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.
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 $45.
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 $120 per pair (our cost) and is only necessary if you require complete removal of the FAE for storage purposes.
Do you want to make platform mount 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.
Secondary Mounting Options
We offer multiple ways to mount your FAE to your boat:
Trim Hinge Mount
Drain Plug Mount
Thru Hull Mount
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 by the impeller first 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 boat’s exhaust is flooded with water (all the exhaust system that is below the waterline). On a Direct-Drive boat where the exhaust/muffler is in the floor, the entire muffler is typically flooded (that is why a leaking muffler can sink your boat). On a V-Drive less of the exhaust system 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.
The reason for flappers is two-fold:
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. If you back a boat on a trailer too fast into the water this could also occur. A flapper (or baffle) keeps this surge of water from pushing into the exhaust. 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.
Secondly, if there is a failure of the exhaust system inside the boat (like a hose connection comes loose), the flapper will slow the ingress of water which gives the bilge pump a chance to keep up. In this instance, a baffle, or turned down tubes will not prevent this.
We have thousands of FAE installed without a flapper with no known problems; but for the extra safety we recommend flappers for all boats; particularly new boats where the engine is still under warranty. Some boats have built in flappers or baffles that are not removed when FAE is installed. If you order flappers and don’t need them, we will let you know.
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.