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Old     (j_money)      Join Date: May 2006       04-29-2009, 6:32 AM Reply   
So ive seen people on here get wild with the neon in the cupholders and stuff but thats not what im askin. I wanna drill some holes and put cupholders in a couple spots on my boat. Any tips?!?! where can I get the cupholders? any perfect bit to use for the drilling?!?! any help is appreciated!!! :-)
Old     (alindquist)      Join Date: Mar 2004       04-29-2009, 6:43 AM Reply   
I got mine here:
you can get them in a bunch of colors.

I would say a hole saw would be your best bet.
Old     (j_money)      Join Date: May 2006       04-29-2009, 8:13 AM Reply   
thanks man! :-)
Old     (wotan)      Join Date: Jul 2008       04-29-2009, 12:13 PM Reply   
You can find these stainless cupholders on ebay, too... shouldn't be too tough as long as you've got flat locations to install them in... also.... make sure you have the 4" of clearance underneath!
Old     (wakebrdr38)      Join Date: Sep 2006       04-29-2009, 12:57 PM Reply   
"G" i think it was made custom ones for the engine cover on his dd air nautique. The other ones I have seen were built into speaker brackets in the back of a 2001 on the floor near the rear seat. With the engine housing ones I think they would be out of the way of the fat sacs on the floor
Old     (burke)      Join Date: Jun 2007       04-29-2009, 6:12 PM Reply   
I have cut a few more cup holders into my boat. I used blue painters tape and a dremmel.

I taped up the area with the blue tape, and then traced the holes onto the tape. I then used the dremmel to cut into the dash and trace the circle. I slowly enlarged the holes until they where just right - enough tension to keep the cup holders in place without needing to glue them.

I put a shop vac's hose underneath while I was cutting to help suck in some of the dust.

Old     (liljohn)      Join Date: May 2007       04-29-2009, 9:18 PM Reply   
'cheapest I could find..
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       04-29-2009, 9:49 PM Reply   
Cheap holesaws and use just about any hand drill. The masking tape is a good idea too.
Old     (j_money)      Join Date: May 2006       04-29-2009, 10:07 PM Reply   
WOW!!!! Awesome you guys!!! Thanks a ton!! theres a harbor freight like 3 miles from me so im in good shape!!!! THANKS again!
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       04-29-2009, 11:29 PM Reply   
You bet. Just remember what they say.... measure twice & cut once!
Old     (saceone)      Join Date: Jan 2009       04-30-2009, 4:36 AM Reply   
something about ''CHEAP HOLESAWS'' and $$$boat doesn't sound right !! get the good stuff :-)
Old     (tgoin)      Join Date: Apr 2009       04-30-2009, 5:19 AM Reply   
if you're drilling into gelcoat, run the drill backwards until you're thru the gel - or you will get chips.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       04-30-2009, 7:42 AM Reply   
Typically I'd agree with you, Pete. Especially if your going to use them more than once, or if you make a living with your tools. But for the kind of guy who uses a tool once a year.... or maybe only once..... HF is the hit.

Looks like you can go Dewalt or Craftsman for like $10 - $10 for one saw. They might be better...... If we were talking drills or circular saws, I'd say hell yea. But a hole saw?? I've used the HF hole saw & never had a problem.
Old     (deltabri)      Join Date: Feb 2009       04-30-2009, 7:53 AM Reply   
I have used a hole saw to drill out (8) 6.25" holes in my boat for speakers. Came out great.


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