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Old 08-02-2004, 12:31 PM
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Installing Pop up Cleats

I saw a thread on the old site. I tried a few of the web sites that were listed in it. Did not have any luck finding the "instructions" on how to install these. Wanting to put a couple in my 86 MC. Discussion would be greatful. Regards, Tom
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Old 08-02-2004, 01:06 PM
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Here is the link to the discussion on the old site. My biggest concern is cracking the gelcoat. Ouch! I have not instlled these yet. I will eventually. I just have to recover from buying the tower $$$$$.

http://classifieds.mastercraft.com/m...tml?1091143674
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Old 08-02-2004, 02:02 PM
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I installed some a year ago, so far no cracks.

Check the Malibu site for a nice explanation on how to install a pop-up bow light, same process.

I went to the dealer and took a lot of measurements.
Use lots of masking tape to protect the gel coat from the saw.
Drill a pilot hole.
Cut out with scroll saw. Fiberglass will destroy your blade, I used about one blade per hole. I used a pretty unaggressive wood blade, don't remember the tpi.
Use some 80-grit sandpaper or a file to put a radius or bevel on the gelcoat all the way around the opening. Some call it countersinking or chamfering. This step helps to drastically reduce the chance gelcoat cracking.

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Old 08-02-2004, 02:47 PM
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OK.... Might need to outsource this job... I must have Cold Beer when I am near my boat.... I'll do a little more research... I'll also call around to a few fiberglass shops around the lake to see if they have recommendations and get bids. Thanks for the replies! Cheers.
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Old 08-02-2004, 02:53 PM
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Dan, Regarding the Malibu web site. I check out the "how to" tab... and I could not find were it talked about installing pop up cleats. I saw the pop-up bow light... but nothing about cleats. Do you have a link?
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Old 08-02-2004, 03:16 PM
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There is only a pop-up bow light how-to. I just mentioned it was the same process for the light as for a cleat.
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Old 08-02-2004, 03:20 PM
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Thanks Dan. Nice 2003 you got there....
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Old 08-02-2004, 04:23 PM
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Try cutting using a dremel with a grinding disk. I used this method for cutting a larger hole for my stereo (Lots of dust).
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Old 08-20-2004, 03:22 PM
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Got the pop-up cleats in stalled. I cheated... had a fiberglass guy put them in for me. Best $40 I have ever spent. I try to get a picture out soon. Also, added a "prop-guard" to my 86 trailer. This turned out WAY better than I thought. Deciding whether to tackle carpet myself or outsource that as well. New covers WILL be outsourced.... However I might break down the peices to save a few cents.
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Old 08-21-2004, 12:19 AM
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Nice Tom. $40 wow
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