2014 Malibu 21 Ride Review

January 10, 2014

Wakeboard Boat Review

Malibu Boat’s value-class 21-foot wake boat rests on the iconic hull of the original Malibu Wakesetter VLX, so you know the 21 Ride can perform. In fact, this boat’s clean, consistent surf and wakeboard wakes are flat out awesome. The 21 Ride also has a surprising number of standard features — including speed control, ballast and Illusion G3 tower with a pair of spinning board racks — for its low price. At the helm, speed control, ballast and the Auto Wedge are all easily controlled with simple switches that you’ll master in minutes. Everything you need to drive this boat and pull riders is right there in front of you and easy to monitor at a glance. Options abound, so you can take the 21 Ride from a utilitarian wake machine to a comprehensive luxury boat with tons of amenities. It will never have all the bells and whistles of a Wakesetter, but it certainly does the job in style.

The Malibu 21 Ride is the best wakeboard boat for you if: You want outstanding wakes with a stacked standard set of features for one of the best values out there.

Malibu 21 Ride 2014 Specs

Length: 21′ 6″


Beam: 98′

People: 13

Load capacity: 1,830 lb.


Fuel Capacity: 48 gal.

Dry Weight: 3,500 lb.

Standard engine: Monsoon 330 hp 5.7L CAT


Max. horsepower: 450


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