View Full Version : should I upgrade?

04-06-2008, 09:42 PM
My wife and I were talking today and she said she would like to upgrade. We currently have and 05 Outback with 140 hours. It has served us great and we have no real complaints with the boat. We recently had our first child and the low freeboard of the boat really concerns us with the little one. When we are out, we frequently take some water over the bow due to the ammont of weight I like to ride with. It's not bad, but it happens every now and then. She also wants a V drive for the obvious reasons, room and sorage. Right now it would be very difficult to have out child on the boat and be comfortable due to the lack of open room in the boat. It gets crowded very fast now with gear, ballast, people, ice chest, etc. You know how it is.

So we talked about upgrading to an LSV, is it worth it? How much should I expect to get for my boat on trade in VS. selling it? How much do the LSVs typically go for with a few options? give me some input


04-06-2008, 10:12 PM
Pickle, I had 04 Outback and switched to 06 LSV in September..
I sold mine outright and bought a used one. Great condition.
I have no experience with Trades on boats, but suspect you could come out a little better on an outright sell.. Around here, right before Memorial Day is the best time to sell one! I had several staked out when I sold mine so I had a couple of options so I was only without a boat for 1 weekend.
I love the space, storage, wake, built in Grav III ballast, etc of my LSV.
Use the boat builder function on here to get an idea of MSRP of one optioned like you like it.. .not sure how much dealers will knock off, but expect around $40k+ with Grav III, wakeplate, stereo, cover, etc..

04-06-2008, 10:13 PM
My wife and I and our 2 kids wanted a boat with much more room than our old MasterCraft 190. We saw an Outback V on the lake and stopped the owner and took a tour. We were very impressed with the room and decided to attend the Atlanta boat show to order a new Outback V. While at the show we also checked out the LS (same hull as the LSV). The one thing that we really liked was the higher freeboard!!! We felt safer with the kids riding in the front with the seats sitting lower, or actually the sides of the boat higher. We decided against the LSV because we are a big slalom skiing family and the wake would be too much for us with our skiing passion. You can get an LS for about 500 bucks less than the Outback V with the same equipment, expect to pay another 3600 bucks for the LSV. If you don't ski then you would like the LSV, if you ski then the LS is better. We had our minds set on the V drive but the LS, still with the engine in the center has a TON of room. We had 10 people in it the other day and still had room! The beam (width) is so wide that we even ordered the jump seat and put it behind the drivers seat for even more seating.

04-06-2008, 10:25 PM
We made the same choice and went with the LS because we ski a lot and yes the low beam of the outback made the LS the choice Cant wait for delivery. I did put about 200 gallons of water over the front of our Outback once so it was the LS all the way

04-06-2008, 10:31 PM

After going out today I can only tell you this!!!!

WE LOVE THIS LS!!!!!!!!!!!! We get so many stares and compliments!!!! Compared to our old boat this thing is so roomy and I feel better knowing the engine is where it is supposed to be too! This is a SKI BOAT!


04-07-2008, 12:16 AM

After going out today I can only tell you this!!!!

WE LOVE THIS LS!!!!!!!!!!!! We get so many stares and compliments!!!! Compared to our old boat this thing is so roomy and I feel better knowing the engine is where it is supposed to be too! This is a SKI BOAT!


Just so you know I am very very Jealous... LOL

Soon though ;)

04-07-2008, 03:02 PM
Here is a photo that posted on this site before that shows the difference in the freeboard between the 2 boats.


04-07-2008, 03:26 PM
I picked up an 05 XLV with 110hrs this winter for 33.5k. If you dont mind lightly used you can get a lot of boat for a good price. It has most options-I am adding perfect pass.

I finally took it out yesterday. I LOVE how much room it has. My 4yo son was climbing all over and didn't worry me at all. I just need a surfboard rack to get that sucker out of the boat. It fits under the seat but I plan to put amps in there :P

04-07-2008, 10:49 PM
Here is a photo that posted on this site before that shows the difference in the freeboard between the 2 boats.

That's my baby on the right =)

04-08-2008, 09:05 AM
That is one SWEEEET Outback!!!

04-09-2008, 02:46 AM
His other right.

