Malibu 21 VLX Wakesurfing Review

The 21 VLX combines Malibu performance and features at a more budget-friendly price. Don’t think cheaper means a lackluster wave, though, because this boat will surprise you.

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LENGTH 21' // BEAM 98" // FUEL CAPACITY 48 gal.
SEATING CAPACITY 13 // DRY WEIGHT 4,000 lb.
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WHAT YOU GET

The 21 VLX is one of the most ­versatile in the Malibu line. How much versatility you want is up to you — you can choose between the ­Diamond Multisport Hull or the Wake Plus Hull. The boat we tested featured the Diamond Multisport Hull, and the wave was impressive, especially for a shorter, narrower boat. The more mellow shape has more power than you’d expect for a 21-foot boat. The pocket is still easy to find and stay in, as well.

WHO IT'S FOR

A versatile boat like the 21 VLX is perfect for users who want to do a bit of everything and don’t need today’s bigger wake machines. The wave has a moderate shape that can accommodate a variety of riders. While not as big as the bigger Malibu boats, it still has plenty of power, which is great for beginners and more-advanced riders looking to progress.

OUR FAVORITE THINGS

Options. Choose the hull that suits your needs best: the Diamond Multisport or the Wake Plus.
Little dog, big bite. You don't always need the biggest boat to get what you need in terms of both performance and fun.
Versatility. Do everything in a smaller package. Easier to handle, tow, store, etc.

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Malibu 21 VLXWBM
OUR SURF SETTINGS
SPEED 11.0
CREW 2
BALLAST Full Available Ballast
USER SETTINGS Surf Gate Engaged, Power Wedge at 2