In the direct-drive world, the Moomba Outback is our pick for the best deal. It succeeds in attracting new people to water-sports boats with all the key features, yet without the bells and whistles that can push the sticker price out of reach.
What's truly important — 100 percent hand-laid fiberglass construction? Got it. An engine with a powerful hole shot? Check. A hull with a deep keel, negative chines and lifting strakes to create wakes that stoke skiers? Done. USA Water Ski record tournament approved? Sweet. Plus, it has a walk-through bow and generous amounts of storage for its size, and its low price includes a trailer with disc brakes.
Beyond those basics, the Outback has Teleflex tournament controls, full-size mirror, stain-resistant vinyl upholstery and a built-in cooler — a total package that's just right for those first-time inboard boat buyers.
You may not think a boat record-approved by USA Water Ski for tournament use could be available at such a budget price, but the Outback makes it possible. Wakes are soft from 15 off all the way through shortline, making the Outback a great choice for recreational skiers and tournament competitors alike.
Part of the value of the Outback is that wakeboarders in the family can get behind it, too. The wakes make for a great way to learn how to jump. You can dial up the size from small to medium with the optional one-bag ballast, and adding a tower will help the kids take those jumps even higher.
• Terrific value for prospective boat buyers eager to get their first inboard.
• High-end construction and well-considered features mean you're paying for exactly what you need.
• Slalom performance is remarkable, especially for an entry-level boat, with soft wakes even at tournament-worthy line lengths.
• Swivel-head pylon is an essential upgrade.
Top Speed 45 mph 4,850 rpm
Accel. to 30 mph 4.3 sec. 104.2 ft.
Accel. to 36 mph 5.7 sec. 176.2 ft.
Noise Levels (db) Neutral 62 D 61 R, 36 mph 91 D 90 R
Length 20 ft. 6 in. Beam 95 in.
Seating Capacity 10
Fuel Capacity 28 gal.
Test Prop OJ 13 x 13 3-blade
Test Engine Indmar Assault 5.7L, 310 HP