FAQ

FAQ

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 a tow vehicle that’s right for you and your towing needs.

MasterCraft has provided the “BOAT TRAILER SPECIFICATIONS” matrix that will help you to look-up and understand your MasterCraft’s boat and trailer weight ratings.

https://www.mastercraft.com/assets/boat/boat-trailer-specs.pdf

Check for the proper ball size and positive tongue load. Check to see if the tongue jack is fully retracted. Make sure there are no foreign objects or excessive points inside the coupler cavity.

The trailer and wheels should be washed weekly during boating season, and after every use if the trailer has been submerged in?salt or brackish water. Use a soft brush, mild detergent and/or mild degreaser. A quality spray-on wheel cleaner may also be used. Ensure that any product used is specifically indicated for use on aluminum. (Many cleaners are too harsh and will result in pitting or other damage to the wheel surface.) Many car washes use strong chemicals and should be avoided when that is the case.

Removing road film, contaminants and brake dust (all of which retain moisture) is critical to ensuring that the wheels will retain their luster and quality finish for a long period of time.

Any exposure to a hard winter climate, particularly road salt and/or chemicals, requires immediate cleaning the same as submersion in salt water.

NEVER CLEAN HOT WHEELS.

Allow wheels to cool or cool them with running water. If the wheels are too hot, significant damage can occur to the wheels. It is also important to seal the wheels with a sealant that reduces static and resists brake dust. Check at an automotive supply store for an appropriate sealant.

The most common cause of trailer tire trouble is under-inflation.

It is important, to always maintain correct air pressure as indicated by the tire manufacturer on the tire’s sidewalls. (Tire pressure information may be listed on stickers elsewhere as a convenience, but because tires may be replaced, the air pressure should always be verified on the tire’s sidewall. If there is a difference between air pressure listings on labels, warning stickers and tire sidewalls, always defer to the tire sidewall air pressure listing.)

Always check the air pressure when the tires are cold. Tires heat up and the air pressure increases after traveling short distances. For safety and convenience, inflate tires to the air pressure indicated on the sidewall of the tire, but always carry a spare wheel and tire in case of unexpected or sudden issues with a tire.

XKGlow trailer runway lights are available on all MasterCraft Trailer Models. The lights are used for a number of different purposes; including safety, but generally they are designed to beautifully light a boat resting on its trailer.

Failure to use a two-inch (2”) hitch ball and mount rated to 8500-lbs. or higher, where required, may result in failure of the hitch on the tow vehicle and a loss of control of the trailer while towing, which may cause serious injury or death.

Never tow with water in ballast tanks or bags. Failure to empty ballast tanks, bladders or bags on the boat prior to towing can result in improper weight distribution, which can cause towing instability. This could cause the driver to lose control of the tow rig, resulting in death or serious injury to the driver, any passengers and/or to other motorists, or property damage.

In addition, do not tow the boat with wakeboards, skis or other gear left on the board tower racks. Doing so may void the warranty and cause damage to the boat or to vehicles following behind as boards and/or racks may become disengaged.

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (“GVWR”) is the estimated total weight of a road vehicle that is loaded to capacity, including the weight of the vehicle itself. Therefore, the maximum load-carrying capacity of the trailer is the GVWR less the weight of the empty trailer.

When backing up, place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. To turn left, move your hand left (rotate the wheel clockwise). To turn right, move your hand right (rotate the wheel counter clock-wise). Back up slowly.

Because mirrors cannot provide all of the visibility you may need when backing up, whenever possible have someone outside at the rear of the trailer to guide you while backing up. Use slight movements of the steering wheel to adjust direction. Exaggerated movements will cause greater movement of the trailer.

If you have difficulty, pull forward and realign the tow vehicle and trailer and start over.

The correct method for determining the load limit is to:

• Locate the statement, “the weight of cargo should never exceed kg or lbs.,” on the trailer tongue. The number shown equals the total weight capacity for the boat and all contents that can be safely loaded and towed on the trailer.

• Determine the combined weight of the boat and all contents of the boat being loaded onto the trailer. The total weight of the boat and contents may not safely exceed the available cargo load capacity listed on the trailer tongue.

The breakaway system actuators will apply the trailer brakes if the trailer becomes completely detached from the tow vehicle while under power. Failure to properly connect the breakaway system prior to towing may result in serious injury or death and/or property damage. The breakaway cable is a line of defense at separation. Before the breakaway cable is pulled, the coupler must become detached from the hitch ball and the safety chains must fail. At this time the break-away cable is pulled and applies a braking force to the trailer. Note that the breakaway system is not intended to lock up the trailer brakes after separating from the tow vehicle but rather to apply just enough braking force to keep the trailer from free-wheeling.

