View Full Version : What is the deal with the vinyl

06-05-2005, 09:16 PM
Anyone else out there having any issues with the vinyl tearing or cutting really easily?......I have a new LSV with 20 hours on it and have 4 different places that there are tears in the middle of seats. kind of upsetting after forking out this much dough. My cheapo Stingray seems like it had much better vinyl than my Mobius........anyone else having this problem......thanks

Dave A
06-05-2005, 09:47 PM
I haven't had any problems. I had 4 dogs and 4 people in the boat last weekend. 2 of the dogs being 100 & 80 lbs. I was concerned, but everything was fine. I was worried about their claws, but not punctures or tears.

06-05-2005, 09:47 PM
have an 03 lsv with 200 hours on it without a tear in any of the vinyl.

Later, Swanny

06-06-2005, 01:34 PM
We have also not had any issues with our vinyl in our '05 LSV. We routinely take our Lab out with us with no problems. That dog is probably twice as hard on the seats as both of my kids put together. Take the boat back to your dealer and ask them to service this under warranty, if it looks like a manufactures defect Skiers Choice will make it right for you. I do know how you feel, after spending the money for a new boat you don't expect to have a single issue with it for a long time. My current issues are with my snap in carpet (poor fit & 2 snaps now out of the floor) and my wake plate gage (doesn't work). My plan is to have all of my issues resolved at my 20 hour service check. Good luck.

06-07-2005, 02:21 PM
my 2001 mobius vinyl ripped at the seems a year after i got it even being garaged and wipped down every time. my boat still looks great everywere but the vinyl is just falling apart. i guess we have bad luck.

06-07-2005, 02:25 PM
It may depend on what type of cleaner you are using on the vinyl, I was instructed to use nothing but 303, but have alwo tried something called Kork-Rub works great, just wipe down vinyl with water when finished. Vinyl will dry out with time

06-07-2005, 06:22 PM
I havent used anything but the 303 on my vinyl. It must just be bad luck like stated earlier. I climbed into some other brands of boats and the vinyl/cushion was much firmer than in the Mobe. I know that this is the entry level brand for skiers choice I was just surprised at how fast I was having vinyl problems. it sounds like my problems are the exception and not the norm.

06-07-2005, 11:25 PM
My 98 Mobius had gotten some tears but I knew the quality of the vinyl was questionable. I had some yellow stains from some type of sun tan lotion also. I had a repair shop match the vinyl perfectly and they covered the top of the rear seat and the spotters seat and I haven't had any problems since.

06-08-2005, 06:51 PM
Anyone find a good product to fix tears or rips that hides it well and lasts?

06-09-2005, 06:15 AM
There is a franchise here in North Carolina. They call themselves 'Dr. Vinyl'. A week after I got my '04 Outback, I ended up with a cut on the sunpad. Still not sure how it happened. Guess I cut it with a fin on the board. Funny though, it didn't seem sharp enough to do it. Anyway..........Dr. Vinyl made a house call, for 80 bucks, and did a pretty good job repairing the cut.
Any decent boating store, even Walmart, Autozone, Advance Auto Parts, etc..has vinyl repair kits...........check those places, I'm sure you'll find what you need:)

06-09-2005, 08:31 AM
I've had the same problem. I cut my 05 XLV by setting down my boardon the sun deck. I was a little disappointed in the thickness of the vinyl there since it's the only entry/exit point on the boat once you're out on the lake. I'll probably end up just refinishing the whole sun deck in a thicker vinyl, but until then I'm in need of a good patch kit. Any suggestions as to good or bad kits and their use?

06-09-2005, 10:52 AM
For the most part, I think any of them would be good for small repairs. I had an '86 Bayliner that had a couple small cracks in the vinyl. I bought the repair kit from Walmart and used it. The most difficult part was matching the color. But once I got that down, it went pretty smooth. Strongly recommend following the directions on the package to the letter. Hope this helps.
North Carolina

06-09-2005, 08:00 PM
You must fell sick every time you get in your boat. The seat is a bad place to try to fix a tear. As soon a somebody stands on the seat it will tear open. I would go back to your dealer and raise some stink. You need some new seats. My Outback engine cover took a tear from a foil that fell over. I had it fixed at a boat/car interior shop. This worked great but no one is standing on the repair.

Good luck!

06-09-2005, 09:16 PM
Thanks for all the help. I took the boat in today for its 20 hour service and they are going to take care of the tears for me. Helps to have a good dealer...........thanks again for all the information.

07-07-2005, 02:40 PM
I have 3 small tears in my new XLV. One is on the side of the engine sun deck where no one can step. I am taking the boat this week to the dealer in Kansas City for the 20 hour service and I am hoping that at least the engine sun deck will be covered by warrantee.

07-07-2005, 07:13 PM
I have a standing rule that willl get you left on a sandbar if you place a wakeboard on my swimdeck.....NO BOARDS ON THE VINYL!!!

The boards today have fins like a knife!

07-09-2005, 10:32 AM
it's called dragging shit across the seats. Next time try lifting the skis/wakeboard and you will not have this problem again

08-18-2005, 09:43 PM
had the same problem with my 2000... first the sun deck stiching started coming loose within the first year, now the seat backs are coming loose, gonna hafta remove all the seat backs and the sun pad this winter and redo them.... im somewhat disappointed in the vinyl quality, my fist moomba didnt have this issue..