The Outback strives to offer the best of both worlds: high-end slalom wakes at a low-end price. Moomba has focused its financial resources not on providing luxury appointments, but on engineering a hand-laid fiberglass hull that tries to whisper through glassy water. The deep keel, negative chines and triple tracking fins keep the Outback on line through the course, while the lifting strakes and 12-degree deadrise hold down the wakes.
The interior may not be flashy, but it's fresh, thanks to new designs in the bow, charcoal accents and bold colors. And the Outback covers the other basics, from a full-size tournament mirror to Teleflex tournament controls, open-bow seating, stain-resistant vinyl and built-in cooler. If you're a first-time ski boat buyer ready to see how an inboard can lead you to new personal bests in the course, you can't go wrong with the Outback.
You can't beat the price with the skiing performance you get behind the Outback. Wakes were small and soft from 30 to 36 mph at line lengths of 15 to 35 off, with no bump at 22 off and no shortline spray to speak of. It's also a USA Water Ski tournament-approved towboat.
Get your feet wet with the optional tower and one-bag ballast to keep the kids entertained between your ski sets. The wakes size runs small to medium depending on how much additional ballast you add, but the shape is perfect for beginning riders learning how to jump.
-A great value when it comes to slalom boats.
-Charcoal is the name of the game for 2004, accenting speakers, cup holders, handles, trim, rub rail, dash and more.
-Swivel-head pylon is a good option to get.
-The removable fiberglass swim platform comes with custom nonskid matting.
-The standard bolster seat gives you extra visibility.