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Malibu Boats 23 vRide Specifications
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SERVICE/MAINTENANCE LOG
RECORD IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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.
Hull
HIN ___________________________________________________________________
Ignition Key # ___________________________________________________________
Registration # ___________________________________________________________
Date Purchased __________________________________________________________
Dealer/Phone ____________________________________________________________
Fax/E-mail ______________________________________________________________
Engine
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Transmission
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Trailer
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Accessory
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
DATE
HOUR
READING
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All information and specifications included in this manual were in effect at the time of
approval for printing. Malibu Boats LLC reserves the right, however, to discontinue or
change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any
obligation.
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CONTENTS
CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
TABLE OF FIGURES. . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
CERTIFICATIONS & STANDARDS. . . v
MODEL FEATURES AND
SPECIFICATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Navigational Lights . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Storage Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Drain Plugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Speedometer Pickup. . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Tilt Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24
Ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25
Optional Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Wedge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
BOATING SAFETY . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
General Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Safety Statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Regulations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Hazardous Conditions . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Carbon Monoxide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Operation By Minors . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Passenger Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Basic Rules Of The Road. . . . . . . 1-10
GAUGES & CONTROLS. . . . . . . . . 2-1
Standard Gauges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Power Wedge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Switches & Indicators . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Throttle Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Steering System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Emergency Engine Stop Switch. . 2-18
Motorbox Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Driver’s Seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Integral Self Draining
Ice Chest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Sundeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
V-Drive Engine Access
Hatch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Ski Pylon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Swim Platform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Trailering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Warning Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Fueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Shifting/Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Docking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
High Speed Operation . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Towing A Skier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Towing Another Boat . . . . . . . . . . 3-16
Anchoring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16
Propellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17
Malibu Exclusive Adjustable
Rudder System . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-18
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
CARE AND MAINTENANCE. . . . . 4-1
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Exterior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Engine/Drive Train. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
Fuel System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12
Miscellaneous. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-19
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-22
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-23
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TABLE OF FIGURES
Figure 1-1 Personal Flotation
Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Figure 1-2 Fire Extinguisher . . . . . . . . 1-6
Figure 1-3 Weather Hazards . . . . . . . . 1-7
Figure 1-4 Diver Down Flag . . . . . . . . 1-8
Figure 1-5 Carbon Monoxide
Hazards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Figure 1-6 Types of Buoys . . . . . . . . 1-11
Figure 1-7 Mooring Buoys . . . . . . . . 1-11
Figure 1-8 Regulatory Markers . . . . . 1-11
Figure 1-9 Crossing Situation . . . . . . 1-12
Figure 1-10 Overtaking
Another Craft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Figure 2-1 Graphical Display . . . . . . . 2-1
Figure 2-2 Tachometer with Oil,
Volt Hourmeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Figure 2-3 Speedometer with Depth, Air
and Lake Temperature Gauge . . . 2-2
Figure 2-4 Dash Gauges . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Figure 2-5 In-Dash Display . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Figure 2-6 Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Figure 2-7 BMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Figure 2-8 Power Wedge . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Figure 2-9 Circuit Breaker Panels . . . 2-13
Figure 2-10 Accessory Switch Panel. 2-14
Figure 2-11 MUX Switch . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Figure 2-12 Throttles. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Figure 2-13 Emergency Engine Stop
Switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Figure 2-14 Motorbox . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Figure 2-15 Bolster Seat . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Figure 2-16 Lumbar Adjuster . . . . . . 2-19
Figure 2-17 Seat Adjuster . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Figure 2-18 Sundeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Figure 2-19 Engine Access Hatch . . . 2-20
Figure 2-20 Pivoting-Head Ski Pylon . . 2-20
Figure 2-21 Swim Platform . . . . . . . . 2-21
Figure 2-22 Swim Platform Pins . . . . 2-21
Figure 2-23 Bow Light . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Figure 2-24 Lockable Transom
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Figure 2-25 Transom Drain Plug. . . . 2-22
Figure 2-26 Bilge Drain Plug . . . . . . 2-23
Figure 2-27 Thru-Hull Paddle
Wheel Pickup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Figure 2-28 Tilt Steering . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Figure 2-29 Heater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Figure 2-30 Boat Cover . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Figure 2-31 Stereo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-27
Figure 2-32 Stereo Remote . . . . . . . . 2-27
Figure 2-33 Stereo Functions . . . . . . 2-27
Figure 2-34 Stereo Functions . . . . . . 2-27
Figure 2-35 Remote Control . . . . . . . 2-30
Figure 2-36 Shower Head . . . . . . . . . 2-31
Figure 2-37 Shower Valve . . . . . . . . . 2-31
Figure 2-38 Pull-Up Cleat . . . . . . . . . 2-31
Figure 2-39 SaniPottie. . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32
Figure 2-40 Wedge Down . . . . . . . . . 2-32
Figure 2-41 Wedge Up . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32
Figure 2-42 Scarpa Suppression
Plate (SSP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-33
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 Warning Labels . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Figure 3-6 Fueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
Figure 3-7 Throttle Positions. . . . . . . 3-10
Figure 3-8 Turning With A Rudder . . 3-11
Figure 3-9 Stern Push . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Figure 3-10 Docking With
Wind/Current . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Figure 3-11 Hand Signals . . . . . . . . . 3-15
Figure 3-12 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16
Figure 3-13 Propeller. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17
Figure 3-14 Adjustable Rudder . . . . . 3-18
Figure 4-1 Typical Transmission
Dipstick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Figure 4-2 Drip Less Shaft Packing . 4-10
Figure 4-3 Main Circuit Breaker . . . . 4-12
Figure 4-4 Battery Level . . . . . . . . . . 4-13
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INTRODUCTION
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
satisfaction.
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.
CERTIFICATIONS & STANDARDS
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.
Exemption Notice
This boat complies with U.S. Coast Guard safety standards in effect on the date of
certification with the exception of certain fuel systems requirements associated with its
fuel injected engine as authorized by U.S. Coast Guard Grant of Exemption (CGB-06005). Maintenance of the fuel system in this boat should be performed only by Malibu
trianed certified technicians using identical fuel systems components.
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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.
US MB2GXXXXA001
Proposition 65
A wide variety of components used on this vessel contains or emits
chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth
defects and other reproductive harm.
EXAMPLES INCLUDE:
• Engine and generator exhaust
• Engine and generator fuel, and other liquids such as coolants and
oil, especially used motor oil
• Cooking fuels
• Cleaners, paints and substances used for vessel repair
• Waste materials that result from wear of vessel components
• Lead from battery terminals and from other sources such as ballast
or fishing sinkers
TO AVOID HARM:
• Keep away from engine, generator and cooking fuel exhaust fumes.
• Wash areas thoroughly with soap and water after handling the
substances above.
Emission Control Warranty Information
The engine in your boat meets the strict requirements set forth by the California Air
Resources Board (CARB). The engine has a special environmental tag and the boat has
this label affixed to it. The tag and the label are required by the California Air Resources
Board (CARB). The label has 1, 2, 3 or 4 stars. The label MUST be affixed to the boat, if
the boat is operated in the state of California and/or bordering waters.
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BOATING SAFETY
At Malibu, safety is not an option!
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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
Involved!
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.
Notice:
Indicates installation, operation or maintenance information
which is important but not hazard related.
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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!
In an emergency situation, you may have to resort to measures which are not commonly
practiced. Always assess the dangers of being in harm’s way versus the protection of
equipment. Keep a sound mind during an emergency and always think safety.
Teak/Drag Surfing
READ, UNDERSTAND and be FAMILIAR with the information contained on any
warning labels or any label on equipment and adhere to the boat operation practices
described on them. The United States Coast Guard issued a SAFETY ALERT on August
28, 2001 that covers some of the issues of improper use of the boarding platform. The
SAFETY ALERT and portions of the accompanying information follow:
Every year tragic deaths occur from the negligence of unsafe boating and dangerous
activities. Experts say, “many of these deaths may have been caused by an invisible
hazard, carbon monoxide poisoning.” Taking the risk of swimming under a boarding
platform when the engine is running, skiing within 20 ft (6.1 meters), “teak surfing” or
“dragging” behind a moving boat can be fatal.
Any dangerous activities which can result in a serious injury or death a water sport is not
considered as a watersport by Malibu or DOES NOT promote unsafe boating risks or
jeopardizing any boaters safety.
DO NOT use the boarding 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.
SAFETY ALERT From August 28, 2001:
The United States Coast Guard advised boaters not to “Teak/Drag Surf.” Recent boating
fatalities revealed that carbon monoxide (CO) emitted from a vessel’s exhaust resulted in
CO poisoning and the death of at least six teak surfers. "Teak/Drag Surfing" places the
individual in position directly exposed to the CO in the engine’s exhaust. This may result
in a loss of coherent responses and even death. In addition, "Teak/Drag Surfing"
dangerously exposes the individual to a possible propeller injury, and since it is done
without a life jacket (PFD), it significantly increases the probability of drowning.
Therefore, the Coast Guard stresses, “Teak/Drag Surfing” is a very dangerous activity
and advises boaters not to participate in it.
The Coast Guard pointed out that carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous gases. It
strikes before you know you are exposed and it impairs in a way that can and too often
does lead to death. That is why it is so important to the Coast Guard that in every
circumstance where it can be avoided, it is.
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Regulations
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.
Responsibilities
Registration
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.
Education
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.
Insurance
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.
Restricted Areas
Before boating, check with Local, State and Federal authorities to identify restricted
areas. Because of the threat of terrorism, the U.S. Coast Guard has and will continue to
implement strict limits on watercraft near U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships and other
potential targets.
Our Environment
As a boater, you already appreciate nature’s beauty and the peace of the great outdoors. It
is a boater’s responsibility to protect the natural environment by keeping waterways
clean. DO NOT put anything in the water you would not want to eat or drink!
Conserve Fishery Resources
There is a tremendous drain on our fishery resources. Over-fishing and pollution have
strained the fish population. Do your part by keeping only what you will eat by practicing
catch-and-release.
