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03-31-2014, 04:50 PM
I, along with a few gifted friends, finally have my one piece sundeck converted to three pieces.
Without having to wait for a cylinder to raise the back and with easy access from the swim platform, I am looking forward to filling ballast tanks without having people move out of the way, throwing life jackets directly into the storage areas, and having access to the storage areas from the rear for any type of gear.

Last year I removed the carpet on the bottom of the storage areas and put in a slightly raised tile which allows ballast bags to dry on the bottom and water to drain directly into bilge area. One of the best upgrades I have done, second for sure to Perfect Pass. :D. No more damp carpet that never dries out all summer.

Here are some photos. We were able to use existing vinyl. :banana: Still have to install gas shocks. I also hope to put some netting or storage unit on underside of side units for storing towels. My thought is a warm motor makes for warm towels.

03-31-2014, 05:04 PM
That looks pretty darn good. Nice work!!

03-31-2014, 05:52 PM
very nice

03-31-2014, 08:18 PM
Excellent - I was planning on a similar upgrade to my (nearly) identical boat this winter but didn't get to it.

Where did you get the latches from?

03-31-2014, 09:25 PM
Midwest Mastercraft

03-31-2014, 10:30 PM
can you post a picture of the carpet removed and tile you installed

looks good

04-01-2014, 11:24 AM
Here is a link to the product. http://www.duragrid.com (Cross rib matting) Look under Indoor uses...marine applications

In regards to the carpet, I simply cut out the floor portion and left the sides. A little cleaner and putty knife will remove glue residue for a nice smooth surface.

04-01-2014, 11:49 AM
I like that Duragrid stuff, that's much nicer than what I was envisioning. Nice work!

04-01-2014, 12:25 PM
I like that Duragrid stuff, that's much nicer than what I was envisioning. Nice work!

I'll remind you of this comment when it comes time to trade. :D

SP Maristar
04-01-2014, 12:58 PM
Nice job LaRue. Fixed a big nuisance issue with our boats. Three hatches and no waiting will be nice.

04-01-2014, 01:08 PM
Did you install them with the gas assist pistons?

04-01-2014, 01:26 PM
Yes. There will be two on the center section and one on each side section

04-01-2014, 01:56 PM
That looks good. Did you do the upholstery work yourself? Did you have to beef up the engine compartment dividers? I did a similar upgrade to my '99 205v. I cut the deck into 3 pieces and sent it to Viper for upholstery. I'm not happy with the work they did. They cut new aluminum sections for the side hatches and they don't fit well. They also used smaller brackets for the side hatches. Yours looks way more sturdy. And they said they would fit it for latches like yours, but they didn't.

If you don't mind sharing, where did you get those brackets? I may fix mine before they loosen up completely.

04-01-2014, 02:17 PM
if by brackets you mean hinges, they were made at a local shop. They are 24" long x 2.5 x 3 x 2.5. Yes, a bit confusing. Upholstery was done by local person as well.

04-19-2014, 06:21 PM
Finally finished project today. Supports installed. 2-40lb shocks on center section. 1-30lb on each side. Time for wash and wax and then...bring on summer109519109520109521

04-19-2014, 06:34 PM

08-20-2014, 04:52 PM
How much of a gap is between the 3 panels? Did you just cut it or remove material?

03-10-2015, 03:37 PM
I am looking for the hinges that you had made can you get me the contact information. I have been looking for a long time now and cannot find anything.

03-10-2015, 10:19 PM
Hinges were made by a local machine shop in a town in which I no longer live. I would think if you find a shop locally and explain to them what you want to do and/or show them these photos they could take measurements, and make you some.

Wake Faller
03-11-2015, 04:19 AM
Where did you come up with the front to back support brackets? Is that Starboard?

03-12-2015, 01:14 PM
thanks for the info.

03-13-2015, 10:13 AM
It is composite decking material.

03-13-2015, 10:17 AM

08-03-2017, 07:35 AM
I know this is probably the oldest thread revival in the history of TT..that being said, this is exactly what I needed when I searched. I am working on restoring a 1998 Mastercraft MariStar and it has a sun deck that needs to be rebuilt as it is bent and the holes for the hinges are reamed out. I was considering doing something similar to what LaRue has done in this thread. Has anyone sourced the aluminum panel used for the sun deck? Has anyone on here rebuilt one? This is a picture of the sun deck. The vinyl will be redone as part of the rebuild, it needs it. Any help would be appreciated.

08-03-2017, 08:51 AM
I searched for the aluminum panel when I redid my boat and didn't have much luck. Instead tried doing a piece of plywood that was epoxy sealed however sadly that did not work either. Now instead I am going to be using starboard and transferring my vinyl onto that. I however decided to keep my panel as one instead of 3 as I really did not need the 3 panel conversion.

Best of luck in your quest.

08-03-2017, 09:04 AM
I have been able to find it online but every site seems to be a wholesale type only.

08-03-2017, 11:33 AM
You can purchase aluminum honeycomb here, but they're somewhat limited in sizes available: LINK (https://www.mcmaster.com/#aluminum-honeycomb-panels/=18s4aar)

You might also try Pacific Panels, here: LINK (http://www.pacificpanels.com/panel-selection/honeycomb-sandwich-panels.html)

Flatiron Panels has an option to order via their website, all the way up to 4x8 sheets. Compare costs and shipping, it might be cheaper to order full sheets and then cut them down. Cutting isn't too hard, you can do it with a Skil saw or jig saw.: LINK (http://flat.deltronix.net/store.html?model_number=AHP-04038)