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ResponseLX2004

I recently bought a 2004 Malibu Response LX. Seems like a great ski boat, can't wait for next season. 

I did notice that right behind the windshield on both sides there are 3 holes in the gunwale. They aren't for a tower, at least I think so as there are no mounting holes in the bow area. There were covered up with stickers So I didn't see them before. Does anyone know what they are for? I would post a picture but I don't know how, forgive me I am not very tech savvy.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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John I.

Are the holes in the location of the black step pads?

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Eagleboy99

If you are not a paid member, use Imagur/Google drive etc. to host the pic you upload.  Three holes?  On the horizontal or vertical  gunwale? If they are small holes maybe it was for deck cleats?  Or some one-piece forward facing tower?

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Chaabo

Probably where a bimini top had been mounted.

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ahopkinsVTX
4 hours ago, Chaabo said:

Probably where a bimini top had been mounted.

That’s what I was guessing too. But typically there is a bracket forward of the windshield too. 

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UWSkier

Could be from an Illusion or Illusion copycat tower.  I've seen those on Responses, usually put there by people who don't understand the geometry of pylons and ski ropes.  :)

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ResponseLX2004

Thanks for helping me figure this out guys. They are one the horizontal part of the gunwale. The step pads are still there so it's  not for that. They are too small for a tower but over kill for a Bimini. They are only a few inches away from the end of the windshield.... 

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Chaabo

A picture would be helpful here. Otherwise it’s all assuming something.

On my Response in that spot there are the pad eyes mounted to fasten the rear tie down straps for the bimini top. The hinges are sitting on the windshield frame and the front pad eyes are mounted on both sides of the deck more towards the front of the windshield. It’s the original, dealer installed factory sunbrella bimini I have.

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Bozboat

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Chaabo

Weird!!!

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Chaabo

I’d put a sticker over them. 😂

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Eagleboy99

Probably a bimini mount.  Now AWOL.  Easy fix is to buy some white plastic plugs at Lowe's etc.

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Bozboat

it looks like a clip on the windshield trim for a bimini 

did the boat come with a bimini>

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Bozboat
2 minutes ago, justgary said:

They had a drink holder there....

https://goo.gl/images/H3iS1K

 

oooh, everyone boat should have a gimbled drink holder...

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justgary
9 minutes ago, Bozboat said:

oooh, everyone boat should have a gimbled drink holder...

I agree.  And a spoke steering wheel.  This one would make me forget about a few extra holes in my boat. 

https://goo.gl/images/5j1Gf1

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ORMailbuboater

Only on the Port side?   Did they have a barefoot boom at one time?  Could be a location for the pad for the boom.  That is right about where a boom would sit on the gunwale.  Picture from the internet.  

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ResponseLX2004

Thanks for the help guys. It did not come with a bimini so I have no way of knowing it was related to the bimini or not. I'm thinking it could be from a barfoot boom pad, it is on both sides though....

Anyone have any more thoughts?

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minnmarker

Ask the previous owner?  They seem well done.  Not a hack job at all.

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