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Foreign Species
If you trailer your boat from lake to lake, you may unknowingly introduce a foreign
aquatic species from one lake to the next. Thoroughly clean the bottom of the boat, below
the water line, remove all weeds and algae, and drain the bilge and livewells before
launching the boat in a new body of water.
Fuel and Oil Spillage
The spilling of fuel or oil into our waterways contaminates the environment and is
dangerous to wildlife. Never discharge or dispose fuel or oil into the water; it is
prohibited and you could be fined. There are two common, accidental types of discharge:
• Overfilling the fuel tank.
• Pumping contaminated bilge water.
Fumes from rags can collect in bilge and be extremely
hazardous. Never store rags used to wipe-up fuel or solvent
spills in the boat. Dispose of rags properly ashore.
Discharge and Disposal of Waste
Waste means all forms of garbage, plastics, recyclables, food, wood, detergents, sewerage
and even fish parts in certain waters - in short, nearly everything. We recommend you
bring back everything you take out with you for proper disposal ashore.
Excessive Noise
Noise means engine noise, radio noise or even yelling. Many bodies of water have
adopted noise limits. Music and loud conversation can carry a considerable distance on
water, especially at night.
Wake and Wash
Be alert for NO WAKE zones. You may be responsible for any damage or injury caused
by your wake/wash. Prior to entering a NO WAKE zone, come off plane to the slowest
steerable speed.
Exhaust Emissions
Increased exhaust (hydrocarbon) emissions pollute our water and air. Keep your engine
tuned and boat hull clean for peak performance. Consult your dealer and engine manual
for information.
Paints
If your boat is kept in water where marine growth is a problem, the use of anti-fouling
paint may reduce the growth rate. Be aware of environmental regulations that may govern
your paint choice. Contact your local boating authorities for information.
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Cleaning Agents
Household cleaners should be used sparingly and not discharged into waterways. Never
mix cleaners and be sure to use plenty of ventilation in enclosed areas. DO NOT use
products which contain phosphates, chlorine, solvents, non-biodegradable or petroleum
based products. Citrus based cleaners are excellent for marine cleaning purposes and are
safe for you and the environment. Refer to CARE AND MAINTENANCE for more
information.
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.
TYPE I
LIFE PRESERVERS
KC-0041C_a
TYPE II
BUOYANT VESTS
KC-0051C_a
TYPE III
FLOTATION AIDS
KC-0042C_a
TYPE IV
THROWABLE DEVICES
KC-0071C_a
TYPE V HYBRID PFD
MUST BE WORN
WHEN UNDERWAY
KC-0043C_a
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.
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Notice:
If a type V PFD is to be counted toward the minimum carriage
requirements, it must be worn
2) 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 ensure that
the extinguisher is in working condition and fully
charged.
Figure 1-2. Fire Extinguisher
3) 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.
Emergencies
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 do not panic. Learn your boating
lessons and safety procedures well, and you will have the confidence and ability to
handle an emergency should one arise.
Fires
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 on board, turn off the
engine immediately. If you have a fire extinguisher on board 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.
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Reporting
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.
Weather
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
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.
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.
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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.
KC-0250M
Figure 1-4. Diver Down Flag
Figure 1-8. Regulatory Markers
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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
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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
dangerous.
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
waterways. The United States Aids to Navigation System (USATONS) is the primary
marking system used on inland water, coastal waters and rivers. This system is
maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
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Types of Bouys
There are several types and shapes of buoys. Buoys may be unlighted, lighted, with
sound or may have both an audible and a visual signal. Lights, bells and horns are used
on buoys for night or poor visibility conditions. Different shapes of buoys are shown
below.
UNLIGHTED
BELL BUOY
LIGHTED BUOY
SPAR BUOY
NUN BUOY
CAN BUOY
SPHERICAL SAFE
WATER MARKER
KC-1908
Figure 1-6. Types of Buoys
Buoys with unique light flashing characteristics are identified on nautical charts with the
specific flashing pattern.
Mooring Bouys
The only buoys you are permitted to moor to are mooring buoys.
Mooring buoys are white with a blue horizontal stripe. Mooring
to a navigation buoy, regulatory markers or lateral markers is
illegal.
KC-1901
Figure 1-7. Mooring
Buoys
Regulatory Markers
Regulatory markers indicate dangerous or restricted controlled areas. These markers are
used to indicate speed zones, areas set aside for particular use, general information and
directions.
Regulatory markers are white with orange geometric shapes and also have orange bands
near the top and at the water line of the buoy. You must obey regulatory markers.
CONTROLLED
AREA
DANGER
BOATS
KEEP OUT
INFORMATION
KC-1903
Figure 1-8. Regulatory Markers
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Right-Of-Way
Notice:
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
passes behind the privileged
boat. Boats going up and down a
river have the privilege over boats
crossing the river.
Figure 1-9. 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
starboard.
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Overtaking
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 1-10. 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
GAUGES & CONTROLS
No other ski boat manufacturer incorporates in their
product as many innovative and technically advanced
features as Malibu.
2
Standard Gauges
The following gauges are included on all models. It is important for the safe and proper
operation of your boat to fully understand these gauges.
Malibu In-Dash Graphical Display
Figure 2-1. Graphical Display
Malibu’s state of-the-art Malibu Graphical In-Dash Display Center enables the operator
to observe and control many graphic functions that are applicable to the performance and
use of your boat. These include Malibu Cruise Control, Ballast Monitoring System
(BMS), Air/Sea Temperature, Depth, as well as standard use gauges for monitoring
service requirements, voltage, engine temperature, oil pressure, remaining fuel level and
percentage, speedometer and tachometer.
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Tachometer
Located to the left side 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
engine is kept within the engine manufacture’s
recommended proper range of operation. For your
additional benefit, there are other RPM monitoring
capabilities available in your dash system that will be
explained later in this manual. Also included in the
gauge panel are additional digital readings for oil, volt
and hour meter. The system defaults to these readings
from the display panel and no adjustments are possible.
Be sure to consult your engine manual for the correct
range of operation for your particular engine model.
Figure 2-2. Tachometer with Oil,
Volt Hourmeter
Do not operate your boat beyond the recommended RPM
range. This could cause irreversible problems, and may not be
covered under your engine warranty.
Speedometer
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 which sends information to a computer
located under the dash. The speedometer readings can
also be found in the digital display window of the InDash graphical display located in the center of the
gauge panel. Additional information will be explained
later in this manual for this display. The speedometer is
calibrated from the factory and does not normally
require adjustment. However, from time to time it may
be necessary to recalibrate. To calibrate the
speedometer, see Speedometer Calibration in this
manual. Also included in the speedometer gauge panel Figure 2-3. Speedometer with
are additional digital readings for depth, air and lake Depth, Air and Lake Temperature
temperatures. The system defaults to these readings
Gauge
from the display panel and no adjustments are possible.
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Figure 2-4. Dash Gauges
Engine Temperature
The temperature gauge is located at the lower center left bottom panel of the dash display.
The temperature gauge indicates the temperature of the water/coolant inside the engine.
The proper operating range for your engine is between 140 – 160º F. All engines are
equipped with an engine control module that will cause the engine to run at reduced
speeds (power reduction mode) if the engine is running above recommended operation
temperatures. If you notice that your speed has reduced during normal running operation
without reducing the throttle, monitor your temperature gauge. If your temperature gauge
indicates excessive temperatures, 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.
Oil Pressure
The oil pressure gauge is located at the lower center of the bottom panel of the dash
display. 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. If the
oil pressure reading is below the normal range, you should stop your engine and check
your oil immediately.
Average pressure ranges are between 6 psi at 1000 RPM and 80 psi at cruising speeds. If
you are experiencing low oil pressure, stop your engine and check your oil before
operating again.
Do not continue to run engine if pressure is low. If you do the
engine can become so hot that the surrounding components
could catch fire.
Notice:
Damage caused from neglected oil problems can be costly.
Such damage is not covered by your warranty.
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Fuel
The fuel gauge is located at the lower center right bottom panel of the dash display. The
fuel gauge indicates the approximate 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 gauges indicates 1/4 full.
Do not top off tank.
Notice:
It is not uncommon during 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. The fuel gauge will read most accurate
when sitting still in calm water.
Malibu Graphical In-Dash Display
All 2008 boats will include the Malibu Graphical In-Dash Display as a standard feature.
This display can be found in the center of your dash console behind the steering wheel.
Information is displayed in digital format for easy to read information, navigable using
the Function up ↑ arrow, or Function down ↓ arrow followed by pressing the Enter (E)
button in the center right of the display panel. The Graphical Display includes these
features: Malibu Cruise, Ballast Monitoring System (BMS) “Available in wakeboard
models only,” Air/Sea Temp, Depth meter, Power Wedge and service.
Figure 2-5. In-Dash Display
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Setup
When you first turn on the ignition of your boat, you will see the screen above, followed
by a Setup menu. To navigate the system menus, use the up/down ↑↓ arrows. When you
arrive to the screen you would like to use or setup, press the E (Enter) on the display
panel. To exit the setup menu, press the red button; this will return you to your default
screen.
Setup screen
mode
Setup
E
Contrast
12
Units
ENG
Favorite
Service
E
Use the arrow keys to highlight
what needs to be changed.
Press the E button to enter into
change mode.
Contrast
12
Contrast
12
Units
ENG
Favorite
Service
E
Once you have highlighted the
Contrast, press the up and down
arrows to change the contrast.
Press the E button when done.
Contrast
12
Units
ENG
ENG
Favorite
Service
E
Once you have highlighted the Units,
use the up and down arrows to change
between english and metric. Press
the E button when done.
E
Once you have highlighted the
Favorite, use the up and down arrows
to select which screen will appear at startup.
You will have a choice between
Clock, Engine, Cruise ON, Cruise
OFF or speed tach. Press the E
Gauge NORM
button when done.
