Wakeboard Boat Review
Moomba’s flagship wakeboard boat, the Moomba Mobius XLV is revamped for 2008 with new features, styling and performance upgrades, including a new hull design and wake enhancements. And with the optional Gravity Games Edition package that was on our test model, buyers get a tournament-style ride right out of the box.
Hull: The 2008 Moomba Mobius XLV’s updated hull design does more than create better wakes. It also offers quicker planning and better fuel efficiency, thanks to new positions for the lifting strakes that help the hull displace water with less resistance. But the real benefits are found behind the boat, where changes to deadrise and rocker create a better balance of transition and vertical lip.
Ballast: The new Moomba Mobius XLV Gravity Games Edition comes armed with 1,950 pounds of ballast, enough weight to produce some serious wakes. The system loads the boat with one massive 1,150-pound bow bag that works in tandem with twin 400-pound bags in the rear.
Tower: Solid is how our testers described the Moomba Mobius XLV’s standard Rad-a-Cage tower. Constructed with 2.375-inch tubing, it’s tough and sturdy. And with the Gravity Games Edition package, it comes complete with a mirror bracket and board racks.
Wake shaper: Moomba’s hydraulic wake plate might be our favorite feature of the Gravity Games Edition package. The adjustable plate allows riders to fine-tune the wakes behind the Moomba Mobius XLV to their liking and can help smooth the ride in rough water.
Highlight feature: Again, let’s revisit that wakeboard tower. This big Moomba Mobius XLV manages well with this beefy tower. Out on our test sessions, it seemed firm both as we went through double-ups and as the rider cut back and forth.
The wake: This boat is made for riding, so we weren’t surprised to find a versatile wake behind the Moomba Mobius XLV that was generally rampy and fairly narrow with predictable pop, which is great for wake-to-wake tricks. And with the adjustable wake plate, beginners can mellow the wakes, then progress their skills fast.
What We Dig
-Audio features, Kicker four-channel amp and six speakers
-Easy iPod/MP3 connector
-Black-faced five-inch Beede gauges
-Iced-out white-on-white gelcoat
-White stainless rub rail for durability and style
Length w/o platform: 23’
Dry weight: 3,600 lb.
Ballast: 650 lb. bow bag (total 1,950 lb. upgrade*)
Tower: Rad-a-Cage tower
Racks*: Fixed wakeboard tower
Wake shaper*: Adjustable plate
Main lounge: 59 sq. ft.
Stereo*: Kenwood deck, six Kicker speakers
Cooler: 44 qt.
Fuel: 40 gal.
Trailer: Single axle
Base MSRP: $49,190
Test: Indmar Assault 5.7 L, 325 hp
Standard: Indmar Assault 5.7 L, 325 hp
Test prop: OJ XMP 14.25×14 four-blade
Cruise: Simple Cruise