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Old 03-02-2015, 01:10 PM
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My X23 build. A heck of a process.

As many of you might know, I ordered my X23 early, and left several options off, so that I could do my versions of those options. As of today, I have about 30-40 hours invested in this journey, and probably another 30-40 to go. It has been a lot of fun, and also a bit aggravating.... Some things just don't work out exactly how I pictured them. Some things exceed my expectations. One thing is for sure, it has been a huge learning experience. I have developed some new skills, that will certainly help on later projects.

One of the reasons that most of this takes me so long, is that I strive to have an installed product that meets, or exceeds OEM quality. It takes a LONG time to build wire harnesses to OEM spec. It takes a LONG time to get all those harnesses integrated into the original chaseways, and have it look like it was meant to be there. Things just take time.... So, lets get started.

First, a couple shots of the boat-

First project. New battery box to hold 3 batteries, and to look a little cleaner.-

Still need to scuff the edges, Install the countersunk stainless hardware, and carpet it. Came out pretty good though.

Second project was the underwater lights. 4x Abyss RGB Starfish. This project had a ton of wiring to build for it. End result was worth it.

Controller harnesses built....

Start of the harnesses that run from controller to lights...

Mostly completed mid-harness. Finish terminations saved until it is in the boat. I didn't want the harness to be too short, or too long....

Harness installed and Started termination process-

Finished mid harness termination. Plugs are tucked up behind seat base wall, and mounted on connector mounts. (Not seen in photo, but you can see where the harness goes in)

Lights Installed-
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:11 PM
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Updated 3/27 X23 Build process

Third project was the Prostar steering wheel. I like it a lot better than the finger twister x series wheel. Also in the middle of project 4. The lighted cupholders.....

Couple of the harnesses....

The Dimmer for the cupholder lights. Same unit as the OEM speaker ring dimmer...

In the process...

This is mapping out, and installing connector for the 2 cupholders in the engine hatch...

Installing cupholder dimmer switch next to the speaker light ring dimmer switch-

Fourth Project. The glovebox door. Built a backing panel, and LED mount to light up the MC shield at night. Also on a dimmer, as I wanted to keep it subtle.

Routing out the needed clearance from a piece of star-board.

Test fitting and scribing the corners for the last little bit that needs to be removed-

Cupholder and door lit up-

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Old 03-02-2015, 01:30 PM
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Patterning for SeaDek...... I don't want to talk about my SeaDek experiences so far

Will hopefully find a happy ending. It is finally moving along.

Next project was the auxiliary ballast tanks for the rear. I HATE bags, and I wanted a little bit of storage under the rear seats. I want to have 4-5 Life Jackets, all of my ropes, and my bumpers, under the rear seats. This allows me to do it. Built them out of star-board. It is a ton of work, but it was a fun project.

Roughing out pieces to check fit. I tried to maximize tank capacity as much as possible, so they are an odd shape.-

Rough mock-up to check fit. Will need a whole lot more screws, and a ton of prep, and sanding work.

Drilling and countersinking all of the screw holes. Screw schedule was 1 screw every 2" or less. I could have got away with wider spacing, but I want these to NEVER leak.

Getting there..... I didn't spend a whole lot of time trying to make it perfectly pretty, because it will be carpeted. Fitting holes are threaded right into the plastic.

Finished Product-

Finished Product installed.

It requires removing two screws to lift these out for major service. Regular maintenance can be easily done without removing them. Even so, they take about 2 seconds longer than bags to remove, and weigh about 18lbs when empty. Easy to throw around. I filled them with water (On a scale) before installing. They hold 238# of water each. I filled the factory bags in the compartments, and they held 262 lbs on the port side, and 248 on the starboard. Not sure why the difference, but my tanks give me almost exactly what the bags would get me (After adding in the added weight of the empty tank, compared to an empty bag), and I still have some storage space right where I want it.
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:39 PM
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Seriously my jaw is on the ground. Incredible work. Think I may have jealousy'd my pants!
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:40 PM
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That is awesome! Fantastic work.
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:41 PM
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FourFourty, let me start by saying that your X23 looks outstanding. Love the color scheme. You sure are ambitious. What you are doing looks great, wish I had some skills with my hands like that. Well done!!!!
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:46 PM
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that looks incredible. What other projects to you have in mind?
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:52 PM
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OMG! You out done yo-self. Looking forward to the Stereo post.

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Old 03-02-2015, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Mastercraftdave View Post
that looks incredible. What other projects to you have in mind?
I think you should add surfgate and NSS to it. With all three of those, your wave should be about 15 feet high.
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:59 PM
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Incredible work!! Incredible!!

My only comment, again, is to MC. A beautiful RED boat with an Orange engine. I hope that is one of your projects: match the engine color to the boat.
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