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Footin
12-15-2013, 08:25 AM
After 9 months of looking and changing my mind multiple times, I finally found my new to me boat.

I bought a 2007 Maristar 200vrs, 310 motor with 136 hours. It does have a tower and MC Cruise, but will need a few add on to make it mine (boardracks, bimini, full ballast system)

I have to thank DatDude for sending me the link.

Here she is ready to be pulled 500 miles through a blizzard yesterday (the blue is painters tape holding down the plastic wrap under the cover)

mwg
12-15-2013, 08:43 AM
Congrats on the new boat. Looks nice from what we can see but we will need more pictures.

ttu
12-15-2013, 08:47 AM
footin, finally!:D:D

congrats on the new Christmas present!

2RLAKE
12-15-2013, 08:49 AM
congrats ... hope you had a safe drive home

waterlogged882
12-15-2013, 08:58 AM
Congrats

I saw that here a few weeks back. Same boat

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2007-Mastercraft-MariStar-200-102128188/?datalink

SkiDog
12-15-2013, 09:24 AM
Looks great pal!:guitar::guitar::worthy::worthy::toast:

Footin
12-15-2013, 09:36 AM
Congrats

I saw that here a few weeks back. Same boat

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2007-Mastercraft-MariStar-200-102128188/?datalink

Yep same boat, I got a great deal when I told him it would be off his lot within a week.

This was my view yesterday for 250 of the 500 mile drive:

Footin
12-15-2013, 09:39 AM
I think I should buy this to tow it:

Footin
12-15-2013, 09:39 AM
BTW: The 205 is for sale :D

Covi
12-15-2013, 09:41 AM
I hope that you made the trip safe. Were you able to average 50 mph?

Yep same boat, I got a great deal when I told him it would be off his lot within a week.

This was my view yesterday for 250 of the 500 mile drive:

neil.anderson63
12-15-2013, 09:41 AM
Yahooooooooo!!!:toast::toast:

Footin
12-15-2013, 09:43 AM
500 mile took me 10 hours, the first half of the trip was slow going, I could not see the road for most of that part and had to keep it in 4WD. The second half was rain and 35-38 degrees, I was going 65-70 then.

MattsCraft
12-15-2013, 09:49 AM
Nice Footin - Can't wait to see it at the Bash. I would not have wanted to make that tow, glad you made it home safe!

Burbon66
12-15-2013, 09:50 AM
Wow congrats on the new boat. Tough trip home, glad ya made it safe. Cheers

thatsmrmastercraft
12-15-2013, 10:00 AM
Nice find. Looking forward to seeing some more pics.

kbrighton
12-15-2013, 10:19 AM
Looks like a nice winter buy. I bought mine last winter and had a very similar 400 mile drive home through a blizzard. Very nerve racking to say the least.


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Rockman
12-15-2013, 10:26 AM
Great job Mike! Boat looks awesome...nothing like a little journey with some bad weather for a new toy! :D

scott023
12-15-2013, 10:40 AM
Looks fantastic. Congrats Footin.

Double D
12-15-2013, 10:42 AM
Congrats on the new boat brother!! Hope to see it at the Bash!! Good luck on the sale of that awesome 94 PS 205. I'll keep my ears open.


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shepherd
12-15-2013, 11:18 AM
Nice looking boat. Congrats! That's a hell of a ride. Glad you made it safely.

mikeg205
12-15-2013, 11:32 AM
sweet new ride! glad ya got home safe in that weather.

dt37803
12-15-2013, 11:38 AM
Bet you got some strange looks from other drivers ....out with a boat in a snowstorm Nice boat!

Covi
12-15-2013, 11:40 AM
Wow, Cheers to you man! Great looking rig. Can't wait to see more pics. Nice driving!!!!

500 mile took me 10 hours, the first half of the trip was slow going, I could not see the road for most of that part and had to keep it in 4WD. The second half was rain and 35-38 degrees, I was going 65-70 then.

Tristarboarder
12-15-2013, 11:42 AM
Right on! Nice lookin! Now ya gotta wait 5 months to fire it up, I know your pain! Now you can start shopping for all kinds of goodies for it while it snows! Cheers!

