Malibu Boats Celebrates 30 Years With Special Edition Towboats

Loudon, TN-based Malibu Boats is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering three special edition boats that will be displayed for the first time this weekend at the company's Malibu Open in Milwaukee, WI.

The three anniversary editions are the Response TX ski boat, the Wakesetter 20 VTX crossover model, and the Wakesetter 23 LSV, designed for active watersports families.

"We've pulled out all the stops for these models, with the addition of pearl metal flake and special touches throughout the boat that bring style to our celebration of Malibu. We think our customers will love owning a unique boat and a piece of history,' says Malibu CEO, Jack Springer. "We're proud of how far we've come in the past 30 years, from building 100 ski boats out of a small shop to being the number one watersports towboat manufacturer in the world – and the future looks even brighter.'

Features of these special models include the option of four metallic gel schemes that accent a unique pearl metal flake (only available on 30th edition models) inlaid with a charcoal 30th anniversary logo, snap-out logoed carpet and a logoed swim platform. The boats are offered with customizable options including a chrome engine package and the newest Surf Gate technology, just introduced for the 2013 model year. Buyers of these special editions also will receive a commemorative gift package from Malibu, reflecting the 30th anniversary.

The 30th anniversary boats will be highly visible at the Malibu Open, at Milwaukee's lakefront Veteran's Park Lagoon on August 3 and 4. Top professional water skiers will compete behind the Response TXi in slalom skiing and jumping events for a $65,000 prize. The event, which is free to the public, will also feature exhibitions that include freestyle jumping, barefooting, hydrofoiling, show skiing and trick skiing. In its 12th year, the Open has produced six world record-breaking performances.