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Malibu Wins Unprecendented 15th Product Excellence Award
(Merced, CA) – The 2005 Malibu Wakesetter VLX has been selected by Powerboat Magazine to receive yet another Product Excellence Award. That makes 15 for the world’s No. 1 tow boat manufacturer. Malibu Boats has won more Product Excellence awards from Powerboat Magazine than any other tow boat builder and the most consecutive of any single inboard builder in history.

The big day.
Malibu Boats will accept this latest award, which will be specifically revealed at the banquet, at Powerboat Magazine’s 29th Annual Awards Celebration and Banquet on Friday, May 6, 2005 at the Ritz-Carlton Resort Hotel in Marina del Rey, California. And although this is their 15th trip to the esteemed awards ceremony, the employee-owners of Malibu Boats couldn’t be more excited to be invited back.

What it all means.
Paul Singer, Malibu Boats VP of Sales and Marketing, had this to say about Malibu’s latest award, “We look forward to the Powerboat Magazine Tests every year. This test is our chance to showcase the dedication and innovation our employee-owners pour into the boats.” Singer continued to explain, “The 15 awards we have received over the years are well deserved pats on the back for the individuals who work so hard to make Malibu Boats what it is, the world’s No. 1 selling water sports boat.”

The test.
The 2005 Wakesetter VLX was put through the paces by the Powerboat Magazine Test Team back in October on the Colorado River in Parker, AZ. Testers had unlimited access to the newly redesigned Wakesetter VLX and the Malibu Boats’ research and development engineers that brought her to life. The VLX was scrutinized in eight categories including construction, workmanship, performance, water sports performance, handling, engineering, innovation and comfort. The boat’s rating in each of these categories will determine this latest award.

The Malibu Wakesetter VLX Performance Report was published in the January 2005 issue of Powerboat Magazine and titled “Today’s tomorrow”. Malibu’s award-winning review will appear along side the Marine Industry’s other top achievers in the “2005 Boats of the Year” issue of Powerboat Magazine, available in late May.

The boat.
The wakeboard boat that started it all, Malibu’s Wakesetter VLX, has lunged forward in the industry from a lethal riding tool to legendary status in 2005. With a completely redesigned hull and deck the Wakesetter VLX now measures a full 21’ 6” from bow to transom with a beam of 98”. Not only does this increased size and new design equate to greater creature comfort inside the boat, it also gives the Wakesetter VLX a larger, newly shaped footprint in the water for a phenomenal wake. The Wakesetter VLX is the hardcore tow boat big wake enthusiasts demand with all of the luxurious comforts they never thought possible.

Malibu Boats introduced seven new models for the 2005 model-year and the Wakesetter VLX is a champion among champions in that group. This newest Product Excellence Award proves that point.

To view the Wakesetter VLX’s Performance Report from Powerboat Magazine online, go to

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