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    Hi Folks,

    This is my first summer with a Mastercraft 195 2001 (but 5th boat) We were surprised with how slowly the carpet dries, even in the sun. Hating to cover the moisture in the boat while we are in the city for the week and start a mold problem, I resorted to shopvacing the carpet to get the water out. It worked great, but a lot of work. I didn't realize that the plush carpeting would hold the water so well!
    Any other ways to manage this?

  • #2
    Shop vac as dry as you can and always set a couple canisters of damp rid in the boat before you cover it for the week. DampRid can be picked up at most big box and hardware stores.
    2008 Prostar 197

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    • #3
      Duplicate post.
      2008 Prostar 197

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      • #4
        I have all my passengers stand on the swim platform for a bit, and remove their life jacket and drain, before getting in the boat. My carpet doesn't get all that wet, unless we get caught in some rain.

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        • #5
          1. consider a better cover made of Sunbrella or other breathable fabric.
          2. vented pole
          3. Use a fan to circulate. Set an 110v fan on low or use a 12v (assuming you place the batteries on a charger)
          1991 MariStar 240sc, 454, tower, WetSounds, Krypt and Rockford Fosgate

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          • #6
            You might consider an ancillary carpet with a backing of some type in the back when doing lots of skiing?

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            • #7
              Thanks for the advice! I keep the boat under a fixed cover, and the water comes form regular watersports use. I will consider the ideas provided.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 88 PS190 View Post
                You might consider an ancillary carpet with a backing of some type in the back when doing lots of skiing?
                Yes, I have a portable slalom course so, I use extra carpets when pulling up the pipes and the gear. Will consider a another back carpet for skiing. thx

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                • #9
                  I also have a portable slalom.

                  On the 88 I am working on a seat base or rather working on gearing up to spend the money on starboard. (I don't use the factory one to keep it from being destroyed and make exiting the boat safer). I want it to have an angled base that tilts towards the rear - marine carpeted to sit/step on, and a catch tray with a drain to the rear - then an air gap under.

                  I am sick of cleaning mildewey rear carpet.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kevkan View Post
                    I have all my passengers stand on the swim platform for a bit, and remove their life jacket and drain, before getting in the boat. My carpet doesn't get all that wet, unless we get caught in some rain.
                    Ditto. Amazing how much dryer the boat stays when you have folks do this. When i go out to slalom with 2 other skiers i keep a small plastic tub on board for all the wet gear.
                    1996 ProStar 190
                    PCM ZR6 W/ Zero Off

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jesujoma View Post
                      Thanks for the advice! I keep the boat under a fixed cover, and the water comes form regular watersports use. I will consider the ideas provided.
                      The point of a breathable cover is to let moisture OUT with the cover on.
                      Cheaper covers will contain the super humid air not allowing drying and encouraging mold.

                      From my experience, even with Sunbrella, there needs to be air circulation and a warm week to dry completely. When I stored outside, the natural pumping motion of the cover moving from wind was enough. Now that I store inside, the metal building gets HOT but with little air circulation, I need to run a fan on low for a couple days if we were caught out in the rain, general watersports moisture is not a problem til shoulder seasons.

                      Agree, for watersports, people need to be standing on the platform til the heavy dripping has completed. They should be toweled before leaving the sun deck/ski locker. Wet vests go around the ski pylon on v-drive or wrapped in the prior used towel til dryer.
                      1991 MariStar 240sc, 454, tower, WetSounds, Krypt and Rockford Fosgate

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