BOAT OF THE MONTH - 2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX

By: Rod Chapman, Photography by: Malibu Boats

Got a need for speed? You could do far worse than this Malibu, currently owned by V8 champ Jamie Whincup…

BOAT OF THE MONTH - 2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX
BOAT OF THE MONTH — 2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX

This 2009 Malibu Wakesetter VLX comes packed with optional features – and even its own celebrity history! It’s currently owned by none other than reigning Australian V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup, a man who demands the same kind of performance from his boats as he does from his TeamVodafone Commodore.

When Jamie’s not scorching around a track on four wheels, or attending to his busy schedule of promotional activities, he enjoys grabbing a wakeboard and getting out on the water with his mates, and to that end this potent Malibu has been the perfect companion.

For a man who’s built a career around V8 power on land, it’s no surprise to find Jamie using the same grunt-laden format on the water. This Malibu is powered by a Monsoon engine — a fuel-injected 5.7lt V8 capable of producing a monster output of 350hp — and it’s been built to stringent saltwater standards.

This Wakesetter VLX also boasts a full complement of Malibu factory options, which combine to make this the ultimate wakeboarding platform, both in terms of sporting thrills and passenger comfort. Of particular note is the Maliview multifunction dash computer, which includes a depthfinder and a 6.5in colour LCD display.

A Power Wedge provides total control over the size and shape of your wake, while the boat also comes with an Illusion tower with board-racks and bimini top. A four-blade wake-prop upgrade is also included.

A four-speaker stereo system (with rear remote control) will really get the party started, and when you’re ready for a change of pace there’s also a fibreglass swim platform upgrade.

Throw in a heater, a removable and insulted cooler bag and a removable table with cupholders, and this boat’s got your social scene comprehensively covered.

Needless to say, the boat has low hours and comes with a factory service history and a factory-backed nation-wide warranty. A quality trailer rounds out the deal.

This boat will suit new buyers looking for the very best in the wakeboard boating market. Rated for up to 11 people, this is a package that comes with all the extras covered; just add you, your family and friends. And while you mightn’t have quite the same level of driving skill as its last owner, we’re sure this Malibu will give you just as much of a thrill!

Performance: Excellent
Tow vehicle: V8 Supercar (or a decent-size 4WD)
Overall comfort: Good
Economy: Average
Value for money: Good
Price: $91,999 (includes trailer)
Contact: Phone (02) 6040 1174

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