″ x 14.5″ 4-blade
Gear Ratio: 1.72:1
Fuel Load: 42 gal.
Crew Weight: 355 lb.
Malibu Boats – Loudon, Tennessee; 865-458-4578; malibuboats.com