Malibu Boats Sunsetter/Wakesetter LXi Specifications

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CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
TABLE OF FIGURES. . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
BOATING SAFETY . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
General Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Safety Statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Regulations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Hazardous Conditions . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Carbon Monoxide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Operation By Minors . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Passenger Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Basic Rules Of The Road. . . . . . . . 1-7
FEATURES & CONTROLS . . . . . . 2-1
Standard Gauges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Switches & Indicators . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Throttle Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Steering System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Emergency Engine Stop Switch. . . 2-9
Motorbox Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Driver’s Seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Integral Self Draining
Ice Chest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Sundeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
V-Drive Engine Access
Hatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Ski Pylon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Swim Platform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Navigational Lights . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Storage Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Drain Plugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Speedometer Pickup. . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Tilt Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Optional Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Wedge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Warning Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Trailering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Fueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Shifting/Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Docking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
High Speed Operation . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Towing A Skier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Towing Another Boat . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Anchoring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Propellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Exterior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Engine/Drive Train. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Fuel System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Miscellaneous. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
Warranty Information. . . . . . . . . . 4-14
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18
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Figure 1-1 Personal Flotation
Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Figure 1-2 Fire Extinguisher . . . . . . . . 1-3
Figure 1-3 Weather Hazards . . . . . . . . 1-5
Figure 1-4 Diver Down Flag . . . . . . . . 1-5
Figure 1-5 Carbon Monoxide
Hazards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Figure 1-6 Regulatory Markers . . . . . . 1-8
Figure 1-7 Buoy Shapes . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Figure 1-8 Spherical Marker . . . . . . . . 1-9
Figure 1-9 Day Markers . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Figure 1-10 Crossing Situation . . . . . 1-10
Figure 1-11 Overtaking
Another Craft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
Figure 2-1 General Layout
V-Drive Boats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Figure 2-2 General Layout
Direct Drive Boats . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Figure 2-3 Tachometer/Hourmeter . . . 2-2
Figure 2-4 Speedometer Calibrate and
Display Selection Switches . . . . . 2-2
Figure 2-5 Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Figure 2-6 Multi Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Figure 2-7 Circuit Breaker Panel. . . . . 2-6
Figure 2-8 Accessory Switch Panel. . . 2-7
Figure 2-9 V-Drive Warning Light . . . . 2-8
Figure 2-10 Throttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Figure 2-11 Stop Switch Lanyard . . . . 2-9
Figure 2-12 Motorbox . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Figure 2-13 Bolster Seat . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Figure 2-14 Lumbar Adjuster . . . . . . 2-10
Figure 2-15 Seat Adjuster . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Figure 2-16 Sundeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Figure 2-17 Engine Access Hatch . . . 2-11
Figure 2-18 Pivoting-Head Ski Pylon . . 2-12
Figure 2-19 Swim Platform . . . . . . . . 2-12
Figure 2-20 Swim Platform Pins . . . . 2-12
Figure 2-21 Bow Light . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Figure 2-22 Lockable Transom
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Figure 2-23 Transom Drain Plug. . . . 2-14
Figure 2-24 Bilge Drain Plug . . . . . . 2-14
Figure 2-25 Thru-Hull Paddle
Wheel Pickup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Figure 2-26 Tilt Steering . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Figure 2-27 Heater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Figure 2-28 Bimini Top Screw . . . . . 2-17
Figure 2-29 Strap Eyelet . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Figure 2-30 Stereo Location
(Arm Rest) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Figure 2-31 Stereo Remote Control
Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Figure 2-32 Shower Head . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Figure 2-33 Shower Valve . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Figure 2-34 Pull-Up Cleat . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Figure 2-35 SaniPottie. . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Figure 2-36 Wedge Down . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Figure 2-37 Wedge Up . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Figure 2-38 Warning Labels . . . . . . . 2-20
Figure 3-1 Trailer Hitch. . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Figure 3-2 Safety Chains . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Figure 3-3 Bow Tie-Down . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Figure 3-4 Transom Tie-Down . . . . . . 3-2
Figure 3-5 Fueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Figure 3-6 Throttle Positions. . . . . . . . 3-6
Figure 3-7 Turning With A Rudder . . . 3-7
Figure 3-8 Stern Push . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Figure 3-9 Docking With
Wind/Current . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Figure 3-10 Hand Signals . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Figure 3-11 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Figure 3-12 Propeller. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Figure 4-1 Typical Transmission
Dipstick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Figure 4-2 In-Line Fuel Filter . . . . . . . 4-5
Figure 4-3 Main Circuit Breaker . . . . . 4-6
Figure 4-4 Battery Level . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
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Over the years, you have watched us grow into one of the most respected boat builders in
the world. And undoubtedly, somewhere, you have run into at least one Malibu owner
who proudly speaks of the “Malibu Difference.” That difference they so proudly speak
of could be the special way we have serviced them over the years. We call it “going the
distance.” Or maybe they are referring to the way their Malibu consistently outperforms
other ski boats that they have driven. We can’t deny that we are different. Our passion for
building the perfect ski boat is only surpassed by our commitment to total customer
This manual has been assembled to help you operate your new Malibu with safety and
pleasure. Details of typical equipment as well as recommended safety and maintenance
procedures about your boat are supplied. Please read carefully and familiarize yourself
with the craft before using it.
We at Malibu Boats thank you for choosing us as your boat manufacturer and assure you
that your satisfaction and boating enjoyment will continue to be our #1 priority.
NMMA Certification
Your Malibu boat has been built to meet or exceed the standards set by the National
Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). NMMA verifies annually, or whenever a
new boat model is introduced, to determine that they meet not only Coast Guard
regulations, but also the more comprehensive standards set by the American Boat &
Yacht Council (ABYC).
Standards To Which This Boat Was Built
Your Malibu boat was built with the utmost care throughout the complete manufacturing
process. The deck, hull, stringers and floor, as well as many accessory components, were
built using our hand-laid composite fiberglass scheduling techniques. All boats receive
complete quality control checks. Each boat is lake tested, and all information is kept on
file at our factory for future reference.
Hull Identification Number (HIN)
Your Hull Identification Number can be found on the starboard transom of your boat
below the rubber rub rail. Federal law prohibits the tampering or removing of the number
in any way. Use this number to register your boat with your local and state authorities.
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21 XTi
20' 6"
2100 lbs.
2450 lbs
2800 lbs
2800 lbs
Fuel Cap.
38 Gal.
35 Gal.
41 Gal.
37 Gal.
Seating Cap.
310 Vortec
Std. Engine
310 Vortec
310 Vortec
310 Vortec
Std. Gelcoat
Std. Prop.
3 Blade ACME
3 Blade ACME
3 Blade ACME
3 Blade ACME
3 Blade ACME
21 LSV
23 LSV
2900 lbs.
2900 lbs
3400 lbs.
3300 lbs.
4500 lbs.
Fuel Cap.
35 Gal.
35 Gal.
55 Gal.
43 Gal.
80 Gal.
Seating Cap.
8.1Liter / 425 HP
Std. Engine
310 Vortec
340 Monsoon
340 Monsoon
340 Monsoon
Std. Gelcoat
Std. Prop.
3 Blade ACME
4 Blade ACME
4 Blade ACME
3 Blade ACME
4 Blade ACME
Chapter 1
At Malibu, safety is not an option!
General Precautions
Your Malibu boat has been constructed to meet all U.S. Coast Guard and National Marine
Manufacturers Association (N.M.M.A.) requirements. However, it is still your
responsibility as the boat owner to ensure the boat is always operated in a safe fashion.
U.S. Coast Guard regulations require certain safety equipment be present on your boat
during operation. Besides the U.S. Coast Guard regulations, other local and/or
international law enforcement agencies may have similar requirements. You should check
with your local marine enforcement agency regarding any such requirements before using
the waterways.
It is not intended for this manual to be a replacement for a course on boating safety. It is
highly recommended that if you are unfamiliar with the use and operation of a boat, you
seek advice and training from a qualified individual or organization. Check with your
local boating agency or Malibu dealer for more information about boating safety classes
in your area.
Safety Statements
Throughout this manual, specific precautions and symbols identify safety related
information. Follow these precautions as indicated.
The Safety Alert symbol means Attention! Become Alert! Your Safety Is
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not
avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided,
could result in minor or moderate injury or property damage. It
may also be used to alert against unsafe practices.
Indicates installation, operation or maintenance information
which is important but not hazard related.
The precautions listed in this manual and on the boat are not all-inclusive. If a procedure
or method is not specifically recommended, you must satisfy yourself that it is safe for
you and your passengers, and that the boat will not be damaged or made unsafe as a result
of your decision. Remember — always use common sense when operating your boat!
The U.S. Coast Guard is the governing authority of the waterways and is there to help the
boating public. State boating regulations are enforced by local authorities. You are subject
to marine traffic laws and “Rules of the Road” for both federal and state waterways; you
must stop if signaled to do so by enforcement officers and permit to be boarded, if asked.
Federal Law requires that all motorboats be registered and that all motorcraft not
documented by the U.S. Coast Guard display registration numbers. In nearly all states,
this means registration with the designated state agency. In a few jurisdictions, the Coast
Guard retains registration authority. Your Malibu dealer will either supply registration
forms or tell you where they may be obtained. The agency will supply you with a
certificate which must be carried with you when the boat is in operation.
If you have never owned a boat before you can get an excellent introduction to boat
handling from organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard and American Red Cross.
Even if you are a veteran boater, these courses will help sharpen your boating skills as
well as bring you up to date on current rules and regulations. See your local boating
agency or Malibu dealer for information on classes in your area.
The boat owner is legally responsible for damages or injuries he or she causes. Common
sense dictates that you carry adequate personal liability and property damage insurance
on your boat, just as you would on your automobile. You should also protect your
investment from physical damage or theft.
Safety Equipment
U.S. Coast Guard regulations require certain accessory equipment on each boat. For a
detailed description, obtain “Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats” published by
the Coast Guard.
1) Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs): PFDs must be Coast Guard approved, in
good and serviceable condition and the appropriate size for the user. It is
recommended that you wear PFDs while your boat is underway.
Figure 1-1. Personal Flotation Devices
Boats more than 16 feet in length must be equipped with one type I, II, III or V
and one type IV. PFDs are intended to save lives; you and your passengers
should wear them while in the boat. Learn how to use them and adjust as
necessary to make comfortable to wear. The type II PFD is recommended for
near shore or inland water use. Some PFDs are specially made for use while
waterskiing and can handle impacts if a skier has fallen.
If a type V PFD is to be counted toward the minimum carriage
requirements, it must be worn.
2) Emergency Stop Switch: Factory installed lanyard emergency stop switch. It is
highly recommended that you use this switch since it can prevent your boat from
becoming a runaway. (See page 2-13 for specific use.)
3) Fire Extinguishers: A fire extinguisher is required
if your boat has an inboard engine, or when fuel is
stored in closed stowage compartments.
Approved fire extinguishers are classified by a
letter symbol, either B-I or B-II with the B
designating that the material will extinguish
flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil, etc. B-I
extinguishers are required for boats less than 26
feet in length. Check periodically to insure that
the extinguisher is in working condition and fully
Figure 1-2. Fire Extinguisher
4) Navigation Lights: Recreational boats are required to display navigational lights
between sunset and sunrise and other periods of reduced visibility (fog, rain,
haze, etc.). Your navigation lights are provided to keep other boats informed of
your presence and course. It is up to you to make sure they are operational and
turned on when required.
Giving Assistance
Many of the distress calls are not true emergencies. In most cases the boat is disabled for
one reason or another, but there is no immediate danger of death or serious injury.
However, emergencies can occur and you should know how to cope with them. If you
observe a boat in distress, assume it is a true emergency. Proceed to the scene and render
assistance. Federal law requires boat operators to offer assistance and aid to others. The
law’s “Good Samaritan” clause absolves you from any civil liability in the event that your
assistance causes injury or property damage.
There is a way to handle nearly every emergency if you don’t panic. Learn your boating
lessons and safety procedures well, and you will have the confidence and ability to
handle an emergency should one arise.
Many boat fires involve flammable liquids such as gas or oil. Many inboard fires start in
the bilge area which at times can be filled with gas vapors. Since gas vapors cannot be
seen, boat fires tend to travel very fast. If you encounter a fire onboard, turn off the
engine immediately. If you have a fire extinguisher onboard and access to the fire, it may
be controllable. Direct the contents of the extinguisher at the base of the flames. Throw
burning materials overboard if possible. Put on PFDs if not already on, signal for help
and prepare to abandon the boat if necessary.
