INTRODUCTION RECORD IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

INTRODUCTION RECORD IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
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INTRODUCTION
Thank you for choosing a Skeeter boat. This Owner’s/
Operator’s Manual contains information you will need
for proper operation, maintenance, and care. A
thorough understanding of these simple instructions
will help you to obtain maximum enjoyment from your
new boat. If you have any questions about the
operation or maintenance of your boat, please consult
a Skeeter Dealer.
Because Skeeter has a policy of continuing product
improvement, this product may not be exactly as
described in this Owner’s/Operator’s Manual.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
This manual should be considered a permanent part of
this boat and should remain with it even if the boat is
subsequently sold.
This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable
trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging
to other companies. Any references to other companies
or their products are for identification purposes only,
and are not intended to be an endorsement.
RECORD IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
In addition to this manual, your Skeeter boat is
supplied with component manufacturer information
such as instructions, warranties, or other important
information. Read these materials carefully.
Safeguard information about your Skeeter boat by
recording the Hull Identification Number (HIN) and the
model of your boat, and the model and serial numbers
of your outboard motor, trailer, and accessories.
Your HIN is located on the top right side of the
transom, above the water line. The U.S. Coast Guard
requires that your HIN be permanently affixed and
remain on the top right side of the transom.
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Hull
HIN ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Date Purchased __________________________________________________________________________________
Dealer/Phone ____________________________________________________________________________________
Ignition Key Number _______________________________________________________________________________
Registration Number/State __________________________________________________________________________
Outboard Motor
Trolling Motor
Model # ________________________________________
Model # ________________________________________
Serial # ________________________________________
Serial # ________________________________________
Trailer
Accessory
Model # ________________________________________
Model # ________________________________________
Serial # ________________________________________
Serial # ________________________________________
Accessory
Accessory
Model # ________________________________________
Model # ________________________________________
Serial # ________________________________________
Serial # ________________________________________
The identification numbers are important! Keep a copy of these numbers stored in a safe place off the boat. In case of
theft, damage, etc., report these numbers to the local authorities, your insurance agent, and your Skeeter Dealer.
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INTRODUCTION
BOATING CHECKLIST
For improved safety and enjoyment, check each of these items:
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BOATING TERMINOLOGY
LENGTH OVERALL (LOA)
BEAM
PORT
SIDE
STARBOARD
SIDE
HELM
TRANSOM
AFT
STERN
FORWARD
GUNWALE
BOW
FREEBOARD
DRAFT
WATERLINE
9343-001A
* An easy way to remember PORT side from STARBOARD side is “PORT” and “LEFT” both have four letters.
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INTRODUCTION
Boating Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . i
Boating Terminology . . . . . . . . ii
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Boating Safety . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
Important Manual
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
Safety Information . . . . . . . . .1-2
Limitations on Who May
Operate the Boat . . . . . . . . .1-2
Boat Setup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Design and Construction. . . . 1-6
Required Equipment . . . . . . . 1-7
Additional Equipment
Recommendations . . . . . . . 1-7
Operational Requirements . . . 1-8
Cruising Limitations. . . . . . . . 1-9
Hazard Information . . . . . . . 1-10
Night Operation . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Water-Skiing . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
To Get More Boating Safety
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
Accident Reporting . . . . . . . 1-13
Pre-Operation Checks
Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Check Points . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14
Enjoy your Skeeter Boat
Responsibly . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
2
3
Basic Rules of the Road . . . 2-1
Rules of the Road . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Rules When Encountering
Vessels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Regulated / Limited Access
Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Bass Boats . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Safety Labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
FX Series Helm Layout. . . . . 3-4
FX Series Deck Layout . . . . . 3-6
i-Class Series Helm
Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
i-Class Series Deck
Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
ZX Series Helm Layout . . . 3-12
ZX Series Deck Layout . . . . 3-14
TZX Series Helm Layout . . 3-16
TZX Series Deck Layout. . . 3-18
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-20
Livewell Operation –
3-Way Valve System. . . . . 3-29
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Filling the Livewell –
2-Way Valve System. . . . . 3-31
Livewell Water Recirculation –
2-Way Valve System. . . . . 3-33
Livewell Draining . . . . . . . . . 3-35
4
Multi-Species Boats. . . . . . 4-1
Safety Labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
WX1900, WX1990, and
WX2100 Helm Layout . . . . 4-4
WX1900, WX1990, and
WX2100 General Deck
Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
WX1850 Helm Layout . . . . . . 4-8
MX1825 Helm Layout . . . . . 4-10
WX1850 and MX1825
General Deck Layout . . . . 4-12
WX2000T General Deck
Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
WX1790T General Deck
Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16
Gauge and Switch Panel
(Gunwale Mount) –
WX2000T . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18
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Gauge and Switch Panel –
WX1790T . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-22
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6
Fish and Ski Boats. . . . . . . 5-1
Safety Labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1
SL Series Helm Layout . . . . 5-4
SL190 and SL210 General
Deck Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6
SL1800 and SL1900 General
Deck Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Controls / Indicators. . . . . . 6-1
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Outboard Motor Trim . . . . . . 6-2
Instruments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Switches – All Models Except
FX and i-Class . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Circuit Breakers / Fuses –
All Models Except FX and
i-Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
7
Boat Systems . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Electrical System . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Fuel System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Weigh Bag Fill Hose
Operation – If Equipped . . . 7-2
Bilge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
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Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driving your Skeeter Boat. . .
Boat Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8-1
8-1
8-2
8-7
Getting Under Way. . . . . . .
Safety Checklist . . . . . . . . . .
Safety Equipment. . . . . . . . .
Boarding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9-1
9-1
9-2
9-2
9
10 Running. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1
Maneuvering Techniques. . 10-1
Anchoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-3
Performance Boating . . . . . 10-4
Propellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4
Post-Operation Checks. . . . 10-5
Trailering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-6
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11 Care / Maintenance . . . . . . 11-1
Repairs and Modifications. . 11-1
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1
Corrosion Protection. . . . . . 11-4
General Maintenance. . . . . 11-5
Fuel System . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-8
Steering System . . . . . . . . . 11-9
Service / Maintenance
Log. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-10
12 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . 12-1
Trouble Check Chart . . . . . . 12-1
13 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-1
Preparing Boat for
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-1
Lifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-3
Trailering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-4
14 Glossary of Terms . . . . . . 14-1
Float Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-1
Warranty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W-1
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BOATING SAFETY
IMPORTANT MANUAL INFORMATION
WARNING
In this manual, information of particular importance is
distinguished in the following ways:
Failure to follow WARNING instructions could
result in severe injury or death to the boat
operator or passengers, a bystander, or a
person inspecting or repairing the boat.
The Safety Alert Symbol means
ATTENTION! BECOME ALERT!
YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED!
CAUTION
A CAUTION indicates special precautions that
must be taken to avoid damage to the boat.
NOTE: A NOTE provides key information to make
procedures easier or clearer.
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SAFETY INFORMATION
The safe use and operation of this boat is dependent
upon the use of proper operating techniques, as well
as upon the common sense, good judgment, and
expertise of the operator. Every operator should know
the following requirements before operating the boat.
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Before operating the boat, read this Skeeter
Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, the Owner’s/
Operator’s Manual for the outboard motor, the
literature for all other equipment supplied with your
boat or trailer, and all warning and caution labels
on the boat, motor, and trailer. These materials
should give you an understanding of the boat and
its operation.
Never allow anyone to operate this boat until they
too have read the Owner’s/Operator’s Manual and
all warning and caution labels.
LIMITATIONS ON WHO MAY OPERATE
THE BOAT
• Skeeter recommends a minimum operator age of
16 years old.
• Adults must supervise use by minors.
• Know the operator age and training requirements
for your state. A boating safety course is
recommended and may be required in your state.
You can find local rules by contacting the United
States Coast Guard (USCG), the National
Association of State Boating Law Administrators, or
your local Power Squadron.
• This Skeeter boat has maximum capacities for
number of passengers and weight on board. Never
exceed these maximum load limits. Weight
distribution affects performance. Keep weight in the
boat low and evenly distributed from side-to-side
and front-to-back. Remove any unnecessary cargo
and store it on shore.
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BOATING SAFETY
Overpowering / Overloading
DO NOT overpower or overload your boat. Your boat
is equipped with a required capacity plate indicating
the maximum acceptable power and load as
determined by the manufacturer following certain
Federal guidelines. In doubt, contact your Skeeter
Dealer.
Typical Capacity Plate
Figure 1-1
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Using an outboard motor that exceeds the maximum
horsepower limit of a boat can:
• Cause loss of boat control.
• Place too much weight at the transom, altering the
design flotation characteristics of the boat.
• Cause structural damage.
Overpowering a boat can result in serious injury,
death, or boat damage.
WARNING
DO NOT overpower or overload your boat.
BOAT SETUP
Your Skeeter boat is shipped from Skeeter with almost
all the necessities to operate your boat. Not all boats
will be equipped as others, since you have the option
on how to accessorize and equip your boat.
The installation of your outboard motor is already done
by Skeeter. The installation height may have to be
adjusted to optimize and maximize its performance.
(The installation height is the distance from the bottom
of the cavitation plate to the top of the straight edge.)
The installation height should never be adjusted by
someone who is not qualified to establish the correct
installation height. The installed height is based on an
average, since Skeeter cannot predetermine your
boat’s loads or uses. The addition of add-ons or
accessories which can inhibit performance and safety
should never be added as a means of trying to
increase performance. If you believe you are
experiencing poor performance, contact your Skeeter
Dealer.
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BOATING SAFETY
A jack plate is sometimes used on boats to adjust
engine installation height. Do not use a jack plate on
your Skeeter boat unless it is specifically designed for
one, and then only use the Skeeter-recommended
jack plate. Other jack plate installations are considered
misuse and are not covered by warranty.
For jack plate operation, see the operation manual that
came with your boat.
WARNING
Engine Stop Switch and Cord Lanyard
Your Skeeter boat is equipped with an engine stop
switch and cord lanyard. Skeeter strongly recommends
that the cord lanyard be secured to the operator and
the lock plate attached to the engine stop switch prior
to starting the engine and anytime the engine is
operating.
This device is designed to turn off the engine
whenever the operator moves far enough away from
the helm to activate the switch. It is strongly
recommended that the operator use the cord lanyard.
Do not attempt to alter your Skeeter boat to
increase performance. Modifications could
make your boat unsafe to use, increasing the
risk of severe injury or death.
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WARNING
• Attach the engine stop switch cord lanyard
to a secure place on your clothing, arm, or
leg while operating.
• Avoid accidentally pulling the cord lanyard
during normal operation. Loss of engine
power means loss of most steering control.
Also, without engine power, the boat could
slow rapidly. This could cause people and
objects in the boat to be thrown forward.
• DO NOT attach the cord lanyard to clothing
that could tear loose. DO NOT route the cord
lanyard where it could become entangled,
preventing it from functioning.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has regulations which
describe minimum standards of safety. All Skeeter
boats have been certified by the National Marine
Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to meet or exceed
all USCG requirements and American Boat & Yacht
Council (ABYC) standards such as:
•
Flotation
•
Capacity
•
Fuel System
•
Ventilation
•
Wiring
•
Sound signaling device and navigation lights
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BOATING SAFETY
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT
RECOMMENDATIONS
The following USCG safety equipment must be
provided by the owner and carried onboard.
•
Life Jackets: One wearable life jacket for each
person on board. Life jackets must be USCGapproved and in good and serviceable condition
(see OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS on page
1-8 for more information).
•
Throwable Device: At least one USCG-approved
throwable flotation device (Type IV).
•
Fire Extinguisher: At least one Marine Type
USCG hand-held, portable fire extinguisher
(Type B-I or B-II).
•
Visual Distress Signals: It is recommended that a
USCG-approved pyrotechnic device be stored on
your boat. A mirror or distress flag can also be
used as an emergency signal.
Your Skeeter Dealer will be happy to assist you with
these requirements.
The following equipment can help make your boating
experience safer and more enjoyable:
• Cell phone and charger
• Mooring fenders and lines for docking
• Anchor with suitable line (a “Danforth” type anchor
and line that is at least 6 times the depth of the water
where you will drop anchor are recommended)
• Manual-type bilge pump
• First aid kit
• Waterproof flashlight with extra batteries
• Tool kit with assorted screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches
(including metric sizes), and electrical tape
• Oar or paddle (look for one with a boat hook on
the other end)
• Spare parts, such as an extra set of spark plugs
and fuses
• Navigation charts or mobile app for the waters
where you will be boating
• Towrope
• Portable GPS or marine navigation app
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OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
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The operator and all passengers should wear a
USCG-approved life jacket. USCG regulations
require that the proper number and type of life
jackets be aboard the boat for each adult
passenger and worn by each child under 13 years
old. However, some foreseeable accidents could
happen so quickly on any boat that there would not
be time to put on a life jacket. Therefore, Skeeter
recommends life jacket use at all times while the
boat is in operation.
Eye protection is recommended to keep wind,
water, and glare from the sun out of your eyes
while you operate your Skeeter boat. Restraining
straps for eyewear are made which are designed
to float should your eyewear fall into the water.
Footwear and gloves are recommended.
NEVER operate the boat after consuming alcohol
or taking drugs.
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For reasons of safety and proper care of your
Skeeter boat, always perform the pre-operation
checks listed on page 1-13 before operating.
Passengers must always sit in a designated
seating area, place feet on the deck, and hold on
to the hand grips when the boat is in motion.
Always consult your doctor on whether it is safe for
you to ride in this boat if you are pregnant or in
poor health.
Do not attempt to modify this Skeeter boat!
Modifications to your boat may reduce safety
and reliability, and render the boat unsafe or
illegal to use.
Attach the engine stop cord (lanyard) to the
operator’s life jacket and keep it free from steering
wheel or other controls so that the engine stops if
the operator accidentally leaves the helm. Failure
to attach the engine stop cord could result in a
runaway boat if the operator is ejected.
After operation, remove the engine stop cord and
the keys to avoid accidental starting or
unauthorized use by children or others.
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BOATING SAFETY
CRUISING LIMITATIONS
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Scan constantly for people, objects, and other
watercraft. Be alert for conditions that limit your
visibility or block your vision of others.
Operate defensively at safe speeds and keep a
safe distance from people, objects, and other
watercraft.
Do not follow directly behind other boats.
Do not go near others to spray or splash them with
water.
Avoid sharp turns or other maneuvers that make it
hard for others to avoid you or understand where
you are going.
Avoid areas with submerged objects or shallow
water.
Operate within your limits and avoid aggressive
maneuvers to reduce the risk of loss of control,
ejection, and collision.
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This is a high-performance boat – not a toy. Sharp
turns or jumping waves or wakes can increase the
risk of back/spinal injury (paralysis), facial injuries,
and broken legs, ankles, and other bones. Do not
jump waves or wakes.
Do not operate the boat in rough water, bad
weather, or when visibility is poor; this may lead to
an accident causing injury or death. Be alert to the
possibility of bad weather. Take note of weather
forecasts and the prevailing weather conditions
before setting out in your boat.
Leave a “float plan” with a responsible person on
shore. Tell where you plan to go and when you
plan to arrive, and provide a description of your
boat. Advise this person if your plans change and
also when you arrive to prevent false alarms. A
sample float plan is included in this manual.
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HAZARD INFORMATION
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Never start the engine or let it run for any length of
time in an enclosed area. Exhaust fumes contain
carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that
may cause death within a short time. Always
operate the boat in an open area.
Do not use the reverse function to slow down or
stop the boat as it could cause you to lose control,
be ejected, or impact the steering wheel or other
parts of the boat. This could increase the risk of
serious injury. It could also damage the shift
mechanism.
Reverse can be used to slow down or stop during
slow-speed maneuvering, such as when docking.
Once the engine is idling, shift to reverse and
gradually increase engine speed. Make sure that
there are no obstacles or people behind you
before shifting into reverse.
Stop the engine and remove the clip from the
engine stop switch before removing any debris or
weeds which may have collected around the
propeller.
NIGHT OPERATION
When using your boat before dawn or after dusk, you
must have both bow and stern lights operating. When
at anchor in the dark, the stern light must be lit. See
Section 6 for more information.
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BOATING SAFETY
WATER-SKIING
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Some Skeeter boats are equipped to tow a waterskier, using the tow cleat or ski pylon provided.
It is the boat operator’s responsibility to be alert to
the safety of the water-skier and others. Know and
follow all state and local water-skiing regulations in
effect for the waters in which you will be operating.
The following are some important considerations
for minimizing risks while water-skiing.
The skier should wear an approved PFD,
preferably a brightly colored one so boat operators
can see the skier.
