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2020 Malibu VTX

bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 939 Crazy Baller
This thing seems like a great crossover especially seeing Regina run a course behind it.


  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,233 Mega Baller
    Since when does she run rubbers?
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,379 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Wow, this could be a winner? That's cool of Malibu to be pushing the slalom aspect of this boat, clearly marketing to guys like me (skier with family). Some of those wake shots look pretty sweet.
    Scott Calderwood
  • skinutskinut Posts: 420 Solid Baller
    While I love the idea of a cross over boat, I just don't see how you can have a boat that skis halfway decent and you can make a good surf wave. The two things require the exact opposite in a boat. Awesome if it can be done but I must say I'm skeptical. My experience is you end up with a boat that is marginal at everything and is great at nothing.
  • skimtbskimtb Posts: 329 Baller
    She did say 32 and 35 off... not 15-28 off or 30mph, where some folks want to be.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,379 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    That's generally the case. If I were a betting man, I'd guess this the VTX skis much better than it surfs/wakeboards...the opposite of what the other brand crossovers provide. The Nautique GS20 slalom wake is a joke (for example).
    Scott Calderwood
  • pudgyskierpudgyskier Posts: 24 Baller
    We have a 2013 VTX for public lake fun. Back then you could get the boat with either a wakeboard hull, or diamond slalom hull, ours, which was the same hull as lxi. It surfs amazing, the kids pile in because they claim it is better than the other "surf" boats that they have access to. We slalom occasionally behind it, ( 3 times for me this year ) 1/2 tank of gas, fill the bow tank,(yep, it has a bow tank, the open bow is flat, no foot well) -28 or-32 32 mph or faster, puts you infront of the hump. every time I slalom I am shocked how good it is, of course I am not in a course(ha ha)
    Would NOT want to go slower or longer, big bad wake lurking back there. Also very wide.
    Is it a replacement for DD? no. don't even think it.
    Do you+ your wife + kids want to bring friends on weekends,? 9 people no problem, built in cooler, built in trash can, racks for 3 boards+wake foil+ slalom for kids friends and my trick ski, and 2 slaloms fit under seat. Crank Santana and have fun.
    Funny I was just looking at Malibu's website last night wondering if they still make it with 2 separate hulls, ours is holding its value and all the electronics scare the hell out of me just thinking about the problems if they start acting up: 4 tanks fill and drain switches, level monitors, wedge, surf gates, speed control, etc.
    Pudgy Baller
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,379 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    The other video on Malibu’s website speaks specifically to longer lines for slalom. Without a doubt it’s no TXi, but it seems like they get it as far as what constitutes a good slalom wake.
    Scott Calderwood
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,427 Mega Baller
    I think it's cool that Malibu is still building a V-drive on a three-event hull. I wonder if you can get it with three-event ZO.
  • pudgyskierpudgyskier Posts: 24 Baller
    Just watched the full video's... she is absolutely at -28 or -32. IF i was considering to use the boat to start / teach slalom, definatly take someone with you who skis at longer lines and slower speeds on the test drive. If still a go, I would take out EVERYTHING non essential when slalom skiing. Front bow cushions, 10 life jackets, cooler, take all boards off racks. all that storage they are bragging about fills up, I take tons of *stuff* out all the time, it tends to accumulate when you have the room. Also wake at trick speed is very wide, that motor in the back drops the rear end of the boat going slow. but, like I said above, ours surfs awesome, love the room, can handle slalom if you get the urge, also is reasonably easy to tow, and fits in the garage with the tower folded.
    Pudgy Baller
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 518 Crazy Baller
    Interesting looking boat. Looks like a decent crossover boat.

    Unfortunately like most crossover boats, they ski well at 28 and shorter and 32MPH and faster. Just outside the majority of the market for that boat I'd wager.
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 939 Crazy Baller
    Kinda reminds me of the FXi. Deeper response hull except for having a V-drive instead of DD.
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 776 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Didn't malibu get rid of the option to put a diamond hull on the vtx 20 a couple years ago?

    This is really cool that they are thinking about skiing enough to bring back supposedly a new and improved diamond hull.

    I'll never own one, but if it means that somebody out there might have a chance at a better ski wake than they otherwise could have, then it's a total win for the waterskiing world.
  • blagratablagrata Posts: 94 Baller
    I had a 2011 VTX.... great boat for freeskiing. It did everything pretty well for a family boat (storage was incredible). Nice to see that they're still trying to market to people interested in skiing! Looks like a nice boat.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,100
    Wake looks as good or better than some of the MasterCrafts we had before their new boat in 2014.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • DskiiiDskiii Posts: 2 New Baller
    I used to own a 2016 VTX and traded it for a Nautique GS20. The GS is MUCH better at everything, including slalom, and especially Surfing, but still not anywhere near a direct drive ski boat. I picked up a like new one owner 91 Ski Nautique closed bow and now have the best of both worlds. The morning slalom crew is much happier now when it’s my turn to drive. For those that have to stay with only one boat, this new VTX might be it, but my experience is these crossovers are like all-season tires in heavy snow and can only fight physics so much.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,427 Mega Baller
    edited August 2019
    Pretty sure it's the only V drive available on a three event hull. Malibu has a history of producing some of the best skiing V drives going back to 01. Last VTX wasn't as well regarded for slalom but it seems like Malibu has listened to their customer base on this one. There are still a ton of recreational skiers around. Seems like I see more new skiers on our lake every year trying to ski behind surf tubs. Good sign

    It's not a TXi but I'm happy to see a 15 minute product video for a V drive featuring Regina and a lot of shots of people crossing the wake with intensity without getting 2' of air like you see in other "crossover" marketing vids.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,339 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    We surf my bubble butt with sacks n shaper n unweighted the wake is primo. With lots of research I almost bought a VTX.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • WoodySkierWoodySkier Posts: 118 Baller
    I had a 2010 VTX, it skied pretty at 32 or faster, in the course it didn’t track real well, but it’s a V drive. The storage and interior were great, and it the wakeboard wake was awesome. But I ended up getting a new boat because I always wanted to ski behind friends DD boats and I never put any hours on it. I have a SN 200 OB now and LOVE it, I get way more use out of it.
  • DskiiiDskiii Posts: 2 New Baller
    I agree on the Malibu V Drives having a long history of great 3 event wakes, but, the 2016 -2019 VTX was not part of that great history in my opinion. It was the worst boat I ever owned. Slalom wake had an enormous divot on the off side. Re-propping helped a little but then it would not push the plug and play surf sacks at altitude so I constantly had to change props depending on what I wanted to do. The water was rough the day I demoed it and unfortunately I did not notice the issue. Surf wake was pretty good but the bow was so far out of the water I had to stand to see while driving. Also LOTS of quality issues and dealer visits interrupting summer fun. As I mentioned above, a dedicated boat for each sport has been awesome, but if I had to go back to one, I would seriously look at this new VTX. I would demo at all line lengths in smooth water before signing—And wait a couple of years to see if there are any issues with those new in-house motors. If you “read” between the lines in the video they almost are apologizing for the previous gen boat. If the new one is that much better, maybe apology accepted one day.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,512 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Impossible, you can't ski behind a v-drive, or in choppy water, or if there is any wind, or with more than 2 people in a boat. :D
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
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