MasterCraft owners must use only DOT 3—preferred—or DOT 4 brake fluid.

DO NOT USE DOT 5 BRAKE FLUID. DOT 5 FLUID WILL DAMAGE THE SEALS IN THE ACTUATOR AND CALIPERS, CAUSING FAILURE OF BRAKES THAT COULD LEAD TO INJURY OR DEATH.

Any other type may not provide sufficient chemistry to protect against overheating. Brake fluid should be completely replaced during annual maintenance (at least once every 12 months or more often if the system has shown evidence of brake fluid loss).

Brake fluid types should never be mixed. Failure to provide required maintenance can cause brake failure, leading to incidents that result in serious injury or even death.

If a storage cradle is used, the hull must be properly supported to prevent load damage. This can occur with as little as fifteen (15) pounds per square inch of pressure. DO NOT support the boat by resting the hull on the keel (the central fore-and-aft structural member in the bottom of the boat’s hull, extending from the bow to the stern).

Vertical supports must extend from the chine (the angular intersection of the bottom and sides of the boat) to the keel with no gaps between the hull and cradle supports. A total support area of at least 500 square inches is required for proper support of boats under 25’ and 600 square inches for boats over 25’.

Protect all items extending from the hull (i.e., the rudder, propeller, fins, etc.) to prevent them from resting on the cradle or the ground. DO NOT apply any load stress to the propeller, shaft, rudder, swim platform, water intake grate or other protruding items.

Fuel stabilizers work ONLY in fresh gasoline. Stabilizers will not cure oxygenated gasoline. Adding a stabilizer when the boat is being prepared for outings after storage will NOT clean the gumming that has occurred or remove water from the fuel tank or otherwise eliminate any problems that have occurred due to failure to properly prepare the fueling system for storage.

MasterCraft uses a -50 F RV type, nontoxic, propylene glycol based antifreeze to winterize every boat built at the factory. Any antifreeze meeting these requirements is acceptable for MasterCraft engine, ballast, and freshwater system winterization. Be aware that colder climates may require this same type of antifreeze with a -100 F temperature rating.

A smart boat owner will avoid potential problems on an outing by having additional equipment on board. Normally, the decision regarding which equipment to take is dependent on the body of water and the length of the trip. We suggest the following as a minimum. Your MasterCraft Dealer can also assist you with additional recommendations:?

  • An anchor with at least 75 feet of line.
  • A manual bailing device for removing water.
  • A combination oar/boat hook.
  • A day-and-night visual distress signal.
  • A first aid kit and manual.
  • An airway breathing tube.
  • A waterproof flashlight.
  • A horn or whistle, non-electric.
  • A set of local navigational charts.
  • Mooring lines and fenders.
  • Extra engine oil.
  • A tool kit.
  • Extra water to stay hydrated.
  • A portable, battery operated AM/FM radio.
The fuel management software in MasterCraft boats directly connects the boat operator to the management of their fuel. This system collects precision information on fuel flow levels from the engine controller. It then accurately calculates and displays the amount of fuel remaining based on engine activity and the usable size of the fuel tank. As a safeguard, there is a back-up low fuel sensor that signals any discrepancies between the computer and the amount of fuel in the tank.

Steering response is dependent upon three factors: rudder position, motion and throttle.

While high speed maneuvering is relatively easy and takes little practice, slow speed maneuvering is far more difficult and requires much time and practice to master. With both steering and propulsion at the rear of the boat, the initiation of a turn pushes the stern of the boat away from the direction of the turn. The stern follows a larger turning circle than the bow. This is especially important to remember when making close quarters maneuvers. While the effects of unequal propeller thrust (torque steering), wind, and current may not always be present, a practiced driver will use them to his advantage. Unequal thrust is a phenomenon shared by all single-engine, propeller-driven boats. A counterclockwise rotation propeller tends to cause the boat to drive to port when going forward, and to starboard when going backward, with the rudder in the straight ahead position. At high speed, there is compensation for this effect, and it is virtually nonexistent.

But, at slow speed and especially around docks and during backing, the effect can be very pronounced. This is the main reason most experienced drivers approach with the dock to the starboard of the boat. Stopping or checking headway is a technique that must be mastered. With no brakes, reverse must be used to stop the boat. The momentum of the boat will vary according to the load. Make it a practice to slow to no wake speed before shifting into reverse.

