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Old 09-28-2005, 03:02 PM
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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the entire thread carefully before posting.

If you participate in this board regularly, you know that there are several questions that people ask that have come up before. So in this thread, I'd like to see very simple posts with bold-faced headings, that offer very short explanations to those often asked questions. Alternatively, if it cannot be addressed briefly, please link to the thread in which it has been discussed ad nauseum. This way, this thread will be easier to search. If someone has posted on a topic and you think they've forgotten something, please don't post an adendum. Rather, PM them and ask them to add it to their post or, if they've linked it, go to the link and post your info there. Also, don't post thanking previous posters for the info or otherwise respond to posts. I'm just hoping that this will remain something that's easy to scroll through.

How do I posts pictures and have them appear in the thread?

Are there limits on what I can post? Are there rules for using Team Talk? Can I behave like a complete jackass?

How can I get an Owner's Manual for my New-to-Me MasterCraft?

Where can I download older MasterCraft brochures?


I'm shopping for a used boat. What sort of things should I look for?

I'm considering a new propeller for my boat.

Where can I get Replacement Skins for my Boat?

What Octane Gas Should I Run In My Mastercraft?

My fuel gauge stopped working. Can I fix the fuel sending unit instead of purchasing a new one?

It's getting cold/warm outside, what do I need to do to winterize/dewinterize my boat?

I am looking for parts for my boat. Other than my local MasterCraft dealer or another fine MasterCraft dealer, where can I find such things?

My Boat Pulls to the Right.

I don't like the stupid bar on my late 80s MC Trailer. What can I do?

That's all well and good, but do you have any official literature from MC as to how to best afix a Boat Buddy to my 1987--1989 MC trailer?

I'm thinking about buying a MasterCraft Skier/ProStar/ProStar 190. Is there any sort of written history on these boats from 1968-2009?

I am thinking about buying a ProStar 205. Can you tell me about the history of this boat?

I am thinking about buying a 1995--1997 ProStar 190/2001--2003 19 Skier/1998--2000 SportStar 19/ 2000--2001 ProStar 195/X-5. Can you tell me about the history of this boat?

I am thinking about buying a 1996--2000 Pro Star 205/205V/MariStar VRS/X-Star/X-2 (2004--2005)/X-1 (2006--_). Can you tell me about the history of this boat?

What should I carry in my on-board toolbox?

What should I have in the First Aid kit on the boat?

Is there an Indmar Service Manual?

What does it take to upgrade to Electronic Ignition?

How do I get an avatar (picture) next to my name in Team Talk?

I'm taking a vacation soon. How can I find out if there are any Team Talk Members who live in my destination city?

I have an early 80s MC with a PCM engine. Is there an online service manual?

How do I repack my traditional shaft stuffing box/packing gland?

What does my Hull Identification Number mean?

Can I buy parts for my MasterCraft with a 351W at the local auto parts store? You got any part numbers? What about Chevy?

How can I join Team MasterCraft or renew my membership?

How many posts do I need before my description, i.e., "Devotee," changes from whatever it is now?

What does Indmar's FAQ section say?

Has anyone installed a heated driver's seat?


I'd Like to add gas lifting shocks to my motorbox. What is the stock location of these and what are the part numbers.

Can I organize Group Buys on Team Talk?

I need to replace my ballast pump impellers on my '06 and newer X2. Where are they located and how do I do it?

I want to rebuild my Holley Carburetor. Is there a walk through for this?

The VIN on my trailer is washed out, how can I find out what the VIN was?

I have a velvet 71 or 72c transmission, where can I find a service manual for it?

I want to rebuild my Borg-Warner Velvet Drive Transmission. Is there a walkthrough of this process?

What is the difference between Perfect Pass Digital Pro, Star Gazer, and the Zbox?


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To me, this forum is about love of inboard boats. It is about the sharing of information and, on a good day, some humor. It is not about post count, brand of boat, or any other superfluous labels that lend themselves to a false sense of superiority. Please, respect one another, try to pass on accurate information, and keep your eye on the ball.

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Old 09-28-2005, 03:02 PM
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Manual for my Boat

How can I get an Owner's Manual for my New-to-Me MasterCraft.

GREAT NEWS FOR ALL OF US!!! MasterCraft now has lots of older manuals available for download. Click this link to go to the portion of MC's website to download the manuals. They are in .pdf format.

There may still be a couple that are not yet available. In the past, the recommendation was to click the "contact MasterCraft" link on the home page. If the manual you need is not available, click that link, tell them the year and model boat you've purchased, and request a copy of the owner's manual. They have, in the past, sent a photocopy of your manual free of charge (it takes a few weeks).