TOO-TALL
12-15-2013, 12:10 PM
Nice.....

jkski
12-15-2013, 01:27 PM
Congrats man, boat looks great and can't wait to see it in person. Great Christmas present!!!

Footin
12-15-2013, 01:27 PM
Bet you got some strange looks from other drivers ....out with a boat in a snowstorm Nice boat!

When I stopped for gas during the hard snow, one guy was looking at me funny so I asked him "is there a boat ramp close by"?

thatsmrmastercraft
12-15-2013, 01:29 PM
When I stopped for gas during the hard snow, one guy was looking at me funny so I asked him "is there a boat ramp close by"?

:uglyhamme:uglyhamme:uglyhamme

CC2MC
12-15-2013, 01:51 PM
Nice looking ride! I bet you are itching for summer even more now.

Ryan
12-15-2013, 05:03 PM
When I stopped for gas during the hard snow, one guy was looking at me funny so I asked him "is there a boat ramp close by"?

LOL - I had a similar conversation at the weigh station. Your snow situation was way worse though!

Did it fit in your garage?

Funny we both had black and white Prostars and switched to red '07s.


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Footin
12-15-2013, 05:05 PM
I got it in the garage, I had to take off the back part of the tower.

Indyxc
12-15-2013, 05:18 PM
Cool boat, I like how you were brave to go pick it up in the snow.

When I went to pick up my 06 X2, I did exactly the same thing as you! Wrapped industrial saran wrap around the rub rail, and then threw the cover on it.

http://imageshack.us/f/842/rpc8.jpg/

How far did the tape make it before it stop sticking due to cold weather?

Same as you I had to take the rear hoop off to get it in my garage.

A couple years ago when I bought my last boat (Malibu VLX), it didn't have a towable cover, so I wrapped the entire boat! lol.

Nice boat!

trickskier
12-15-2013, 05:46 PM
Good Looking Boat Mike - Congratulations!!! :D

Jerseydave
12-15-2013, 05:52 PM
Nice boat, congrats! I see you got it from the boys at Sterling. Did you water test it on Lake Wallenpaupack? :)

bbymgr
12-15-2013, 06:01 PM
Very Nice!

skitilldark
12-15-2013, 06:05 PM
Congrats on the awesome boat! You are MUCH braver than I on towing it home!

Footin
12-15-2013, 06:16 PM
The tape started to come off about halfway home, most of it was still on when I made it home.

Ryan at Sterling was top notch, I highly recommend him. I did not test drive it, just ran it in the shop on the antifreeze tank for 15 minutes.

The ride wasn't terrible, but I'm not sure I would do it again in that bad of weather; I really thought I would beat the storm if I cut to the south side of the state.

Footin
12-15-2013, 06:16 PM
Good Looking Boat Mike - Congratulations!!! :D

Buckeye colors Tricky!

trickskier
12-15-2013, 06:24 PM
Buckeye colors Tricky!

Gator Colors Footin!

103865

trickskier
12-15-2013, 06:25 PM
I got it in the garage, I had to take off the back part of the tower.

Let's see a pic in the garage!

Footin
12-15-2013, 06:28 PM
Anyone know how big of a ballast bag I can get in the rear lockers? I know the 455 is made to fit, but it will be hard to surf with that.

clrussell
12-15-2013, 07:50 PM
I'm not sure on your boat exactly but it's basically an x2 with no ballast correct? I know on Neil's boat when I went with them we put my 550# bag in the rear locker and it fit pretty well. I think you could have went bigger. That was on top of the rear hard tank too

uplander
12-15-2013, 07:59 PM
if it is similar to the X30 you can get a 900 in easy. I would contact Wakemakers they are awesome help

based on your call name are you a barefooter, do you plan to put a boom on the boat

nice looking boat, I bet you lost about 5 lbs on the drive home just in nerves

FamilyX2
12-15-2013, 08:03 PM
Anyone know how big of a ballast bag I can get in the rear lockers? I know the 455 is made to fit, but it will be hard to surf with that.

there is a little extra room with the 455's on top of factory hard tanks.

If no factory tanks...i assume locker is deeper?

I believe some guys had removed hard tanks & gone with bigger (custom?) bags...someone should know exactly what you can do.

