View Full Version : 2001 MobiusV - Born Again

07-06-2013, 02:06 PM
The wait is over. I'll let the pics do the talking.





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I'll throw up some more details and before/after later since we're getting ready to hit the water!

Special shout out to my boy Newty who went above and beyond on the stereo rebuild and carpet. 14 cases of beer later he turned out an amazingly nice job.

07-06-2013, 03:14 PM
Freaking awesome looking man, prolly feels like you just got a new boat LOL

07-06-2013, 03:49 PM
WOW! I didn't know you were getting a whole new boat! Props to Newty on the carpet, etc. Looking good, Berg. Very happy for you.

ian ashton
07-06-2013, 07:35 PM
Wow, that's very nice!

I also like that you used my method of mounting the XM9s!

07-06-2013, 08:24 PM
Berg, so sorry you had to go thru the whole experience of being robbed but WOW what an incredible restore of your boat! It's fantastic.

07-06-2013, 08:32 PM
Looks like a BRAND NEW boat. :thumbup:

Samsung S4...

07-06-2013, 08:43 PM
That's amazing, Berg. Congratulations!!!

07-06-2013, 09:28 PM
like ready said, amazing job. now get on that water and enjoy the fruits of your labor

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07-07-2013, 12:02 PM
Before... (pre Polks)




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(kinda blurry...)

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07-07-2013, 03:12 PM
Berg, I know you never would have wished for such an unfortunate thing to happen to you, your family, and the boat- none of us would!

Having said that, what an upgrade you have accomplished. A blessing in disguise, I suppose.

Great job- the boat looks amazing and so much better than it used to be. Here's to a great summer for your family on the water🍻!

07-07-2013, 04:00 PM
Berg, I know you never would have wished for such an unfortunate thing to happen to you, your family, and the boat- none of us would!

Having said that, what an upgrade you have accomplished. A blessing in disguise, I suppose.

Great job- the boat looks amazing and so much better than it used to be. Here's to a great summer for your family on the water!
Agree completely. Boat looks incredible!

beat taco
07-07-2013, 04:25 PM
Awesome! Congrats, that's some beautiful work.

07-07-2013, 06:22 PM
simply an amazing transformation. only 14 cases of beer--id call that at least a 20 case job.

07-07-2013, 06:35 PM
Unbelievable, it looks amazing. Go enjoy it this summer.

07-07-2013, 09:48 PM
Berg, sux to be without the boat for a while after the rape and pillage, but what a superb job in restoring her. Looks fantastic. Like she's brand spanking new.

Now it's time to plasti dip that white spare you got. Lol.

07-08-2013, 12:02 AM
Wow, turned out awesome. Congrats dood!

07-08-2013, 01:35 AM
simply an amazing transformation. only 14 cases of beer--id call that at least a 20 case job.

Well in all fairness that was just the stereo and carpet... The other 6 came with the upholstery tear down and reinstall.

07-08-2013, 08:54 AM
An absolutely superb job. I echo what others have said. It must feel like having a new boat. It practically is. Enjoy!!!

07-08-2013, 09:10 AM
What did they use on the dash and wheel?

07-08-2013, 09:40 AM
They? Haha. Ok here's the list of credits that goes along with the transformation.

Carpet came from Corinthian Marine.
Stereo - Exile, Duh.
Install on both of these came from our very own (in)famous Newty.

New Cover and Bimini came from Dave's Top Shop - Longview, WA

Upholstery came from Bentley's - Portland, OR
I gutted it, designed it, they stitched it, did all new foam everywhere, I reinstalled everything.

The change up on the other colors from light gray to graphite - speaker plastics, glovebox, dash, grab handles, steering wheel, etc all came from me. I was a little iffy at first but am extremely happy with the outcome.

I used this on the plastics - wipe down and clean with laquer thinner, then several light coats. Amazing stuff!




Carbon fiber wrap on the cupholders, steering wheel center, rearview mirror is 3M brand off amazon. Also cool stuff.

07-08-2013, 09:44 AM
Black plastidip the bottoms, cut, wrap and heated the carbon fiber to stretch over the lip. I kinda wanted to go stainless but I don't have stainless anywhere else. So the darker tone goes well with the graphite color everywhere and I haven't seen any others out there. Plus I haven't done much original for pimp points lately...