If you want revolutionary steering control, the DockStar Handling System gives drivers of any ability a boost of confidence by making tight spots like docks and marinas easier to navigate. DockStar’s breakthrough design delivers the ultimate control with a system of additional rudders that deflect prop wash beneath the boat. The result is precise steering while reversing—in both port and starboard directions.

The DockStar Handling System controls the direction in which the boat moves. The triple rudder system gives more control over the boat than a traditional single rudder system alone. The DockStar rudders allow a boat to reverse to either direction dependent on the orientation of the steering wheel. A DockStar equipped boat is also more agile and responsive at speed in forward.

The DockStar Handling System is a triple rudder system mounted to the bottom of the hull. Additional steering components are mounted under the helm and under the engine in the engine compartment.

Steering a boat with the DockStar Handling System is very similar to steering a car or truck, but the boat will generally respond slower due to operation in the water, which is more dense than air. A DockStar equipped boat will respond with more precision in forward at both low and high speeds than a traditional inboard single rudder system. In reverse, the DockStar system will allow the boat to reverse in either direction similar to a car. Like in a car, turn the wheel to the left to back up to port, and turn the wheel to the right to back to starboard.

When used properly, the plate improves the ride, reduces drag, increases speed and improves the fuel efficiency of the boat.

The operation of the attitude adjustment plate is basic. The plate is mounted with the actuator on the transom of the boat. When the plate is lowered, the water flow is redirected, creating an upward force at the boat’s stern. When the stern rises, the bow will lower.

Since these actuators are electromechanical, they provide an immediate response at the touch of the switch. (The attitude adjustment plate can also be controlled through the Video Display Gauge.) Press and hold up to have the center tab come up. Pressing down on the switch will lower the plate/tabs.

The GEN2 Wake Shaping Devices (WSDs) can be used in sync with additional ballast and presets or manually adjusted to help build and shape a surf wake with more push and a larger optimal surfing area. The center attitude adjustment plate can aid in this as well.

The WSDs are installed on the port and starboard sides of the boat’s stern. The switch is located on the armrest or it can be controlled through the Video Display Gauge.

AutoLaunch uses MasterCraft’s triple tab logic to automatically deploy the surf tabs (where equipped) and the attitude adjustment plate to help push the boat onto plane more quickly and more efficiently, while reducing bow rise. AutoLaunch speeds are optimized by MasterCraft engineers at the factory and come preset for optimal performance in normally weighted operating conditions.

The Fuel Pump Does Not Run When The Engine Start-Stop Button Is Pressed:

Cause 1:  Pump may not be receiving sufficient voltage to the pump, or there may be corrosion interfering with the electrical impulse.

Remedy 1:  Take the boat to an authorized MasterCraft dealer. Only the dealer has the specialized, required tools to correct the problem.

Cause 2:  The fuel pump relay may have tripped.

Remedy 2:  Reset the relay on the EPDM screen on the dash.

The boat’s engine is designed to work with the standard electronics installed in the boat. Adding other electrical components or accessories can change the way the fuel injection controls the engine or the overall electrical system functions. Before adding electrical equipment, consult an authorized MasterCraft dealer’s service department. Otherwise, the engine may not perform properly.

Never attempt to shift without the engine running.

A one-hand, single-lever control operates as both a gear shifter and a throttle. The lever automatically locks in the neutral position (straight up and down) for safety. The lever can be moved from neutral only by raising the lifter under the ball knob.

Shifting is accomplished by moving the lever into the first 45 degrees of travel. Moving the lever forward engages the running gear; moving it back from center puts the drive train into reverse. By advancing the lever beyond 45 degrees you move from the shifting range to the throttle range.

Do not attempt to shift without the engine running! The shift mechanism of this control can be temporarily disengaged by engaging in the black button in the side of the throttle handle. This allows the engine to increase RPM in neutral during warm-up.

In the event that the stereo has been functioning when the boat is not ON and running, the voltage drain on the battery can result in difficulties in restarting the boat. It can also cause intermittent erroneous or fluctuating gauge readings. To avoid this situation, when the voltage level reaches 11.5 volts, the system will shut off the stereo system and sound the alarm for a period of two minutes to give boaters ample time to adjust.

Our MasterCraft ballast systems are specially designed for each boat model to enhance the boating experience. By creating deeper, more dynamic waves and wakes, beginners and professionals alike experience more enjoyable, and even record-setting performances and experiences. For simple outings and improved, faster handling, the ballast systems can be left empty.

