Moomba's Outback is rare find: An economomically priced tow boat.

Moomba's Outback is rare find: An economomically priced tow boat.

If you look at the upward spiral of wakeboard and ski boat prices in the last 10 years, its difficult to keep a straight face. Even at current price levels, inboards are still quite popular, but they can be out of reach for many buyers.

When a budget-minded buyer asks about which ski boats to look into, Moomba always comes to mind. Yes, the company's prices have gone up, but at nowhere near the breakneck pace of the rest of the market. Value always has been a strong suit for Moomba's boats. Back in 2000, it was possible to get a new Moomba Boomerang on a trailer for a little more than twenty grand. What a steal, and the Boomerang was a ball to drive.

Moomba no longer makes the Boomerang, but it does offer the Outback, the lowest-priced direct-drive inboard in its lineup. With a base price of $28,995, the Outback comes with a 325-horsepower Indmar engine and a trailer with disc brakes and LED lighting.

The bow area comes with twin forward-facing lounges with angled backrests, a pair of cupholders and stainless-steel grab rails atop the gunwales. In the cockpit, the driver gets a bucket seat with a flip-up thigh bolster, with a two-person observer seat to port. The engine "doghouse" is fully padded and the sole is lined with plush, color-matched marine-grade carpeting. The stern of the Outback features a full-width bench seat cushion, which can be raised to extend the sunpad area atop the Outback's unique trunk.

You can get a host of options, including a wakeboard package, which features a tower and a ballast system in the trunk. It's plenty of boat for the money, which makes you wonder why people spend more when they don't have to.

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Written by: Brett Becker
Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for, he regularly writes and shoots for Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.