By Brett Becker
Moomba Mobius LSV Review
Moomba's Mobius LSV is built and priced to move; one of the best bargains on the wakeboard-boat market.
It should be no secret to anyone that inboard boats have escalated in price over the last five years or so, and in fairness, the products are better than ever. However, their usefulness is still limited by their design, and high prices might thwart buyers who like new boats and the warranties that come with them, but can’t afford to pay a premium.
As with nearly all of Moomba’s models, the Mobius LSV, and its reasonable $38,595 price tag, buyers can get a brand-new boat and still have enough money left to fill the tank all summer long.
Because it’s a wakeboard boat, it comes standard with a 400-pounds ballast system, with an optional 1,200-pound system and a wake adjuster plate for when your kids get really good. The Mobius LSV’s new dashboard features integrated speed control and 5-inch black-face Beede gauges. Courtesy lighting throughout the cockpit makes early morning and dusk runs more convenient, and dual-density foam adds comfort to interior seating.
The Mobius LSV also comes standard with the must-have-or-your-base-price-is-a-gimmick trailer, tower and mooring cover. The trailer also comes standard with torsion-bar suspension and a swing-away tongue so you can store it in your garage. The stereo system comes standard with an iPod/MP3 player jack. Naturally, you can upgrade the stereo system to raise nine kinds of hell, with a Kicker amplifier and speakers.
Two-tone gelcoat is included in the base price, and Moomba has some great new colors available. The boat measures 21-feet 6-inches long, and 8-feet 2-inches abeam. It carries 40 gallons of fuel and weighs 3,300 pounds.
Standard power is a 325-horsepower Indmar small-block V-8, which was about as powerful as you could get as little as eight years ago. You also can upgrade to 340- and 409-horsepower engines if you’re so inclined, but that jacks the price. Truth be told, you can realistically buy a Mobius LSV in standard trim and not want for anything. And you can’t say that about too many inboard tow boats.
For more information, call 800-320-2779 or visit www.moomba.com.
- 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 Boats.com, he regularly writes and shoots for BoatTrader.com. 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.