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    Wanted, Freshwater 276ssx

    Selective argument ... look at the OP subject and some of the replies ... want to buy and want to sell ads. I guess I will have to unsubscribe from this "boating" forum to avoid the annoying emails and ads ... have enough spam coming from other sources. That, plus the renewed nonsense ... the arrogant ignorant is back yakking. See you all, but the one (*), again later!
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    Still here.... Checking in

    Life cycle has its ups and downs ... such is life. I lost both of my parents, and I am sorry to hear about your loss. Glad to see you back here now and on the water soon ...
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    Wanted, Freshwater 276ssx

    Just FYI ... from the terms we all have agreed to when registering with this forum ... let's keep it non commercial ... COMMERCIAL POSTING: No selling – even used boats Chaparral Boats' Forum exists for the non-commercial exchange of information. All posts or signatures that are deemed to be commercial in nature are a violation of this user agreement and will be removed. As it pertains to the User Agreement, Chaparral defines “commercial post” as knowing and willful posts made by private individuals or businesses, directly or indirectly seeking commerce. Additionally, posts made by individuals or businesses in regard to other commercial activities, in anticipation of direct or indirect economic benefit or relief from the subject activity will generally be regarded as “commercial.” Recognizing that it is impossible to construct a definition, which will satisfy every situation or circumstance, Chaparral reserves, the right to determine whether or not a post violates the “intent” of the “commercial post” policy or definition. Violation of this policy will be grounds for removal from our community.
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    Wanted, Freshwater 276ssx

    Can you do your private dealings on BoatTrader or somewhere else ... this is boating forum not trading forum. Thanks.
  5. Richard W

    2014 Sunesta taking on water when cruising

    Short of extreme conditions, a well made boat with self bailing cockpit should stay dry at dock and on open water. It is not normal when there is water leaking inside at all time. Might not be critical but one never knows what and why is leaking till one identifies the culprit. Then one can chose to ignore it or fix it based on personal preference and tolerance for risk. One or two gallons per day would be way too much for me to ignore. My boat does not collect that much water in the bilge thru the entire season ... and I know where it is coming from and how much to expect.
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    DOCK/SHORE POWER

    @DANCATAL I would suggest getting marine electric service company, qualified service marina, or some qualified help to design and install the system. The marine electrical installations are quite more involved than simple household 120/240 Vac. The boat electric systems can get complicated and/or unsafe quickly. For one, a boat is in the water. If something is not done correctly the prospect of galvanic corrosion is the least of a problem, water significantly increases the danger of killing somebody incidentally. Second, a boat has two separate but interacting electrical systems, 120/240 Vac and 12 Vdc systems. Third, a boat might have multiple sources of power that need to be managed or sensed and switched correctly; shore power, generator, inverter on the AC side and batteries, alternator, and battery charger on the DC side. Hope this helps ... don't be that ignorant guy who thinks he knows.
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    Fridge does not turn off 275 Ssi

    Sorry, no idea ... broken, miswired, replaced with a different model. If there is no flashing red light with battery switches on and/or off while not connected to shore power, I would be concerned.
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    Fridge does not turn off 275 Ssi

    Nothing wrong with flashing red light on galvanic isolator while no shore power connected ... perfectly normal ... it means it works and says "broken" open shore power circuit. Connecting to shore power should clear the condition and lit the solid green light instead of flashing red. Then do a polarity test ... the other big red light should come on while the polarity toggle switch is on. If in doubt, call marine electrician who can do the instrument testing.
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    Fridge does not turn off 275 Ssi

    The 1 or MIN position is usually the least cold operating temperature, the 7 or MAX position is the coldest setting. Chances are the fridge's internal thermostat can be set to the OFF, ZERO (0) ... whatever its dial says ... position to switch the fridge off. The dial in my boat's fridge needs to be slightly forced into OFF position ... it feels like a switch click when getting it to the OFF position. The galvanic isolator monitor lits red with no shore power as it should since the shore power circuit is "broken" when open.
  10. Yup, it all depends ... the VP manual also states 650CCA minimum for EFI engines. Let's keep in mind that these specs were formulated some twenty years ago, and the battery technology has changed dramatically since. To play safe go with starting flooded battery of 700CCA minimum for the engine, and deep cycle battery or batteries for the house. Another alternative is to go with good 1000ACC or better deep cycle batteries, dual purpose and AGM type possibly, and it will work as it did for the previous owner. With today's choices of battery types and capacity there are valid options that were not available a decade or two ago. Just go with good brand batteries with extra capacity and do not worry. Try not mixing battery types, flooded and AGM for example, as the charger can only be set to one type on all charging circuits. BTW, I have replaced dedicated starting battery and two deep cycle batteries with three 1150CCA AGM deep cycle batteries five seasons ago and this setup still works for me. The preseason test a few weeks ago after my boat was taken from storage showed my engine battery still at 12.82Vdc and 1168CCA. All of them were and are still above specs even after 6 months in storage.
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    What is this thing?

    Some sort of alarm buzzer ... engine system, or gas fumes detector, or high water alarm, etc ... any of them has or shares a similar buzzer to alert the user.
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    Flexible, what I had in mind is, poly is softer with less strength and more flex than epoxy. These characteristics contribute to spider cracking of the gelcoat that is more brittle than straight poly, even when gelcoat is applied properly. Poly is less expensive and easier to work with than epoxy ... this too could be considered another flexible characteristic. Exactly ...
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    Feels like an unintended transpose ... should read ... Epoxy is stronger, and poly is more flexible ... at least that is my understanding. @Gman13 The pink/orange stuff could be simply mold and grime but most likely some exposed fiberglass leaching. Just follow what Wingnut said, get all affected/weakened fiberglass out, if not too deep fill it in with poly resin, sand lightly, and paint with gelcoat to finish. BTW, poly resin and gelcoat which is based on poly resin are compatible. The epoxy resin and gelcoat are not. Poly resin and gelcoat bond together chemically. Gelcoat on top of epoxy resin only adheres mechanically, similar to painting the metal, and does not create a strong bond. Some brands of epoxy resin are not suitable for gelcoat application no matter how well you prepare the surface.
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    What does this wire go to?

    Do you have loose green wire too?
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