Contrast
12
Units
ENG
Favorite
Service
Contrast
12
Units
ENG
Favorite
Service
Diagnostics
E
Gauge SWEEP
FAULT CODES
POWER WEDGE
Presets
E
Gauge ZERO
DIAGNOSTICS
FAULT CODES
POWER WEDGE
PRESETS
E
ACTIVE
INACTIVE
DIAGNOSTICS
FAULT CODES
POWER WEDGE
PRESETS
E
PW PRESENT
Calibrate
DIAGNOSTICS
FAULT CODES
POWER WEDGE
PRESETS
E
Press E to
restore
defaults
0
0
Gauge FULL
E
PW Present
E
E
RED to CANCEL
To exit the SETUP screens press the red button.
Calibrate
E
Select for
Normal
operation
Select for
sweep test
Select for
zero
pointer
Select for
full pointer
DOWN
UP
A/D:
VAL:
CAL
CAL
0
0
E
Proper calibration of the
power wedge is important to
allow the presets and gauge
to work properly.
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MALIBU PRESETS
Press the CRUISE button to enter the standard cruise
screen.
cruise
Press the CRUISE button a second time to enter the PRESET screen. Use the UP and
DOWN buttons to highlight the preset you wish to engage or edit. Press the RED button
to activate the preset or press the E button to edit the preset.
Use E button to edit the
name, save the preset, or
cruise
delete the preset. Saving a
E preset will lock in the current
E
speed, ballast levels, the
wedge location and the edited
name.
Pressing the RED button will bring you to the PRESET information screen (sample
below). This screen will tell you everything that the selected preset is doing to prepare
the boat such as filling the tanks, moving the wedge and setting the speed. This
screen will be displayed until all the tasks have been completed, or until the cruise button is
pressed or the cruise speed has been reached.
ACTUAL SPEED ACTUAL WEDGE
PRESET SELECTED
POSITION
SET SPEED
SET WEDGE POSITION
SET MLS LEVEL
MLS TANKS
ACTUAL MLS LEVEL
The cruise speed screen will show the normal information along with the preset
that has been selected. You can reset the presets to factory defaults in the setup
screen.
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Boat Alarms and Engine Faults
Malibu Boats are equipped with two separate computers connected to many sensors and
controllers that constantly monitor various functions of the boat and engine. Certain
functions, if outside of a pre-determined operational parameters, may activate an alarm.
When an alarm is activated, you will hear an audible buzzer alarm and see an alarm
indicator in the Multi-Function LCD display. Both the engine’s Electronic Control
Module (ECM) and the dash Medallion Instrumentation Computer (M3) have the ability
to activate an alarm.
If the Medallion Instrumentation Computer (M3) activates the alarm, you will see exactly
what the fault description is in the display; such as low oil pressure, high coolant temp,
low or high system voltage Depth alarm and Power Wedge over-speed. The M3 monitors
these sensors independently of the ECM via the CAN link. Additional alarm parameters
may be added.
The Indmar engine for 2008 is equipped with the latest GM / Delphi MEFI-5A Engine
control Module with OBD-M. If the engine ECM activates an alarm you will ether see
“Engine Fault” or “Service Required”. “Service Required” will only be seen on 20072008 Monsoon engines equipped with Catalysts Emissions System for the CARB
(California Air Resources Board) and EPA requirements as of June 30, 2006.
The “Engine Fault” alarm: Is activated by the ECM. The problem could be a
momentary out of parameter minor issue or the problem could be catastrophic. If the
‘Engine Fault’ alarm is activated, look at the gauges, oil P, temp and volts, and then shut
down the engine, Key off, then restart. If the problem was a minor momentary, out-ofparameter fault, the fault should reset during the key cycle. If the problem is more
serious, the alarm will be reactivated after restart. If the alarm continues, you should
discontinue use until the problem is diagnosed and fixed.
On the 2008 Medallion Instrumentation system we have added OBD-M. OBD-M gives
you the ability to read the Fault Codes out of the ECM using the Multi Function LCD
Display. OBD-M is intended mainly for EFI Technicians to use, but would be beneficial
to have it available for our customers to use if the need arises. You can at least call your
dealer or Malibu and tell them what you see on the OBD-M screen.
To Enter the On-board-Diagnostics- Marine Tool, you will need to scroll the “UP” or
“DOWN” button to the “Service” screen. Once in the service screen, press “E (Enter).”
Then use the “UP” or “DOWN” arrows to highlight “Fault Codes”. At this point you will
need to pay close attention; you will now see two lists: Active 1 or Inactive 1. It is the 1
or 0 that is important here. If the fault is currently Active (a real serious problem), you
will see a 1 to the right of active. If the problem was a momentary out of parameter issue,
you will see a “0” next to Active and you will see a “1” to the right of Inactive. Inactive
is much better then Active. Inactive means the problem is gone or has fixed itself during
the reset.
If the fault Code is Active, you will want to press the “E (Enter)” button with “Active 1”
highlighted in the screen. At this point you will read the Service Parameter Descriptions
and DTC’s in its OBD-M format. Again, this tool is not intended for everyone, yet again,
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it may tell you: “knock system no response” if you take a look and find the knock sensor
unplugged, you save the day and a trip to the dealer! If you are unable to resolve the
active code and the alarm continues and you have good oil pressure and engine
temperature, as soon as possible, take the boat back to the dealer.
Service Required Alarm: The Monsoon Engine equipped with Catalyst Emissions
system is the only engine you could see “Service Required” on. Service Required
parameters are all based on “emissions related faults”. Several of the typical sensors are
now part of the emissions related faults, such as the Knock system and Ignition Control
system as well as the oxygen sensors and Catalyst Monitoring system. Be advised: Per
EPA and CARB requirements, any emissions related fault, even if it is no longer active,
will not reset and clear the alarm until the engine has completed three complete warm up
cycles from 90º to 150º F. You have the ability to use the OBD-M tool in emissions
related faults also.
Turn Off the Alarm!: By turning off the alarm you are acknowledging that you know
there is a problem on your boat! Press the “E (Enter)” button to disable the alarm for five
minutes. The alarm will reactivate in five minutes
Clock/Hour Display
Press the E to display the setup screen “Clock/Hour Display.” The month, day and year
will be displayed. Set month first, press enter “E (Enter)” to move to the next selection;
set the day, press “E (Enter)”, then day “E (Enter)”. Once the year is set, the selection will
continue to set the time. Set each completed: hour, minute second; to move to the next
screen, press “E (Enter)” up ↑ arrow. The next display panel will be shown.
Temperature
The air and water temperatures are shown on the display panel. Temperature can be
displayed in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. See English/Metric operation in the SETUP
menu to change view.
Depth
The depth meter will display lake depth, and can be set for shallow water alarm. To set
the shallow water settings, press the “E (Enter)” on the display panel. The display will be
flashing. Scroll through the settings until the desired water depth is set. The system is set
to default at 2 ft. Once this is completed, press “E (Enter)” to return to main menu.
MPH/RPM
Your dash display can also be set to display boat running speeds and RPM. If your
speedometer needs correction due to changes in the system, it can be done using the
MPH mode screen (see Speed Calibration).
Speed Calibration
The speed can be calibrated manually when the boat speed is between 15 and 36 MPH.
To calibrate, scroll through the display menu to MPH/RPM. Press and hold “E (Enter)” to
enter. Highlight MPH and use arrow butons to adjust speed UP or DOWN. Press “E
(Enter)” to exit. The MPH mode is all that can be recalibrated.
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Malibu Cruise Control (Standard on all Boats)
cruise
cruise
Figure 2-6. Cruise Control
Malibu Precision Pro Speed Control
Favorite
Operation of
Precision Cruise
2008 Control
Adjust set points by pressing up and
down arrows. Adjustments can be done
with system on or off
SPEED
Actual
00
SPEED ON/ENG
Set
Actual
35
35
OFF
Set
35
cruise
Turn Cruise on/off by pressing the RED
button
Typical screen for the WKBRD A preset
of a boat that has a Power wedge and
Front MLS
PRESETS
1. GO HOME
2. WKBRD B
3. WKBRD I
4. WKBRD A
5. SURF L
cruise
WKBRD A ACT SET
0.0 22.0
SPEED
00 70
WEDGE
MLS F
OFF
SPEED
PRESET WKBRD A
Set
Actual
22.0
00
Turn Cruise on/off by pressing the RED
button
Throttle position
and overshoot
indicator
Favorite
current throttle position
Gap will appear
when system has
engaged. Keep
throttle position in
gap for proper
operation.
Move throttle
postion indicator to
right side of gap to
activate the manual
over shoot.
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In the upper port corner of the display menu is the CRUISE button. To activate, turn the
engine on. While in NEUTRAL, press the cruise button on your display to get the system
into speed control mode. Press the red button to turn the speed control ON. Adjust the
target speed on the display if necessary with the “UP ↑” and “DOWN ↓” arrows to set
your rider’s desired speed. The system’s cruise will take over when the boat speed has
reached the target speed. When boat speed gets closer to the target speed, you will notice
the speed control system take control of engine speed and the display will change from
“ON” to “ENG” (Engaged). An audible alarm will acknowledge engagement and a
window will pop up in the solid bar at the bottom of the display. This window at the
bottom of the display is your throttle target window. The small square above the target
window is your actual throttle position.
To provide the system with the tolerance needed to maintain steady speed, adjust your
throttle to position the small square in the center of the target window.
When the small square is centered in the target window, the Precision Pro Speed Control
System will hold the desired target speed. If the small square is to one side of the target
window, the computers will have limited authority to adjust the throttle. If throttle
adjustment is needed to hold the target speed, the window will close and display “more
throttle”, apply more throttle to adjust.
To disengage:
Simply pull back on the throttle. If you advance the throttle, the system will re-engage at
the target speed. To turn the system off:
Press the red button in the display or turn the ignition key OFF.
With the system ON, you will be limited to the target speed.
If you forget to turn the system on before you pulled the rider up, you can push the red
button to turn the system ON, however you will need to reduce the boat speed to at least
6 MPH below the target speed and then back up, to get the system to engage.
To exit the CRUISE display and return to the default screen, press CRUISE twice.
