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  1. Jeff - I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying the 257! If the boat can get up and on plane fairly quickly, that's fine with me too....I'm not interested in top-end speed either. Just curious - did you get a chance to test-drive the 257 with a Volvo setup? This will likely be our last boat purchase, so I want to make sure we are happy with it. I don't have any complaints about our 246, but now that we're older, a real toilet would be nice for 'emergencies' instead of the porta-potti. And we've had sinks on our last 2 boats and have never used them, so to us, it's just wasted space. I'd like to be able to turn around from the helm seat and put my feet up, which I believe is possible on the well as the rear-facing seats at the stern when we're 'plunked'. Thanks for the info on the Trim Tabs - I'll have to do some more research on that. I really don't enjoy having more than 6 people on the boat, so I'll have to figure out if they will be beneficial for our use.
  2. Thanks for the reply / thoughts, Shep! I have the Merc / B-III setup now and was thinking I'd go back to the Volvo, but it was actually your comments about the exhaust noise and hard shifting that I saw on another post which has me wondering if I'd be happy with that option. After experiencing the smooth shifting of the Volvo's on 2 previous owned boats, I was really surprised to read your comment about that. I was a bit worried when I ended up purchasing our current boat with the MerCruiser/B-III, but it actually shifts very smooth too. Regarding the noise - I was hoping the Volvo would be quieter, so I'm bummed that you mentioned the loud exhaust noise......I prefer quiet, too. I've had some boats fly past me on the lake that just 'hum' and would like to know what they have for engines/outdrives that make them so quiet. We have looked at Cobalt, Monterey, Four Winns, Formula, Regal, and SeaRay, but the Chappy 257 is the closest to our idea of the ideal boat (for our purposes). We did like the R5 (Cobalt) but I'm not a fan of the swing-down swim platform for boarding. Both my wife and I have had elbow and shoulder injuries and thought that design would have made boarding the boat after swimming a very painful experience. We haven't seen the 257 in-person, but we plan to do that this coming weekend up at the lake. Thanks for sharing the link to the Aussie boat reviewer! That was the 2nd review of the 257 I've seen.
  3. I'm looking to replace our '07 246 ssi and it's been tough trying to find something we like. I have searched on this forum, but I couldn't find any posts that listed this model. It's hard for me to believe there are no (or few) 257 ssx owners out there that belong to this forum. But if there are, I have some questions; What engine do you purchase and are you happy with your decision? Did you opt for trim tabs - are they really needed on this model? (I don't have them on my 246 and never wished I had them.) What other boat(s) were you considering before you decided on the 257? There isn't a lot of difference between the current 246 ssi and the 257 ssx, but there's a huge price difference......and I'm not sure I understand why that is....? Would love to hear from some 257 owners about their boats / experiences / satisfaction level. Thanks!
  4. Thanks Folks! I'll do a quick oil check at the drain and if all looks well, I'll let it go this time. I appreciate the input!
  5. Similarly - Boat US Marine Insurance is offering 50% Reimbursement (up to 1000 deer) to have boats professionally hauled for their policy holders that have boats in harms way.
  6. I was very impressed with the Kenda Load-Star tires that came on my Sea-Lion Trailer. After 9 years and no visible signs of cracking / dry-rot / UV damage / tread issues, I decided to replace them on a pro-active basis (cheap insurance) with the same model after reading reviews from others that felt the same way. I think I paid just over 200 with shipping for a set of 4. Local installation was about 80 IIRC....
  7. I have ALWAYS changed the engine oil and outdrive lube at the end of the season before the storing the boat for the season. This summer, as some might remember, I had a drive cable snap and during the repair process, they replaced the outdrive fluid - this occurred in August. I put less than 10 hours on the boat after that repair and we had to cut our season short this year due to family functions....the boat is back home in it's 'boat (car) port' until next May. Could I skip the outdrive fluid change due to the limited usage following the service....or is that a bad idea? I will still change the engine oil as normal.
  8. I always fill-up at the end of the season on the way back home to put the boat 'to bed' for the winter and add Marine Sta-bil. Only 10% ethanol available in my area. 5 years ago, I did the same as usual, but the following summer, the boat never left its' bedroom as we were in the process of buying a home. 20 Months later, we brought the boat back to the lake and it started on the first turn of the key and worked flawlessly all summer. Since then, I continue the same ritual, but never worry about e-gas and over-winter storage. It's odd that the manual would recommend getting the fuel level as low as possible prior to storage when everything I've read about indicates that's when you start running into trouble. And I thought I read where a near empty fuel tank is an explosion waiting to happen...?
  9. I stopped at the shop yesterday before heading home. The drive was off the boat and the mechanic showed me the broken cable, which snapped at the engine end where it terminates in a plastic sleeve/housing. Hopefully that's the only thing that needs to be replaced/repaired. He asked me whether I had shifted into Neutral or Forward/Reverse without the boat running, which might have stressed the cable, but I know I hadn't. At the time that I wrote this, I hadn't heard about the incident that happened on Monday at the lake, which claimed the life of an 8 year old girl. My troubles pale in comparison to what these families are going through. We can fix broken boats, but we can't always fix broken people. Boat safely folks and be aware of the knuckleheads out there.