The current manuals as well as copies of the 1988 and 1991--1993 Pro Star Manuals should still be available in the download section on this site.

The information in the download section at www.indmar.com can be helpful as well.

If none of the above bears fruit, start digging through users profiles on this board. Find someone who has the same boat as you and PM them to see if they will be so kind as to make a copy of the manual for you.
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To me, this forum is about love of inboard boats. It is about the sharing of information and, on a good day, some humor. It is not about post count, brand of boat, or any other superfluous labels that lend themselves to a false sense of superiority. Please, respect one another, try to pass on accurate information, and keep your eye on the ball.

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Old 09-28-2005, 03:06 PM
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New Propeller

I'm considering a new propeller for my boat.

Eric at OJ or Bill at Acme can tell you just about everything you need to know. CNC'd propellers are the way to go.

This Prop Comparison may help.
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Previous: 1993 Prostar 205

Red 1998 Closed Bow Ski Boat, Ford 351, 310 hp, Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG.

FAQ


Tyler Ski Club


To me, this forum is about love of inboard boats. It is about the sharing of information and, on a good day, some humor. It is not about post count, brand of boat, or any other superfluous labels that lend themselves to a false sense of superiority. Please, respect one another, try to pass on accurate information, and keep your eye on the ball.

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Old 09-28-2005, 03:08 PM
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New Skins

Where can I get Replacement Skins for my Boat?

In the past few years, MC has begun discontinuing skins for older model year boats. I believe the most recent cutoff date is skins available for 2003 and newer boats. But check with your local dealer to be sure.

As a general rule, call your local MC dealer and have your hull ID number ready (it's on the transom on the starboard side). They will need this number to order the replacement skins. Make sure you have room on your credit card for skins.

Another option is MasterCraft Skins.

A local upholstery shop can also do a good job, but the vinyl might not feel exactly like the stuff MC uses.

By way of example on skin prices, here's what I was quoted for certain pieces for my 1993 PS 205 when they were still available. These pieces had accent colors, but no heat stamped logos.

Engine Box Skin $295
Combing pad (port) $91.56
Combing pad (starboard) $91.50
Bow Seat Back $127.48 (PS 205).
Observer Seat Back $87.33
Driver's Seat Base 98.50
Observer Seat Base $99.00 (PS 205)
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Red 1998 Closed Bow Ski Boat, Ford 351, 310 hp, Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG.

FAQ


Tyler Ski Club


To me, this forum is about love of inboard boats. It is about the sharing of information and, on a good day, some humor. It is not about post count, brand of boat, or any other superfluous labels that lend themselves to a false sense of superiority. Please, respect one another, try to pass on accurate information, and keep your eye on the ball.

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Old 09-28-2005, 03:20 PM
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Winterization

It's getting cold/warm outside, what do I need to do to winterize/dewinterize my boat?

Bear in mind that I'm no mechanic. I've compiled this list from the owner's manual and some proven sources on this board as well as a really handy article from Aquaskier complete with pictures. If you have questions, and an answer from a bunch of anonymous internet dudes doesn't give you the warm fuzzies, consult your local boat dealer. This has worked for me. Hope it helps.
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To me, this forum is about love of inboard boats. It is about the sharing of information and, on a good day, some humor. It is not about post count, brand of boat, or any other superfluous labels that lend themselves to a false sense of superiority. Please, respect one another, try to pass on accurate information, and keep your eye on the ball.

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Old 09-28-2005, 03:32 PM
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To me, this forum is about love of inboard boats. It is about the sharing of information and, on a good day, some humor. It is not about post count, brand of boat, or any other superfluous labels that lend themselves to a false sense of superiority. Please, respect one another, try to pass on accurate information, and keep your eye on the ball.

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Old 07-30-2009, 09:36 PM
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Hull ID Numbers


Play the Numbers Game (What's a HIN?) Did you ever wonder what that strange series of letters and numbers on the transom of your boat are. Well, if you have taken the Nautical Know How course you know they are Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) and that they are required. But, what do they mean?
All boats manufactured or imported on or after November 1, 1972 must bear a HIN. The HIN is a 12 character serial number that uniquely identifies your boat. The HIN has an important safety purpose. It enables manufacturers to clearly identify for boat owners the boats that are involved in a defect notification and recall campaign. A HIN is not the same as a State registration number, which may be required to be displayed on the bow of your boat. The HIN is a Federal requirement; your boat’s registration number is a State requirement similar to the license plate on your car. The HIN, however, is required to be shown on the State certificate of registration.