The skier should wear protective clothing. Severe
internal injuries can occur if water is forced into
body cavities as a result of falling into the water or
while reboarding. The skier should wear a wetsuit
bottom or clothing that provides equivalent
protection. Such clothing includes thick, tightly
woven, sturdy, and snug-fitting apparel such as
denim, but does not include spandex or similar
fabrics like those used in bicycle shorts.
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A second person should be on board in a rearfacing seat as a spotter to watch the skier; in most
states it is required by law. Let the skier direct the
operator’s control of speed and direction with hand
signals.
When preparing to pull a skier, operate the boat at
the slowest possible speed until the boat is well
away from the skier and slack in the towrope is
taken up. Make sure that the rope is not looped
around anything.
After checking that the skier is ready and that there
is no traffic or other obstacles, apply enough
throttle to raise the skier.
Make smooth, wide turns. The boat is capable of
very sharp turns, which could exceed the abilities
of the skier. Keep the skier at least 50 meters (150
feet), about twice the distance of a standard
towrope, away from any potential hazard.
Be alert to the hazard of the towrope handle
snapping back at the boat when the skier falls or is
unable to get up on the skis.
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TO GET MORE BOATING SAFETY
INFORMATION
Be informed about boating safety. Additional
publications and information can be obtained from
many organizations, including the following.
United States Coast Guard
Boating Safety Division
2100 2nd Street, Stop 7581
Washington, D.C. 25093-1062
Boating Safety Websites
U.S. Coast Guard
www.uscgboating.org
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
www.cgaux.org
National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators
www.nasbla.org
National Safe Boating Council
www.safeboatingcouncil.org
National Water Safety Congress
www.watersafetycongress.org
Boat Education and Training
The Online Boating Safety Course is available at
http://www.boatus.org. Upon successful completion of
80% or better, the user can request a certificate of
completion by mail or can download one immediately.
The Online Boating Safety Course, provided by the
Boat/US Foundation, is approved by the National
Association of State Boating Law Administrators
(NASBLA) and recognized by the United States Coast
Guard. This course meets the education requirement
for those states that recognize non-proctored,
NASBLA-approved courses.
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BOATING SAFETY
ACCIDENT REPORTING
Boat operators are required by law to file a Boating
Accident Report with their state boating law
enforcement agency if their boat is involved in any of
the following accidents:
1. There is loss of life or probable loss of life.
2. There is personal injury which requires medical
attention beyond first aid.
3. There is damage to boats or other property which
exceeds $500.00.
4. There is complete loss of a boat.
PRE-OPERATION CHECKS
CHECKLIST
Before operating this boat, perform the following
checks:
If any item in the Pre-Operation Check is not working
properly, have it inspected and repaired before
operating your boat. Otherwise an accident could
occur.
NOTE: Pre-operation checks should be made each
time the boat is used. This procedure can
be accomplished thoroughly in a short
time. The added safety and reliability the
checks assure is worth the time involved.
Contact local law enforcement personnel if a report is
necessary.
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CHECK POINTS
Throttle and Shifting
Perform the following in addition to the pre-operation
check points provided in your outboard motor
owner’s manual.
Operate the throttle lever several times to make sure
there is no hesitation in its travel. Operation should be
smooth over the complete range of motion. See your
outboard owner’s manual for more information.
Steering
Make sure the wheel is not loose. There should not
be any free play, either in-and-out or in rotation. Turn
the steering wheel full-right and full-left to make sure
operation is smooth and unrestricted throughout the
whole range.
Keep the steering cable end clear of obstructions
such as wiring, control cables, fuel lines, tow lines,
and mooring lines.
Fire Extinguisher
Make sure the fire extinguisher is aboard, full, and in
serviceable condition. See the instructions supplied
by the fire extinguisher manufacturer to determine
proper indication of condition.
WARNING
Always carry a fire extinguisher on board.
Keep moving parts clean and lubricated.
Inspect the steering cable for kinks, damage, or
corrosion.
Hull
Before launching, check the hull of your boat for
cracks or damage.
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BOATING SAFETY
Drainage System
Self-Bailing Deck: Most water which enters the deck
area bails automatically out the stern through the
large drain hole in the deck. A one-way check valve
in the drain prevents water from traveling back to the
deck during mooring or while moving in reverse.
Bilge Pump: Your Skeeter boat is equipped with a
drainage system that channels water entering the
boat from the storage compartments to the bilge
under the engine compartment. When the pump is
on, most of the water in the bilge will drain through
the outlet. For manual bilge pump systems, the pump
will operate when the bilge pump switch is turned on.
If your boat is equipped with an automatic bilge
pump, the pump will sense when there is excessive
water in the bilge and will automatically turn on.
On boats equipped with an automatic bilge system,
the bilge switch can be used to override the
automatic system and to test the bilge pump. When
the switch is activated, listen to hear if the pump is
operating. It may not pump water unless water is
present. Do not operate the bilge pump continuously
when it is dry.
Inspect the bilge area frequently for evidence of
excessive water. Continuous operation of the bilge
pump can indicate excessive water entering the
bilge. Debris can also prevent the pump from
operating or make it operate continuously. Test the
bilge pump at regular intervals. Make sure no debris
is blocking the bilge pump float.
Drain Plug: A drain plug is located at the center of
the stern to allow more complete draining when the
boat is removed from the water.
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Lights
Check for proper operation of the bow, stern, and
instrument lights by pressing the switch on the
control panel. If the stern light is not installed, remove
it from the storage area, lift the socket cover, and
install it into the socket to check operation.
Horn
Press the horn switch to be sure the horn operates.
Fuel and Oil
Follow your outboard motor owner’s manual for
information about the proper fuel and oil for your motor.
Engine Stop Switch
First, place the boat in the water to provide adequate
engine cooling. Start the engine, and then remove
the engine stop switch clip, and verify that the engine
stops. See your outboard motor owner’s manual for
more information.
ENJOY YOUR SKEETER BOAT
RESPONSIBLY
You share the areas you enjoy when operating your
boat with others and with nature. So your enjoyment
includes a responsibility to treat these other people,
and the lands, waters, and wildlife with respect and
courtesy. Whenever and wherever you are boating,
think of yourself as the guest of those around you.
Remember, for example, that the sound of your boat
may be music to you, but it could be just noise to
others. And the exciting splash of your wake can make
waves others won’t enjoy. Avoid riding close to
shoreline homes and waterfowl nesting areas or other
wildlife areas, and keep a respectful distance from
fishermen, other boats, swimmers, and populated
beaches. When travel in areas like these is
unavoidable, operate slowly. Remember that pollution
can be harmful to the environment. Do not refuel or
add oil where a spill could cause damage to nature.
And keep your surroundings pleasant for the people
and wildlife that share the waterways: don’t litter!
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BOATING SAFETY
When you go boating responsibly, with respect and
courtesy for others, you help ensure that our
waterways stay open for the enjoyment of a variety of
recreational opportunities.
Foreign Species
If you trailer your boat from lake to lake, you may
unknowingly introduce a foreign aquatic species from
one lake to the next. Thoroughly clean the boat below
the water line, remove all weeds and algae, and drain
the bilge before launching the boat in a new body of
water.
Fuel / Oil Spillage
WARNING
Fumes from rags can collect in the bilge and be
extremely hazardous. Do not store rags used to
wipe up fuel or solvent spills in the boat.
Dispose of rags properly ashore.
The spilling of fuel or oil into our waterways
contaminates the environment and is dangerous to
wildlife. Do not discharge or dispose of fuel, oil, or
other chemicals into the water; it is prohibited and you
can be fined. These are two common, accidental types
of discharge:
• Overfilling the fuel tanks
• Pumping contaminated bilge water
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Discharge / Disposal of Waste
Wake / Wash
Waste means all forms of garbage, plastics,
recyclables, food, wood, detergents, sewage, and
even fish parts in certain waters – in short, nearly
everything. We recommend you bring back everything
you take out with you for proper disposal ashore.
Use an approved pump-out facility at your marina.
Many areas prohibit the discharge of sewage
overboard or even an operable overboard waste
discharge.
WARNING
You are responsible for injury and damage
caused by your wake/wash.
Be alert for NO WAKE zones. Prior to entering a no
wake zone, come off plane to the slowest steerable
speed. Use caution when operating around smaller
crafts, in channels and marinas, and in congested
areas.
Excessive Noise
Noise means engine noise, radio noise, or even
voices. Many bodies of water have adopted noise
limits. Music and loud conversation can carry a
considerable distance on water, especially at night.
Be sure to follow regulations and be courteous.
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BASIC RULES OF THE ROAD
RULES OF THE ROAD
Steering and Sailing Rules
Operation of your boat must be in accordance with the
rules and regulations governing the waterway on
which it is used. Just as there are rules that apply
when you are driving on streets and highways, there
are waterway rules that apply when you are operating
your boat. These rules are used internationally, and
are also enforced by the United States Coast Guard
and local agencies. You should be aware of these
rules, and follow them whenever you encounter
another vessel on the water.
Whenever two vessels on the water meet one another,
one vessel has the right-of-way; it is called the “standon” vessel. The vessel that does not have the right-ofway is called the “give-way” or “burdened” vessel.
These rules determine which vessel has the right-ofway, and what each vessel should do.
Several sets of rules prevail according to geographic
location, but are all basically the same as the
International Rules of the Road. The rules presented
here in this Owner’s/Operator’s Manual are
condensed, and have been provided for your
convenience only. Consult your local U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary or Department of Motor Vehicles for a
complete set of rules governing the waters in which
you will be operating your boat.
Stand-On Vessel
The vessel with the right-of-way has the duty to
continue its course and speed, except to avoid an
immediate collision. When you maintain your direction
and speed, the other vessel will be able to determine
how best to avoid you.
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Give-Way Vessel
The vessel which does not have the right-of-way has
the duty to take positive and timely action to stay out
of the way of the stand-on vessel. Normally, you
should not cross in front of the vessel with the right-ofway. You should slow down or change directions
briefly and pass behind the other vessel. You should
always move in such a way that the operator of the
other vessel can see what you are doing.
The General Prudential Rule regarding the right-ofway is that if a collision appears unavoidable, neither
boat has the right-of-way. Both boats must avoid the
collision. In other words, follow the standard rules
except when a collision will occur unless both vessels
try to avoid each other. If that is the case, both vessels
become give-way vessels.
RULES WHEN ENCOUNTERING
VESSELS
There are three main situations that you may
encounter with other vessels which could lead to a
collision unless the Steering Rules are followed:
•
Meeting: you are approaching another vessel
head-on
•
Crossing: you are traveling across another vessel’s
path
•
Overtaking: you are passing or being passed by
another vessel
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BASIC RULES OF THE ROAD
Meeting
If you are meeting another power vessel head-on, and
are close enough to run the risk of collision, neither of
you has the right-of-way! Both of you should alter
course to avoid an accident. You should keep the
other vessel on your port (left) side. This rule does not
apply if both of you will clear one another if you
continue on your set course and speed.
HONK
HONK
HONK
HONK
PASSING
PORT TO
PORT
MEETING
HEAD TO
HEAD
PASSING
STARBOARD TO
STARBOARD
9343-005
Figure 2-1
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Crossing
12 O'CLOCK
In crossing situations, the boat to the right from the
12 o’clock to the 4 o’clock position has the right-of-way
and must hold course and speed. The boat without
right-of-way must yield and pass to the stern of the
privileged boat. Boats going up and down a river have
the right-of-way over boats crossing the river.
PRIVILEGED
VESSEL
DANGER ZONE
BURDENED
VESSEL
4 O'CLOCK
9343-004
Figure 2-2
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BASIC RULES OF THE ROAD
Overtaking
If you are passing another vessel, you are the giveway vessel. This means that the other vessel is
expected to maintain its course and speed. You must
stay out of its way until you are clear of it. Likewise, if
another vessel is passing you, you should maintain
your speed and direction so that the other vessel can
steer itself around you.
BURDENED
VESSEL
OVERTAKING
PRIVILEGED
VESSEL BEING
OVERTAKEN
9343-006
Figure 2-3
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Other Special Situations
Fishing Vessel Right-of-Way
There are three other rules you should be aware of
when operating your boat around other vessels.
All vessels fishing with nets, lines, or trawls are
considered to be “fishing vessels” under the
International Rules. Vessels with trolling lines are not
considered fishing vessels. Fishing vessels have the
right-of-way regardless of position. Fishing vessels
cannot, however, impede the passage of other vessels
in narrow channels.
Narrow Channels and Bends
When navigating in narrow channels, you should keep
to the right when it is safe and practical to do so. If the
operator of a power-driven vessel is preparing to go
around a bend that may obstruct the view of other
water vessels, the operator should sound a prolonged
blast of 4-6 seconds on the horn. If another vessel is
around the bend, it too should sound the horn. Even if
no reply is heard, however, the vessel should still
proceed around the bend with caution.
Sailing Vessel Right-of-Way
Sailing vessels should normally be given the right-ofway. The exceptions to this are:
1. When the sailing vessel is overtaking the powerdriven vessel, the power-driven vessel has the
right-of-way.
2. Sailing vessels should keep clear of any fishing
vessel.
3. In a narrow channel, a sailing vessel should not
hamper the safe passage of a power-driven vessel
that can navigate only in such a channel.
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BASIC RULES OF THE ROAD
Reading Buoys and Other Markers
The waters of the United States are marked for safe
navigation by the lateral system of buoyage. Simply
put, buoys and markers have an arrangement of
shapes, colors, numbers, and lights to show which
side of the buoy a boater should pass on when
navigating in a particular direction. The markings on
these buoys are oriented from the perspective of being
entered from seaward (the boater is going toward the
harbor). Red buoys are passed on your starboard
(right) side when proceeding from open water into port,
and black buoys are to your port (left) side. An easy
way to remember the meaning of the colors is the
phrase “red right returning.” When navigating out of
the harbor, your position with respect to the buoys
should be reversed; red buoys should be to port and
black buoys to starboard.
Many bodies of water used by boaters are entirely
within the boundaries of a particular state. The Uniform
State Waterway Marking System has been devised for
these waters. This system uses buoys and signs with
distinctive shapes and colors to show regulatory or
advisory information. These markers are white with
black letters and orange borders. They signify speed
zones, restricted areas, danger areas, and general
information.
Remember, markings may vary by geographic
location. Always consult local boating authorities
before riding your boat in unfamiliar waters.
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REGULATED / LIMITED ACCESS
AREAS
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has regulations to
prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. naval vessels, cruise
ships, commercial vessels, and critical infrastructure
near the water such as:
•
•
•
•
•
Nuclear power plants
Petroleum facilities
Bridges
Dams
Shipping channels
As a boater, not knowing how to act in certain areas or
situations may put you in legal jeopardy, or worse, at
risk of personal injury. You can be fined, imprisoned, or
fired upon if you are perceived as a security risk. It is
best to avoid these areas if possible.
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BASS BOATS
This section is specific to your Skeeter bass boat.
The picture or pictures used to show feature(s) and
location may show more than your actual boat is
equipped with. If you have any questions regarding
your specific boat, you can always contact your
Skeeter Dealer.
SAFETY LABELS
The safety labels attached to your boat are there to
protect you, your occupants, others around you, and
your Skeeter boat. Read, know, and understand them.
WARNING
WARNING
WARNING
DO NOT RIDE OR OPERATE BOAT WHEN UNDER POWER OF MAIN ENGINE WHILE
SEATED OR LYING ON ELEVATED DECK AREAS. THIS BOAT SHOULD BE OPERATED
ONLY BY A TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED OPERATOR. FAILURE TO HEED THIS
WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY.
LEAKING FUEL IS A FIRE AND EXPLOSION
HAZARD. INSPECT SYSTEM REGULARLY.
EXAMINE FUEL SYSTEM FOR LEAKS OR
CORROSION AT LEAST ANNUALLY.
9343-066
9343-067
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or
death due to ejection from
seat. Do not use when boat
speed exceeds 5 mph.
Remove and stow seat when
not being occupied.
9343-064
Fuel vapors are fire and explosion hazards.
Do not store fuel or flammable liquids in
this compartment.
Ventilation has not been provided.
! WARNING
AVOID OBSTRUCTION OF NAVIGATION
LIGHTS AND POSSIBLE COLLISION. REMOVE CANVAS
BEFORE USING NAVIGATION OR ANCHOR LIGHTS.