Boat operators are required by law to file a Boating Accident report with their state
boating law enforcement agency when their boat is involved in certain boating accidents.
A boating accident must be reported if there is a loss or probable loss of life, personal
injury requiring medical attention, damage exceeding $500, or there is a complete loss of
the boat. If any of these conditions arise seek further assistance from local law
enforcement personnel.
Hazardous Conditions
Every waterway poses hazards that should be avoided. The following information
outlines some of the hazards which may be encountered.
Learn and understand weather patterns
and signs of change. Bad weather can
cause an uncomfortable and unsafe
situation. If a storm approaches seek a
safe harbor.
Figure 1-3. Weather Hazards
Dam Spillways
The area around dam spillways is very hazardous and conditions can change rapidly. Stay
clear of the spillways and areas below dams.
Weeds can generally be a threat to a boat’s engine and other components on the boat. If
weeds wrap around the propeller they can create vibration in the engine. They also
restrict water intake, causing the engine to overheat, and can clog speedometer pickup
tubes, affecting correct speedometer readings.
Shallow Water Operation
Shallow water brings on obvious hazards such as sand bars, stumps, rocks, etc. Know the
area you will be operating the boat in. Hitting objects at high speeds can cause severe
damage to people and the boat. If you know you will be navigating the boat in shallow
water, post a lookout and proceed slowly.
Know the minimal depth your boat can safely travel.
Damage to underwater gear caused by shallow water
maneuvering is not covered by your warranty.
Warning Markers
Learn to recognize the different buoys and day
markers; they are used as the signposts of the
waterways identifying navigable routes and water
hazards. It is a good idea to ask local authorities
about hazard areas and if they are marked. Stay
within boundaries and clear of hazards.
Figure 1-4. Diver Down Flag
Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas produced by all engines and fuel
burning appliances. Even with the best boat design and construction, plus the utmost care
in inspection, operation, and maintenance, hazardous levels of CO may still be present in
accommodation spaces under certain conditions. To reduce CO accumulation, always
ventilate the boat interior and avoid boating situations which cause increased exposure.
EXTREME HAZARD – Carbon monoxide gas (CO) is colorless,
odorless and extremely dangerous. All engines and fuel
burning appliances produce CO as exhaust. Direct and
prolonged exposure to CO will cause BRAIN DAMAGE or
DEATH. Signs of exposure to CO include nausea, dizziness
and drowsiness. Sources of CO include:
Figure 1-5. Carbon Monoxide Hazards
Operation By Minors
If your boat will be operated by a minor, remember to have an adult present at all times.
Many states have laws regarding minimum age and licensing requirements for minors.
Contact state and local authorities for special requirements that may apply in your area.
Passenger Safety
Any time you take your boat out, make sure that there is at least one other passenger
aboard who is familiar with the operation of your boat. Passengers should be well aware
of emergency equipment and shown how to use it. Passengers should also keep hands and
feet in the boat and be safely seated while the boat is in motion.
Your boat should never be operated while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Reaction times can be reduced and judgment affected creating situations that can be very
Federal and state laws prohibit operating a boat under the
influence of alcohol and other drugs. These regulations are
actively enforced. Impaired operation may result in severe
personal injury or death.
Basic Rules Of The Road
The nautical rules of the road must be followed to prevent
collisions between vessels. Like traffic laws for automobiles,
the operator is legally required to follow the rules.
The following information outlines only the most basic of the nautical rules of the road.
For more information, contact your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Aids to Navigation
Learn to recognize the different buoys and day markers; they are the signposts of the
waterway. There are 2 primary marking systems in use in the U.S.: the Uniform State
Waterway Marking System (USWMS) used on inland waters and maintained by each
state, and the Federal Waterway Marking System (FWMS) used on coastal waters and
rivers and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). In addition, the FWMS has two
modified systems; Western River Buoyage, and Intracoastal Waterway Buoyage. Be sure
to check with local authorities on the buoyage system in use.
The type of hazard/warning buoys and markers depends on the area of jurisdiction. Check
with local boating authorities.
USWMS System
In the USWMS Lateral System, well defined channels are marked with red and black
buoys. Lateral means the sides of the channel are marked and the boat should pass
between them.
The USWMS Cardinal System is used when there is no well defined channel or where an
obstruction may be approached from more than one direction. With the cardinal system:
Pass north or east of BLACK-TOPPED WHITE buoy.
Pass south or west of RED-TOPPED WHITE buoy.
RED and WHITE VERTICALLY STRIPED buoy indicates boat should pass
outside of the buoy (away from shore).
Uniform State Regulatory Markers
USWMS regulatory markers are white with international orange geometric shapes; you
must obey regulatory markers.
Figure 1-6. Regulatory Markers
FWMS System
The FWMS Lateral System is for use on navigable waters except Western Rivers and
Intracoastal Waterways.
The markings on these buoys are oriented from the perspective of being entered from
seaward (the boater is going towards the port). This means that red buoys are passed on the
starboard (right) side of the vessel when proceeding from open water into port, and green
buoys to the port (left) side.
The right side (starboard) of the channel is marked with RED, even numbered buoys. The
left (port) side of the channel is marked with GREEN, odd numbered buoys.
Figure 1-7. Buoy Shapes
The middle of the channel is marked with RED and
WHITE vertically striped buoys; pass close to these buoys.
Obstructions, channel junctions, etc. are marked with RED
and GREEN horizontally striped buoys.
A RED band at the top means the preferred channel is to
the left of the buoy; a GREEN top band means the
preferred channel is to the right of the buoy.
Figure 1-8. Spherical Marker
Day markers are colored and numbered the same as buoys.
RED, triangular day markers with even numbers mark the
starboard side of the channel. GREEN, square day markers
with odd numbers mark the port side of the channel.
Lights, bells and horns are used on buoys for night or poor
visibility conditions.
Figure 1-9. Day Markers
In general, boats with less maneuverability have right-of-way
over more agile craft. You must stay clear of the vessel with
right-of-way and pass to his stern.
Privileged Boats
Privileged boats have right-of-way
and can hold course and speed.
Sailboats and boats paddled or rowed
have the right-of-way over motor
boats. Sailboats under power are
considered motorboats. Small
pleasure craft must yield to large
commercial boats in narrow channels.
Burdened Boats
The burdened boat is the boat that
must make whatever adjustments
to course and speed necessary to
keep out of the way of the
privileged boat.
Crossing Situation
In crossing situations, the boat to
the right from the 12 o’clock to
the 4 o’clock position has the
right-of-way. It must hold
course and speed. The
burdened boat keeps clear and
passes behind the privileged
boat. Boats going up and down a river have
the privilege over boats crossing the river.
Figure 1-10. Crossing Situation
Meeting Head-On
Neither boat has the right-of-way in this situation. Both boats should decrease speed,
should turn to the right, and pass port-to-port. However, if both boats are on the left side
of a channel, each vessel should sound two short horn blasts and pass starboard to
The boat that is overtaking one ahead of it is the burdened boat and must make any
adjustments necessary to keep out of the way of the privileged boat.
Figure 1-11. Overtaking Another Craft
The General Prudential Rule
The general prudential rule regarding right-of-way is that if a collision appears
unavoidable, neither boat has right-of-way. As prescribed in the Rules of the Road, both
boats must act to avoid collision.
Night Running
Boats operating between sunset and sunrise (hours vary by state) must use navigational
lights. Nighttime operation, especially during bad weather or fog can be dangerous. All
Rules of Road apply at night, but it is best to slow down and stay clear of all boats,
regardless of who has right-of-way. Protect your night vision by avoiding bright lights
and have a passenger, if possible, help keep watch for other boats, water hazards, and aids
to navigation.
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Chapter 2
No other ski boat manufacturer incorporates in their
product as many innovative and technically advanced
features as Malibu.
Figure 2-1. General Layout V-Drive Boats
Figure 2-2. General Layout Direct Drive Boats
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Standard Gauges
The following standard gauges are included on all
models. It is important for the safe and proper operation
of your boat to fully understand these gauges.
Located top right of the dash panel the tachometer
registers the operating speed of your engine in
revolutions per minute (RPM). This gauge is used to
provide you with information needed to ensure the
operation of the engine is kept within engine
manufacturer’s proper range of operation. Be sure to
consult your engine manual for the correct range of
operation for your particular model.
Figure 2-3. Tachometer/Hourmeter
Do not operate the engine with the tachometer in the red
area. Your engine or other parts could be damaged. Damage
caused to your engine or boat due to operation of the engine
in the red area may not be covered by your engine warranty.
The speedometer registers speed in miles per
hour (MPH). The speedometer system consists of
a thru-hull paddle wheel speed sensor that
records water movement, a computer located
under the dash that converts the information, an
analog readout on the dash, and the interconnecting wiring. The speedometers are
calibrated at the factory and will not normally
need additional adjustment, however, from time
to time it may be necessary to re-calibrate. The
speedometers can be adjusted using the SPEEDO
rocker switch located to the right of the steering
wheel. Please refer to Speedometer Calibration
below for the adjustment procedure.
Figure 2-4. Speedometer Calibrate
and Display Selection Switches
Figure 2-5. Speedometer
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Speedometer Calibration
To quickly recalibrate to AWSA official tournament rules, you will need an accurately
measured ski course of 850 feet and a certified stopwatch accurate to a thousandth of a
1. Approach the course at a speed of 36 MPH. Hold the speed steady and have observer
check the course with the stopwatch as you pass through the beginning of the course.
2. The course time should be between 15.88 and 16.28 seconds. No adjustments are
necessary if within this tolerance.
3. If the course time is not within this tolerance, adjust the rocker switches up or down
until you are calibrated.
Multi Function Display Panel
Located in the lower panel of the speedometer gauge is an LCD display panel that allows
an assortment of standard and optional features to be displayed. To find each feature,
scroll through the screens by depressing the up arrow of the DISPLAY rocker switch
found to the right of the steering wheel, until desired feature is located. Each function
will stay displayed until another is chosen.
Use only the up arrow to scroll through each feature, do
not use the down arrow. The down arrow is used to adjust
the functions of the feature chosen. Below is a list of
standard and optional features that can be displayed.
Feature 1: Digital Clock Display
Set to display current time. To adjust, press and hold the down arrow of the DISPLAY
switch for three seconds or until the colon (:) stops flashing. Continue to hold button
down until correct hours are set. Press the up arrow to set minutes. One push of the
button will set time by one minute increments, holding the button will set the minutes by
ten minute increments. No change for three seconds will revert the clock to standard
Feature 2: Hour Meter Display
Hours only accumulate when engine is above 300 rpm.
The hour meter acts as an odometer for the engine. Use the hour meter to identify how
much your boat is being used and what time you will need to perform required and
recommended maintenance at the proper intervals. No adjustment function is available
for this feature. Please refer to your engine manual to determine maintenance schedules.
Feature 3: Optional Water Depth Display
The optional water Depth feature will aid in finding shallow areas of water that may
cause damage to your boat if hit. The gauge will display the depth of the water relative to
the bottom of the boat and may also be programmed to sound an alarm at a predetermined depth. To check the depth of the water, use the up arrow of the DISPLAY
rocker switch to scroll to the Depth feature; the current depth will be displayed.
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The unit comes from the factory with the alarm setting programmed to “0”. To change
the alarm depth, press and hold the down arrow of the DISPLAY rocker switch three (3)
seconds or until current depth alarm set point is displayed. Press and hold the up arrow on
the rocker switch to set desired alarm depth. An audible alarm will sound if you travel
within the set alarm depth. No change for three seconds will revert the Depth Gauge to
standard operation.
Feature 4: Air Temperature Display
The Air Temperature feature displays the ambient air temperature and is measured in
degrees Fahrenheit only. No adjustment function is available for this feature.
Feature 5: Lake Temperature Display
The Lake Temperature feature provides lake water temperature, and is measured in
degrees Fahrenheit only. No adjustment function is available for this feature.
Feature 6: Optional Global Position System (GPS) Display
The optional GPS feature has two modes; Compass Mode will aid in determining
geographical location by displaying coordinates of longitude and latitude, and Speed
Mode to set speed based on the coordinate settings.
Compass Mode
Compass Mode is used to give directions in North, South, East and West. The orientation
for this feature is completed at the gauge manufacturer, and no adjustment is necessary.
Speed Mode
Displays the GPS speed with an update rate of once per second.
