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Old 02-16-2012, 11:26 PM
Australian Waterski Mag Australian Waterski Mag is offline
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Good advice, thanks Cloaked.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:50 AM
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I do like the metal dash, as well as the Airguides. We might even look at combining the two. It would just be a matter of cutting bigger speedo holes.
Anyway, here's a pic of where the boat's up to at the moment. Gelcoat / paint is done, apart from final rub down & decals.
The old airguides are surface mounted meaning they do not require holes in the dash to mount them. If you want to use the newer aluminum dash, the diameter of the mounting flange on the older airguides will cover up the existing holes in the aluminum dash with room around the edge of the hole to receive the four screws that mount the old airguides. Make sense?
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:24 PM
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Perfect sense. Thanks Bruce.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:41 PM
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great progress.

From your picture...the paint/gelcoat looks very nice. Did you use gelcoat, or automotive type basecoat/clearcoat technique?

What type of materials did you use?

I am going to get involved with the paint project very soon...

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Old 02-19-2012, 09:45 PM
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Paint

Hi Wishart. We outsourced to a painter over here who does a lot of the ski race boats etc. We're really happy with the result.
He uses an automotive two-pack paint. Basically repaired and rubbed back the entire boat. Then he painted the underside - up to the gunnell - white, all in one go while the boat was upside down. It was then clear coated. The he flipped the boat, the did the metal flake areas, which need to be rubbed back by hand, and painted in blue candy transparent two pack. This area was then masked off, and the white top side of the hull painted. The masking was removed and the whole topside (white and blue) was then given a clear coat at the same time.
Sounds easy when you say it like that, doesn't it?
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:51 PM
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Hi Wishart. We outsourced to a painter over here who does a lot of the ski race boats etc. We're really happy with the result.
He uses an automotive two-pack paint. Basically repaired and rubbed back the entire boat. Then he painted the underside - up to the gunnell - white, all in one go while the boat was upside down. It was then clear coated. The he flipped the boat, the did the metal flake areas, which need to be rubbed back by hand, and painted in blue candy transparent two pack. This area was then masked off, and the white top side of the hull painted. The masking was removed and the whole topside (white and blue) was then given a clear coat at the same time.
Sounds easy when you say it like that, doesn't it?
That looks fantastic. I love flake.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:41 AM
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Project update

Hi All. It's been a while so I thought I would update. Our boat now has a new PCM 303, dash is wired in with new gauges etc, and the interior is just about done too. Some update photos for you. Our aim with this boat has always been to keep the original flavour but give it a tweak here and there too. We're pretty happy so far. Would love to hear what you guys think.
You can check into www.facebook.com/waterskimagazine if you're interested too.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:03 PM
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Great looking S&S!!

I am curious where you got the NOS metal dashes. My 85 needs some fresh ones and I haven't had much luck finding them. Any assistance would be appreciated.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:31 AM
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Hi there. We picked the metal dash up via Mastercraft in the UK. I will try to find out if there are any more available. I got the impression it was a one-off lucky find.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:56 AM
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Update

Getting close now. Windscreen is back on, steering wheel, battery, nav lights, deck steps etc. A new fuel tank has been manufactured and installed. We ran the boat briefly the other day and it sounds very nice. So only stuff left to do is boarding platform, install interior, get covers made. Ands its going on a new EasyTow trailer, who do nearly all the ski boats in Australia and make a great product. Stay tuned ...
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