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    2011 Wakesetter GatorStep Install


    joshl
    • Year: 2011 Brand: Malibu Cost: (unspecified) DIY or Professional Install: I installed it

    This project is to install GatorStep on a 2011 Wakesetter. GatorStep's website attempts to make the conversion easy, but there are some potential issues to be aware of if you do this. The first, is pay double attention to the template. I don't know if they send a template for all boats, however for the 2011 Wakesetter, they send a set of paper templates to verify the dimensions, sizing, and position of any holes. If you mess up this step, its going to be a bad day.

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    The GatorStep process is to send an initial template, you send back corrections, then they send an updated template. Once the templates are verified, you give a final approval of colored, textured, design rendering pdf. As you can see in the photos, I had to augment the provided template and change the sizes somewhat. Pay close attention during the template phase, as it will determine what you get in the end.

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    Prior to install, clean the surface throughly. Also remove the snaps if you had snap in carpet. Before I stuck any pieces down, I put them all out to verify spacing and get a good feel for where each piece should go. I started the install with the middle, large piece, then the upper large piece, and then the sides. This method helps you keep the important lines and spacings looking good. The pieces have a 3M adhesive backing, so having a second pair of hands is invaluable, as you need to pull the backing and then handle a large, sticky piece precisely. If you initially put it down lightly it can be easily pulled back up to be repositioned.

    Did the front and side pieces first.

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    Then did the floor. Also, pay close attention to the spacing around fixtures in the boat.

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    It was dark by the time we finished, so the photos are a bit grainy. But it turned out fantastic.

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    Its a big improvement on old carpet. and it feels great on the feet.

     

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    On 8/28/2019 at 6:39 AM, Rugger said:

    Looks awesome...  damn it, I still have carpet.   Love these projects but hate the reminders!  haha

    You do know you could fix that. Lol

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