Ok. Have been email with Greg about the DYI surf gate.
I have a 2009 DLX with the 8.1. All I can say is that with the “redneck” gate I fabbed up, there is really a difference. I would put up a pic, but I have no idea how to get them off my blackberry. Suffice to say it is similar to Greg’s (plywood). AS the DLX has the straight transom - it was relatively easy to jury rig for this farmer. Took me and the old man about 1/2 hour with the table saw, jigsaw and drill.
Started out with a 10 degree out from the boat (as per the guys on the malibu forum). Finally just wen back to straight as per Greg’s recommendations. Works really well. Appears that the farther that you angle out, the farther back the pocket goes. Now - it appears that have a great pocket with good push about 8 feet off the platform. Perfect for the kids.
So now I am going to get a buddy to fab one out of HDME plastic. I was thinking of permanent mounting with actuators, etc. But I don’t see the point. Usually when we surf - everyone surf. I can put this thing on and off in about 2 minutes - way faster than the bags fill up in any event.
So I have one bag across the back seat (750 lbs) with the stock ballast tank, and just filled up the front. All seems to work good. Kids are all happy - and that is the main thing. And dad doesn’t have to buy a new boat.