9343-070
9343-068
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NW-204-08
NW-206-07
9343-079
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BASS BOATS
9343-080
9343-078
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FX SERIES HELM LAYOUT
8
9
5 7 12
6 10 11
3
14
15 22 26
12
23
13 16-21
25
1
27
2
24
4
SKE-0045-A
FX Series Helm
Figure 3-1
3-4
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BASS BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Foot Throttle (Option)
Tilt Steering Latch
Horn
Pro Trim Lever (Option)
Fuel Level Gauge
Trim Gauge
Speedometer
Fishfinder/Depthfinder
Steering Fluid Fill Cap
Tachometer
Water Pressure Gauge
Voltmeter
Boat Switch Panel
Power
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
3-5
Navigation Lights
Port Livewell Fill
Starboard Livewell Fill
Aerator System-Timer
Bilge Pump
Starboard Livewell Recirculation Pump
Port Livewell Recirculation Pump
Courtesy Light
Ignition Switch
Trim Switch
Remote Control
DMS (Digital Multifunctional System)
12-Volt Outlet
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FX SERIES DECK LAYOUT
11
13
12
7
3
7
14
9
15
10
2
16
8
17
6
5
4
18
7
FX Series General Deck Layout
Figure 3-2
3-6
3
1
SKE-0046-A
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BASS BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Bilge Area/Oil Tank/Battery Mounting
Stern Seat Mount
Livewell
Rod Butt Storage
Glove Box
Rod Box
Gear Storage
Bow Seat Mount
Bow Panel W/Trim Switch
Bow Light Receptacle
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
3-7
Running Light Storage
Floor Cooler
Port and Starboard Livewell Drain Controls
Anchor Light Receptacle
Fuel Inlet Starboard
Jack Plate
Fuel Inlet Port
Under-Seat Cooler
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I-CLASS SERIES HELM LAYOUT
8
9
6 10 11
5 7 12
14
15 22 26
12
23
25
13 16-21
27
3
24
1
4
2
i-Class Series Helm
Figure 3-3
3-8
SKE-0047-A
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BASS BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Foot Throttle (Option)
Tilt Steering Latch
Horn
Pro Trim Lever (Option)
Fuel Level Gauge
Trim Gauge
Speedometer
Fishfinder/Depthfinder
Steering Fluid Fill Cap
Tachometer
Water Pressure Gauge
Voltmeter
Boat Switch Panel
Power
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
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Navigation Lights
Port Livewell Fill
Starboard Livewell Fill
Aerator System-Timer
Bilge Pump
Starboard Livewell Recirculation Pump
Port Livewell Recirculation Pump
Courtesy Light
Ignition Switch
Trim Switch
Remote Control
DMS (Digital Multifunctional System)
12-Volt Outlet
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I-CLASS SERIES DECK LAYOUT
11
13
12
7
7
3
14
9
15
10
2
16
8
17
6
4
3
5
18
7
i-Class Series General Deck Layout
Figure 3-4
3-10
1
SKE-0048-A
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BASS BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Bilge Area/Oil Tank/Battery Mounting
Stern Seat Mount
Livewell
Rod Butt Storage
Glove Box
Rod Box
Gear Storage
Bow Seat Mount
Bow Panel W/Trim Switch
Bow Light Receptacle
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
3-11
Running Light Storage
Floor Cooler
Port and Starboard Livewell Drain Controls
Anchor Light Receptacle
Fuel Inlet Starboard
Jack Plate
Fuel Inlet Port
Under-Seat Cooler
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ZX SERIES HELM LAYOUT
1
3
2
25
4 5
23 24
6
7
8
9
10
22
21
11
20
19
18
15
17
13
16
14
12
ZX Performance Series Helm
Figure 3-5
3-12
SKE-0049-A
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BASS BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
Speedometer
Fishfinder
Steering Fluid Fill
Trim Gauge
Tachometer
Nav/Anc Switch
Fuel Switch
Bilge Pump Switch
Horn
Ignition Switch
Engine Remote Control Throttle/Shift
Engine Remote Control Trim Switch
12-Volt Outlet
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
3-13
Foot Throttle (Option)
Power Switch
Tilt Steering Latch
Pro Trim Lever (Option)
Courtesy Light Switch
Starboard Recirc Switch
Starboard Fill Switch
Port Recirc Switch
Port Fill Switch
Fuel Level Gauge
Voltmeter
Water Pressure Gauge
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ZX SERIES DECK LAYOUT
4
17
3
6
2
11
5
16
9
15
1
8
14
7
13
3
6
6
10
12
ZX Series General Deck Layout
Figure 3-6
3-14
SKE-0050-A
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BASS BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Bilge Area/Oil Tank/Battery Mounting
Stern Seat Mount
Livewell
Glove Box
Rod Box
Gear Storage
Bow Seat Mount
Bow Panel W/Trim Switch
Bow Light Receptacle
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
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Anchor Light Storage
Floor Cooler (ZX250, ZX225)
Livewell Actuator Switches
Anchor Light Receptacle
Fuel Inlet Starboard
Jack Plate (If Equipped)
Fuel Inlet Port
Ice Chest
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TZX SERIES HELM LAYOUT
4
5 6
3
7
1 2
8
24
23
9
11
22
10
14
20
19
21
15
18
17
12
16
13
SKE-0051-A
TZX Series Helm
Figure 3-7
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BASS BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
Fuel Level Gauge
Voltage Gauge
Fishfinder
Steering Fluid Fill
Tachometer
Engine Trim Gauge
Speedometer
Nav/Anc Switch
Power
Courtesy Light Switch
Engine Remote Control Throttle/Shift
Engine Trim Switch
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
3-17
Safety Lanyard and Switch
12-Volt Outlet
Ignition Switch
Foot Throttle (Option)
Tilt Steering Latch
Pro Trim Lever (Option)
Bilge Pump Switch
Starboard Recirc Switch
Port Recirc Switch
Horn
Port Fill Switch
Starboard Fill Switch
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TZX SERIES DECK LAYOUT
2
1
3
6
5
4
7
8
9
10
16
11
12
3
15
4
3
14
13
TZX General Deck Layout
Figure 3-8
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SKE-0052-A
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BASS BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Bilge Area/Oil Tank/Battery Mounting
Fuel Inlet
Gear Storage
Livewell
Passenger Glovebox
Rod Butt Storage
Cooler
Rod Box
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
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Trolling Motor Pedal
Flush-Mount Graph
Bow Light Receptacle
Bow Seat Mount
Under-Seat Storage
Livewell Fill Switch
Anchor Light Receptacle
Stern Seat Mount
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EQUIPMENT
Fuses and Relays
Fuse panel location varies by boat model and is
located in the vicinity of the driver console.
Replace a failed fuse or relay with an identical
replacement. Identify and correct the cause of the
failure before replacing the fuse or relay.
PORT FILL
PORT REC
STBD FILL
STBD REC
CT LT
HORN
NAV
BILGE
POWER
WARNING
Never use a replacement fuse of a different
color, size, or amperage rating. An improper
fuse can cause damage to the electrical system
which could lead to a fire.
SKE-0103-A
ZX Fuse and Relay Panel
Figure 3-9
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BASS BOATS
FX and i-Class Helm Keypad Control System
FX and i-Class boats are equipped with an integrated
keypad-style control system. The helm-mounted
keypad control panel incorporates button switches that
control various boat features. To switch a keypadcontrolled feature on or off, press directly on the
outlined button of the desired feature on the keypad.
Each keypad button uses a lighted LED to indicate if
the keypad circuit is on or off.
Circuit Protection
The keypad control system is equipped with internal
circuit protection. If a circuit draws more than the rated
current, the circuit will be turned off and the indicator
LED will flash to indicate the circuit was tripped. Before
resetting the circuit, determine the cause of the
overload and have it fixed. To reset the circuit, push
and hold the tripped circuit button in for approximately
5-6 seconds.
Keypad Backlight
The keypad panel is equipped with a backlight. The
backlight will turn on and stay on when the power
button is on. The backlight will turn on for 15 seconds
when the power button is off and a keypad button is
pressed.
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Keypad Button Functions
Auto-Power OFF / Power Reconnect
The keypad control system monitors battery voltage
and will switch the system OFF when battery voltage
falls below 8VDC. If a low voltage condition occurs:
before the system shuts down, all electric storage
locks will unlock. Whenever main battery supply
voltage is reconnected after the system has been in a
no-voltage state (power disconnected), the system will
unlock all locks.
1 2
LIGHTS
POWER
3 4
NAV
ANC
5 6
PORT
STBD
7 8
CTSY
LIGHTS
FUEL
The keypad will also turn the main power off 10 hours
after the operation of the last switch.
9 0
SKE-0035a-A
PORT
RECIRC
BILGE
PUMP
PORT
STBD
ON
AUTO
PORT
FILL
ON
AUTO
HORN
LOW MED HIGH
AERATOR
TIMER
ON
AUTO
STBD
RECIRC
ON
AUTO
STBD
FILL
SKE-0034a-A
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BASS BOATS
LIGHTS
The POWER button is also used as the “ENTER” key
for all security codes. See Keypad Keyless Lock
Security System on page 3-25.
TRIM
UP
Nav/Anc Lights
The NAV/ANC button controls power ON/OFF to the
navigation and anchor lights. Push the button once to
activate both the navigation and anchor lights.
CTSY
LIGHTS
TRIM
DOWN
SKE-0033-A
Pushing the button again (twice) activates only the
anchor lights, and pushing the button a third time
switches off both lights. When navigation lights are
activated, the keypad indicator LED is reduced to 60%
intensity for night use.
Power
Courtesy Lights
The POWER button controls power ON/OFF to all
The CTSY LIGHTS button controls power ON/OFF to
helm accessory and bow accessory circuits. The
the courtesy lights located throughout the boat. Push
power button can only be used when the system is
the button once to activate the courtesy lights at full
unlocked. All keypad functions are inactive when the
brightness. Pressing and holding the button down
power button is off, except for the keyless numeric
(lights on) will dim the courtesy lights. Pushing the
buttons. When the power is off, if any key except the
button again will switch the courtesy lights off.
power key is pressed, the panel will automatically
illuminate for 15 seconds.
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Fuel
The FUEL button allows the port or starboard fuel tank
level to be indicated on the fuel tank level gauge. The
port fuel tank is the default tank upon initial power up.
An LED is used to indicate which fuel tank is being
indicated by the fuel tank level gauge. Push the FUEL
button to switch fuel tank indicators.
Port Fill / Starboard Fill
The PORT and STBD FILL buttons control power
ON/OFF to the corresponding livewell fill water pump.
Pressing the button once activates the manual mode
(constant on) of the livewell water fill pump. Pressing
the button again (twice) activates the automatic mode,
allowing the aerator timer button to control the livewell
fill water pump on/off rate. Pressing the button a third
time turns off the livewell fill water pump.
Port Recirculation / Starboard Recirculation
The PORT and STBD RECIRC buttons control power
ON/OFF to the corresponding livewell recirculation
water pumps. Pressing the button once activates
manual mode (constant on) of the livewell recirculation
pump. Pressing the button again (twice) activates the
automatic mode, allowing the aerator timer button to
control the livewell recirculation water pump on/off
rate. Pressing the button a third time turns off the
livewell recirculation water pump.
Aerator Timer
The AERATOR TIMER button is active only when one
of the following buttons are in automatic mode: PORT
or STBD FILL, PORT or STBD RECIRC. When any of
these buttons are switched to automatic mode, the
aerator timer button defaults to low mode (1 minute on,
7 minutes off). Pressing the button once turns on the
medium mode (1 minute on, 3 minutes off). Pressing
the button again (twice) switches the aerator into high
mode (1 minute on, 1 minute off). Pressing the button
a third time switches the aerator back to low mode.
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BASS BOATS
Bilge Pump
The BILGE PUMP button controls power ON/OFF to
the bilge pump. Pressing the button once activates the
port bilge pump. Pressing the button again (twice)
activates both the port and the starboard bilge pumps.
Pressing the button a third time turns on only the
starboard bilge pump. Pressing a fourth time turns off
both pumps. The corresponding button LED will
illuminate if the bilge is automatically activated by the
automatic float switch.
Trim Up / Trim Down
The TRIM UP and DOWN buttons are momentary
switches used to activate the engine power trim and tilt
system up (out) and down (in).
Keypad Keyless Lock and Security System
The keypad control system incorporates a keyless lock
security system to lock and unlock the keypad control
system and storage lockers, and activate an alarm if a
storage locker is opened when the system is secured.
The keyless lock keypad panel (9-button keypad) has
five numeric buttons labeled 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 90. An LED located near the 1-2 button illuminates to
indicate when the system is locked. This LED will also
flash every time a numbered button is pressed.
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The POWER button on the 9-button keypad is also
used as the “ENTER” key when entering security
codes. When a numeric button sequence is pressed,
the POWER button functions as the “ENTER” key for
a period of 3 seconds. After entering the numeric code
sequence, the POWER button must be pressed within
3 seconds to set the code. If the POWER button is not
pressed within 3 seconds, the new code will be
ignored and the POWER button will only function to
power the system on or off.
1 2
POWER
LIGHTS
3 4
NAV
ANC
5 6
PORT
STBD
FUEL
7 8
CTSY
LIGHTS
9 0
SKE-0035-A
Setting Codes
Security codes must be four characters in length. The
boat owner initially programs the code by entering the
master code. Entering the existing user code or the
master code can reprogram the user code.
The user code is reprogrammed as follows:
1. Enter the existing master or user code twice and
press the POWER button.
2. Enter the new four-digit user code twice and press
the POWER button.
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BASS BOATS
Locking the System
The system can be locked at any time by entering one
of the three access codes. When the system is locked,
the storage lockers will lock and the keypad buttons are
deactivated. All keypad circuits that are on when the
system is locked stay on and cannot be changed until
the system is unlocked. Also, no additional functions
can be activated until the system is unlocked.
When the system is locked, a 12VDC flasher circuit is
activated. The flasher circuit is used to sound the boat
horn in the event that a locker is opened while the
system is in the locked state.
Unlocking the System
The system is unlocked by entering one of the three
access codes. When the system is successfully
unlocked, the locked LED will turn off, the storage
lockers will unlock, the function buttons will become
active and the flasher circuit will be deactivated.
Foot Throttle (Option)
An optional foot throttle is available to improve throttle
control. The foot throttle allows the boat operator to
operate the throttle with both hands on the steering
wheel. The foot throttle is equipped with a toe clip for
additional safety in extreme operating conditions.
CAUTION
DO NOT shift the engine into gear if it is
operating above 900 RPM. Only shift the engine
into gear at the recommended idle speed.
Pro Trim (Option)
The pro trim lever allows the boat operator to trim the
outboard with both hands on the steering wheel.
NOTE: When the foot throttle and pro trim
options are installed, the remote control
will only function as a shifter.
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Battery Charging System – If Equipped
Livewell Systems
The battery charging system allows you to charge the
batteries without removing the batteries from the boat.
See the manufacturer’s literature for operating
instructions.
Your Skeeter boat is equipped with a livewell system
that is designed to keep your fish alive and healthy.
See LIVEWELL OPERATION – 3-WAY VALVE
SYSTEM on page 3-29 for more information.
Make sure all accessories and outboards are in the
OFF position when connecting to the power source
and charging the batteries.
After each use, rinse the livewell and baitwell (if
equipped) with clean fresh water, remove any debris
from the pick-up and drain screens, and allow the
livewell to air-dry after each use. The pick-up screens
are located at the bottom of the transom and the drain
screens are located in the livewell or baitwell.
WARNING
Do not charge your batteries in the boat unless
your boat is equipped with an onboard charging
system.
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BASS BOATS
LIVEWELL OPERATION –
3-WAY VALVE SYSTEM
Recirculation while on plane
AUTO
On Plane
EMPTY
Livewell Actuator Settings
RECIRC
AUTO
Filling while at rest
AUTO
At Rest
EMPTY
RECIRC
AUTO
Figure 3-11
Figure 3-10
AUTO – Off plane: With the actuator in the “AUTO”
position and the pump on, the livewell will fill with fresh
water. When the livewell is 3/4 full, partial recirculation
begins.
AUTO – On plane: While on plane with the actuator in
the “AUTO” position and the pump on, the control
valve located in the bilge automatically closes to
prevent water loss. The water pump is automatically
diverted to closed recirculation. When the boat is off
plane, the control valve automatically opens to allow
fresh water to the livewell. Any water lost through the
overflow is automatically replaced when the water
pump switch is in the “MANUAL” or “AUTO” position.
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Recirculation while at rest
Draining
On Plane
On Plane
RECIRCULATE
EMPTY
At Rest
At Rest
EMPTY
EMPTY
RECIRC
RECIRC
AUTO
AUTO
SKE-0025_A
Figure 3-12
Figure 3-13
RECIRCULATE – On/Off plane: When the actuator is
in the “RECIRC” or “AUTO” position, outside water is
prevented from entering while the control valve
continues to allow the pump to recirculate existing
water and aerate the livewell. This position can be
used when trailering fish.
EMPTY – On/Off plane: Actuator in “EMPTY” position,
drains the livewell but does not allow water to re-enter.
Rinse the livewell and baitwell (if equipped) with fresh
clean water, remove any debris from the pick-up and
drain screens, and allow the livewell to air-dry after
each use. The pick-up screens are located at the
bottom of the transom and the drain screens are
located in the livewell or baitwell.
