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Tennesseeski
04-22-2006, 06:35 PM
Here is my 205 waiting for me to get her out and prep her for the upcoming ski season. :)

Tennesseeski
04-22-2006, 06:41 PM
Was suppose to be a pic with that so let me try again here.

Tennesseeski
04-22-2006, 06:42 PM
O.k. check back here later for my story and pics.I am to upset to get it right now!

erkoehler
04-22-2006, 06:59 PM
You can email me at erickoehler8@hotmail.com and I will post that pic for you.

Tennesseeski
04-24-2006, 05:06 PM
Was gonna show a pic of my boat I took last thursday morning waiting for me to get her ready for the lake this saturday. I was going to the local Mastercraft dealer 1st thing saturday morn to order all new stickers and have them put on next week. Then get the boat ready to put in the water with the rest of my day. :rant: Some pretty nasty storms rolled through here fri night and changed that for me!! :rant: The winds dropped a HUGE oak tree onto the metal carport that the boats are stored under. The carport is history, my buddies pontoon boat which was beside mine is history, and the tree is still on top of all this waiting on the ins. adjuster. My 205 took a direct hit from 2 of the forks in the tree. One fork hit so hard it snapped off once it hit the boat. The other fork is still on the boat. The damage is very bad but only from the arm rest of the back seat to the back of the boat. The hull from each corner all the way around is cracked. The top of the boat is busted up too. The side where the gas fill is is busted pretty good. Just what I can see right now is bad enough but I will have to wait till I get it out to see it all. The pontoon saved mine from total destruction. Somehow the building wrapped around the front of the boat and the windshield and all is o.k. Just bought this boat on the 14th of april last year so I've just had it one year :( I have pics of all the damage I can see so far and I will post them but I cant get them to upload for some reason. I called the guy who I want to fix it and he said if I had it to him today, it would be 5 weeks before he could start on it. So the first part of my ski season is shot :rant: I don't know if it can be repaired so I will just have to wait, WHICH SUCKS!!!! I will try to get some pics up and keep you all posted. If they do total it out, I have already looked at a 95 prostar 205 with 379 hrs that I can get at a good deal if it doesn't get gone before all this gets settled. I spent $1500 on a perfect pass,depth finder, new carb and some trailer lights toward the end of last year so I just got the 93 like I wanted it so I kinda hope she can be saved!! Wish me luck and somebody ski a run for me when you can. At least I have a friend who has a 91 prostar 190 who will give me a pull when he can till I get mine fixed or a new one.

SkiDog
04-24-2006, 05:16 PM
Man that SUCKS! I would think that if they do total it, it would be a whole lot faster to get you back on the water than if you were to try and repair it. It will probally take 3-4 weeks just to do the repairs. :mad:

SKI*MC
04-24-2006, 05:21 PM
yeah, and whats to say that the repairs will not altar the way your boat runs, or acts on the water.

Leroy
04-24-2006, 05:31 PM
Ouch, sorry to hear this TNskier. THat is very unfortunate. I hope it didn't stress the fiberglass where it is sitting on the bunks. I'm sure if they fix it everything will be ok.

east tx skier
04-24-2006, 05:33 PM
That's awful. I feel for you. I hope she can be saved.

BrianM
04-24-2006, 05:45 PM
If they do total it you can easily take out your Perfect Pass and move it to the new boat. Sounds bad. Sorry for the loss.

rodltg2
04-24-2006, 05:46 PM
dude, dont be silly! hope for the total. for one i wouldnt want a boat with all that damaged fixed. it'll never be the same. second 5 weeks! your going to miss alot of water time. get the money and buy another one. perfect pass and all that other stuff takes no time to install. you can always pull it out of you boat.

east tx skier
04-24-2006, 05:56 PM
My "hope it can be saved" comment was from an emotional fellow 93 205 owner. Rod's probably right all things considered. It was like I told the guys who were carrying my big screen tv up the stairs. "If you drop it, drop it on the screen. Break it good and proper."

jrcarte78
04-24-2006, 05:57 PM
dude, dont be silly! hope for the total. for one i wouldnt want a boat with all that damaged fixed. it'll never be the same. second 5 weeks! your going to miss alot of water time. get the money and buy another one. perfect pass and all that other stuff takes no time to install. you can always pull it out of you boat.

