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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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Old 10-27-2005, 07:31 AM
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:32 AM
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:33 AM
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Old 10-27-2005, 08:12 AM
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I am thinking about buying a ProStar 205...

This post details the ProStar 205 and early X Star changes from year to year so you can zero in on which model year you would like to search for in order to get the features you want.

Pro Star 205 Changes By Year

If that link, for some reason doesn't work. Here is the .pdf.
Sorry for the edit, Bill. I just didn't want it to get archived and eventually lost. /ETS
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Old 10-31-2005, 10:04 PM
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What should I carry in my on-board toolbox?
Below is a summarized list from the collective wisdom of the members of the tools and other items you should carry in your boat.

Boat Toolbox
Allen wrenches
Bailing wire
Can opener (to clean speedo pickups)
Circuit tester
Crimpers
Duct tape
Electric wire (assortment)
Electrical tape
Epoxy
Flashlight
Gasket sealer
Hex bit set (star and square head)
JB Weld
Leatherman
Lighter
Lock blade knife
Paint can openers (two, to remove impeller)
Pliers
Prop puller
Screw drivers
Silicone sealer
Small file
Socket set
Spark plug socket
Splice connectors (for all hose sizes)
Super glue
Vise grips
Volt meter
WD-40
Wire connectors
Wire cutters
Wrenches (adjustable, various)
Zip ties

Spare Parts
Fuses
Hose clamps
Ignition/ECM relay
Impeller
Points
Prop (spare with key, prop nut, cotter pin)
Serpentine belt
Stainless screws (assortment)
Thermostat

Other Stuff
Boat key (spare)
Boating laws (current copy)
Cell phone
Drain plug (spare)
Flares
Jumper cables or Jump Start system
Paddle
Registration
Spot light
Swim goggles
Tow rope

First Aid Kit

6x6 gauze pads
Bug spray
CPR rescue breath shield
Epi-Pen
Insect/bee sting treatment
Pain reliever
Sam splint
Sun screen
Waterproof Band aids
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Old 01-12-2006, 05:01 PM
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Is there an Indmar Service Manual?

Answer: Yes. Indmar Service Manual

or

See attached.
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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 01-12-2006, 05:12 PM
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Do it yourself Electronic Ignition

EI Tutorial:
Electronic Ignition Installation Guide


Disclaimer: I am not an expert on installing electronic ignition. I recommend you follow all instructions and warnings from the manufacturer. Use this link merely as an informative tutorial not as actual installation instructions.
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Old 01-20-2006, 05:53 PM
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How do I get an avatar (picture) next to my name in Team Talk?

Thanks to Milkmania for the graphic.
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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 02-20-2006, 04:50 PM
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My fuel gauge stopped working. Can I fix the fuel sending unit instead of purchasing a new one?

Yes. Link to walkthrough.
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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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