JAN = A
FEB = B
MAR = C
APR = D
MAY = E
JUN = F
JUL = G
AUG= H
SEPT = I
OCT = J
NOV = K
DEC = L
*Key to Month of Model Year
Figure 1 - HIN Formats Before August 1, 1984
The boat manufacturer must display two identical hull identification numbers, no less than one-fourth of an inch high, on each boat hull. The primary HIN must be permanently affixed (so that it can be seen from outside the boat) to the starboard side of the transom within two inches of the top of the transom, gunwale, or hull/deck joint, whichever is lowest. On boats without transoms or on boats on which it would be impractical to the transom, the HIN must be affixed to the starboard outboard side of the hull, aft within one foot of the stern and within two inches of the top of hull side, gunwale, or hull/deck joint, whichever is lowest. The starboard outboard side of the hull aft is the preferred HIN location for many manufacturers. On catamarans and pontoon boats the HIN must be affixed on the aft crossbeam within one foot of the starboard hull attachment.
JAN = A
FEB = B
MAR = C
APR = D
MAY = E
JUN = F
JUL = G
AUG = H
SEP = I
OCT = J
NOV = K
DEC = L

Figure 2 - HIN Format After August 1, 1984
Boats manufactured or imported on or after August 1, 1984, also have a duplicate secondary HIN affixed somewhere on an unexposed location inside the boat or beneath a fitting or item of hardware. The purpose is to help authorities identify your boat if a thief or vandals remove or damage the primary HIN on the transom. It is illegal for anyone (manufacturer, dealer, distributor, or owner) to alter or remove a HIN without the express written authorization of the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard.
The regulations prescribe the format of the HIN. The first three characters are a MIC (Manufacturer Identification Code) assigned by the Coast Guard to the manufacturer or the person importing the boat; characters four through eight are a serial number assigned by the manufacturer; the last four characters indicate the month and year the boat was built, and the model year. Prior to August 1, 1984, the manufacturer had the option of expressing this in the form of a model year designation.
The Coast Guard maintains a searchable database of MICs if you want to check yours out - click here.
Individuals building boats for their own use and not for the purposes of sale are what are referred to as "backyard boat builders." They must obtain a 12 character HIN from their State boating agency. The Manufacturer Identification Code at the beginning of the HIN for a "home built" boat is an abbreviation for the State followed by a "Z" which indicates that it is a State identification.



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Old 09-28-2005, 03:11 PM
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What Octane Gas Should I Run In My Mastercraft?

EngineNut and JimN have been great to help us determine what fuel grades we need to be running in our boats. After much discussion, it has been found that 87 octane can be run in most of the engines, however it will retard the timing and decrease performance.
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:30 AM
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80's MC Trailers w/the Bar Problem

In the 1980's MC borrowed a CC idea and utlized a pivoting bar to prevent the boat from sliding off the front of the trailer upon rapid deceleration. However, the bar is difficult to employ when loading the boat. Some solutions that have been presented are: powerloading, loading the boat and than on flat ground hitting the brakes hard moving the boat up on the trailer and upgrading to the Boat Buddy trailering system used on all MC trailers from c.91-present.

The Boat Buddy can be purchased from Cabelas for approximately $50. http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...h-results1.jsp
The kit includes, an elongated 3" bow eye that will replace the stock 1" bow eye and the pad/striker bar system. However, some modifications must be made to the 80's MC trailer to properly accomodate the system. Primarily some sort of stanchion needs to be fabricated and attached to the trailer to accomodate mounting the Boat Buddy. Also when designing the stanchion some thought should be given on how to accomodate the winch system by giving a substantial pull angle and room on the trailer to mount it.

I have seen a few different ideas on how to fabricate the stanchion. I took my trailer to Corbin's Trailer and Welding in North Charleston, SC and had them fabricate and mount it for me. They utlilized 1"x1"x3/16" aluminum tubing and added tapered flat metal to the end for mounting forks (see photos). I have received some questions about the mount sustaining the impact of loading. However, in the 4 years I've had this modification it has worked seamlessly and their has been zero deterioration to the mounting weld, nor any bend to the aluminum tubing.

In all I spent approximately $200 to complete the project, which in turn has paid dividends in terms of lack of frustration when loading the boat onto the trailer. I feel that the Boat Buddy is a great concept and I recommend this upgrade to anyone with the "bar" on the 80's MC trailer.

If you have any further questions on this matter please feel free to shoot me a PM. Thanks--BPS

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