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    Racing sailboats often rough up the surface. My catamaran hulls are sanded. Creates turbulence in the boundary layer, which cuts drag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    Racing sailboats often rough up the surface. My catamaran hulls are sanded. Creates turbulence in the boundary layer, which cuts drag.
    Interesting to know. And what I installed isn't super textured but feels about like 80 grit sandpaper but not as sharp if that makes sense. Just typical bedliner feel.

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    Gauges were restored back to like new by the gauge guy on eBay.
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    Also ordered a replacement gauge face so they will literally be brand new. The valves have worn too thin so Iím going to have to replace them. After much research Iím going to go with the Riva/Ferrea valves. They just have better manufacturing processes and track record than any of the other companies Iíve seen. May also do the Riva springs and retainers depending on what I hear back from Jerry. The APE products are out of stock. They said it would take at least 2-3 weeks for their valve ďshipmentĒ to arrive which threw up some red flags for me. Riva just rebrands Ferrea valves so I know exactly what Iím getting. The APE valves, although Iím sure they are plenty decent, are coming from an unknown manufacturer and not in-house. At least, thatís what they made it sound like. The retainers are manufactured in-house they said but once I go with a particular manufacturer, I like to keep it consistent. Especially with critical components like valves. Kibble white is supposed to have a good valve kit also but when you compare the Ferrea to the kibble white side by side itís like looking at a really nice skat-trak vs a solas. Not that the solas doesnít work but the skat looks like such higher quality and finish.

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    The display looks nice. Can you see how they opened it? How they sealed it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    The display looks nice. Can you see how they opened it? How they sealed it?

    I don’t have it back yet. That’s just the picture and video they send me. After looking at all the pictures though I’m not sure how they opened it. Looks really clean

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    Ski is upright again and I began work on prepping the upper hull. Stripped off the old traction mats (they were in terrible shape). Removed every single decal and label and the adhesive. Started prepping some large scratches with fiberglass filler. The bottom of the foot wells has blistered and cracked gelcoat and, because of the tight space, it has to all be sanded and shaped by hand.
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    I know that not much can be seen from pictures regarding body work buts it’s been a lot of sanding and repair work on the whole hull. I hope to shoot the final paint and clear this afternoon. I also repaired one of my motor mounts. I used my impact wrench and it spun the threaded metal insert on the motor mount. Cleaned it all up thoroughly and then used a stew wire brush to lightly texture and “groove” the metal insert. Used a brass brush and acetone to clean the rubber portion of the mount. I then applied 3M professional window weld urethane. This stuff is frequently used to fabricate custom motor mounts and is very strong. The finished product looks great and should be just as strong as a new one if not stronger.

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    Toss that mount in the can, if it breaks on the water it will let the motor bounce around. That can take out the thru hull carrier bearing which will flood and sink the ski.

    100% not worth the risk.

    Sean

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeysevin View Post
    Toss that mount in the can, if it breaks on the water it will let the motor bounce around. That can take out the thru hull carrier bearing which will flood and sink the ski.

    100% not worth the risk.

    Sean
    Seems like the oem one was prone to failure. I wouldn’t mind replacing it but have more confidence in this repaired mount than a replacement. Are their upgraded units available?

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