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07-08-2013, 09:55 AM
I knew you were holding out on us. It looks fantastic. I agree with the carbon fiber in your boat with no stainless anywhere. And I love the color change from the washed out look to the modern graphite look. It really makes it a new boat. So nice.

07-08-2013, 10:07 AM
Wow... boat looks fantastic! Enjoy the summer now, it's only so long for us.

07-08-2013, 10:34 AM
Now i kinda feel cheated with all the comments... Berg drank at least have the beer he brought. Lol

07-08-2013, 03:29 PM
What - you mean there's rules? You work - I drink. Thought that was the arrangement!

Ok, here's proof he actually worked while I drank all his, I mean OUR beer.


My son being so helpful supervising

These nasty old amp racks did go away. The Ex's sure are nice!

Then there's that new carpet smell!

07-08-2013, 03:36 PM
I was all excited he might even deliver it for me. That lasted about 10 seconds.


Another mod I did which I may undo.



Stretching to wrap around the curves was a PITA. And then trimming the front edge. Great concept - not so great on the delivery. This was inspired by Ian's sticker bomb mirror but I was shooting for it to match the other carbon fiber I did.

Looks great from a few feet away. Up close not as much.

07-08-2013, 04:30 PM
Looks great from a few feet away. Up close not as much.

ran into that a few times as the bartender yelled out, "Last call!" Sure wish I could undo some of those.

07-08-2013, 04:33 PM
LOL, I can just picture it...


07-08-2013, 09:28 PM
Lol, I was thinking about those foggy googles as well..... Too funny

07-08-2013, 09:38 PM
Berg, how'd ya know it was always the fault of tequila?

07-09-2013, 08:57 AM
I think that picture accurately describes my brother's disease.

07-09-2013, 11:17 AM
Berg, congrats on the "new" boat! It looks fan-freaking-tastic!!!

07-09-2013, 01:48 PM
Thanks all. It was a long sometimes painful process. Once rebuilding time came along a lot of new ideas started popping up and that was fun. You guys here have all been very inspirational.

Only thing I had actually planned on doing this year was the new cover and maybe a bimini. Crazy how things change.

07-09-2013, 11:12 PM
Dude...that Upholstery job is awesome! They did a great job and the Moomba on the back bench looks amazing!
Did you have a reference for the Bentley's Upholstery shop or did you just shop around. Looks like they do incredible work. They had to be pretty pricey from the looks and detail.

07-10-2013, 09:32 AM
Bentleys is the one all the dealers in the area go to and they were highly recommended. Spendy - well I guess that's in the eye of the beholder. I went to a few different shops. One the guy walked up, glanced back and forth, and threw out a number. Bentleys climbed in, counted cushions, inspected everything, asked a bunch of questions, then went back and wrote up a formal quote. I felt a lot better about that approach.

Since we had the opportunity to basically start from a blank slate we did a totally different design than the original and they helped to make some suggestions in that area. That drove up the cost, but then I was able to offset that by stripping out all the interior myself and bringing it in to them. Plus that way the boat didn't have to sit down there for a month or two and I could get other things going on it. Then reinstalling all the pieces at home once it was done.

One of the things I'm VERY happy about is that they replaced pretty much all of the foam in the cushions. The other shop didn't even take notice of that where Bentleys was saying that a lot of it was dead and would need replaced. The engine cover foam is probably 1.5x as thick as the old stuff now, by my request, since it gets a lot of traffic and a bit more firm but they added a thin layer on top to cushion it.

The logo embroidery actually wasn't bad. If I recall it was either $40 or $60? They actually made the embroidery shop go back and redo it like 2-3 times until they were satisfied with the quality of it - no extra charge there.

I'm very happy with the outcome overall. In hindsight few little things I would have done differently but I can live with it for now!

07-10-2013, 09:36 AM
Great work. Looks awesome. What did the revamp cost you all up, do you think?

07-10-2013, 11:16 AM
Bigger numbers than I ever would have imagined.

