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Original 3-Piece Design

The Original 3-Piece design is available for all dual exhaust inboard boats.  This FAE design has the lowest shipping cost  because it will “fold up” to fit in the box.  It is also the most adjustable; though that is seldom an issue.

One-Piece-T Design

Some prefer this “cleaner look” for their FAE.  The One-Piece-T design is available for most dual exhaust inboard boats.  If you select this option when ordering your FAE a team member will follow up with you to verify compatibility.  To fabricate this FAE we need to have you measure your boat (we will email the Measurements Needed).  Shipping for this FAE is higher than the Original 3-P design.

One-Piece Y Design

We think the appearance of the FAE-Y speaks for itself.  The One-Piece-Y design is available for many dual exhaust inboard boats.  If you select this option when ordering your FAE a team member will follow up with you to verify compatibility.  To fabricate this FAE we need to have you measure your boat (we will email the Measurements Needed).  Shipping for this FAE is higher than the Original 3-P design.

Single exhaust Designs

Our single exhaust FAE are available for all inboard boats with a single exhaust outlet.  The secondary mounting for most boats will attach to the trim tab hinge or the drain plug flange.  For more information, select Your  Boat.  Since this is a relatively new design for us we do not have enough good pictures; please ask us about a rebate for good quality pictures of your installation.

Brushed Stainless Finish

Our standard finish is brushed stainless.

Blended Welds

Blended Welds are polished to blend the weld for a smooth finish.  This only applies to the outer (most visible) edges of the elbows and do not hide the weld of the Downpipe.  Blended welds are an option and this upgrade ranges from $25 to $45.

Platform Quick Release (PQR)

On most boats that have two exhaust outlets FAE will also attach to the swim platform.  If you remove your swim platform for storage or frequently remove it to polish your boat, the Platform Quick Release is a necessary option.  The PQR has 2 quick release pins to quickly disconnect the swim platform from the FAE.  Even if you only remove your swim platform once a year you may wish to include the PQR because the hardware used to mount the FAE to the swim platform can be difficult to remove once installed (stainless steel nuts and bolts has a tendency to seize once tightened).  A PQR for most boats is $40.

Quick Release Lever Clamps

In combination with the Platform Quick Release (PQR), the Quick Release Lever Clamps allow you to completely remove your FAE from your boat.  The average price for these is $84 per pair (our cost) and is only necessary if you require complete removal of the FAE for storage purposes.

Do you want to make installation easier?

With the Side Mount option you mount your FAE to the Swim Platform Brackets; this is accomplished by drilling a pair of holes into the Brackets.  If your swim platform has tube style brackets, the Side Mount clamps onto the tubes.

Without the Side Mount option, you have to remove the fiberglass swim platform from the brackets to drill the bolt holes; basically a pain in the rear and an hour or two longer.

The Side Mount option is available on most boats. Choose this option if it is your preference and we will confirm if available.

Does your boat have a Fixed Trim Tab?

If your boat has a center trim tab that is not adjustable from the driver’s seat, then you have a Fixed Trim Tab.  Our database lists lots of boats that have a fixed trim.  In case we don’t have your boat listed correctly, let us know if your boat has a Fixed Trim Tab.

Boat Exhaust Flappers

– Inboard Ski/Wake boat exhaust systems are wet exhaust systems.  During normal operation there is water in the exhaust pipes and muffler; the water is pumped first through your and into your engine.  The hot engine water is then injected, at the aft end of the header, into the exhaust system.  In other words, the water is injected into the exhaust system where the rubber hose begins.  Without this water the rubber hose begins to smoke; in about 30 seconds.

When a boat engine is not running part of the the boat’s exhaust is flooded.  All the exhaust system that is level with the exhaust outlets fills with water.  On a Direct-Drive boat where the exhaust/muffler is in the floor, the entire muffler is typically flooded (that’s why it is important to have a good quality muffler).  On a V-Drive the portion that is down low, at the bottom of the boat is flooded.  When you start the engine the water that is flooding the exhaust system is blown out.

When the engine is running the exhaust system is filled with a mix of exhaust gasses (including Carbon Monoxide) and water.

Now, the reason for flappers.  If you are heading down the lake fast, and your engine should suddenly die, the following wave, when it hits your transom, can push water into your exhaust system, and theoretically push water up into your engine.  A flapper (or baffle) keeps this surge of water from pushing into the exhaust.

Now if your boat has curved downward exhaust tips, they will also prevent water from surging into the engine.  Some boats with curved downward exhaust outlets do not have flappers, such as the Nautique Surf Pipe.  Fresh Air Exhaust (FAE) provides the same protection as other curved down exhaust outlets.

For those that want the added peace of mind that a flapper provides, we offer them as an option.  They are hidden under the rubber hose coupling that connects the FAE to the exhaust outlet.  If you have an FAE that does not have any rubber hose couplings, the flapper will be covered by a stainless steel hose clamp.

FAE has been installed on over 2300 boats.  Water in the engine has NOT occurred as a result of FAE.  Some boat engine installation instructions require a flapper; so if your boat’s engine is still under warranty, we recommend flappers just to prevent any conversation about any warranty issues that may arise.  We know of NO warranty issues with FAE installed but we prefer to err on the side of caution.  The flappers are optional and are built into the FAE; they do not change the ease of installation nor engine performance. 

Drill Bit Recommended for drilling the Stainless Steel FAE Mounting Bracket

Some installations require you to drill holes into the FAE mounting bracket.  Access to a drill press will make this easier.  In our shop we use a step bit (also called a Unibit).  We can include a step bit with your order for $7.50 or you can purchase one at Home Depot/Lowes.  These step bits are excellent to have in your tool box.

Not sure what options are right for you and your boat? Give us a call or send us an email to discuss your needs. Our goal is to match you with the perfect FAE system to meet your needs.  Contact Us.