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Ballast Monitoring System (BMS) (Standard on Wakesetter Model)
Figure 2-7. BMS
All Wakesetter models come standard with the Ballast Monitoring System (BMS)
display. The BMS can be used to visually see the amount of water ballast that is in each
tank. The ballast amount is monitored in 1/4 tank increments, and can monitor the center,
left and right rear tanks and optional front bow tank. The ballast fill switches are located
on the dash switch panel labeled MLS. To activate the BMS, press the BALLAST button
on the Dash Display. The BALLAST display window will show. To exit the BALLAST
display screen, press the Red button; this defaults to your Favorites Screen.
Boats that are not equipped with the ballast monitoring system will not have the ballast
option on the display. It will be replaced with the Speedo option. This is used as a shortcut to the speedometer calibration screen.
Power Wedge
The Power Wedge (PW) is an adjustable wake enlargement device designed specifically
for wakeboarding. It is not intended to be used over 25 MPH. The PW alarm will activate
if the foil is not in the “stowed” or “all the way up” position and the boat speed exceeds
25 MPH. You must slow down to between 1 and 10 MPH to raise the foil all the way up.
The Power Wedge is intended to be deployed “down” prior to pulling up the rider, it will
not deploy above 10 MPH.
Boats not equipped with PW must have the Power Wedge mode switched to N/A instead
of PRESENT.
The Power Wedge is a computer controlled intelligent device. The computer determines
if the boat speed is safe to operate the PW. If the boat speed and foil position are within
the safe operational parameters, the computer will allow you to adjust the foil. If the boat
speed and foil position are out of the safe parameters, the Power Wedge will not operate.
The Power Wedge Foil will deploy from the fully up or “stowed” position to the fully
down or “operating position” as long as the boat speed is under 10 MPH. It will deploy
“down” sitting on the trailer if the key is ON and the switch is depressed on the “DOWN”
arrow. It will not deploy “up’ unless the boat speed is between 1 and 10 MPH. Once the
foil is all the way down, you will have the ability to adjust the size and shape of your
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wake when the boat speed is between 10 and 25 MPH. The driver should always begin
the towing session with the foil in the down position. Once the boat is at the desired
wakeboarding speed, the driver can increase the wake size by pressing the “UP” arrow on
the PW switch in momentary increments or decrease the wake size by pressing the
“DOWN” arrow in momentary increments. The driver can monitor the Power Wedge
gauge for reference to the adjustments. When the boat speed is between 10 and 25 MPH,
the foil will not raise above the predetermined operating limit which is the largest,
sharpest, usable wake in which the foil can create. With the foil in the lowest position, the
wake is comparable to approximately 400 lb of ballast in the rear of the boat.
Your Malibu can be trailered or launched with the PW down, but make sure to raise it
once you are on the water. DO NOT operate the PW with people on the swim step or near
the PW.
Notice:
Be sure the wedge unit is up before loading boat on trailer.
Ensure all passengers are in the boat before changing wedge
position. Stay clear of wedge unit while in motion. Fingers
and clothing can be pinched between wedge arms and
bracket, causing serious injury to passengers.
Figure 2-8. Power Wedge
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Circuit Breakers
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.
Figure 2-9. Circuit Breaker Panels
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.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Horn
Navigation Lights
Interior Lights
Accessory Docking Lights
Accessory Tower Lights
Accessory Shower
•
•
•
•
•
Accessory Heater
Accessory Malibu Launch System (MLS)
Accessory Stereo
Bilge Pump
Blower
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Horn
Nav
Lights
Anc
Int
Lights
Dash
Docking
Lights
Tower
Lights
ACC
ACC
fill
fill
MLS
MLS
drn
drn
hi
ACC
Stero
heater
Bilge
Pump
Blower
low
IGNITION SWITCH
mal-06-015
Figure 2-10. 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 2 in. or more of water is detected.
Blower
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.
Stereo Power
The optional stereo system can be activated by either turning the ignition key on after
starting your boat, or can be used without the engine started by turning the key to the left
position; the stereo head unit is located under driver seat armrest. See Stereo control
section for specific system use.
Accessory #1
This switch is used to supply power to the optional heater unit. (For information on the
use of the heater, please see heater operation in the optional equipment section of this
manual.)
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.
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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
lights.
MUX Switch
The 2008 Malibu system comes with three different MUX switch modules: one on the
left that has the HORN button; one on the right that has the STEREO buttons; and an
optional one for the back that has the STEREO buttons.
These modules have the ability to have any function added, subtracted or moved. This
makes the boat a lot more flexible when adding or deleting options from the switches.
The MUX switches are connected to the boat and POWER module by the CAN BUS. If
CAN communication is lost between it and the POWER module, the MUX will display
last known output state.
The MUX switch indicates the current status of each switch, so that if the MINI activates
one of the ballast fill pumps, the MUX switch will show FILL on that tank.
The MUX is designed to stay active for 30 minutes after ignition is off and all switches
are off.
The MUX switch will wake up anytime a button is pressed with ignition off.
The Vertical button is called the PAGE button. It allows the user to toggle through the
menu to buttons on other pages.
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Figure 2-11. MUX Switch
Pressing the BILDGE button will toggle the POWER module output and MUX
display from OFF to ON and back to OFF again.
Pressing the DASH LIGHTS button will toggle the POWER module output and
MUX display from OFF to ON to DIM 1 to DIM2 and back to OFF again. DIM 1
and 2 are two lower levels of brightness for the dash.
Pressing the INTERIOR LIGHTS button will toggle the POWER module output
and MUX display from OFF to ON to DIM 1 to DIM2 and back to OFF again.
DIM 1 and 2 are two lower levels of brightness for the boat.
Pressing the BLOWER button will toggle the POWER module output and MUX
display from OFF to ON and back to OFF again.
Pressing the NAV/ANC LIGHTS button will toggle the POWER module output
and MUX display from OFF to NAV/ANC ON to NAV ON and back to OFF
Pressing the HEATER button will toggle the POWER module output and MUX
display from OFF to HIGH to LOW and back to OFF again.
Pressing the MLS LEFT button will toggle the POWER module output and MUX
display from OFF to FILL to OFF to DRAIN and back to OFF again.
Pressing the MLS RIGHT button will toggle the POWER module output and
MUX display from OFF to FILL to OFF to DRAIN and back to OFF again.
Pressing the MLS CENTER button will toggle the POWER module output and
MUX display from OFF to FILL to OFF to DRAIN and back to OFF again.
Pressing the MLS FRONT button will toggle the POWER module output and
MUX display from OFF to FILL to OFF to DRAIN and back to OFF again.
Pressing the TOWER LIGHTS button will toggle the MINI MMDC module output and MUX display from OFF to FRONT to ALL and back to OFF again.
Pressing the DOCKING LIGHTS button will toggle the POWER module output
and MUX display from OFF to ON and back to OFF again.
Pressing the POWER WEDGE DEPLOY button will toggle the MINI to move
the WEDGE to its down position. This is done automatically once the button is
pressed. The POWER module will turn off after it has reached the bottom or 10
seconds has elapsed.
Pressing the POWER WEDGE DOWN button will toggle the POWER module
output to supply power to the WEDGE to move it down. The WEDGE will move
down as long as this button is pressed.
Pressing the POWER WEDGE UP button will toggle the POWER module output
to supply power to the WEDGE to move it up. The WEDGE will move up as long
as this button is pressed and the boat is moving faster than .3 mph.
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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.
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.
Before starting engine or engaging
transmission, ensure all swimmers
are out of the water.
Electronic Throttle Control-ETC
All 2006-2008 Malibu Boats are equipped with electronic
Figure 2-12. Throttles
throttle control AKA “Fly-By-Wire”. The throttle cable has
been removed and several components on the engine and helm
throttle control have been changed. The helm throttle control “E-MV3” is now dual, variable
voltage potentiometer that sends electronic signals back to the engine ECM via a shielded
wire harness with the highest quality GM/Delphi water-tight connectors that mates to the
engine ECM. The ECM then uses the signals from the E-MV3 to precisely control the engine
speed with an electronic throttle body.
All 2008 Malibu Boats with Indmar Engines are fitted with GM/Delphi MEFI-5A Engine
Control Module that offers fully sequential fuel injection and high speed CAN
communication link which supports both OBD-M (On Board Diagnostics-Marine) advanced
engine diagnostics and onboard system networking, plus the latest developments in
electronic throttle control technology.
ETC failure: If for any reason, any part of the electronic throttle control system fails;
(unplugged, wire cut, short, loss of power, sensor failure) the engine controller will default to
“Idle”. You will have “no” control of the throttle, the “Engine Fault” alarm will also be
activated. If this ever happens; turn the key OFF and then restart. This will reset the
computer area network. If this condition continues, take the boat to the dealer.
8.1 Engines: Boats equipped with the 8.1 L engine, when reducing speed from above 2500
RPM to coast to a stop, you will want to leave the boat in gear until the RPM drops below
2500 RPM. If you pull the throttle into neutral, you may experience RPM flair. This is
caused by reducing the load on the engine at high RPM.
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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.
Notice:
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 stop switch attaches to the operator of the
boat and shuts down the engine if the operator is
accidentally forced away from the helm.
The switch consists of an ON/OFF switch 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, flipping the switch to the OFF
position and stopping the engine. If the engine must be
shut down quickly, a pull on the lanyard cord to release
Figure 2-13. Emergency
the clip from the switch will stop the engine.
Engine Stop Switch
To reset the switch after activation, reinstall the lanyard clip and flip switch to the UP
position.
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 2-14. Motorbox
Running the engine with the motor
box open exposes rotating machinery which can cause injury
to occupants of the boat.
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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.
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 Lumbar Support) and turn counterclockwise to loosen.
The seat should swivel freely. To reset the seat position,
simply reverse these steps.
Figure 2-15. Bolster Seat
Figure 2-16. Lumbar Adjuster
Figure 2-17. Seat Adjuster
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.
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Sundeck
Most boat models are equipped with a standard sundeck
feature designed for sunbathing comfort.
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.
Figure 2-18. Sundeck
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.
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 2-19. Engine Access
Hatch
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’ “Pivoting-Head” 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. DO NOT overload the
pylon or use it for anything other than
Figure 2-20.
watersports.
Pivoting-Head
Ski Pylon
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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
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
from boarding platform while
engine is running. The boarding
platform must be attached when
the boat is in use.