Speed Auto Cal
The speedometer can be calibrated automatically when the boat speed is between 15 and
36 MPH. To calibrate, select the GPS feature display. Press and hold the down arrow of
the DISPLAY rocker switch for three (3) seconds until “CAL“ is displayed. Continue to
hold button down until the display reads “DONE” or “FAIL”. If the LCD reads “DONE”,
the speedometer will automatically adjust to GPS speed. The LCD reads, “FAIL” for the
following reasons:
1. GPS speed was not within 15 - 36 MPH.
2. GPS was not steady ±3 MPH for 3 seconds.
GPS Failure Signals
If the GPS module is attached, but the LCD does not display, there is a problem with the
wiring or module. Please contact your local Malibu dealer for servicing.
If GPS fails during operation, it will display “NORES”, no response. Please contact your
local Malibu dealer for servicing.
If GPS module does not lock on to a GPS signal, the LCD will read “NOSIG”, no signal.
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Multi Gauge
This single gauge combines the functions of four individual gauges for quick monitoring
Temperature Gauge
The Temperature Gauge indicates the
temperature of the water/coolant inside the
engine. The proper operating range for your
engine is between 140-160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Engines equipped with the optional Monsoon
engine have a control in the engine control
module that will cause the engine to run at
reduced speeds if the module senses that the
engine is running to hot. If you notice that your
speed has reduced during normal operation
without reducing the throttle, monitor your
temperature gauge. If your gauges indicate
Figure 2-6. Multi Gauge
excessive temperatures during operation, slow
down immediately and turn off engine.
Continuing to operate the boat while the temperature is above normal operating
parameters may cause serious damage to your engine.
Voltmeter Gauge
The voltmeter indicates whether the battery is charging or discharging. The needle
should be in the normal range (approximately 14 volts) while the engine is running.
Readings in either warning zone indicate a possible problem in the electrical system.
Fuel Gauge
The fuel gauge indicates the quantity of fuel remaining in the tank when the ignition
is in the “ON” position. Although your fuel tank will still have some fuel remaining
even though the gauge reads empty, it is recommended that the tank be filled when
the gauge indicates 1/4 full.
Do not top off tank!
It is not uncommon during the operation of your boat for
the fuel gauge to register slightly different amounts than
what is actually in the tank. This is normal operation and
does not indicate a problem.
For more information on fueling your boat, see “Fueling” under the “Operation”
section of this manual.
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Oil Pressure Gauge
The oil pressure gauge indicates the oil pressure in the engine while the engine is
running and is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). Oil pressure may vary with
engine speed, outside temperatures, oil viscosity, and other environmental factors, but
readings above the low pressure zone indicate the normal operating range. If the oil
pressure reading is below the normal range, you should stop the engine immediately
and check your oil as soon as possible.
Average pressure ranges are between 6 PSI at 1000 RPM and 40 PSI at cruising
speeds. If you are experiencing low oil pressure, stop your engine immediately and
check your oil level before operating again.
Do not continue to run engine if pressure is low. If you do,
the engine can become so hot that it or surrounding
components could catch on fire.
Damage caused from neglected oil problems can be
costly. Such damage is not covered by your warranty.
Circuit Breakers
Figure 2-7. Circuit Breaker Panel
All major boat circuits are protected from shorting and overload by resettable circuit
breakers. If a problem develops with one of the following circuits, switch off the circuit
and wait about one minute. Then push the appropriate breaker button fully and switch on
the circuit. If the circuit continues to trip, there is a problem somewhere in the system.
See your dealership immediately to locate the problem.
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Switches & Indicators
Accessory Switch Panels
These panels are located in the dash directly below the standard gauges and are used to
activate the following features. You will find the feature or accessory provided within
each button face for description.
Navigation Lights
Interior Lights
Accessory Docking Lights
Accessory Tower Lights
Accessory Shower
Accessory Heater
Accessory Malibu Launch System (MLS)
Accessory Stereo
Bilge Pump
Figure 2-8. Accessory Switch Panel
Bilge Pump
The bilge pump switch is used to activate the bilge pump so that any excess water in the
bilge area may be drained out. You should know that the bilge pump has a sensor in the
bilge area and will turn on automatically whenever two inches or more of water is detected.
This switch activates the blower for the engine compartment. The primary function of the
blower is to eliminate any fumes in the motor compartment when starting the engine or
during idling.
Gasoline Vapors Can Explode. Before starting engine, operate
blower for 4 minutes and check engine compartment for
gasoline leaks or vapors. Run Blower below cruising speed.
This switch must be on for your stereo to have power. Please see the stereos owner’s
manual for operating instructions.
Accessory #1
This switch is used to supply power to the optional heater unit. (For information on the
heater use, please see heater operation in the optional equipment section of this manual.)
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Accessory #2
This switch is used to supply power to the optional hot water shower. (For information on
the use of the hot water shower, please see hot water shower usage in the optional
equipment section of this manual.)
Interior Lights
This switch is used to activate the interior lights. The interior lights include lights in the
gunnels, storage compartments, and dashboard.
Navigational Lights
In the ANC (anchor) position, this switch is used to activate the stern light. Keep the stern
light on after dusk whenever your boat is at rest in the open waterway. While underway,
place the switch in the RUN position to also activate the red and green navigation bow
V-Drive Warning Light
The V-Drive Warning Light is located in front of the
throttle on V-Drive model boats and is a warning
device used to safeguard against low V-Drive fluids,
which could result in overheating the unit and eventual
If the light is on above 1200 RPM, the oil pressure is
low. Check V-Drive oil. (Check while cool.) If the
problem persists, see your local Malibu dealer.
Figure 2-9. V-Drive Warning Light
Throttle Control
The throttle lever is located to the right of the driver. When the
throttle is vertical, it is in the “NEUTRAL” position. At the base
of the throttle you will find the shift lock. Pulling outward on
this button disengages the transmission, thereby allowing use of
the throttle without engaging the transmission. This is needed
for starting or warm-up of the engine. Be sure to position the
throttle vertically (in “NEUTRAL”), before re-engaging the
transmission, by depressing the button.
Figure 2-10. Throttle
When engaging the transmission from “NEUTRAL” to either
forward or reverse, you must pull up on the safety collar located directly below the
throttle lever knob.
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Before starting engine or engaging transmission, ensure all
swimmers are out of the water.
For more information regarding the safe operation and maintenance of the throttle control,
refer to the separate instructions located in the information packet shipped with your boat.
Steering System
It is important that you get the “feel” of your Malibu boat’s steering system. Turn the
wheel from full left to full right, and make sure the rudder is turning accordingly. The
system should operate freely and smoothly.
It is normal for your Malibu steering to pull slightly to the right
under normal driving conditions. The boat will pull straight
while skier is under tow.
Emergency Engine Stop Switch
The emergency engine stop switch attaches to the driver
of the boat and shuts down the engine if the driver of the
boat is accidentally forced away from the helm.
The switch consists of a helm-mounted switch plunger
and a switch clip/lanyard clip, which is connected
between the stop clip and the operator. Should the
operator move away from the controls, the clip pulls free,
releasing the plunger and stopping the engine.
If the engine must be shut down quickly, a pull on the
cord to release the clip from the switch will stop the
Figure 2-11. Stop Switch Lanyard
To reset the switch after activation, reinstall the switch clip.
If lanyard switch is damaged or lost you can purchase a new
switch through your local marina or Malibu dealer.
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Motorbox Cover
The upholstered motorbox reduces engine noise and
provides protection for the passengers on board. To open,
stand on the port side of the box near the observer seat,
grasp the handle near the floor and pull open. The motor
box is equipped with either one or two gas-filled shock
absorbers (depending on model) to provide support for the
compartment when opened.
Figure 2-12. Motorbox
Running the engine with the motor box open exposes
rotating machinery which can cause injury
to occupants of the boat.
Driver’s Seat
The driver’s seat can be adjusted forward and backward by
pulling the lever located on front left side of the drivers
seat. Pull lever outward and adjust seat as needed.
Lumbar Support
The driver’s seat is equipped with a Lumbar Support. To
adjust, locate the twist knob located on the left side of the
seat bottom. Turn the knob clockwise to increase lean back
tension, or counterclockwise to decrease tension.
Figure 2-13. Bolster Seat
Swivel Seat Base
Some models are also equipped with a swivel seat
adjustment. To adjust the seat, release the lever directly
below the front center of the drivers seat area by lowering
to the bottom of the seat base. Locate the twist knob on the
left center of the seat base, (this knob is different than the Figure 2-14. Lumbar Adjuster
Lumbar Support) and turn counterclockwise to loosen.
The seat should swivel freely. To re-set the seat position,
simply reverse these steps.
Figure 2-15. Seat Adjuster
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Integral Self Draining Ice Chest
This item is available on most model boats and can be found either in the observer seat
base, center floor or under bow cushion seating areas. The melted water will drain into
the bilge area of your boat.
Most boat models are equipped with a standard sundeck
feature designed for sunbathing comfort.
Figure 2-16. Sundeck
The Sundeck is not to be used while the boat is in operation.
Serious injuries or death could occur to persons not seated
properly should the boat come to an abrupt halt.
V-Drive Engine Access Hatch
An engine access hatch is located behind the rear
observers’ seat on the V-Drive. Access allows the ability
to service engine for required maintenance and for
additional storage on both sides of the engine. Your boat
battery will be stored in the starboard compartment.
Ensure the safety pins located in
the storage compartment are
inserted into the hatch assembly.
Failure to do this could allow your
engine hatch door to open while
under way causing damage to your
boat and others.
Figure 2-17. Engine Access
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Ski Pylon
The patented, pivoting-head ski pylon is a telescoping aluminum post located directly in
front of the motor box. Minimal maintenance is required, but once a year remove the
swivel pylon head and re-grease with a high temperature bearing grease. This will
increase use of the pylon and reduce normal wear and tear. To use, pull pylon up, rotate
clockwise, and lower until in locked position.
Malibu Boats’ “PivotingHead” ski pylon is designed
for normal water skiing
activities: slalom, jumping,
kneeboarding, tricks, and
barefooting. Any other uses
such as parasailing, kite
flying, towing pyramids of
skiers, etc., may over-stress
the pylon and possibly cause
personal injury and/or
equipment damage.
Figure 2-18. Pivoting-Head Ski Pylon
Swim Platform
A removable swim step is located on the stern of the boat to
provide easy access into and out of the water for boat skiers
and swimmers. To remove, disconnect the pins located on
each side the platform brackets, and depending on model
either lift or slide back on platform. To replace, reverse
these steps. Be sure the pins are securely attached.
DO NOT use the boarding platform
Figure 2-19. Swim Platform
for any other purpose than boarding
the boat or preparation of entering
the water, and DO NOT use the
boarding platform when the engine
is running.
A spinning propeller or carbon
monoxide can cause serious injury
or death. Stay off and keep away
f rom boarding platform while
engine is running. The boarding
platform must be attached when
the boat is in use.
Figure 2-20. Swim Platform Pins
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Navigational Lights
As required by the U.S. Coast Guard, all recreational vessels
are required to display navigational lights between sunset and
sunrise and other periods of reduced visibility. All Malibu
Boats are equipped with bow and stern navigational lights.
The bow light located at the tip of the bow is two colored —
red and green, and is used to keep others aware of your
presence when operating your boat at night.
Figure 2-21. Bow Light
A covered two pronged connector can be found on the top of the transom. The stern light
is plugged into this connector when needed and stored under the rear passenger seat when
not in use.
Storage Areas
Bow Storage Area
Access to a large storage area located in the bow of all models is accessible by lifting the
bottom-lifting strap of the observers’ seat back. The size of the storage differs between
open and closed bow versions. On all open bow boats. The seat cushions can be removed
to provide additional storage.
Gunnel Ski Storage
Conveniently located on both sides of the boat, these storage areas are ideal for the
storage of water skis, and other items.
Floor Ski Storage
Located on the floor between the driver’s and observers’ seats on open bow models with
walk-through, is a panel that when lifted provides access to a large area that can be used
primarily for storage of water skis. This area can also be used to store beverages, if
Transom Storage
Some boat models are equipped with transom ski
storage. Depending on the model, the storage is
accessible from either the interior by lifting the
observers’ seat or from the transom swim platform
by lifting the hatch cover. Most models are
equipped with a locking device for the secure
storage of your ski items.
