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    2013 Malibu VLX
  1. This project fixed a problem I was having with my Malibu G3 tower knobs. This fix can be used by anyone with a first generation (2010-14) G3 tower who opted for the tower knobs. Background: The knobs on my tower, which secure it in the upright position, kept coming loose. No matter how tight I got them, including using the built-in allen wrench socket, they would loosen up. Especially when towing. I had the starboard side knob come off on 4 separate tow trips. Fortunately the knob fell into the boat each time and not on the road. At $100 each (Malibu's price) that would have been expensive. I tried using lock washers, star washers, boosting the tower tight with a jack before tightening the knobs. All failed. So I set about trying to come up with a solution to keep the knobs in place and tight. I considered fabricating a leash, using some kind of collar made from PVC, and some other crazy ideas before I came upon the one that worked. And I also wanted the solution to look good. I went to Home Depot with an idea in mind. In the plumbing section I found a 2" rubber end cap for ABS pipe that fit the knob perfectly. I purchased 2 and removed the included hose clamps. To secure the cap to the tower I used a 24" length of 1 1/2" nylon webbing with a quick release clamp. I had the webbing and clamps from an earlier project but those materials can be purchased online at McMaster-Carr or at JoAnne Fabrics. I sewed the receiving end clamp permanently in place, put the end cap on the knob on the tower and placed the webbing over the end cap and over the tower bracket. I put the adjustable end of the quick release clamp on the webbing and adjusted the strap where I thought it should be when fastened together. I marked the strap where it crossed the end cap on both edges then removed the pieces. I decided on using pop rivets with washers on the inside of the cap and outside of the strap to secure the strap to the end cap. I drilled two 1/8" holes from the inside of the end cap opposite each other as close the the edge as possible and through the webbing. Then I installed the rivets and added a dab of black paint to make the rivets blend in. The end result is what I loosely refer to as my tower knob jock straps. Once I have tower in the upright position the straps go one and stay on, even while on the water. In the two plus years and 6000 plus miles I've had the straps on I have not only not lost a knob but not once have they even loosened up. The end cap has a slight convex shape to it and that helps add pressure to the knob while the snug fit of the rubber in combination with the strap keeps the knob from turning. The total cost of the project was about $20 and the time was 1.5 hours. IMHO I think it looks pretty good too.
  2. Here is a solution for those wakesurf board owners who want portable protection for their boards when loaded in a tower rack. I have several wakesurf boards that are very light and, therefore, somewhat fragile. For example, I have 2 Ronix carbon fiber boards and a Ronix Technora board. And since I surf not only my own boat but others too, I wanted something to protect my boards when they are in a rack. I came up with a a neoprene board wrap that I dub the Board Belt. I purchased a sheet of 6 mm neoprene (the thickest I could find) that was nylon covered on both sides. I choose a gray on one side, black on the other combination. I got mine at Foam Order, located in Richmond, CA. It is about $92 for a 83" x 51" sheet plus tax and shipping. That is enough material to make about 4 Board Belts. I then went to JoAnn Fabrics and bought a piece of 2" wide heavy elastic waistband. That was about $12 for the quantity I purchased. I then cut the neoprene on the 83" side into about 20" wide strips. Now I had 4 53" x 20" pieces. My boards run from about 22" to 23" wide so 53" is more than enough length to wrap the board and have enough material for the inside joining. I then located a auto upholstery shop to sew up the pieces together along with hemming the sides with the elastic band. I was charged about $40 for that work. The finished product is a band that easily slip off or on the board, wet or dry, that cushions the board when in the racks. I have driven my boat is some pretty rough conditions with the boards in the racks and I have yet to get a ding in any my boards. BTW, I do not leave my boards in the racks once I'm finished surfing and am back at the dock. I take the down and either put them in their bags (the Board Belt fits fine) or cover them with towels.