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tlukens
12-14-2012, 06:17 PM
I picked up my re-upholstered seats today. Couldn't help setting them in the boat to see how they look. I took them pics from a guys boat he had done at Viper. I told them I really liked that interior, make it close. I'm really happy with the workmanship. Tomorrow I will install the new carpet and put it all back together.

mikeg205
12-14-2012, 06:18 PM
dang - gorgeous...!! nice...

thatsmrmastercraft
12-14-2012, 06:41 PM
Beautiful work! :cheers:

Covi
12-14-2012, 07:15 PM
Quality looks great!

tph
12-14-2012, 08:07 PM
Could I be so rude to ask how much that set you back? Please PM if you would rather not post here. Thanks.

mikeg205
12-14-2012, 08:09 PM
Could I be so rude to ask how much that set you back? Please PM if you would rather not post here. Thanks.

I was thinking the same thing...but did not want to ask.....

tlukens
12-14-2012, 09:38 PM
It cost twice as much as I was planing on. There was a lot more wood work than I knew about. I only bought the boat this summer. Its the same paint scheme as the first MC I ever skied behind, so I am kinda reliving the past. Its an old boat I'm making how I want it. All said and done including the carpet, $4000. I paid for quality workmanship. I still have less than $10,000 in one of the best tow boats ever made.

madcityskier
12-15-2012, 07:13 AM
tlukens, if you're on Facebook would you mind throwing these pictures on the MasterCraft project? It's a page dedicated to stars and stripes and restoring them. The people there would love to see these.
Looks great.

bturner2
12-15-2012, 07:44 AM
That's some of the best interior work that I've seen outside of a factory installation.

madcityskier
12-15-2012, 09:06 AM
Also, I'd like to see some more pics of that Packer truck in the background. You're on Lake Wisconsin, right?

Cloaked
12-15-2012, 10:20 AM
Could I be so rude to ask how much that set you back? Please PM if you would rather not post here. Thanks.I recently had Viper to do a 93 Prostar 190 for me. All new skins and carpet - $2,500. I'd rather have had the work done for a few hundred less but I was also wanting to get the work done (in lieu of me putting in the carpet) and move on. In talking with Viper Jim, he can be as flexible or rigid as he pleases. I got the impression from him that he prices work on the basis of work he has lined up and the need to get it done timely or not.

For an 85, in my opinion and from past information and knowledge from Viper, $1,500 - 1,800 for the 85 era interior. I have had countless number of this era boat, and skins should run no more than $1,600 in my opinion. There's not that much there to work. Carpet in an old school boat is easily re-done by the owner if you have time. Material is about $200.00. Remove the old carpet in tact and use it as a template to make the cuts in the new carpet. Done deal. Save about $300.00 in labor. Takes about half a day.

Another guy in the east TN area does good work but he is slow as Christmas coming, is to a five year old.

Viper did not lift my deck (where it sits on the floor ) and replace 100% of the carpet. They wedged new carpet under the deck and tucked the edges. They stopped at the driver's foot board and just beyond the (out of sight) passenger's seat. They did indeed remove the combing panels from the boat and re-carpeted up the sides. I noticed several cuts that were shaggy and lazy up around the foot panel and the kick panel that sits vertical beside the driver left leg. Very poor cuts. I'll end up taking that out and re-doing it myself. Also had to take the engine cover back off and put in vents they forgot to cut out.

I have taken my seats back to Viper (last week of November 2012) to have them re-stretch the skins to tighten up three places where the skins had creases in them from sagging in corners or curvatures; one on the engine cover, one on the rear seat, and one on the passenger seat. Waiting to get them back sometime in the next few weeks (hopefully).

$0.02 from my experience and results from this past September 2012 work from Viper.

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tph
12-15-2012, 12:04 PM
It cost twice as much as I was planing on. There was a lot more wood work than I knew about. I only bought the boat this summer. Its the same paint scheme as the first MC I ever skied behind, so I am kinda reliving the past. Its an old boat I'm making how I want it. All said and done including the carpet, $4000. I paid for quality workmanship. I still have less than $10,000 in one of the best tow boats ever made.

Thanks for the info. It looks very high quality.

byronic
12-15-2012, 01:53 PM
That upholstery is just outstanding! I can see why you couldn't wait to see it in the boat. Really a nice layout on the design. Sometimes it's hard to appreciate a job that's not the same as origional,but you really nailed it. Is the back seat still foam and removable or did you remake with wood?

tlukens
12-15-2012, 10:40 PM
The back seat is still removable, its super light, so mostly foam I guess. The cushion has a strip of aluminum on the bottom to help hold it in place. I started putting in the new carpet today. I'm taking my time, I don't want it bubbling up half way through the summer. As far as the Packer truck in the background, its pretty much crap. It's my uncles, has not been out since the Favre era.

madcityskier
12-15-2012, 10:49 PM
But you never know when Favre may try to make a comeback. Best to be ready just in case.

thatsmrmastercraft
12-15-2012, 11:35 PM
But you never know when Favre may try to make a comeback. Best to be ready just in case.