To ensure proper break-in and lubrication, boat owners should not remove the factory break-in oil until after the initial ten (10) hours of operation and before twenty-five (25) hours. At that time, an oil change should be performed by an authorized Ilmor/MasterCraft Dealer. Failure to follow the break-in procedure exactly as stated will void the engine warranty.

Yes, during regular warm-up of the engine – it is possible to temporarily increase the engine RPMs without moving the boat. To accomplish this, push in the button located at the bottom of the shift/throttle lever with one hand and pull up the “umbrella” (aluminum surround below the top of the knob). Move the lever to the desired position and then simultaneously release the button and umbrella.

The engine will run with increased RPMs and can be increased or decreased by moving the lever. Returning the handle to the neutral position will bring the system back to neutral and reduce the engine RPMs to preset levels.

Unleaded gasoline should meet the specifications ASTM D4814 in the United States and CGSB 3.5-92 in Canada. If you operate your engine in a country other than the United States or Canada, unleaded fuels may be difficult to locate. Using leaded fuels in your engine is not recommended as engine components will last longer using unleaded fuel. Leaded fuel is not compatible with today’s engines.

The EPDM is a solid state engine fuse block designed for all 2017 MasterCraft boats to make engine diagnostic checks easier and more convenient for quick, on the water fixes. In addition, the EPDM screen displays critical engine and electrical system operating information. Amperage draw and the status of internal digital switches are displayed on the EPDM screen for each engine function.

The voltmeter registers the electrical activity necessary to operate your boat. If the battery is low or non-functional, or if various electrical items on the boat, such as stereo equipment, is draining the battery and impacting the boat’s ability to function properly, the voltmeter will likely be the first gauge to indicate that an issue is occurring.

We introduced MasterCare starting with 2014 model year product. Fully factory backed, fully comprehensive and fully covered for five years—the industry had never seen anything like it. We were the first to really stand behind the quality of our boats and our workmanship.

Please send your boat Hull Identification Number (HIN#) found on the corner of the starboard transom or, the boat model type and year. Once received, our MasterCare Support Team will research the exact gel color(s) and get back to you. To contact MasterCare, please submit via the Contact Us form.

Annually (Every One Hundred [100] Hours)

NOTE: MasterCraft recommends that the following be performed by an authorized MasterCraft Technician.

Before Starting the Engine Or After It Has Cooled:
* Replace the fuel filter (to be performed by an authorized MasterCraft technician only).
* Check the propeller shaft coupler alignment.
* Lubricate the steering system.
* Lubricate the throttle and shift cables.
* Check the engine mounts.
* Inspect the complete fuel system for leakage.
* Check the fire extinguisher and suppression units on-board.
* Change impellers.

Quarterly (Every Fifty [50] Hours)

Before Starting the Engine Or After It Has Cooled

• Check the safety equipment.
• Change the oil.

Using lifting eyes properly is important, An overhead hoist with an appropriate rating capacity should be used to lift your boat. Cables should be properly rated for each model. Each cable should be rated above the full weight of the model to be lifted. When lifting, keep the bow slightly higher than the stern to prevent any possibility of water running into the engine exhaust manifold. DO NOT use the ski pylon or any portion of any tower for lifting. They are NOT designed to be used as a central lifting point. Also, DO NOT use the stern ski tow as a lifting ring. The deck may be damaged. Never use the cleats as lifting points. See the Storage Cradle sub-section of the 2017 Owners Manual.

Also never lift a boat with water in the bilge or containing a water-filled device such as a ballast system or sack. The extra stress will put an excessive load on the hull and lifting equipment that may seriously damage the boat.

For all inquiries about Wet Jet parts and technical help, please contact:

DL DISTRIBUTORS, LLC.

Telephone: (320) 212-7765

eMail: help@wetjetparts.com

Website: http://wetjetparts.com/

DL Distributors, LLC is MasterCraft’s official world wide WetJet parts distributor.

After checking with your local MasterCraft Dealer, if you are unable to locate parts, you could check-in with fellow MasterCraft owners on the Team Talk forum – http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk

MasterCraft has some older upholstery available and we offer:

  • Vinyl Upholstery Skins Available for some model years including 2009 and 2010.
  • Complete Vinyl Upholstery Available for model years 2011 thru 2016.

