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rugger

Malibu boat back from the dead

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rugger

This might only interest a small handful of you... but I just finished a 4 month project of refurbishing a Malibu Sunsetter from the ground up. I posted pics of most phases, from an empty shell (aka bathtub) to completed. It might be helpful for those wondering what the old boats look like underneath. I've gotten some good help on this site so hopefully someone will get something out of this -- ideas for old 'bu's if nothing else.

Originally I planned to just fix a few soft spots in the floor, but I then found extensive wood rot when I took it apart. Since we still love the boat (slalom/board/tube) and my kids wouldn't let me sell it, we took on the project. I did as much of the labor as possible to keep the costs to a minimum, and paid a shop for help on the stringers. Chee and Daniel at Malibu hooked me up with new interior, carpet and composite flooring. I then added a new dash and several other mods.

I'll never grind fiberglass again -- but it turned out great and didn't cost nearly what it could have. Now it's basically a new boat with a classic Malibu hull. After overcoming a few stupid mistakes on wiring, it even fired right up and runs/performs great.

It's no VLX of course, but I'm holding out on a newer model until my kids get a little older and more into wakeboarding. They're just as happy surfing the jimmy-jam board for now.

http://picasaweb.google.com/myfourday

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jayjoans

Very, very cool. Excellent job, thanks for the pic link.

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srh99vlx

Very nice, I had a Sunsetter very similar to that one and I loved the boat. It needed a floor and stringers and I didn't have the time to put into it. Where did you get the emblems on the combing pads?

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jetskipro550

That looks incredible!!! I love it!!!! Thumbup.gifThumbup.gifThumbup.gifThumbup.gif

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edwin

Fantastic work....well done.

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Bobby Light

WOW!! Now that's some patience, nice work...

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bu2007vlx
Plus1.gif That's some serious time put in. The results show in the effort!!!!

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pennery

I think that is a boat for next year's calendar...

Very Impressive... :)

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Adam

Awesome Job! :werule::thankyou:Kewlpics.gifYes.gifYahoo.gifCheers.gifThumbup.gifRockon.gif

ps. sorry for over-using the smilies.

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greenworks

how much did the upolstery cost you and your boat looks great!

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SunriseH2OSkier

Beautiful boat! Very nice work. Thumbup.gif

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jshap

Much like restoring an old classic car, that thing is probably worth more now than when you bought it new. If it looks half as good in person as it does in the pictures, it's an amazing boat. Excellent job!

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BB LSV
Thumbup.gif It looks great, nothing like completing a project. Congrats Rockon.gif

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chadwick02

cool dude

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jeffmx

Very nice!!! Rockon.gif

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tmacwake

Are you sure you don't work for Malibu????? You did an outstanding job!!!! Thumbup.gif

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vlxjeff

Nice work!! Thumbup.gif

I'm not sure I could undertake a project like that, so I really admire those who do.

Again, good job!!

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OLDGUY
Thumbup.gifThumbup.gif Beautiful boat looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

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rugger

Thanks for the kind comments. I hope the pics are useful for anyone else working on some aspect of updating. When all said and done, it was nice to take something from yuck to new. There was more I wanted to do, but I threw in the towel so I could work on my faceplants on the lake instead. :) I love the boat, but I hope the next project is updating a classic corvette or something.

srh99vlx -- I got the emblems from Chee. I stopped by the Malibu factory on my way to southern california, and Chee was gracious enough to give me a tour of the factory. Since he was working on the upholstery component, we went over my sketches and I was able to pick the colors and add a few extras like the emblems. I originally intended on using the all stainless ones, but the ones I ended up with work fine for my boat and I thought looked great considering the original didn't have any emblems or colors.

greenworks -- I can email you the cost of interior if you are serious. I know Chee's pricing has been discussed here before and it is basically different for every boat. Mine was different because we added a new drivers seat and new foam. But Chee gave me a very favorable deal in my opinion. Especially considering that he couldn't just pull from the original patterns since I changed it all. I wasn't even going to change the seats after the ridiculous price quotes from my local upholstery shops, so I'm glad I called him. Plus it was kind of cool to use Malibu vinyl.

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srh99vlx

How many hours do you have in the gel coat polish?? That is amazing. The more I look at the boat, you really executed the rehab well.

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pennery

Did you add a Ski Locker?

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rugger

No, it already had a ski locker. But the lid was remade out of the material used for the flooring. The old one was a bit worn/warped.

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srh99vlx

What material did you use for the floor, I didn't look through all of the floor pics. I intend on buying an older boat one day to re-do.

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obski

Wow. I'm floored. Great job.

The boat looks great. Not only will you and your family have fun with it, you'll appreciate it even more knowing that it's your baby.

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Henken

Congratulations on an excellent job!! Thumbup.gif

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