I threw a 455 on the seat, but with locker maxed out & perhaps something under port bench...may not be needed.

FamilyX2
12-15-2013, 08:08 PM
Anyone know how big of a ballast bag I can get in the rear lockers? I know the 455 is made to fit, but it will be hard to surf with that.

we're far from pro level, but found that X2/200 surf wake was better with some nose weight,whether that be a bow sac or crew. . (lengthens pocket)

ttu
12-15-2013, 08:26 PM
correct! we run a 450 bow sac in the walk thru along with a 250 on the port bow seat. that's when there are only two.

ps, loved the story of your trip back footin! I remember when I bought my first inboard, ( no need to discuss the brand) but bought it sight unseen before leaving for snow skiing at winter park co, in 2002. picked her up in Hutchinson ks on the way back. stopped to fuel up in Wichita ks, and a guy asked if I knew I had snow skis on my roof instead of water skis!:D:D

barefoot
12-15-2013, 08:53 PM
Great looking machine, footin. Talk about a journey…you'll be able to talk about that over a couple of beers while floating around the lake on your new boat!

GoneBoatN
12-15-2013, 11:48 PM
Congrats! Nice Christmas present.

Footin
12-16-2013, 08:02 AM
I'm not sure on your boat exactly but it's basically an x2 with no ballast correct? I know on Neil's boat when I went with them we put my 550# bag in the rear locker and it fit pretty well. I think you could have went bigger. That was on top of the rear hard tank too

Yes an X2 without ballast, lockers are a little deeper due to no factory tanks.

clrussell
12-16-2013, 08:20 AM
How much weight are you wanting to add in the lockers? Any specific amount or just as much as possible?

Footin
12-16-2013, 08:34 AM
Enough to surf. I would like to put 750's in but I think they will be too big for the lockers.

Wake Makers have 600's or the 455 made for the X2. I am going to call them and ask for help.

I will also be installing the bow sac

Jager
12-16-2013, 09:02 AM
Have a safe trip... How's the cover holding up on the tow?.. I don't tow with a cover anymore because it tears them up.. My OEM star cover shredded at the girt strap..

clrussell
12-16-2013, 09:25 AM
If you want to give it a shot I'll send ya my 550 bag so you can see if it'll work for ya. Then you can just send it back after you see if it'll fit.

Mastercraft13
12-16-2013, 09:27 AM
Enough to surf. I would like to put 750's in but I think they will be too big for the lockers.

Wake Makers have 600's or the 455 made for the X2. I am going to call them and ask for help.

I will also be installing the bow sac

I would play around with some sacs before you buy, I would be more then happy to let you try a few of mine out to see how much you need and where. We actually put too much in a maristar last year and the wave was just washed out.

MattsCraft
12-16-2013, 10:02 AM
I think the 600 sumo's are too long for the X2? Keep in mind the X2 stock rears are only 150lbs each. The X2 specific sacs are a perfect fit, assuming the hard tank is there, not sure how much height you gain without it. The stock ballast on that era X2 was 150/150/250.

The X2 loves a 60/40 - Rear/Front weight distribution for wakeboard or surf. IMHO, the 450 without the stock would be fine. Adding at least a 350 in the walkway or plumbing in the bow wrap sac would be a good set up. People distribution also helps.

Waterskibum
12-16-2013, 10:02 AM
500 mile took me 10 hours, the first half of the trip was slow going, I could not see the road for most of that part and had to keep it in 4WD. The second half was rain and 35-38 degrees, I was going 65-70 then.

Congrats on the new toy! You are braver than me towing 500 miles home in snow :)

gsxrjtt
12-16-2013, 10:20 AM
You have some awesome goodies on the way footin good luck !!


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scott023
12-16-2013, 12:55 PM
That's a tasty list of goodies on its way. Very nice.

Footin
12-16-2013, 04:30 PM
I spoke with WakeMakers and they told me to use the 455's, they are made to fit and that boat with the 455 and the bow sac should be fine to surf.

I knew I should just listen to Matt. :D:D:D



The cover worked great on the way home and did not mark the gel at all. It is still in good shape and possibly cleaner from the rain.