Figure 2-22. Lockable Transom Storage
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Drain Plugs
Your Malibu is equipped with two drain plugs; one located
at the transom of your boat and the other directly below
your engine/drive train. On the walkthrough open bow
models you will find an additional drain plug in the ski
locker or ballast area of your boat directly in line with
your bilge pumps.
Transom Drain Plug
This plug is located in the center of the transom at the
bottom edge, and is provided to allow for drainage of the
bilge area, when needed.
Figure 2-23. Transom Drain Plug
Ensure all drain plugs are secure prior to launching your boat.
Damage caused as a result of these plugs not being installed
will not be covered under your Malibu warranty.
Bilge Drain Plug(s)
A T-handled, brass bilge drain plug is located in the
engine compartment of all models. Location is normally
directly below the drive-train unit. To access, lift motor
box and look aft of the ski tow pylon, and forward of the
engine. On the V-drive models, the T-handle can be found
by lifting the rear passenger seat. The T-handle is located
just below the V-drive unit.
Figure 2-24. Bilge Drain Plug
Be sure that both the transom and bilge drain plugs are
securely in place before placing the boat in the water.
Speedometer Pickup
Your boat is equipped with a Paddle wheel speedometer
pickup, which can be found directly under the running
surface of your boat. The paddle wheel is used to measure
static water by rotation of the paddle wheel unit. This
information is transferred to the dash computer and a
computer program converts information, and this
information is transferred to the speedometer gauge.
See troubleshooting section of this manual for basic
maintenance information.
Figure 2-25. Thru-Hull Paddle
Wheel Pickup
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Tilt Steering Wheel
The tilt steering wheel allows for maximum driver
comfort. To adjust the height of the wheel, simply press
down on the lever located under the wheel. Move the
wheel to the position that is most comfortable. When the
wheel is in the desired position, simply release the lever to
lock the wheel in place.
The exhaust system is used to remove engine exhaust
fumes. To ensure that your boat’s exhaust system is
working correctly, it is important that you inspect for
exhaust leaks. The following information will allow you to
check these systems. Keep in mind that you will be
checking engine while turned on, and that you will need to
take safeguards against getting yourself or others caught
in the moving parts. Use extreme caution while
performing this task.
Figure 2-26. Tilt Steering
Turn engine off and disconnect the engine safety switch. Be sure the throttle
shift control is neutral. The engine must be cool.
Open the engine and visually check the exhaust system from the engine to the
transom for obvious damage.
Re-install engine safety switch and start the engine with engine compartment open.
Check hose connections between the exhaust manifolds and the muffler for leakage.
If leakage is apparent, tighten the hose clamps, being careful not to crimp the hose.
See your Malibu dealer for parts and or service.
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The ventilation is used to remove potentially hazardous accumulation of explosive vapors
from the bilge areas of your boat’s hull and engine compartment. Therefore, proper
ventilation is essential to the safety of the boat and persons in or around the boat structure.
Your boat is equipped with a ventilation system that will ensure complete removal of these
dangerous fumes. However, it is your responsibility as the operator of the boat to ensure
these systems are working efficiently. The boat’s primary source for expelling fumes from
the boat is the blowers located in the bottom of the bilge and at the transom venting points.
See Section 2, page 2-1.
Your boat is also equipped with a natural air-intake that forces air through a venting system
on the deck of your boat, and channels air from the bilge to the transom vent.
Most boats will be cooled with a continuous intake of lake water circulating it around
engine components.
Closed Cooling System
If your boat is equipped with an optional closed cooling system, you will need to maintain
correct fluid levels.
• Open engine compartment and remove reservoir cap.
• Ensure coolant is to the top of the reservoir filler neck.
The engine must be cool when checking the coolant level.
Hot coolant and steam under pressure may cause injury.
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Optional Equipment
If your boat is equipped with a heater, you will find an
ON/OFF accessory switch located on the dash panel. Located
at the base of the observer seat walkway is a snorkel tube that
can be pulled out and directed wherever you like within a
five-foot radius. Please refer to the information provided in
your owner’s packet for specific use.
Figure 2-27. Heater
Bimini Top
For boats equipped with this option, attach the bimini top support legs to the wings on the
side of the windshield. Place screw in each wing to hold in place. Attach adjustable strap
to the eyelets located in the front and rear of the windshield, and adjust strap for tightness
of the canvas.
The bimini top can be stored by releasing the adjustable strap, placing the canvas protective
covering over the top, and then folding down the top to the front of the windshield.
For additional installation and assembly instructions, refer to the information that came
with the bimini top.
If the canvas top is wet, allow to air dry before storing to
prevent mildew.
Figure 2-28. Bimini Top Screw
Figure 2-29. Strap Eyelet
Figure 2-30. Stereo
Location (Arm Rest)
The optional stereo head unit is located under the driver’s armrest.
To access the stereo faceplate, simply lift the armrest. The
faceplate can be removed for security purposes by depressing the
upper right corner button.
To turn the stereo on, locate the STEREO rocker switch on the
accessory switch panel, and push the rocker switch up. The stereo
is equipped with a remote control panel, located to the right of the
driver’s seat, to adjust various stereo functions. A standard 3.5 mm
stereo auxiliary input jack can be used with MP3/WMA players,
computers, etc. Your boat may also be equipped with a second
Figure 2-31. Stereo
Remote Control Panel
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optional remote control panel located at the transom of your boat. For specific stereo use,
please refer to your Stereo Manual that was included in your Owner’s Packet.
If your boat was equipped with optional sound equipment to include CD Changer, Amplifier,
or Subwoofer, please refer to these manuals included in your Owner’s Packet for their
specific use.
Hot Water Shower
If your boat is equipped with a hot water shower, you will find an ON/OFF accessory
switch located on the dash panel. You will find the valves located on the port side of the
motorbox compartment. The shower head can be found in the port gunnel sides. You
should find specific instructions on the use of your hot water shower in the packet of
materials you received with your boat.
Figure 2-32. Shower Head
Figure 2-33. Shower Valve
Pull-Up Cleats
Pull-Up cleats are available for all boat models. These
cleats will sit flush on the side of the boat deck when
depressed. To pull up the cleats, simply press the
screw/button located in the center of the cleat. To depress
the cleat, simply press the cleat downward until it locks
into place.
Figure 2-34. Pull-Up Cleat
Docking Lights
The docking lights should only be used during slow speed docking maneuvers. The lights
are activated by a switch on the accessory switch panel and have a 10 amp circuit
breaker. Bulb access is through the lens cover outside the boat. Replacement bulbs:
• Standard Lights: 12V 30W EXT
• 25' Lights: H7614 Sealed Beam
Port-a-Potty/SaniPottie (Sunscape 25 model boats
The portable port-a-potty provides simple and convenient
disposal of waste for use in your boat while on the water.
Before using the optional Port-a-Potty toilet, refer to your
owner’s manual that came in your owner’s packet for
complete operating instructions.
Figure 2-35. SaniPottie
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Also available as a secondary option is the Port-a-Potty, available as an upgrade to the
standard SaniPottie. The unit can be cleaned via a 1-1/2" deck drain that will fit most
marinas’ pump-out facilities.
If your boat is equipped with the Wedge option you will
find that the unit has two positions - DOWN or UP. To
adjust wedge position, access wedge through the swim
platform door. To install in either position follow these
DOWN - To lower unit, depress spring-loaded pins
and lower until you hear Wedge pins
Figure 2-36. Wedge Down
UP To raise unit, reverse procedure until locked
in the UP position.
Ensure both spring loaded pins
are engaged before taking off.
Excessive speeds over 30 MPH
could cause adverse handling
conditions. It is recommended
that you put the Wedge unit in the Figure 2-37. Wedge Up
UP position if you will be traveling
over these speeds.
Optional Malibu Launch System (MLS)
The Malibu Launch System (MLS) ballast system allows water to be stored onboard to
increase hull weight for larger wakeboard wakes. Depending on model the MLS can be
available as front and rear ballast tanks. If your boat is equipped with this feature, locate
the MLS drain and fill rocker switch on the dash accessory panel; press switch up to fill,
or down to drain.
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Warning Labels
Warning labels are displayed at various locations throughout your new Malibu to point
out safety hazards. It is important that you take the time to locate these labels. Do not
remove or cover warning labels. Replace when illegible.
Figure 2-38. Warning Labels
Load Capacity
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that boats under 20 feet have a certification plate stating
the number of persons and maximum weight a boat will handle safely under normal
conditions. The certification is attached near the helm forward of the throttle.
Overloading is a violation, do not carry more weight or passengers than indicated on the
plate. The presence of the plate does not relieve the owner/operator from responsibility
for using common sense and sound judgment.
Never exceed the load capacity and distribute weight evenly
between bow and stern, and port to starboard.
Overloading may reduce the stability and seaworthiness of
the boat.
The weight of all persons and gear including ballast bags, water bladders ballast
tanks and fat sacks should never exceed the U.S. Coast Guard Maximum Weight
Capacity listed on the capacity label.
When determining the total weight on board, calculate the weight of water at nine
pounds per gallon. Be sure to add the weight of the water to the weight of the
persons and gear.
Chapter 3
Everyone benefits from the safety of others.
The trailering information contained in this section describes general guidelines and
procedures used by many boaters. We recommend, in addition, that you always follow
the specific information provided by the manufacturer of your trailer.
Load Carrying Capacity
The certification label attached by the manufacturer on the left forward side of the trailer
will show the maximum load carrying capacity of the trailer. The label is required to
show the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), which is the load carrying capacity plus
the weight of the trailer itself. Be sure that the total weight of your boat, gear, and trailer
does not exceed the GVWR.
Consult your trailer dealer for other state regulations
concerning brakes, lighting, and other equipment options.
Hitches are divided into classes that
specify the gross trailer weight (GTW)
and maximum tongue weight for each
class. Always use a hitch with the same
class number as the trailer, or greater.
Figure 3-1. Trailer Hitch
Most boat trailers connect to a ball hitch
that is bolted or welded to the towing
vehicle. Clamp-on bumper hitches are not
The trailer hitch coupler must match the
size of the hitch ball. Never use a hitch ball
that does not match the trailer coupler. The
correct ball diameter is marked on the
trailer coupler.
Safety Chains
Safety chains on your boat trailer
provide added insurance that it will not
become completely detached from the
towing vehicle when underway.
Crisscross the chains under the trailer
tongue to prevent the tongue from
dropping to the road if the trailer
separates from the hitch ball. Rig the
chains as tight as possible with just
enough slack to permit tight turns.
Figure 3-2. Safety Chains
Make sure the proper chains are
correctly attached between the towing
vehicle and trailer before and during
each trip.
Making sure your boat is held securely in place on the trailer hull supports is extremely
important, especially when underway. Regardless of your trailer make or model, there are
two key areas to consider:
Bow Tie-Downs: A bow stop to hold the front of
your boat in place is located on the winch stand.
It should be positioned so that the winch line
pulls straight and is parallel to the trailer frame.
A separate tie-down should then be attached to
hold the boat downward and forward. This may
be accomplished by a line from the bow eye to
an attachment point on the trailer frame or
winch stand.
Figure 3-3. Bow Tie-Down
Rear Tie-Downs: It is very important to be sure
the transom of your boat is resting fully and
securely on the supports provided at the rear of
the trailer, and that it remains in place when
parked or underway. Special rear tie-downs are
available for this purpose. Check often to be
sure the rear tie-downs are securely locked in
place and tight enough to prevent any movement
of the boat.
Figure 3-4. Transom Tie-Down
Backing the Trailer
Backing the boat trailer may sometimes be a difficult task. It is recommended that you
practice backing the trailer in a vacant lot or open area before attempting it at a congested
boat launch.
Follow these basic rules when backing:
1) Turn the front vehicle wheels in the opposite direction in which the trailer is to
2) Back vehicle normally once the trailer turn is started.
3) Have your vehicle equipped with a right hand mirror, as required by law when
Following are some helpful tips to assist you with launching your boat:
• Before launching, check the type and condition of the ramp. Ramps are usually
made of cement but often times are made of asphalt or even sand. When wet,
these ramps can get very slick and can cause additional difficulties when
launching your boat.
• Have someone assist you when backing your boat. Back the trailer to the edge of
the water and stop. Be sure to properly secure your vehicle.
• Prepare for placing the boat in the water by removing any tie-down straps,
disconnecting tail light connections, and attaching a line to the bow eye fitting.
If you are using an outboard, be sure that the outboard unit is trimmed up. Be
sure to re-install the bilge drain plug if it has been removed.
