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    Maybe someone can help me with this?Why did mastercraft put the transom lifting bolts right above the swim platform on the older boats?This makes it impossable to use tie downs without wrapping the straps around the platform.Thats alot of stress on the brackets that I don't think they were designed to handle. Other boats that I've owned had a clear shot.I know most people with older MC just don't stap them down. I'm thinking about building a new platform,just to allow clearance for the tie downs.Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Those are actually lifting eyes. That said, I feel your pain.

    I use a long strap over the top of the boat (it passes just behind the motorbox and attaches to the two rings on the trailer. I use socks over the strap where it contacts the hull to prevent it from rubbing. The boat does not move on the trailer with this setup and you won't have to mod your platform. You can see it in this picture (it's the red strap).
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    • #3
      If your platform is slotted like Doug's, you can run the straps through the slots.
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      • #4
        Of course, if you hit a pretty good bump, that could put some undue stress on your platform, brackets, hull, or all of the above.
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        • #5
          Could you notch out the platform near the stern???

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          • #6
            What are you tying the boat down to? I have an 87Prostar and use the approach described by eastTxSkier using the tie down rings on the side of the trailer (well actually I don't trailer my boat anymore so don't use anything). There isn't anything on my trailer that I could even use to tie down between the lift rings and the trailer.

            I was kind of assuming everyone used the strap over the back. Is that not the case?

            Lance
            1987 Prostar 190 (351, powerslot, stock 14x18)
            2004 Bennington Pontoon (22' w/ 90hp 4-stroke)
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            • #7
              I tie mine down using the 2 transom eyes. 96 PS 190. The hooks fit thru between the hull and platform fine, but I pull the hooks up from underneath, so the ratchet is down close to the trlr frame, away from the fiberglass. The straps rest on the transom, but when tight they don't move around at all, no scuffs on the 'glass.
              '06 X2 MCX

              "I understand why some people may not want to do this the way I have recommended but I can't understand the death grip some people have on a toilet plunger with a hose fitting." -JimN

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              • #8
                My trailer doesn't have anything on the back to which I could attach a tie-down.
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                • #9
                  When I do tow, I use the strap like Doug does.

                  It seem to me that most people in my area don't bother with a transom tie down, just the bow.

                  I have seen a site like this a time or two, I sure don't want it happening to me.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by east tx skier
                    My trailer doesn't have anything on the back to which I could attach a tie-down.
                    I have this same trailer. There are holes underneath the rail just outside of the brake light, towards the outside corner. The angle of the strap is such that they angle out & don't put that much stress on the swimstep brackets. Wish I could say none, but there is some stress. Since it's sheer stress, I don't think it amounts to much though. I don't strap them down that tight, just snug.
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                    Bill
                    -former '94 PS205 owner. Still ridin my Sky Ski.....

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                    • #11
                      One thing to reconsider- you aren't trying to tie the boat down. You're trying to keep the trailer in contact, which is a lot lighter than the boat. If the straps were attached to something that was anchored down, it would be dealing with the weight of the boat. In other words, if you lift the boat by the hull while it's strapped to the trailer, the eyes are dealing with the weight of the trailer, not the boat. That said, if you have the slotted platform and thread the strap through the first slat, it's pulling the slat against the hull in a reinforced area.

                      Sometimes, you can send the strap between the platform and hull, but only if there's a gap.

                      I have seen Prostars that went "over the river and through the woods" with no damage to the boat or platform, just the trailer. Once the fender(s) and paint were fixed, they were good as new. Traumatized, but fine otherwise.

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                      • #12
                        Fortunately for me it is not a problem as the transom eyes are outside of the platform.
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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the ideas!My trailer is a V/M ,I have only seen these on the west coast. It has rings for the tie downs welded to the trailer. The swim platform has already broken once from the tie downs. I think the rachet style straps might work because their isn't any buckles.I was thinking on making a new platform anyway!
                          Last edited by Brn85ss; 11-18-2004, 06:39 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brn85ss
                            Thanks for all the ideas!My trailer is a V/M ,I have only seen these on the west coast. It has rings for the tie downs welded to the trailer. The swim platform has already broken once from the tie downs. I think the rachet style straps might work because their isn't any buckles.I was thinking on making a new platform anyway!
                            I have an '83 on a V/M trailer. I've been tying down to the bottom of the swim platform brackets as close to the transom as possible. Both hooks on the tie down are rubber coated and I don't tighten them too much...just snug. It seems to work.

                            Are you on the west coast? Do you attend the reunion?

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                            • #15
                              Yes I'm on the west side,and no I didn't attend.Some day I just might go,depends on the timing.Back to the trailer it just seems to me that if you put tie down eyes on the boat and the trailer you should be able to use them. I like your idea because my brackets are though bolted to the transom,should be plenty strong enough!thanks for the imput

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