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07-25-2011, 11:36 AM
All right yall... first post... I am the current owner of a 1983 Stars and Stripes Mastercraft... but we have been leaning towards an Outback V. We have been looking at Moomba for a year now... just haven't pulled the trigger. We slalom and wakeboard, and "Tube" the children of course :( My question... who here has one and what is the overall satisfaction? Best bang for the buck? Would you say 8 people can be on board comfortably?


07-25-2011, 12:25 PM
I bought my OBV last year, and I love it. The only down side is the larger wake that it throws compared to your Mastercraft, but it is still easily skied behind. Eight people will be no problem at all. I have had 12 including me. I believe it is a great all around boat. This is the only ski boat that I have owned, so my experience is limited to it and none of the other models or brands. We slalom, wakeboard, kneeboard, and tube. My 9 year old son barefoots with a boom with my neighbor's ski boat. So I will probably be buying a boom for my OBV, and then I can add barefooting to the list also.

07-25-2011, 01:29 PM
ok... good to hear...Does the trailer have rollers under protecting the prop?

Martin Jr
07-25-2011, 02:36 PM
I'm on my 2nd Moomba.

1st was a 2003 Outback and now have a 2009 Moomba Outback V.

I am totally and unquestionably thrilled and Impressed with this boat.

The build quality is awesome and there is no watersport invented that this boat isn't perfect for.

The trailer (BoatMate) does not have wheels under the prop guard - and you do not need them if you have the trailer/truck connection at the correct level.

8 people is doable, but not real comfortable. I like 6 max

07-25-2011, 02:49 PM
Is martin Jr the new Ed G alias?

nvm, just viewed his profile.

Martin Jr
07-25-2011, 02:52 PM
let's not hijack the fellows thread, please.

check my profile.

07-25-2011, 04:21 PM
Ha! It's ok guys, free to hijack. We have had the '83 a while and the wife is ready for something with more "creature" comforts... over the past year I have looked at tons of boats... and it seems the OBV has the best of everything that we want. Now... Buy new? or used... would an '05 or '06 be worth the 10k I would save... I have never had a "brand new" boat though...

Martin Jr
07-25-2011, 04:30 PM
welllllllllllllll, personally speaking, when a boat gets to be about 6 years old...it's time to start thinking of a new one.

There is a HUGE difference between the '06 models (OG OBV) and the '09 models (NG OBV).

It's a completely different boat.

If you afford it, go new. You most definetly get what you pay for.

Where are you located?

I'm sure wherever you are we can hook you up with Moomba owners that would be happy to take you out and show you what it is all about.

Come to Disney World, I'll take you out and teach you to surf.

07-25-2011, 05:55 PM
I'm in Fort Worth... 6 years?? wow, my current ride is 28 years old and going strong... From where we are, it seems anything made in the 2000's would be a serious upgrade. But I have to admit, the thought of breaking in a boat sounds wonderful!

07-25-2011, 06:15 PM
And I got to say dont count out the 06 and up LSV, Little larger and more comfortable for a larger crowd, your slalom wake wont be as flat but it will still ski recreational ok.

07-25-2011, 08:49 PM
you know... I guess we aren't counting anything out... but the outback should just fit in the garage... at an angle... provided it has a swing away tounge.

07-25-2011, 10:15 PM
Don't take Ed's errr.. I mean martin Jr's word as gospel. My wife and I looked at the "old" OBV (2008) and "new" OBV (2009) side by side at the boat show and decided we liked the 2008 a ton better- it sits lower in the water but has a lot more room in the bow, is a few hundred pounds lighter, and has a hull more conducive to skiing. Plus I think it looks better. Just personal preference for what we do. If you like to surf or have a size limit maybe the new one is better.

07-25-2011, 11:41 PM
i agree and weighted properly you can surf it just fine. the ng obv is a mini lsv.

07-26-2011, 12:03 AM
and you'll save some coin!

07-26-2011, 08:18 AM
What are ,08's going for these days? 30K?

Martin Jr
07-26-2011, 06:11 PM
the ng obv is less than 20 feet in length!

breaking in a new boat is an awesome experience!

bet you could pick up 2010 obv for a song.

07-26-2011, 06:32 PM
What are ,08's going for these days? 30K?

or less depending on hours and condition
I'm surprised how well they've held their value
Just make sure you get the boat that best fits your needs

07-26-2011, 09:00 PM
I'm in Fort Worth... 6 years?? wow, my current ride is 28 years old and going strong... From where we are, it seems anything made in the 2000's would be a serious upgrade. But I have to admit, the thought of breaking in a boat sounds wonderful!

I bought my previous boat new and kept it 15 years, then sold it and bought my current boat new and plan to keep it at least that long, unless they come up with something significant that I can't live without and can't retrofit to my current boat.

If you are considering used and it will fit in your garage, definitely consider the 2006+ LSV over the current Outback V. It's a roomier boat and a great all around water sports boat (except maybe slalom skiing).

08-10-2011, 09:12 AM
ok... thanks for the response!!! We are still looking at options, and I have inquierd about a few for sale on this site. Will update when we make a move!

08-10-2011, 10:22 AM
NG Outback V and you'll never look back :-)

08-12-2011, 01:56 PM
I too am a previouse Stars and Stripes owner (84). I then upgraded to a 89 prostar. Great slalom boats. Last year we test drove a 2010 OBV. It had a nice slalom wake. Nice size at 20'. We then drove the LSV. The extra room sold us. I sacraficed the slalom wake for the size. In the long run we plan on keeping the boat and with two teenage boys, their friends and gear, we felt the LSV was the better choice. I do slalom behind it and it's ok. Not great. You don't pull across the wake like the smaller direct drives. You have to prepare for the "hit" of the wake a little more. Still fun for recreational skiing. The over all size and storage areas sold me. Coming from the smaller direct drives....Also, it's such a great boat for boarding and surfing (once you get it dialed in)....

08-12-2011, 06:42 PM
I appreciate the advice from all you moomba guys! I went and looked at Kidder's Mobius LS and gotta say I loved it... gonna test drive it next Sunday. I will let yall know after.

08-23-2011, 11:56 AM
Ok... we have all but finalized the deal... Kidder's boat is in pristine condition... we loved it and are "this" close to having it. The only thing... he won't throw in "Zook" with the deal... (Zook is the family dog that "mermaids" at the front of the boat)

At any rate... we are really excited!!!

08-23-2011, 12:02 PM
I wouldn't let the dog be a deal breaker. You can find one on the side of the road easily after school starts.

08-23-2011, 12:58 PM
LOLOL... like this?11867

08-23-2011, 01:04 PM
Ooh. That's harsh. I just meant a stray. Funny how so many appear by the roads in the weeks after school starts.

08-23-2011, 07:25 PM
Ouch!! I think Kane meant a run a loose dog because no one is home once school kicks off. Funny thou!!!

08-24-2011, 08:35 AM
Yea... I ...apparently misunderstood :)