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BASS BOATS
FILLING THE LIVEWELL –
2-WAY VALVE SYSTEM
Before filling the livewell, make sure of the following:
•
•
Transom strainer(s) are clean and secured to the
water inlet on the transom.
The boat is in the water, at rest position with
unrestricted water flow to the water inlet on the
transom.
NOTE: The livewell cannot be filled while the boat
is running.
PUMP-OUT
To fill the livewell:
1. Close the actuator to the livewell. The actuator
opens and closes the livewell drain valve.
2. Open the fill valve inside the livewell. The fill valve
is located on the fill nozzle at the top of the inside
of the livewell.
FILL
OVERFLOW
REMOTE DRAIN
VALVE
SKE-0027-A
Livewell Fill Water Flow
Figure 3-14
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Troubleshooting the Livewell Fill System
Livewell Does Not Fill
If livewell will not fill and the pump is operating:
•
•
SKE-0028-A
Fill Valve (shown removed for clarity)
Figure 3-15
•
3. Turn on the fill control switch at the helm.
4. Adjust the fill valve inside the livewell for desired
water flow.
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Check the transom drains to determine that they
are free of debris.
Check the “valve” inside the livewell to ensure that
it is in the OPEN position.
Check for airlock, using the main engine; reverse
the boat to force water into the transom inlet and
pump. This will help determine if the pump is “air
locked.” If the pump was “air locked,” water should
now begin to flow into the livewell. If the pump
remains “air locked,” check fill hose routing for
kinks or excessive loops.
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BASS BOATS
LIVEWELL WATER RECIRCULATION –
2-WAY VALVE SYSTEM
If the livewell will not fill and the pump is “not”
operating:
NOTE: To determine if the pump is operating,
place your hand on the pump. A slight
vibration will be felt if the pump is
operating.
•
•
•
•
With the boat on the trailer, remove pump cartridge
and inspect pump housing.
Check battery.
Check pump fuse.
Check for the presence of voltage at the pump. If
voltage is 12 volts or above, replace the pump.
PUMP-OUT
FILL
Livewell Overflows
If water is overflowing into the bilge from the livewell,
adjust the fill valve in the livewell so that the intake of
water is reduced.
OVERFLOW
REMOTE DRAIN
VALVE
Livewell Recirculation Water Flow
Figure 3-16
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SKE-0029-A
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To recirculate the water in the livewell while the boat is
“ON” or “OFF PLANE” or while on the boat is on the
trailer:
1. Close the actuator valve to the livewell.
2. Fill the livewell if not full.
3. Position the RECIRC button on the helm to the
“AUTO” or “ON” position.
4. Position the FILL button on the helm to OFF.
5. Push the pump-out valve inside the livewell IN, if
equipped.
Troubleshooting the Livewell Recirculation
System
If the livewell will not recirculate water, verify the
following:
•
•
•
The RECIRC button on the helm is in the “ON” or
“AUTO” postion and helm RECIRC light is
illuminated.
The pump-out valve inside the livewell is pushed
IN.
The recirc pump is running.
NOTE: To determine if the pump is operating,
place your hand on the pump. A slight
vibration will be felt if the pump is
operating.
SKE-0030a-A
Pump-Out Valve (pushed IN)
Figure 3-17
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BASS BOATS
LIVEWELL DRAINING
Some livewell drain systems are equipped with an
electric “pump-out” motor and a standard gravity drain
controlled by a manual actuator valve.
Electric Pump-Out
To partially pump out water from the livewell using the
electric pump-out motor while the boat is “ON” or “OFF
PLANE” or while on the boat is on the trailer:
1. Pull the “pump-out valve” inside the livewell OUT.
OVERFLOW
PUMP-OUT
FILL
REMOTE DRAIN
VALVE
SKE-0026-A
SKE-0031-A
Livewell Drain Water Flow
Figure 3-18
Pump-Out Valve (pulled OUT)
Figure 3-19
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2. Position the RECIRC button on the helm in the ON
position.
3. Ensure the FILL button on the helm is OFF.
During livewell pump-out operation, water will be
discharged through the pump-out rear deck fitting.
Troubleshooting the Livewell Drain System
If the livewell will not drain, verify the following:
• The actuator is in the OPEN position.
• The livewell drain screen is not clogged.
If the livewell will not pump out, verify the following:
• The “pump-out valve” in the livewell is pulled OUT.
• The RECIRC button on the helm is ON and the
RECIRC pump is ON.
Manual Drain
To completely drain the water from the livewell using
the gravity drain while the boat is “ON” or “OFF
PLANE” or while on the boat is on the trailer:
1. Open the livewell actuator valve.
2. Position the RECIRC button on the helm to OFF.
3. Ensure the FILL button on the helm is OFF.
NOTE: When off plane at a rest position in the
water, the livewell will only drain to a level
that is equal to the water surrounding the
boat.
NOTE: To determine if the pump is operating, place
your hand on the pump. A slight vibration
will be felt if the pump is operating.
•
•
•
Remove pump cartridge and inspect pump housing.
Check battery.
Check pump fuse.
Electric Trolling Motor
See the electric trolling motor Operator’s Manual
supplied in your owner’s kit for electric trolling motor
operation and maintenance procedures.
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Bike Seat
Optional Equipment
Mount the seat by selecting
adjustable power pole
and twist to secure to mount.
Your Skeeter boat may be equipped with many options
which cannot all be covered in this manual. Make sure
you read and understand all the optional equipment’s
safety, use, and maintenance literature provided by the
manufacturer to maximize the benefits and uses these
options have to offer. Contact your Skeeter Dealer for
any information or explanation.
SKE-0006-A
Bike Seat
Figure 3-20
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death due to ejection
from seat. Do not use when boat speed exceeds
5 mph (8 km/h). Remove and stow seat when
not being occupied.
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NOTES
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
This section is specific to your Skeeter multi-species
boat. The picture or pictures used to show feature(s)
and location may show more than your actual boat is
equipped with. If you have any questions regarding
your specific boat, you can always contact your
Skeeter Dealer.
SAFETY LABELS
The safety labels attached to your boat are there to
protect you, your occupants, others around you, and
your Skeeter boat. Read, know, and understand them.
WARNING
WARNING
WARNING
DO NOT RIDE OR OPERATE BOAT WHEN UNDER POWER OF MAIN ENGINE WHILE
SEATED OR LYING ON ELEVATED DECK AREAS. THIS BOAT SHOULD BE OPERATED
ONLY BY A TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED OPERATOR. FAILURE TO HEED THIS
WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY.
LEAKING FUEL IS A FIRE AND EXPLOSION
HAZARD. INSPECT SYSTEM REGULARLY.
EXAMINE FUEL SYSTEM FOR LEAKS OR
CORROSION AT LEAST ANNUALLY.
9343-066
Avoid serious injury or death
due to ejection from rotating
seat. Lock swivel before boat
speed exceeds 5 mph.
9343-067
9343-061
WARNING
Fuel vapors are fire and explosion hazards.
Do not store fuel or flammable liquids in
this compartment.
Ventilation has not been provided.
! WARNING
AVOID OBSTRUCTION OF NAVIGATION
LIGHTS AND POSSIBLE COLLISION. REMOVE CANVAS
BEFORE USING NAVIGATION OR ANCHOR LIGHTS.
9343-070
9343-068
4-1
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NW-204-08
NW-206-07
9343-079
4-2
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
9343-080
9343-078
4-3
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WX1900, WX1990, AND WX2100 HELM LAYOUT
2
3
4
1
5
6
22
23
15
7
14
13
21
20
19
8
9
18
17
10
16
12
11
SKE-0056-A
Helm Layout – WX1900, WX1990, and WX2100
Figure 4-1
4-4
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
Multifunction Speed/Fuel Gauge
Steering Fluid Fill
Multifunction Gauge – Tachometer
Ignition Switch
Horn
Fishfinder
Engine Remote Control Throttle/Shift
Engine Remote Control Trim Switch
12-Volt Outlet
Engine Stop Switch and Lanyard
Livewell Drain Control Switch
Tilt Steering Latch
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
4-5
Starboard Livewell Fill
Fuel Switch
Navigation Lights
Starboard Recirculation Pump
Switch Panel
Port Recirculation Pump
Livewell Fill
Aerator Timer Switch
Power Switch
Bilge Pump
Courtesy Lights
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WX1900, WX1990, AND WX2100 GENERAL DECK LAYOUT
2
3
4
5
6
7
1
14
8
9
13
12 11
3
10
General Deck Layout – WX1900, WX1990, and WX2100
Figure 4-2
4-6
SKE-0055-A
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Auxiliary Fuel Inlet
Livewell
Gunwale Storage
Cooler
Rod Locker
Gear Storage
Bow Seat Mount
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
4-7
Bow Light Receptacle
Bow Panel
Bow Baitwell
Stern Seat Mount
Stern Baitwell
Anchor Light Receptacle
Fuel Inlet
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WX1850 HELM LAYOUT
3
2
1
4
5
6
21
20
19
7
13
14
6
8
15
9
10
18
17
11
16
12
14
13
15
SKE-0057-A
Helm Layout – WX1850
Figure 4-3
4-8
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Speedometer
Engine Overheat Indicator
Steering Fluid Fill
Depth/Water Temperature Gauge
Low Oil Indicator
Tachometer
Aerator Timer Selector
Livewell Fill Switch
Livewell Recirculation Pump Switch
Bilge Pump Switch
Baitwell Fill Switch
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
4-9
Baitwell Recirculation Pump Switch
Ignition Switch
Engine Remote Control Throttle/Shift
Engine Trim Switch
Tilt Steering Latch
Navigation Light Switch
Courtesy Light Switch
Fuel Tank Switch
Power Switch
Horn
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MX1825 HELM LAYOUT
4
3
2
6
5
1
9
7
8
12
10
13
14
15
18
20
22
19
16
17
21
11
SKE-0058-A
Helm Layout – MX1825
Figure 4-4
4-10
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Fuel Level/Voltage Gauge
Steering Fluid Fill
Engine Water Temperature
Fishfinder
Speedometer/Tachometer
AM/FM/CD Player
12-Volt Outlet
Circuit Breaker Panel
Engine Remote Control Throttle/Shift
Engine Trim Switch
Livewell Drain Control Switch
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
4-11
Baitwell Recirculation Pump Switch
Baitwell Fill Switch
Livewell Recirculation Pump Switch
Livewell Fill Switch
Ignition Switch
Tilt Steering Latch
Horn
Bilge Pump Switch
Courtesy Light Switch
Navigation/Anchor Light Switch
Power Switch
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WX1850 AND MX1825 GENERAL DECK LAYOUT
1 2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
17
17
10
11
3
16
15
14
12
13
SKE-0059-A
General Deck Layout – WX1850 and MX1825
Figure 4-5
4-12
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Fuel Inlet
Livewell
Gunwale Storage Locker
AM/FM/CD Player
Glove Box
Center Console Cooler
Rod Locker
Forward Storage Locker
Bow Seat Mount
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
4-13
Bow Light Receptacle
Bow Panel
Forward Cooler
Ski Tow Pylon Base
Baitwell
Stern Seat Mount
Anchor Light Receptacle
Bilge Area Oil Tank/Batteries
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WX2000T GENERAL DECK LAYOUT
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
15
15
9
10
14
6
13
12
11
SKE-0060-A
General Deck Layout – WX2000T
Figure 4-6
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Fuel Inlet
AM/FM/CD Player
Gauge and Switch Panel
Fishfinder
Livewell
Storage Locker
Bow Seat Mount
Bow Storage Locker
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
4-15
Bow Light Receptacle
Bow Panel
Forward Baitwell
Rod Locker
Starboard Baitwell
Anchor Light Receptacle
Bilge Area/Battery Mounting/Oil Tank
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WX1790T GENERAL DECK LAYOUT
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
14
13
10
12
3
5
11
6
SKE-0061-A
General Deck Layout – WX1790T
Figure 4-7
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Glove Box
Livewell
Gunwale Storage Locker
Rod Locker
Forward Cooler
Bow Storage Locker
Bow Seat Mount
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
4-17
Trolling Motor Electronic Outlet
Bait Box
Bow Light Receptacle
Baitwell
Anchor Light Receptacle
Fuel Inlet
Bilge Area/Battery Mounting/Oil Tank
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GAUGE AND SWITCH PANEL (GUNWALE MOUNT) – WX2000T
1
4
2
3
5
6
7 8
9
10
11
12
18
17 16 15 14
13
SKE-0037-A
Gauge and Switch Panel (Gunwale Mount) – WX2000T
Figure 4-8
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
AM/FM CD Player
Fuel Gauge
Tachometer
Fishfinder/Depth Finder
Port Livewell Fill
Aerator Timer
Power
Courtesy Lights
Bilge Pump
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
4-19
Navigation Lights
Fuel
Starboard Livewell Fill
Bow Livewell Fill
Bow Livewell Recirculation Pump
Starboard Livewell Recirculation Pump
Port Livewell Recirculation Pump
Trim Gauge
Water Pressure Gauge
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GAUGE AND SWITCH PANEL – WX1790T
11
10
12
9
8
7
13
6
5
4
3
2
Gauge and Switch Panel – WX1790T
Figure 4-9
4-20
1
9343-039
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Baitwell Switches
Livewell Switches
Bilge Pump Switch
Courtesy Lights Switch
Navigation Lights Switch
Power Switch
Fuel Gauge
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
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Engine Low Oil Pressure Warning Light
Engine Warning Light
12-Volt Accessory Port
Speedometer
Tachometer
AM/FM CD Player
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EQUIPMENT
Fuse and Relay Panel – WX1850, WX1900,
WX1990, and WX2100
POWER
AUTO BILGE
AUTO BILGE
BILGE
NAV
CTSY
S. FILL
P. FILL
S. RECIRC.
P. RECIRC.
HORN
12V
20
10
10
3
25
5
10
3
25
10
10
3
25
10
15
15
The fuse and relay panel is located under the helm
console and behind the gauge and switch panel.
Replace a blown fuse with an identical replacement.
WARNING
ACC
ACC
ACC
TIMER
Never use a replacement fuse of a different
color, size, or amperage rating. An improper
fuse can cause damage to the electrical system
which could lead to a fire.
9343-035
Fuse and Relay Panel
Figure 4-10
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
Circuit Breakers – MX1825
Adjustable and Movable Seats
The circuit breaker panel is located under the helm
console. The breaker button will pop out when the
circuit is overloaded. Press in the breaker to reset it.
BOW ACC
3 AMP
POWER
BILGE 1
BILGE 2
NAV
CT LT
20 AMP
5 AMP
5 AMP
5 AMP
5 AMP
TRIM
POWER
12 VOLT
HORN
LIVEWELL
FILL
LIVEWELL
RECIRC
BAITWELL
FILL
BAITWELL
RECIRC
15 AMP
10 AMP
5 AMP
3 AMP
3 AMP
3 AMP
3 AMP
ACC 1
ACC 2
ACC 3
ACC 4
ACC 5
ACC 6
ACC 7
3 AMP
3 AMP
3 AMP
3 AMP
3 AMP
3 AMP
3 AMP
SKE-0105-A
Circuit Breaker – MX1825
Figure 4-11
Adjustable and Movable Seating
Figure 4-12
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WX Series Driver’s Pedestal Seat
WX Series Passenger and Fishing Pedestal
Seat
To move the passenger or fishing seats, lift up on the
seat while gently wiggling the seat from side to side.
To insert into the base, line up the key into the slot in
the base and push the pedestal down into the base.
1. Use this lever to raise and
lower the seat.
2. Use this knob to increase
friction or lock the seat
from turning. Passenger
seats should be locked in
the forward position while
under way.
Seat Mount
Figure 4-13
1. This lever adjusts the seat fore and aft.
2. Twist this handle to increase friction on post or lock
the seat from turning.
3. This lever locks the seat in the forward position.
4. This lever allows you to raise and lower the seat.
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or
death due to ejection from
seat. Do not use when boat
speed exceeds 5 mph.
Remove and stow seat when
not being occupied.
9343-064a
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death due to ejection
from rotating seat. Lock swivel before boat
speed exceeds 5 mph.
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MULTI-SPECIES BOATS
Livewell / Baitwell System Settings
Your Skeeter boat is equipped with a livewell/baitwell
system designed to your keep fish alive and healthy.
FILL: Turn the remote valve control to the CLOSE
position. Use the “FILL” switch at the control panel to
start the pump. Turn the pump off when the well is at
the correct level.
Filling
FILL
RECIRCULATE: Use the “RECIRC” switch at the
control panel to recirculate and aerate the water in the
well to maintain sufficient oxygen for fish/bait. Your
boat may be equipped with a timer that can be set to
automatically recirculate at desired intervals.
