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Rugger last won the day on January 20

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    2007 Malibu 247 LSV


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    Cameron Park, CA

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  1. Nice job. So much cleaner inside without that muffler. Curious what you think of the noise, if any different w/out muffler, etc. once you get it on the water. It is definitely gonna be more quiet if you have't had FAE before. So nice.
  2. Thanks. They'll never happen unless you jump in and give it a try. I documented my mistakes... made plenty until I got it right.
  3. As I get older I start buying the right tool the first time, knowing I'll use it over and over. Bought a lot of dumb stuff over the years haha.... that being said, I've overspent over the years too.
  4. I love the one I have, but I'm sure many brands will work great. But I would make sure it has a change of speed. Don't skimp on that feature. I first tried a one-speed Milwaukee rotary but took it back for a refund. Below is the one I've used over 10 years. Bought it on recommendation through the forums from a professional detailer. Love it. Get a wool pad too for gel coat.... that, + speed control = throw anything at it. If you use for your cars, you need to drop that speed down and lighten the pad or you'll get swirls / paint burns. Gel coat can take much more. And you'll need to throw something heavy to remove some of the wet sanding marks. I used this for the projects above, and also polished up my old excursion and the paint looks amazing for a 2001. If you want to save bucks for a single project, a Harbor Freight rotary will be a lot cheaper. But I can vouch for this one which has been bullet proof for a decade for me. I polished my cars, boats and even metal. https://amzn.to/32niY80 Hope that helps.
  5. "Total cost ~100 + roughly 2 hours of my time. " <--- Hey no bragging! haha Not surprised you whipped up a surf exhaust quicker than watching a movie. Nice. Looks clean. I made mine last summer? Or one before? I forget. But I used an oval exhaust shape for the drop to the water portion... so I didn't vice it. But then wondered if I should have squeezed it thinner... so weeks later I squeezed it into more of a teardrop shape after I'd already been using it. Didn't notice a difference but it really didn't spray anyway.
  6. That looks great! Excellent write up too. Man, that glue is gonna be the challenge. I have an 07... no gel underneath either. Nicely done!
  7. Wow that’s incredible work That jimmy board is legit! Thanks for posting it. Nothing beats handcrafted.
  8. Looks awesome... damn it, I still have carpet. Love these projects but hate the reminders! haha
  9. Not a game-changer project, but might be useful for others. I had a setup with 2 batteries under the passenger (observers) seat and another battery in the passenger compartment. We rarely lift the passenger seat for storage, so I decided to locate all of the batteries under there and update the system with an add-a-battery 2 bank switch and ACR to handle the charging, etc. - Moved the 2 AGM Kinetic stereo batteries (about 90 amp hours a piece) so that I could fit a third. These Kinetics were already installed when I bought the boat. They are probably 6 years old but perform like champs and are always on a maintainer charger in storage. Hoping they last a long time. - Replaced my aging lead acid starting battery with a Northstar AGM. Solid reputation but more importantly AGMs can be laid on their side to fit under seat. - Built a battery box to hold all three batteries using 3/4" King Starboard HDPE walls, with a 3/8" lid. All the wiring is now out of sight, out of mind. I screwed the circuit breakers right to the walls. Almost everything came from the scrap pile at Tap Plastics.... 50% off. - Could have gone many ways on this, but I chose to keep the "house" stock loads on the first battery (starting and house fuse panel), and then all the additional accessories and of course the 4 stereo amps, on a separate bank with the 2 Kinetic high amp hour batteries. Added a small fuse panel to this bank as well for additional loads beyond house... ie ballast pumps added, LEDs, etc. Also added a grounding bus bar. - Wired so stock bilge pump is on original battery bank (will turn off with switch though), and then my additional bilge pump I added is wired directly to the second battery bank - which will protect boat even if switch is off. Basically there are now only two 24 hr (always on) circuits; 1 for bilge and 1 that feeds WS MC1 stereo so I don't lose all my settings when switch is off. - All 3 batteries are wired to a large 36 amp onboard charger that I've had for years. This is technically a 4 bank charger / maintainer (overkill). So we just plug it in when the boat sits. I can not decide if and where I'd put an access port for charging, so for now I just reach under the seat to plug it in. - Added a mini Off-On-Combine battery switch with the ACR. - Added a switch access door. Cut out a hole in the wall, and installed a black acrylic door and switch box meant for a 2019 Moomba / Supra. Works perfectly. Thanks @freeheel4life for help on that. Thanks to @Wylie_Tunes as well for wiring tips on add-a-battery system. All in all, we love the setup so far. Switch access is fast and easy. Wiring is out of sight, out of mind. And it REALLY opened up the passenger compartment by moving the batteries to the new location under the seat. Hope this helps someone else. ** Might have moved some wires around from pics below. I did have to fix it at one point, but forgot what it was I did. lol
  10. That's pretty cool @Gbracer. Thanks for sharing it. I've seen lots of mud flap mods on the tow vehicle side to help protect the boat, but this one definitely provides the most protection I've ever seen. Now just make sure you don't ram the dock once you're on the water. That's what would happen to me. lol
  11. Man that looks great. I'd really like to hear (personally) how you like that stuff after using it a bit. I'm tempted to go that route, or similar. Looks great, feels nice. Plus I'm afraid we'd beat up EVA foam too much the way we use our boat (pack it full of camping gear for shore camping). I just haven't made up my mind.
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