Are you sitting down? Grand total between me and insurance for everything was north of $10k... http://l.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/13.gif

I had a hard time stomaching that going into a boat that is 12 going on 13yrs old. But if I didn't, then what? I'm stuck with a torn up old boat. I know that cost would not be recouped in selling or trading it but I don't have any plans to get rid of it for the foreseeable future and a new boat payment is not in the budget. So I started to look at it like fixing up an old car. A classic I'll keep so I didn't skimp on the important stuff. It's only got about 400 hours total on the hull and about half that on the engine.

Maybe 10yrs down the road things will change. Who knows.

07-10-2013, 11:24 AM
Well, at least it's a V-drive, so all is not lost. ;)

07-10-2013, 11:37 AM
Well when you start with a really good model and good engine and drive system you can't really go wrong. There's guys that spend more than that just on stereo stuff.

07-10-2013, 11:42 AM
I'm impressed, especially since our boat is nearly identical. Berg, did you use anything special to clean up the fiberglass around where the cushions go? The fiberglass is pretty discolored on ours and it would be nice for it to look as white as yours does!

07-10-2013, 01:25 PM
I've been pretty lucky with the gel coat except now I have gouges around the speakers in the front I still haven't figured out how to get rid of. I just used a soapy detergent mix and brillo type sponge on the inside. Then went over it with a quick detailer. I thought about a full buffing job but in the end decided to skip it.

I do have some yellowing on an outside rear corner starting to show that I may want to do something about. I've read that products with oxylic acid will do the trick but watch out for products with actual bleach in them which can make it worse over time.

Maybe try a marine hull cleaner that is gel coat safe like this - http://www.amazon.com/Star-brite-Instant-Boat-Cleaner/dp/B0014488L4

The dude with the Sky Supreme seemed to be happy with it.

07-10-2013, 05:36 PM
Berg that looks amazing! love the diamond stitching accents. I want to redo ours in a couple years and this is inspiring lol

KG's Supra24
07-10-2013, 05:55 PM
How did I miss this?!?! Berg, that looks awesome!!! Completely updated. Love the vinyl choices.

07-10-2013, 10:34 PM
i had the same idea if i redo the vinyl in my boat.. i was thinking the blue and white with some grey, along with the dimond stitch and maybe some of that carbon fibre looking vinyl to lay in there as well..i also like the carbon cup holders haha

07-10-2013, 10:37 PM
Looks amazing! Starting this thread in the pride & joy section is very fitting.

07-10-2013, 10:40 PM
And....$10k seems reasonable with results like that!

New Guy
07-11-2013, 04:22 PM
Berg that turned out great! I know I got a couple preview pictures but they definitely didn't do it justice. Congratulations on the new boat!

07-12-2013, 11:42 AM
I don't know if I have mentioned it or not, but your boat looks awesome!

07-12-2013, 09:20 PM

I just came across this thread and all I can say is;

You better be sleeping with a new Rottweiler out back (though I prefer German Shepherds)

It really came out sweet, and I think it was the perfect thing to do. It is pretty much the same recipe that I was headed down with my '02 until I ran across a deal on another boat I just couldn't pass up. I had already ordered up about twelve different samples (full yards, not the little 4" squares) of different vinyls.

But again, MAN! did that come out a creampuff!

And as far as the cost? If you had sold your torn up boat, took that money and added the $10k - NFW would you have as classy a piece as that baby! And do the math, minus the stereo$$$ and the interior$$$, that doesn't leave that much but to spend on elbow grease.

And where the hell is your sub? Is it firing down? Sealed enclosure? Ported?

Congrats!! (though now you need to call SeaDek....)

This year's "Zipper Award" goes to....(feel the tension?)....Berg!!!!

07-12-2013, 11:01 PM
He really should be featured in the Maniac's newsletter. Drew, how about letting RickT know this should be included with pics?

07-12-2013, 11:11 PM

I agree, 10 character rule is stupid.

07-13-2013, 11:12 AM
Wow guys - very honored by the thought!

Eric - sub is up firing. Down firing would have conflicted with ballast hose and steering cable since the sub sits so far back in. I basically lost no leg room. Goal was to have it completely concealed.

