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Old    steve baugrud (sbaugz)      Join Date: May 2007       10-25-2007, 5:39 AM Reply   
Hello,
I am getting ready to upgrade the stereo and speakers on my starcraft 182. It came with two cheapo 5.25" speakers and a crappy head unit. I am replacing with an Eclipse head unit and some 6.5" Polk momo's, and will probably add a pair of Polk 6x9's as well.
My question is this- in order to enlarge the current speakers holes and make new ones for the 6x9's, I will obviously have to cut the boat. I will be cutting through fiberglass with gel coat covering. I have a jig saw with a special countertop blade (for cutting formica). Would that work? Otherwise, I suppose I could use my Dremel. I am looking for the best choice so that the gel coat doesn't chip. Any advice would be appreciated, specifically from those people with experience doing this on their boats.
Old    Matt (flyspec14)      Join Date: Apr 2005       10-25-2007, 6:55 AM Reply   
Dremel with a Roto-Zip type blade works great. Just be careful it's easy to nick upholstery in the blink of an eye...
Old    Adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       10-25-2007, 7:32 AM Reply   
I would cut about 1/4 inch inside the line you need to cut then go back with a drum sanding bit. The sanding bit on the dremel cuts thru gelcoat fiberglass like a hot knife thru butter.

If you can have someone hold a shop vac up under yoru blade while cutting...ti greatly reduces the amoutn of cleanup and dust.

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