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Old 08-22-2016, 11:29 PM   #1
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Question New 2000 Maxum 1800 XR owner

Hi all,

I recently purchased my first boat: a 2000 Maxum 1800 XR powered by a 2000 Mercury 125 2-stroke. Novice boater but caught the fever after many years of boating with friends in Falmouth, Cape Cod, MA and Lake Winny, NH.

Now that I finally own my own boat I am looking to immerse myself with knowledge pertaining specifically to my boat and engine.

It is in great shape but the instrument panel, although functional, looks a bit outdated. Is this something that can be purchased and installed for this particular model. I saw one post where someone used vinyl backing to upgrade the appearance. The after pics look beautiful. I think this is one area I would like to upgrade if I can.

Also one of the seats has a tear in it. How is that generally handled?

Looking forward to learning as much as I can. Thanks for you help !
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:35 AM   #2
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Buy the Mercury manual for the motor. Most posters here are I/O owners.

How big is the seat tear? I have used super glue to fix a small cut otherwise some stitching may be in order.

Is the helm panel flat on complex curves?
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I would like to buy the manual for the motor. Can you recommend the site ? Can I use the serial # to make sure I get the right manual?

Attached is a picture of the seat tear.

The helm panel is flat. I have attached a picture as well.

Thanks in advance for your help
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Check out this place for the dash, they do custom work

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That seat will need to be stitched, try a local upholstery shop.

Try Amazon for the manual, search by Mercury and year of the engine.
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What do you use to clean your boat hull. I have some discoloration by the water line
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Once a year I use finess it II, followed by a polishing compound, then wax
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Should I be using something to wash the hull to remove the discoloration caused by the water line first ?
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A good boat wash. The finess it II will remove the rest. Some folks use soft scrub.
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Use Soft Scrub to get rid of the water line stain, then use Finesse It II after ?
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