I'm with Rod on this one. Hope the adjuster sends her to the big marina in the sky. I would never fully trust a boat that had been through that and repaired.

Plus, with the total you can go get the '95, have your PP put in and be skiing in a couple of weeks.

east tx skier
04-24-2006, 06:00 PM
If it's a total, sounds as if there'll be a parting out sale.

erkoehler
04-24-2006, 06:02 PM
Sorry to hear that man.....if you need help getting the pics up, just email them to me at erickoehler8@hotmail.com

roddydog
04-24-2006, 06:09 PM
Hull cracked all the way around !!!!! I wouldn't want to trust it either.
Big drag man but.........................TOTALLED would be the word I'd want to hear.

LakePirate
04-24-2006, 06:09 PM
That sucks man.

Hope everything works out...

Ric
04-24-2006, 06:16 PM
dude, dont be silly! hope for the total. for one i wouldnt want a boat with all that damaged fixed. it'll never be the same. second 5 weeks! your going to miss alot of water time. get the money and buy another one. perfect pass and all that other stuff takes no time to install. you can always pull it out of you boat.
Hope that the number he gets for a total will be something he wants to see :(

rodltg2
04-24-2006, 06:18 PM
id be willing to take a small loss even, no way i could miss the first part of ski season for 5 weeks..

LakePirate
04-24-2006, 06:22 PM
Since he only purchased it a year ago, it should be pretty close to what he paid. Now, when someone steals your 77 Galaxy 17 years later, you will not be happy with the check the insurance company delivers.

east tx skier
04-24-2006, 06:25 PM
If it's an agreed value policy, that'd be a good thing.

Datdude
04-24-2006, 06:26 PM
Damn the bad luck!

I would prefer that the boat was totalled, I would pilf all of the stuff I could out of the boat, and find something new(used)

erkoehler
04-24-2006, 06:49 PM
You may even want to pull the PP out prior to ins. adjuster inspection.

east tx skier
04-24-2006, 06:51 PM
So rarely do any of these boats get parted out, you could probably make a great deal of money on the seats/skins alone. Although I'd expect the ins. co. to try to sell as much as possible to recoup the loss.

Tennesseeski
04-24-2006, 07:16 PM
Thanks everybody! Nice to know other people feel my pain. Someone told me to cheer up, it's only a boat. This is true, but it still hurts to see my mastercraft like that and you all understand!! Would be easier if the do say it isn't fixable I guess. With me keeping my pp and other stuff if they do, I should come out pretty much even. And that would get me on the water faster if I can find what I want soon. The 95 I looked at would be great if it was still there and suited me after a test drive and ski.

JimN
04-24-2006, 07:16 PM
T'Ski- don't just take it in until you find out what the insurance company will do for you. Also, if they total it, make sure they let you take the accessories and get it in writing. If it's verbal, it means just about nothing. When they settle for a vehicle, they usually want whatever is in/on it that isn't loose.

If you can buy it from them, they won't do comprehensive coverage but liability is possible. You could then sell it off part by part or have it repaired and tell the buyer what happened. Or, you could find a good hull/deck with a trashed interior and motor so you could switch everything out and come out ahead. Maybe.

rodltg2
04-24-2006, 07:30 PM
heres a start

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mastercraft-Prostar-205_W0QQitemZ4633727677QQcategoryZ63686QQrdZ1QQcmd ZViewItem

TNH2oSkier
04-24-2006, 11:23 PM
Hi TnSkier, Where are you located? I am also in East TN and looking for someone to ski with. Think you could do a little slumming and settle for a pull behind my boat? Its ready to hit the water, in fact we should be on Tellico this thursday if the weather holds out.
PM me if your interested.

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 09:37 AM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture012.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 09:38 AM
This is the pic I was wanting to come up the other day. This is the before pic!

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 09:42 AM
Here is the after!!
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture002.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 09:46 AM
And another if you can make out the back of the boat amoung the branches!
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture022.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 09:55 AM
Here is part of the tree with my friends pontoon boat that saved mine a worse fate!

