Boat Test: 2018 Malibu 22 MXZ

Boat Tested2018 Malibu 22 MXZ
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Wakeboard Boat
Manufacturer Malibu
Length22ft 5in / 6.83 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
HullFiberglass
Drive TypeInboard
Engine MakeIndmar
Fuel Capacity48
By Steven Bull
If you’re serious about wakeboarding and/or wake surfing than I guarantee Malibu is on your short list of boats. They are the big boys in the big wave world and their boats do not mess around.

The 22 MXZ has Malibu’s second-generation Power Wedge, the surf gates and the G4 tower. The Power Wedge II can be set at various angles to help pull the stern down and shoot water up to make bigger wakes or as a hydrofoil to lift the stern up and make smaller wakes.

Surf Gates can be deployed on the opposite side of the surfer to craft a steep clean wave. They catch the water that runs along the hull and push the stern of the boat away slightly to force the water around the corner of the transom. Of course, there are built-in ballast tanks and connectors to add additional ballast bags.

The G4 tower looks boss with four speakers, integrated lights and it folds down easily. The board storage forks, or PTM Clamping Racks, are on individual ratchets so each board gets only as much pressure as is needed to hold it in place.

The 22 MXZ features Malibu's Command Centre with dual screens, including the 12-inch MaliView touchscreen to control the Power Wedge, Surf Gate, ballast, and stereo. There’s also an analog dial to the left of the steering wheel for quick and basic settings as well.

The centre section of the wraparound bench seat in the aft cockpit lifts out and the backrest flops forward to convert to a seat with surf views. The bow lounge is deep for this style of boat but makes for a dry ride. The pickle-fork bow design keeps it wide right to the front.

This isn’t an entry-level boat by any means, but if you’re serious about surfing or wakeboarding, it’s hard to find things you don’t like about this Malibu!

TEST BOAT ENGINE
Indmar Monsoon 6.2 L, 410-horsepower V8
DETAILS
Length: 22 ft 5 in / 6.83 mBeam: 8 ft 6 in/ 2.59 mWeight: 4,850lbs / 2,200 kgFuel Capacity: 48 gal / 182 L
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