Remote
Drain
Valve
SKE-0108-A
Figure 4-14
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Rinse the livewell and baitwell (if equipped) with fresh
clean water, remove any debris from the pick-up and
drain screens, and allow the livewell to air-dry after
each use. The pick-up screens are located at the
bottom of the transom and the drain screens are
located in the livewell or baitwell.
Draining
EMPTY
Optional Equipment
Remote
Drain
Valve
SKE-0107-A
Figure 4-15
EMPTY: Turn the remote valve control to the OPEN
position to empty.
Your Skeeter boat may be equipped with many options
which cannot all be covered in this manual. Make sure
you read and understand the optional equipment’s
safety, use, and maintenance literature provided by the
manufacturer to maximize the benefits and uses these
options have to offer. Contact your Skeeter Dealer for
more information or explanation.
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FISH AND SKI BOATS
This section is specific to your Skeeter fish and ski
boat. The picture or pictures used to show feature(s)
and location may show more than your actual boat is
equipped with. If you have any questions regarding
your specific boat, you can always contact your
Skeeter Dealer.
SAFETY LABELS
The safety labels attached to your boat are there to
protect you, your occupants, others around you, and
your Skeeter boat. Read, know, and understand them.
WARNING
WARNING
WARNING
DO NOT RIDE OR OPERATE BOAT WHEN UNDER POWER OF MAIN ENGINE WHILE
SEATED OR LYING ON ELEVATED DECK AREAS. THIS BOAT SHOULD BE OPERATED
ONLY BY A TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED OPERATOR. FAILURE TO HEED THIS
WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY.
LEAKING FUEL IS A FIRE AND EXPLOSION
HAZARD. INSPECT SYSTEM REGULARLY.
EXAMINE FUEL SYSTEM FOR LEAKS OR
CORROSION AT LEAST ANNUALLY.
9343-066
9343-067
Avoid serious injury, death or
boat damage from Ski Pylon
failure. Ski Pylon must be
secured to base. Do not use
with any equipment which is
TIED to the tow rope, such
as inner tubes, aquaplanes,
etc. Always sit at least 3 feet
forward of pylon.
9343-062
NW-204-08
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NW-206-07
9343-079
9343-080
9343-078
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FISH AND SKI BOATS
WARNING
Fuel vapors are fire and explosion hazards.
Do not store fuel or flammable liquids in
this compartment.
Ventilation has not been provided.
9343-068
! WARNING
AVOID OBSTRUCTION OF NAVIGATION
LIGHTS AND POSSIBLE COLLISION. REMOVE CANVAS
BEFORE USING NAVIGATION OR ANCHOR LIGHTS.
9343-063
9343-070
CAUTION:
9343-069
DO NOT BOARD LADDER
WHILE ENGINE IN OPERATION
9343-065
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SL SERIES HELM LAYOUT
7
8
6
5
14
10
13
17
9
3
2
16
11
4
12
15
1
SKE-0053-A
Helm Layout
Figure 5-1
5-4
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FISH AND SKI BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Tilt Steering Latch (Option)
Livewell Fill Switch
Livewell Recirculation Pump Switch
Bilge Pump Switch
Fuel Level Gauge
Tachometer
Steering Fluid Fill Cap (Option)
Speedometer
Trim Gauge
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
5-5
Horn
Navigation Lights Switch
Power Switch
Fishfinder
Ignition Switch
Engine Stop Switch and Cord (Lanyard)
Engine Remote Control Trim Switch
Engine Remote Control
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SL190 AND SL210 GENERAL DECK LAYOUT
1
2
3
4
5
7
6
7
8
9
15
10
14
13
2
11
12
SKE-0054-A
General Deck Layout
Figure 5-2
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FISH AND SKI BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Ski Rope Locker
Livewell
Fuel Inlet
Cooler
AM/FM/CD Player
Rod Box
Gear Storage
Bow Seat Mount
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
5-7
Bow Panel
Bow Light Receptacle
Ski Locker
Ski Pylon Mounting Base
Anchor Light Receptacle
Boarding Ladder
Bilge Area/Oil Tank/Battery Mounting
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SL1800 AND SL1900 GENERAL DECK LAYOUT
1
2
3
5
4
6
4
7
8
14
9
13
12
4
4
11
10
4
SKE-0106-A
General Deck Layout
Figure 5-2
5-8
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FISH AND SKI BOATS
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Boarding Ladder Storage
Livewell
Fuel Fill Inlet
Cooler
AM/FM/CD Player
Glove Box
Bow Seat Mount
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
5-9
Bow Light Receptacle
Bow Panel
Rod Locker
Ski Locker
Anchor Light Receptacle
Ski Rope Locker
Bilge Area/Battery Mounting/Oil Tank
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EQUIPMENT
WARNING
Fuse Panel
The fuse and relay panel is located under the helm
console. Replace a blown fuse with an identical
replacement.
10
5
10
10
10
10
5
10
5
5
Never use a replacement fuse of a different
color, size, or amperage rating. An improper
fuse can cause damage to the electrical system
which could lead to a fire.
9343-032
SX and SL Fuse Panel
Figure 5-3
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FISH AND SKI BOATS
Swivel Seats – Driver and Passenger Seats
LOCKING
HANDLE
Press the locking handle down to release the lock; this
will allow you to rotate the seat on the post. Twist the
friction control knob to control friction on the post. The
locking handle must be in the locked position and the
friction control knob must be tightened when boat
speed exceeds 5 mph (8 km/h).
LOCKED
FRICTION
CONTROL
KNOB
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death due to ejection.
The locking handle must be in the locked
position and the friction control knob tightened
before boat speed exceeds 5 mph (8 km/h).
RELEASE
9343-045a
Swivel Seats
Figure 5-4
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Livewell / Baitwell System Settings
Draining
EMPTY
Your Skeeter boat is equipped with a livewell/baitwell
system designed to your keep fish alive and healthy.
Filling
FILL
Plug
Figure 4-15
EMPTY: Remove the plug from livewell drain to empty.
Plug
Figure 4-14
FILL: Use the “FILL” switch at the control panel to
start the pump. Turn the pump off when the well is at
the correct level.
RECIRCULATE: Use the “RECIRC” switch at the
control panel to recirculate and aerate the water in the
well to maintain sufficient oxygen for fish/bait. Your
boat may be equipped with a timer that can be set to
automatically recirculate at desired intervals.
Rinse the livewell and baitwell (if equipped) with fresh
clean water, remove any debris from the pick-up and
drain screens, and allow the livewell to air-dry after
each use. The pick-up screens are located at the
bottom of the transom and the drain screens are
located in the livewell or baitwell.
AM/FM CD Player
Your Skeeter boat is equipped with an AM/FM CD
player. See its operator’s manual for more information.
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FISH AND SKI BOATS
Bike Seat
Boarding Ladder
Mount the seat by selecting
either the fore or aft swivel
seat mount and twist to secure
to mount.
Your Skeeter boat is equipped with a boarding ladder
for easier boarding into the boat from the water.
Make sure the boarding ladder is in the stowed
position after it is used. Always make sure no one is
near the engine before you start it. Never use a ladder
which is damaged.
WARNING
Do not board the ladder while the engine is
running.
TW
IS
T IN
9343-023
Bike Seat or
Fishing Chair (Option)
Figure 5-7
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death due to ejection
from seat. Do not use when boat speed exceeds
5 mph (8 km/h). Remove and stow seat when
not occupied.
WARNING
Be careful when using the boarding ladder and
exercise caution when you are near the
outboard. Your outboard and propeller can have
sharp edges. Always make sure no one is in the
area behind your boat and the ladder is in the
stowed position before starting your outboard.
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If your Skeeter boat is equipped with a ski pylon, it
provides an easy means for connecting a ski tow
harness to your boat.
Ski Pylon
KEY
PYLON
HOLE
COVER
SKI PYLON
Make sure when you use the ski pylon, the pylon is
installed into its mounting base completely and
securely, and the supports are connected with their
pins. Never substitute components and never use a
damaged pin.
Use the key to remove the pylon hole cover. Always
insert the pylon hole cover when the ski pylon is
removed.
WARNING
SKE-0017-A
Ski Pylon
Figure 5-8
Avoid serious injury, death, or boat damage
from the ski pylon feature. The ski pylon must
be secured to its base. Do not use with any
equipment which is TIED to the towrope, such
as inner tubes, aquaplanes, etc. Always sit at
least 3 ft (1 m) forward of the pylon.
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FISH AND SKI BOATS
Walk Thru Windshield
Canopy Top (Option)
Your Skeeter boat is equipped with a walk thru
windshield which provides comfort to the cockpit area.
Always have the windshield closed and locked when
your boat is moving.
Never use abrasives or solvents to clean the
windshield. Use only mild soap and water or a quality
glass cleaner.
WARNING
SKE-0101-A
To avoid injury, the window must be secured in
the locked position when your boat is in motion.
Use both window locks.
Canopy Top
Figure 5-9
The canopy top provides comfort to the cockpit area
from the sun and the elements.
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The canopy top can be temporarily stowed, folded, and
laid on the sun deck. Make sure your canopy top is in a
secured position before getting your boat under way.
Make sure the cockpit is well-ventilated when the
canopy top is raised.
Never:
WARNING
• Stow the canopy wet or damp; allow it to air-dry
before stowing
• Use abrasives or solvents to clean the canopy;
use only mild soap and warm (not hot) water and
protect it with a high-quality protectant
• Trailer your boat with the canopy top raised
Exhaust fumes from engines contain carbon
monoxide. A boat with its canvas raised is more
likely to collect exhaust fumes. Avoid brain
damage or death from carbon monoxide. Keep
the cockpit well-ventilated. Signs of exposure to
carbon monoxide include nausea, dizziness,
and drowsiness.
To raise the canopy:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Attach the supports into their mounts.
Remove the canopy boot.
Attach the bow straps to their mounting cleats.
Attach the stern straps to their mounting cleats.
Adjust the canopy’s tension by adjusting the strap
buckles.
Optional Equipment
Your Skeeter boat may be equipped with many options
which cannot all be covered in this manual. Make sure
you read and understand the optional equipment’s
safety, use, and maintenance literature provided by the
manufacturer to maximize the benefits and uses these
options have to offer. Contact your Skeeter Dealer for
more information or explanation.
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CONTROLS / INDICATORS
STEERING
Under certain power trim positions of the outboard
motor, there can be a noticeable pull on the steering
wheel. This is often referred to as “steering torque.”
The position of the outboard motor’s trim tab affects
the amount of steering torque. See your outboard
motor operator’s manual for adjustment of the trim tab.
Under any circumstances, the operator should always
keep a firm, continuous grip on the steering wheel.
The owner/operator must inspect the steering system
frequently.
• For Cable Steering, check for smooth, free, full
range operation and steering components not worn
or loose.
• For Hydraulic Steering, the fluid level should be
checked periodically to determine the correct level.
Your Skeeter Dealer should investigate any steering
system irregularities immediately. DO NOT continue
to operate the boat if the steering system is
malfunctioning.
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OUTBOARD MOTOR TRIM
Outboard motor trim is the angular relationship
between the lower drive unit of the outboard motor and
the transom of the boat. Boat trim while under way
greatly affects your boat’s performance and efficiency.
For best results, the boat should be on plane and
trimmed to reduce the wetted surface. With less boat
in the water, both speed and fuel economy increases.
Outboard motors with manual trim must be adjusted
for best overall operation for the load and conditions.
Outboard motors with power trim should be adjusted
continuously for best results.
If the outboard motor is trimmed in too far (closer to
the boat bottom), speed drops, fuel economy
decreases, and the boat may not handle correctly.
However, it does provide better acceleration from a
standstill; and because it forces the bow down,
visibility is improved. If the outboard motor is trimmed
out too far (away from the boat bottom), steering
torque increases, and the boat may be difficult to get
on plane and may bounce.
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CONTROLS / INDICATORS
WARNING
DO NOT trim the outboard motor out too far or
the boat may begin to “porpoise” (bounce up
and down). Porpoising reduces control and
visibility and lowers top speed and fuel
efficiency. Failure to maintain control or
visibility could result in serious injury or death.
CORRECT
IN TOO FAR
See your outboard motor operator’s manual for power
trim operation information.
OUT TOO FAR
9343-017a
Figure 6-1
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INSTRUMENTS
NOTE: Types of gauges and switches vary by
model. Not all models have all the
following items. Some of the following
items are optional and cost extra.
Skeeter reserves the right to change
specifications without notice.
Some outboard motors are equipped with a multigauge to monitor the engine motor management
system and other functions. See the outboard motor
operator’s manual if your Skeeter boat is equipped
with such a system.
Sonar Fishfinder and Depthsounder
See the fishfinder and depthsounder operations
manual.
Water Pressure Gauge (If Equipped)
The water pressure gauge monitors the cooling
system pressure of the engine. See your outboard
motor owner’s manual for information.
Voltmeter (If Equipped)
The voltmeter indicates voltage to the batteries from
the charging system.
Tachometer
Trim Gauge (If Equipped)
The trim gauge indicates bow position of the boat in
the water. This is achieved by changing the angle of
the outboard motor.
The tachometer registers engine speed in revolutions
per minute (RPM). See your outboard motor operator’s
manual for the correct operating range of the engine.
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CONTROLS / INDICATORS
Speedometer
The speedometer indicates the speed of the boat in
miles per hour. Be sure the speedometer pilot tube is
clean and free from debris. Also make sure the
speedometer tube is not pinched and allows for proper
operation of the gauge.
Fuel Gauge
The fuel gauge registers the fuel level in the gas tank
and not gallons. In some cases, because of the shape
and size of the tank, when the gauge registers 1/2,
there may be as much as 3/4 of a tank of fuel. Due to
the various conditions affecting the way a boat floats,
the gauge may register differently when the boat is on
the trailer, at rest, or on plane.
SWITCHES – ALL MODELS EXCEPT
FX AND I-CLASS
Power Switch
This switch activates the gauges, most of the other
switches, and most boat systems. The power switch is
the main supply switch to all boat systems except the
trolling motor system. No systems will work when this
is set to OFF.
Bilge Switch
The bilge switch activates the bilge pump, which
eliminates excess water in the bilge. To prevent
damage to the pump, be sure the switch is kept in the
OFF position unless the pump is in use.
Courtesy Light Switch
The courtesy light switch activates interior lights for
nighttime illumination.
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Navigation Lights Switch
Horn Switch
The navigation lights switch activates the bow and
stern lights in the RUN position and just the stern light
in the ANC position. The lights should be in the RUN
position while under way and in the ANC position
when anchored or tied in open water or channels.
The ANC light is not required if tied up at a dock or
beached.
The horn switch activates the horn. It is momentary
and will return to the OFF position when released.
NOTE: Operate your boat between sunset and
sunrise using the navigational lights.
Navigational lights are legally required to
indicate direction and right-of-way at
night.
Fuel Switch
The fuel switch is used to switch the fuel gauge
operation to read from one tank to another. The switch
also powers the fuel gauge on some models. These
gauges will not work when the switch is in the OFF
position.
Accessory Switches
Accessory switches are installed for use and
convenience when installing optional equipment.
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CONTROLS / INDICATORS
CIRCUIT BREAKERS / FUSES – ALL
MODELS EXCEPT FX AND I-CLASS
Fuses
The main power supply at the battery, automatic bilge
pump switches, and trolling motor systems is protected
from current overloads by circuit breakers or fuse
holders at their power supply or at the battery in the
positive (+) lead.
Automotive-type fuses are located under the console
to protect some electrical systems.
Circuit Breakers
Some main switch panels and trolling motor wiring are
equipped with circuit breakers. The buttons will be
labeled with the item they protect. If the circuit
protected has a current overload, the breaker will trip
and power will be discontinued. The cause of the
overload must be determined and eliminated before
resetting the circuit breaker. Reset the circuit breaker
by pressing its button.
6-7
WARNING
DO NOT exceed the recommended fuse sizes or
bypass the fuse safeguard. Always install the
proper (type and rating) fuses whenever
replacing or changing fuses.
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NOTES
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BOAT SYSTEMS
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
FUEL SYSTEM
Skeeter boats have sophisticated electrical systems to
provide service and function to their owner. Power is
supplied from batteries located in the aft rigging
compartment directly in front of the engine. Red
positive (+) leads and black negative (-) leads with ring
terminals for connecting to batteries are located in this
compartment. There will be three or four heavy gauge
wires for the trolling motor system to connect to the
trolling motor batteries. There will be two lighter gauge
wires for the boat supply or “accessory” harness to
connect to the engine cranking battery. Some system
models are built to locate trolling motor batteries and
wiring under the front deck.
Your Skeeter boat is equipped with an internal fuel
system meeting current federal requirements.
WARNING
Leaking fuel is a fire and explosion hazard.
