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ProStarMike
09-04-2005, 07:47 PM
Hello fellow MC Owners!

This long weekend, in between boating and slalom sets, I decided to install the pull-up cleats on my '96 Prostar 205. Thanks to those of you who replied with your tips on how to pull this off without destroying anything! :-)

I purchased pull up cleats from a company called Accon marine. They produce very nice OEM parts for several boat builders, and of course use high quality stainless steel. I used their "Slim-line" series for my boat. Here is a link if you are interested:

http://www.acconmarine.com/products.asp?cat=3&subcat=3&view=PROD

I went with the 6" version, although they do make a smaller 4.5" version. With the 6", I can use a nice heavy line, and still have room for a fender line to fit, or to run a line to another boat, etc. I think the OEM Mastercraft cleats are also 6".

The installation was very easy to accomplish in about an hour. I used a drill, a Dremel, and a scroll saw to cut the holes. The dremel worked well for beveling the finished edged. Here's a picture of the un-touched bow:

http://www.tmcowners.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=1824

Here is a picture of the rough-cut opening:

http://www.tmcowners.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=1827

Here is a picture of the finished product:

http://www.tmcowners.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=1829

http://www.tmcowners.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=1828

If anyone wants any specific details, drop me a PM.

Happy Labor Day!

-- Mike
'96 Prostar 205

BriEOD
09-04-2005, 08:30 PM
Looks great Mike!!

redmike
09-04-2005, 09:11 PM
mike, how scary was it to cut into that sweet boat? install looks very nice, did you do cleats on the aft too?

ProStarMike
09-04-2005, 09:42 PM
mike, how scary was it to cut into that sweet boat? install looks very nice, did you do cleats on the aft too?

It really wasn't too scary. As long as you stick to the old addage of "measure twice and cut once", you'll do just fine.

My boat has the heater (which I'll need tomorrow AM, at 7 AM on the Ohio River here in Cincy) and the heater outlet runs through the compartment where I installed the cleat, so I had to make sure I did not hit the tubing of the heater when I drilled and cut.

I am going to install the aft cleats tomorrow when I get off the river. Those have pretty easy access to the under-side also, and should be a snap to install.

-- Mike

6ballsisall
09-04-2005, 11:53 PM
That looks AWESOME Prostar!!

What part of the river are you skiing on? Did you go to Riverfest tonight?

erkoehler
09-05-2005, 12:37 AM
Nice job on the install!!!! Keep us updated on how they perform and if anything bad happens with them. ie: cracks.....

ProStarMike
09-05-2005, 05:40 PM
That looks AWESOME Prostar!!

What part of the river are you skiing on? Did you go to Riverfest tonight?

We put in at 6:45 AM at Schmidt Field and skied until about 9:30 AM. We went downtown and saw the remnants of Riverfest, and then skied back up-river as the sun came up. Water is still warm, and was complete glass! Nice!

Got back to the house at 10:30, picked up my wife and kids, and headed back out to East Fork until 3. I am WIPED out!

-- Mike