Wake surfing has invigorated the tow boat market the same way wakeboarding boats did nearly 20 years ago. If you’ll pardon the pun, the current wave of products are incredible, but the prices for boats that tick all the right boxes are out of reach for many.
Moomba Boats has staked its claim in the tow boat marketplace by offering solid products at prices far below its competition. Moombas may not have all the bells and whistles of competing models—or even as many as its sister company Supra Boats—but they have what counts when they hit the water.
Take the new Moomba Mojo 2.5, for example. It comes with a tower and 2,000 pounds of ballast as standard features, with an optional 500 pounds of ballast available. And each tank has its own switch on the dash. But don’t think this is just an older model Moomba is offering strictly as a way to make use of older, paid-for tooling–because it isn’t. It’s on the cutting edge of development.
“While we have been extremely successful with the Mojo 2.5, we thought there was room for improvements in the comfort and performance of the boat,” says Matt Brown, product manager for Moomba Boats. “On the running surface of the boat, we went back to the drawing board because we wanted to improve the handling, the side-to-side sensitivity, and the boat's ability to handle more weight for hardcore wakeboarding,” Brown adds.
The Mojo 2.5 also can be outfitted for hardcore wake surfing. The interesting thing is how Moomba goes about doing it at a price people can afford. The Flow Surf package is a $1,530 option, which includes additional front ballast and Flow Surf tabs on the transom. The tabs are clever bit of engineering. They operate manually and have three different settings, which lock in place with a spring-loaded pull pin. It’s much simpler than the automated systems on competing models, but it’s also far, far less expensive—and brilliant in its own way.
Base MSRP for the Mojo 2.5 is $61,400, which is significant in itself, but also in the number of notable features that come standard for that price.
For example, the helm is equipped with tilt steering and a swivel bucket seat with a flip-up thigh bolster. The driver also gets to play with digital cruise control, and a Multisport Wakeplate that can be used to tune wakes or soften the ride in rough water. The cockpit itself comes standard with LED accent lighting and snap-in carpeting, something that is optional on too many boats. A Bimini for the tower is optional, at $630, which we’d prefer to see listed among the standard features.
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Perhaps the most intriguing standard feature is the engine: a 6.2-liter Raptor by Indmar. It’s interesting to note that neither Indmar nor Moomba are quoting horsepower figures for this engine. Instead, they’re touting torque, which is the stock and trade of a tow boat. Tow boats don’t spend hours at top speed or even at cruising speeds. They're pulling people on boards, accelerating, and lugging across the lake at speeds around 20 mph. It’s also interesting that the Raptor makes its 404 pound-feet of torque available between 2,500 and 3,500 rpm.
As much as everyone loves gobs of power, convenience also is nice, and the Raptor has a couple of very cool bits to make maintenance easier. The quick-change oil drain and the remote oil filter take a routine job and make it much less messy. The engine also comes with a five-year warranty.
It’s easy to say the Moomba Mojo 2.5 is a lot of boat for the money, but in a market populated with models that cost in excess of $100,000, it certainly applies.
Other Choices: For other great wake surfing or watersports boats in this size range, consider the Super Air Nautique G25, the Starcraft 240 SCX, or the Malibu Wakesetter 22 MKZ.
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