View Full Version : New Member Saying Hello...A Couple of Questions

11-27-2008, 11:23 PM

I just signed up with this forum and I have a 1996 Prostar 205 that I bought at the beginning of the summer. I love this boat! I will never own any boat other than a Mastercraft. It is in immaculate condition and performed flawlessly for the entire season. I have attached some pictures. I have a couple of questions:

1) Can replacement parts be ordered online, or is the dealer the best bet? Specifically, I need a new set of the gas struts that hold open the engine cover and ski storage compartment/seat, as well as a few other pieces.

2) What is the best way, if possible, to buff out or remove water spots from the gelcoat?

Thank you very much. I look forward to being a member of the forum!

Rob T.

11-27-2008, 11:36 PM
Welcome. Nice looking ride too.

11-27-2008, 11:40 PM
Nice boat.

You can take your old gas struts into NAPA or Autozone.The should have a match in stock or can order yours.

While your at Autozone buy some polishing compound.And a virable speed(1000-5000 rpm) buffer.
I found this works the best to remove water spots.Set the buffer at about 1200 RPM and go to town.Be carefull not to burn thru your decals.

Do a search on here for buffing or gelcoat spots lots of good info on here.All the buffing tips I've got are from this site.


11-28-2008, 12:03 AM
Beautiful Boat!

I got the same one as yours....just one year older. Same color and engine. I thought mine was clean but yours really does look fantastic...congrats!

It was my first "real" boat and we loved it over the summer. Put close to 100 hours on it and it ran flawless. Enjoy the fun!:cool:

Pic of ours over the summer

11-28-2008, 12:49 AM
I second going to NAPA for your struts. They can match them for about half of the price a dealer will charge.

11-28-2008, 01:03 AM
Welcome Rob. Nice boat! I own a 205 also. You made a good choice.:D
As you spend time on TT you will find that there are many good places to get parts. My favorite however is: http://mymastercraft.com These guys are very knowledgeable and have been able to get me exactly what I need. Keeping a good coat of wax on your boat and wiping it down every time you take it out will go a long way to prevent water spots. Here is my '99 205, my favorite fiberglass cleaner and wax.

11-28-2008, 01:52 AM
Nice boat and welcome!
This search method will help in getting answers to a lot of questions too, TMC Google Search, http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=005775850323706454504:8-nmuizykqo (http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=005775850323706454504:8-nmuizykqo)

11-28-2008, 03:17 AM
If they are truly water spots, you can buff them out if you're into self-abuse, but no question I'd start with an acid wash before going the buffer route.

Get some Slimy Grimy (it's milder than On-Off or Zing!) Daub it on, hose it down, wax. Your water spots will be gone. If you search "water spots" here on TT, you'll see that by far the most commonly recommended fix is vinegar. I'm saying go one step farther and use an actual acid hull cleaner.

11-28-2008, 07:38 AM
Welcome to the club :toast: you'll get many years out of that versatile pulling machine, very nice looking boat :D

Here's a couple links to keep in your favorites, great companies with awsome c/s:

Parts= http://www.skidim.com/

Gauges/Senders= http://www.isspro.com/

This board has some great people with knowlege on pretty much anything on your boat, so if you ask a question you'll will get a helpful answer, with a couple jacks thrown in, but you will get the right answer at some point :D

BTW: Just a heads up, do not run your boat under a 1/4 tank of fuel in you can avoid it. The fuel pumps burn up quickly if you keep running below a 1/4

Welcome aboard dude! :headbang:

11-28-2008, 10:35 AM
One of the best additions we did to our boat was installing Perfect Pass (I didn't see it mounted on your engine so I assume you don't have it). We are not course skiers but it really has helped the whole family ski more consistently. My wife loves it because she doesn't have to keep adjusting the gas back and forth everytime a make a cut and the speed remains constant.

I found a used 6.5 master module box and then bought everything else new. Works great and adds to the value of the boat slightly as well.;)

11-28-2008, 10:35 AM
I would check with mymastercraft.com for your struts , I got mine thur them for my engine cover ( 94 Prostar 190 ) and they were only $14 each .

11-28-2008, 11:04 AM
For water spots, I use CLR. http://www.jelmar.com/CLRproducts.htm

11-28-2008, 11:37 AM
Welcome...gotta love the 205! Best selling MC of all time.

12-02-2008, 11:06 PM
Thank you for all of the compliments and replies to my questions. This is a great forum!

Rob T.

12-02-2008, 11:58 PM
crtfour, what part of TN are you from?

12-03-2008, 09:53 AM
Nice boat!!! Welcome to the board.

12-03-2008, 10:53 AM
Welcome Rob. That is one of the cleanest 13 year old boats I've ever seen. Nice!

12-03-2008, 01:56 PM

I live in Manchester. How about you? I moved up here a little over a year ago to take a job at AEDC. So far I have only been to Tims Ford lake. I would like to see Center Hill soon!

Rob T.

12-03-2008, 02:45 PM
i live in tullahoma and intern at AEDC during the summers, woods resevior is a nice lake to hit if its not windy becuase there is usually no one out there unlike tims ford

12-03-2008, 02:59 PM
Look at all the Manchester/Tullahoma locals coming to the site. Great to see!

12-03-2008, 07:21 PM
Look at all the Manchester/Tullahoma locals coming to the site. Great to see!

Your signature seems insensitive but it could just be me.

12-03-2008, 08:52 PM
Welcome and nice boat! I had a '94 Prostar 190 in those same colors.

Word of warning..........don't ever overheat that LT-1 (alum heads)
Change your impeller every year without fail. Just good insurance. ;)

12-03-2008, 09:19 PM
Your signature seems insensitive but it could just be me.

No, no it is not just you. There are millions of fat people just like you. :uglyhamme

12-03-2008, 10:43 PM
No, no it is not just you. There are millions of fat people just like you. :uglyhamme

I like that, but why pick on nurses????

12-03-2008, 10:47 PM
I like that, but why pick on nurses????

LOL! Why are all the scrubs I see at Walmart size XXXXXL?

12-03-2008, 11:16 PM
This is great! I figured there were some middle Tennessee folks on this site!

12-03-2008, 11:27 PM
This is great! I figured there were some middle Tennessee folks on this site!

Check your PM's.

12-04-2008, 10:19 AM
This is great! I figured there were some middle Tennessee folks on this site!
Nice looking boat! Good to see some more folks from TN around here!