Never thought I'd be saying this but I've had to turn it down numerous times for too much bass.

07-14-2013, 02:49 AM
WOW! That looks amazing! I have a 2000 Mobius V, I didn't know they could look that good. My pet peeve with mine is the solid piece sun deck. Could you give some info on how you made yours into a 3 piece? Also how big of a pain in the a$$ was it to do the carpet?

07-14-2013, 01:23 PM
WOW! That looks amazing! I have a 2000 Mobius V, I didn't know they could look that good. My pet peeve with mine is the solid piece sun deck. Could you give some info on how you made yours into a 3 piece? Also how big of a pain in the a$$ was it to do the carpet?

I think Berg's is an '02 and started with a 3-pieced deck. On mine, the whole floor piece comes out, there are some hidden screws that you get to from inside the side storage/cooler lockers kind of a PITA but once it's out then its not too bad.

beat taco
07-14-2013, 01:33 PM
The sun deck was one piece.

07-15-2013, 01:54 PM
Yes sirs - 2001 and it was originally the 1 piece rear cover. One of my biggest pet peeves too... I can't take full credit for the work of splitting it though. I told the upholstery shop what I wanted and where - marked the lines for them to follow from the bottom side up. They took the original 1 piece and cut it down and reused the backing boards to build the new 3 piece setup. I wanted a very tight seam between cushions and no piping or diamond inlays because the girls are always laying out up there and didn't want pattern tattoos. Also, no indents for releases or weird straps so I copied a strap style I saw at the boat show earlier this year. With the new thicker foam it all fits nice and snug all the way across.

The trickiest part so far has been finding the right size offset piano hinges for the new side compartments. I have some aluminum white powder coated on order still coming from Indiana. No one had or could get stainless in the right size/dimensions.

I don't think you could get away with cutting it down from 1 to 3 and reusing/doctoring your existing vinyl. Just not enough material there to work with or you would end up with some funny seams. Costwise, having it recovered was a minimal difference going from 1 to 3.

On the carpet I really can't give you full details since Newty took care of that for me. From what I know, on mine there are some screws on the inside of the compartments holding the seats down as well as under the rubber trim strip down low on the drivers side. Once you get those removed, prying and lifting the edges to tuck the carpet in isn't too bad. Ripping out the old carpet involves a scraper, tough fingers, maybe some solvent, some swearing, a box knife, etc.

My floor actually has 2 removable panels plus I think the pedestal seat makes install a little easier.



Trick is you need to make sure that you have extra carpet to fold over the edges of those panels and still have the grain all going the same direction as the rest of the floor. So basically order a little extra or oversized. There are stainless screws in the exposed corners but they are buried under the pile of the carpet. The other edges of the panels are under the seat bases, basically wedged in. The new heavier carpet makes the panels fit so tight you probably don't even need the screws holding them in.

I tell ya what, going from completely flattened old thin carpet to 40oz premium is so amazing...

07-15-2013, 01:59 PM
Ripping out the old carpet involves a scraper, tough fingers, maybe some solvent, some swearing, a box knife, etc.

etc = BEER!

07-15-2013, 02:07 PM
etc = BEER!

I thought that "etc" meant gasoline! (of course I do not condone the use as a solvent)

07-15-2013, 11:23 PM
Hole Lee Crap.

Awesome man...speechless.

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07-16-2013, 12:17 AM


Berg, Have you noticed the Dark Grey being very hot out on the water?

I would think that as awesome as it turned out, the extra heat would be worth it.

Oh, and add in the part that you went from a one-piece rear deck to a three-piece! Extra Points!!!

07-16-2013, 08:59 AM
So far the only time the dark has felt hot was the day I was hustling to get all the interior put back together and it was pushing into the upper 80's by noon - a rare thing around here. But then again EVERYTHING felt hot that day. With mostly just the accents being dark, the rest shouldn't be bad. The carpet definitely holds the heat though - should help it to dry out faster, hehe.

07-19-2013, 04:00 PM
Just came across this thread and just WOW! Incredible

07-20-2013, 11:51 AM
Berg, don't forget to treat the new vinyl with some 303.