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture030.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 10:08 AM
Will get some more pics of the damage I can see right now up in a few minutes. The adjuster better get out soon so I can get this thing off my boat and really look it over good.

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 10:18 AM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture048.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture046.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 10:19 AM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture042.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture047.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 10:21 AM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture049.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture043.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture044.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 10:22 AM
This Sucks!!

bcampbe7
04-25-2006, 10:23 AM
Oh, poor boat!
That sucks Tenn! I hope you get on the water soon.
If you get over here to Middle Tennessee, let me know and I will be glad to drag you around Tims Ford.

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 10:23 AM
:( :( :(

ttu
04-25-2006, 10:25 AM
Being a former insurance adjuster and now agent, i must say that thing is a total loss. make sure you get you stuff out before they haul it off.

sorry for your loss.

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 10:25 AM
It shoved the other boat into mine also, so there may be more damage here also!http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture037.jpg

It rolled the tires off the wheels of the pontoon and mashed them into the gravel!
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture032.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 10:30 AM
And while I am doing this the rain has returned with some very loud thunder. We may get some strong storms today also. I NEED A COLD BEER!!!

kalanic
04-25-2006, 10:40 AM
Yikes! That is painful! Im sorry for your loss. Hopefully it gets classified as totalled. You deserve a new one after that! Good Luck!

east tx skier
04-25-2006, 10:46 AM
That hurts me to look at it. I agree with the above. I wouldn't want it repaired.

BrianS
04-25-2006, 10:55 AM
Wow!! I would say that is definitely totalled. I bet there is damage to the bottom of the hull as well, seeing how the back of the trailer has been driven into the ground.

Sorry about the loss, hopefully you can get a better MC to replace this one.

tex
04-25-2006, 11:56 AM
I just threw up!

BrianM
04-25-2006, 12:51 PM
Ouch! With that kind of damage I would sure hope it is totaled. Definitely would not want to have that repaired. Start looking for a new boat.

rodltg2
04-25-2006, 12:59 PM
thats way beyond any kind of repair..... start your search now so when you get the check your ready to buy..

Ric
04-25-2006, 01:05 PM
I really really hate to see that
hopefully you don't miss a buncha skiing during this insurance process (whatever the outcome)
at least nobody was hurt!!

Farmer Ted
04-25-2006, 01:32 PM
dude that sucks!

I hope you get a good insurance adjuster that will help you out.

I'd also get in the boat and remove as much stuff as you can

Perfect Pass
Stereo
Speakers
Hide the swim platform
Spare tire

captain planet
04-25-2006, 02:35 PM
OUCH! Man, I am so sorry for your loss. :( That sucks! Judging from the pics and the damage to the transom of the boat, I cant see them trying to fix the boat. If there was enough force to push the trailer into the ground, imagine what it did to the bottom of the boat where the bunk supports are attached to the trailer. :eek: If they try to say they are not going to total it, I would throw a fit.

Best wishes. Hope everything works out for you.

LakePirate
04-25-2006, 02:53 PM
In it's next life it will be a salad bar.

Tennesseeski
04-25-2006, 05:09 PM
Thanks everybody! I hope to know something by the end of the week.

SKI*MC
04-25-2006, 06:31 PM
i hate to say it bud... but this boat now looks like a salvage. It hurts to look at. I'm sorry.

Footin
04-25-2006, 06:33 PM
I agree, it's totaled. If you look at the picture taken from the back it looks like the trailer is bent too.

I looked up book value on it and it is about 13,500.

PendO
04-25-2006, 06:33 PM
If it's a total, sounds as if there'll be a parting out sale.

I'd try and buy the whole thing, depeding on the price.

PendO
04-25-2006, 06:36 PM
You may even want to pull the PP out prior to ins. adjuster inspection.

erk ... the future cop ... are you suggeting insurance fraud:)

Footin
04-25-2006, 06:39 PM
If they do total it, you should ask what you could buy it back for.
Then all of us with 205's could buy the parts and you can make some money.

east tx skier
04-25-2006, 06:51 PM
Noting that the windshield frame and glass didn't take a hit, that's some big bucks right there. Not sure if the rear seat was so lucky, but if it made it, somebody will pay some good money for it I'll bet. Somebody with a prosport was just looking for a seat base on here. Yet another almost impossible to find item that may, sadly for TN-ski, be available.