Please contact your local Dealer to learn more

  1. Ensure the engine is OFF and the engine safety starting switch is disconnected. Place the throttle/shift control lever in forward gear.
  2. Remove and discard the cotter pin.
  3. Remove the propeller nut.
  4. Tap the center hub with a rubber mallet to release the propeller. Inspect the shaft and propeller splines for damage.
  5. Thoroughly clean and apply a light coat of waterproof marine multi-purpose grease to the splined area of the shaft and propeller.
  6. Align the splines and carefully install the propeller onto the shaft. DO NOT FORCE INTO PLACE.
  7. Install the propeller nut and torque to 50-ft-lbs.
  8. Install a new cotter pin and bend the ends around the shaft to lock the propeller onto the shaft.

Engine oil and filters must be changed before storage because of the acids that develop in the oil, which can attack bearings. Also, since marine engines run cooler than automotive engines, moisture/condensation stays in the oil instead of evaporating out of the oil. For these two reasons, we recommend changing the oil before sitting for a prolonged period of time.

In cleaning tempered glass windshields, the normal glass cleaners (from spray bottles or aerosol cans) work best. While the glass is very strong, it can be scratched if anything abrasive is used. Harsh chemicals or solvents should be avoided because they may affect the vinyl gaskets, anodized or powder-coated finish on the extrusions.

Stainless steel and chrome-plated parts are not totally resistant to corrosion. Occasional cleaning and polishing with a marine chrome-and-stainless polish will maintain and extend the useful life. In salt water areas, rinse all hardware with fresh water and apply a light coating of protective oil to enhance the appearance after each use.

A soft cloth can be used for cleaning the unit. Window cleaner or alcohol can also be used to clean the glass portion of the display. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners on the unit.

The fiberglass swim platform requires the same kind of regular— and gentle—cleaning that the rest of the boat needs. After cleaning out any environmental debris, wash with mild soap and warm water. Avoid the use of ArmorAll or similar types of rubber-shine products as these will speed the decay of the rubber rather than protect it.

Yes – when washing the boat, use a mild detergent, such as Dawn or Ivory dish soap, or similar commercially-produced detergent, and warm water solution. DO NOT use abrasive cleaners, solvents, ammonia or chlorine, as these will damage the gel coat surface.

Under extreme conditions, special cleaners may be used to remove marine growth from the hull. (See an authorized MasterCraft Dealer for further instructions.)

Galvanic corrosion (electrolysis) to the boat is the decomposition of metal due to the effects of electrolytic action. When two dissimilar metals are immersed in a conductive fluid (salt water), an electric current is produced, much like the action of a battery. As the current flows, it takes with it tiny bits of the softer metal. If left unchecked, a great deal of damage could occur.

If you operate in salt, polluted or brackish waters, your boat should be equipped with a transom-mounted zinc anode to prevent damage to those metal parts coming in contact with the water. The zinc is, by design, self-sacrificing. It is slowly eroded away by electrolytic action and requires periodic inspection for deterioration. If the zinc shows extreme erosion, it must be replaced to continue protection, or damage to other metal parts may result.

Scoop or scrape up as much of the spill as possible, followed by a thorough blotting of the remaining spotting with a dry, clean cloth. If cloth is not available, paper towels are an acceptable substitute.

For non-oil based stains, create a detergent solution by adding 1/4 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to one (1) cup of warm water. Apply the solution to the ffected area (do not scrub) and blot with a dry, clean cloth. Repeat the process until the stain stops transferring to the cloth. If the stain still appears on the platform, apply the solution to the area and allow it to stand for 2-5 (two-to-five) minutes. Then rinse with clear, clean water.

Start with your local MasterCraft Dealer to verify their inventory of older replacement decals. If unavailable, there are other owners on our Team Talk Forum who have completed similar projects, or know where to procure older decals.

In addition, there are owner restoration projects and other resources available on Facebook that will help in the search for replacement decals:

MasterCraft recommends the following products:

• MasterCraft Vinyl Dressing • Vinyl Finish

• Vinyl Cleaner

• Mild Dish Soap

• 303 High Tech Fabric GuardTM

• 303 Fabric and Vinyl CleanerTM

• Babe’s Seat Soap

Occasionally washing with mild detergent and warm water or household carpet cleaners will help keep the carpet clean. Thoroughly hose the detergent out of the carpet and into the bilge. (This is usually the best time to clean the bilge also). Allow the boat to remain uncovered in the sun for several days to prevent any mildew or odor caused by moisture.

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 a tow vehicle that’s right for you and your towing needs.