• To launch, back the trailer into the water to a point where the boat will clear the
bottom. Stop and secure the vehicle.
• Unlock the winch line from the boat. Push the boat into the water and have your
assistant guide the boat with the bow line.
• Once the boat is cleared of the trailer, pull your vehicle out of the water and park
Reloading Procedures
To reload, repeat the unloading procedures in reverse. Other important tips to remember
• Try to idle coast onto the trailer; do not power onto the trailer.
• When pulling the boat onto the trailer, be sure the boat is centered as much as
possible. The distance between the boat and runner board should be
approximately equal on both sides.
• Make sure the boat is securely in place before moving the trailer.
It is very important to take special precautions to avoid spillage while fueling your boat.
Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and will develop in the lower cavities of the boat,
such as the bilge.
Do not allow the fuel tank to empty completely during
operation. Doing so may damage the fuel pump. Damage
from running fuel systems empty is not be covered under
standard warranty.
Below is a list of guidelines you should follow when fueling your boat:
1) Extinguish all cigarettes and other flame or spark producing items.
2) Make sure all power is off, and do not operate any electrical switches.
3) Be sure to wipe off any
spillage that may have
4) Operate the bilge blower
for a minimum of four
minutes before starting
the engine.
Figure 3-5. Fueling
Do not overfill fuel tank. The fuel tank will expand and
contract based on weather conditions, and can cause fuel to
spill out the fuel exhaust vent. Damaged caused to your boat
from leaking fuel due to overfilling is not covered by your
Starting procedures will vary depending on the type and model of engine installed in your
Malibu. Consult the engine owner’s manual for more specific information regarding
starting, operation, and troubleshooting for your particular engine.
Pay close attention to the information regarding the break-in period listed in your engine
owner’s manual. Top engine performance is dependent upon following the guidelines
Pre-Start Checklist
A routine pre-starting procedure should always be carried out before the first start-up of
the day. Below is a list of basic, necessary checks to perform before starting your engine.
Replace drain plugs.
Check oil and transmission fluid levels.
Check fuel supply.
Inspect the engine compartment for water or fuel leaks.
Operate bilge pump until bilge is dry.
Operate blower for a minimum of four minutes to expel fumes.
Starting the Engine
Malibu boats are equipped with sensors that constantly monitor various functions of the
boat. Certain functions, if outside of pre-determined operating parameters, may activate
an alarm located under the dash. When the ignition key is turned ON, the alarm will
sound to indicate it is operating. Once the engine is running, the alarm should be off
unless a problem is detected. If the alarm sounds during operation, stop the boat as soon
as possible and turn off the engine. Investigate and correct the problem before returning
to operation. Pressing the up arrow of the DISPLAY rocker switch will temporarily
silence the alarm. Following is a list of monitored functions that can activate the alarm:
Engine Oil Alarm:
RPM’s above 300 and below 1000 with oil pressure below 4 psi.
RPM’s above 1000 with oil pressure below 18 psi.
Engine Temperature Alarm:
RPM’s above 300 with temperature above 203°. Alarm will reset when engine
cools below 198°.
Battery Voltage Alarm:
Voltage drops below 11 volts.
Voltage is above 16 volts.
Fuel Level Alarm:
Fuel level drops below 1/8 of the total fuel tank level.
Water Depth Alarm:
Water is shallower than water depth alarm setting.
Refer to Section 4, Maintenance, Electrical, for more information on the alarm.
Please refer to your engine owner’s manual for the proper starting procedures.
The throttle lever is located to the right of the driver. When the throttle is vertical, it is in
the “NEUTRAL” position.
Located at the base of the throttle you will find the shift lock. Pulling outward on this button
disengages the transmission, thereby allowing for use of the throttle without engaging the
transmission. This is needed for starting or warm-up of the engine. Be sure to position the
throttle vertically (in neutral) before re-engaging the transmission by depressing the button.
Figure 3-6. Throttle Positions
When engaging the transmission from neutral to either forward or reverse, you must pull
up on the safety collar located directly below the throttle lever knob.
For more information regarding the safe operation and
maintenance of the throttle control, refer to the separate
instructions located in the information packet shipped with
your boat.
It is important that you get the “feel” of your boat’s steering system. Turn the wheel from
full left to full right, and make sure the rudder is turning accordingly. The system should
operate freely and smoothly.
Figure 3-7. Turning With A Rudder
The steering system must be in good operating condition for
safe boat operation. Frequent inspection, lubrication, and
adjustment by your dealer is recommended.
All boats have a tendency to wander somewhat at slow speeds. A natural reaction to this
effect is to steer the boat back and forth in an attempt to compensate for wandering.
Invariably, the compensation will result in oversteer and only worsen the effect. Keep the
steering wheel in the center position, the boat will wander back and forth somewhat, but
the overall course will be a straight one.
Maneuvering Techniques
Steering response depends on three factors: engine position, motion and throttle.
Like an automobile, high speed
maneuvering is relatively easy and
takes little practice to learn. Slow
speed maneuvering, on the other
hand, is far more difficult and
requires time and practice to master.
When making tight maneuvers, it is
important to understand the effects of
turning. Since both thrust and
steering are at the stern of the boat,
the stern will push away from the
direction of the turn. The bow
follows a smaller turning circle than
the stern.
The effects of unequal propeller
thrust, wind, and current must also be
kept in mind. While wind and current
may not always be present, an
experienced boater will use them to
Figure 3-8. Stern Push
his advantage. Unequal thrust is an
aspect shared by all single engine propeller-driven watercraft. A clockwise rotation
propeller tends to cause the boat, steering in the straight ahead position, to drift to
starboard when going forward, and to port when going backward. At high speed, this
effect is usually unnoticed, but at slow speed; especially during backing, it can be
powerful. For this reason, many veteran boaters approach the dock with the port side of
the boat toward the dock, if possible.
When stopping the boat, it is important to remember there are no brakes to allow coming
to a complete, immediate stop. To stop your boat, anticipate ahead of time and begin
slowing down by pulling back on the throttle.
Once the throttle is in neutral and the engine has stopped pulling the boat forward, it may
be necessary to pull the throttle into reverse to further slow the forward momentum of the
boat. The reverse thrust of the engine will decrease the forward speed and slow the boat
down to a safer maneuvering speed.
Do not use the engine stop switch for normal shut down.
Doing so may impair your ability to re-start the engine quickly
or may create a hazardous swamping condition.
Docking procedures for the new boat owner usually bring surprising results. Remember,
operate your boat at slow speeds to avoid accidents and practice docking to gain
experience and confidence.
Once away from the dock, practice docking in open water with an imaginary dock. Pull
up to the dock at a slow rate of speed. Shift the boat into neutral and drift slowly toward
the dock. Shift the boat into reverse slightly to slow or stop the boat altogether.
Never use your hand, arm or other part of your body to
attempt to keep the boat from hitting the dock. The boat
could push against the dock, causing severe injury.
Follow these guidelines when docking:
Approach docks with the starboard side of the boat if possible.
Come to a stop a short distance from the dock, then proceed slowly.
Have fenders, mooring lines and crew ready.
Observe how the wind and current are moving your boat. Approach the dock
with the boat pointed into the wind, if possible. If the wind or current is pushing
you away from the dock, use a sharper angle of approach. If you must approach
the dock downwind or down current, use a slow speed and shallow angle. Be
ready to reverse to stop and maintain position.
If there is no wind or current, approach the dock at a 10 to 20 degree angle.
If possible, throw a line to a person on the dock and have that person secure a
bow line.
With the bow secure, swing the stern in with the engine, or pull it in with a boat
Figure 3-9. Docking With Wind/Current
Before tying up the boat, be sure to use enough fenders to protect the boat from damage.
If possible, tie up with the bow toward the waves with a good quality double-braided
nylon line. Tie up only to the lifting or tie-down eyes; never use the handrails or
windshield frames. If the boat is to be moored for a long period of time, use chafing
protectors on lines to protect the gelcoat finish. Leave a little slack in the lines to allow
for some wave movement or tidal action if applicable.
Follow these guidelines when departing:
Very slowly shift into forward at idle speed.
When the stern moves away from the dock, turn the engine away from the dock.
Cast off bow line and back away.
If the wind or current is pushing away from the dock, cast off all lines and allow to drift
until you are clear.
High Speed Operation
A great deal of caution must be exercised when operating any boat at high speeds. This is
particularly true during turns. Gradual turns can be completed at high speed by a
competent driver, but it must be emphasized that sudden turns at any speed, particularly
at high speed can be especially dangerous. It is possible to throw passengers from their
seats and even from the boat if caution is not exercised.
Towing A Skier
Water skiing is a collective effort involving driver, observer and skier. The degree of
understanding and cooperation between them directly determines the success and
enjoyment of the venture. All must understand that the skier is an extension of the boat.
The driver is no longer responsible for a boat that is 20 feet long, but closer to 95 feet.
Once this is understood, you are underway to a safe and secure adventure together. A
healthy respect for Common Sense Rules of waterskiing safety on the part of the skier,
driver and observer will ensure the risk of skiing accidents is kept to a minimum at all
levels of participation.
A moderate ability to swim is advisable for waterskiers, but swimming ability is no
substitute for a well-fitting life jacket. The wearing of a life jacket or personal flotation
device (PFD) is essential even for expert swimmers. The jacket should be Type III,
approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and designated as a ski jacket. The jacket should fit
snugly, otherwise it could slip up over the skier if the skier should happen to fall at high
Communication between the skier and driver is essential. Standard signals have been
developed by the American Waterski Association and have been accepted by most
waterskiers. Once the skier is in the water and ready, the driver of the boat will take the
slack out of the tow line. When the skier is in position and prepared for lift, the skier
shouts “hit it” which is the signal for the driver to open the throttle for take-off. Once the
skier is on plane, there are a number of hand signals that will allow communication
between the skier and the driver of the boat. A copy of these signals can be found for
review at your local Malibu dealership or by contacting the American Waterski
Association at (813) 324-4341.
Figure 3-10. Hand Signals
Once a skier has fallen or is ready to quit skiing, the driver must be prepared for
immediate removal of the skier from the water. The driver of the boat should keep the
skier in line of sight as much as possible until the skier is reached. Once the boat is up to
the skier, the driver should always turn off the engine until the skier is onboard. There
should be no exception to this rule as there is always the possibility of the skier slipping
or falling back into the water risking contact with the boat propeller.
Towing Another Boat
Towing is normally a last resort because damage can be created by stress from the towing
lines or uncontrollability of the boat being towed. Only when ideal conditions arise —
lake is calm, the disabled boat is smaller than yours, and both boat operators know
correct technique — should a recreational boat be towed by another.
Figure 3-11. Towing
Because the towing boat is the maneuverable boat and the grounded boat is not, you
should pass the tow line to the grounded boat. Use double-braided line. Never use three
strand twisted nylon; it has too much elasticity and can snap back dangerously. Fasten the
towline as far forward as possible on the upwind or up current side of the boat being
towed. Fastening it to the stern will restrict maneuverability. Attach the line to the stern
lifting eyes of the towing boat. Keep lines free of propellers on both boats. Keep hands
and feet clear of other boat and never hold towline after it is pulled taut.
Move slowly to prevent sudden strain on slack line.
Be ready to cast loose or cut the line if conditions become hazardous.
There are many types of anchors available on the market. The choice on which one to
choose depends on the usage. Contact your dealer on what anchor would suite your
Always anchor from the bow of the boat. The boat has less
chance of breaking free if a heavy wind comes.
Nothing is more important to the proper performance of your boat than the condition of
the propeller. Even slight propeller damage can mean the loss of one MPH. Greater
damage can mean considerably more speed loss. Worse yet, damage usually is not done
to each blade uniformly and, therefore, sets up imbalanced vibrations that can cause
fatigue damage to other parts of the engine or drive system.
Your propeller is custom calibrated for your
Malibu by our Research and Design team to
give maximum performance. Before
installing props other than those suggested
by Malibu contact your dealer, otherwise
adverse handling and top speed
characteristics may be experienced.
The prop is identified by two numbers, i.e.,
13 x 14, and material identification such as
brass or stainless steel. The first number is
Figure 3-12. Propeller
the diameter of the prop and the second is
the pitch. The pitch is the angle of the
blades and is measured in how far the boat will travel through the water in one
revolution. In this case, for every one revolution the boat will travel 14 inches.
Do not operate engine above the manufacturer’s
recommended RPM rating; severe damage could result,
voiding the warranty.
