Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV

If a boat is good enough for 2006 Legend Award winner Darin Shapiro, it must be a pretty nice ride. Case in point: the Wakesetter 23 LSV, which Shapiro uses as the official tow boat for his wakeboarding school, Ride the Spot. It definitely fits the bill of "nice ride" too, with lots of wakeboarding capability and tons of room to hang out in the main lounge.

HULL: The V25 Wake hull is designed to do just what the name implies--throw sweet wakes. Not only does it help optimize the wakes behind the Wakesetter 23 LSV, it also keeps the 23-foot V-drive balanced and steady through the chop.

BALLAST: Right out of the box this boat is loaded with four ballast tanks for a total of 1,250 pounds of wake-churning weight. And to help keep track of all those pounds, look to the gauge in the in-dash LCD screen, part of the standard Ballast Monitoring System.

TOWER: A boat that's made for wakeboarding deserves a cool-looking tower, and that's why Malibu equips the Wakesetter 23 LSV with the forward-sweeping Illusion X tower. The optional Titan III is just as stylish, with aluminum mounting plates. Add swivel board racks to either one or the new Revolution rack to the Illusion X.

WAKE SHAPER: Able to displace water for the effect of 400 to 1,200 pounds of ballast, the adjustable Power Wedge adds another layer of performance to the Wakesetter 23 LSV. The wedge is all stainless steel for 2007, with a uni-foil design.

THE WAKE
Just like the rough-water ride, all we can say is "smooth." The 23 LSV's wakes are comprised of long troughless trannys that boast nicely rounded peaks so riders can charge it and launch into the flats without getting caught at the peak.

SPECS
PEOPLE: 14
DRY WEIGHT: 3,900 LB.
BALLAST: 1,250 LB.