Footin
12-16-2013, 04:32 PM
Does anyone else have the 200/X2 with MC Cruise? I have not found the puck for the depth finder yet (I haven't looked real hard) and want to see where the factory puck is mounted.

rgardjr1
12-16-2013, 06:27 PM
Does anyone else have the 200/X2 with MC Cruise? I have not found the puck for the depth finder yet (I haven't looked real hard) and want to see where the factory puck is mounted.

Not sure if the MC cruise uses the same paddle wheel triducer setup as my 2006 with Perfect Pass, but mine is back by the v-drive. Usually it's a combo setup with the paddle wheel-so if you see the paddle wheel on the bottom that's what your looking for.

bturner2
12-17-2013, 07:29 AM
I have a 07 200 MariStar with the X2 package on it. I went to StarGazer and have the display and the control box that you'd need if you want to convert to PP. The display had the notorious moisture problem what would blank the display for about 30 minutes if the boat stored wet inside with the cover on but still worked well. If you decide you want to upgrade on the cheap let me know and we can work something out.

I've heard that depending on when the boat was made this was a plug and play upgrade. Not sure if that would be the case for your boat or how you would be able to confirm.

As stated above the only transducer I've seen is the one with the paddle wheel by the v-drive. If there's a separate transducer for the depth I haven't seen it.

Footin
12-17-2013, 03:59 PM
It does have the paddle wheel in the back close to the water intake, but I thought there was a separate transducer for the depth finder option.

93Prostar190
12-17-2013, 05:04 PM
Awesome purchase Footin ..... I cannot wait to spill Rum in that thing!

Can't wait to see it.

Hoosier Bob
12-17-2013, 06:33 PM
Are you changing your name to Wakin'?Yes an X2 without ballast, lockers are a little deeper due to no factory tanks.

MattsCraft
12-17-2013, 07:35 PM
It does have the paddle wheel in the back close to the water intake, but I thought there was a separate transducer for the depth finder option.

Nope, it is in the same puck, depends on the type. Not totally sure of all the configurations, but mine was a Tri-ducer = Paddle wheel - Water Temp - Depth Finder

Aric'sX15
12-17-2013, 07:48 PM
I have a 07 200 MariStar with the X2 package on it. I went to StarGazer and have the display and the control box that you'd need if you want to convert to PP. The display had the notorious moisture problem what would blank the display for about 30 minutes if the boat stored wet inside with the cover on but still worked well. If you decide you want to upgrade on the cheap let me know and we can work something out.

I've heard that depending on when the boat was made this was a plug and play upgrade. Not sure if that would be the case for your boat or how you would be able to confirm.

As stated above the only transducer I've seen is the one with the paddle wheel by the v-drive. If there's a separate transducer for the depth I haven't seen it.

Let me know if he passes on that!

Ryan
12-17-2013, 07:51 PM
Mike, we need some more pics!


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Hoosier Bob
12-17-2013, 08:26 PM
More pics for sure and where is board breaker? I need to send him some medical bills.

Footin
12-17-2013, 08:57 PM
Nope, it is in the same puck, depends on the type. Not totally sure of all the configurations, but mine was a Tri-ducer = Paddle wheel - Water Temp - Depth Finder

Here is a picture or the only transducer I can find:

Footin
12-17-2013, 08:58 PM
Mike, we need some more pics!


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This is best I can get from inside the garage:

Footin
12-17-2013, 09:26 PM
Before I start pulling side and rear interior panels, does anyone know if this boat is wired for a ballast system?

rgardjr1
12-17-2013, 10:19 PM
Before I start pulling side and rear interior panels, does anyone know if this boat is wired for a ballast system?

The breaker box for my pumps is under the rear seat on the port side. If it has any wiring I think you'd see it there. Also, another place to try looking in for your depth transducer near the front drain. Unscrew the cover for the front plug/bilge and see if you see anything there.

Footin
12-18-2013, 05:09 PM
The breaker box for my pumps is under the rear seat on the port side. If it has any wiring I think you'd see it there. Also, another place to try looking in for your depth transducer near the front drain. Unscrew the cover for the front plug/bilge and see if you see anything there.

Found the puck! Thanks for the direction, I will look for the wiring harness this weekend.