Figure 2-21. Swim Platform
Figure 2-22. Swim Platform Pins
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 2-23. 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.
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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 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
desired.
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 2-24. Lockable Transom
Storage
Drain Plugs
Your Malibu is equipped with two or three 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 2-25. 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.
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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 2-26. Bilge Drain Plug
Ensure that all 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 which is
transferred to the speedometer gauge.
See troubleshooting section of this manual for basic
maintenance information.
Figure 2-27. Thru-Hull
Paddle Wheel Pickup
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.
Figure 2-28. Tilt Steering
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Exhaust
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.
•
•
•
•
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.
Reinstall 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.
Notice :
The 2008 Monsoon engine equipped with the ETX Catalyst
Exhaust Manifolds may produce an unusual smell which is
characteristic of an engine with a catalyst exhaust system.
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Ventilation
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.
Cooling
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.
• Use Sierra Anti-Freeze.
Notice:
To ensure we are always mindful of our environment; it is an
Indmar and Malibu Boat recommendation to use Sierra Brand
antifreeze because of its propylene glycol formulation. SIERRA
Antifreeze is less toxic and safer than ethylene glycol coolants
to children, pets and wildlife, in case of spills, leaks, boil-over
or careless disposal.
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
Heater
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 2-29. Heater
Boat Cover
If your boat is equipped with this option, know the
type of coveryou are placing on your boat. Some
Boat Covers have been made strictly for mooring
and storage only, and some have been made for
storage and travel. If you question the type of cover
that you have purchased, check with your Malibu
dealer for assistance.
Figure 2-30. Boat Cover
Damage caused to your boat as a result of improper cover
use is not covered under your Malibu Boats warranty.
Damage can result from wind whipping, and possibly cause
abrasions to your gelcoat surface. Use the proper shipping
cover for travel purposes.
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Stereo
The stereo head unit is located in the starboard side walk-through
panel (in the shifter panel above the shifter in Ride models). To
turn the stereo on, the dash ignition key switch must be turned on.
The key can be turned to the left if you will not be running the
boat. See Figure 2-31. Some systems, if equipped, will have an
optional remote pad located at the back of the boat either in the
passenger area, or exterior transom. For specific stereo use, please Figure 2-31. Stereo
refer to the stereo manual that was included in your owner’s
packet. Standard on all boats equipped with stereo system is an
MP3 input line. See instructions found in your owner’s packet for
specific use.
If your boat was equipped with optional sound equipment to
include CD changer, amplifier or subwoofer, please refer to these
Figure 2-32. Stereo
specific manuals included in the owners’ packet for use.
Remote
Stereo Controls
POWER ON/OFF Button (1)
Push the PWR button (1) to turn on the unit. Push it again to turn off the unit.
SEL and VOL Button (2)
1. Audio control (VOLUME/BASS/TREBLE/BALANCE/FADER)
By quickly pressing the SEL (2) button, you can select which of the below features
to set:
- VOL display - volume control > press button (2)>
- BAS display - bass tone control > press button (2)>
- TRB display - treble tone control > press button (2)>
- BAL display - balance control > press button (2)>
- FAD display - fader control > press button (2)>
Use the VOL up/down button (16) to adjust. In each mode, the waiting time for
adjustment is about 5 seconds. If the waiting time is over, the unit returns to the last
displayed mode of Radio, USB/NAND (internal memory), CDC, iPod, SIRIUS or
CD mode. These settings are indicated on the display window.
VOLUME
BASS
Select
FADER
Select
Select
Select
TREBLE
BALANCE
Select
Figure 2-33. Stereo Functions
2.
Beep 2nd, I-Vol, Area and DSP Selection
When the SEL button (2) is held over 2 seconds, the unit will be operated as below:
Beep 2nd
Press
Figure 2-34. Stereo Functions
I-Vol
Press
Area
Press
SUB-W
Press
DSP
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a.
b.
c.
Beep 2nd
In the Beep 2nd mode, you can control Beep on or Beep 2nd by pressing VOL
up/down.
- Beep on: You can hear “beep” sound when you press any button.
- Beep 2nd: You can hear “beep” sound when you press any button over 1.5
seconds.
I-Vol
By pressing the SEL (2) button again, the unit will turn to I-VOL mode (Initial
Volume Level Adjustment). You can adjust the I-Vol to the level you want by
using VOL up/down button. After setting the initial level, the volume will
default to this level every time the unit is powered on.
Area Selection
By pressing SEL (2) button again, the unit will be in Area selection mode. Then
use VOL up/down button to choose USA or EUR. Press and hold BD/FN for 2
seconds to confirm and save selection.
d. SUB-W
By pressing SEL (2) button again, the unit will be in Sub-woofer selection
mode. Then press VOL up/down button to choose SUB-W on or off.
e.
DSP
Choose from flat, classic, pop or rock by pressing the SEL (2) button again.
Adjust with VOL up/down button.
Volume Control
Press the VOL up/down button to increase or decrease the volume level.
- Bass control
Press VOL up to increase the bass.
Press VOL down to decrease the bass.
- Treble control
Press VOL up to increase the treble.
Press VOL down to decrease the treble.
- Balance control
Press VOL up to decrease the left speaker volume.
Press VOL down to decrease the right speaker volume.
- Fader control
Press VOL up to decrease the volume level of speakers connected to the rear
channel.
Press VOL down to decrease the volume level of speakers connected to the
front channel.
“MODE” Button (3)
Press this button to select Radio, CD, USB/NAND (internal memory), CDC, SIRIUS or AUX.
BD/FN Button (4)
In radio mode, press the BD/FN (4) button shortly to select the desired band:
FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2.
In SIRIUS mode, press BD/FN (4) button to select the SSR1 and SSR2.
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How to Adjust the Clock / Time (8)
Press DIS (8) button once to display the time.
1. Press and hold the DIS (8) button until the time flashes on the display.
2. Press VOL up to set hour.
3. Press VOL down to set minutes.
4. Press the DIS button again quickly to accept the adjusted time.
If no button is pressed within 5 seconds, the unit automatically accepts the adjusted
time without further intervention from the user.
Loudness Function (14)
In order to emphasize the bass and the treble at low volume, press the LD (14) button. To
turn off loudness, press the LD button again.
Station Tuning
1. Manual/Seek Tuning Button (15): Press this button quickly to activate the Seek
mode. The Seek mode will automatically seek up or down the wave band and stop at
the next station of sufficient signal strength. Press and hold tuning button for 2
seconds to enter manual tuning mode. The unit will revert back to Seek mode after
10 seconds without use.
2. Manual Station Store: Select the desired band and tune to a radio station to be
memorized. Choose the preset button memory location 1-6 into which the station is
to be stored, and press and hold that preset button for 2 seconds. The station will now
be entered into the preset memory. Six stations can be memorized on each of the
FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 and AM2 bands.
3. A.PS - Auto Store Function (13): Press and hold button (13) for approximately 2
seconds until you hear a beep which confirms the memory function is engaged. The
unit will “search” for six strong stations and automatically store them on buttons 1-6.
You can override the preset station on any button by manually setting a new
frequency.
4. Scan (11): In Radio mode, press the SCAN (11) button to scan strong stations. At
the desired station, press the SCAN (11) button again to stop scanning.
5. Program Memory Scan: Momentarily press A.PS and the unit will scan for stored
stations. Momentarily press it again to stop scanning.
Listening to the Music
1. Play/Pause (5): Push to pause CDC USB/NAND, iPod and push again to resume
play.
2. Intro Scan (6): Press this button to hear the first 10 seconds of each track.
Press this button again to restore the player to its normal play mode.
3. Repeat Play Button (7): While playing a desired track, press RPT button to play the
track repeatedly. Press RPT button again to return to normal play mode.
4. Random Play Button (8): Press RDM button to play all tracks in random sequence.
Press RDM button again to return the player to normal mode.
5. Press Preset Button (9) or (10) to choose the DISC or folder that you would like to
play. (This button works when you install the CD changer or insert a USB
device/iPod to the radio unit. CDC, USB and iPod is optional.)
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6.
Track Tuning (15): Search the tracks on the DISC, USB/NAND (internal memory)
or iPod with the and buttons. To fast-forward or fast-rewind, press and hold the
or button continuously.
Remote Control (Option)
16
15
5
1
2
7
6
9
8
13
11
10
12
3
14
4
Figure 2-35. Remote Control
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
POWER ON / OFF button
SELECT button
MODE button
BD / FN button
Track play / pause button, radio / SIRIUS preset 1 button
Track intro scan button, radio / SIRIUS preset 2 button
Track repeat button, radio / SIRIUS preset 3 button
Track random play button, radio / SIRIUS preset 4 button
Radio / SIRIUS preset 5 button, and CDC disc Up
Radio / SIRIUS preset 6 button, and CDC disc Down
SCAN button (#7 preset SIRIUS only)
DISP (display) button (#8 preset SIRIUS only)
A.PS - Auto Preset Scan button (#9 preset SIRIUS only)
LOUD (loudness) button (#10 preset SIRIUS only)
Radio or SIRIUS tune UP / DOWN button, CD, USB/NAND (internal memory),
iPod, or CDC track UP / DOWN button
16. Volume decrease or increase button
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Due to the many stereo accessories, and additional boat
optional stereo components that can be added to this
system, it is very easy to overload the boat’s electrical
systems capability to recharge your battery resulting in a
dead battery.
If you will be adding additional equipment to your boat, it is
recommended that you have a trained technician calculate
draw and amperage of the electrical system before adding
equipment. Higher Amp alternators are available to prevent
an overloaded system.
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 2-36. Shower Head
Figure 2-37. 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 2-38. 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
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Port-a-Potty/SaniPottie (Sunscape 25 model boats
only)
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 2-39. SaniPottie
Pump-Out-Port-a-Potty
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.
Wedge
The Malibu Manual Wedge foil is a solid, one piece,
welded design constructed from solid stainless steel. The
wedge foil no longer locks in the down position. It is
designed to move up or down freely and locate in the
down position.
To lower wedge unit, depress spring loaded pins and lower
foil. Be sure to raise and lock foil in the up position each
Figure 2-40. Wedge Down
time after use.