Ric
04-25-2006, 08:01 PM
Noting that the windshield frame and glass didn't take a hit, that's some big bucks right there. Not sure if the rear seat was so lucky, but if it made it, somebody will pay some good money for it I'll bet. Somebody with a prosport was just looking for a seat base on here. Yet another almost impossible to find item that may, sadly for TN-ski, be available.
good idea, but I am not so sure from the pics that the obs side glass made it out alive

LakeZoar32
04-25-2006, 08:11 PM
Sorry about the mess. But go for the total.
Good luck and I hope the next set of pics you post are of your new boat. :eek:

erkoehler
04-25-2006, 08:47 PM
erk ... the future cop ... are you suggeting insurance fraud:)


Nope...you should be allowed to remove all added accessories legally.

Doug G
04-25-2006, 11:44 PM
Sorry for the loss. That hurst to look at, I can only imagine how that would feel and I hope to never find out! If for some reason they don't total it I would fight to have it totalled. You don't want that after it is fixed. I agree, start shopping so you are ready to buy when the check comes through.

jimmer2880
04-26-2006, 07:16 AM
Wow... The force to shift the fiberglass in the back (look at the mastercraft lettering) must have been un-real! No offense, but there is no way I'd want that boat back if they did fix it.Hopefully you'll get what you need to out of her & send her to the great ski lake in the sky.

92 190 PS
04-26-2006, 09:03 AM
Not good....TN-ski good luck. Hope everything works out and you have a new boat before you miss much skiing...

Tennesseeski
04-28-2006, 09:32 AM
Have already looked at two boats in case they do total it out. I WISH they would get all this done with already!!

jlf
04-28-2006, 10:08 AM
ouch, I agree start shopping now. Keep on those insurance people sometimes they can drag their feet. Just a good thing no one was hurt. When you get the tree off, show us the rest of the damage. That had to have been one heck of a storm. Best of Luck.

JimN
04-28-2006, 10:26 AM
OTOH, all of the adjusters may be really busy now. Let them wade through all of the damage and they'll get to yours, too. I think the people who lost their home or business may be the first priority, don't you?

Used boat or family home- which comes first?

SteveO
04-28-2006, 05:34 PM
Dang that is not good. Glad that you are okay, but sorry to see the boats got hit.

captain planet
04-28-2006, 05:38 PM
Used boat or family home-
Dude, it's not just a "used boat" it's a MASTERCRAFT! :headbang:

roddydog
04-28-2006, 05:56 PM
There is NO WAY that boat could be fixed. Even if it could there is NO WAY I'd want it back!!!!

DooSPX
04-28-2006, 07:04 PM
im really sorry to hear about your prostar....
i would be sick if that was mine :(

Tennesseeski
04-29-2006, 07:15 PM
:( Finally got the tree off my boat today! Have to take it in for inspection on thursday. It has to be more than 70% of value to repair it before they will total it. I talked with the guy who will be looking at it and he told me that just from what I told him on the phone that it will be well above that! Will get some new pics up later on. It broke the corner of the back seat so that will just add to the cost. I was hoping it had made it by, but I guess not!! :(

Tennesseeski
04-29-2006, 07:18 PM
By the way, what program do you all use to resize your pics :confused:

Tennesseeski
04-29-2006, 07:35 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/38e78162.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/42b68fc0.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/1f569174.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-29-2006, 07:37 PM
Sorry about the size. I am still working on that. What does the height and width need to be of a pic to make it work here?

Tennesseeski
04-29-2006, 07:37 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture085.jpg

Tennesseeski
04-29-2006, 07:41 PM
Another one.
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f380/rossiskifreek/Picture075.jpg

east tx skier
04-29-2006, 07:58 PM
That just hurts me to look at. I don't think you'll have any trouble hitting 70% of value. I had a gouge fixed in my father in law's boat a couple of year's ago. Maybe 3" across and not even into the glass. The guy who was most highly recommended (and used by a nearby MC dealer quoted me $700. That's around 5% of value and didn't even approach this.