At least once a year, more often if you use your boat extensively, you should have your
local Malibu dealer inspect the propeller for any possible damage.
At least once a month, if you use your boat regularly, you should check and tighten the prop
nut. If it is necessary to remove the prop, use care. If the prop is not removed correctly, damage
could result if it comes off the shaft too quickly and hits the ground. Whenever possible, use a
prop pulling tool to remove prop, this will reduce the chance of damaging the prop.
Corrosion Protection
Galvanic corrosion (electrolysis), is the break-up of metals do to the effects of electrolytic
action. When two dissimilar metals are immersed in a conductive fluid such as salt water,
an electric current is produced, similar to that of a battery. As the current flows, it takes
with it tiny bits of the softer metal. If not stopped, a great deal of damage can occur.
If you operate your boat in salt or brackish waters, you should have your boat equipped
with a transom mounted zinc anode to prevent damage to the parts coming in contact
with the water. The zinc anode being the softer metal will deteriorate and erode much
faster than the other metals in the boat. Inspect the anode periodically and replace as
needed. Consult your local Malibu dealer for this part.
Salt Water Corrosion
The entire boat should be rinsed with fresh water immediately after use in salt water. If
the boat is used primarily in salt water, wash the hull monthly and apply corrosion
inhibitor to all hardware. See your dealer for products suitable for the marine salt-water
environment. Fresh water internal flushing is recommended when used in salt, polluted or
brackish waters. Flush the entire cooling system with fresh water for at least five minutes
after use in these waters. See your Malibu dealer for appropriate flushing devices.
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Chapter 4
The following guidelines discussed in this section
will protect the investment you have made by preserving
the beauty and performance of your new boat for years to come.
Your Malibu boat is equipped with a top quality, all-weather indoor/outdoor carpet. It is
essentially waterproof and fade resistant. Occasional vacuuming and scrubbing with soap
and water will remove embedded dirt and grit.
All upholstery items aboard your boat are made of a tough marine vinyl that is easily
cleaned with a mild detergent and warm water. After washing the vinyl, be sure to dry
it thoroughly.
Our materials are mildew resistant, but there are no products available to us that are
mildew proof. Therefore, we also recommend that you dry the upholstery thoroughly at
the end of each day’s boating activity to prevent mildew which will rot the upholstery
threads and backing. We also recommend that you tip up all seat base cushions on edge
after each use to allow any accumulated water to drain.
Your Malibu boat is highly resistant to weathering, water pollution, and minor scrapes
which occur during normal use. However, regular care and maintenance of your boat is a
general responsibility for all Malibu boat owners. By following the boat care instructions
listed below, you will be able to extend the life and beauty of your Malibu boat.
Fiberglass and Gelcoat
The fiberglass hull and deck of your Malibu boat consist of a molded shell and exterior
gelcoat. The gelcoat protects the fiberglass shell and gives all Malibu boats a smooth and
shiny surface. The following are some general instructions which will help you maintain
your boat’s sleek appearance:
1) Wash monthly or more frequently, depending on use. Use a mild dish washing
soap and lukewarm or cold water. Rinse your boat with fresh water and wipe
down immediately to avoid water spots.
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2) Wax the boat hull and deck after every three or four outings to decrease water
friction and to lessen the potential for staining or spotting the gelcoat surface. In
cases where the original gelcoat shine cannot be restored by waxing, hand buff
the surface using any commercial compound. Be sure to apply several coats of
wax over the area that has been polished.
Surface Stains
Stains can appear as a result of dust, road tar, plant sap, rust from metal fittings, and other
materials coming in contact with your boat’s exterior. Listed below is a step-by-step
procedure to remove stains from your boat:
Wash area with dish washing soap
Apply a mild cleanser on a small area (3 x 3 feet)
Rinse with fresh water
Buff with a fine rubbing compound
If the stain is not removed by the dish washing soap or mild cleanser, then the next
procedure is to use either denatured or rubbing alcohol. Common rubbing alcohol is
excellent for removing stains.
Scratches to the gelcoat sometimes occur during normal use. Your dealer can usually
restore the gelcoat to like-new condition.
Underwater Corrosion
Corrosion occurs in saltwater conditions from the interaction of the saltwater and the
direct current of the battery. To prevent corrosion, it is important to keep the bilge area as
dry and clean as possible.
Care For Boats That Are Moored
Due to gelcoat discoloration, osmosis (blistering), and algae growth, it is not
recommended that you leave your boat moored for long periods of time. If your boat will
be moored in fresh water or saltwater for extended periods of time, you should do the
1) Haul-out and clean your boat regularly (every 14 to 21 days). Use soap, water,
and plenty of elbow grease.
2) Apply wax after cleaning.
You should also check with your local Malibu dealer about anti-fouling paint and other
products that can be applied to the hull bottom below the water line.
Teak Wood
Care must be taken to keep teak wood from turning gray or rough. The roughing becomes
more apparent as the moisture evaporates and dries out.
It is suggested that you use teak or mineral oil treatments at least four times a year to
maintain the appearance of your swim platform. Use a high quality teak oil which can be
purchased at your local Malibu dealership.
For additional information on care, maintenance, and warranty on your swim platform,
please see the information provided in your Owners Packet.
Teak wood should never be varnished.
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Engine/Drive Train
For information on engine service, maintenance, and break-in period, please refer to your
engine owner’s manual. The Required Maintenance Schedule included in this manual covers
the minimum maintenance required for Indmar engine packages. The Maintenance
Worksheet included in this manual outlines safety checks, lubrication, and general service
that should be performed at regular intervals. It is recommended that any engine replacement
parts used for maintenance or repair be supplied by an authorized Malibu dealer.
Engine Specifications
Vortec 310 HP
Number of Cylinders
Compression Ratio
Compression Pressure (1)
Idle RPM in Neutral (2)
Operating Range at Wide
Open Throttle
Oil Pressure at Idle
340 HP
380 HP
5.7L 350 CID
4.0012 x 3.480 in
(101.63 x 88.39 mm)
375 HP
8.l MPI
3.898 x 3.622 in
(99 x 92 mm)
496 CID (8.1L)
4.25 x 4.37 in.
(108 x 111 mm)
4400-4800 RPM
Minimum 100 PSI (690 kPa)
650 ± 50 RPM
4600-5200 RPM
5200-5600 RPM 5000-5400 RPM
4PSI (41kPa)
5PSI (34kPa)
Minimum - Hot
Oil Pressure at 2000 RPM
18 PSI (124 kPa)
10 PSI (69 kPa)
Minimum Hot
Oil Filter
Pennzoil PZ3, AC-PF25
NAPA Gold 1042
Fuel Pump Pressure
8 PSI Max
40 PSI Minimum at
50 PSI Minimum at
(55.2 kPa)
Keyup (275.8 kPa)
Keyup (344.7 kPa)
Electrical System
12 Volt DC Negative (-) Ground
Minimum Battery Requirements
650 cca/700 mca/120Ah
Firing Order
Spark Plug Type
AC 41-931
Nippon Denso
Spark Plug Gap
.030 in (.76 mm)
.045 in (1.1 mm)
.050 in (1.3 mm)
Base Timing at 1000 RPM (3)
10 Degrees Before Top Dead Center
Non Adjustable
160 Degrees F (71 C)
Fluid Capacities
Crankcase (With Filter) (4)
Closed Cooling System (5)
In-Line Transmission (4)
Walters V-Drive Transmission (4)
Hurth V-Drive Transmission (4)
5.5 Quarts (5.25 L) With Filter
12-14 Quarts
(11.4-13.3 L)
2.12 Quarts (2.0 L)
2 Pints (.95 L)
Not Used
8 Qts (7.6 L)
14-16 Qts
(13.2-15.1 L)
Not Used
4.4 Qts (4.16L)
Minimum recorded compression in any one cylinder should not be less than 70% of the highest recorded cylinder.
Measured using an accurate shop tachometer at normal operating temperature. Idle RPM on EFI models is not adjustable.
3) Timing must be set using special procedures indicated in the appropriate service manual. Timing cannot be set using
conventional methods. Special tool(s) required.
Always use dipstick to determine exact quantity of oil required. Do not fill above “FULL” mark.
Do not over fill. Correct level is 3/4" below filler neck when coolant is warm.
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Check fluid only with engine OFF and boat floating level, or level on trailer. The
transmission dipstick is located on the top of the transmission. Dipsticks may be marked
“FULL” or “H” (high) and “ADD” or “L” (low); maintain fluid level between the two
Check level immediately after turning engine off.
Transmission fluid may be hot. Be careful not to burn yourself.
ZF Hurth In-Line
ZF Hurth In-Line
ZF Hurth In-Line
ZF Hurth V-Drive
Walters V-Drive
1.7 qt (1.6L)
2.12 qt (2L)
4.2 qt (4L)
4.2 qt (4L)
0.5 qt (0.5L)
Pennzoil Dexron II, III or MERCON
Pennzoil Dexron II, III or MERCON
Pennzoil Dexron II, III or MERCON
Pennzoil Dexron II, III or MERCON
Pennzoil SAE 30 Motor Oil
Do not overfill the transmission. Overfilling can damage the
transmission. Damage to your transmission due to too much
or too little fluid is not covered by your warranty.
Operate boat approximately five minutes to warm the
transmission fluid. Turn engine off and disconnect the engine
safety switch. Ensure throttle is neutral.
Check immediately after shutdown to
prevent incorrect reading.
Open engine compartment and locate transmission
fluid level dipstick.
Remove dipstick and wipe with a clean rag. Quickly
re-insert the dipstick fully and immediately remove.
Check the fluid level is at the full warm mark on the
Add or remove fluid as necessary to maintain the level
at the mark. Use only recommended automotive
transmission fluid. You will find recommended fluid
types in your Indmar Owner’s Manual.
Figure 4-1. Typical
Transmission Dipstick
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Rudder Stuffing Box
The rudder stuffing box has a grease nipple and should be checked and lubricated
annually. The rudder stuffing box is accessed through the rear center access panel directly
below the fuel tank. Use only a marine grade, waterproof grease.
Shaft Packing
Located in the bilge, under the rear center access panel, is the shaft packing. The shaft
packing is a seal where the prop shaft goes through the hull of the boat. This seal should
be checked and tightened periodically. Please note that it is normal for a small amount of
leakage to occur from this seal. It should leak at the rate of about one drop every ten
Fuel System
Fuel Filter
Your boat is equipped with a 1/2" in-line fuel filter
located 6 to 12 inches from the fuel tank. The filter
removes debris from the fuel being sent to the engine.
The filter should be changed after each season of boat
use. Often, fuel from lake Marinas will have a
considerable amount of debris and can eventually cause
your engine to run erratically. See your local Malibu
Dealer for servicing.
Fuel lines, vent hoses, and drain hoses should be
checked frequently for leaks. If this is occurring around Figure 4-2. In-Line Fuel Filter
the fitting, tightening of the hose clamps may be all t
hat is necessary. However, if the leak continues, replace
the hose immediately to prevent a build-up of fluids or gases. Surface cracking on hoses
indicates wear, and replacement is recommended. Use fuel system parts certified for
marine use only. Do not substitute with automotive parts.
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Engine Circuit Breaker
Your engine is equipped with a 50 Amp Circuit Breaker to protect the engine electrical
system and components from overload, and is found on the lower right side of the engine.
If your engine should loose power and will not crank, reset the breaker by firmly pressing
the red button (an audible sound will be heard). For additional engine electrical issues,
see your Indmar Engine Owners Manual, or contact your Local Malibu dealership.
Main Circuit Breaker
Located adjacent to the battery is a 60 AMP Circuit
Breaker. If your boats systems loose electrical power,
and you have no dash gauges or your engine does not
turn over, you will need to reset the breaker to restore
power to your boats systems. To reset, find breaker
switch and depress until lever locks into position.
Power loss to the Main Breaker is
an indication of serious issues to
your boats electrical and/or engine
components Contact your local
Figure 4-3. Main Circuit Breaker
dealer for evaluation of these
If additional loads are added to the dash feeder circuits, such
as amplifiers, tower lights, etc., this can overload the 60 AMP
breaker. Large loads over 30 AMPS should be wired directly
to the battery with proper overload protection.
Boat Alarms
Malibu boats are equipped with sensors that constantly monitor various functions of the
boat. Certain functions, if outside of pre-determined operating parameters, may activate
an alarm located under the dash. Both the engine Electronic Control Module (ECM) and
the dash gauge computer may activate the alarm.
