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#1 snow1wake

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 04:28 PM

2013 F21 templating for gatorstep. 2 questions. 1) battery in bow, replacing lid with atainless steel. Templet instructions indicate to follow raised non skid pattern. It stops and starts 3/4" from edge of battery cover. Do not like that much division. Will gator transition from non skid to smooth glass and stay stuck so i can make the seams tight? 2) what are people doing with the black cowling under dash? The carpet floated on top and snaped to it. It has ridges and covers a mess on floor. Dont c gator laying smooth on it and don't c obviousway to get rid of it. Help

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:16 PM

1. Why replace the battery lid with stainless steel?  I hope no one heavy stands on it and gets shocked!  :o

 

2. The factor style for the models that don't have fiberglass under the helm is to put the gator right up to the edge of the black plastic.  There is a good photo showing this here even though this flooring is aftermarket http://www.mbboatown...t/?hl=gatorstep

 

I have seen one on here (can remember who) who made small strips to go between the ridges in the black plastic.  Those are the only two styles I've seen.


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Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:23 PM

Why are you replacing the battery cover with something that can cause an arcing issue and potentially burn some one or cause a fire?
Also I would follow Gatorstep instructions on the template. They have been doing it awhile. I have a F21 that they did the template and installed. Looks great. No complaints

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:58 PM

They're making me a paper cut out of one they already did to confirm the pattern they already have is good. Once I confirm it works I could mail it to you. 13 f21.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:02 AM

To answer why stainless, the fiberglass cover is ill fitting. The stainless cover will have a rubber inside so no arc issues. Gator sent me templete but no directions

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:38 AM

Pre cut?

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:28 PM

To answer why stainless, the fiberglass cover is ill fitting. The stainless cover will have a rubber inside so no arc issues. Gator sent me templete but no directions

i can send you photos of mine.  I made a new battery cover as the one that came from the factory was white and my floor is black.  I used stainless screws and screwed the cover down so it doesn't float or move at all. I can also show the transitions you are asking about.



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 02:15 PM

Would love that info and to see those pictures. My email snow1wake@gmail.com

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 02:42 PM

ill get those tonight



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:24 PM

Jake, I ordered templet kits from Gator and Aqua deck. Gator just sent roll of mylar. Aqua sent mylar, pen, detailed directions and link to instructional video. Still wanna use gator because of logo options. I called today and they are going to send the precut paper templet. Thanks for the info and the offer to send me yours!
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:26 PM

Let me know how you modify it if you do, I just might steal your template.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:21 AM

If they are sending the template from my boat, the seat post will be moved back about 3 inched from factory, which probably varies in all boats.  Just an FYI



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:28 AM

Would love that info and to see those pictures. My email snow1wake@gmail.com

No pics last night...my boat is all tore apart up front.  Forgot i had taken the batteries out.

Here is a pic of the cabin

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:48 AM

Thanks!! 1 more question, different subject. Adding ballast to bow, where do you suggest I move the perko switch and battery maintainer to? Under dash is close but not to convienant.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:03 AM

My perko is moved to the walk through wall inside the observer seat.


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Posted 15 March 2019 - 11:12 AM

No pics last night...my boat is all tore apart up front.  Forgot i had taken the batteries out.

Here is a pic of the cabin

 

Is it the picture or did you have a few drinks while putting the walk way pads down  :lol:


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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:13 PM

It's not yours Bob. I have a picture of the boat gator step templated but I'm not sharing it.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:37 PM

Is it the picture or did you have a few drinks while putting the walk way pads down  :lol:

Thats custom work done MB...all boats different!!


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Posted 17 March 2019 - 07:18 PM

Here is the one they were cutting me a paper template ofPosted Image

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 06:35 AM

Jake, I have pulled the seat base. Gatorstep typically go under the base or around? Hard to tell from picture




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