MasterCraft has provided the “BOAT TRAILER SPECIFICATIONS” matrix that will help you to look-up and understand your MasterCraft’s boat and trailer weight ratings.

https://www.mastercraft.com/assets/boat/boat-trailer-specs.pdf

There are important functions that must be followed before, during and after every outing:

* Inspect the raw water intake water strainer for blockage. If there is blockage, also check the transmission cooler (where equipped).

* Check and clean as necessary the seacock strainer.

* Check the cooling system level. See the Ilmor Engine owner’s manual for details.

* Inspect the battery connections and hold-downs.

* Inspect the drive train for loose or missing hardware.

* Inspect the throttle and shift cables for kinks, wear and interference with other components.

* Inspect the propeller shaft log for excessive water entry.

* Inspect the fuel system lines and connections for leaks.

* Check for water leaks or excessive exhaust odor.

* As you start the engine, check that the voltage reading registers a fully charged battery.

When preparing to anchor, bring the bow of the vessel into the wind or current. Place the engine in neutral. When the boat comes to a stop, slowly lower the anchor. Do not throw the anchor over as it will tend to foul the anchor or tangle line. When the anchor line has been let out, back up away from the anchor with the engine in idle reverse to help set the anchor. After it is firmly set, use reference points (landmarks) in relation to the boat to be sure that the boat is not drifting. Check the points frequently.

What to do when severe weather strikes:

* Reduce speed, keeping enough power to maintain headway.
* Put on PFDs.
* Turn on running lights.
* Head for the nearest shore or safe harbor that is safe to approach, if possible.
* Head bow of boat into waves at 45-degree angle, if possible.
* Keep bilges free of water.
* Seat passengers on bottom of the boat, near the centerline.
* If the engine fails, tie a sea anchor on a line from the bow of the boat to keep the boat
headed into the waves. A bucket will work as a sea anchor in an emergency.
* Anchor the boat, if necessary.
* Seek shelter on-shore whenever possible. Particularly avoid riding out a storm that includes
high wind and/or lightning, which is especially dangerous.
* Avoid contact with metal portions of the boat such as handrails, windshields, tower and
cleats.

Step 1: Slowly bring the control lever to the neutral position. If the boat has been driven for a long period of time or at high speed, allow the engine a two-to-three (2-3) minute cool-down period at low idle (600-800 RPM).

Step 2:Press the ENGINE START-STOP button.

Step 3: At the conclusion of the outing, turn the key off and remove from the key slot. Turn the battery switch to “O ”. Doing so will ensure that you have turned OFF the electrical system, and prevent others people from starting or running the boat.

Step 4: If any problems were encountered during operation, have the boat inspected by an authorized MasterCraft Dealer. Request any necessary repairs before resuming operation of the boat.

Never leave the ignition switch in the RUN position without the engine running; this will prevent the natural discharge of the battery and result in damage to the starter solenoid.

For tournament use and practice, accurate speedometer readings are a must. To calibrate the speedometer you need an accurately measured course of 850 feet and a certified stop-watch accurate to a thousandth of a second. To calibrate to AWSA official-tournament rules:

  1. Approach the course at an indicated 36 miles per hour (MPH). Hold the speed steady and have an observer check the course time with a stopwatch.
  2. If the course time is between 15.88 and 16.28 seconds, no adjustment is necessary. If the course time is not within tolerance, the adjustment switch is on the lower right panel of the dash.

Yes, you need the ignition key to start the boat. All models will have a removable ignition key. Its purpose is for safety and security. The key should be inserted prior to starting an outing, and removed at the conclusion. This is intended to prevent theft or unapproved use of the boat.

The process for starting the boat is:

– Insert the key and turn…this turns ON the electrical system and prompts the battery(ies) to
provide power.

– Momentarily press the ENGINE START-STOP button

To prevent a possible explosion, operate the blower for at least four (4) minutes before starting the engine and always when at idle or slow-running speed. Explosive gasoline and/or battery fumes may be present in the engine compartment. Failure to do so may result in serious injury or death!

Never overload your boat. The maximum weight capacity as listed on the certification plate includes all items added to the boat (persons and gear).

Also, proper distribution of weight is critical to boat and wake performance. Allocate the load as evenly as possible. These capacities include filled ballast bags, whether they are factory-installed, dealer-installed or added by the customer.

Note that adding ballast bags reduces the number of people and the amount of gear that can be added. Failure to adhere to the total maximum capacity may result in too much strain on the drive train or can sink the boat.

