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Old March 24th, 2009, 08:55 PM   #1
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Moomba's first debuted as a cheap alternative to nautiques, mastercrafts, american skier, centurioons, etc.

I think they are decent boats, how old is it? how many hours on the motor? and what is the motor based on? gm? ford? small block? big block?
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I looked at two of them. one is an 05 with the indmar 5.7 with just under 400 hours and stored on a dry dock on a lake.

The other is an 08, 74 hours, 5.7 , but it is $9,000 more. They look almost identical.
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im a much bigger fan of the Malibu wakesetter or a mastercraft.
a moomba will do the job though. much cheaper too.

look into the malibu axis, Vride or Iride. they are entry level boats that in my opinion, far exceed the quallity and reputation of the moomba and are comparable in price to the moomba.
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look into the malibu axis, Vride or Iride. they are entry level boats that in my opinion, far exceed the quallity and reputation of the moomba and are comparable in price to the moomba.
looks like boat forums are like 4x4 forums. everybody has a preference

I guess I'll have to wait until spring and drive them before I decide which sucks.
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well, good luck.

i wish i had money for a new boat.
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looks like boat forums are like 4x4 forums. everybody has a preference

I guess I'll have to wait until spring and drive them before I decide which sucks.
which is very true.

When I used to wakeboard all the time I damn near drove every major ski boat out there, that was before all of the wakeboard boats started coming out. So mostly what we were riding behind was your standard nautique or mastercraft filled with 10 kids and gallons and gallons of fatsacks all over the boat.

My preferences are as follows based on what I thought were the best driving boats.

Nautiques (sport, barefoot, ski)
Malibu (19-20ft echelon or whatever the standard ski boat was back then)
Mastercraft Prostars
Ski Centurion (Scorpion)
American Skier
Hydrodyne Inboard
Supra

I rode in a buddies Tige' but never drove it, it wakeboarded and barefooted nice, but I cant comment on the drive.

Most were late 90's model years.

I did drive a fairly new Air Nautique with a 454 or 502 last summer, boat is 3-5 years old. It was still a very nice boat, but i liked the overall quality of my dad's 97 nautique better still.

I've been up close to the older moomba (gecko's i think) but never drove or ridden in one. Depending on the price differenc eand the improvement in boats over the years I wouldnt see anything wrong with one.

Essentially they all use the same powertrain, It's either an indmar, a mercruiser, etc. But in reality it's either a ford block or a chevy block....whats most important is looking at the build construction of the hull....if your satisfied with that your good to go.

Wakeboard boats take a beating too....you load them witha ton of weight, put off a huge wake, and then turn around and cross those wakes picking up your fallen skier all day...
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Pros and cons for certain. When the Moomba's first came out they were considered the entry level boat of the tournament ski boats. Hands down, the Ski Nautiques are the cadillac of the ski boats and it's a strong arguement between Mastercraft and Malibu.

Now, what makes a difference in my mind? They all use the same drive lines and all are pretty decent fiberlass. The difference comes in fit & finish and options.

When I bought my Malibu, I chose to stay away from alot of options. I bought the bigger engine, on board heater, upgraded prop and that's about it. No stereo, we're in a boat.

If you are wanting a boat to bomb around inland lakes close to home with an economical wakeboard boat, I don't think you can go too wrong with it. If you are planning on using it to go out on the big lakes with Casey, Chad & Dave, I believe you will be greatly dissapointed. I realize that the wakeboard boats are a deeper V than a true tournament boat like mine but I've had mine in the big water a couple times and honestly, it can get very scarey in a big hurry. These boats just don't handle the big water.... period.

So, it's really what you want. One final note, unless you give up the jet skis, or you move onto the water, you won't use it much. You will always be leaving one or the other home.

One thing Chad mentioned caught my attention. I have never barefooted behind a wakeboard boat but one of the biggest reasons I bought the Malibu over the Mastercraft was the quality of the barefoot wake. But, at your old age I doubt you will want to learn to barefoot anyway.

To the other questions, is anyone even using a Ford engine anymore? I thought all the tournament boats were using GM???
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If you are wanting a boat to bomb around inland lakes close to home with an economical wakeboard boat, I don't think you can go too wrong with it. If you are planning on using it to go out on the big lakes with Casey, Chad & Dave, I believe you will be greatly dissapointed.

I really have no urge to go fast in a boat. It's some people's cup of tea, but not mine. I would prefer functionality (everything but going fast). Inland lakes only.

Thanks for the opinions

And barefooting you say? After more then one inland lake enema, I'll stick with the board, or a single ski. haha
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i will look for a stars and stripes Mastercraft when i have money to spend
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i will look for a stars and stripes Mastercraft when i have money to spend
Which one? Old style or new style?
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I was refering to old school
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I was refering to old school
ahh....... the old 84/85 version. My neighbor 2 doors over has one.
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definitely old school.
and i would repaint it Bahama blue and cream white to match my 65 Chevy C10

but i thought they were built starting in like 1978?
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One thing Chad mentioned caught my attention. I have never barefooted behind a wakeboard boat but one of the biggest reasons I bought the Malibu over the Mastercraft was the quality of the barefoot wake. But, at your old age I doubt you will want to learn to barefoot anyway.

To the other questions, is anyone even using a Ford engine anymore? I thought all the tournament boats were using GM???
I like the wake on our natique but was never a fan of the mastercraft wake either for barefooting. I only footed behind one or two inboard malibus and like them as well. I agree 100% on the fit and finsih comment. Personally on the boats I was on I would give malibu the nod over mastercraft.

My dad ordered his boat with less options then you, no stereo, and no heater LOL...he didnt even want the carpet!

Our nautique runs the 310-315 ford block with the gt40 heads and fuel injected. I have no clue what most of the newer boats run. Seems most of the big block boats are chevies.
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as far as i know, all of the ski/ wakeboard boats have a base engine that is a variation of the chevy 350. 310-350hp.

if you go with the big block i believe it is a chevy 454, not positive though.
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as far as i know, all of the ski/ wakeboard boats have a base engine that is a variation of the chevy 350. 310-350hp.

if you go with the big block i believe it is a chevy 454, not positive though.
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