If the ECM activates the alarm, it will store a trouble code in memory. Stop the boat as
soon as possible and turn off the engine. You will need to have your Malibu dealer run a
diagnostics test to repair the engine and clear any codes from memory. The ECM uses the
engine oil pressure, engine temperature and transmission temperature switches for input
and parameters are stored in the ECM.
If the dash gauge computer activates the alarm, the Multi Function Display Panel will
indicate the source of the problem. If the alarm sounds during operation, stop the boat as
soon as possible and turn off the engine. You will need to have your Malibu dealer run a
diagnostics test to repair the engine and clear any codes from memory. The dash gauge
computer uses a separate set of sending units on the engine, fuel tank and depth
transducer for input and parameters are stored in the computer.
Refer to Section 3, Operation, Starting, for more information on the alarm.
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Your Malibu boat is equipped with a standard 12-volt battery. The battery comes with a
non-metallic box to help contain spills and prevent corrosion.
Do not connect
battery cables to
incorrect Terminal
Post ±. Doing so
may cause a
reverse polarity
current to run through your
electrical system and cause
damage to your engine and other
electrical components. Damage
done to your boat due to
incorrect terminal placement is
not covered under your Malibu
Check your battery terminals frequently
for corrosion and tightness. Clean
Figure 4-4. Battery Level
terminals with a baking soda and water
solution and a wire brush. Also, check
the fluid levels in the cells. Usually, a level approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the plates
is sufficient. If needed, fill with distilled water. Some batteries are sealed and this process
is not necessary. Read directions when applicable.
Battery Isolator Switch
This option provides the ability to isolate the boat batteries if more than one battery is
used. If so equipped, the isolator switch is located behind the front observer’s seat under
the dash next to the battery. Under normal situations, the switch should be in “POSITION
1” or “POSITION 2” rather than in the “ALL” position. This will keep one battery
charged should one of the batteries fail.
Circuit Breakers and Fuses
Most electrical standard equipment devices are controlled with circuit breakers. These
breakers will activate if overloaded and cut power to the switch. To restore power, simply
push the breaker button in and release. Breakers do not require fuse replacement. The
breaker panel can be found under the dash next to the 12-volt adapter. The stereo, if so
equipped, has an inline fuse. If your stereo should quit working, check fuse as well as the
12-Volt DC Accessory Outlets
All models except Sportster and Flightcraft are equipped with two 12-volt DC Accessory
Outlets; one on the electrical panel below the dash, and one in the glove box. These
outlets provide power from your boat battery to accessory equipment such as cellular
phones, video cameras, marine spot lights, etc. Sportster and Flightcraft models do not
have the extra glove box outlet.
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Most of the metal hardware on your boat consists of brass, stainless steel, or aluminum
and should be cleaned on a periodic basis with soap and water. In fresh water, metal
fittings and hardware should be sprayed annually with a rust inhibitor such as WD-40,
and every two or three months in saltwater.
The bilge of your boat can accumulate oil and greasy dirt over a period of time and
should be cleaned out periodically. Usually, ordinary soap and water does not remove the
accumulation and something stronger will be needed. Check with your Malibu dealer for
Windows and Windshields
The windows and windshields on your Malibu boat are made of tempered safety glass
and are similar to the windows in your car. The glass will scratch however, and abrasive
cleaners should not be used to clean your windows. Soap and water or automotive glass
cleaners may be used.
When the boating and ski season comes to an end, it is recommended that the boat be
removed from the water and stored. It is extremely important that proper winterizing
procedures are read and followed to ensure longer boat life. Here is our list of suggestions
to keep your boat in top condition:
Prepare the engine according to the instructions found in your engine owner’s
manual. It our recommendation that you contact your local Malibu dealer for
full winterization procedures.
Clean and dry the boat interior and exterior thoroughly. Inspect boat hull for
residue and remove any if present.
Clean the bilge area thoroughly and operate the bilge pump to remove any water
from bilge lines.
Remove all seat cushions and open all storage areas. Store the seat cushions in a
cool and dry place.
Cover the boat and store it in a garage or other protected facility.
If the boat is stored on a trailer, you should block the trailer wheels.
Storage and Winter Lay-up
Due to the problems that can occur from improper winterization, we recommend that you
take your boat to a certified Malibu dealership to perform this task. Without proper
preparation, storage for long periods of time may cause parts of the engine and
transmission to rust due to lack of lubrication. Also, if your boat will be stored in freezing
conditions, water inside these components to include cooling system, heater and shower
could result in major damage to your boat. Damage done due to improper winter storage
will void your warranty. Here is our list of suggestions to keep your boat in top condition.
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Prior to boat being removed from water:
• Fill fuel and add 1 ounce of STA-BIL® fuel stabilizer for each 5 quarts of
• Operate boat for at least 15 minutes in water or using a flush system to allow
treated fuel to flush engine.
• Add lightweight engine oil (SAE-10 or fogging oil) slowly to the engine while
engine is slightly above idle. Turn engine off. Consult your local dealer for
correct procedure.
To be completed when boat is put on trailer or resting cradle:
• Remove bilge T-handle and transom drain plug immediately after removing
from the water.
• Clean and dry the boat interior and exterior thoroughly. Inspect boat hull for
residue and remove if present.
• Clean bilge area thoroughly and operate the bilge pump to remove any water
from bilge lines.
• Remove all seat cushions and open all storage areas. Store the seat cushions in a
cool dry place.
• Apply coat of wax to entire surface of boat.
• Flush engine-cooling system with clean water. Do not exceed 1500 RPM while
flushing for 5-10 minutes.
• Turn fuel supply line to the OFF position (handle perpendicular to fuel line).
Perform annual scheduled maintenance. Refer to engine owner’s manual for
complete engine winterization procedures as well as scheduled maintenance.
Note: Damage done due to improper engine winter storage will void your warranty.
It is highly suggested that you allow a trained Malibu technician to perform this
• After performing engine winterization, remove engine safety switch and spin
engine over a few seconds to remove excess water found in pump bodies.
• Remove the negative cable from battery. Charge battery to fuel charge and
remove from boat.
• Clean all traces of dirt, oil and grease from engine, transmission and bilge. Coat
all areas on transmission and engine where paint has been removed with touchup
• Use duct tape to seal the exhaust flaps closed to prevent dirt and rodents from
entering exhaust.
• Remove propeller assembly, and store in safe place.
• If your boat is equipped with an optional heater or hot-water shower, remove
both hoses and blow through hose to remove excess water.
• Cover the boat with cover, tarp or, if available, shrink-wrap tarp. Also, due to the
excess weight that can occur from rain and snow for boats that are stored
outside, it is suggested that you make a support of two inch PVC piping that can
be mounted under the covering material. The rounded PVC piping will ensure
the cover does not tear and will eliminate pooling water inside boat.
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Winterization Re-Commission
• Remove boat cover or shrink-wrap from boat.
• Remove duct tape from exhaust flaps.
• Charge and install battery in boat. Follow all safety precautions associated with
changing batteries.
• De-winterize engine using engine manufacturer’s specifications.
• Check propeller shaft alignment. Tighten coupling hardware.
• Check engine compartment for nesting animals. Clean as needed.
• Reinstall seat cushions from storage.
• Check entire engine for signs of cracks caused by freeze damage. Check all hose
clamps for tightness. Install bilge drain plugs.
• Reinstall propeller assembly.
• If not performed during winterization, perform annual maintenance at this time.
• If boat is equipped with optional fresh-water cooling, and was drained at
winterization, fill at this time.
• Turn fuel shut-off valve to the ON position. (Handle is in line or parallel with
the fuel line.) Turn key on and off 2-3 times to allow fuel to return to engine,
then start engine. When engine starts watch gauges closely, and watch for
abnormal readings.
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The following charts will assist you in finding and correcting minor mechanical and
electrical problems with your boat. Problems are listed in the order of the most likely
event to the least likely.
To correct a problem, first determine what the problem is. Start with the first cause and
eliminate the possibility of each until the problem is corrected. Because of the specialized
skills and tools needed to correct major issues, we have not included that information. If
you suspect a problem not listed here, please contact your Malibu dealer.
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Engine will not turn
• Throttle control in gear.
• Main circuit breaker open.
• Shift into neutral.
• Reset circuit breaker.
Engine turns over, but
will not start
Engine is hard to start
• Flooded engine.
Safety lanyard not connected.
Stop switch not set.
No fuel to engine.
No fuel in tanks.
Fuel filter clogged.
Contaminated fuel.
Distributor problems.
• Ignition problems.
• Start engine full throttle
and back off.
• Clean flame arrestor.
• Replace spark plugs.
• Tighten coil or ignition
• Clean and tighten battery
• Charge or replace the
• See your dealer.
• Fouled spark plugs.
• Loose of defective hightension leads.
• Plugged PVC valve.
• Weak ignition coil.
• Vacuum leak.
• Replace spark plugs.
• Tight or replace the hightension leads.
• Replace PVC valve.
• Replace ignition coil.
• See your dealer.
• Plugged flame arrestor.
• Fouled spark plugs.
• Loose coil or ignition wires.
• Battery cables loose or
• Weak battery.
Engine misses or
idles rough
Poor boat performance •
Poor gas mileage
Connect safety lanyard.
Reset switch.
Turn fuel valve to ON.
Fill fuel tank.
Replace fuel filter.
Replace fuel and filter.
See your dealer.
Fouled spark plugs.
Contaminated fuel.
Plugged flame arrestor.
Weak ignition coil.
Fuel filter clogged.
Ignition problems.
• Fouled spark plugs.
• Plugged flame arrestor.
• Inefficient driving habits.
• Plugged PCV valve.
• Ignition problems.
Replace spark plugs.
Replace the fuel and filter.
Clean the flame arrestor.
Replace the ignition coil.
Replace the fuel filter.
See your dealer.
• Replace spark plugs.
• Clean the flame arrestor.
• Plan the boat quickly, then
slow down to desired speed.
• Replace PCV valve.
• See your dealer.
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• Corroded cables.
• Defective throttle return
• Low transmission oil level.
• Sticking transmission
shift detent ball.
• Kink in cables.
Steering problems
• Corroded cables.
• Rudder worn.
Excessive vibration
• Fouled propeller.
• Clean and lubricate cables.
• Replace the throttle return
• Replenish the transmission
• Clean and lubricate detent
• Replace the cable(s).
See your dealer.
• Clean and lubricate the
• See your dealer.
• Bent propeller shaft.
• Remove objects from the
propeller shaft and rudder.
• Replace the propeller.
• Check the alignment. See
your dealer for proper
• See your dealer.
Electrical problems
• Open circuit breaker or
blown fuse.
• Loose wing connections
or corrosion.
• Defective sending unit.
• Shorted wiring harness.
• Defective switch or gauge.
• Reset the circuit breaker
or replace the fuse.
• Clean and tighten wiring
• Replace the sending unit.
• Repair the wiring harness.
• See your dealer.
No speedometer
• Disconnected, kinked or
plugged tubing.
• Plugged pitot pickup.
• Repair or replace the
• Remove objects from the
• Replace pitot pickup.
• Replace the speedometer.
• Damaged propeller.
• Misaligned propeller shaft
• Defective pitot pickup.
• Defective speedometer.
Incorrect speedometer
• Blocked pitot tube.
• Water in tubing.
• Defective speedometer.
• Remove the blockage.
• Disconnect the tubing at the
speedometer and blow out
the tubing. Tighten nut
finger snug, then 1/4 turn
• Replace the speedometer.
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2004 Malibu Transferable Lifetime Limited Warranty
Malibu Boats West, Inc. warrants to the Original Retail Purchaser that the hull, deck,
liner, upholstery frames, and stringers on every new boat manufactured shall, under
normal authorized use, be free from structural defects for as long as the original
purchaser owns the boat. Malibu Boats West, Inc. or its selling dealer will, without
charge, repair or replace at Malibu's option, any boat or portion thereof proven to its
satisfaction to be in defect during the above warranty period.
Transferable Option: The above Lifetime Limited Warranty Policy may be transferred
(for a minimal fee) to subsequent purchasers during a period of five (5) years from the
date of delivery to the original retail purchaser.
Exception: The Lifetime warranty does not cover the gelcoat nor any other components
fastened or applied to the dash, hull or deck. Gelcoat discoloration, blisters, and cracks
are not considered structural defects. Gelcoat along with installed components are
warranted separately under the Malibu "Bow to Stern Warranty" listed below.
