Now that spring is in full swing it's time to get your boat out and get it ready for the boating season (if you have not already done so).
As you re-activate your boat remember that time spent on maintenance now can keep you on the water all summer long.
The following list comes from MasterCraft's Website. The entire article can be found here. By performing these steps now, you are sure to maximize your time on the water hassle free.
RE-ACTIVATING YOUR MASTERCRAFT AFTER STORAGE
- Remove the duct tape from the exhaust flaps.
- Fully charge the battery and install it in the boat, following all safety precautions associated with changing batteries.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Often, batteries that have been stored over winter will require re-charging. If the battery is charged by utilizing a battery charger, use only a three-stage or more battery charger. It is important that the operator never turn a battery charger immediately to "start," as the sudden jolt of voltage may cause damage to the electrical system, particularly control modules for ballast system. Regardless of whether it is during the re-activation process or at any time, care should also be used in charging the battery.
- Follow all instructions for reactivating the drive train as detailed in the engine owner's manual. NOTE: Due to the complex nature of the reactivation process, MasterCraft recommends having an authorized MasterCraft dealer perform this function.
- Ensure that all drain plugs throughout the boat and drive train have been reinstalled to avoid unwanted intrusion of water.
- If applicable, reconnect the hoses to your heater or shower.
- Check the engine compartment and bilge for signs of nesting animals. Clean as necessary.
- Check the entire engine system for fluid, oil and coolant levels. Add as necessary.
- Check the entire engine for cracks or leaks caused by freeze damage.
- Check all hose clamps for tightness. Install the bilge drain plug and the rear drain plug in boats equipped with certain types of ballast systems.
- Grease the propeller shaft taper and install the propeller.
- Fully re-charge and re-install the battery or batteries.
- Perform the daily maintenance as noted previously in this Owner;'s Manual. If it was not done prior to storage, perform the annual maintenance as well.
- If the boat is equipped with the optional fresh water cooling system and was drained for storage, fill the system with fresh coolant solution per instructions.
- Check the alignment between the output flange on the transmission and the propeller shaft flange. If the maximum feeler gauge that can clip between the flange faces at any point is 0.003", the unit is properly aligned. If a thicker gauge can be inserted at any point, the engine must be re-adjusted until proper alignment is obtained. This should be performed by an authorized MasterCraft dealer's service department.
- For all models, with the boat in the water, cycle the key ON and then OFF two (2) or three (3) times, allowing ten (10) seconds between key cycles, before cranking the engine. This allows the fuel pump to prime the fuel lines; then start the engine. In the event the engine does not respond, allow a two-minute cool down period for every thirty (30) seconds of cranking. When the engine fires, keep a close watch over the gauge readings and check for leakage and abnormal noises. Keep speeds low for the first fifteen (15) minutes to allow the engine to reach normal operating temperatures.
- In ProStar 197s equipped with ballast bags, when reconnecting the hook-ups, be sure to squeeze the prongs to help slide the connector back on. Dish soap or some similar product will help slide the connects back together. Note that the red ring goes over the raised ring to ensure a working connection.