View Full Version : How "original" do you try to keep your boat?

05-01-2005, 06:36 PM
I decided to replace a trim plate around the trottle that got scuffed recently; it's the rectangular plate in the pictures. The plate is a gold/silver metallic that matches the dash, other trim plates, and to some extent the trim on the seats. For $58 I can get the exact plate and keep the look original. For $24 I can get a tan plate that matches the vinyl. Attached are pictures of both installed. Maybe its a no brainer to go with the cheaper one, but it's just not original. What do you guys think?

05-01-2005, 06:38 PM
I personally think that the silver looks much sharper and is worth the extra $$$. However, if you think the tan looks better go with that.

05-01-2005, 06:44 PM
The tan looks like it goes there more than the silver to me. Nothing functional, kind of a detail, just me, I would save the money.

05-01-2005, 06:46 PM
I'd go with tan. :twocents:

05-01-2005, 06:53 PM
Tan. :twocents:

05-01-2005, 07:22 PM

For the looks!!

05-01-2005, 07:25 PM
silver, stay original

05-01-2005, 07:52 PM
go with the tan

05-01-2005, 11:13 PM
If you plan on upgrading boats in the next few years anyway, go with the tan, a new buyer probably wouldnt notice. If you love your boat and don't have plans to sell in the near future, (and by the looks of what you can see in the pic, you take nice care of your rig), I'd pop for the silver one.

05-01-2005, 11:18 PM
Eight expert opinions for $34 bucks! What are you going to do Tom? Jeopardy music......

05-02-2005, 10:03 AM
Thanks for the feedback, I'm glad there's a consensus here! I'll keep the tan in for now, but if I manage to get over to the dealer in the next week or so I'll get the silver plate. I like the idea of keeping it original. It takes all of three minutes to switch out.

05-02-2005, 10:15 AM
Personally, I like the tan. As long as there is no reduction in the functionality or the longevity of the part, I don't think it should be considered as a downgrade at all. To me, the primary value to keeping a boat or automobile "all original" is for shows and competitions. Some replacement items are actually much better than the original items; like I said before, the only time that a replacement part reduces the value of the boat is when it affects the functionality, reliability, or looks really bad (IMHO).

east tx skier
05-02-2005, 12:52 PM
Tan looks fine to me. If you hadn't said anything, I wouldn't have known it wasn't OEM.

05-02-2005, 10:02 PM
I like the tan, looks clean.

Here is a picture of my modification for this year. The hot rodder in me has always thought the predator engine needed a "Hot Rod look" instead of looking like my truck engine, after all it is a 300hp engine.
So I added the MCX rocker arm covers.

05-02-2005, 10:12 PM
Looks pretty sweet

05-02-2005, 10:17 PM
Tan, You'll be the only guy (with the exception of your closest MC board friends) that will know the difference