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braindamage

Sunsetter Lxi New Interior

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braindamage

I'm a noob Malibu owner, though I've had boats most of my life. I've just purchased a 2000 Sunsetter LXi at a very good price, but the interior is in real rough shape. The previous owner left it outside with no cover for many seasons. The interior is "sunburned", but only a couple of the cushions are starting to rip. The vinyl is in generaly ok but discolored.

My options as I see it are:

1) Replace only the damaged cushions to have the boat functional and live with the "sunburn". Replace additional cushions as they rip out.

2) Re-do the entire interior. I don't know if it's better to have someone local redo the vinyl or if Malibu still makes interiors.

Anybody have any experience with this type of issue. Does anyone have an estimate of how much it would cost?

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There is a guy out in CA who works for the Malibu factory that does vinyl work for older boats on the side, search for Chee. He can make the vinyl "skins" of each cushion with the factory templates, materials, and colors.

I've used him several times and his prices are very reasonable. You can then try to install the cushions yourself or farm it out to a local upholstery guy. When I've done the work before I did some of the easy stuff myself and farmed out the more difficult stuff to a local shop. Results were great.

Total cost with professional install I'd guess around $3000 for the complete interior. If you're trying to save some cash I'd spring for the entire set of skins from Chee and install them as needed/as funds allow.

New interior, a good wetsand and buff, and some new decals the boat will look brand new.

-Chris

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Bozboat

search this forum for "skins" and "chee"

for example

My link

You can get a new set of all 26 or so pieces of vinyl (original design) from Malibu Crew Legend Chee Moua for a very reasonable price. Then put them on yourself or have them put on. Many discussions on here about this.

My skins are carefully rolled and waiting in my boat room for install this spring.

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braindamage

You guys are the best! I got Chee's number and email. I will contact him and see what he can do. I got the boat for a steal, but it definately could use a good clean, detail, wetsand and buff. Where do you get decals?

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RockinRod

You guys are the best! I got Chee's number and email. I will contact him and see what he can do. I got the boat for a steal, but it definately could use a good clean, detail, wetsand and buff. Where do you get decals?

Bakes

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Bozboat

I'm a noob Malibu owner, though I've had boats most of my life. I've just purchased a 2000 Sunsetter LXi at a very good price, but the interior is in real rough shape. The previous owner left it outside with no cover for many seasons. The interior is "sunburned", but only a couple of the cushions are starting to rip. The vinyl is in generaly ok but discolored.

My options as I see it are:

1) Replace only the damaged cushions to have the boat functional and live with the "sunburn". Replace additional cushions as they rip out.

2) Re-do the entire interior. I don't know if it's better to have someone local redo the vinyl or if Malibu still makes interiors.

Anybody have any experience with this type of issue. Does anyone have an estimate of how much it would cost?

Chee gets paid in full in advance by check. While that is normally something I would not do, that is what is required with Chee. My Big Box of Skins arrived just like he said about three weeks or less after he got the check.

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braindamage

I'm having difficulty getting a few pieces off for the interior re-do:

1) The gunnels (or gunwales...whatever) on the side. I removed the nuts that hold the top but cannot figure out what is holding the bottom. It looks like all one piece that is half viny half carpet. Do you have any suggestions or pictures?

2) The rear lean-back. I see the nuts on the sides but how do I access the mounts on the back?

3) Several of the bolts were snipped and when I attempt to remove the nut it sticks and strips whatever is holding the bolt on the other side. I assume I'll have to slit the vinyl and use screwdriver or something to keep the bolt head from stripping.

Let me know if you have suggestions!

Thanks!

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