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.
Ensure both spring loaded pins
are engaged before taking off.
Figure 2-41. Wedge Up
Excessive speeds over 30 MPH
could cause adverse handling
conditions. It is recommended that you put the Wedge unit in
the UP position if you will be traveling over these speeds.
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Scarpa Suppression Plate (SSP)
The Scarpa Suppression plate is an optional add-on feature
available for boats built with the Wedge boat bracket installed,
used to enhance slalom ski wake characteristics on Response
model ski boats. The plate is installed to an existing
Wedge bracket.
Optional Malibu Launch System (MLS)
Figure 2-42. Scarpa
The Malibu Launch System (MLS) ballast system allows
water to be stored on board to increase hull weight for larger Suppression Plate (SSP)
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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Chapter 3
OPERATION
Everyone benefits from the safety of others.
3
Trailering
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. Verify tire pressure for load capacity.
Notice:
Consult your trailer dealer for other state regulations
concerning brakes, lighting and other equipment options.
Hitch
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
KC-1700
Most boat trailers connect to a ball hitch
that is bolted or welded to the towing
vehicle. Clamp-on bumper hitches are not
recommended.
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.
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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.
Tie-Downs
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
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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
travel.
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
towing.
Launching
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 reinstall 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
it.
Reloading Procedures
To reload, repeat the unloading procedures in reverse. Other important tips to remember
are:
• 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.
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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 3-5. Warning Labels
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Warning Label Locations
Refer to the diagrams below for the location of each label.
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Load Capacity
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that boats under 20 ft 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.
SWAMPING HAZARD
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 9
pounds per gallon. Be sure to add the weight of the water to the weight of the
persons and gear.
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Fueling
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
occurred.
4) Operate the bilge blower
for a minimum of four
minutes before starting
the engine.
KC-0991M
Figure 3-6. 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
warranty.
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Starting
First Start-Up of the Day
On the first start-up of the day, you may find it beneficial to “key up” once or twice to
prime the fuel system prior to cranking the engine to start. The fuel system pressure will
drop after a few hours of non-use. To prevent long crank times when starting for the first
time, turn the key ON once to prime the fuel system.
This is a “High Pressure” fuel system. If you ever smell a strong fuel odor, shut down
immediately and inspect for leaks.
Notice:
The PIT fuel system is not to be serviced by anyone other than
a Malibu Factory Trained and Certified Technician. Special tools
and training are required to service this fuel system.
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
listed.
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.
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
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.
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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 ENTER button on the display will silence the alarm for four
minutes. 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° F. Alarm will reset when engine
cools below 198° F.
Battery Voltage Alarm:
Voltage drops below 11 V.
Voltage is above 16 V.
Water Depth Alarm:
Water is shallower than water depth alarm setting.
Refer to Section 4, Care and Maintenance, Electrical, for more information on the alarm.
Please refer to your engine owner’s manual for the proper starting procedures.
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Shifting/Running
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 3-7. 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.
Notice:
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
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.
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Figure 3-8. 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.
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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
Figure 3-9. Stern Push
experienced boater will use them to
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.
Stopping
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 restart the engine quickly
or may create a hazardous swamping condition.
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Docking
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 between
the dock and boat or 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
hook.
Figure 3-10. Docking With Wind/Current
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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.
The foredeck handrails should only be used for tying a “Jackline” in an emergency
situation. If possible, tie up your boat with the bow toward the waves and leave a little
slack in the lines to allow for movement from waves or the tide.
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 ft long, but closer to 95 ft. Once
this is understood, you are underway to a safe and secure adventure together. A healthy
respect for Common Sense Rules of water skiing 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
speed.
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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 3-11. 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.
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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 3-12. 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.
Anchoring
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 suit your
situation.
Always anchor from the bow of the boat. The boat has less
chance of breaking free if a heavy wind comes.
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Propellers
• A propeller can be very sharp. Be careful when you handle
it. Wear a pair of protective gloves when handling any
propeller.
• Remove your key from the ignition to prevent accidental
starting of the engine.
• DO NOT reuse the nylon locknut or the cotter pin.
• DO NOT use a damaged propeller. A damaged propeller can
damage your engine and/or your boat.
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.,
KC-2220M
13 x 14, and material identification such as
brass or stainless steel. The first number
Figure 3-13. Propeller
is 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 in.
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.
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Removal
1.) Remove the cotter pin from the propeller shaft and discard.
2.) Wedge a piece of 1" x 4" wood between the propeller blade and the starboard side of
the strut and rudder.
3.) Remove the nylon locknut and discard.
Use a propeller puller to remove the propeller, then remove the key from the keyway.
Inspect the keyways and key for any damage.
Installation
Before installing the prop, look at the keyway on the shaft and in the propeller. The key
should slide freely in both keyways. DO NOT use the prop nut to advance the prop onto
shaft.
If the key has slight damage or burrs, remove them by filing the flat sides or replace the
key. DO NOT file the key beyond its normal shape or size.
1.) Rotate the shaft until the keyway is “up.”
2.) Place the key in the shaft keyway. Align the keyway in the prop to the key. The prop
will only slip on in one direction. Once the prop starts to go on the shaft, push the
propeller “solidly” on the shaft and make sure you feel that it is seating properly.
3.) Wedge a piece of 1" x 4" wood between the propeller blade and the port side of the
strut and rudder.
4.) Install a new nylon locknut and torque the nut to maximum of 30 ft-lbs (40.7 N•m).
5.) Install new cotter pin. Bend the retaining ends of the cotter pin in the opposite
directions. Make sure the cotter pin is snug and cannot rotate.
Malibu Exclusive Adjustable Rudder System
Your Malibu steering is custom calibrated at the
Malibu factory at the time of manufacturing. However, it may be
necessary from time to time to adjust the steering due to normal
operations. Malibu Boats’ unique adjustment feature allows custom
calibration to your specific driving needs. The Malibu Adjustable
Rudder system allows you to increase or decrease the amount of load
that is typically on the steering system.
If it is determined that your rudder needs adjustment, you can do so
Figure 3-14.
by adjusting tunable feature located on the rudder surface. Locate
Adjustable Rudder
the 1/8" set-screws. Loosening the set-screws will release the
adjustment tab. If your boat pulls to the right, turn the tab to the
right 1/8th to 1/4". Do not move beyond this point. Only minor adjustments are needed to
make a correction. Note that it may take more than one adjustment to get the desired
setting. Tighten the set-screws when adjustment is completed.
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Make sure the set-screws are tightened after each
adjustment. Failure to tighten the set-screws could cause
erratic steering and serious damage could result. If you are
unsure of the correct procedure to conduct this adjustment,
it is recommended that you return your boat to your local
Malibu Boat dealership for assistance.
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.
Notice:
Salt water is commonly very harsh on all components of boat.
Salt water corrosion is not covered under your Malibu Boat or
Indmar warranties. It is the boat owner’s responsibility to
understand and ensure they have taken proper precautions to
safeguard boat.
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Chapter 4
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
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.
Interior
Carpet
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.
Vinyl
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.
In some instances, color or dye transfer can occur when wet
clothing comes in contact with vinyl. If this occurs, the vinyl
should be cleaned immediately to avoid permanent staining.
Unfortunately, due to the porous nature of the upholstery,
you may find that the dye has set into the vinyl surface, and
you cannot remove it. If this should occur, it is recommended
that you contact Final Finish/MSG to get assistance in
cleaning.
Upholstery finish stains caused by secondary sources are not
covered under your Malibu Boats Warranty.
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It is important to keep your vinyl clean at all times. Some substances can stain the vinyl if
you leave them on for even a short period. Remove any contaminant and clean the area
immediately. DO NOT use Formula 409® Cleaner or any silicone based products. Some
household cleaners, powdered abrasives, steel wool, industrial cleaners, dry cleaning
fluids and lacquer solvents can damage and discolor. DO NOT use these types of
cleaners.
Common stains and steps to treat:
Chewing gum
Chocolate, coffee, tea
Crayon
Eye shadow
Grease
Ink, ball-point
Ketchup
Lipstick
Marker, permanent
Mildew or wet leaves
Mustard, yellow
Oil, engine
Paint, latex
Paint, oil based (dried)
Paint, oil based (fresh)
Paint, spray
Polish, shoe*
Suntan lotion*
Tar/Asphalt
Step #1
d
b
d
e
d
e
a
a
e
d
d
b
a
a
d
c
a
d
a
Step #2
a
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
b
Step #3
d then a
e then b
a
b
b
Use the chart above to clean common stains:
a. Medium-soft brush, warm, soapy water/rinse/dry
b. Meguire’s Quick Clean #52
c. One (1) tablespoon ammonia, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, ¾ cup water rinse/dry
d. Wipe or scrape off excess (chill gum with ice)
e. Denatured Alcohol/rinse/dry
After all cleaning methods, rinse well with water.
* Shoe polish, wet leaves and some other products contain dyes that stain permanently.
Some suntan lotions can also stain permanently.
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Exterior
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.
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:
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
Wash area with dish washing soap
Apply a mild cleanser on a small area (3 x 3 ft)
Rinse with fresh water
Buff with a fine rubbing compound
Wax
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
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.
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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
following:
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.
Notice:
Teak sealers and cleaners can damage other materials. Make
sure you throughly remove any spills or excess. Teak should
not be varnished. The natural oils in teak cause poor adhesion.
Avoid fire or explosion onboard. DO NOT store rags used
to treat teak onboard. Store or dispose of rags properly
ashore.
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Engine/Drive Train
Engine
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
Engine Models
Number of Cylinders
Displacement
2008 Malibu Engines
5.7L MPI
6.2L (383)
LS7
LS2/LS3/LY6
8.1L MPI
V-8
383 CID (6.3L)
427 CID (7.0L)
364 CID (6.0L)
496 CID (8.1L)
4.25 x 4.37 in.
4.125 x 4.00 in.
3.898 x 3.622 in.
4.0012 x 3.8 in.