Tennesseeski
05-01-2006, 07:13 AM
Hopefully it will work out for me. Will know Thursday afternoon for sure. Already called dealer to get my PP and carb took off friday if it works out with the total!

atlfootr
05-01-2006, 09:00 AM
Hopefully it will work out for me. Will know Thursday afternoon for sure. Already called dealer to get my PP and carb took off friday if it works out with the total!TennSki,

I jus read your grief stricken story and lucky for you, I know someone who can probably fix your demised situation. This guy's"THE BEST" in the state for what you need done.

Tell him, Rob Scott referred you to him :wavey:
Strongly suggest you give him a call, ASAP! :firejump:

Donnie Bennett of
Bennett's Boat Repair
521 Pink Dogwood Ln.
Maryville. TN. 37803.

(423) 982-9589

Diesel
05-01-2006, 11:31 AM
You just need a little JB Weld and all will be good! :D



Good luck and hope it all works out to your liking. :)

SKI*MC
05-01-2006, 03:52 PM
Just my opinion, but i think even if you get it repaired, it will never ski right again...

P-hat_in_Cincy
05-01-2006, 04:01 PM
Already called dealer to get my PP and carb took off friday if it works out with the total!

First: Sorry about the boat. Hard to look at the pictures.

Second: Don't forget to take that Optima Blue-top out too!

ss4000+
05-01-2006, 11:15 PM
We will light a candle for you and your boat tonight :) We live in Hurricane country and only one more month until hurricane season starts. Don't know what we will do now that we have 3 boats and only two vehicles that will pull. Hope it all works out for you, let us know if you are in the market for another boat I am sure we can all make some suggestions.

Tennesseeski
05-02-2006, 05:33 PM
TennSki,

I jus read your grief stricken story and lucky for you, I know someone who can probably fix your demised situation. This guy's"THE BEST" in the state for what you need done.

Tell him, Rob Scott referred you to him :wavey:
Strongly suggest you give him a call, ASAP! :firejump:

Donnie Bennett of
Bennett's Boat Repair
521 Pink Dogwood Ln.
Maryville. TN. 37803.

(423) 982-9589
WOW!! :D You know of him too! He is who I am taking it to Thursday. He is a super nice guy and knows these boats well. I saw a boat he fixed and it looked brand new. My local dealer told me about him, and he still does service work for Mastercraft also, so I know he will find all my problems and do me right!! He use to work for mastercraft which is even better!!

SKI*MC
05-02-2006, 11:21 PM
Cough! Cough! (http://www.boattraderonline.com/caddetail.html?/ad-cache/6/9/9/83529299.htm)

Excuse me.

Cough Cough! (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=8254&page=10&pp=10)


:D :D

Bert
05-03-2006, 12:35 AM
TennSki,

I jus read your grief stricken story and lucky for you, I know someone who can probably fix your demised situation. This guy's"THE BEST" in the state for what you need done.

I am sure he can fix it but at what cost. One would think the hours to tear it down and rebuild it will drive the cost well beyond it's value. I could be way off here cause I have never seen a boat crunched that bad.

starman205
05-05-2006, 06:23 PM
Tennski,

Don't keep us in suspense. Whats the final result :confused: .

Footin
05-05-2006, 06:24 PM
Inquiring minds want to know.

Tennesseeski
05-06-2006, 11:55 AM
Well it is gonna cost almost $11,000 :eek: to get my boat fixed :( That will push it to where the ins. company will want to total it. The only thing is that after talking with the repair guy and getting a second opinion from my boat mechanic, they both say I should just fix it and keep the boat. Both say stringers are o.k. so that is great. I couldn't find another boat that year with only 363 hrs on it. Once Don gets it fixed, it will look good as new. Both guys told me it won't effect the way it skis. The high cost to repair it sounds scary, but it only needs $1900 worth of parts, the rest is labor and taxes. I have to talk to the adjuster Monday to see if we can work something out. They may not work with me so I will have to see. I can buy it back if they total it for around $3000-$4000 I think. Just have to see how it all shakes out. Thanks to all of you guys for the advice and kind comments!!

