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Heelgrad
04-12-2012, 09:26 PM
Ok guys, I took a lot of pictures today so I'll try to weed through them and post them in separate posts. As I mentioned earlier, there were a fair amount of X30s rolling down the line today so you'll see a variety of those mixed in with some in process pics. Let me know if you would like to see more than these. Enjoy!!:):)

Spraying gelcoat in an X30
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Finishing up gelcoat on that same X30
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A sweet X30 getting ready to role off the line
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A choice 197TT getting ready to head to it's new owner
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A rack of ZFT4s getting ready to be assembled. Lots of these towers being installed on boats. Very nice and ease of use is unreal. Glad I ordered this tower on my 45.
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Let me know if you want to see some more because I have a lot more. Cheers. ;);)

Duane D
04-12-2012, 09:31 PM
I love all the pics! Post everything you have! I love to see how they are painted from the outside-in and the hull being created.

I have wanted to go to the factory for a couple of years now, but haven't had the chance to get up there yet. We go to Pigeon Forge every year the weekend before Christmas, but they are always closed on that Friday. It always bothers me to be so close yet so far away.

sand2snow22
04-12-2012, 09:44 PM
More. More.... :) For those of us who have never been!

holdenh2o
04-12-2012, 09:47 PM
Very cool.

CantRepeat
04-12-2012, 09:49 PM
Thanks you old Tarheel, post all the photos you took

Heelgrad
04-12-2012, 09:56 PM
Here's some more from today...

X30 interior mold getting gelcoat sprayed.
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Sweet Ilmor finding it's way into a new home.
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Top cap of an X55 getting a test fit to the hull. Very quality.
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Cutting individual fiberglass templates for each boat coming into production. 22 layers of glass goes onto every part of each boat. Impressive.
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Not a MC, but a 42' Hydra Sports with Quad 350 Yamahas hanging off the back!! 1400 HP!!!! Holy smokes!! What a beast!!
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More to come. These are just the beginning...:):):)

Heelgrad
04-12-2012, 11:20 PM
Here's some more:

Very nice X30 waiting to go down the line.
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Guy working on the topcap and getting the throttle control in place.
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Installing ballast lines.
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Sweet X30 getting carpet laid down. You may recognize 'Dewrag', as he goes by, from some of the videos on the MC website working his tail off on the carpet job. What a quality guy. Love this Canadian Blue Flake with Silver Flake accent.
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Prostar getting a tower installed.
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More to come tomorrow...;););)

sand2snow22
04-12-2012, 11:47 PM
Very nice! Keep them coming!

501s
04-13-2012, 01:15 AM
Ya, I can't get enough of those pics. More more more :)

Quinten
04-13-2012, 06:37 AM
Nice,
Waiting full of intrest in more picture.:)

-V-
04-13-2012, 07:57 AM
wow..........I really have to go have a tour of the factory now................

duckguy
04-13-2012, 08:58 AM
One thing I have really noticed and LOVE as of late is all the bold color usage people are doing. Its not the same old white/blue, white/red.

BrooksfamX2
04-13-2012, 09:13 AM
Nice............

scott023
04-13-2012, 09:20 AM
Great pics. Thanks for posting up.

ski/hunt
04-13-2012, 09:23 AM
I live too close to have not been there!! On the list of must do before the HOT of summer!!
Thanks for sharing!!

JBrew
04-13-2012, 09:29 AM
Thanks for sharing! One questions... I thought you could not get the 4pt. towers anymore?

GT500 MC
04-13-2012, 09:48 AM
Dibs on that 197...nice..

Great pics....keep 'em coming

thatsmrmastercraft
04-13-2012, 10:00 AM
Great pictures! Thanks for posting, and keep them coming.:dance:

jbkriss
04-13-2012, 10:00 AM
Were any of the boats in production having the ZFT2s installed or were they all ZFT4 and ZFT5P?

mzimme
04-13-2012, 10:15 AM
Cool pictures, thanks for sharing!