07-25-2013, 09:57 PM
Dude cannot believe how good the new interior looks! Awesome!

07-31-2013, 12:33 PM
see you got some led's on there.. got any pictures with them lit-up?

07-31-2013, 01:45 PM
Yep. I've been messing around with LEDs for a few years, adding more and more and... well.





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08-06-2013, 05:10 AM
That looks awesome, nice work!!

08-06-2013, 10:09 AM
You need some spots and a music flasher.. :)

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08-06-2013, 11:57 PM

I like this photo, them beverages look EXTRA COLD!!

But you are gonna have a hard time trying to explain the "Exercise Pole" to the wifey....

08-07-2013, 08:37 AM
"It's for you to get in shape, dear. Or you can just watch my new friends."

08-07-2013, 12:24 PM
"It's for you to get in shape, dear. Or you can just watch my new friends."

Lol that's funny! I just hope I'm not the friend he refers too.

08-07-2013, 12:37 PM
Lol that's funny! I just hope I'm not the friend he refers too.

As a card carrying SFBG (Short Fat Bald Guy), it's gonna take a much bigger cooler to get me to use that new pole! (still don't understand those little things, we use ours for holding emptys) Though I guess that's not the new friends he was talking about...

08-07-2013, 01:22 PM
Lol that's funny! I just hope I'm not the friend he refers too.

Don't worry - I've already seen you dance there mr gangnam.

I'm thinking N2OGTO needs to mount a vid cam with a night vision or low light setting to his tower next time he's out on the water.

08-07-2013, 11:32 PM
Allright, I just ate. I don't need visions of Newty dancing on a pole or the vertically and follically challenged either.

08-19-2013, 09:51 AM
Better representation of this change. By far one of the best things I've done.




08-28-2013, 11:04 AM
Damn Berg that is awesmazing!! that is a solid investment and unbelievable results to go with it... and with the hours on the engine that low you are set for a long long time!! bet it feels good huh?

from Muh droid .....

08-28-2013, 11:37 AM
Berg, any specifics on how you mounted the cargo nets on the rear locker doors? Looks pretty sharp!

08-28-2013, 06:46 PM
I just used the hardware that came with the EZNet kits but used stainless screws. I ordered the medium size which was about right. They give you suggested measurements for mounting and how far to stretch them without any gear. Had to be careful with positioning so that it cleared the lip around the edge where the cushions sit when folded down but that was about it.

Love these things. Originally I was going to use them for ropes, but instead that is where all the flip flops and stuff go now. Used to hate having all those piled up under the helm in front of the sub or buried under a cushion someone was always sitting on. Now they're easy access on the way in or out. I'd probably install a few more smaller ones if I could figure out a good place for them to go!

Same thing with being able to stow my anchor up in the nose under the new 3rd cushion. Used to be that someone was sitting on or always had gear piled on the cushion the anchor went underneath.

Now no more wasted space or "hey move for a minute"

08-28-2013, 07:30 PM
Better representation of this change. By far one of the best things I've done.




Where did you put your batteries.

08-28-2013, 08:54 PM
Moved them up under the glovebox back when I did the ballast install.


It's great to be able to use the entire rear compartment.

Next move will be new AGM sealed batteries on their sides under the curved passenger seat to utilize that completely wasted, errr, not very easy to access space. It's not an 'if' its a 'when'.

Apparently I don't punish these batteries enough because they keep holding on. Going on 8 summers now!

08-29-2013, 09:51 AM
I'd probably install a few more smaller ones if I could figure out a good place for them to go!

I installed the smaller version (maybe 12" x 12") right behind the passenger/spotter seat back -- we use it to store the assortment of gloves in the boat. Not the most convenient if someone is sitting there, but it beats trying to find a pair when someone wants gloves!!

08-29-2013, 10:35 AM
Mine actually already had one on the back of that door - first aid kit, some manuals and paperwork in a big ziplock live there. I'd like to add one or two under the helm on the sides of the foot area for hats and my stuff so it is easy to get to since I'm normally the one who needs to get out quick and needs flip flops first.

Maybe another under my playpen walkway for the handheld tsunami pump to live in so I'm not digging for it.