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Jmarc 02-15-2020 2:04 PM

2020 MB B52 or Moomba Makai
 
Looking at these 2 boats. I know personally that the B52 has a great surf wave. The interior is very cheap looking to me though. The Makai interior is NICE!! How is the surf wave of the makai? Never been on the water with the makai. Just looking for some opinions of people that have been on both boats. Thanks!

dougr 02-16-2020 2:18 AM

MB is very rare to see on the east coast, so you need to also pick based on where you live, what your options are to resell. The moomba will have a better resale.

SoulSurfer 02-16-2020 11:40 AM

Where are you located? I haven't been on a Makai but I can tell you that I love our MB F22. Moomba definitely seems to have upped their game over the past few years.

Jmarc 02-17-2020 1:39 AM

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Originally Posted by dougr (Post 1994920)
MB is very rare to see on the east coast, so you need to also pick based on where you live, what your options are to resell. The moomba will have a better resale.

I am in Arizona. MB is big here. The surf waves are great! Moomba quality has not been great until the last few years. I was very surprised when I looked at a new Makai.

Jmarc 02-17-2020 1:40 AM

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Originally Posted by SoulSurfer (Post 1994930)
Where are you located? I haven't been on a Makai but I can tell you that I love our MB F22. Moomba definitely seems to have upped their game over the past few years.


I am in Arizona . I also looked at the F22. How was he surf wave on it?

SoulSurfer 02-17-2020 3:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Jmarc (Post 1994935)
I am in Arizona . I also looked at the F22. How was he surf wave on it?

Absolutely love our F22. Surf wave is long and powerful. I guess that's not really surpising with 5K in factory ballast capacity (actually it surfs best with it not all the way full) plus typically another 800 in th bow. The wave may not be as "pretty" as the wave behind a Malibu, for instance, but is much firmer and with lots more drive in my opinion. I'm 220 lbs and can pretty easily ride up to about 20 feet back from the platform and recover up to the most powerful and tallest spot, which on my boat is about 12 feet back. They make a steeper wave face than boats with flatter hulls and/or "surf gate" style devices. I personally prefer that steeper wave, but that is a preference thing.

wombat2wombat 02-17-2020 9:47 AM

The resale on both MB & Moomba sort of suck no matter where you are. Watch craigs, watch onlyinboards. People sit on either brand for a while. The MB wave is amazing. The Moomba wave while not bad can't be compared to the MB, it isn't bad, it just isn't as big. IMO, once you get over the $60k & up price most people only want the big names; Malibu, Tige, MC, Natuiqe. There are some crazy good deals out there on 2018-2019 B52's & they just keep dropping their prices. As for interior comparison? I'm confused by that, the Moomba is every bit as "cheap" looking as the MB. MB uses better quality vinyl though IMO

Jmarc 02-17-2020 2:29 PM

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Originally Posted by SoulSurfer (Post 1994939)
Absolutely love our F22. Surf wave is long and powerful. I guess that's not really surpising with 5K in factory ballast capacity (actually it surfs best with it not all the way full) plus typically another 800 in th bow. The wave may not be as "pretty" as the wave behind a Malibu, for instance, but is much firmer and with lots more drive in my opinion. I'm 220 lbs and can pretty easily ride up to about 20 feet back from the platform and recover up to the most powerful and tallest spot, which on my boat is about 12 feet back. They make a steeper wave face than boats with flatter hulls and/or "surf gate" style devices. I personally prefer that steeper wave, but that is a preference thing.


Thank you for the info! I never did like the Malibu waves. I have owned a few Tiges and the waves were nice. The mb waves seem to be much longer then most boats.

Jmarc 02-17-2020 2:35 PM

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Originally Posted by wombat2wombat (Post 1994945)
The resale on both MB & Moomba sort of suck no matter where you are. Watch craigs, watch onlyinboards. People sit on either brand for a while. The MB wave is amazing. The Moomba wave while not bad can't be compared to the MB, it isn't bad, it just isn't as big. IMO, once you get over the $60k & up price most people only want the big names; Malibu, Tige, MC, Natuiqe. There are some crazy good deals out there on 2018-2019 B52's & they just keep dropping their prices. As for interior comparison? I'm confused by that, the Moomba is every bit as "cheap" looking as the MB. MB uses better quality vinyl though IMO


You're right , Most people just buy new cause of the low payments. So resale on low end boats are weak. The boat prices will come way down after the economy crashes . It will happen soon. People just can't afford this luxury anymore.There really is no justification for the prices to increase 6 - 10 percent every year. Autos don't even go up like that. The boat industry is taking advantage of people. When the recession hits there will plenty of these boats up for auction haha.

