Along the path of its three year life cycle, the Moomba Mojo underwent the usual improvements until it was inevitably time to refresh the model with something entirely new. That time is here. The 2015 Mojo is all new and it does what new models are supposed to do, which is step it up a notch. Or two. Of course, because Moomba has always been a value-leading brand, it has to happen in a way that keeps its price down to where customers’ expectations are.
One of the ways it does so—while still delivering monster wakes—is through an innovative and cost-conscious Gravity III-D ballast system, which packs 2,000 pounds of water weight. Standard on all Mojos, the Gravity III-D system comes with ballast bags flanking the engine. Buyers can opt for the Surf Edition, which adds 500 more pounds of capacity to the system.
But even that will won’t get you surf wakes on par with competitors’ products, which often don’t have a price as a restriction. That’s where Moomba’s Flow Surf system comes in. Manual in operation, Flow Surf is simplistically brilliant. The manual surf gate at the transom interrupts water flow past one side of the boat or the other. With three settings for a range of skill levels, Flow Surf produces vertically-shaped wakes at surf speeds.
The first position creates a steep wave with fast push. The middle position takes away some aggressiveness from the ramp while increasing its mass and creating consistent momentum. The third position lengthens the wave for surfing farther off the boat’s transom. Because the system is manual the rider won’t be able to switch from wake to wake at the touch of a button. But it also won’t add thousands of dollars to the MSRP. The surf package comes in at $1,530, which gets you the Flow Surf devices and the front ballast bag. Just the Flow Surf devices are $950.
Also standard is the 400-horsepower 6.3-liter Raptor V8 from Indmar, a monster of an engine for a price-point boat. Buyers who crave more power can opt for the 440-horse engine, but there really isn’t much need—and it would be hard to justify the $5,490 expense. As little as two years ago, 400 horsepower was optional engine territory.
Other standard features include tilt steering, two 12-volt power outlets and a driver’s seat that rises as it slides forward, ideal for drivers of shorter stature. The remote oil filter also is nice, as is the drive-buy-wire throttle and shifter.
Inside, the Mojo is fitted with stainless-steel interior handrails and cupholders, plus wakeboard and ski stowage in the rear. What’s nice is that it also comes standard with Syntec fast-dry carpet, Digital Pro II cruise control, dual tracking fins, and a swivel-head pylon atop the also-standard Oz HD tower, which comes in black or white.
Moomba also sought to create a larger interior, with more comfortable seating. In terms of floor space Moomba has no doubt succeeded, and there’s plenty of stowage under the new seating arrangement. The soft-sided cooler is a $90 option, which isn’t a lot of money but is probably something customers would like to see as a standard feature. We would.
Moomba walked a fine line in creating the new Mojo. With new innovations and features, the all-new Mojo hits the market for a price that’s less than $2,000 than the model it replaces. That was no easy feat, but call it mission accomplished on the fresh take on an existing model.
Other Choices: The Malibu 23 Ride is another wake boarding and wake surfing boat that keeps cost in check. Same goes for the Super Air Nautique G25.
Base MSRP is $61,4009. For more information, call 800-320-2779, or visit Moomba.
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