View Full Version : '07 Outback vs. '07 Outback V
10-09-2006, 08:22 PM
I am new to the forum and seriosly considering buying the new Outback V. This will be my first boat purchase although I have grown up/ been around boats for over 20 years. I have a few questions though before I make the plunge. I am a relatively aggressive slalom skiier although only open water (hardly any course time). My main question is if anyone knows how good the Outback V's wake is for slaloming. I typically ski about 30 mph. I realize the Outback direct drive would be a better ski boat but I like the family friendliness of the V- drive layout. I also would like to try wakeboarding and have crossover ability for when we have kids. The boat I am looking at (V-drive) has the hydraulic wake plate also. Is having this extra going to make much difference on this boat since it is already so small and lightweight? Also, a somewhat related question; with the ballast option, specifically the Gravity III, do you lose any storage space and if so are the ballasts removable? Thanks!
The Outback V is an excellent slalom v-drive. With the hydraulic wakeplate down, the wake gets pretty flat. Definitely get a wakeplate!
The Gravity III ballast is two bags on either side of the engine and a bag in the ski locker. All of these bags come out very easily. If you aren't going to be using a ballast system, take out all of these bags and turn the manual shut-off valve at the thru-hull pickup and you will be good to go.
Does a regular slalom ski (67"-68") fit in either of the rear compartments next to the engine on the Outback V? Or only wakeboards. Wasn't sure if the area was long enough to take a ski. Thanks.
Also, I was think the same thoughts about the OUtback V and slalom skiing. You think I won't regret the slalom skiing behind a V going 32 at 15 off?
10-31-2006, 02:01 AM
The starboard locker has a pass-through to the next forward under-seat locker area so you can store a few skis in there, same as in the center ski-locker.
(Note: Full Ballast in either of these places makes this much harder to impossible.)
Oh, and 32 @ 15 off is the perfect speed/line length for the V-Drives. You behind the center spray, but have a nice tight flater wake.
Hope this helps,
11-02-2006, 09:21 AM
Waterdawg and Bla,
The slalom wake behind the Outback V really starts to flatten out at 30mph. As others have stated... get the hydraulic wake plate it does make a difference. I run my plate almost all the way down and I typically ski at 32mph and the wake crossing is really quite nice. In our '05 Mobius LSV (same hull as the current Outback V) there is a pass thru in both the starboard and port side rear storage areas that will easily accommodate skis. I actually keep my slalom ski in the port side locker and we can still use the factory 3 bag ballast when we wakeboard. My slalom ski never leaves the boat! Let me know if you guys have any other questions. The Outback V is a great family boat!
11-03-2006, 03:52 PM
Thanks for the input everyone. My wife and I did a demo run in the Outback V and really enjoyed it. After seeing the boats in person though, I think we are now leaning more toward the Mobius LS because of the higher freeboard (safer for the kids) and, because we have a pretty large lake, feel the Mobius would perform better in rough water. We still have to demo it though. Hopefully we can do that in a couple weeks. I will let you know what we decide. Again, thanks for all the great input. It has been very helpful.
11-04-2006, 11:40 AM
If you like the V, but want the size of the LS, then get the LSV - outback or mobius - exact same hull as the LS (larger, and higher freeboard), but in a V-Drive model. Best of both worlds ! I LOVE mine. Worth the extra $ anyday for the ability to seat more people comfotably, and store everything. LS direct drive is not as family friendly.
11-22-2006, 12:12 PM
Well, I am officially the proud new owner of an '07 Mobius LS. Went and did a demo in one we ordered and were very pleased. I was even brave and skied in WAY less than ideal conditions to make sure I liked the wake before commiting to buy (58 degree F water and more wind than I like on the lake). I had a wetsuit but it was still COLD! Anyway we got it totally loaded and a pretty good deal. Out the door price $42,000 with no payments or intrest till Sept. '07.
Brittany Blue powder-coated Tower
Gravity III Ballast System
Transom & Driver remote for stereo
I will try and post some pictures in the next few days. Anyway, I really appreciate all of the advice and input from everyone. We are very pleased with our new boat. Now I only wish I didn't have to wait 4 more months to really start enjoying it!!! :wink:
11-22-2006, 12:38 PM
You have got o get some pics real soon, I want to see how the powder coated tower looks on the boat! Congratulations!!!
congrats on the new boat.
did you get that from water ski boats dallas? if so i saw the photo on his website , looks great.
11-23-2006, 02:41 AM
Yes we did get it from Waterski Boats Dallas. The boat they have advertised is very similar to what we got. Only difference is we got Perfect Pass, a hydraulic wakeplate, and a heater on ours. Color's the same.
11-25-2006, 08:21 AM
Well, I got the pictures, but am having a hard time figuring out how to post them to the board. Can anyone tell me how?
11-25-2006, 08:24 AM
You cannot upload to the site. You need to host them elsewhere and then use the img code to post them. If you need a host and dont wat to use the majors, email me the pics and I'll host them for you.
me1 at joetechie dot com
11-27-2006, 06:02 AM
Thanks Joe, I sent you the pics.
11-27-2006, 10:25 AM
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