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billyboard
10-27-2004, 07:41 PM
On the ski-locker / front-ballast area of the X-star, there is a chrome round handle that lies flat on the floor (see attached pictures), and you can lift it up to open the floor area. The area between the driver's seat and the rear seat also can be lifted (to get to the gas tank and a ballast pump), but you need to wedge a screwdriver in to lift it. Anyone know why they didn't have a similar handle on that floor-board? Any idea where I can buy such a handle? And finally, is there any way other than slamming the front edge of the floor-board back in with a rubber mallet to get it to slide back under the rear seat fiberglass? The carpet gets stuck and it won't slide no matter how much I wiggle it, so I have to use a mallet and I'm worried about damaging the edge of the floorboard (though it seems to be tough fiberglass and metal).
Thanks.
Billy

Mag_Red
10-27-2004, 11:35 PM
Not exactly what you are looking for.....but close
http://www.overtons.com/cgi-bin/overtons/order/large.cgi?21105

billyboard
10-28-2004, 12:56 AM
I had seen the handle you mentioned, but I believe that does not lie on top of the floor. It would actually require the floor to be gouged out in order to let that handle casing lie below the surface so that the handle would be flush. What I am looking for would not require any modification to the surface other than drilling a hole through it.

ktn_cmu
10-28-2004, 10:35 AM
I would think that handle would be pretty easy to find. Lots of boats utilize that very style of handle. I don't see why a MC dealer, or some other dealer for that matter, couldn't get you one.

Lake_Tippy_Skier
10-28-2004, 10:53 AM
T H Marine (http://www.thmarine.com/product.cfm?PRID=17) offers this

Lake_Tippy_Skier
10-28-2004, 10:55 AM
so does Marine East (http://www.marineeast.com/a_sch/sch_det.asp?cid=16&pid=PAR-4033)

Lake_Tippy_Skier
10-28-2004, 11:02 AM
and ITC (http://www.itc-marine.com/generalaccessories.html) offers a SS one

east tx skier
10-28-2004, 11:37 AM
Billyboard, I have the same handle on my PS 205. Wish I knew where you could find one, but since I don't, I'll add this inquiry. On the newer boats, similar handles are on the in-floor coolers. They are spring loaded and retract flush to the floor when you let them go. Mine either never was spring loaded, or the spring mechanism is gone. Long story short, it hurts when I step on it when it hasn't returned to its flush-to-the-floor position. Anyone have any ideas short of finding a replacement how I can repair it?

sizzler
10-28-2004, 11:49 AM
on my 2004 X9 i have same pull ups but they are not spring loaded....just my :twocents:

east tx skier
10-28-2004, 11:52 AM
Thanks, Sizzler. My father in law has the spring load on the cooler in his 98 PS 205. Are you talking about the cooler or the aft ski locker?

billyboard
10-28-2004, 12:28 PM
ITC is the one that has exactly the part I was looking for. Thank you!
The URL in your post was incorrect.
Here's the correct URL
http://www.itc-marine.com/hatch%20pin.html
$6.30 plus shipping

Lake_Tippy_Skier
10-28-2004, 12:31 PM
ITC is the one that has exactly the part I was looking for. Thank you!
The URL in your post was incorrect.
Here's the correct URL
http://www.itc-marine.com/hatch%20pin.html
$6.30 plus shipping


sorry about that, my employer has that web site blocked for some strange reason, so i couldn't verify if it was correct or not.

sfitzgerald351
10-28-2004, 12:59 PM
Using the pin from ITC you should be able to get a weak spring from any hardware store to mount on the inside of the hatch on the pin. The spring would push the pin down and keep the handle out of your way. It'll be a slightl bit tougher to get the handle up, but if you experiment with a couple of different springs you should be able to find one that is easy to raise the handle with, but that has enough force to pull it back down.

east tx skier
10-28-2004, 01:05 PM
Thanks, Scott.

billyboard
10-28-2004, 01:18 PM
Since I have that handle on the ski locker without a spring, I wouldn't think a spring is needed. The one on the ski/ballast locker (see the pics in the first post of this thread) sits flush and a spring would not help. If you are using this on a side instead of a floor, then I understand the spring.

east tx skier
10-28-2004, 01:25 PM
I wouldn't have thought it needed one either until I stepped on that thing barefoot. Unless you push it back flush with the floor, it rests angled on the enclosure. Bruised heels and skiing make poor bedfellows.

billyboard
10-28-2004, 02:58 PM
On mine, the handle drops to the floor and lies flat without any coaxing. Unless your handle is hitting something underneath, maybe you just need to drill out the hole a small amount so that the handle free-falls down.

east tx skier
10-28-2004, 03:08 PM
Lying flat isn't the problem. When you close the locker, sometimes the handle, which is hinged, flops over and leans at about a 45 degree angle. It would be easy for me to reach down and flip it down flush. Really easy. But most times, I've got more on my mind than that and it is left to stick up until I see it or step on it. The spring loaded ones are flush whenever you're not pulling on them, which would solve my issue.

This is not high on my list of priorities I might add.

billyboard
10-28-2004, 03:16 PM
oh...you must be thinking of a different piece of hardware. the one i am referring to is not hinged. this one always lays flat without any coaxing necessary.
http://www.itc-marine.com/hatch%20pin.html

east tx skier
10-28-2004, 03:28 PM
Ah, you're right. Totally different doohickies. Sorry for the threadjacking.

captkidd
10-29-2004, 10:49 AM
If you're going to get a spring, I would recommend a stainless one.

Doug, my handle has never failed to return to its original position. Do you think yours might be bent? Do you think it could somehow be magnetized and if so, would that be enough to return it to its position?