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Old     (jmcdanie)      Join Date: Oct 2009       12-17-2009, 11:24 AM Reply   
I keep seeing different topics pop up about some folks winter projects.

I was wondering what winter projects most of you guys have planned this winter. Stereo upgrades, tower upgrades, ballast upgrades, general maintenance, engine upgrades, stripper pole installs, etc...

So, what all do you guys plan on working on this winter? Secondly, do you think it will actually get done, or is your winter project list like mine and is at the bottom of a long list of projects the wife wants done (which of course have priority, unfortunately).

I will start:
#1 - Rewire my lighting (currently have all lights on one switch (from factory)). Want to put additional switches to break the lights out so one switch for each of the following (transom lights, mooring lights, interior LED lights)

#2 - Put some kind of ballast in the bow (about 400lb to help round out the current 1800lb ballast system I already have). May go with sacs and a pump, or just do some lead or something of that nature. Must be hidden under seats though.

#3 - Attach a new set of wake/surf racks.

#4 - Add additional set of tower speakers (and maybe a few tweaks to the stereo as needed)...though, with my first baby on the way, this is one that will be hard to get approved since the boat is already louder than the wife wants it to be.

#5 - The painful Project - Continue to pay the loan for the boat that is sitting in my garage and not being used....

So, what do you all have...
Old     (onthewatermo)      Join Date: Jan 2008       12-17-2009, 12:06 PM Reply   
#1 - replace and glass stringers
#2 - pour expanding foam into the hull
#3 - install ski pylon

Worth noting this is all on a '75 Glastron tri-hull outboard.
Old     (widnejr)      Join Date: Jul 2009       12-17-2009, 12:08 PM Reply   
Let's is my "list"
1. Change plug wires, plugs, dist. cap, and fuel filter.

2. Upgrade prop.

3. Install tower lights that I ran the wires for last season.

4. Upgrade ballast pumps

That should do it for now...I feel you on the hurt on having a boat sitting there not being used over the winter.
Old     (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       12-17-2009, 12:31 PM Reply   
1. Fresh vinyl skins on rear seats
2. New steering cable - not looking forward to this one
3. Ususal spring prep, but going to a Globe Blue impeller this time around

Thinking about rhino lining teak platform, but am not 100% committed yet.
Old     (blindmnkee3)      Join Date: Aug 2001       12-17-2009, 1:21 PM Reply   
Finishing the basement comes 1st but its too cold in the winter to work on the boat anyways so that's ok. Early spring I'll be...

Plumbing in sacs in rear compartments.

Prop upgrade

Building new amp rack and moving batteries to clean it up

Acquiring lead/steel/sand for movable permanent storage in the bow

I always have too many projects going on, my wife loves it! Every time I go to her and say "Hun, what do you think about this?". She just rolls her eyes! No else has this problem right?
Old     (tailgate)      Join Date: Apr 2007       12-17-2009, 2:12 PM Reply   
Adding second battery

Installing the 3 pair of polk db651

Adding vent line to center ballast bag (possibly to the 2 rear bags as well)

replace transom stereo control with new one

have a small cut in my vinyl fixed

finish my LED lighting in the bow

I'm sure more, but ill have to see how much time I have with a baby due in April...
Old     (priszkid)      Join Date: Aug 2007       12-17-2009, 7:43 PM Reply   
removing decals

depth gauge

new moulding around glass

plumbing to ski locker/bow

new throttle cable
Old     (delmage171)      Join Date: Mar 2008       12-17-2009, 8:32 PM Reply   
Ride my snowmobile.

haha cause i dont have a large shop to work on my boat..

In the spring I plan on doing the following..
- 4 Polk DB651 Inboats
- Wetsounds XS-12 Sub
- SYN6 powering each of the above
- Perfect Pass GPS
- Depth Finder
- Alpine Remote
- Stripping down the trailer
- Repainting Glossy Black with some nice white NAUTIQUE logos
- Adding a new winch and jack.
- and hopefully some new 5 spoke 15" aluminum rims
Old     (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       12-18-2009, 5:57 AM Reply   
-Replace factory cruise with Perfect Pass
-Install the Z-5 cargo rack
-6 Polk DB651
-4 Bullet Hollow Point 770
-3 JL Audio amps
-3 Deka AGM batteries
-Alpine head unit
-2 Alpine remotes
-Tint windshield
Old     (mcd)      Join Date: Mar 2009       12-18-2009, 7:02 AM Reply   
1) Refinish swim platform
2) Install Shower
3) Polish
4) Paint Trailer
Old     (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-18-2009, 7:49 AM Reply   
Install Audio pulled off the old boat to new boat..
- Pro 80's
- Syn 2 Amp
-6 Xs650s
- Syn 4 Amp
- XFS10A
- Syn Micro
- WS420 EQ
- Load vests and all stuff into new boat

But step 1 is
Get new boat delivered haha

Joe, whats worse than paying on the loan for a boat thats sitting through winter is beginning to pay on a loan 6-12 weeks before the boat even comes in from being built lol...
Old     (jmcdanie)      Join Date: Oct 2009       12-18-2009, 8:39 AM Reply   
Greg, I feel you on that one....I only got a couple months of use out of my new boat before she was put away for the winter nap.