I am going to order this ballast switch panel: http://www.ebay.com/itm/MASTERCRAFT-BEEDE-BALLAST-GAUGE-SWITCH-PANEL-12-3-4-x-2-7-8-MARINE-BOAT-/320740957151?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item4aada69bdf&vxp=mtr

If the harness is not in the boat, I will look online or make my own (yuck). There are a few for sale, just have to find out which one mates up to this gauge and switch set.



rgardjr, you had a bow filler cushion for sale a while back, still for sale?

Datdude
12-18-2013, 05:33 PM
I have to thank DatDude for sending me the link.




I am really glad that it worked out!!!! The salesman you dealt with was sitting behind me on the bus at MC Dealer Days. We were talking about the bad weather you had to deal with on the way home. I hope you have some great times in it!:cool:

Ryan
12-18-2013, 05:34 PM
This is best I can get from inside the garage:

As the only guy I know with valence curtains in his garage, I can't believe you never posted pics of that palatial garage in the garage thread! :D
Although it used to look bigger with your 205 in there. That looks so much better than the posted pics on Boattrader btw! Amazing what better pics & angles do.

rgardjr1
12-18-2013, 06:24 PM
rgardjr, you had a bow filler cushion for sale a while back, still for sale?

I ended up giving the bow filler cushion to Thrall for being a good guy. Not sure if you can still get one from Mastercraft to match for your 2007. If not I'm pretty sure a local upholstery shop can make one cheaper. Let me know and I can take some pictures of mine, provide dimensions and tracings for the cushion and bottom support piece.

dt37803
12-18-2013, 06:55 PM
Mabey he took over the dining room for the boat. Has chair rail also :):)

rgardjr1
12-18-2013, 06:57 PM
Mabey he took over the dining room for the boat. Has chair rail also :):)

Chair rail what about the crown molding ... Maybe the house was used as a model home? I know that the model homes in my neighborhood had offices in the garage of the house.

Datdude
12-18-2013, 09:13 PM
I probably should have bought that one;)

Footin
12-18-2013, 09:16 PM
Chair rail what about the crown molding ... Maybe the house was used as a model home? I know that the model homes in my neighborhood had offices in the garage of the house.

Chair Rail, 5 inch base and crown molding and cable tv!

Yes, it was a model home with the their office in the garage.

Footin
12-18-2013, 09:17 PM
I probably should have bought that one;)

It was a heck of a deal. :D:D:D

Datdude
12-18-2013, 09:21 PM
It was a heck of a deal. :D:D:D

I am having "non-buyer's remorse"....thanks for rubbing it in:D

Footin
12-18-2013, 09:22 PM
Im sorry, and I would not have found it had you not sent me the link.

It was really expensive, in bad shape and dirty.......

Footin
12-18-2013, 09:25 PM
I would play around with some sacs before you buy, I would be more then happy to let you try a few of mine out to see how much you need and where. We actually put too much in a maristar last year and the wave was just washed out.

What size sacs do you have? I would like to borrow some different sizes just to check the fit.

I figure I could lay them in the locker and inflate with a shopvac.

DemolitionMan
12-18-2013, 09:37 PM
Congrats on the new boat!

Mastercraft13
12-19-2013, 12:22 AM
What size sacs do you have? I would like to borrow some different sizes just to check the fit.

I figure I could lay them in the locker and inflate with a shopvac.

I have the v-drive sacs, 400lbs each.

Tony Webb
12-19-2013, 03:32 AM
Congratulations,
Man it's a bit hard to see you tow a boat in the snow.
We just had a 40.c day today, I think 104f for you back yard folks.
Roll on the weekend!!!

captain planet
12-19-2013, 06:36 AM
As the only guy I know with valence curtains in his garage, I can't believe you never posted pics of that palatial garage in the garage thread! :D
Although it used to look bigger with your 205 in there. That looks so much better than the posted pics on Boattrader btw! Amazing what better pics & angles do.

I suddenly feel better about myself since I didn't know what a valence curtain was.

Nice new boat Footin.....but the engine appears to be mounted incorrectly! :rolleyes:

Ryan
12-19-2013, 07:03 AM
I suddenly feel better about myself since I didn't know what a valence curtain was.