Bore/Stroke
(108 x 111 mm)
( 101.63 x 96.52 mm) (104.8 x 101.6 mm) (99 x 92 mm)
Compression Ratio
9.7:1
11.0:1
10.1:1
9.1:1
Minimum 100 PSI (690 kPa)
Compression Pressure (Note 1)
650 ± 50 RPM
Idle RPM in Neutral (Note 2)
4600-5200 RPM
5200-5600 RPM
Operating Range at WOT
4400-4800 RPM
5000-5400 RPM
4 PSI (41 kPa) Minimum Hot
Oil Pressure at Idle
5 PSI (34 kPa) Minimum
18 PSI (124 kPa) Minimum Hot
Oil Pressure at 2000 RPM
10 PSI (69 kPa) Minimum
AC-PF454 (on engine)
Oil Filter
Pennzoil PZ3, AC-PF25
Pennzoil PZ3 (remote)
60 PSI Minimum at Keyup (414 kPa)
Fuel Pump Pressure
8 PSI Maximum (55.2 kPa)
12 Volt DC Negative (-) Ground
Electrical System
650 cca/700 mca/120Ah
Minimum Battery Requirements
1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3
Firing Order
AC 41-932 or 41-993
AC 41-985
Spark Plug Type
AC 41-983
.060 in. (1.5 mm)
.040 in. (1.3 mm)
Spark Plug Gap
.030 in. (.76 mm)
Nonadjustable
Base Timing at 1000 RPM (Note 3)
10° BTDC
160°F (71°C)
Thermostat
Fluid Capacities
Crankcase (With Filter) (Note 4)
Closed Cooling Systen (Note 5)
In-Line 1:1 Transmission (Note 4)
In-Line Reduction Gear (Note 4)
ZF Ski Vee Transmission (Note 4)
ZF V-Drive Transmission (Note 4)
Walter V-Drive
5.7L Carbureted
350 CID (5.7L)
4.0012 x 3.480 in.
(101.63 x 88.39 mm)
9.4:1
5.5 Quarts (5.25 L) with Filter
12-14 Quarts (11.4-13.3 L)
1.7 Quarts (1.6 L) Dexron 3 ATF
2.12 Quarts (2 L) Pennzoil 15W40
2.12 qt (2 L) Main Gearbox, 1.0 qt (1.06 L) V-drive - Dexron 3
4.2 Quarts (4 L) Pennzoil 15W40
0.5 Quart (0.5 L) Pennzoil SAE 30 Motor Oil
10 Quarts (9.5L)
14-16 Quarts (13.2-15.1L)
4.2 Quarts (4L) 15W40
4.2 Quarts (4L) 15W40
Notes
1) Minimum recorded compression in any one cylinder should not be less than 70% of the highest recorded cylinder.
2) 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.
4) Always use dipstick to determine exact quantity of oil required. Do not fill above “FULL” mark.
5) Do not over fill. Correct level is at the “Full Cold” mark on the coolant recovery bottle when coolant is cold.
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Transmission
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
marks.
Check level immediately after turning engine off.
Transmission fluid may be hot. Be careful not to burn
yourself.
TRANSMISSION
ZF Hurth In-Line
ZF Hurth In-Line
ZF Hurth In-Line
ZF Hurth V-Drive
MODEL
450D
450A
630A
630V
CAPACITY
1.7 qt (1.6L)
2.12 qt (2L)
4.2 qt (4L)
4.2 qt (4L)
FLUID TYPE
Pennzoil Dexron II, III or MERCON
Pennzoil Dexron II, III or MERCON
Pennzoil Dexron II, III or MERCON
Pennzoil Dexron II, III or MERCON
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.
Notice:
•
•
•
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
stick.
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.
HIGH (FULL)
LOW (ADD)
Figure 4-1. Typical
Transmission Dipstick
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Manually Shift Transmission with Electronic Shift
This safety device can be used in case of a power supply failure.
Notice:
Use this safety device only out of confined waters, with full
maneuvering capability.
Follow the steps below for directions on how to manually shift the transmission with
electronic shift.
When manually engaging the electronic transmission shifter,
be sure the key is in the OFF position and all passengers are
in the boat. With the manual shift option, the boat will not
have NEUTRAL as a function; the boat will be in gear at all
times until the manual function is disabled. The boat will start
in gear and will not stop unless the key is turned off. This
function is only used in case of emergency and assistance is
not available. Use with caution.
1.
Identify the electronic shifter located on the
left side of the transmission.
2.
Slide the retainer pin out of the red cover.
3.
Extract the red cover.
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4.
Identify the cotter pin at the end of the
shaft.
5.
Remove the cotter pin.
6.
Remove the spacer sleeve from the shaft.
7.
Turn the shaft clockwise until it bottoms
out.
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8.
9.
This transmission is now engaged in forward
gear.
To disengage forward gear, reverse steps 1-8 and return the electronic shift back to
its original position.
Contact your local Malibu dealer for assistance with disengaging the manual shift option
and returning to the original factory settings.
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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 on direct drive models, and below the engine on V-drive models. 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 10
seconds.
Prop Shaft/Engine Alignment
As per Indmar’s recommended routine service maintenance, it is necessary to regularly
evaluate the prop shaft coupler bolts that attach the prop shaft to the engine. See Indmar
Owner’s Manual for proper prop shaft alignment. If the prop shaft bolts loosen
prematurely, major damage to your boat structure and driveline could result. It is
recommended that only a trained service technician perform this maintenance due to the
complications that can arise from an improperly balanced prop shaft engine alignment.
Damaged caused from loosened coupler bolts and improper
engine alignment is not covered under your Malibu Boats
warranty, and should be part of the owner’s service
responsibilities to ensure system is correct. See Malibu Boats
and Indmar Owner’s Manuals for appropriate timelines for
evaluation or checkup.
Optional Drip Less Shaft Packing
The optional drip less shaft packing provides drip-free use of
your prop shaft coupling and will require minimal
maintenance to keep the system trouble-free. Grease fitting
annually, and ensure water flow tube is free from obstruction.
The system uses lake water from the engine to assist in
cooling. If the cooling hose is removed, water can enter the
bilge area of the boat while the engine is running.
Figure 4-2. Drip Less Shaft
Packing
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Fuel System
Fuel System
All 2008 Malibu Boats are equipped with Pump-in-tank (PIT) fuel systems. This means
the fuel pump is no longer mounted on the engine and is now located in the fuel tank.
There are many benefits to using Pump-in-Tank; most notably is the prevention of vapor
lock and improved filtration of contaminants.
This is a “High Pressure” fuel system. If you ever smell a strong fuel odor, shut down
immediately and inspect for leaks.
The PIT fuel system is not to be serviced by anyone other
than a Malibu Factory Trained and Certified Technician.
Specail tools and training are required to service this fuel
system.
Do not use fuel containing more than 15% MTBE. Also, fuel containing more than 10%
ethanol or grain alcohol is not recommended. A higher percentage of either of the two
fuel additives can cause damage to the engine and fuel system.
DO NOT mix MTBE and ethanol. Drain your tank, or use up as much of the old fuel as
you can before making the switch to E10. Once done, do not go back to MTBE gas. Also,
drain the tank when storing the boat, and put in additives.
Does the gas you are buying have ethanol or MTBE? By law, roadside stations must put
stickers on pumps designating whether the gas has ethanol and how much. A lot of
marinas do not put up stickers, so ask.
Find out when your fuel provider switched to E10 and how it was done. Old fuel and
water should have been removed and the tanks cleaned to reduce the possibility of the
ethanol loosening up old sludge. If they mixed ethanol with gas, you could be pumping a
potential disater into your boat.
Mixing the two additives can and will cause damage to the engine and fuel system which
will void all warranties supplied by Malibu Boats LLC, and Indmar Engine Company.
Refer to the engine owners manual for further information.
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Electrical
Engine Circuit Breaker
Your engine is equipped with a 35 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 80 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
components.
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 20 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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Battery
A minimum of 650 cold cranking amps is the recommended battery size for 2008 models
except 8.1 L engines. 8.1 L engines require a minimum of 800 cold cranking amps.
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
warranty.
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 in. 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.
Electrical Distribution-Battery Switches:
All main engine battery cables for 2008 are the larger, 2/0 size. Always use a
Starter/Cranking battery, minimum size of 650 Cold Cranking Amps on the big cable.
This is the starter or cranking circuit.
There are also a set of smaller #2 AWG battery cables with the positive/red coming from
an 80-AMP main circuit breaker (on the smaller boats, a #6 AWG cable and a 60-AMP
main breaker). These smaller cables are the feeder circuit to the boats breakers and
switches. These are referred as the House circuit.
#1 on a single battery system:
Both the cranking circuit and the house circuit are connected to the same battery. One
battery running everything all connected together.
#2 on a dual battery system:
With a battery selector switch commonly called a “battery isolator switch”; both the
house and the cranking circuits are always connected together at the selector switch. You
have the ability to switch between 1-2 or all of the batteries to connect to the house and
starter circuits. The current to charge the batteries, will come from the starter circuit,
flowing from the engine alternator to the battery switch common terminal. When the
engine is running you will have the ability to charge ether #1 or #2 or both of the batteries
at the same time. When the engine is off, you will pull current for both the house and
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cranking circuit on which ever battery you have selected or both batteries. With this
system you are required to manage the battery system, keeping both batteries charged and
never run the second battery dead. Sitting listening to an amplified stereo system with the
selector switch on “all” with lights on can drain both batteries. The best feature of this
switch is you can disconnect the electrical system of the boat and engine, and the
amperage draw for the computers and stereo memory during long and short term storage
will be minimal. To maintain optimum performance, make sure to manage the batteries
properly.
#3 The Voltage Sensitive Relay (VSR):
The voltage sensitive relay is basically a switch that connects the cranking circuit battery
to the house circuit battery, once the starter battery is fully charged. This allows the house
circuit to be separate from the cranking circuit completely. This is a true isolated, separate
set of circuits; house and cranking with two separate batteries. The common ground
connection and this VSR switch are the only way these two separate circuits can connect.
The switch is normally open, but once the engine is running and the voltage comes up on
the starting battery and it is fully charged, the VSR switch closes, allowing charge current
to flow into the house battery. This allows the alternator to supply current to charge the
house battery and supply operational current to house loads.
