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  1. #1
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    Default '07 Outback vs. '07 Outback V

    Hey everyone,

    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!

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    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.

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    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?

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    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,

    Joe

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    It does. Thanks.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

    -J

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    Hey Everybody,

    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
    Brittany Blue powder-coated Tower
    Gravity III Ballast System
    Hydraulic Wakeplate
    Perfect Pass
    Tower Bimini
    Depth Finder
    Heater
    Docking Lights
    Snap-down cover
    Pop-Up Cleats
    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!!!

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    You have got o get some pics real soon, I want to see how the powder coated tower looks on the boat! Congratulations!!!

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