BrianT
04-13-2012, 12:45 PM
Great shots, and I also like the bold new color combos coming out these days.

Heelgrad
04-13-2012, 01:04 PM
Were any of the boats in production having the ZFT2s installed or were they all ZFT4 and ZFT5P?

The majority of the boats in production were having either the ZFT4s or ZFT5s installed.

captain planet
04-13-2012, 01:05 PM
wow..........I really have to go have a tour of the factory now................

Taking a tour through the factory is truly an eye-opening experience. Having been through 4 tours plus several other visits I can say once you learn how these are built then see other construction techniques, you become a believer (in my case a disciple :rolleyes:) . The part that I still haven't been able to wrap my head around is when they pick these boats up by the 3 D rings on the boat.

davidstan
04-13-2012, 01:05 PM
thx for sharing!

Heelgrad
04-13-2012, 01:06 PM
Thanks for sharing! One questions... I thought you could not get the 4pt. towers anymore?

I asked the same question. They aren't using the 2-point towers on the prostar boats yet so they still get the 4-point towers.

captain planet
04-13-2012, 01:08 PM
I asked the same question. They aren't using the 2-point towers on the prostar boats yet so they still get the 4-point towers.

I've driven the point home to my buddy about not putting a 2-point tower on a 197/190.

Heelgrad
04-13-2012, 01:09 PM
Great shots, and I also like the bold new color combos coming out these days.

There are definitely plenty of bold color combinations coming out that's for sure. I for one am not a huge fan of a lot of them as I'm more of a traditional color guy and if I ordered one that was on the bolder side I'm not sure I'd get my wife on the boat. She doesn't understand all the oranges, greens, etc...hence, I had to stick with the blues...:cool::rolleyes::cool::rolleyes:

cbryan70
04-13-2012, 01:09 PM
Any sneak peeks at the new prostar?

Heelgrad
04-13-2012, 01:11 PM
Any sneak peeks at the new prostar?

Nope. I wasn't able to tour the R&D facility as there apparently a bunch of things going on we can't be privy to..:o:o

captain planet
04-13-2012, 01:12 PM
Any sneak peeks at the new prostar?

Maybe......;)

Heelgrad
04-13-2012, 01:13 PM
Any sneak peeks at the new prostar?

However, I did see the first off the production line 2013 X Star sitting in the water at the dock getting ready for some test runs. I couldn't get down to see it up close, but from a distance it looked SWEET!!! :):):)

captain planet
04-13-2012, 01:15 PM
However, I did see the first off the production line 2013 X Star sitting in the water at the dock getting ready for some test runs. I couldn't get down to see it up close, but from a distance it looked SWEET!!! :):):)

Hmmm, and there was mention by someone on this forum that boat may not ever come out. :rolleyes:

Brian B
04-13-2012, 06:50 PM
Thanks!...............

sand2snow22
04-13-2012, 06:56 PM
However, I did see the first off the production line 2013 X Star sitting in the water at the dock getting ready for some test runs. I couldn't get down to see it up close, but from a distance it looked SWEET!!! :):):)

Good to hear!

ahhudgins
04-13-2012, 09:29 PM
There are definitely plenty of bold color combinations coming out that's for sure. I for one am not a huge fan of a lot of them as I'm more of a traditional color guy and if I ordered one that was on the bolder side I'm not sure I'd get my wife on the boat. She doesn't understand all the oranges, greens, etc...hence, I had to stick with the blues...:cool::rolleyes::cool::rolleyes:

I've always liked the basic colors too, but I thought the orange one was pretty sweet. I guess seeing it on the boat changed my mind.

Heelgrad
04-13-2012, 10:31 PM
More pics from yesterday's tour:

The hull of my X45 in the mold. Wish it were further down the production line...;);)
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Resin being applied to an interior mold. Look at the extra support built into the flooring section.
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Nice colors on this hull.
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X55 getting ready to go down the production line.
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Nice looking X30 with final gelcoat check on it.
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6.2 Ilmor. Sweet!
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