Inspect system regularly. Examine fuel system
for leaks or corrosion at least annually.
Failure to inspect the fuel system could allow
fuel leakage to go undetected, becoming a fire
or explosion hazard.
The fuel system must be thoroughly inspected and
repaired, if necessary, before operating the boat. Do
not operate your boat knowing you have a fuel system
problem.
If you suspect your boat has a fuel system problem,
contact your Skeeter Dealer.
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If your boat has dual fuel tanks, it will be equipped with
two fuel fill caps. Fuel is delivered from both tanks to
your outboard motor.
4. Fully extend the weigh bag fill hose and fill the
weigh bag. If the hose is not fully extended, water
will leak out from between the pump-out hose and
deck fitting.
If your boat is equipped with a capped second fuel
delivery connector, this is used to supply fuel to a
“kicker motor.”
WEIGH BAG FILL HOSE OPERATION
(IF EQUIPPED)
The starboard rear deck pump-out fitting may be
equipped with a “weigh bag fill hose” as optional
equipment.
SKE-0032-A
To operate the weigh bag fill hose accessory:
1. Ensure there is water in the livewell.
2. Pull the “pump-out valve” inside the livewell OUT.
3. Postion the RECIRC button on the helm in the ON
position.
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Optional – Weigh Bag Water Fill Hose
Figure 7-1
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BOAT SYSTEMS
BILGE
Bilge Pump
BATTERY
FUSE
A bilge pump is designed to remove excess water
which may accumulate in the bilge area. Make sure
the bilge pump is not blocked with debris and is in
proper working order. Check the pump screen
occasionally and monitor the stream from the bilge
pump outlet. If you recognize a weak stream at the
bilge outlet, this may indicate a blocked pump screen
or a poor electrical contact. If you recognize no
stream, this could indicate a blown fuse or a pump
malfunction.
Never operate a dry bilge pump or damage to the
pump will occur.
PUMP
SCREEN
FLOAT SWITCH
(IF EQUIPPED)
Figure 7-2 shows a typical bilge pump system with an
automatic float switch.
BILGE PUMP
SKE-0102-A
Bilge Pump
Figure 7-2
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Battery Connections
See the manufacturer’s engine manual for battery
requirements.
BATTERY
Maintain the battery or batteries following the
manufacturer’s recommendations.
BATTERY #1
BATTERY #2
12 VOLT
24 VOLT
Disconnect all battery cables before servicing the boat,
its electrical system, battery, or the outboards and
make sure metal objects do not touch the battery
posts.
BATTERY #1
BATTERY #2
BATTERY #3
36 VOLT
9343-016b
Battery Connections
Figure 7-3
Figure 7-3 shows a typical 12-, 24-, and 36-volt
connection.
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BOAT SYSTEMS
NOTE: Connect the 12-volt accessories to the
outboard motor’s cranking battery.
WARNING
Keep the battery connections clean, tight, and
insulated to prevent shorting or arching and
causing a possible explosion. Install protective
covers and check the connections often to
make sure they are clean and tight.
DO NOT charge your batteries in the boat if
your boat is not equipped with an onboard
charging system.
Make sure all accessories and outboards are in
the OFF position before making any battery
connections.
Keep your outboard motor battery separate from your
electric outboard battery or batteries. If you operate
your electric outboard from your outboard motor
battery, it will discharge the battery and your battery
may not have the required amperage to crank your
outboard motor.
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If your boat is equipped with a 24- or 36-volt
trolling motor, interference can occur if you
connect your accessories to the trolling
motor batteries. Interference can also occur
if the transducer wire is strapped or run next
to the trolling motor’s battery cable.
If your trolling motor is connected to the
battery using a receptacle, make sure all the
connections are tight. If you operate your
trolling motor with loose connections,
damage to the trolling motor can result.
Never check your connections by running
either of your outboards out of the water.
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Bow Light
12-Volt Accessory Port (If Equipped)
Your Skeeter boat is equipped
with a bow light and a map
light which can be turned on or
off at the light. Press the button
(1) to turn the map light off or
on. The Navigation Lights
Switch must be activated for
this feature to work.
The 12-volt accessory port allows you to conveniently
connect an accessory to your electrical system. The
accessory port is fused with a 15-amp fuse.
1
CAUTION
Do not connect an accessory which will exceed
this fuse rating.
9343-019
Hydraulic Steering
Bow Light with
Remote Switch
Figure 7-4
Tilt Steering Latch (If Equipped)
Push the latch away from you to adjust the steering
wheel angle. The steering wheel has five positions and
locks into a detent.
Maintenance of the
steering system varies
with usage and climate
and should be inspected
by a qualified marine
mechanic at least twice
a year or at the first sign
the steering system is
not operating normally.
9343-020
Hydraulic Steering
Figure 7-5
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BOAT SYSTEMS
To check the oil level, remove the steering fluid fill cap.
The oil level should be within 1/2 in. (13 mm) of the
bottom of the filler hole. See the manufacturer’s
literature for more information on maintenance.
WARNING
Failure to comply with steering maintenance
checks may result in loss of steering which may
cause an accident with injury or death.
Battery Charging System (If Equipped)
The battery charging system allows you to charge the
batteries without removing the batteries from the boat.
See the manufacturer’s literature for operating
instructions.
WARNING
Do not charge your batteries in the boat unless
your boat is equipped with an onboard charging
system.
Electric Trolling Motor
See the electric trolling motor Operator’s Manual
supplied in your owner’s kit for electric trolling motor
operation and maintenance procedures.
Many Skeeter models are pre-wired with an electric
trolling motor panel with plug.
Make sure all accessories and outboards are in the
OFF position when connecting to the power source
and charging the batteries.
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OPERATION
OPERATION
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Before Starting the Engine
SEVERE INJURY OR DEATH MAY RESULT IF YOU
IGNORE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
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Before operating your Skeeter boat, become
familiar with all controls. Consult your Skeeter
Dealer about any control or function you do not
fully understand.
Attach the engine stop cord (lanyard) to a secure
place on your clothing, or your arm or leg and
keep it free from steering wheel or other controls
so that the engine stops if the operator accidentally
leaves the helm. Failure to attach the engine stop
cord could result in a runaway boat if the operator
is ejected.
Check throttle and steering for proper operation
before starting the engine.
Shift into NEUTRAL before starting engine.
Never start the engine or let it run any length of
time in an enclosed area. Exhaust fumes contain
carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that
may cause loss of consciousness and death within
a short time. Always operate the boat in an open
area.
1. There is a hull drain plug at the bottom of the stern
in the center. Be sure it is securely tightened
before launching the boat.
2. Put the throttle shift lever in the NEUTRAL
position. Turn the ignition key to “Start.” When the
engine starts, release the key. See the outboard
motor owner’s manual for more information.
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Stopping the Engine
DRIVING YOUR SKEETER BOAT
To stop the engine, return the throttle shift levers to the
NEUTRAL position, then turn the key switch to “Off.”
The engine can also be stopped by pulling the engine
stop switch cord (lanyard).
Getting To Know Your Boat
Operating your Skeeter boat requires skills acquired
through practice over a period of time. Take the time to
learn the basic techniques well before attempting more
difficult maneuvers.
WARNING
Once the engine has stopped, you have very
little steering control over the boat. You could
collide with another boat, a dock, or other
obstacles.
NOTE: Remove the ignition keys and the engine
stop switch cord (lanyard) if the boat will
be left unattended. Stopping the engine
immediately after operating at high rpm is
not recommended. Let the engine cool off
at idle or low speed for a few minutes first.
Boating with your new Skeeter boat can be a very
enjoyable activity, providing you with hours of
pleasure. But it is essential to familiarize yourself with
the operation of the Skeeter boat to achieve the skill
necessary to enjoy boating safely. Before operating
this Skeeter boat, read this Owner’s Manual, the
Owner’s Manual for your outboard motor, all Warning
and Caution labels on the boat and motor, as well as
all other informational material supplied with your boat.
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OPERATION
Boating with Passengers
Boarding from a Dock or Landing Jetty
When one or more passengers are on board, the boat
may handle differently, so operating it requires a higher
degree of skill.
1. Board the boat from the side. One person should
board at a time by stepping into the boat. Never
jump in. Avoid stepping on slick gelcoat surfaces
on the boat’s gunwales, especially if wet.
2. Sit in one of the seats provided and put both feet
on the deck.
Passengers should sit so the weight in the boat is
balanced from side-to-side and bow-to-stern as much
as possible. If passenger seats are provided on your
boat in front of the helm, be sure the operator’s view
ahead is not obstructed when they are used.
Passengers must sit in one of the seats and hold onto
the grips while putting both feet on the deck.
When passengers are on board, make sure they are
seated and holding on before you start to accelerate.
An unprepared passenger could lose balance and fall.
Stopping
The Skeeter boat is not equipped with a separate
braking system. It is stopped by water resistance after
the throttle levers are moved back to idle. The
stopping distance varies depending on gross weight,
water surface conditions, and wind direction. The boat
slows down as soon as the throttle lever is returned to
idle but will coast for a distance before fully stopping. If
you are not sure you can stop in time before hitting an
obstacle, apply throttle and turn in another direction.
You will lose most steering control if you put the
throttle lever in NEUTRAL.
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Docking
1. Make sure no obstructions, boats, or swimmers
are close to the boat. Come to a stop before you
reach the dock.
2. Notice how wind and water currents are affecting
boat movement as you attach your mooring lines
and fenders.
3. Approach the dock at idle speed. Use reverse as
necessary during slow-speed maneuvering to help
control speed and direction. Position the boat
according to wind and water conditions.
Wind or current pushing boat away from dock:
Slowly approach the dock at about a 45° angle.
Secure the bow to the dock, then use engine power or
a boat hook to gently move the stern to the dock.
Wind or current pushing boat toward dock:
Slowly maneuver to a shallow angle and allow the
boat to move toward the dock.
Try to use wind or current to your advantage when
docking.
WARNING
Do not use your hand, arm, or other part of your
body to try to keep the boat from hitting the
dock. You could be injured if the boat pushes
against the dock.
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OPERATION
No wind or current:
Approach the dock at a shallow angle. Secure the bow
to the dock, then use engine power or a boat hook to
gently move the stern to the dock.
WIND or CURRENT
WIND or CURRENT
9343-011
Docking
Figure 8-1
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Leaving a Dock
Crossing Wakes and Swells
Because boats steer from the stern, the stern first
moves in the direction opposite your desired turn. It is
especially important to understand this characteristic
when leaving a dock. If you simply turn the wheel to
steer the bow away from the dock, as you would when
driving a car out of a parking space, you will drive the
stern of the boat into the dock. Following is a basic
maneuvering technique which can be used in most
circumstances.
You will not always have flat, smooth water. There will
be swells, wakes from other boats, etc. The best way
to cross wakes and swells is with the least jolt to you
and the boat. Small swells are not as difficult to cross
as larger swells or wakes. Crossing a sharp wake
gives more of a jolt than a broad swell.
1. With engine idling and the bow still moored to the
dock, turn the steering wheel toward the dock. This
will start to move the stern of the boat away from
the dock.
2. When the stern is out a few feet, release the bow
mooring then steer in the direction you want the
bow to move. Open the throttle slightly and begin
to move away from the dock.
To cross a wake or swell, change your speed and
choose the angle at which you cross the wake or
swell. Usually, a slower speed and “quartering” the
wake (crossing at an angle) will reduce the jolt.
Two other things you may notice. The first is that
crossing a group of wakes or swells is not as easy or
smooth as crossing just one wake. The second is that
when you quarter the wake or swell the boat will try to
steer away from the wake or swell. When crossing at a
45° angle, you may not notice this, but at a smaller
angle, say 10°, it can be very strong. Be prepared to
steer and balance as necessary.
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OPERATION
BOAT TRIM
The performance of your Skeeter boat depends on
load weight and distribution. Distribute weight evenly,
from bow to stern, and also from port to starboard.
After loading, the boat’s trim can be adjusted by
changing the outboard trim angle.
9343-013
Overloading of passengers, personal equipment, and
supplies could result in an accident, especially in
rough waters. Maintain a balanced load at all times.
Passengers must always sit in a designated seating
area.
Improper Distribution (Bow Heavy)
Figure 8-3
9343-014A
Improper Distribution (Starboard Heavy)
Figure 8-4
9343-012
Proper Distribution
Figure 8-2
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GETTING UNDER WAY
There are many things to consider to make your
boating trip safe and enjoyable. You are responsible
for the safety of all passengers, the boat, and any
damage the boat or its wake may cause. Keep
passengers from blocking your view so that you do not
run into other boats, swimmers, water skiers, personal
water vehicles, or aids to navigation.
SAFETY CHECKLIST
WARNING
The following checks are essential to safe boating and
must be performed before starting the engine.
• Check the weather report, wind, and water
conditions.
• Check that required safety equipment is on board
and in proper operating condition.
• Check that the fire extinguisher is fully charged.
• Be sure the boat is not overloaded.
• Be sure the operator’s visibility is not obstructed.
• Check that all maintenance has been performed.
• Check the fuel system for leaks and fumes.
Do not operate the boat if any problem is found
during this inspection. A problem could lead to
an accident during the outing causing severe
injury or death. Problems found during this
inspection should be handled by your Skeeter
Dealer.
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death from fire or
explosion. A leak-free fuel system is a must for
safe boat use. Check your boat for fuel leaks
and fumes before, during, and after each use.
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SAFETY EQUIPMENT
BOARDING
Federal and local laws require certain safety
equipment to be on board at all times. In addition,
responsible boaters carry other equipment in case of
emergency. Check with local boating authorities for
any additional requirements over and above the
federal requirements.
When boarding the boat, always step in. Do not jump.
Avoid stepping on fiberglass or other potentially
slippery surfaces. Board one person at a time.
Do not board the boat while carrying gear. Set the gear
on the dock, board the boat, and then pick up the gear.
Do not use the outboard as a boarding ramp; use the
boarding ladder. To prevent injury, make sure the
engine is OFF when swimmers, drivers, and skiers are
boarding.
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RUNNING
Skeeter urges you and all others operating your boat
to seek certified instruction from the local boating
authorities.
STERN
CIRCLE
BOW
CIRCLE
This section is designed to present the most basic
operational principles. It is NOT intended to cover all
conditions encountered during operation. Therefore,
the principles in this manual are limited to the facts
related directly to the operation of your boat, while the
responsibility for the proper application of these
principles belongs to you.
MANEUVERING TECHNIQUES
9343-007
Steering response depends on three factors: outboard
position, motion, and throttle.
When making tight maneuvers, it is important to
understand the effects of turning. Since both thrust
and steering are at the stern of the boat, the stern will
push away from the direction of the turn. The bow
follows a smaller turning circle than the stern.
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Maneuvering
Figure 10-1
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The effects of unequal propeller thrust, wind, and
current must also be kept in mind. While wind and
current may not always be present, an experienced
boater will use them to his or her advantage. Unequal
thrust is an aspect shared by all single-engine
propeller-driven watercraft. A clockwise rotation
propeller tends to cause the boat, steering in the
straight ahead position, to drift to starboard when
going forward, and to port when going backward. At
high speed, this effect is usually unnoticed, but at slow
speed, especially during backing, it can be powerful.
For this reason, many veteran boaters approach the
dock with the port side of the boat toward the dock, if
possible.
Stopping (checking headway) is a technique that must
be developed. Reverse thrust is used to slow and stop
the boat. The momentum of the boat will vary
according to the load as well as the speed. Make it a
practice to slow to idle (no-wake) speed before shifting
into reverse.
It is best to learn maneuvering skills in open water
away from traffic. Adequate practice is the only way to
develop your boating skills.
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RUNNING
ANCHORING
Always anchor from the bow.
Anchoring only from the stern
will make the boat unsteady. A
strong current can pull a sternanchored boat underwater.
Select an anchor appropriate
for your boat and water
conditions. A “Danforth” (or
fluke) type anchor is suitable for
most applications; your dealer
can help you choose an anchor.
KC-1571C
1. Make sure the anchor line
is securely tied to the
Danforth Anchor
anchor and to the bow eye.
Figure 10-2
2. Move the boat to the spot
where you want to lower the anchor, heading the
boat into the wind or current. Stop the boat, then
lower the anchor until it hits bottom.
3. While keeping tension on the line, slowly back up
the boat until you have let out line that is 4 to 6
times the depth of the water. For example, if you
are anchoring in 10 ft (3 m) of water, let out 40 to
60 ft (12 to 18 m) of line. Secure the line.
4. Pull on the line to be sure the anchor is holding.
Also, periodically check your boat’s position
against the shoreline to make sure it is not drifting
and dragging the anchor. Reset it if necessary.
5. To pull in (“weigh”) the anchor, start the engine and
move forward, keeping tension on the line as you
pull it in. When the anchor line is straight up and
down, pull hard to lift the anchor from the bottom
material.
