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By Alex (watson_134_lf) on Sunday, June 01, 2008 - 12:23 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
i saw a picture not too long ago of someones mastercraft that had these blue LED's that matched his gelcoat (they looked so sick), so it got me stoked enough to want to go get some for myself. any pics, advice or words of wisdom would be awsome.

By Nick (bird_dog0347) on Sunday, June 01, 2008 - 8:09 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I just did mine in my 24SSV... I am not done as I still have to do the bow and a few other areas.


whole boat

By Scott Cochran (himain10ance) on Sunday, June 01, 2008 - 9:03 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
here is some photos as bad as they areUpload

By Johnny Powerturn (jp1) on Sunday, June 01, 2008 - 9:40 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Damn Scoot thats sweet I'd love to pimp my boat out like that did you do it or some shop
By billy d williams (billy2603) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 7:55 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Scott, what brand and how many did you use under your swim platform?
By Dave (bcrider) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 9:20 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I have 18 of the 4 led light modules under my swim platform. Haven't had a chance to take any pictures yet though.


By who cares (liljohn) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 10:23 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
more ledsUpload

By Ryan Norris (chucktronics) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 7:22 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
i did it myself..I will have to look up the company but the swim deck has 4 LED pod's that are waterproof. When you order them you all them how many pod you want and they come already in a string. I spent about 30-40 bucks for all the lights under the swim deck. inside the boat is a hyperLED under car kit and 2 single LED's in every cup holder and 1 behind each speaker grill
By Johnny Powerturn (jp1) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 9:28 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Ryan lets see some pics I know anything thats associated with Chucktronics has got to be siiiccck
By Gunnar Nissen (cprfab) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 9:31 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I agree lets see some pics
By Scott Cochran (himain10ance) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 9:58 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Ryans post above is really Scott (me). I was at work using his computer. dont worry his is coming as well
By craig glass (my_malibu) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 10:05 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post

By AndY (andy13) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 10:18 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
could someone with limited electrical skills ( i have installed off road lights on my jeep and i can strip and connect stuff) be able to install their own led's?
By craig glass (my_malibu) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 10:31 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
yes very simple
you can even cheat and connect into the court lights or as i did make a new wiring harness

By AndY (andy13) on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 10:36 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
where did you tap into for the power for the wiring harness?
By Nick (bird_dog0347) on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 8:04 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I replaced the existing courtesy lights with blue LEDs, very little wiring is necessary for my boat.
By tlat (tlatoani) on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 8:15 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I had an open acc switch on the dash, so I connected the power wire to that. Then I ran a ground wire along with it all the way around the boat. Very easy. Used some wire taps to connect the lights to it.

The hardest part for me was securing the lights to the boat. I ended up using some kind of glue, which seems to be holding up great. Obviously you'd have to do something cleaner if the light pods were somewhere visible.

By Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas) on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 8:42 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
not nearly as nice as the others but total cost was about $15


By craig glass (my_malibu) on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 9:23 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
had a unused fuse getting power from there
with new switch on dash

By Jarrod Corby (showmedonttellme) on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 1:17 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Here's a couple of mine.Upload

By Jason B (jason_b) on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 1:28 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post

By Andrew"Jet"Mitchell (andrewjet) on Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - 7:06 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Ok, who has a link to the led company that sells the under water proof leds for the platform?? Jet
By Nick (bird_dog0347) on Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - 7:16 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
By Chip (vabeachbum) on Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - 10:59 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Someone beat me to it with the green! I did the lime green LEDs because I've got lime green in my gelcoat.
Here's the main cabin.
The subwoofer.
The boat.

By Chris Anthony (russian) on Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - 7:51 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
How are you guys wiring your platforms?
By Jason B (jason_b) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 7:31 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Drilled 2 small holes in the transom and put SS bolts through with plenty of silicone. You can also use any 2 bolts that are through mounted if that's an option for you. Just put a terminal end through it and reinstall. Not really too tough.
By collin (collin) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 7:57 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I used Grants idea of attaching the positive to one side of the swim platform and negative to the other. That way the platform comes off without having to disconnect anything. Works great
By Dave (bcrider) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 9:07 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I didn't have access to the bolts in the hull that the swim platform comes through on so I connected mine to the 2 tow loops just above the swim platform. I didn't want to drill any holes through the hull. Both sides have a 2 pin flat connecter so it can come apart. one side is positive the other is negative. I then just ran from the trunk up to my switch.
By tj (tj_in_kc) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 12:06 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
anymore pics of the swimplatform setups shining into the water???

those are really sharp.