BUT, I did love every minute we spent wife gets jealous of my new girlfriend and she calls it....
Old     (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-18-2009, 9:15 AM Reply   
LOL, I know what you mean, my girlfriend called the old boat the yellow mistress....not sure if the new one will be another yellow mistress or some other creative name haha
Old     (wtrgrl)      Join Date: Mar 2009       12-18-2009, 12:14 PM Reply   
Redo all skins
Install 2nd battery
Refinish teak swim platform
Old     (flyspec14)      Join Date: Apr 2005       12-18-2009, 1:54 PM Reply   

The Sunsport Project is getting:

-New pumps
-Steering Cable
-Trans Rebuild
-New Battery Setup
-New Wrap

Of course this could all come crashing down if my girl ever finds out the kind of money going into a 25 yr old boat ;) I will miss her.
Old     (dohboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       12-18-2009, 8:55 PM Reply   
Im bummed. I started last month on my winter projects and Im done already( damn impatience). Thinking about some lighting since theres still a little winter left!
This is whats new
-X2 fly high ballast kit plumbed into pumps
-removed the stock amp and ipod interface and added
-JL HD600/4 to power
-4 Bullet Hollowpoint 770s
-JL HD900/5 to power
-In boat speakers and sub
-Ran the remote level controls for the amps to the helm panel by the ballast switches
-added IS75 interface cable for the ipod and ran to helm
-MaxxBass 103 for the tower speakers when surfing
Old     (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       12-18-2009, 9:54 PM Reply   
Shovel the snow
Flood the rink
Drive the kid to hockey
Repeat, but change the order...

The boat is seven hours away, sadly.
Old     (rshea99)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-20-2009, 7:21 AM Reply   
Put in Perko battery switch.
Add another amp.
add two more speakers to back of boat never new there was a spot for 2 more speakers in the rear of the boat tell the other day.
This is all being banked on that Santa is going to bring me what I need.
Old     (vin)      Join Date: May 2007       12-20-2009, 10:22 AM Reply   
im gunna build one of these
Old     (dizzyg)      Join Date: May 2005       01-22-2010, 12:10 PM Reply   
wait for the ice to melt, then put the pier and boat back in. Gain some lbs in beer.
Old     (kikitlo)      Join Date: Jul 2005       01-22-2010, 8:12 PM Reply   
Relocate batteries
Finish Swivel Tower Speakers adapter
Finish making Stripper Pole attachment
Repair gel coat (thanks to storm damaging my awning)

Who else is doing what?
Old     (lifetimewarranty)      Join Date: Oct 2008       01-22-2010, 8:52 PM Reply   
Stargazer is #1 on my list...

A new Bimini is #1 on my wifes list...

So guess what? I get to do both this year! LOL! I get a 2 for 1 deal???

(Message edited by lifetimewarranty on January 22, 2010)
Old     (lifetimewarranty)      Join Date: Oct 2008       01-22-2010, 8:55 PM Reply   
Did I say I love onlyinboards yet...?

(Message edited by lifetimewarranty on January 22, 2010)
Old     (lifetimewarranty)      Join Date: Oct 2008       01-22-2010, 8:58 PM Reply   
AJ - good call on the hollow point 770's. I added a set late last season and they are Suuuuuweeeeeeeet!
Old     (wesley_is_wake)      Join Date: Jun 2007       01-25-2010, 6:04 PM Reply   
Where's the garage thread that was on here a long time ago? I'm helping my dad build a new garage and we were thinking of cool things we would like to put in the new garage. We plan on starting back up with it when the weather gets in the mid 30's or 40's, you know, tolerable work weather.
Old     (ridealready)      Join Date: Feb 2006       01-25-2010, 7:31 PM Reply   
Getting rid of RIDICULOUS sprinkler valve ballast setup in our SUPRA!!
Old     (tomcat22)      Join Date: Jun 2007       01-27-2010, 7:48 AM Reply   
New steering cable
Couple seat skins
LED lights


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