You got that right.:rolleyes:

Sierra Tango II
12-16-2012, 01:09 PM
looks awesome.

tlukens
01-02-2013, 05:36 PM
Got the carpet in. Went with grey instead of the black that was in there. I really like it.

thatsmrmastercraft
01-02-2013, 11:42 PM
Got the carpet in. Went with grey instead of the black that was in there. I really like it.

Very nicely done. Should be a bit more comfortable.

orbeamlb
01-03-2013, 01:34 PM
Got the carpet in. Went with grey instead of the black that was in there. I really like it.

tlukens, what weight carpet did you use? Your interior looks great.

madcityskier
01-03-2013, 03:25 PM
Looks good.
Nice work.

tlukens
01-03-2013, 06:46 PM
tlukens, what weight carpet did you use? Your interior looks great.

I don't know what weight the carpet is. I bought it from the guys who did the seats. I looked at some indoor/outdoor stuff that just didn't seem like it would hold up as well. I had a tough time up in the bow under the deck getting it to lay down good, but I enjoyed the fumes from the glue.

I didn't get the side combing(I think that's what its called) redone because I want to go with something more durable. We use the boom a lot and I want to put something on there that will hold up. I have seen some done with wood that looks pretty good. Anyone got any good ideas?

CruisinGA
01-04-2013, 07:57 AM
I don't know what weight the carpet is. I bought it from the guys who did the seats. I looked at some indoor/outdoor stuff that just didn't seem like it would hold up as well. I had a tough time up in the bow under the deck getting it to lay down good, but I enjoyed the fumes from the glue.

I didn't get the side combing(I think that's what its called) redone because I want to go with something more durable. We use the boom a lot and I want to put something on there that will hold up. I have seen some done with wood that looks pretty good. Anyone got any good ideas?

My ideas-

HydroTurf or Blacktip
Teak
Carpet
UHMW

Hydroturf is pretty impressive stuff, the way it holds up on my stand-up jetskis always impresses me.

If I did wood, it would be Teak, and easily removable so it could be oiled once a season out of the boat.

I would consider a color of UHMW (cutting board material) that matches your interior. It can be worked with woodworking tools such as a router and skilsaw.

orbeamlb
01-04-2013, 04:56 PM
[QUOTE=tlukens;899425]I don't know what weight the carpet is. I bought it from the guys who did the seats. I looked at some indoor/outdoor stuff that just didn't seem like it would hold up as well. I had a tough time up in the bow under the deck getting it to lay down good, but I enjoyed the fumes from the glue.

Oh yeah, I'm looking forward to that bow area too. What width rolls of carpet did you use?

tlukens
01-04-2013, 06:40 PM
[QUOTE=tlukens;899425]I don't know what weight the carpet is. I bought it from the guys who did the seats. I looked at some indoor/outdoor stuff that just didn't seem like it would hold up as well. I had a tough time up in the bow under the deck getting it to lay down good, but I enjoyed the fumes from the glue.

Oh yeah, I'm looking forward to that bow area too. What width rolls of carpet did you use?
Must have been 8 foot width. I was able to get both sides out of the width. I saved the old carpet I took out and used it as a template. It was a little harder than I thought it would be. I used glue from west marine. I had the carpet laying in the boat, applied glue up the sides of the boat, then to the back of the carpet, stuck that, then did the floor bottom and back of carpet. The glue sets up slow, so you have time to work with it. I had a helper on one side, did the other by myself.
I'm waiting to get my new swim platform brackets back from a buddy who is welding me up some out of stainless. The platform was loose, and the brackets were cracked. So I cut holes through the floor like other guys have here so I can put the backing plates in there.

tlukens
01-11-2013, 06:27 AM
I had some cherry boards that I planed down and used for the coaming. I think it turned out pretty good. I was trying to come up with something more durable than the old padded upholstery.

Barefooter92
01-11-2013, 07:20 AM
Tlukens: I might have missed it but who did the upholstry work. That looks great! Enjoy

tlukens
01-11-2013, 11:43 AM
Tlukens: I might have missed it but who did the upholstry work. That looks great! Enjoy
Fountain of Youth for Boats did the interior. They are near Milwaukee, WI. They had to do a lot of wood work, new foam. I'm real happy with the workmanship.

tlukens
02-12-2013, 09:40 PM
Its good to have a buddy that can weld stainless. The old ones were cracked and the transom bolts were pulling through. So I cut holes in the floor, had these welded up with the backing plates. Should be solid.

walterlaughlin
02-12-2013, 11:27 PM
That upholstery looks amazing! If I had an interior that nice in my MC I wouldn't let my kids and their juice boxes and cookies and sticky fingers anywhere near the boat