Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Malibu's Response to the Avid Skier's Growing Family

Malibu Boats introduces the Response FXi for 2009, a professional-level ski boat that doesn’t leave your family or their water sports on the dock.

The 2009 Response FXi is a new cross-over from Malibu Boats that accommodates an athletic family with interior space, professional-level slalom performance and wakeboard ability. This 20-foot by 8.2-foot direct-drive ski boat lights up the course with soft flat wakes at almost any line length. The increased beam and freeboard offers more room for family. Additionally, the width of the Response FXi joined with available ballast and the available Patented Power Wedge causes this versatile Malibu to kick-up great wakes at wakeboarding speeds. At Malibu compromise is a copout, they build boats to do it all for you.

Additional Links
Official Response FXi Web Page
Response FXi E-newsletter Article
FXi Flickr.com Gallery
FXi del.icio.us Bookmarks of Continuing Coverage
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Cross-over or not, this boat is built to ski. Malibu has taken their agile 20-foot Cut Diamond Hull and put it under a multi-port fuel injected direct-drive engine to create an amazing traditional-style ski boat. The Response FXi excels in World Class slalom. Designed to flatten and soften the wakes at any slalom line length and improve handling, Malibu’s Cut Diamond Hull, is a 3-event enthusiast’s dream. The geometry of this hull’s running surface has been optimized to precisely command the flow of water, displace less water and create a softer, flatter wake. This design along with the Response FXi’s straight chine perpetuates extreme agility and a phenomenal rough-water ride.

And after the skiers in the crew are pulled past their limits, the rest of the family can ride. The Response FXi features Precision Pro Speed Control, available ballast monitoring and optional Power Wedge controls all customizable through Rider Presets. Add the Patented Power Wedge and available 400-pound rear ballast for increased wake size and personalized shape when you want it. Cap your Response FXi with an optional Illusion XS tower and the kids will have their wakeboard boat without compromising your morning ski run.

The increased beam and freeboard of the Response FXi has given Malibu the opportunity to add more comfort, more luxury and more room. The handcrafted interior of the Response FXi exudes a level of luxury typically reserved for a Malibu Luxury Sport-V. From tuck and roll style upholstery elements to multi-textured 38-ounnce stain resistant vinyl to over stuffed seat cushions. This boat is high-end experience on the water even when it is standing still.

The FXi has a 98-inch beam and increased freeboard. These specs translate to more performance, but also more room for family. The Response FXi provides comfortable room for 10 with the storage to support such a large crew. The rear locking split-lid hatch, over-sized observer seat storage and ski locker welcome the gear you want to bring to along. And if you opt for 400 pounds of Malibu Launch System (MLS) this ballast will not compromise your storage in the Response FXi. It is mounted beneath the floor. Malibu is the only boat company to offer this kind of accommodation and versatility.

The FXi has a sleek performance profile that is unmistakable on the lake. This look is thanks, in part, to the precisely sculpted Cut Diamond Hull. These lines coupled with the completely customizable progressive gel coat graphics and the distinct MH2 frameless windshield make the Response FXi look as good as it performs. Add the available Illusion XS tower and you will further separate your family from the boating pack.

The exterior of the Response FXi also offers advantages beyond standing out on the lake. This boat is only 20 feet long from bow to stern. It is easy to tow, store and maneuver in tight places on the water. Get ready to park your vehicle on the street because the Response FXi fits in the garage. If your garage is on the small side, remove the FXi swim step and store your pride and joy with confidence.

The Response FXi joins 11 other models in the 2009 Malibu Boats line. Visit your nearest Malibu Boats dealer to experience the Malibu Difference on the water.

Length: 20’/6m
Beam: 98”/2.49m
Draft: 22”/0.56m
Capacity: 10 persons
Weight: 3200 lbs.
Fuel: 46 gal./174L
Hull design: Cut Diamond

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