Jump to content
phillewis

The great Avy walk-through conversion!

Recommended Posts

phillewis    39

Since day 1 with my new Avy, I have been wishing it was a C4 model, and not one with the walk-through... I think it's pretty obvious why, more seating and more custom sac room:) So... I decided to take matters into my own hands, and cut the crap out of my boat with my grinder!

 

Didn't get a chance to take a ton of pics, pretty much everything was totally covered in fiberglass dust, and we wanted to go as fast as we could... basically, we just cut out the walk-through with the grinder, and then built in the new bench seat, seat back, sun pad, and engine divider wall. When we were finished with the construction, I took it to a local upholstery shop, and had them make the vinyl pads, and it came out awesome! I then had enough room to get a new custom avy bag made to fill up the whole compartment and under the bench seat. The measurements came out to be the exact same size as the one for the port side :) I'll try and take some pics of the wave soon... Next up... possible switchblade install!

 

walkthrough6.jpg

 

walkthrough5.jpg

 

walkthrough4.jpg

 

walkthrough1.jpg

 

walkthrough3.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bprobertson    8

I've always wondered if this was possible... Looks pretty awesome

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
superdtf    66

Dude! That's aggressive. Nice work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow that looks better than I would have thought. Great job. Can you center the carpet logo with your grinder also? :thumbsup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harlobra    24

That and the sporty bubble are two of the most hardcore mods I've seen on here. Stuff like that are why I check into see what's going on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
truekaotik    460

Dang... You go Phil!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mancho    85

WOW... I like your style. It looks really clean... I wouldn't of known if you hadn't told us. I just would assumed it was factory that way. Nice job!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Audionly101    37

Phil! Man that takes some real guts (or favorite slang term for male parts) to take a cut-off grinder to that much fiberglass! That really gets the wheels spinning for what I can change on my boat. Thanks for the great ideas. Love it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
RhuntIII    548

Phillewis your now Phillysmooth good job on the mod. I like it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
duramat    464

Wow, indeed!! :thumbsup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bprobertson    8

Phillewis, I just showed my wife your handy work and she is wondering when you are gonna head over the wasatch mountains to Salt Lake to do ours! :thumbsup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DarksideR    1,666

DUDE! That's impressive. Nice work

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome! I was thinking of doing this on my boat so we don't have to have exposed sacs in the walkthru when surfing goofy. I've got a ton of fiberglass and fabrication experience, and you made it look relatively easy!

 

Wondering if you've had it in the water yet, and if you've noticed any disadvantages or areas of stress cracking around the seat of the walkthrough where you cut?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
phillewis    39

I say go for it! Best mod I did last year by far. We even made the new bench seat 6" wider than the stock one on the port side, so it's super wide and delux, plus it gave me more room for a bigger custom sac.

 

Have not noticed any disavantages at all. We did reinforce the wall beneith the seat that runs alongside the new sac... like an extension of the engine divider wall forward. Actually, we made a new whole-new divider wall that was one complete piece all the way from the transom to the front of the rear bench seat. We used U channel to attach the wall to the floor. This way when you put weight on the bench it doesn't sag... which would probably lead to some cracks if there was too much weight on the seat. We had been filling a 400lb sac on the rear bench slid towards the starboard side, and the wave was killer! Don't have any good pics, we were way to busy surfing! I am planning on mod-ing a wing-plate like the FX22 has, and that should mellow the rooster tail a bit and make for the biggest and cleanest wave on our lake...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
stoked    1,040

Old thread and the photos are gone, Phil can you post one if you still have it? I'm starting a custom bench and would like to see what you did

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
phillewis    39
I have a couple more photos I can email to you... these are the only ones I have stored on this site... PM me your email if you like... although I agree, the padded cooler would be a good idea. We always had a cooler floating around the cockpit that usually just got in the way... but, being able to squash a gigantic custom ballast bag under the seat was my first priority!


classifieds-1885-0-25720600-1409618072_thumb.jpg

classifieds-1885-0-16612900-1409618013_thumb.jpg
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
stoked    1,040

WOWIE! That's pretty sweet!!!! What was the rough cost on that, how difficult would you say it was overall? I'm with you, hiding a giant ballast bag is very high on the priority list.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CrewAdmin    193

Great thread showed what most thought to be impossible but, now it is missing all the photos and is a prime example of why we no longer allow outside links like photobucket to images.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recent Status Updates

    • Nick213

      Ordered a  sewlong cover...... hope it's as good as everyone says since there almost double the cost of others.
      · 2 replies
    • luluzer

      Winterization tomorrow for this homie. Seemed like the season flew by - let's hope winter does the same. 
      · 0 replies
    • Guest

      Guest  »  dittrimd

      Just read your message regarding restoring your Barefoot Falcon.  I have a 1991 Barefoot Falcon with exact same floor issues.  I also had to replaced the stringers and am in the process of replacing the floor.  My question is regarding the need to replace the foam.  Like you I have several hundred pounds of saturated foam removed and I am not certain to replace it or leave it without foam.  Do you are anyone know if the foam is necessary for any structural support, or is it just for sound and flotation?
      · 0 replies
    • Nick213

      My 08 Avy is for sale
      · 2 replies
    • chenige

      Actually it has me thinking of adding something between the seat and fiberglass riser. It may even allow it to rotate?  Hmmmm
      · 0 replies
    • tiffany  »  h20king

       
      I have been told you are the expert in setting up the S238 for a great wave. We have a 2106 s238 with the surf package, our dealer told us to fill up the boat and then use the tabs, but we have figured out the more tab we put in it the less push the wave has.
      How do we best set it up for the best wave with push? We surf regular, our friend surfs goofy and her side seems to always be great, but the regular side not so much.
      Would love to have your set up and any tips you could give. Thanks so much
      · 0 replies
  • Topics

  • Popular Contributors

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.