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dguille
12-28-2007, 02:09 PM
I have a 96 Mastercraft prostar 205 that I had winterized back about 2 months ago. I took it to the place that always winterizes it so I didnt go back and check anything. They had never done anything before that would make me think I should. That was my mistake. I went out to check on it and I found about 1 inch of standing water in the entire boat. Come to find out they didnt remove the plug. There is a small hole in the cover so I guess thats how all the rain got in. What do I do now?? Is my boat ruined. I tried to start it but the battery was to drained. It did try to start so I'm charging the battery now. Please help because I have no idea what I should do!!! Thanks, David

Chas
12-28-2007, 02:29 PM
Do you mean an inch above the decks, or just an inch in the bilge? I get an inch in the bilge when my rather large brother-in-law gets back into the boat.

If the water is high enough to drench the starter, I would sure have it looked at before trying it out.

Sodar
12-28-2007, 02:42 PM
I have a 96 Mastercraft prostar 205 that I had winterized back about 2 months ago. I took it to the place that always winterizes it so I didnt go back and check anything. They had never done anything before that would make me think I should. That was my mistake. I went out to check on it and I found about 1 inch of standing water in the entire boat. Come to find out they didnt remove the plug. There is a small hole in the cover so I guess thats how all the rain got in. What do I do now?? Is my boat ruined. I tried to start it but the battery was to drained. It did try to start so I'm charging the battery now. Please help because I have no idea what I should do!!! Thanks, David

Need a little better expanation. If the boat was full of water an inch above the floorboards, you might want to check a few things. The boat structure should be OK, unless the standing water froze into a big is block (you are from the south, so I suspect this is not a problem). Before starting anything, I would check to see if any water got into the oil and transmission and change the fluids if it did. Take the starter off and get it tested... if it was submerged a while, it could have some rust/corrosion (not the end of the world). I would also do a visual inspection of all the wiring and look for any corrision. If everything checks out, than just give the boat a good, solid cleaning and let 'er rip!

TMCNo1
12-28-2007, 03:23 PM
This is a tough one! Ummmmmmmmm, first, always remove the plug unless it's kept indoors, duct tape, cheap blue tarp, new cover before it starts raining?
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Monte
12-28-2007, 04:53 PM
Need a little better expanation. If the boat was full of water an inch above the floorboards, you might want to check a few things. The boat structure should be OK, unless the standing water froze into a big is block (you are from the south, so I suspect this is not a problem). Before starting anything, I would check to see if any water got into the oil and transmission and change the fluids if it did. Take the starter off and get it tested... if it was submerged a while, it could have some rust/corrosion (not the end of the world). I would also do a visual inspection of all the wiring and look for any corrision. If everything checks out, than just give the boat a good, solid cleaning and let 'er rip!

My thoughts exactly....:) Good luck with it..

T Scott
12-28-2007, 05:09 PM
I'd agree...If youhad standing water an inch above the floor board, your starter is likely toast! Not the biggest deal to replace nor is it that expensive (relatively speaking) If you have the 275hp engine, your alternator is low and was possibly submerged rendering likely ruined as well. Don't panic.....one step at a time as the previous posters have said.

Leroy
12-28-2007, 10:08 PM
Sorry to hear about your problem, I would talk with the place that winterized it first before doing anything. If it ends up requiring any work they may take care of it for you and claim it on their insurance or eat the expense.

3event
01-03-2008, 04:53 PM
I'm either missing an obvious point or making one, but make sure you have a flush kit rigged up to give 'er cooling water before you go and start it. Which will mean you have to thereafter keep her warm or drain again yourself to avoid freezing (unless you're so far South it's not an issue).... Now, a brief pause while waiting for more mechanically inclined members to comment.....

yippikaiyay
01-04-2008, 09:58 AM
Sorry to hear about your problem, I would talk with the place that winterized it first before doing anything. If it ends up requiring any work they may take care of it for you and claim it on their insurance or eat the expense.
Yeah, if I had paid someone to carry out winterization, and this incident resulted, I would certainly want to discuss compensation.

Willski
01-04-2008, 10:09 AM
I would think that it wouldn't be their responsibility to leave the plug out. In fact I would think if they had it out to change the oil (oil drain hose) that they would put it back in so it didn't get lost. Plus, when I store my boat I always leave the plug in. One less place for mice to get in! Like the other guys said, more explanation is needed on the condition of you boat.

ShamrockIV
01-04-2008, 10:12 AM
change the fluids just to be sure. but man you should be good!! no need to freak out too much!!

Monte
01-04-2008, 10:28 AM
I guess we weren't fast enough for them: Originally posted 1:09pm 12/28/07....
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AZDave
01-10-2008, 05:57 PM
I read "1 inch in entire boat". This only can mean 1" above the floor. Not good. But not end of world. Fluids need to be changed out, obviously, but transmission fluid reservoir will need to be completely drained, and dried out. All suggestions posted should be considered, but above all else, get that bilge area bone dry with some air flow. Starter rebuild ect mandatory.

dguille
01-10-2008, 10:12 PM
Sorry guys it took me so long to get on here. I havent been near a computer for awhile. The water was about 1 inch through out the entire boat. Bilge was totally full. I've drained everything and cleaned up as best I could. The trans. fluid looks like regular ATF fluid with no signs of water. I have the corvette motor in the 205 so I believe my only real concern is going to be the starter. I guess I will see in a couple of months if and when we gets some water back in our lake. The thing about the dealer who winterized it is that they even put a tag on the winch that states "This boat has been winterized. Please check plug before launching". Now me obviously not being the smartest man in the world took that as it had been removed and I simply brought it home and parked it in the back yard as I didnt have much reason to do anything else. That was my mistake and I have learned from it. I just hope it doesnt get to expensive if something is wrong. So if anyone else has any other suggestions or comments please feel free to post them. Thanks guys, D