The emergency engine safety switch, called the “lanyard”, is an ignition cut-off switch designed to stop the engine in the event of an operator being thrown from position or moving too far from the helm. The lanyard is equipped with a hook on one end for attachment to your clothing or PFD, and the opposite end has a slide that fits over the switch. Be sure that the slide is firmly attached to the switch before starting. The switch is located near the throttle control box. If the slide is left off or loose, the engine will crank but will not start. The safety switch lanyard must be attached to the operator whenever the engine is started. Failure to do so may result in serious injury or death.

Do not tow more than two (2) persons at one time on a tow tower. The tow tower approved for use on your boat should be used only for water skis, wakeboards, surfboards or recreational two-person towables, and not for parasailing, kite flying or towing other boats. Do not add any attachments that are not approved for use on your MasterCraft boat. Do not climb on, sit on, stand on, jump off of or dive off of the tower. Never allow passengers to sit behind the tow rope attachment point. Never allow loose tow rope ends to dangle. Always be certain that all bolts are in place and tight before and during use. When the tower is up, watch for low obstacles such as tree limbs, bridges or power lines.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless, odorless and poisonous gas that accumulates rapidly and can cause serious injury or death.

Exposure to carbon monoxide can be fatal in a matter of minutes. Exposure to even low concentrations of carbon monoxide must not be ignored because the effects of exposure to carbon monoxide are cumulative and can be just as lethal as at high concentrations.

Carbon monoxide from exhaust pipes of inboard or outboard engines may build up inside and outside the boat in areas near exhaust vents. STAY AWAY from these exhaust vent areas, which are located at the stern of the boat, and DO NOT swim or engage in any watersports or other activities in or near the stern area of the boat, including, without limitation, the swim platform and the rear sun deck, when the engine is in operation.

Under no circumstances should teak surfing or similar activities be performed during the operation of your MasterCraft boat – such activities are a misuse of this product.

Approach docks slowly, with the starboard side of the boat if possible. The natural tendency to torque steer with the rotation of the propeller at slow speeds makes docking easier on that side. Also, use wind and current to your advantage when docking. Before tying-up the boat, be sure to use enough dock bumpers to protect the boat from damage. If possible, tie-up with the bow toward the waves. Use good quality double-braided nylon line. Tie-up only to the lifting or tie-down eyes. Never use the handrails or ski pylon. If the boat is to be moored for a long period of time, use chafing protectors to protect the gel coat finish. Leave a little slack in the lines, allowing for some wave movement or tidal action where applicable.

Or, you can option for MasterCraft’s new DockStar Handling System. This innovation gives drivers of any ability a boost of confidence by making tight spots like docks and marinas easier to navigate. DockStar’s breakthrough design delivers the ultimate control with a system of additional rudders that deflect prop wash beneath the boat. The result is precise steering while reversing—in both port and starboard directions.

The below recommendations are not all-inclusive. It is the boater’s responsiblity to operate the boat in a safe fashion and become familiar with any and all rules and laws governing boat operation:

  1. Never put your arm, head or any other part of your body through the handle/bridle of the ski line, nor wrap the line around any part of the body at any time.
  2. Never ski at night, or directly in front of other boats.
  3. Never jump from a boat that is moving at any speed, nor enter or exit the water when the engine is running or “ON”.
  4. Make sure that everyone knows and uses approved skiing hand signals and common skiing courtesy.
  5. Never ride on the ski platform or hold on to the platform while in the water during engine operation, including at idle. Carbon monoxide fumes are expelled from the lower transom area of a boat and can cause serious illness or even death.

Do not tow more than two persons at one time on a tow tower. The tow tower should be used only for water skis, wakeboards, or recreational towables and not for parasailing, kite flying or towing other boats. Do not add any attachments that are not installed by MasterCraft. Do not climb on, sit on, stand on, jump off or dive off the tower. Never allow passengers to sit behind the tow rope attachment point. Never allow loose tow rope ends to dangle. Always be certain that all bolts are in place and tight before and during use. When the tower is up, watch for low obstacles such as tree limbs, bridges or power lines.

A “float plan” is a written record indicating the planned destination and approximate length of time for the outing. Sample forms are available here from the Coast Guard’s website.

One should be completed and left with a relative or friend prior to each trip. In case of an emergency or failure to return within a reasonable period of time, pertinent information will be available to assist local marine police or the Coast Guard in determining whether a search should be performed.

Be sure to notify the float plan holder upon return.

Your MasterCraft has been equipped at the factory with most of the federally required safety equipment for inland waters (Class I, 16-foot-to-26-foot watercraft). This equipment includes:

ABYC-approved marine mufflers with water injection.

