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Old     (wakeboardsam)      Join Date: Jun 2008       11-03-2008, 8:40 AM Reply   
My brother bought a three port heater and couldn't find a spot in the boat that he liked to mount it, so the heater has been sitting for the last two years in the garage.

I put everything in a box that he can install when it gets cold and take out when it gets hot, he lives in Arizona. He usually only has a total of three riders in the winter.

What do you all think, is this a good idea or a bad idea? What are the negatives? It works great.

Old     (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       11-03-2008, 8:48 AM Reply   
Throw some sort of cushion on it and get full wrap seating

I think its better than having stadium seating
Old     (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       11-03-2008, 8:55 AM Reply   
I think it kind a cool idea as long as you can hide the hoses when you take it out and didn't have to cut any holes in the seat bases.
Old     (wakeboardsam)      Join Date: Jun 2008       11-03-2008, 10:16 AM Reply   
No holes were drilled anywhere in the boat. The hoses pass through the area between the seat and the hull and can easily be looped and tucked back out of the way when the heater is not in use.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       11-03-2008, 10:19 AM Reply   
Cool idea. I 2nd the idea to put a seat cushion on the top of it.
Old     (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       11-03-2008, 10:19 AM Reply   
Great idea. Just make the hoses easy to connect, or you'll never use it.
Old     (wakeboardsam)      Join Date: Jun 2008       11-03-2008, 10:33 AM Reply   
I used high pressure quick disconnect fittings so the hoses are very easy to connect, disconnect and loop back together.
Old     (gwnkids)      Join Date: Nov 2003       11-04-2008, 2:56 PM Reply   
What does the back look like?
Old     (johnny_defacto)      Join Date: Sep 2006       11-04-2008, 3:09 PM Reply   
if it works for you guys... good.
Old     (wakeboardsam)      Join Date: Jun 2008       11-04-2008, 4:05 PM Reply   
The back is completely left open so that the motor can draw air in.

Somone from suggested putting a heated seat cushion on top, which I think is a pretty cool idea. I was thinking about heated cup holders myself, so we could have hot soup in between sets. I was just going to wrap tiny copper lines around a cup to form the holder and then plumb hot water through it from the heater core. When the water reaches the heater core it's about 168 degrees.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       11-04-2008, 4:59 PM Reply   
A heated seat, huh. So would you do that with hot water (like the old Hot Johnson seats)? Or with wires like in a car? The old Hot Johnsons were a PITA after a year or two & not worth the hassle. Not sure how Malibu is doing theirs. Seems like it would be risky to do them like a car.
Old     (jujube)      Join Date: Aug 2008       11-04-2008, 7:08 PM Reply   
Good idea, extends your boating season. Like that it is portable so it's out of the way in the summer!
Old     (crushing76)      Join Date: Feb 2007       11-04-2008, 7:28 PM Reply   
the heated seats in my girls car blow heated air through perforated holes in the leather. Fwiw
Old     (wakesk8er2)      Join Date: Mar 2002       11-04-2008, 8:23 PM Reply   
easily removable and easily serviced. its got my vote.


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