Wakeboard Boat Review
Malibu Boats’ 21 vRide boasts classic Malibu performance, an impressive set of standard features and a pedigree that comes from years of pulling wake heroes to greatness. The Malibu Boats 21 vRide is one of the best wakeboard boats you’ll find in its price class. Straight from the factory, you can expect 400 pounds of hidden rear ballast with an optional 500-pound center tank and the Malibu Wedge for pop that approaches pro quality. Similar in core riding systems to the Wakesetter series but with a more entry-level price, the Malibu Boats 21 vRide is sure to continue its legacy for 2010.
The Malibu Boats 21 vRide’s reputation precedes it where wakes are concerned. Having built numerous competition champions and countless free-riders, the 21 vRide is capable of accommodating everything from beginners first getting up to intermediates going 21 mph at 65 to 70 feet to pros riding all the way out and fully weighted.
Gorilla Fins Have you ever captained a boat that feels like it’s being driven by the rider? It’s pulled around when the rider cuts hard and the steering wheel seems to veer off to the side if you don’t have a white-knuckle grip? We have. Malibu’s Gorilla Fins correct this problem no matter how much weight you have or how hard your wakeboarder cuts.
Dry weight: 3,500 lb.
Fuel capacity: 46 gal.
Tower: Malibu Illusion G3
Racks: Titan slide-off spinner combo racks
Wake shaper: Manual Wedge*, Patented Power Wedge*
Standard: Malibu 330 LCR 5.7 L 330 hp (Monsoon 350 hp in California)
Test: Malibu 330 LCR 5.7 L 330 hp
Test prop: Acme 13.5 x 16 four-blade
Cruise: Precision Pro Speed Control
* = Optional
900 lb. total (500-lb. center tank, two 200-lb. rear tanks)
Length: 21 ft. 6 in.
Width: 8 ft. 4 in.
Bow length: 64 in.
Bow width: 61 in.
Floor to tower: 72 in.
Gunwale: 28 in.
Main lounge: 64 sq. ft.
Sun pad: 25 sq. ft.
Platform: 11 sq. ft.