USCG-approved marine flame arrestor.

USC-approved engine box ventilation with spark-less power blower.

ABYC-approved electric horn sound-warning device.

USCG-approved inland lighting.

Additionally, you should always check that you have onboard a fire extinguisher, which is mandatory equipment and sold as an optional purchase from the factory.

Federal law also requires at least one Type I, II or III Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for each person on-board or being towed on water skis or other recreational equipment. In addition, one throwable Type IV PFD must also be on board. As the owner, obtaining the appropriate PFDs is your responsibility.

Your MasterCraft Dealer can and will be happy to assist you.

Note: Requirements for coastal waters and inland waters differ. Check with the local authorities for more information.

Recently we have had questions regarding usage, serviceability and some of the specialized components that are a part of your MB Sports Tournament Towboat. Listed below are the questions that are most frequently asked and the recommendations we feel are appropriate. These are recommendations; the final decision is ultimately the customer’s.

Can I Teak Surf behind my boat by holding on to my swim platform?

Absolutely Not!!!

The minimum distance should be at least 30 feet behind your boat. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is a silent killer. Fresh air is your only protection. Also, you should always turn off your engine when you are not moving. DO NOT idle for long periods of time.

When my ballast tank gauge reads empty, are the tanks completely empty?

No, the gauge is semi-accurate, to completely empty the tanks you must remove the ballast tank plugs after loading your boat on the trailer and let them drain. On 2009 models forward, you can open the transom valve.

Can I empty my ballast tanks in the water while moving forward in forward gear?

Yes, the MB Sports ballast system is designed to empty in 30-60 seconds with the boat on plane. The factory equipped plug and play bags will empty into the hard tanks and out of the boat through the quick fill ballast valves.

Can I tow my boat with water in my ballast tanks?

No, always empty your tanks before towing. The trailer is NOT designed to carry the extra weight.

Should I tow my boat with my boat cover on all the time?

No, it is best to tow with a towable boat cover only if you are traveling long distances and are unsure of road and weather conditions.

Should I buy Hi-octane fuel?

The Raptor 400/440 requires a minimum of 89 Octane. The Roush Supercharged Raptor 575 requires 93 Octane or higher.

How often should I service my boat?

Engine and transmission should be serviced after the first 10-20 hours. After the initial service it should be done once a year or 75 hours regardless of the number of hours used during the season. Consult your Indmar Service Manual for specific service milestones.

Grease my rudder?

Grease lightly 2-3 times a year, over greasing can cause your boat to steer or turn hard.

Should I use synthetic oil in my engine?

Indmar uses and recommends a semi-synthetic oil meeting the API rating of SN for use in all its engines. Consult your Indmar Service Manual for specified fluids.

When I use my boat above 3,000 ft. elevation and return to the valley, my engine sometimes runs rough when I first start it. Is this normal?

Yes, your engine computer is adjusting for the change in altitude.

What soap should I use to clean my boat?

Any good boat soap or mild dishwashing liquid soap works great (1-2 capfuls of liquid soap to one gallon of water). Please use generously and change towels often. Rinse with water and dry immediately. Wash the boat in a shaded area, trying to avoid direct sunlight.

What should my tire pressure be?

Be sure your tires are filled to maximum capacity when cold. Low tire pressure builds heat, causing excessive tire wear and in some cases can cause tire failure.

CAUTION

Buddy Bearings on your trailer axles do NOT require excessive grease. When used correctly you will only need grease 2-3 times a year. Use a low-pressure grease gun. If insert rocks from side to side, do not grease.

CAUTION

It is the owner’s responsibility to check the bolts on your wakeboard tower, speakers, racks and any other bolt-on accessories. This equipment absorbs a tremendous amount of energy traveling along the highway. The shoulder of the road is especially abusive to your boat; its components and your trailer. Please check you boat and trailer periodically.

CAUTION

Swim steps are made for entering and exiting the boat. DO NOT OVER LOAD platform (500 lbs. max.) when using. Never use brackets as tie downs.

CAUTION

Towers are designed for wakeboarding and surfing only. Never use to waterski or pull inflatables, etc. The tower could cause bodily injury or death if failure occurs by overloading.

Can I trailer my boat with the bimini top deployed?

Towing your boat with the bimini top deployed will void the warranty. The bimini top is not designed to withstand the force generated when towing at highway speeds. Always collapse your bimini top and stow in a safe location be fore trailering your boat.

CAUTION

Never overload your boat with excessive weight. 15 person maximum on any MB model.