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 12:53 PM
So, you might drop 14k back into keeping the boat? I wouldn't do it man....there are other boats out there.

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 12:55 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mastercraft-Prostar-205_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ63686QQitemZ4636749 700QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

Buy it now for $16,400....make him an offer, I bet he'll take less.

Bert
05-06-2006, 01:05 PM
I think I would pass and find another boat. You will miss a lot of the season waiting to get it fixed.

erkoehler
05-06-2006, 01:08 PM
Besides the fact that those repairs are going to KILL your resale value.

SkiDog
05-06-2006, 07:41 PM
And be without a boat all summer! :(

Tennesseeski
05-07-2006, 10:06 PM
:confused: :confused: :confused:

erkoehler
05-07-2006, 10:10 PM
So, what are you going to do?

Diesel
05-08-2006, 11:12 AM
Besides the fact that those repairs are going to KILL your resale value.

Most important point in the entire thread. If you do fix it you will be stuck with the boat (good or bad) forever. Nobody in there right mind would buy it at market value once you disclose the amount of work that was done on the boat. I would push for salvage.

Also what do you expect a repair guy who is looking at a $9K+ labor deal to tell you?? :rolleyes: Of course he want to repair it :D

jimmer2880
05-08-2006, 01:45 PM
If you get it fixed, you'll constantly be wondering... Is that new squeak because the boat is old, or is the repair coming back apart.

Or, when you go over rollers, and you feel the floor move in a different way than the side of the boat, how are you going to convince the repair guy that he didn't do a good job the first time & that he needs to fix it gratus?

There is no way I would own a boat that has had that much damage.

ski_king
05-08-2006, 01:52 PM
From what I understand you are talking to the best in the business to repair it. That being said, I would still hope the insuance company totals it and you can find one in great shape for your settlement or at least close.

Hopefully your old boat will be parted out and provide a means of spare parts.

rick s.
05-08-2006, 06:51 PM
I think the boat's toast. Just my opinion. I agree that the guy that want's to repair the boat wants the work..

Tennesseeski
05-09-2006, 09:54 AM
The repair guy has plenty of business, so I don't think that is really an issue. I got a second opinion from my mechanic who also use to work for mastercraft and he said the same thing about getting it fixed. But all of you do make some very valid points :toast: and I have decided to just let them pay me for it and go get another one. It is hard to let such a great boat go, :cry: but I will find another one. I am gonna try and test drive a 95 prostar 205 this weekend, so we will see. I will keep you all posted, and again THANKS for the advice and all the kind words!! :steering:

atlfootr
05-09-2006, 10:02 AM
WOW!! :D You know of him too! He is who I am taking it to Thursday. He is a super nice guy and knows these boats well. I saw a boat he fixed and it looked brand new. My local dealer told me about him, and he still does service work for Mastercraft also, so I know he will find all my problems and do me right!! He use to work for mastercraft which is even better!!Know him?
That's a mild statement ... let's say I've payed his mortage for a couple of months!

jlf
05-09-2006, 10:02 AM
I think in the end you probably made the right desicion and you'll be happy you took the money and started looking for a new boat. If it would've been me it would've drove me nuts wondering if any new problems were related. From my experience, no matter how good the repair job nothing is ever as good as original.

Tennesseeski
05-09-2006, 10:06 AM
Know him?
That's a mild statement ... let's say I've payed his mortage for a couple of months!

Great work does come at a price huh!! :D

atlfootr
05-09-2006, 10:55 AM
Also, what do you expect a repair guy who is looking at a $9K+ labor deal to tell you?? :rolleyes:
Of course he want to repair it :DDiesel, if you knew Donnie Bennett like I know him, you wouldn't say that. :noface:
MasterCraft alone, supplies Donnie w/ enough work to keep him busy throughout the year,
fact of matter is they send him all the bad bad repair work like Tenn's boat to fix .

The ("extra stuff") work outside his shop, he takes in elsewhere comes from refferals like me and folks that have heard about him through the grapevine. You should see his lot outside, there was no room for any boat(s) when I was there. Donnie's in high demand ... guess after all you get what you pay for.