Nice new boat Footin.....but the engine appears to be mounted incorrectly! :rolleyes:

LOL - that's 13 years of marriage talkin' right there.

Looks like too many chemistry classes left me spelling it wrong. Should've been valance.


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93Prostar190
12-19-2013, 02:02 PM
I have a PP DBW setup if you are interested ....

clrussell
12-23-2013, 08:04 AM
Footin,what's your garage door height? Have much trouble getting it in there?

Footin
12-23-2013, 08:16 AM
6' 10", had to take off the rear part of the tower.

Footin
12-23-2013, 08:17 AM
I have a PP DBW setup if you are interested ....

I'm interested, is the gauge a white face? Payment in beer correct?

clrussell
12-23-2013, 08:30 AM
Answered my first question! You have the rtp correct? I know the mc cruise isn't as good as perfect pass but does it still work well?

Footin
12-23-2013, 09:20 AM
I do have the RTP and MC cruise would be fine; however my wife is use to PP as that's what's in my 205. It would be easier if she does not have to learn MC Cruise.

clrussell
12-23-2013, 09:33 AM
Gotcha, I've never had either so I guess it wouldn't make a huge difference on learning

cbryan70
12-23-2013, 10:35 AM
I do have the RTP and MC cruise would be fine; however my wife is use to PP as that's what's in my 205. It would be easier if she does not have to learn MC Cruise.

How much for the pp in the 205? :-)

Footin
12-23-2013, 10:43 AM
How much for the pp in the 205? :-)

15k and you get the boat around it for free!

Aric'sX15
12-23-2013, 11:07 AM
Gotcha, I've never had either so I guess it wouldn't make a huge difference on learning

Ive logged a few hours over the summer in budmanv24s x1 with mc cruise. It does pretty dang good for wakeboarding, but not so well for surfing. He has the mcx in his boat, if that makes any difference. We also run about 2400lbs of ballast wakeboarding and it does just fine!

Double D
12-23-2013, 11:16 AM
15k and you get the boat around it for free!

Yeah, not gonna tear that out! :)

broncotw
12-23-2013, 11:33 AM
GREAT looking boat!

I saw your initial picture with the blue stripe and thought "WOW" that blue stripe really looks great on that red boat......

Then I read it was only painters tape!

PLEASE send us multiple pictures of that beauty....

CONGRATS on the new addition and glad you made it home safely in the blizzard conditions.....

clrussell
12-23-2013, 02:00 PM
Footin I sent ya a pm

Footin
12-24-2013, 11:49 AM
I thought I would go with the 455 sacs in the rear, but I have an old 600 I inflated with the shopvac and realize I have a TON of room back there for a larger bag, remember I do not have the factory tanks and false floors.
I am pretty sure a 750 will fit fairly well, even if I cant fill it all the way, it is cheaper and has more capacity.

The 600 fit length (52) and width wise, it did hit the cross member a bit and entered the side compartment.

I am going to find someone local with a 750 and inflate it to double check fit before order.

rgardjr1
12-24-2013, 12:49 PM
I thought I would go with the 455 sacs in the rear, but I have an old 600 I inflated with the shopvac and realize I have a TON of room back there for a larger bag, remember I do not have the factory tanks and false floors.
I am pretty sure a 750 will fit fairly well, even if I cant fill it all the way, it is cheaper and has more capacity.

The 600 fit length (52) and width wise, it did hit the cross member a bit and entered the side compartment.

I am going to find someone local with a 750 and inflate it to double check fit before order.

That sounds like a good plan. I know that I've seen a thread or two in the past where people have removed the hard tanks in X2s and replaced with larger soft tanks. I vaguely remember them using the rear bags designed for the old XStars, but don't quote me on that. I've pretty much got the same boat as you except that mine is a saltwater series and it did come with the ballast tanks from the factory. Not sure if MC did it with all the saltwater boats, but the only difference I noticed with mine was that the ballast tank switch plate did not come with the gauges to tell you how full the tanks are on my boat. I'll try to help out with pictures if I can, but my boat is 2 hours away at our lake place and I only get up there every couple of weeks in the winter.

clrussell
12-24-2013, 01:31 PM
Footin if you can't find a local 750 bag let me know. I should have a couple shortly