Questions and Answers
WILL FAE WORK ON MY BOAT?
Fresh Air Exhaust fits on all inboard boats. Axis, Calabria, Centurion, Correct Craft, Epic, Gecko, Hydrodyne, Infinity, Malibu (all wedges), MasterCraft, MB, Moomba, Nautique, Sanger, Sea-Doo, Shamrock, Ski Supreme, Supra, Tige, some Switchblades as well as, yachts and sport fishers (diesel and gas). FAE fits all inboard boats with either single or dual exhaust, single or dual engines.
DO I HAVE TO DRILL HOLES IN MY BOAT TO INSTALL FAE?
For almost all boats no. Some installations require drilling screw holes into the teak swim platform, the fiberglass swim platform brackets, or the fixed trim tab. We cut and drill as much as we can on the mounting hardware we include but due to the lack of consistency from the boat manufacturers some installations require that you drill holes into the mounting brackets we provide.
As we continue to innovate we add to the list of boats that do not even require mounting FAE to the swim platform brackets.
DO YOU OFFER INSTALLATION SUPPORT?
Yes! We provide installation instructions and are available by phone (most evenings and weekends included) to provide support as needed.
WHAT FINISHES DO YOU OFFER?
Brushed stainless finish. You also have the option of upgrading to blended welds.
HOW DO I CARE FOR THE BRUSHED STAINLESS FINISH?
You will clean and wax it the same as you do the rest of your boat; it will look as good (or poor) as your boat. The brushed stainless FAE can also be cleaned with a scotch-brite pad. When buffing with the scotch-brite pad rub in the direction of the existing brushing.
HOW LONG DOES THE INSTALLATION TAKE?
Installation time depends on your boat. Installation can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SHIP ONCE I ORDER?
Standard FAEs are usually in stock and available for shipping within 24-72 hours. If out of stock or custom we typically ship within 1-2 weeks.
Generally No. Our customers report little change in their slalom, surf or wakeboard wakes. There may be a little more spray (and occasionally less) with FAE installed. Boat handling and performance are unaffected. There are thousands of FAE installed and even though we have a very liberal return policy, we have a less than 1% return rate.
DO I HAVE TO REMOVE MY FAE TO WAKEBOARD?
No. Once you install it, you can forget it. You will want to check occasionally to confirm that all mountings are tight, but other than that, you can ignore it.
CAN I STILL TRAILER MY BOAT WITH FAE INSTALLED?
DO I HAVE TO MODIFY MY EXHAUST SYSTEM TO INSTALL FAE?
NO if your boat has standard exhaust outlets. If your boat has a non-standard exhaust outlet it will need to be replaced.
CAN MY FAE HIT THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE?
FAE is positioned higher than the propeller and rudder. Your propeller and rudder would be hit before FAE.
MY BOAT HAS AN “ULTRA LOW EMISSIONS” ENGINE. IS IT SAFE FOR CARBON MONOXIDE?
The Ultra-Low Emissions standards do NOT cover Carbon Monoxide. If you have an Ultra-Low Emissions boat, do not be lulled into a false sense of security; your engine still produces lethal levels of Carbon Monoxide.
WILL FAE INTERFERE WITH MY BOAT WARRANTY?
There are thousands of FAE installed. We are not aware of anyone having a warranty issue with FAE. If your boat engine is under warranty you can have your boat dealer perform the FAE installation to eliminate any warranty questions.
DO I HAVE TO REMOVE MY MALIBU WEDGE TO INSTALL FAE?
No. The FAE is installed with the wedge in place. FAE has models to fit all Wedges; Power, Manual and Floating.
CAN I STILL RELEASE MY WEDGE THROUGH THE TRAP DOOR WITH FAE INSTALLED?
While many of our customers do not lose this access, Malibu’s placement of the trap door in boats with the manual and floating wedges varies, so some boat owners will lose this access when the FAE is installed. Most people find that releasing the wedge once in the water or prior to putting in the lake works just fine. We do offer a quick release remote that works with the floating wedge. Please ask our team for more information if you are interested in the quick release option.
MY BOAT HAS A CATALYTIC CONVERTER. WHY WOULD I INSTALL A FAE?
A catalytic converter significantly reduces Carbon Monoxide, but you are still breathing gasoline engine exhaust (known to be cancer causing). With FAE installed, once your boat is in forward gear, all exhaust gasses are virtually eliminated from inside and the back of your boat. You will have the cleanest and quietest gasoline engine boat in the world.
IS THERE A DOWNSIDE?
At No Wake speeds, while the Carbon Monoxide and other exhaust gasses are greatly reduced at the swim platform (to non-lethal levels), the CO levels are increased behind the boat. No one should be pulled on a tube behind the boat at No Wake speeds, with or without FAE.
Once the boat reaches planing speed (about 8 to 10 mph) the exhaust is virtually eliminated from within the boat, at the swim platform and behind the boat; finally surfacing about 120′ behind the boat.