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  • 2012 23LSV Surfgates

    • Year: 2012 Brand: Malibu Model / Trim: 23LSV Device Type : Hinged Gate Style Surf Device Material: Starboard or a HDPE Control: Powered with Automated Controller Cost: $500-$999 Platform Type: Fiberglass

    The gates are made of 3/4"HPDE. They are 14" tall at the hull and taper to 12.5" at the back and are 19" long. I really want to make them look factory so I made myself a set of decals that are similar to the factory gate decal. I decided to counter sink and tap threads in the gates. This allowed me to make them flush. I also loctited them and then put epoxy in the heads so its smooth, this allows the decals to be smooth over them. After mounting the first tab I chose to make a template using the swim platform and hull to transfer it to the other side.

    I ordered a set of the Lenco Fast servos from MMI Marine.

    After a lot of research I chose to go with two 3" hinges. Most people say that screws are fine but I chose to go with bolts and backing plates. From prior fiberglass experience I went with multiple lighter plates. This reduces the risk of applying to much pressure at a specific point.

    For a  control system I chose to go with a the Arduino system. I am very comfortable with the wiring but not the programming so I chose to have the board programmed. I a also like redundancy so I chose to include a set of hard wire switches so if the system decides not to work at any time I can turn that system off and run the tabs in and out manually. The control system is the only portion that I do not have completely finished. I am just waiting on a few minor parts to finish it up and it should be ready. I will add additional pictures of this after it is done.





































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    Awesome work.   That's a big upgrade.  

    The decals look great.  Is the stainless look part of the decal, or is the blue form a stencil.   Looks awesome either way.  Thanks for sharing

    Also really like that you have all your main functions.... surf switch, sub, tower and side ballast, all in one spot.     Is that also one sticker you had made?

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    Badass.  Looks like it could be stock.  Gonna have questions if you don't mind haha.... who is programming your arduino?   You using the code listed on this site from Jhart?


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    The decal is multi 3 colors. Blue then black and chrome on the middle. 

    Imade the control sticker out of the same matching blue to tie it together. I may be redoing that though as I'm not 100% sure I love the location. B your knee can hit it when sitting just rite.

    More than happy to answer questions, that is how I got the info I needed to be confident in my decisions.

    Jhart is programming it for me.

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