I personally can vouch for Donnie's superior workmanship as I've had him repair some serious deep gouge's on my BF200.

Liv'n in Atlanta, GA. I've taken my boat to him 3-5 times and I'll be the first to tell you and others he doesn't rip people off. You don't get the reputation that he has, buy screwing ppl over.

Ask anyone w/ a MstCrft who's had Gelcoat repair work done on it within a Tri- State area of Tenn. who did the work and I'll bet Donnie did the work.

P.S. If, I wanted to keep a boat as bad as TennSki sounds about his, I'd shell out and fix it.

And , if my 200 ever needs anymore work done on it - you can bet I'll now be driv'n up from Winter Haven, Fla. to allow Donnie to "do it" - before I even consider lett'n some "Joe Smoe" touch my boat! :rant:

atlfootr
05-09-2006, 04:34 PM
Great work does come at a price huh!! :DWell, if one can't afford repair cost -- own a Bayliner.

Tennesseeski
05-09-2006, 05:32 PM
:toast: Good point! Don does come highly recomended(SP?) At least you and I know the quality of his work. You first hand and me from a boat I saw that he fixed last year. He is a guy you like to know about, but really hope you never have to have do work for you I guess.

Mi.mc
05-09-2006, 06:29 PM
that sucks

Mi.mc
05-09-2006, 06:32 PM
I agree, it's totaled. If you look at the picture taken from the back it looks like the trailer is bent too.

I looked up book value on it and it is about 13,500.

before or after tree?

Footin
05-09-2006, 07:28 PM
Is the insurance company being fair with the settlement?

Tennesseeski
05-10-2006, 04:40 PM
Yea, I will come out pretty good. Will just turn around and pay what is left on next boat.

Tennesseeski
05-13-2006, 08:51 PM
A big thanks to the guys at Mountain Lake Watersports in Kingsport for the help on my boat. That is the new MC dealer in Kingsport and they took my PP off for me today. Insurance gave me a check yesterday so my search for another Mastercraft is on!!! :cool: I have a 95 prostar 205 spotted that I am going to go drive/ski sometime this week. It is in great shape and has about 375 hrs on it. If I go that route I will come out even or with a dollar or two to spare. But I still lost on the big picture, but without ins. it would have been alot worse. EVERYONE reading this needs to take a minute and review your insurance coverage. If you have had your boat for a while, check what it is really worth(NADA.com is what I use) and ADD ANY UPGRADES YOU HAVE DONE to your policy. Then adjust your amount it is insured for to that. Don't carry more than you need, but make sure you have enough to cover everything. I got lucky with mine, but will know how to play the game in the future. I will keep everyone updated on my search for my now 3rd mastercraft. Hard to believe I will have owned 3 different mastercrafts in about 5 years. MAN I LOVE THESE THINGS!!! :toast: The dealer had a sweet 2003 tour boat I would love to have, but a little too rich for my blood. The 95 is more around my price range for the moment. I am ready to hit the lake again so wish me luck. Any 95 owners have any advice on what to look for on that boat. Never had fuel injection before on a boat, so I am new to that end of it. How can I tell which motor it has? :confused:

JimN
05-13-2006, 11:46 PM
If it's TBI, it'll either be a 5.0L or 5.7L Chevy motor non-Vortec. If it's multi-port, it'll be the LT-1 Corvette motor. Keep the gas clean and don't run out. If the fuel sender fails, get a new one ASAP so you know how much gas is in the tank. Use the right plugs, do the scheduled maintenance, keep a known good impeller in it and have fun.

east tx skier
05-14-2006, 01:06 PM
Jim, was there a 5.0 in 95? I thought it was either the 275 hp 5.7 TBI or the 310 hp LT1.

T-ski, in the FAQ, there's a link to 205 changes by year that will tell you what to look for. Basically, other than the motor, it'll be the same as what you have. I prefer the 92--95 hull for slalom, but if you do any wakeboarding as well, there is a 97 205 at Gus Campbell Watersports for a good price. www.guscampbell.com. Good slalom wake and the original Xstar hull. Very good dealer and the boat seems very reasonably priced (haven't checked NADA) with a nice color combo.