  10. First, let me start by saying that I consider myself a safe and fairly proficient boater. I've taken the US Power Squadron boating course - twice. The second time was just to polish my skills / refresh my memory. I've been boating since 1999. I don't do stupid things or take chances, especially when property or lives are involved. I hope my experience helps someone else be more prepared in the event that this situation happens to them. We've been on vacation here at Lake George (NY) for over a week. The boat has been running great - no issues to speak of. We took the boat out yesterday and headed about 9 miles south to Lake George Village - the wife wanted ice cream. We had 5 other people on the boat beside my wife and I. As we came into the public docks, I put the drive in neutral. It was a bit windy and I thought the wind was causing the boat to continue forward. I then shifted into Reverse, but the boat still continued forward. We were now getting too close for comfort, so I increased the throttle to slow us down. The boat then powered FORWARD even faster. As we approached the wall of the U-shaped docks, I quickly turned the wheel to avoid a head-on collision with the concrete wall. The boat continued on and we ended up striking the bow of the boat into the wooden portion of the dock. The next thing I know, we are sitting there at the dock with the boat powered off. I don't even know if the boat stalled or I turned Off the engine with the key.....the adrenaline was making things a little fuzzy. I guess I never thought about the fact that the drive could get stuck in gear, and apparently I didn't realize that shifting into Reverse could be just as useless in these instances. Had I been more aware of what was actually happening, I could have at least turned off the engine sooner while trying to steer clear of obstacles until we could stop/secure the boat. Nobody was hurt, but the boat sustained a few scrapes, abrasions, and a relatively small gouge through the Gelcoat about 3 inches long. After tying-up at the dock, I opened the engine hatch to see if I could find anything obvious, but unfortunately, this was outside of my limited knowledge of boat mechanics. I also learned that the boat will start 'in-gear'....something I didn't know was possible since I've never attempted it. With the shifter in neutral, I started the boat and it started moving forward....which is another example of why we should never have the boat running, or start a boat when people are in the water. After getting everybody back on-board, we came up with a plan to get ourselves back to the marina; made sure nothing was in our way, got the bumpers out, and then started the engine and headed back. A storm had just passed through so the boat traffic was very light as we came into the dock. I coasted into the dock after turning off the engine. I pulled the boat out and now it sits, waiting to be worked on. This entire experience was upsetting, but it wasn't until later that I thought of how much worse this could have been. Just the day before, we went to a place where people will jump off of the rocks into the water. It's not unusual to have a half-dozen boats sitting about 40 feet from the shore with kids and adults swimming back and forth between their boats and the shore to climb the 'cliffs' so they can jump off. I'm very fortunate that this didn't happen the day before. The take-away: be aware that this scenario could happen and since it's obviously unexpected, your mind will be confused as to why / what's happening and you may do the wrong thing. Be prepared to quickly turn the key off or hit the Run/Stop switch if your boat is suddenly going in one direction when you expect it to be going in the opposite and you are about to hit something or someone. I imagine the drive can also get stuck in Reverse which could be an even worse scenario. If anyone else has some other suggestions, please let the rest of us know - thanks.
  11. Wing - it turns out that the answer to my problem(s) was nearly; 'All of the Above'. Although the lube in the reservoir appeared okay to me, as it turns out, it was really dirty. But the shift fork also had considerable wear, and the Cone Clutch was 'nice and shiny' on the bottom 3/8". All of the above was replaced. Although I've been boating for nearly 20 years, I'm afraid I may not have been shifting the boat into gear as quickly as I should have been. This drive always shifted so smoothly - no noise, no 'clunk' and I bought the boat new, so I can't blame anyone else. Now that the parts have been installed, I now get a definite 'feeling' and can hear it going into gear....which is apparently the 'norm'. I'm going to guess that the poor shifting the last few days that I used the boat did a number on the drive lube since it had been changed last fall and had no more than 25 hours on it.....otherwise there was no reason for it to look so dirty. I haven't received the bill yet, but I think it's going to be an expensive lesson. I'm not going to complain since I've really had no issues with this boat since I bought it - other than a water pump shaft that came apart from motor just a few months after buying it.
  12. I almost asked you what that plate/clamp 'thing' was for.... I have a drawbar that has the cushioned rubber insert, which helps with the noise when stopping and starting, but the drawbar itself is a bit loose in the receiver and does rattle a bit. I'll have to look into that - thanks for explaining!
  13. I'll never be completely sure, but I think I did a similar thing. I only took my boat around the block, but after taking the boat/trailer off the vehicle and driving into the garage, I later found the mount was sticking out - just like yours in the picture. I couldn't believe I had done it and wondered whether driving it around the block without it pulling out of the hitch was possible. Even posted the question here. Folks that replied figured the downward force kept it from coming out. I can't imagine what a nightmare scenario would have occurred had it happened driving down the street, or worse...on the highway. I never leave without checking that now....and I bet you won't either!
  14. No expert here, but I do try to read-up on things before using them myself. I have always read positive things about Mobil-1 oil filters, so that's what I use on my vehicles and boat. For the boat I use M1-111.
  15. I don't know if Joe is a member here or not, but he'll need some good thoughts sent his way. The dock-hand was lucky he wasn't more seriously hurt. Scary stuff....