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STEERING RULES

Any time two (2) vessels on the water meet one another, one vessel has the right-of-way. It is called the stand-on vessel. The vessel that does not have the right-of-way ...

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WSIA - WATERCRAFT SAFETY VIDEO

Click on the link and watch this valuable video for tow boat and watercraft safety, produced by the WSIA. Safety and etiquette is outlined so that everyone will enjoy a fun and safe day on t...

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SAFETY AFLOAT

he cause of many boating accidents is often the operator?s failure to follow basic safety rules or written precautions. Many accidents can be avoided if an operator is completely fa...

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TRAILER MAINTENANCE & QUICK TIPS

Chips In The Paint  Especially on the axles and frame of the trailer, paint chipping generally results when these surfaces are subjected to repeated or significant impacts by variou...

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BOAT TRAILER SPECIFICATIONS

When selecting a tow vehicle for your MasterCraft, it is important to determine the exact weight of your boat and trailer.These weights must be confirmed before you can choose...

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WALK-AROUND TRAILER INSPECTION

The majority of potential roadside issues can be eliminated by a walk-around visual inspection of the trailer. This should be done after hitching the trailer to the tow vehicle, and ...

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BOAT REGISTRATION & NUMBERING

All undocumented vessels equipped with propulsion machinery must be registered in the state of principal use. A certificate of number will be issued upon registering the vehicle. The...

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ANCHORING

Anchoring is done for two principal reasons: first, to stop for fishing, swimming, lunch or an overnight stay, and secondly, to keep a boat from running aground in bad weather or as a result...

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OPERATOR'S LICENSE

Some states are implementing operator?s license requirements. These requirements vary widely. Many states now have restrictions regarding age. If you are operating in a location wher...

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CHECK THE BALLAST PUMP IMPELLER

This applies only to X and XStar boats equipped with some type of ballast system. The number of ballast pumps varies from system to system. Authorized MasterCraft Dealers can pr..

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LUBRICATE THE STEERING SYSTEM

For cable systems only (both standard steering and DockStar Handling System); hydraulic steering maintenance must be completed by an authorized MasterCraft Dealer only. Because this ..

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PROPELLER MAINTENANCE

Propeller damage is caused by striking solid objects. If the propeller is not rotating at the time it strikes a solid object, the damage is usually confined to just one blade and may...

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CHECK THE ENGINE MOUNTS

CAUTION:  Some engine parts become very hot during operation. This inspection must be completed while the engine is cool to prevent burns to your skin. Perform this task before star..

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SALTWATER CARE

MasterCraft boats have been designed for operation in fresh water unless equipped with the Salt Water Package. If operating a fresh-water model temporarily in salt, polluted or brack...

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STAINLESS STEEL & CHROME | ANODIZED ALUMINUM

Stainless steel, chrome-plated and anodized aluminum parts are not totally resistant to corrosion. Occasional cleaning and polishing with a marine chrome-and-stainless polish will ma...

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HOW TO DRIVE FOR A WAKESURFER

In this How-To, Travis Moye of the Boarding School gives you some basic tips on how to lose the nervousness and drive for the rippers in your crew....

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HOW TO FIND THE SWEET SPOT WAKESURFING

In this How-To, Travis Moye of the Boarding School provides some basic instruction on how to break up with your surf rope and find that allusive sweet spot while wakesurfing....

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HOW TO TEACH A KID TO WAKESURF

In this How-To, Travis Moye of the Boarding School gives you a few basic tips to get kids up on a wakesurf board, helping mom and dad trade in frustration for fun....

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ETHANOL FUELS

When you fuel your MasterCraft boat having an ILMOR engine, please be certain that you do not use a fuel blend that exceeds 10% ethanol, or which contains any methanol. Doing so co...

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ENGINE FUEL LEVELS

Starting the engine with fuel levels below the acceptable standard will likely cause damage to the fuel pump. MasterCraft, working in conjunction with the fuel pump?s manufacturer, h...

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GENERAL POWER PACKAGE PREP

Step 1  Lubricate the throttle and shift linkages and cables with multi-purpose grease.  Step 2 MasterCraft recommends that batteries be removed from the boat for winter storage. ...

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LOW VOLTAGE BATTERY ALARM

In the event that the stereo has been functioning when the boat is not ON and running, the voltage drain on the battery (or batteries) may result in difficulties with restarting the ...

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DUAL BATTERIES

Purpose: Because of the demanding drain on the electrical system by modern MasterCraft boats, it has become necessary to implement a dual battery system. When properly operated, the ...

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BATTERY CHARGER

As a convenience, a battery charger is offered as an option. The charger is designed to recharge the batteries and also to extend battery life in applications where the boat is store...

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12 VOLT RECEPTACLES

12-volt receptacles allow external electronic devices to charge from the boat?s electrical system. Location MasterCraft boats have one (1) or more 12-volt receptacles. Examine...

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ALUMINUM ANODE

Galvanic corrosion (electrolysis) is the decomposition of metal due to the effects of electrolytic action. When two (2) dissimilar metals are immersed in a conductive fluid (e.g...

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TRANSOM PROTECTION FILM

Purpose  To provide a clear barrier between the transom of the boat and the numerous outside elements, such as water sports gear (wake surfing boards, wakeboards, etc.) that ar...

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BALLAST SYSTEM WINTERIZATION

Ballast tanks, pumps, hoses and fittings must be properly winterized to prevent freezing damage during winter storage. Because of the complexity of preparing a ballast system for win...

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REACTIVATING THE BOAT AFTER STORAGE

Step 1  Remove duct tape from exhaust flaps.  Step 2  Fully charge the battery(ies) and install them in the boat, following all safety precautions associated with changing batteri...

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GENERAL POWER PACKAGE WINTERIZATION

Step 1 Lubricate the throttle and shift linkages and cables with multi-purpose grease.  Step 2  MasterCraft recommends that batteries be removed from the boat for winter storage. ...

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