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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Birth of a Moomba Legend: Mojo Build Day 6

Moomba Boats @MoombaBoats is digitally chronicling the first production build of the new Mojo 2.5 wakeboard boat with daily build photo posts. This series of blog posts and photo gallery will illustrate the superior production processes that make a Moomba boat.

Yesterday was the sixth production day of this new Moomba wide-bow wake boat. In the second day of the rigging process, the Mojo 2.5 deck receives interior lean backs and side panels, the aluminum pylon bracket, finished dash wiring, stereo components and wiring, navigation light, cup holders, grab handles and it's Oz Tower. The hull gets everything from carpeting to an Indmar engine to to a fuel tank to a completely fastened deck. The Mojo has a lot going on at this stage of production.

If you missed the previous Mojo 2.5 build posts check'em out: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5. If you're ready to order your 2012 Mojo, visit your local Moomba Boats Dealer.

Although the deck and hull have been joined for Parts Inspection (PI) and to verify a proper fit, these two boat systems have not been fastened together yet. By leaving the deck and hull separate through rigging, Moomba Team members have access to areas of the boat that would be difficult to get to if the deck and hull were assembled. At the end of this day in production the Mojo hull and deck will be joined.

The inside of the hull is carpeted to finish the ballast-free storage areas of the Mojo. The storage areas that can house ballast are lined with Alpha flooring. This durable non-skid covering provides the perfect base for the available Gravity II ballast system as well as a slip-less environment for gear. Used in action sports applications like RV toy hauler cargo areas, Alpha flooring is constructed to withstand the rigors of playing hard.

The Mojo hull will also accept its 50 gal fuel tank to supply a new available Indmar 345 Assault CAT engine. The fuel tank is tucked into the center of the Mojo lounge and covered with the new easily maintained fiberglass floor. The engine is lag-bolted through the floor liner and into an Aqua Plas backer block. Aqua Plas is an extremely porous composite that soaks up resin to make this material and the fiberglass one part. Aqua Plas also has incredible bolt retention for absolutely no vibration. This type of engine mounting is stronger and quieter than that used by competitors who simply through-bolt with metal backing plates.

The Mojo gets its tunes in this deparment with the installation of the stereo system. All Moomba boats come standard with a 4 Kicker Speaker system driven by a Sony deck. One of the only water sports boat brands to offer a standard sound system, Moomba is a boat ready for fun on the water, even stock. You can upgrade this system with additional Kicker speakers and amps to make your Mojo rock as much as you do.

The Mojo deck is finished off with hand upholstered lounge seat backs, side panels and at the end of the day the driver's seat.  15 stainless steel cup holders join stainless hand and bow rails on the interior, standard. The deck will also receive optional stainless steel pull-up cleats. Moomba Team members complete the dash and electronics system wiring. The aluminum pylon bracket is installed along with the swivel-head pylon to eliminate rope ratcheting and premature ware. The built-in insulated cooler is installed and the standard Oz wakeboard tower is bolted through the deck into the superior retention and security of a wide block of Aqua Plas. This method distributes the load of the tower bases over a greater area of the deck to eliminate stress cracks. The Aqua Plas material also adapts to the shape of the deck, where the two meet, unlike a metal backing plate that has no flex. And finally the bolts melt a path into the Aqua Plas for a vibration-free mount.

Finally the Mojo deck and hull are united for the last time and fastened together.  Moomba boats are built with a shoebox fit, which means the deck fits over the hull and the two pieces overlap where they are secured together. There is a special body line tooled into the Mojo deck and hull to increase the strength of this junction. Stainless steel screws are inserted every six inches to join the deck and hull. The screws penetrate the deck and hull fiberglass as well as the hull's Trevera backing which is laminated into to the backside of the hull for superior screw retention and zero vibration. Screws are inserted between two router lines that surround the boat, one on the hull and one on the deck, to guard against traveling gel coat cracks. Rubrail screws are installed every 6 inches in alternating locations creating fastening points every 3 inches around the entire boat. Eventually a marine grade caulk with be applied to the underside of this union to prevent water from entering the boat in a hard turn.

On Day 7 of this build the Mojo 2.5 be tested in a water tank at the factory to make sure all of the major operating systems are functioning properly and then the boat will be towed to the lake for a detailed on-water testing. The first production Mojo hit the water for the first time. Don't miss it!

One of the many great things about the individuals who work on the production line at Moomba Boats, is their dedication to continued improvement. They are constantly looking to better themselves and the processes they execute everyday. The results are evident in the new Mojo 2.5.

Stay tuned to the Moomba Boats Blog for more photos and production process descriptions of the first production Mojo 2.5 build. Your Mojo could be next. Moomba is brand you!

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