After its debut for the 2012 model year, the Moomba Mojo 2.5 is in that sweet spot of a model’s life cycle, much like many of the boats in our 10 Best Tow Boats for Water Skiing and Wakeboarding list. The teething pains of a new product are gone, and the manufacturer has pumped it up a notch over the kind of boat it was when it first came out.

A photo of  Moomba 2.5 with a wakesurfer behind.

A Moomba 2.5 crafts the perfect wave for this wakesurfer.

Of course, Moomba has made an excellent case for itself over the years, offering tremendous value in a marketplace overrun with hugely expensive models, so any conversation about Moomba usually involves price. The good news is that the Mojo still checks that box. Base MSRP for a Mojo 2.5 is $59,980, plus the freight and dealer prep, but that money also gets you a dual-axle trailer with LED lighting and brakes on both axles.

“The Mojo was designed to give wide-bow buyers an appealing wake boat option that is as high performing, simple, and reliable as it is accommodating, all while coming in under budget,” says Amy Mauzy, marketing director for Skier's Choice, manufacturer of Moomba Boats.

Regular readers of this column know that I’m a big fan of not checking options boxes. It’s called frugality… caution with cash… cheapness. Call it what you like, but if friends use those adjectives to describe you, and you have a taste for watersports, Moomba is a direction you should be looking. In fairness, the boat could use a couple of options to be complete.

For example, the Mojo 2.5 does not come standard with a bimini top ($630), a full cover ($640), or wakeboard racks ($490). Those are available in a couple of different forms, but the prices quoted represent the cheapest way to go. That brings your total to $60,740, which is solid in a market with boats that can top 100 large.

An overhead photo of the Moomba Mojo 2.5 with passangers.

There's a lot to love about the Moomba Mojo 2.5, not least of which is affordability.

In exchange for your $60 grand, you get plenty. Standard watersports features include an OZ HD Tower powder-coated in black or white, and a Multisport wakeplate and Gravity III ballast system, which has one front bag and two rear bags. Those are upgrades from the 2012 model, and the boat still comes with digital cruise control. Like I said, the Mojo is in its sweet spot.

Those are the features for which people buy these boats. These are the things that make for a surf wake with a clean face and good power to keep you “in the pocket.” In addition to the ample standard factory ballast system, there’s a larger system available (even after the boat leaves the factory). Installing it is as simple as connecting bigger bags to the factory pumps. Presto.

A photo of a child in the forward section of a Moomba Mojo 2.5.

There's plenty of space up forward for both tots and adults on the Moomba Mojo 2.5.

Another improvement is the step-on rear bench, which leads over the sun pad to a step-on transom, which doubles as a grippy seat for gearing up. The interior features high freeboard to keep tots safe and adults dry. The Syntec fast-dry carpet also is standard. But the improvements don’t end there.

Displacement3900 lbs
Fuel capacity49 gal.

For example, Moomba widened and deepened the bow just a bit to create more space. Of course, a filler cushion is available for creating a “playpen” style seating area. The interior also gets LED accent lighting, a satellite-ready AM/FM CD four-speaker stereo with remote and iPod connectivity, an adjustable-height swiveling driver seat, and two 12-volt receptacles.

As good as the Mojo 2.5 was when it came out, it’s even better now, with enhancements and more standard features than before. That’s the mark of a model that’s hitting its stride.

For more information, visit Skier's Choice.