Zero Off Head Unit Delamination Question

vtjcvtjc Posts: 191 Baller
I have a 2009 SN 196 LTD under contract with Zero Off. The boat is at a MasterCraft dealer 750 miles from me, I plan to travel to check it out next weekend and finalize the purchase. One of the two know issues with the boat is the ZO head unit appears to be delaminating near the buttons. Have others seen this issue? Is this something that will become an issue that will require a repair? Can it be sent to Zero Off for repair or would I eventually need to purchase a new head unit? I live in Vermont so our water ski season won't begin until late April allowing time for the head unit to be repaired if possible. Second is a minor vinyl stitching issue.

I am very excited to have a ski boat again and to know how the 196 Kool-Aid tastes. Thanks in advance for your input.


  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,660 MM Trick Skier / Eccentric Person
    I'll assume the Koolaid comment was aimed at me so I will comment. Congratulations on getting an excellent boat that stokes your passion.

    Regarding the ZO head issues, I've seen what that looks like when the protective shipping film is not removed from electronics. It might be that easy? Probably not though.

    I wonder if a phone screen protector cut to fit might be an easy fix.

    On second thought, the head is shot. Buy yourself a new one and send me the old one for proper disposal.

  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 191 Baller
    If it’s just an electronic protective film coming off that would be great, but I doubt that would have remained for nine years. A cut phone screen protects maybe a good remedy.
    Thanks for the reply.
  • IlivetoskiIlivetoski Posts: 1,150 Crazy Baller
    I see that boat has NC stickers on it, if its the one that used to be at Lake Magnolia (I am almost 100% sure it had that same color scheme) that is an amazing boat.
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,920
    I really do think that is the protective film that was never removed. You can tell by the bubbles in the LCD area.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 803 Mega Baller
    edited February 2018
    This is a hobby horse of mine. It blows my mind that people don't even notice protective film on electronics, sometimes for years. I cannot resist removing it. The best example I have is I was in my in-law's car the other day and they said they wished the radio display wasn't so scratched up. I pulled the film off– fixed. The film had been there since new, 10 years. No joke!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,026 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I agree on the protective film. Just ask the dealer to remove it and send a pic, then you'll know for sure.
    Scott Calderwood
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 191 Baller
    Thanks for the comments. I am hopeful to confirm that it's just protective film when I see the boat. Delayed due to weather until the end of next week. I will update the thread with what I find.
  • ConorConor Posts: 79 Baller
    Don’t know how to start a thread, can someone tell me correct zero off times.
    How fast is too fast. I don’t recall my times from last fall, but a few other skiers said it was fast and I’m not aware of any adjustment if times are fast.
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 474 Crazy Baller
    The rule book is HERE. Check out pages 112 and 113.
  • ConorConor Posts: 79 Baller
    Ok [email protected] [email protected] I really appreciate
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,029 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I agree that it looks like the protective film....but if it isn't the head unit is about $600
  • HockdogHockdog Posts: 156 Baller
    Yes, and expect great customer service from the folks at Zero Off.......not.
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,259 Crazy Baller
    edited February 2018
    @Conor I can say with 99.9% certainty that those skiers were wrong. The reason that you're not aware of any adjustment is because there isn't any. It's always right. It's gonna go the speed you set it for.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • ConorConor Posts: 79 Baller
    @LeonL that’s what I thought. Thanks
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 191 Baller
    edited February 2018
    Unfortunately it wasn’t a removable film on the gauge. Instead the face of the Zero Off gauge was delaminating. During my inspection I found undiscovered or undisclosed issues with the boat:
    -Had 1,416 hours instead of stated 1,000
    -gelcoat warn through on bottom of hull from trailer loading or lift
    -scrapes on bow from beaching’s and dings in front two tracking fins
    -Undisclosed vinyl cut in engine cover by pylon
    -soft spot in the floor on port side between engine bay and gunnel
    I didn’t buy the boat. It remains at the dealer and they were beginning to fix the floor as I was leaving.
    They had lowered the price to $19,997 for the ‘January special’. I thought it was a great deal for a 09 196.
    Glad I went to inspect, drive and ski behind the boat before buying it.
    Just 1,500 miles of driving and 36 hours of my life.
    My search for a ski boat continues.
    Expired Only Inboards Add
    FaceBook post about the boat
    Dealers Website
  • supergadgetsupergadget Posts: 55 Baller
    I had some similar issues with the buttons/surface of the head unit.
    Buttons stopped functioning reliably etc. Only needed a new button pad.
    I asked “zero off “ for some parts .
    They sent the head unit ($600).
    There are no parts! Just replacement!

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