04-09-2008, 07:55 AM
I upgraded to an 07" LSV. My family absolutly love it. It has been the best addition, investment, new toy we ever bought. I upgraded froma 90 Commander outboard to my Moomba. Here are some pictures.



04-09-2008, 12:20 PM
The before is ok, but I like the after better!

04-09-2008, 12:23 PM
Good upgrade. :lol:

04-09-2008, 07:09 PM
First boat fits about 4 people with no room for skiies, wakeboards, food, alcohol. Second boat, I had 9 people, with all the stuff and more. Got to love the Moomba.

04-09-2008, 08:29 PM
I liked the mean look of that Speed Boat! What would she top out at??
Here is what is sitting in the driveway while the new LS is sitting at the dock. While it had a little more room than your old boat it wasn't much.


And the first person to bring me 4500 dollars or the best offer can take her home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

04-09-2008, 11:17 PM
OK all you hillbillies out there. Here is the redneck 86 Glastron that we upgraded from! Notice the hi-tech fat sacks in the back of the boat. Compliments of Home Depot! I ran across these and thought Id share! You can also see my son flipping on this thing! :lol:


04-09-2008, 11:18 PM
you got your bb code tags backwards! ;)

04-10-2008, 12:09 AM
HA..thanks..fixed now!

04-10-2008, 09:35 AM
Notice the hi-tech fat sacks in the back of the boat. Compliments of Home Depot!

Hahahahah! I love the rock garden at the transom!!! I wish I could find pics of our old boat. All I remember was takeing a sheet of marine plywood to the the lake every year to put in a new floor! Water would fill the stringers of the boat from somewhere, we never did figure out where and man they two story 85 HP merc could pull! :lol:

04-10-2008, 10:38 AM
Thats classic :lol: I've got alot of respect for anyone who can pull of a flip period not to mention behind an outboard Glasstron. Now you are sportin the GG series, what a story.....

04-10-2008, 08:38 PM
Yea, we are truly blessed!

04-10-2008, 10:00 PM
well I may end up with 2 boats, the dealer here has a left over 07 LSV configured almost how I want it, they have it for 36k. My wife and I are thinking about going to get it and hope our outback sells fast. We'll see.

04-10-2008, 10:37 PM
His and Hers! I hope yours is bigger!?

04-12-2008, 05:19 PM
to answer you question about how much an lsv might cost - i just ordered an '08 mobius lsv at my local boat show this year. i got real lucky on my deal for a number of reasons - return customer, the factory rep was at the show, and i got the boat show promos. so basically my boat is loaded:

gravity 3 ballast
hydraulic wake plate
perfect pass - wakeboard pro
stereo upgrade
appearance package
bimini top
boat cover

i also did some aftermarket (non-factory) additions:
nice rack board racks with slingshot swivels
wet sounds pro 80's (pair)
dual battery
ipod cord w/ charger
additional amp

in the end, i'm right around $45k. without the aftermarket stuff, i was looking at a little over $43k.

i traded in my '05 mobius ls and got $22.3k. it was loaded (not quite as well as my new one - but close) and had around 130 hours.

i can't wait for delivery - around mid may.

hope that helps

04-20-2008, 11:13 AM
So the dealer here in Austin was having an event Fiday night. The marked down their boats and had a couple of guys there from Skiers Choice, they were throwing in deals just like the boat show. So my wife and I found a leftover 07 LSV that we liked. It was the last 07 they had so I had no colors to choose from, it's yellow and white. I wasn't crazy about the yellow at first but it's growing on me. The boat comes with the base 325hp engine, standard stereo with transom remote, appearance package with docking lights stainless rubrail pop up cleats and tower mirror arm. It has the standard boat cover, plus the snap on cover just on the bow. I may eventually upgrade it to the full snap on cover, it would be nice to be able to tow with the cover on. After talking with the Moomba rep and salesman I was able to get them to toss in the wake plate, board racks, bow filler cushion, and the Z5 cargo bimini for only $1500 more. When all was said and done, I got it for $37.5k. Not a bad deal, I dropped a deposit and will go back Monday to finish the paper work.

04-20-2008, 10:04 PM
sweet...good deal!