2004 Malibu Basic Warranty
What is covered and for How Long
Boat coverage
• Malibu Boats West, Inc. warrants all parts of your 2004 Malibu boat supplied by
Malibu, for a period of 36 months or 400 hours, whichever comes first.
• This warranty covers any repairs needed to correct defects in materials or
workmanship of all parts and components of each new Malibu boat supplied by
Malibu except for the exclusions or items listed under the caption "What is not
Covered" or as indicated below.
• This warranty is provided to the original and subsequent owner(s) of a Malibu
boat originally distributed by Malibu Boats West, Inc. and which is originally
sold by a Malibu Boats West, Inc. authorized Malibu dealership.
Powertrain coverage
Indmar Powertrains
• Malibu Boats West, Inc. administers the engine warranty for units equipped
with an Indmar powertrain.
• The powertrain coverage for Indmar equipped units is 36 months with no hour
• This warranty covers any repair needed to correct defects in materials or
workmanship except for the exclusions or items listed under the caption "What
is not Covered".
• Please refer to the Indmar Engine Owner’s Manual for specific warranty
coverage information.
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This warranty is provided only to the original owner of a Malibu boat originally
distributed by Malibu Boats West, Inc. and which is originally sold by a Malibu
Boats West, Inc. authorized Malibu dealership.
The above stated warranty is transferable to subsequent owners for a nominal
fee. Contact Indmar Products Co. Inc. for details.
Mercruiser Powertrains
Mercruiser administers their warranty independently from Malibu Boats West, Inc.
Please refer to the Mercruiser Engine Owner’s Manual for warranty coverage information
and specific details on how to submit a claim.
Gelcoat Coverage
Malibu Boats West, Inc. warrants the gelcoat on your 2003 Malibu for a period
of 24 months with no hour limitation.
This warranty covers any repairs needed to correct defects in materials or
workmanship in the gelcoat finish of each new Malibu boat supplied by Malibu
except for the exclusions or items listed under the caption "What is not Covered"
or as indicated below.
This warranty is provided to the original and subsequent owner(s) of a Malibu
boat originally distributed by Malibu Boats West, Inc. and which is originally
sold by a Malibu Boats West, Inc. authorized Malibu dealership.
The above gelcoat warranty applies only to boats with standard white or platinum colored
hulls. Boats with optional solid gelcoat color schemes are void of this warranty.
Audio System coverage
Factory installed audio systems are warranted independently by CPS
Distributors Inc.
CPS Distributors Inc. warrants all audio systems installed by Malibu Boats
West, Inc. for a period of 12 months from the date of original retail purchase.
This warranty covers any repairs needed to correct defects in materials or
workmanship except for the exclusions or items listed under the caption "What
is not Covered" or as indicated below.
This warranty is provided to the original and subsequent owner(s) of a Malibu
boat originally distributed by Malibu Boats West, Inc. and which is originally
sold by a Malibu Boats West, Inc. authorized Malibu dealership.
The Warranty Period Begins
The warranty period begins on the date the boat is delivered to the first retail buyer or put
into use, whichever is earlier.
No Charge
• Warranty repairs will be made at no charge for parts and/or labor. Malibu Boats
West, Inc., or its selling dealer, will repair or replace, at Malibu’s option, any
boat or portion thereof proven to its satisfaction to be defective during the above
warranty period.
• Any needed parts replacement will be made using Malibu approved new or
remanufactured parts.
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Obtaining Warranty Service
The boat must be taken to an authorized Malibu Dealer during regular business hours at
your expense in order to obtain warranty service. If you need help locating your nearest
dealer, contact Malibu Boats West, Inc. for assistance.
Maintenance and Records
As a condition of this warranty, you are responsible for properly using, maintaining and
caring for your boat as outlined in your OWNER’S MANUAL, and maintaining copies of
all maintenance records & receipts for review by Malibu Boats West, Inc. Failure to do
so may result in denial of warranty coverage.
Evidence of the performance of the required maintenance should be kept and presented as
proof of such maintenance in connection with related warranty repairs. To assist you in
maintaining appropriate records, the Maintenance Log located in the back of this booklet
can be used along with the supporting repair invoices, receipts and other such records.
What is not Covered
Damage, Failures or Corrosion Due to Accidents, Misuse or Alterations
This warranty does not cover damage, failures or corrosion resulting from:
Accident, theft, fire, or misuse (Proper use is outlined in your OWNER’S MANUAL).
Alteration, tampering or improper repair.
Installation of non-Malibu approved accessories or components.
Improper installation of any Malibu approved or aftermarket accessory or component.
Glass breakage, unless resulting from defects in material or workmanship.
Boats that have been altered, overpowered or overloaded.
Mildew damage, paints, plated finishes, gelcoat finish distortions or discoloration.
Boats used for racing or any type of commercial use or service.
Maintenance service expenses as specified in your OWNER’S MANUAL such as
engine tune-ups, inspections, replacement of filters, sea water impellors, propshaft
packing, lubricants and coolant.
• Damage, failures or corrosion from environmental conditions to include but not limited
to: salt, tree sap, chemical fallout (acid rain), windstorm.
• Any and all consequential damages including but not limited to costs or charges
derived from haul-out, launching, towing, storage charges, telephone or rental charges
of any type, inconvenience for loss of use, commercial or monetary loss due to time
loss, or any other special or consequential loss of any kind.
Limitation of Warranties
This limited warranty is given in place of and instead of any and all express or implied
warranties, and may not be modified in whole or in part by anyone other than Malibu
Boats West, Inc.
Some states do not allow a limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts or the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damage; therefore, these limitations
may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also
have other rights that vary from state to state.
Malibu Boats West, Inc., One Malibu Court, Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 383-7469, Fax: (209) 383-0499
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To the rear of the boat near the stern. Generally used to give
The widest portion of the hull.
The lowest portion inside the boat. This is generally the
section directly below the engine compartment.
The forward portion of the boat.
Vertical portion in a boat.
The intersection of the sides and bottom of a “V” bottom boat.
The degree of angle from the keel to the chine.
Upper structure which covers the hull.
Vertical distance from the waterline of the boat to the lowest
part of the boat.
An engine mounting method, using fiberglass instead of other
materials such as aluminum or steel; patented by Malibu
Boats West, Inc. that provides major reduction in noise and
Fibers similar to wool or cotton, but made from fibrous glass.
Glass fiber forms include cloth, yarn, mat, milled fibers,
chopped strands, roving, and woven roving.
A surface, either colored or clear, providing a cosmetic
enhancement and exposure improvements to a fiberglass
The upper edge of a boat’s side.
Device attached to rudder for steering a vessel.
The bottom section of the boat.
The lowest most portion of the bottom of the boat.
Strips molded or attached to the surface of a hull designed to
create lift as speed and pressure increase with the static water.
To the left side of the boat, when facing the bow.
To the right side of the boat, when facing the bow.
To the rear of the boat.
Longitudinal members that are fastened inside the hull of the
boat which provide structural integrity.
The area forming the stern, or rear, of a boat.
The track or path a boat leaves behind while in motion.
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Anchoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Navigational Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Basic Rules Of The Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Bow Tonneau Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Operation by Minors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Optional Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Carbon Monoxide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Passenger Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Propellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Docking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Drain Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Driver’s Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Emergency Engine Stop Switch . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Engine / Drive Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Fueling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Fuel System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
General Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Glossary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Hazardous Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
High Speed Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Integral Self Draining Ice Chest . . . . . . . . 2-11
Interior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Miscellaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Motorbox Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Safety Statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Shifting / Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Ski Pylon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Speedometer Pickup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Standard Gauges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Steering System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Storage Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Sundeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Swim Platform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Switches & Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Throttle Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Tilt Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Towing A Skier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Towing Another Boat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Trailering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10
V-Drive Engine Access Hatch . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Ventilation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Warning Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
Wedge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Please circle one- Pre-delivery-/10hr.-/50hr.-/100hr.-/Annual
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____ 1. Perform TECH I data list scan
____ 2. Check PROM ID and record in customer file
____ 3. Check engine timing (in service mode)
____ 4. Check fuel pressure and log reading
____ 5. Verify oil levels (engine, Trans, V-Drive)
____ 6. Verify blower operation, check hose attachment
____ 7. Verify bilge pump operation and float control
____ 8. Check for engine / boat water leaks
____ 9. RE-check fuel connections
____ 10. Verify neutral safety switch operation
____ 11. Check for presence of vibration
____ 12. Verify lanyard switch operation (kill switch)
____ 13. Verify instruments operate properly
____ 14. Verify controls operate properly (IE; steering, shifter)
____ 15. Verify options function properly (IE; heater, shower etc.)
I certify that all checks have been performed and completed, this vessel has been
prepared in conjunction with Malibu Boats specifications.
To ensure proper warranty status, Boat/ Engine MUST receive
recommended maintenance schedule.
Technician Signature_________________________ Date________
Service Contact _________________________Phone____________
Customer Signature_______________________________________
Please complete following; check each item as completed.
____ 1. Inspect prop
____ 2. Check engine alignment, motor mounts, and jam nuts
____ 3. Check shaft packing
____ 4. Service rudder (lubrication)
____ 5. Check battery, battery hold down, cable connections
____ 6. Check instrumentation
____ 7. Check lanyard switch operation (kill switch)
____ 8. Check lights (bow, stern, and dash)
____ 9. Check steering wheel cable fasteners, lubricate support tube and cable
____ 10. Check control mechanism MV-2, MV-3 (freedom of movement)
____ 11. Check neutral safety switch operation
____ 12. Check security of fasteners (seat slides, seats, platform, interior handles)
____ 13. Check all fuel connections (engine, tank, pump, filter)
____ 14. Check engine exhaust clamps
____ 15. Change engine oil and filter
____ 16. Change transmission fluid/ filter
____ 17. Change V-Drive oil (clean screens / magnetic plugs)
____ 18. Change fuel filters (engine / tank)
____ 19. Inspect belts
____ 20. Inspect impeller
____ 21. Clean / change flame arrestor
____ 22. Check engine coolant (closed cooling only)
____ 23. Check trailer: wheel lugs, lights, and loading bar
____ 24. Inspect and lubricate wheel bearings
____ 25. Check brake fluid level (if applicable)
Chapter 4 doc.qxd
Maintenance Worksheet
Item No.
Every 100 hours
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Every 50 hours
5:11 PM
First 10 hours
Change engine oil and filter
Pennzoil Marine 15W40, Pennz #PZ-3, AC PF-25
Change transmission oil and filter
Dextron III w/Mercon
Change V-Drive oil
SAE 30 motor oil
Change fuel filter, Motor / Gas tank
Change Spark plugs
Indmar Engines MUST use AC MR43LTS
Verify Engine timing
10 degrees advanced (base timing)
Engine tune up
(Cap, Rotor, Plugs)
Clean for change flame arrestor
Inspect belts, hoses and clamps
Shaft alignment
Within .003
Inspect spark plug wires
Inspect Raw water pump impeller
(change annually)
Inspect rudder
(lube, key-way, bolt tight)
Inspect Prop Shaft Packing
Inspect Steering Kit Assembly
(Lube, bolts tight?)
Check Engine Coolant (closed cooling only)
50:50 mix water w/ethylene glycol MUST meet GM 6038
Propeller Tight
(prop nut tight? key-way installed?)
Lubricate starter bendix ( Lithium marine grease )
Chapter 4 doc.qxd
Required Maintenance Schedule
Indmar Engines
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In addition to this manual, your Malibu Owner’s Packet contains instructions, warranties
and other important information from component manufacturers. Read these materials
carefully since improper registration, operation and maintenance can void the warranty
and jeopardize the safety of you and others. Fill in the information below and keep a
copy of it in a safe place.
HIN ___________________________________________________________________
Ignition Key # ___________________________________________________________
Registration # ___________________________________________________________
Date Purchased __________________________________________________________
Dealer/Phone ____________________________________________________________
Fax/E-mail ______________________________________________________________
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
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Corporate Headquarters
Malibu Boats
One Malibu Court
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 383-7469
Fax: (209) 383-0499
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Tennessee Plant
Malibu Boats
5075 Kimberly Way
Loudon, TN 37774
Phone: (423) 458-5478
Fax: (423) 458-9052
Printed in U.S.A.
Australian Headquarters
Malibu Boats
813 Hope Court
Albury, N.S.W. 2640
Phone: 026 040 1174
Fax: 026 040 4656