View Full Version : Not impressed!!!

06-06-2013, 01:14 PM
So i just got off the phone with my local dealer.... i'm looking for new skins for the sunpad cushions on my 05 LSV. He talked to Skiers and they say "no longer available" what BS!!! so my boat is only 8 years old and i don't have the option to purchase replacements for every part on it? I think this is poor... and just for giggles i called the Malibu dealer and asked them if i could get replacement skins for an 02 Wakesetter VLX... my buddy has one that needs some vinyl work done... they said no prob have it here is 2 weeks!!

Not very impressed with Skiers right now!


06-06-2013, 01:20 PM
Hmmmm. Let's give this some thought. By the time a boat is 8 plus years old you are not usually talking about replacing just one cover here or there. You are usually getting into the age where you need the whole interior re-done. If you price what these things cost there is just no one that is going to order every piece from the dealer instead of just going to a local upholstery shop. I think I understand why they aren't offering these anymore. Then throw in that you have a discontinued model and it makes even more sense.

On the other hand, aren't your sunpad cushions the same as on the 2008 OBV? That's something to check, maybe. Also, you might try MMandley's guy at AWS who seems to be able to find stuff others can't always find. Good luck!

KG's Supra24
06-06-2013, 01:26 PM
You should contact skiers choice and see if the answer changes. Dealers seem to be hit or miss.

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06-06-2013, 02:43 PM
I did contact skiers, I think they only keep 5 years.

06-06-2013, 02:46 PM
MC only carries skins for a few years, to cover warranty. After that, they use a company that produces skins for all boats. While they are built to the same level and are TMed to have the MC logo, they are not made at the factory. Your friend is probably going to get those covers for the Bu.

Do you really want some vinyl that has sat around for 8 yrs in a warehouse? Or do you want new ones made with fresh vinyl. Also, you choose to save $20-30K when buying a Moomba

On a different note, if you are replacing stuff, now you can replace and customize. I really think the basic vinyl of the Moomba line could use some more flash. A few accent colors and some double stitching and it will look great. Just a thought.

beat taco
06-06-2013, 03:27 PM
The Bu dealer knows Chee :) lol.

06-06-2013, 03:53 PM
Interesting, I replaced vinyls on my seats and didn't even think to go to SC to get them. Mainly, the quality of the fabric (thickness) was in question and I could better vinyl with the same texture and color of fabric for a fraction of what people were paying. Almost all of my skins are replaced and should last a lot longer than the originals.

06-06-2013, 04:02 PM
im personly going get get some of that carbon fibre looking vinyl in blue for part of my upgrade for the seats..id go custom with mine to bedifferent..but thats just me haha

06-06-2013, 04:10 PM
Also, you choose to save $20-30K when buying a Moomba


I would hate to see the costs for skiers to warehouse all the pieces/parts to satisfy every request that would come along. pretty soon, you have an 80k boat due to ballooning inventory. I have ran into the same issues ordering car parts over the years. oem doesn't make it anymore and you are going to napa to get a non-oem replacement.

I do feel your pain tho. sucks if you only need to replace a single skin, but I would bet you'll have a shop somewhere that can fab something that matches.

06-06-2013, 04:41 PM
ok, so i posted before drinking coffee this morning... lol sorry everyone. I am disappointed that they don't have the OEM replacements for me though. I agree that i don't want old Vinyl that sits around for years but i thought that Skiers would have an agreement with a company to make them, which would allow me to get the exact right pattern... i want to keep it the same because the rest of the vinyl is pretty good shape but the seams on the swirls are tearing and it looks poor. I am going to go to a company in saskatoon that has a good reputation and take them my old skins... we'll see what happens.

I bought my boat used so i didn't save 20-30K as i had a budget and i could have bought another brand just a little older for the same dollars i put out.

Have a great day everyone!

06-06-2013, 04:51 PM
I would really think the OBV up to 2008 would be the same-- patterns maybe different -- but I'd still go the route you are going.

06-06-2013, 04:56 PM
I agree, and it will be way quicker to... I just got off the phone with an upholstery shop in Saskatoon and they have done lots of work like this... sent them some pics and measurements and they are getting a quote together for my... they said worst case scenario if they have to special order the vinyl it will be 2 weeks... thats pretty good. And if i bring in the cushions they will install it on them for free to!


06-06-2013, 04:56 PM
my stitching on my 04 sun pad was also one of the first things to go..as of right now its just all white but i plan to change that

06-06-2013, 06:04 PM
I couldn't tell the difference between the original skins and the replacements either new or years later. It seems like these upholstery shops has a catalog of everything. The nice thing is I replaced sections at a time so the expense was minimal and the work was done over the winter. Next winter, I will have a few more pieces to replace as the vinyl is starting to crack after 16 years.

ian ashton
06-06-2013, 06:07 PM
I would think you'd be cheaper to go to an upholstery shop. I tore a panel on my '08 and that's exactly what I did, was cheap and a perfect match.

06-06-2013, 08:09 PM
I just went through this and in my opinion spent too much money for the skins from SC. The vinyl is inferior to a lot of other stuff out there. I bought the entire sunpad, bench seat and another corner seat. The total cost was around 700. I was told that I could have gotten the skins made in the same color with better vinyl for less money. If I need to replace any other seats I will just have a shop make me new ones.

06-09-2013, 06:32 PM
Yep. Did the skins on my 2005 LSV. Upholstery shop was 1/2 the dealer. That boat is the last of the sports car v drives. They are all SUVs today. Enjoy. Had mine out today. Whoo-hoo! Still love it.

06-09-2013, 08:02 PM
Did you ask for the price of the pads on the other boat? I bet you could get twice the skin at quarter the price having it made locally.