Throwaway1 02-25-2020 5:51 AM

Interesting on your thoughts on the MB interior. I feel like its MUCH nicer than the Moomba. Just more basic (no movable reversible cushions and whatnot) The boat in it's entirety is build better too.
As far as resale, as long as you live in an area with an established dealer for both, resale will be totally FINE. I feel like there is far too much speculation on this board for what a boat sold for new, then again used. Far too many variables.

onlyinboards 02-25-2020 6:07 AM

Don't the new MB's have hinged seat cushions now too? MB is as close to the luxury market as you can get IMO. Surf system, high end stereo, hinged seats, quality vinyl, Billet towers, GatorStep flooring option. I've never gotten into an MB and thought the interior was subpar.

rdlangston13 04-06-2020 12:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Throwaway1 (Post 1995108)
Interesting on your thoughts on the MB interior. I feel like its MUCH nicer than the Moomba. Just more basic (no movable reversible cushions and whatnot) The boat in it's entirety is build better too.
As far as resale, as long as you live in an area with an established dealer for both, resale will be totally FINE. I feel like there is far too much speculation on this board for what a boat sold for new, then again used. Far too many variables.

Have you been in the newer moombas? the rear bench is reversible for rear facing with a back rest, there is a rear facing back rest on the starboard side bench seat, the side bench seats are hinged, the bow seat backs are hinged for easy access to storage in front of the helm as well as store in the observer locker. There is a built in trash can in the floor as well. The rear locker now even have a latching mechanism so they wont fly open on highway ect. The MB interior is not bad, i don't think you can really say one is better than the other though.

Rusty1977 04-09-2020 2:09 PM

Makai is 24 ft 5. Foot and a half is a lot of length difference in the boat world. Have to also consider stuff like storage, docking, trailering, etc. Makai is a big boat! The mojo is the 23 foot comparison for the b52.

haveboatwilltravel 04-19-2020 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by wombat2wombat (Post 1994945)
The resale on both MB & Moomba sort of suck no matter where you are. Watch craigs, watch onlyinboards. People sit on either brand for a while. The MB wave is amazing. The Moomba wave while not bad can't be compared to the MB, it isn't bad, it just isn't as big. IMO, once you get over the $60k & up price most people only want the big names; Malibu, Tige, MC, Natuiqe. There are some crazy good deals out there on 2018-2019 B52's & they just keep dropping their prices. As for interior comparison? I'm confused by that, the Moomba is every bit as "cheap" looking as the MB. MB uses better quality vinyl though IMO

Uh What??? MB might have the highest resale in the industry. They hold their value incredibly well. The fit and finish on the MB is far superior to the Moomba in every respect, the Moomba is a foot and a half bigger and the B52 will out surf it. I want to like the Makai but for how big it is the surf wave disappoints.

Jmarc 04-20-2020 2:18 AM

Update... I bought a 2020 MB B52. The surf wave is incredible. I do have the 1100lb plug and play sacks. I have had almost every wake boat brand out there and for the price the MB is the best boat on the market! I personally think that the boat market prices are way too high on the big brands. But its all personally preference I guess.

broncofan 04-20-2020 2:45 AM

Congrats! Pics YO?

Jmarc 04-20-2020 11:01 AM

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Here are a couple pics. I will post some pics of the wave next time I go out

broncofan 04-21-2020 4:31 AM

NICE! Congrats. Love the color combo

Jmarc 04-21-2020 4:56 AM

Thank You!

haveboatwilltravel 04-21-2020 6:42 AM

well done and you went all out on the stereo package too! Great boat, you wont be disappointed. I really like the Makai and was looking hard at it but the surf wave was just not next level like it needs to be to move from the B52.

onlyinboards 04-22-2020 2:29 AM

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Wow, great looking boat and Congrats on the MB! All the custom touches you are get from the factory on an MB are insane. Custom matched billet accents on the tower, logos, dash, etc. Things that always had to be done aftermarket are now factory options on their boats. I have this one coming to me right now.


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