6. If the anchor is stuck on the bottom, try this: Let
out a few feet of anchor line and secure the line to
the boat again. Slowly maneuver the boat around
the anchor until the anchor pulls loose. Keep the
line taut during this procedure.
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PERFORMANCE BOATING
PROPELLERS
Your Skeeter boat is a high-speed, high-performance
boat. DO NOT be tempted to push your boat to its
limits until you are completely familiar with its
operating characteristics.
Care and selection of your propeller is very important
to proper boat operation. See your outboard motor
operator’s manual for propeller information.
Problems associated with propellers include
ventilation, cavitation, and blow-out. These problems
have similar symptoms and are best diagnosed by an
expert. Consult your Skeeter Dealer if you think you
have a propeller-related problem.
We recommend that you never operate the boat
without first having an initial orientation and
familiarization/demonstration ride with your dealer or
an operator experienced with the boat/outboard
combination. All boats perform differently.
WARNING
WARNING
DO NOT trim the outboard out too far or the
boat may begin to “porpoise” (bounce up and
down). Porpoising reduces control and visibility
and lowers top speed and fuel efficiency. Failure
to maintain control or visibility could result in
serious injury or death.
Never change a propeller without disconnecting
the battery from your outboard. Your propeller
can have sharp edges. Handle with care.
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RUNNING
POST-OPERATION CHECKS
Post-Operation Checks
These post-operation procedures are developed to
help preserve the long-term appearance and reliability
of your Skeeter boat. Perform these procedures as
soon as possible after the boat is loaded back on the
trailer after the day’s use.
Some owners plan to moor their boat seasonally,
rather than keeping it on the trailer between uses. The
procedures described in this section may not be
possible if your Skeeter boat is moored in the water.
Boats which are moored will require periodic removal
from the water to clean the hull and outboard motor
area. The frequency of this maintenance will depend
upon whether the water is salt or fresh, as well as
other local water conditions.
Leaving the boat in the water for extended periods will
accelerate the rate of normal deterioration of the
outboard motor and hull finish. Stray electrical voltage
in the water, marine organisms, and saltwater corrosion
are a few of the conditions that can adversely affect the
life of many Skeeter boat components.
1. Follow the post-operation or storage instructions in
your outboard motor’s Owner’s Manual.
2. Wash down the hull, helm, and outboard motor
with fresh water. Remove the drain plug at the
stern to let any water drain from the bilge.
NOTE: This boat is equipped with either an
automatic or a manual electric bilge pump
that removes excess water from the bilge
while you are under way. However, some
residual water remains that must be
drained by removing the drain plug.
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Tighten the hull drain plug securely before launching
the Skeeter boat. Clean any foreign material, such as
dirt or sand, from the threads before installing the
drain plug.
3. Spray a rust inhibitor, such as Yamaha Silicone
Protectant and Lubricant, on metallic parts to
minimize corrosion.
TRAILERING
WARNING
Avoid accident and injury from improper
trailering.
• The trailer must be matched for the boat’s
weight and hull.
• The towing vehicle must have the capacity of
pulling the load. Pulling a load that exceeds
the towing capacity may cause loss of
control.
• Be sure the boat is secured to the trailer and
the trailer is properly hitched to the towing
vehicle before towing.
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RUNNING
A trailer is provided as standard equipment with your
Skeeter boat. If you need to obtain another trailer,
choose one that is manufactured to carry a boat of the
size and weight of your Skeeter boat. Check the
certification label on the left forward side of the trailer.
This label is required to show the Gross Vehicle
Weight Rating (GVWR), which is the load carrying
capacity of the trailer plus the trailer’s weight. Be sure
that the total weight of your boat, any cargo, and the
trailer weight itself does not exceed the GVWR.
Hitch
The trailer hitch ball must match the size of the socket
on the trailer hitch coupler. Hitches are divided into
classes that specify the gross trailer weight (GTW) and
the maximum tongue weight. Always use a hitch rated
for the same or higher class. Use a bolted-on or
welded-on hitch; clamp-on bumper hitches are not
recommended. Be sure the trailer hitch’s release handle
is latched with the lock pin installed before towing.
Use safety chains between the towing vehicle and the
trailer so the trailer will not detach completely from the
towing vehicle if it accidentally comes loose from the
hitch ball. Crisscross the chains under the trailer
tongue so the tongue will not hit the road surface if it
falls loose. Rig the chains as tightly as possible while
allowing just enough slack to permit tight turns.
Be sure the tongue weight (vertical weight on the hitch
point) is correct. Generally, 5% to 10% of the
combined weight of the boat and trailer should be on
the tongue. Too much or too little weight can cause
difficult steering or trailer swaying.
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Trailering Checklist
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Check your state laws to be sure your trailer meets
all regulations, such as proper licensing, brake,
axle load, and safety chain requirements.
Check trailer for any loose fasteners or damaged
parts.
Check tires for proper inflation.
Check wheel bearings and wheel lug nuts before
each trip.
Check tail, brake, and turn signal lights for proper
operation.
Secure the bow of the boat to the trailer with the
winch line and also with the chain. Secure the
stern cleats to the trailer with tie-downs.
Take down and store the bimini top, if used. The
top is not designed to stay unsecured on the
Skeeter boat at highway speeds.
Carry a spare tire for the trailer, along with
sufficient tools to change the tire.
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While traveling, check the wheel hubs on the trailer
whenever you park. If the hub feels abnormally
hot, have the bearing inspected before continuing
your trip. On longer trips, it is a good idea to carry
a set of spare wheel bearings, seals, and races.
When making a turn, do not cut corners. The trailer
has a smaller turning circle so it turns more sharply
around the corner than the towing vehicle.
Before backing your trailer into the water,
disconnect the light plug from the towing vehicle.
This will reduce the likelihood of the lights blowing
out when submerged.
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RUNNING
Backing Your Trailer
Launching
It takes practice to back a trailer successfully. If you
are not familiar backing up with a trailer, practice first
in an open area away from obstacles.
As a courtesy to other boaters, prepare your Skeeter
boat for launching before using the ramp. Each launch
may have particular differences, such as ramp angle,
prevailing wind, waves, and water currents. If possible,
watch a couple of boaters launch their boats first to
notice any problems. While every boater develops a
preferred launch procedure, here is a recommended
general procedure:
Keep the following points in mind:
•
•
•
•
Back slowly. Make steering adjustments in small
steps.
Turn the towing vehicle’s wheels opposite the
direction you want the trailer to go.
After the trailer begins moving, turn the towing
vehicle to follow it.
Have a second person stand by to help direct you
with hand signals.
1. Perform the Pre-Operation Checks shown on page
1-13 that can be performed on land, including
operating the blower for at least 4 minutes.
2. Remove all trailering tie-down lines from the boat
and attach your docking lines and fenders, if used.
3. Back the trailer down the ramp as close to 90° to
the shoreline as you can. If possible, have a
second person stand aside as an observer. Stop
when the wheels are at least halfway submerged.
Set the parking brake.
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4. Remove the bow line from the bow eye.
5. Back the trailer farther into the water until just the
tops of the fenders show, then reset the parking
brake. Board the boat and start it. If possible,
remain on the trailer until the engine is warm and
is responding to throttle.
6. Back the boat out into the water, watching carefully
for people, other boats, or obstacles.
Loading
1. Back the trailer down the ramp as close to 90° to
the shoreline as you can. If possible, have a
second person act as an observer while standing
to the side of the boat. Stop when the tops of the
trailer’s fenders are about 3 in. (7.6 cm) above the
waterline.
2. With the boat moving at the slowest idle speed,
guide the boat onto the support rails. Use throttle
only if necessary for steering ability.
WARNING
Using too much throttle can cause the boat to
jump over the front of the trailer which can
result in injury to the boat operator and
bystanders. Use only enough throttle to
maneuver the boat into the correct position.
3. Make sure the boat is centered on the support rails
and is headed straight for the bow stop (bumper
board). Ease the boat forward until the bow rests
against the bow stop.
4. Attach and tighten the winch line.
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RUNNING
Transom Saver
CAUTION
The transom saver is designed to protect your boat,
outboard motor, and trailer.
• The winch line is not designed to pull the
boat onto the trailer.
• The winch line should not be the only line
securing the bow during trailering. Use the
chain along with the winch to secure the
boat to the trailer.
5. Pull the trailer up the ramp out of the way of other
boaters. Attach the bow and stern tie-downs.
Reconnect the trailer lights.
6. Follow the Post-Operation Checks on page 10-5.
9343-022a
Transom Saver
Figure 10-3
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CAUTION
Avoid damage to outboard lower unit. Transom
Savers must be properly fitted to trailer roller
and secured to outboard lower unit. Outboard
motor must have power tilt and trim for use of
this product. Boat must be tied down to trailer
during use.
Many outboard motors are equipped with a sleevetype transom saver, which also can be used in
conjunction with the trailer-mounted type.
SKE-0104-A
Transom Saver
Figure 10-4
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CARE / MAINTENANCE
This section describes how to care for and maintain
your Skeeter boat. Periodic inspection and maintenance
of items listed in this section are absolutely necessary.
REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS
Your Skeeter boat is designed for safety in the harsh
marine environment and thoroughly tested and
certified for compliance with applicable safety
standards. Because of the possibility of interference
with the design of the boat, owner installation of
additional equipment or modification of factory
equipment is not recommended.
In addition, DO NOT attempt to make repairs unless
you are certified to do so, have the necessary
authorized repair information, and use approved
marine replacement parts.
ELECTRICAL
WARNING
Use extreme caution when checking for an
electrical problem.
An electrical system problem must be treated
seriously. Do not operate your boat knowing there is a
problem with the system. When a problem is
discovered, have your Skeeter Dealer service it
immediately.
NOTE: The electrical system is designed to
protect your boat from short circuits or an
overload condition. Any modifications to
the system should be done by your
Skeeter Dealer.
Your Skeeter Dealer is qualified to make such repairs,
additions, or modifications to your boat that will not
compromise safety, design integrity, or warranty
coverage.
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Battery
Periodically check the battery restraint system, making
sure the battery is secured.
WARNING
• Batteries contain sulfuric acid which can
cause severe burns. Wear protective clothing
to avoid acid contact with your skin and eyes.
Failure to do so could result in severe injury.
• The battery compartment doors MUST be
secured in the OPEN position for ventilation
when charging any batteries.
Check the batteries frequently for signs of corrosion. If
corrosion is evident, clean terminals with a baking soda
and water solution and a wire brush. Before cleaning,
remove the vent caps and seal the vent wells with corks
to prevent the solution from getting inside the battery.
NOTE: Some batteries are sealed and cannot be
filled.
Check the fluid levels in the cells. Usually, a level
approximately 1/4 to 1/2 in. (6 to 13 mm) above the
plates is sufficient. If needed, fill with distilled water.
DO NOT overfill!
• Be sure to inspect your boat for and
eliminate fuel fumes and their cause prior to
connecting a battery charger to your
batteries.
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CARE / MAINTENANCE
TERMINAL
POST
VENT CAP
WARNING
VENT WELL
MAXIMUM
LIQUID
LEVEL
MINIMUM
LIQUID
LEVEL
PLATES
Batteries produce explosive hydrogen gas. DO
NOT attempt starting your engine with jumper
cables under any circumstances. Keep all
sparks, flames, and smoking material away from
the batteries. Risk of spark at the battery post
igniting gasoline or hydrogen fumes is too
great. Always wear skin and eye protection
when near batteries and keep the battery
compartment lids open to provide adequate
ventilation when charging. An explosion can
cause blindness or other serious injuries.
KC-1620C
Figure 11-1
Batteries are perishable products and will selfdischarge. If you operate your boat sparingly, you may
want to charge your batteries occasionally.
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Direct Battery Charging
CORROSION PROTECTION
See ELECTRICAL SYSTEM on page 7-1 for charging
trolling motor batteries information.
Galvanic Corrosion
Secure the battery compartment doors in the OPEN
position. Observing polarity, connect the battery
charger to the battery posts.
Onboard Charger
Charging through the optional onboard charger can be
performed by securing the battery compartment doors
in the OPEN position. Plug a properly grounded
extension cord into a 110-volt AC outlet. Place the
receptacle end into the permanently mounted charger
inlet on the boat. Charging will begin automatically.
Galvanic corrosion (electrolysis) is the breakup of
metals due to the effects of electrolytic action. When
dissimilar metals are immersed in a conductive fluid
such as salt water, an electric current is produced,
similar to the action of a battery. The softest of the
metals will be the first to become damaged. If not
stopped, 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. By design, the anode is selfsacrificing. It is slowly eroded by electrolytic action and
requires periodic inspection for deterioration. If the zinc
anode shows extreme erosion, it must be replaced for
continued protection.
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CARE / MAINTENANCE
GENERAL MAINTENANCE
CAUTION
Boat Finish
DO NOT paint or coat a zinc anode with any
substance. Once covered, the anode will not
provide protection from galvanic corrosion.
Replace the anode if it is deteriorated 50%
or more.
Most things, when left outdoors, man-made or natural,
will gradually deteriorate from exposure to sunlight,
water, dust, and chemicals in the air. Such exposure
may cause your boat’s surface to show a variety of
changes, including but not limited to:
Consult your Skeeter Dealer for additional information
concerning galvanic corrosion.
• Chalking (fine powdery whiteness on the surface)
Salt Water Corrosion
• Clouding (milky looking spots)
The entire boat, outboard, and trailer should be rinsed
with fresh water and washed immediately after use in
salt water. If the boat is used primarily in salt water,
wax the hull monthly and apply corrosion inhibitor to all
hardware. See your Skeeter Dealer for products
suitable for the marine salt water environment.
• Yellowing
• Fading (gradual loss of color)
• Loss of gloss
Routine, periodic maintenance is the only practical
way to keep the surface of your boat looking good.
See your outboard operator’s manual for cooling
system flushing information.
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Maintenance Procedures
Each Month
You will get years of boating pleasure while slowing
the changes described previously by following the
simple maintenance procedures described below.
Wash the boat’s surface with a mild soap to remove
normal accumulation of soil and stain. Avoid any kind
of alkaline cleansers such as trisodium phosphate
(TSP), abrasives, bleaches, or ammonia. DO NOT use
acids or other strong chemicals to clean the boat. For
best results, use cleaners recommended for fiberglass
and follow the instructions on the label.
When Not in Use
Sunlight and dust can be your boat’s worst enemies.
Keep your boat covered when not in use. A boat cover
(option available from your Skeeter Dealer), preferably
light in color, is a wise investment to help prevent
damage while the boat is stored or on the road. DO
NOT use sheet plastic or other nonporous materials,
which can trap moisture between the cover and the
boat’s surface.
Twice Yearly (Minimum)
Wax your boat’s gelcoat surface to help prevent loss of
gloss and protect the finish. Use only wax recommended
for use on fiberglass and follow the instructions carefully.
Apply only a thick coat of wax to a small area (3 x 3 ft
[1 x 1 m]) at a time using clean applicator cloths. If you
are using a power buffer, never use one that turns faster
than 4000 RPM. High heat may build up and cause
damage to the finish. NEVER wax a gelcoat surface that
has been sitting in the sun and is hot. Never wax a
gelcoat surface in direct sunlight.
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CARE / MAINTENANCE
Carpet
For General Care
Your Skeeter carpet has built-in stain and soil release
characteristics for easy, less costly maintenance.
Maintenance such as vacuuming, hosing, and washing
should be performed regularly. Most stains and
mildews are easily removed from the carpet. To clean
mildew off the carpet, first check the cleaner on a
small area of carpet that is hidden to determine
compatibility of cleaner and carpet. “FISH
ATTRACTANTS,” which are commonly sprayed on
lures, and some insect repellants will cause
deterioration of the carpet backing. Spray these
formulas away from your boat carpet, and clean any
spills promptly. DO NOT use pressure sprayers to
clean boat carpet.
• Do not use the seat straps as a handle when
carrying seats.
• An authorized Skeeter Dealer should install seats.
• Use quality upholstery cleaner to clean the vinyl
upholstery.
• Protect the seats from the weather and ultraviolet
sunrays. Use a high-quality vinyl conditioner
containing UV inhibitors.
• Check the seat fasteners. Only Skeeter-approved
seats and associated hardware should be used in
your boat. These seats and hardware should be
periodically inspected for wear, tear, and/or fatigue.
If you notice these types of signs, please contact
your Skeeter Dealer and have them replaced via
the Skeeter Customer Service for a nominal fee.
Upholstery
Skeeter takes pride in manufacturing our own custom
interiors. The vinyl fabric in your Skeeter interior was
specially selected to take the tough punishment of the
elements and hard usage of an active boater.