Once you shut down and the alternator is no longer charging, the VSR switch will open,
separating the two circuits again. Again the VSR has allowed two circuits to be separate,
so now any power you draw with the engine off; will come from the house battery. You
can listen to the stereo until the house battery is dead, but you can have the peace of mind
knowing that all you have to do is turn the key and your boat will start. No fumbling with
any switches, it’s all automatic.
Now that we have separated the house and cranking circuits, we can use batteries
designed for specific uses. You always need a cranking battery for the cranking circuit,
but now you can use a deep cycle battery on the house circuit. Deep cycle batteries will
handle the load and discharge cycles much better then cranking batteries on the house
circuit. A group 24 high-ampere hour deep cycle battery is recommended for the isolated
house circuit.
If you have a large stereo system and you spend a lot of time listing to it with the engine
off, upgrading the house battery system to two battery’s will extend the amount of time
you can listen to the system before the batteries are dead and require charging. Using two
deep cycle batteries in parallel on the house circuit will dramatically increase the amount
of time you can listen to high end stereo systems. Contact our dealer for a battery system
upgrade.
The cranking battery is the primary battery that is only used to start and operate the
engine. Having the cranking circuit truly isolated from the house circuit is the ultimate
upgrade; it prevents cranking voltage spikes from causing any problems with the onboard
computer network. With the VSR equipped systems, you will notice that when you turn
on the key, the stereo will come to life as will the dash instrumentation, yet when you
crank the engine over to start, they never blink. The stereo never skips a beat and the
instrumentation stays powered.
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The stand alone, VSR- dual battery system does not have a disconnect switch. We
recommend disconnecting the batteries prior to storage.
Option #4, The DPST switch with VSR and dual batteries:
This is the same basic system as the stand alone VSR option #3, but now there is a single
switch that opens both the house and cranking battery circuits while keeping them
isolated. A single disconnect switch for long or short term storage plus completely
isolated circuits and a VSR managing the charge current.
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-V adapter. The stereo, if so
equipped, has an inline fuse. If your stereo should quit working, check fuse as well as the
breaker.
12-V DC Accessory Outlets
All models except Sportster and Flightcraft are equipped with two 12-V 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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Miscellaneous
Hardware
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.
DO NOT use cleaners that are not intended for use on stainless steel. Glass, tile, counter
or citrus cleaners can damage hardware permanently. Always follow cleaning, by
applying a high-quality metal polish or automotive wax after cleaning. Test products in
an inconspicuous area before applying to the complete surface, especially if you are not
familiar with the product.
Bilge
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
recommendations.
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.
Winterizing
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
gasoline.
• 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
service.
• 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
paint.
• 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 2 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: transom, T-handle plug and ski
locker drain plug.
• 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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Troubleshooting
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.
In case of a power supply failure, follow the instructions in Manually Shift Transmission
with Electronic Shift on page 4-7.
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PROBLEM
Engine will not turn
over
POSSIBLE CAUSE
• Throttle control in gear.
• Main circuit breaker open.
SOLUTION
• Shift into neutral.
• Reset circuit breaker.
Engine turns over, but
will not start
• No fuel in tanks.
• Contaminated Fuel.
• Distributor Problems.
• Fill fuel tank.
• See your dealer.
• See your dealer.
Engine is hard to start
• Flooded engine.
• Ignition problems.
• Start engine full throttle
and back off.
• Clean flame arrestor.
• Replace spark plugs.
• Tighten coil or ignition
wires.
• Clean and tighten battery
cables.
• Charge or replace the
battery.
• 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
corroded.
• Weak battery.
Engine misses or
idles rough
Poor boat performance •
•
•
•
•
•
Poor gas mileage
Fouled spark plugs.
Plugged flame arrestor.
Weak ignition coil.
Contaminated fuel.
Fuel filter clogged.
Ignition problems.
• Fouled spark plugs.
• Plugged flame arrestor.
• Inefficient driving habits.
• Plugged PCV valve.
• Ignition problems.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Replace spark plugs.
Clean the flame arrestor.
Replace the ignition coil.
See your dealer.
See your dealer.
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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PROBLEM
Throttle/shifting
problems
POSSIBLE CAUSE
• Corroded cables.
• Defective throttle return
spring.
• Low transmission oil level.
• Sticking transmission
shift detent ball.
• Kink in cables.
Steering problems
• Corroded cables.
• Rudder worn.
Excessive vibration.
•Damaged propeller.
• Misaligned propeller shaft
coupling.
SOLUTION
• Clean and lubricate cables.
• Replace the throttle return
spring.
• Replenish the transmission
fluid.
• Clean and lubricate detent
ball.
• Replace the cable(s).
See your dealer.
• Clean and lubricate the
cable.
• See your dealer.
• Bent propeller shaft.
• Replace the propeller.
• Check the alignment. See
your dealer for proper
realignment.
• 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
connections.
• Replace the sending unit.
• Repair the wiring harness.
• See your dealer.
No speedometer
• Paddle Wheel.
• Defective speedometer.
• Replace the paddle wheel.
• Replace the speedometer.
Incorrect speedometer
• Paddle Wheel.
• Defective speedometer.
• Replace the paddle wheel
• Replace the speedometer.
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Glossary
AFT:
BEAM:
BILGE:
BOW:
BULKHEAD:
CHINE:
DEADRISE:
DECK:
DRAFT:
FibECS II:
FIBERGLASS:
GELCOAT:
GUNNEL:
HELM:
HULL:
KEEL:
LIFTING STRAKES:
PORT:
STARBOARD:
STERN:
STRINGER:
TRANSOM:
WAKE:
WORKING DECK
To the rear of the boat near the stern. Generally used to give
directions.
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
LLC. that provides major reduction in noise and vibration.
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
laminate.
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.
Floor within cockpit or bow area.
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Index
A
P
Adjustable Rudder System . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-18
Anchoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16
B
Passenger Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Power Wedge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Propellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17
Basic Rules Of The Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
R
C
Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Carbon Monoxide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
D
Docking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Drain Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Driver’s Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
E
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12
Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Emergency Engine Stop Switch . . . . . . . . 2-18
Engine / Drive Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24
Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
F
Fueling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
Fuel System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
G
General Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Glossary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-22
H
Hazardous Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
High Speed Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
I
Integral Self Draining Ice Chest . . . . . . . . 2-19
Interior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
M
Miscellaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16
Motorbox Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
N
Navigational Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
O
Operation by Minors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Optional Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
S
Safety Statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Shifting / Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Ski Pylon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Speedometer Pick-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Standard Gauges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Steering System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Storage Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Sundeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Swim Platform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Switches & Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
T
Throttle Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Tilt Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Towing A Skier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Towing Another Boat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16
Trailering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-19
V
V-Drive Engine Access Hatch . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Ventilation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25
W
Warning Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Wedge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-32
WORK ORDER #
OWNER NAME
INSTRUCTIONS
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 lights (bow, stern, and dash)
____ 8. Check steering wheel cable fasteners, lubricate support tube and cable
____ 9. Check control mechanism MV-2, MV-3 (freedom of movement)
____ 10. Check neutral safety switch operation
____ 11. Check security of fasteners (seat slides, seats, platform, interior handles)
____ 12. Check all fuel connections (engine, tank, pump, filter)
____ 13. Check engine exhaust clamps
____ 14. Change engine oil and filter
____ 15. Change transmission fluid/ filter
____ 16. Change V-Drive oil (clean screens / magnetic plugs)
____ 17. Inspect belts
____ 18. Inspect impeller
____ 19. Clean / change flame arrestor
____ 20. Check engine coolant (closed cooling only)
____ 21. Check trailer: wheel lugs, lights, and loading bar
____ 22. Inspect and lubricate wheel bearings
____ 23. Check brake fluid level (if applicable)
SERVICE DATE
HULL NUMBER
Customer Signature_______________________________________
PLEASE RETAIN IN CUSTOMER FILE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
Service Contact _________________________Phone____________
11/12/07
Technician Signature_________________________ Date________
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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.
4-24
3:40 PM
LAKE TEST
____ 1. Perform Diacom data list scan
____ 2. Check PROM ID and record in customer file
____ 3. Check fuel pressure and log reading
____ 4. Verify oil levels (engine, Trans, V-Drive)
____ 5. Verify blower operation, check hose attachment
____ 6. Verify bilge pump operation and float control
____ 7. Check for engine / boat water leaks
____ 8. RE-check fuel connections
____ 9. Verify neutral safety switch operation
____ 10. Check for presence of vibration
____ 11. Verify instruments operate properly
____ 12. Verify controls operate properly (IE; steering, shifter)
____ 13. Verify options function properly (IE; heater, shower etc.)
SERVICE TECHNICIAN
PHONE NO.
Please circle one- Pre-delivery-/10hr.-/50hr.-/100hr.-/Annual
BOAT COLOR
Maintenance Worksheet
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14.
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First 10 hours
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Every 50 hours
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Every 100 hours
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3:40 PM
12.
10.
11.
Service
Change engine oil and filter
Pennzoil Marine 15W40, Pennz #PZ-3, AC PF-25
Change transmission oil and filter
Dextron III w/Mercon
Ski Vee
ATF
Change fuel filter, Motor / Gas tank
Change Spark plugs
Indmar Engines MUST use AC MR43LTS or 41-932 Platinum
Engine tune up
(Cap, Rotor, Plugs)
Clean for change flame arrestor
Inspect belts, hoses and clamps
Tight?
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 )
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6.
4.
5.
3.
2.
Item No.
1.
Required Maintenance Schedule
Indmar Engines
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SERVICE/MAINTENANCE LOG
RECORD IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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.
Hull
HIN ___________________________________________________________________
Ignition Key # ___________________________________________________________
Registration # ___________________________________________________________
Date Purchased __________________________________________________________
Dealer/Phone ____________________________________________________________
Fax/E-mail ______________________________________________________________
Engine
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Transmission
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Trailer
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
Accessory
Model # _____________________________________________________________
Serial # ______________________________________________________________
DATE
HOUR
READING
SERVICE/REPAIRS PERFORMED
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