actuators rule. props man
I picked up a Select Products linear actuator from Brian at Liqued Trends. I had never done one of these actuator installs. It was pretty easy. The linear actuator works with a electronic control box that makes the actuator go up and down. It's a simple install. You figure out how much throw you need the actuators come in assorted lengths. All I had to do was make a mount for the bottom of the actuator to mount to the bottom of the trunk and then mount the top of the actuator to the stock gas shock mount on the trunk. I want to find the Dash mounted button wires (first photo)that I can tie into the controller so I can open & close the trunk from the dash.(So if you know what wires I need to tap into please let me know) Right now it works from the stock trunk release.
actuators rule. props man
Can I ask a really dumb question. What is the benefit to this?
LOL man. You'd have to meet Grant and see his boat. There doesn't have to be a purpose. The guy has tons of fun figuring out how to install every form of electonics know to man on his boat, and figuring out how to make it look like a factory install. I'm sure he'll answer for himself, but my observation/answer would be the benefit is that Grant has fun doing the projects. BKHOriginally Posted by SkiTundra
2001 Super Air
What is the benefit to this?
I guess that my trunk opens with a push of a button and your's dosent LOL J/K.
Brian is correct. I have a tone of stuff on my boat that I guess you could say has no real benefit. Just funky one off projects I did to have fun. These type of projects are a way for me to enjoy my free time. Personally I would rather go tinker with the boat and spend a afternoon doing somthing like this than watching a football game on TV. No offence to coutch patatos. Its just what I would rater do. I love how people say I have to much free time on my hand's. Your wasting your time on the internet looking at my work "Who has to much free time now" LOL.
All joking aside. A trunk acuator is a factory option on some of the SAN's and Ski Nautiques.
That's what the buttons on the dash are for. To open and close the trunk.
Yellow_Flash_Colorz:Originally Posted by Grant_West
As good a reason as any other! Great job btw.
I like somethings manual and somethings electric. I like to get into things like the access panels without having to have battery power. I may have a dead battery and the tools/jumper box(now that would be stupid) are in the compartment that has an actuator, just food for thought. My 196 has the electric actuator for the rear storage, and so i can't just walk up to the compartment lift the lid and grab what I want, battery on, lift lid move to storage area, grab item, back to cockpit, close lid, battery off. It doesn't sound like much until you have dealt with it for a few years. If someone comes up with a combo that you can have it both ways, then great. But as for your work on the install, it looks top shelf .
Knowing how Grant watches his batteries, chances he will ever have a dead battery: 0.001%
Even at 0.001% I am sure he has a backup plan.
Benefit... Grant has a place for everything and keeps everything in it's place. I can see the movie playing out. Newbie rider on Grant's boat, from the driver seat he opens the hatch and tells the rider where the rope, boot lube, vest, towel, etc. are without having to worry about him yanking on the hatch without pushing the electric release button.
Nice clean install. Looks good. I have always admired your boat.
12 210 Team (BoatMate trailer)
06 196 Limited (Loadrite)
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08 210 Team (BoatMate trailer)
1992 Flightcraft - 1/2 owner - Sold to other half because moved
07 Air 216 Team Edition (Ramlin Trailer)
04 SV211 Limited (loaded like a team) (Ramlin Trailer)
00 Sport Nautique (Ramlin Trailer)
99 Ski Nautique (Ramlin Trailer)
86 Wellcraft Elite
81 Ski Nautique (Ramlin Trailer)