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FUEL SYSTEM
Paints
If your boat is kept in water where marine growth is a
problem, the use of antifouling paint may reduce the
growth rate. Be aware of environmental regulations
that may govern your paint choice. Contact your local
boating authorities for information.
Cleaning Agents
Household cleaners should be used sparingly and not
discharged into waterways. DO NOT mix cleaners and
be sure to use plenty of ventilation in enclosed areas.
DO NOT use products which contain phosphates,
chlorine, solvents, or nonbiodegradable or petroleumbased products. Citrus-based cleaners are excellent
for marine cleaning purposes and are safe for you and
the environment.
WARNING
Avoid serious injury or death from fire or
explosion. A leak-free fuel system is a must for
safe boat use. Check your boat for fuel leaks
and fumes before, during, and after each use.
If you find a leak, have your Skeeter Dealer repair the
leak before your next boat outing.
Only USCG-approved fuel hoses must be used on the
fuel system.
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CARE / MAINTENANCE
STEERING SYSTEM
Frequently inspect the steering system for smooth,
free, and full-range operation. In addition, check the
original self-locking nuts used to fasten the steering
link rod between the steering cable(s) and the engine.
Have your Skeeter Dealer check for proper lubrication,
any unusual backlash, and any component wear of the
steering system at least once a year.
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SERVICE / MAINTENANCE LOG
DATE
HOUR
READING
SERVICE / REPAIRS PERFORMED
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Some problems may require the skills of a trained
technician and special service tools. Please contact
your Skeeter Dealer for assistance.
The following chart will assist you in finding and
correcting minor problems with your Skeeter boat.
See your outboard operator’s manual for any problem
concerning the starting, shifting, or operation of the
outboard.
TROUBLE CHECK CHART
PERFORMANCE
Symptom
Possible Cause
Poor boat performance
•
•
•
•
•
•
Contaminated fuel
Uneven load distribution
Improper power trim setting
Improper propeller selection
Engine problem
Marine growth on hull
Poor gas mileage
•
•
•
Improper power trim setting
Marine growth on hull
Engine problem
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PERFORMANCE (Continued)
Symptom
Possible Cause
Excessive vibration
•
•
Damaged or fouled propeller
Engine problem
Engine runs but boat
makes little or no progress
•
•
Fouled or damaged propeller
Engine problem
ELECTRICAL
Symptom
Possible Cause
Electrical problem
•
•
•
Open circuit breaker or blown fuse
Loose wiring connection
Defective switch or gauge
Dim or no lights
•
•
Circuit breaker tripped or in OFF position
Battery discharged
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STORAGE
PREPARING BOAT FOR STORAGE
Storage or winter lay-up requires special preparation
to prevent damage to your boat. If the boat is stored in
below freezing temperatures, water inside the boat
and in the livewell systems may freeze causing
damage. Damage to the boat due to improper storage
will not be covered by the warranty. The following
procedures should help prevent damage to your boat.
CAUTION
•
Thoroughly clean the hull, deck, and interior of the
boat as soon as it is removed from the water.
Cleaning at this time is easier because the marine
growth is still wet. Be sure to allow for a couple of
days of air drying to prevent mildew due to trapped
air. See GENERAL MAINTENANCE, in Section 11.
•
Drain the livewell system. See LIVEWELL
DRAINING on page 3-35.
•
Apply wax to the entire surface of the boat. See
GENERAL MAINTENANCE, in Section 11.
•
Remove the batteries from the boat. Clean, fully
charge, and store them in an area not subject to
freezing temperatures. DO NOT store batteries
close to heat, spark, or flame producing devices.
See BATTERY, in Section 11.
•
Perform all scheduled maintenance for the
outboard and the trailer.
•
Use proper protection to cover the outboard and
the boat while in storage.
Follow the instructions in the outboard
operator’s manual for off-season storage,
stabilizing the fuel system and stabilizing the oil
injection system, if applicable.
Remove the drain plug immediately after taking the
boat out of the water. After washing, raise the bow of
the boat enough to allow as much water as possible to
drain while performing the following storage
preparations.
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Reactivating the Boat After Storage
•
Charge and install the batteries. See Battery, in
Section 11.
•
Check condition of the livewell system. See
Livewell Systems, in Section 7.
•
Check the fuel system. Verify the condition of all
hoses and fuel line. Should a fuel hose needs
replacing, use only USCG-approved hose. Be sure
all hose clamps are tight.
•
Check and lubricate the steering system.
•
Verify the condition of all safety equipment.
•
Verify proper operation of the engine stop switch
and lanyard.
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STORAGE
LIFTING
SLINGS
LIFT RINGS
SPREADER
BAR
SPREADER
BAR
CORRECT
INCORRECT
Figure 14-1
WARNING
Do not attach lifting cables to the bow eye,
cleats, water-ski tow eye, or grab handles.
Serious damage to the boat can occur. Use only
a sling designed specifically for lifting boats.
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If you need to remove the Skeeter boat from the water
without a trailer, use these guidelines:
• Use a sling-type lifting mechanism designed for
lifting boats. The sling should be covered with a
protective material to prevent damage to the hull
gelcoat.
• Use spreader bars to avoid side stress to the hull
that may cause cracks in the gelcoat and
fiberglass.
• Attach guidelines to the bow eye and stern tiedown cleats to control movement of the boat
during lifting.
• Remove all people and all cargo from the boat.
Drain any excess water from the bilge using the
bilge pump.
• Be sure all people are standing clear, then lift boat
slowly and just far enough to verify that the boat is
securely held and properly balanced. If necessary,
lower the boat again and adjust the slings.
• When ready, lift the boat slowly and carefully.
TRAILERING
The manufacturer of your trailer has provided you with
a vehicle designed for many years of convenient,
trouble-free service. It is up to you to use and care for
it properly, to be sure that it will perform safely and
satisfactorily. Instructions on how to do this are
included in the trailer owner’s manual. Read, learn,
understand, and act on the information included in this
important book. Proper trailer maintenance and safety
procedures are essential to safe and enjoyable
trailering.
WARNING
Read, understand, and follow the instructions
for trailer ownership and use in the trailer
owner’s manual included with your Skeeter
owner’s package.
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GLOSSARY OF TERMS
ABOARD – On or in the boat.
BOARDING – To enter the boat.
ABYC – American Boat and Yacht Council, Inc.
AFLOAT – On the water.
BOUNDARY WATERS – A body of water between two areas of
jurisdiction; i.e., a river between two states.
AFT – Toward the rear or stern of the boat.
BOW – The front of the boat.
AGROUND – Touching bottom.
BULKHEAD – Vertical partition (wall) in a boat.
AMIDSHIP – Center or middle of the boat.
BUNKS – Carpeted trailer hull supports.
ANCHOR – (1) An iron casting shaped to grip the lake bottom
to hold the boat. (2) The act of setting the anchor.
BURDENED BOAT – Term for the boat that must “give-way” to
boats with the right-of-way.
ASHORE – On the shore.
CAPACITY PLATE – A plate that provides maximum weight
capacity and engine horsepower rating information. It is
located in full view of the helm.
ASTERN – Toward the stern.
BAIL – To remove water from the bottom of the boat with a
pump, bucket, sponge, etc.
CAPSIZE – To turn over.
BAITWELL – A miniature livewell used to store and keep live
bait alive and healthy.
CAST-OFF – To unfasten mooring lines in preparation for
departure.
BEAM – The widest point on the boat.
CENTER LINE – A lengthwise imaginary line which runs fore
and aft with the boat’s keel.
BEARING – Relative position or direction of an object from
the boat.
CHINE – The point on a boat where the side intersects (meets)
the bottom.
BILGE – The lowest interior section of the boat hull.
CLEAT – A deck fitting with ears to which lines are fastened.
BILGE KEELS – The raised areas or aluminum extrusions on
the bottom of a boat that parallel the keel.
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CONSOLE – Also called helm. The steering wheel area of
the boat.
FORE – Toward the front or bow of the boat. Opposite of aft.
CRANKING BATTERY – The main battery used for engine
starting and electrical circuits.
FUEL SENDING UNIT – The electrical device that is mounted
on the outside of a built-in fuel tank and controls the
dashboard fuel gauge.
FREEBOARD – The distance from the water to the gunwale.
CURRENT – Water moving in a horizontal direction.
DECK – The open surface on the boat where the passengers
walk.
DEEP CYCLE BATTERIES – Special long-running batteries
which can be repeatedly discharged and recharged without
significant loss of power.
GIVE-WAY BOAT – (1) Term for the boat that must take
whatever action necessary to keep well clear of the boat
with the right-of-way in meeting or crossing situations.
(2) The burdened boat.
GUNWALE – The rail or upper edge of a boat’s side.
DOLLY WHEEL – A rolling jack assembly at the front of the
trailer used for positioning the coupler during trailer hookup.
HEAD – A marine toilet.
DRAFT – The depth of the boat below the water line,
measured vertically to the lowest part of the hull.
HULL – The body of the boat.
ELECTROLYSIS – The break-up of metals due to the effects
of galvanic corrosion.
FATHOM – Unit of depth or measure; 1 fathom equals 6 ft
(1.83 m).
FENDERS – Objects placed alongside the boat for cushioning.
Sometimes called bumpers.
HELM – The steering wheel or command area.
HYPOTHERMIA – A physical condition where the body loses
heat faster than it can produce it.
IN-LINE FUSE – A type of protective fuse located in the power
wire of a direct current (DC) circuit usually near the battery.
KEEL – The lowest portion of the boat; extends fore and aft
along the boat’s bottom.
LIST – Leaning or tilt of a boat toward the side.
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GLOSSARY OF TERMS
MAKING WAY – Making progress through the water.
MARINE CHART – Seagoing maps showing depths, buoys,
navigation aids, etc.
MOORING – An anchor, chain, or similar device that holds a
boat in one location.
NAVIGATION AID – Recognizable objects on land or sea such
as buoys, towers, or lights which are used to fix position to
identify safe and unsafe waters.
NMMA – National Marine Manufacturer’s Association
NO-WAKE SPEED – The speed at which a boat travels to
produce an imperceptible wake.
PFD – Personal flotation device.
PITOT TUBE – See SPEEDOMETER PICKUP TUBE.
PLANING HULL – A hull designed to lift, thereby reducing
friction and increasing efficiency.
PORPOISE – A condition in which the bow bounces up and
down caused by trimming the engine too far out.
PORT – (1) The left side of a boat when facing the bow.
(2) A destination or harbor.
PRIVILEGED BOAT – Term used for the boat with the
right-of-way.
RIGHT-OF-WAY – Term for the boat that has priority in meeting
or crossing situations. The stand on or privileged boat.
RULES OF THE ROAD – Regulations for preventing collisions
on the water.
SPEEDOMETER PICKUP TUBE – Also called pitot tube. The
plastic device that extends below the bottom of the boat. It
connects to the speedometer with plastic flexible tubing.
SPLASHWELL – The section of an outboard-equipped boat
that is just forward of the transom.
STAND ON BOAT – Term for the boat that must maintain
course and speed in meeting or crossing situations. The
privileged boat.
STARBOARD – The right side of the boat when looking
towards the bow.
STERN – The back of the boat.
STOW – To pack the cargo.
SURGE BRAKES – A type of trailer braking system designed
to automatically actuate when the tow vehicle’s brakes are
applied.
TRANSDUCER – The unit that sends/receives signals for the
depth sounder.
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TRANSOM – The transverse beam across the stern.
TRIM – Fore to aft and side to side balance of the boat when
loaded.
UNDER WAY – Boat in motion; i.e., not moored or anchored.
USCG – United States Coast Guard
WAKE – The waves that a boat leaves behind when moving
through the water.
WATERWAY – A navigable body of water.
V-PAD – A modified vee hull design with a small, flat area in
the keel aft.
VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNAL – A device used to signal the
need for assistance such as flags, lights, and flares.
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FLOAT PLAN
Copy this page and fill out the copy before boating. Leave the filled out copy with a reliable person who can be depended upon
to notify the USCG or other rescue organization, should you not return as scheduled. Do not file this plan with the USCG.
Name _____________________________________________________ Telephone ______________________________
Description of Boat: Type__________________________ Color___________________ Trim _____________________
Registration Number ______________________________________________________________________________
Length _______________________ Name __________________________ Make ___________________________
Other Info. _____________________________________________________________________________________
Persons Aboard: Name
Age
Address & Telephone
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
Engine Type:____________________________________________ HP _______________________________________
No. of Engines: ______________________________________ Fuel Capacity:__________________________________
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Survival Equipment:
PFDs _________________ Flares ________________ Mirror _________________ Smoke Signals ________________
Flashlight__________________ Food _________________ Paddles__________________ Water___________________
Anchor__________________________ Raft or Dinghy ____________________ EPIRB ___________________________
Radio:
Yes _____________ No _____________ Type _____________________ Freq ______________________
Destination___________________________________ Est. Time of Arrival __________________________________
Expect to Return By ______________________________________________________________________________
Auto Type _________________________ License No. _______________________ Parked _______________________
If not returned by ___________________________ call the Coast Guard, or ______________________ (Local Authority).
Coast Guard Telephone Number: ______________________________________________________________________
Local Authority Telephone Number: _____________________________________________________________________
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TO VALIDATE WARRANTY – RETURN WITHIN 15 DAYS
WARNING: FAILURE TO VALIDATE WARRANTY CAN RESULT IN NO WARRANTY!!!
LIMITED WARRANTY
Skeeter Products, Inc. P.O. Box 230, Attn: Warranty
Repair Department located at One Skeeter Road,
Kilgore, TX, 75662, warrants its new boats from
defects in material and workmanship under the normal
use and service during the period specified below for
the type of defect indicated.
STRUCTURAL DEFECTS: Those defects in material
or workmanship of the internal strength providing
framework of the boat such as transoms, stringers, or
other like internal structure, for the duration of
ownership of the first retail purchaser.
NON-STRUCTURAL DEFECTS: Those defects in
material or workmanship of the cosmetic appearance
of the boat such as finish, carpet or other like cosmetic
attachments, or options providing for convenience
such as livewells, rod boxes, or like constructed items,
or other factory installed accessories and not covered
by the supplying manufacturers’ expressed or implied
warranties but not to exceed those warranties, for
three (3) years from the date of delivery to the first
purchaser from the dealer. This warranty is given only
to the first purchaser from the dealer. No warranty is
given to subsequent transferees. These warranty
provisions are a complete and exclusive statement of
the terms of the agreement between the buyer and
seller. During the warranty period specified above,
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Skeeter Products will repair at its factory such boats
returned to it (with transportation charges prepaid) as
its examination shall disclose to its satisfaction to have
been thus defective – provided that it receives the
applicable boat registration card within thirty (30) days
from the date within one (1) year from the date the
defect is discovered or could reasonably have been
discovered, and not afterwards. Skeeter Products
does not authorize anyone to assume for it any liability
in connection with the sale of its products. If the repair
requires the boat to be derigged and requires
derigging, Skeeter Products will derig and rig the boat
at a charge to the purchaser, which must be paid
before the boat will be returned. After repair, the boat
will be returned to the purchaser freight collect.
This warranty does not apply to:
(1) engine, out drives, controls, batteries, trailers, or
other equipment or accessories carrying their own
individual warranties (appropriate adjustments to
them being provided by their respective
manufacturers)
(2) installation of engines or accessories installed by
others
(3) gel coat or metal flake cracks
(4) gel coat fading
(5) upholstery damage
(6) any boat which has been altered, subjected to
misuse, negligence, or accident, or used for
racing purposes
(7) any boat which has been overpowered according
to the maximum BIA and U.S. Coast Guard
recommended engine horsepower specifications
on the capacity plate provided on the boat
(8) failure to perform periodic maintenance in
accordance with Skeeter recommendations.
Skeeter boats contain flotation material; however,
no boat is unsinkable. Therefore, life preservers
should be carried for each passenger in
accordance with U.S. Coast Guard requirements.
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This warranty shall apply in accordance with the law
of the State of Texas. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY
STATED ABOVE NO WARRANTY IS GIVEN
WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NO IMPLIED
WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OF FITNESS
FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSES IS GIVEN. IF
ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY IS DETERMINED TO
EXIST, IT SHALL APPLY ONLY FOR 6 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF DELIVERY TO THE FIRST
PURCHASER FROM THE DEALER. SKEETER
PRODUCTS SHALL NOT IN ANY MANNER BE
LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL
OR SPECIAL DAMAGE RESULTING FROM ANY
DEFECTS IN ITS BOATS OR FROM A BREACH OF
THIS WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTY, INCLUDING
ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES. Some states do not
allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts
or the exclusion or limitations of incidental or
consequential damages. So the above limitations or
exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives
you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights, which vary from state to state.
This is Your
WARRANTY STATEMENT
Please Retain For Your Records
DATE OF PURCHASE: _____________________________________________________________________
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