JimN
05-14-2006, 01:10 PM
Not totally sure about when they started using the 5.0L- it wasn't something we spent any time on at training, other than the fact that it's the same block as the 5.7 with a shorter deck height/stroke. Maybe it was only the Sportstar that had it but I'm sure it's not in my class notes or the shop manuals.

bigmac
05-14-2006, 01:52 PM
But I still lost on the big picture, but without ins. it would have been alot worse. EVERYONE reading this needs to take a minute and review your insurance coverage. If you have had your boat for a while, check what it is really worth(NADA.com is what I use) and ADD ANY UPGRADES YOU HAVE DONE to your policy. Then adjust your amount it is insured for to that. Don't carry more than you need, but make sure you have enough to cover everything. I got lucky with mine, but will know how to play the game in the future.

My insurance with $500 deductable costs me about $490/year, but includes actual replacement value of boat and installed accessories until the boat is 10 years old.

erkoehler
05-14-2006, 02:37 PM
We have a used 1993 205 for sale at Chicago MasterCraft.....call for more info. PM at ya.

erkoehler
05-14-2006, 02:42 PM
Here's a quick pic for you....

Tennesseeski
05-15-2006, 08:54 AM
HEY..... thats my boat with a tower instead of a tree on it :D

east tx skier
05-15-2006, 11:27 AM
Not totally sure about when they started using the 5.0L- it wasn't something we spent any time on at training, other than the fact that it's the same block as the 5.7 with a shorter deck height/stroke. Maybe it was only the Sportstar that had it but I'm sure it's not in my class notes or the shop manuals.

I thought it was only offered on the 98 Sportstar. I've skied behind one. Nice low end bump. Plenty of power for what we were doing.

6ballsisall
05-15-2006, 11:32 AM
We have a used 1993 205 for sale at Chicago MasterCraft.....call for more info. PM at ya.

Ah hah! So it IS a 93 eh??

92 190 PS
05-18-2006, 01:11 PM
http://flipsell.com/Phase3/home/DispVehicle.asp?VehicleID=9220

http://flipsell.com/Phase3/home/DispVehicle.asp?VehicleID=9183

http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/9/8/84186698.htm

http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/4/6/82400246.htm

http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/1/3/83520413.htm

http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/8/6/84096886.htm

Keep us updated on your progress and hopefully you'll be on the water soon with your new ride.....

Tennesseeski
05-20-2006, 02:20 PM
:wavey: Well I just got off the lake from testing out the 95 I have been looking at. The boat runs great and is very smooth. I think it has the indmar motor in it as it has indmar stamped into the water neck I guess you maybe call it. It is where the hoses go in at the top of the motor above where the impeller goes, not sure what you call that. It has 379 hours on it. I had them put my prop on it since the one it comes with was dinged up some. The boat is only turning about 3700rpm, is that right? Mine would turn close to 4500. Would the prop be the difference with this motor because it had a 13x15 on it and mine that we put on is a 13x13.Think it is an OJ maybe which I am guessing is factory.Top speed,if the speedos are correct, was about 35mph which I guess is correct in line with the rpm's. Shouldn't it be a little faster. :confused: What is the top speed of some of you other 95 prostar 205 owners?

TMCNo1
05-20-2006, 02:38 PM
Indmar was the only engine that should be in the boat unless someone did a swap for some reason.
Yes, there is a difference between a 13X13 and a 13x15, and that will effect rpm and speed. Put the right prop on it and set the speedometers properly and all should be right with the world!

Tennesseeski
05-22-2006, 05:51 PM
Going to pick up the "new" boat saturday. :banana: I am so ready to ski again. Will have it just in time for the holiday! Just wish the 95 had the bench seat like my 93, but that is a factor I can deal with as I am getting a good deal on this boat. Thanks everone for you help and positive comments. I will post up some new pics when I get them. Gotta call and get it set up to have my PP put on and add a few other things to her.

Tennesseeski
05-27-2006, 11:24 AM
Off to pick up my new for me ride. Pics later, time to demo my new ski!!

Tennesseeski
08-14-2006, 07:02 PM
Bump for updated photos of this boat(the 93) after it was repaired by a friend I sold it to. I will post some pics after work tommorrow.