By Jason H (turbonine) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 12:33 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
LED installed under dash to light up sub.


By Tim White (wetsounds1) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 1:38 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post

By Stephen Higgins (srh00z) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 3:01 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
These boats are well done, Tim's still blows me away. The wrap, the LED's, the system overall a great boat. Is it a company vehicle/tax writeoff?
By 8tens (Ben Kerran) (rukie) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 3:47 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Scott Cochran- That swim deck shot is sic. I gotta get in on the fun.

By Ben Terry (jedidiah) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 5:24 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
^^^Holy Crap Ben! What do you have powering that boat, plutonium?!

Maybe I missed the thread on your boat, but do you have specs of it? It looks beyond outrageous..... it looks like it would shake the engine apart.

By Alex (watson_134_lf) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 6:08 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
ben and tim,
i dint know you could fit that many speakers in a boat!

By Brandon (yubasanger) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 8:20 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Probably a show boat and runs on 110v or for a short time on the bats. Nice looking install would do a couple of things a little different but "to each his own". Nice looking boat Tim and great tax write-off.
By Tanner Russell (tanner) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 8:54 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I would go so far as to say that Tim's boat is DEFINATELY not just a "show boat".
By Mikeski (mikeski) on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 11:50 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post


By Ben Terry (jedidiah) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 6:58 am:    Edit Post Delete Post

What all LEDs does the boat on the right have of the "legal" pic? Looks amazing! I'm assuming the process involved is more time consuming then cost constraining, correct?

By 8tens (Ben Kerran) (rukie) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 7:02 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Mike- I see some blue LEDs in the background of that second picture. Someone is still "Ridin Derty" haha
By Tim White (wetsounds1) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 7:33 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Nope not a show boat. Use it every weekend. Yes, It is also used at shows also, was at CES in Vegas etc...So some of the things on the system were designed for show. Like the inverted subs to show off the magnets etc..

There are 8 batteries total. 6 Kinetiks just for the stereo. It can play all day without having to start the boat. We were just at Devils Cove on Lake Travis on Mem Day. Played for 7 hours at max volume. Never started the boat.

Has a custom surf ballast system in it. A custom swim platform so it doesn't mess with the surf wave. Shots of me and my wife riding.

Wet Sounds



(Message edited by wetsounds1 on June 06, 2008)

By Jason B (jason_b) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 7:52 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
What is illegal? The blue color or the tower lighting?
I actually went w/ green because I read somewhere red is illegal since the Po-Po run red & blue they don't want competition.

Ben Terry-
The pics of the 2 Super-Pimpy boats are farmed out to installers and they are VERY,VERY expensive to get that set-up. All of my boat (swim platform, storage compartments, amp racks, power switches, sub ring, speakers, ice chest, cupholders....) was done from indiviual leds and a whole @$$ load of soldering. I started in November and I finished my Pro80s last night. Total cost is around $500 for all of it. That's not too cost-prohibitive for most people. I have ADD in a nonsensical way, so if I don't have a project to do I go nuts. It was fun--but holy-cow did it take a lot of time!!!

By Johnny Neves (johnny_jr) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 8:19 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Last winter's project LEDs


By Johnny Neves (johnny_jr) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 8:20 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
this pic was taken at midnight, no light on except for the tower, no flash no photoshop.

Bright Bling!


By Ben Terry (jedidiah) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 8:22 am:    Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for the post. I can soldier, and my buddy who is an elec. engineer, can fill in the gaps where I lack the knowledge.

Of course what we are talking about is time, and that is something I don't like to give up in the summer, so it looks like this will be winter project 08.

Thanks again for the info!

By chris (atlmobiuslsv) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 12:44 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
here is a cruddy cell pic Upload
By AndY (andy13) on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 7:52 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
can someone post some detailed pigs of the LEDs in the cupholders?
By Johnny Neves (johnny_jr) on Monday, June 09, 2008 - 8:56 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Ring is machined from 1/2 plexi, using led strips with 3 leds every 2 inches, single bottom led then the base is filled with 2 part casting resin. Time consuming, and pricing. Material add up to about $60 per cupholder most of the cost in in the machining of the ring. If you router the ring you can save about $35, but results will not be as clean.



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