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Old 07-17-2012, 05:59 PM
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You the MAN!
86' 19 Skier, 351 PCM (sold)
2008 197 ProStar, LY6
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:51 PM
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Congratulations on your marriage and new boat. Wishing you and your bride many years of happiness.

We did made a similar choice, buy our first boat or family trip to Disney World. Wife and kids voted for the boat. Disney next year.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:23 AM
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Boat: 1984 Mastercraft Powershot S&S
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You guys are funny. Thanks for the congratulations on such a huge milestone! It really is such an important part of ones life and to think I waited this long to do it. Oh yea... getting married was alright too.

Here she is along with my goobering face:

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Old 07-18-2012, 07:33 PM
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:56 PM
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Boat: 85 Stars&Stripes, safe-t-top, trick realease, boom, flitepipe pylon
Location: madison, wi
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Here are a few things I want to get done on the boat:

* Hinge for the shot gun seat - Why hold it open? I throw something in there or grab it out close it back up. No real thoughts, as I have never wanted to do it.
* 12 volt Outlet - Drilled and placed it in the base of the passengers' seat next to the drivers feet. Also allows for the phone gps app in instances where you will pick up weeds on the speedos. Not perfect, but better than nothing.
* Fiberglass/gelcoat repair - Had to do some patch on our old boat, used POWERPOXY Underwater Epoxy, worked great, strong and blended well enough with the hull to be it's own finish. Smooth it carefully and pan to do a little sanding.
* Boat Buddy Trailer Hitch - Safety bar is truely a two person operation. If the trailer is in far enough shouldn't be a real problem. Make sure the carpet on the bunks is wet and drive it right on. Boat buddy is very convienient until it fails, and it does tend to mark up your bow.
* Hitch Repair - Winch? If so just replace the winch. It really doesn't do much anyway, since you'll drive on and the bar holds the boat in place anyway. That said there are redundancies for a reason.
* Cup Holder on the engine cover - No good flat spot except the top of the engine cover. Clearance would likely be an issue as well as heat. If you're trying to keep your coffe warm give it a go. I've seen others pop a couple new holes on the dash so that there are two on each side of the mirror and drop in three more holders. Works ok.
* Gas Tank Cover - The false transom cover should have screws to hold it in place with finish washers. You might need to see why it's loose. Might require some anchors or even glass work to get this back to right.
* Fuel Sending Unit/Fuel Gauge
* [b] Add a Subwoofer[b]-Fuel gauge has been a thing that we chase down, and when it stops working we live with it for a while and eventually chase down again. It's working it's way onto my to do list as well. Took the radio that my brother put into this boat when we were in high school out. Wish there wasn't this extra hole in it. Might try to put a glovebox there someday to have a bit of easy/dry storage for phones and such. If I kept the radio I was toying with the idea off trying to build a removable sub box to fit up into the nose beyond the reasonably usable storage. Space in these boats is so limited I'd hate to wast any on the radio.
You're off to a great start. Congrats x 2 and welcome to the family. If you aren't considering it already I'd recommend an extended pylon. Very nice for boarding, teaching and when the boat is full you can do some recreational skiing off of it while still using the back seat.
I spent most of my money on booze, broads and boats. The rest I wasted. - Elmore Leonard
I had always thought that there was nothing quite so sad as an abandoned boat.-Terry Hayes
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:01 AM
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Congrats...I had an 84 from 1997 to 2009. Loved it. Sounds like all pretty minor stuff. That carb can be finicky, but a rebuild should make it happy.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:22 PM
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Boat: 1996 ProStar 190
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Your boat is no where near as beautiful as your wife.

Upkeep on both is VERY similar. Keep her bottom clean and well waxed. Never put cheap fuel in her. Cover her up and keep her warm in the winter. When you're not using her, make sure she's happy and docked in a nice place. Buy her nice accessories once and a while to keep her looking fresh. And once a month (and you will know when) leave her at home to rest and spend a day with your buddy and get a pull (once a month he'll need to do the same, so be there for him too).

Congrats on both - when she's happy, you're happy.

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Old 07-19-2012, 12:34 PM
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@ Jeffer....LMAO
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:52 PM
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@ Jeffer HAHAHA Dude... great post.

Thanks for the responses, guys. As far as the carbs, I think I am going to rebuild, at least for the season, and see where I am at. I think it might be more of a vacuum leak now but either way, I have a full rebuild kit that arrived yesterday and I plan on rebuilding for a run on Sunday.

I found these things for the sub. Pretty darn cool.


and then another thing which, I think trumps out the amp. I know the issue with powered drivers going out (I've purchased quite a few pieces of audio equipment) however, I think price and space wise it's the best option.

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Old 07-19-2012, 12:53 PM
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Congrats on the boat and nuptials sxerob and wife (does she have a name?)!

Being that we are in similar "boats" so to speak, I can safely say that I am married to two wives. And both require a lot of quality time if you know what I mean! I will add that as you browse TT and become aware of the prevelant MCOCD, I think it may be worse when the boat is a "gift" of sorts. (I feel obligated to keep it in tip-top shape)

As to the question of getting married on the boat I cannot attest to that (being Catholic) BUT the boat was at our wedding. Actually it was my wedding gift from her. Picture to follow. (For anyone out there interested in how I pulled that off.....I'll say it all started by me wanting to give notice in the wedding invites that "if guests wanted to contribute to the "boat" fund in-leu of a wedding gift that would be great". Of course I was joking but needless to say a seed was planted. So the boat showed up on the wedding day.)

As for your upgrades:

shotgun seat: Can you install a compressed gas spring to prop it open?
Cupholder: Is this for you and observer or is it for the rear seat passengers. MC has a convenient 3 spot holder that attaches to the ski pylon if that would be an option. check their website: http://www.mastercraftbydesign.com/index_475.asp
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