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Vanity purchases for your boat

kevintcomkevintcom Posts: 13 Baller
edited March 2013 in Boat Talk
Weekend Water Skier Podcast talks about Malibu's new TXI and the changes they made for long-line skiers in 2013. Also, a great source for custom mooring lines for your boat. Listen or subscribe in iTunes:

What vanity purchases have you made for your boat?


  • crashmancrashman Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    First thing I did after getting my boat was order a Nautique shock tube and trailer guides
    slalom addiction triggering irrational behavior
  • InboardfixInboardfix Posts: 118 Baller
    I had a CC Full Throttle steering wheel (Stainless spokes w/black wheel) which is an awesome look but didn't match the gray dash on my '07 SN. This wheel had been sitting in my closet for 2+ years when finally I had a total refurb job on Scott Ellis' former 2008 SN which had been trashed (so bad it was used in a wakeboard video as a slider). When the customer decided to go with a my used gray dash & consul rather than spring for a new black one I was on my way to installing the Full Throttle wheel.

    Black dashes were not an option in 2007 so now I have one of the only '07 SN196s with a black dash and consul and Full Throttle wheel. Was it worth it considering only 2 people all of last year commented on it? Yeah, worth every penny and all the R&R time (it was a real pain to do).

  • thagerthager Posts: 5,182 Mega Baller
    edited March 2013
    Lets see? Guide Pads, Cipa Extreme mirror, ZO install and gauge custom mount. Polk momo 10" woofer, 4 x mm651um, Amp, heater install, and a complete set of Faria Chesapeake gauges. SS cup holders. Also boat lift canopy, electric lift motor and side curtains. Motor, switches and frame to lift side curtains next.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,202
    It only took about a week after I picked up @MS 's last 196 promo(which had no stereo at all) before it had a 15 inch sub in a plexiglass enclosure, Wetsounds speakers, and 1000 watts of power.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • LZywicki1LZywicki1 Posts: 368 Crazy Baller
    Bling for the boat, thats my kryptonite. SS cup holders, trim rings, matching shift knob, LED lights, dash wrap and it just goes on.
    First thing we get rid of the safety equipment
  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    edited March 2013
    I could say just about everything on my boat but I think that most of my vanity mods have really fallen into the category of restoration and repairs. I did add some LED lights that were obviously vanity only though. Chrome valve covers for the engine because I didn't want to clean the rust off the old ones in order to paint them. I added PP Stargazer last year and will probably get rid of my second airguide speedo just because it's a little ugly and no one ever looks at it anymore.

    No one is willing to admit that they bought the stripper pole for their boat that was posted earlier? lol
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,202
    edited March 2013
    @Waternut No, but I have fabricated and mounted a stripper pole in a $135,000 Mastercraft X55 before. That boat was a floating advertisement for LED lighting and stereo equipment. lol
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • kmenardkmenard Posts: 167 Baller
    my entire boat is bling. :)
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,085 Mega Baller
    @kmenard Does your wife come with the boat???? I don't know what is more pleasing to the eye, that engine or that beautfiul woman.... have to go with her.... YOU are a very lucky man!
    I ski, therefore I am
  • kmenardkmenard Posts: 167 Baller
    Thank you Brady, I am very lucky indeed!
  • east tx skiereast tx skier Posts: 598 Solid Baller
    I paid a fiberglass guy to buff my boat to showroom shine. Then, I oiled the teak platform. I have, since, added some functional "Nautique" nonskid pads to the trailer fenders, replaced one seat skin, and upgraded the stereo. Everything else has been in the name of function or performance, even if it looks nice, too.
    Perpetual Longline Baller and curvy ski boat owner.
    My real name is in my profile.

  • PatMPatM Posts: 792 Crazy Baller
    I'm looking to add a Nano 1 to the inside of my 09SN
  • crashmancrashman Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    my wife got me the full throttle steering wheel for my birthday here's the before and after
    what a woman
    gauges may be next year
    slalom addiction triggering irrational behavior
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,269 Mega Baller
    @crashman what did you do with your old steering wheel. I might be interested in purchasing it.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    @ShaneH, if you build it they will come
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
    ***Robbed out of Hundreds of Panda Worthy Posts***
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    edited April 2013
    C'mon people. Lets SEE those vanity purchases instead of talking about them. Thanks @Crashman and @kmenard for the visuals!
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,300 Mega Baller
    @kmemard, how about some more info on the boat and power?
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,977 Infinite Pandas
    JB Weld! (Unfortunately - but it hardly shows). Fortunately, my new boat hasn't needed duct tape bling yet.

    @kmenard has the right idea - cool wife on board! But is that bling or the result of bling?

  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Sweet setup @kmenard! Are those twin turbos I see on there?!
    I'd be deaf if that were my boat, my wife loves to start the engine as soon as I climb onto the swim grid. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • kmenardkmenard Posts: 167 Baller
    468 cubic inch twin turbo chevy. It isn't bad out of the hole, and if the skier won't get out from behind the boat, I have ways of convincing them :)

    nice flat wake though: oh...and my wife is there in spite of the boat, not because of it :)
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,300 Mega Baller
    Love it. Grew up on the river with go fast boats all over. I have an innate desire to get a flat bottom v-drive someday. There was one on the river that had to run over 120 mph, as he made our 65 mph boat seem like it was dragging a parachute.
  • kmenardkmenard Posts: 167 Baller
    It is a ton of fun, easy to work on, and I like that it is a Jet, which makes it pretty hard to use it as a human blender. Of course the limiting factors are it is easy for a hard skier to steer the boat, there isn't a ton of room, and it is a weeee bit on the loud side.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,300 Mega Baller
    The louder the better! Sounds good to me. I ran open headers on my Mustang one day out in the country. Couldn't get any better. Floor boards were pretty hot though :)
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,202
    @kmenard Don Bailey didn't help you with the tuning on that did he?
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • kmenardkmenard Posts: 167 Baller
    Don Bailey?
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,085 Mega Baller
    @AB What did you say? Couldn't hear you.
    I ski, therefore I am
  • DWDW Posts: 2,307 Mega Baller
    @kfennel: very cool, specs? Hp, speeds . . .
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