Richard W

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  1. From one of the VP authorized online vendors ... an overview and some pointers there. The upgrade can be done via any willing VP authorized service shop or dealership. Please note that the offer might be limited to registered VP XDP owners. In any case, might be worth to make a phone call if you still have a dreaded XDP drive attached to your boat. Recently, Volvo Penta announced that the XDP Upgrade Program has been extended to 12/31/2016. The program is offered to all registered Volvo Penta XDP owners, allowing them to swap out their XDP drives for either a DPS-B drive and transom shield package, or a DPS-B Ocean X drive and transom shield package. Link to more info: http://www.marinepartsexpress.com/xdpupgrade.html
  2. Great practical info! Thanks for sharing.
  3. Nice ...
  4. Welcome to the forums. FWIW, here is a chart ... Lake Simco is part of Trent-Severn Waterway, a navigable chain of rivers and lakes, and some 45 locks, that links Lake Ontario with Georgian Bay that is a bay off Lake Huron. One of more interesting parts of the Great Loop if one chooses to extend it.
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  6. This can be tricky without local knowledge ... On Great Lakes in Canada, and everywhere else, signage cannot be posted in every inlet or on ever island that leads to the restricted zone, same goes for many harbors. For established limits and restrictions one needs to consult the charts, for temporary rules and changes one needs to check the NTMs. Example of a speed limit that applies to the entire length of a channel, some 30-40 miles of it in the case pictured below. There are no nav aids displaying that limit anywhere on land or on water that I am aware of. The problem with electronic charts is, the annotations like limits and restrictions do not show in all zoom levels, and often they show in different places on a chart when panning. One just needs to study the charts and plan the route before going.
  7. Abrasive scrubbing every 7 days will get rid of the gelcoat in just a few seasons. It will only get worse as the gelcoat surface gets more porous with more scrubbing. Some of it is a mineral discoloration, some is micro bio organisms stuck in the pores of gelcoat. Similarly to mold, you treat it chemically. Wash the hull and get rid of the slime and any solid deposits with brush, then use muriatic acid diluted 50/50 with water. It is a mild acid so protect yourself, the trailer, and the ground if you care. Spray clean hull from waterline down, wait a few minutes, and rinse it well. Double check on dilution ratio, hope this helps ...
  8. The holders were, sort of installed, already when I got the boat. They were wobbly after apparent attempt to install them first slanted in the wrong direction. I had to take them out and repair the fiberglass as the big hole met screw holes after the installer realized the mistake and made adjustments (bigger and more holes) to fit the holders the correct way. The fiberglass there is thick and three large diameter screws are sufficient unless you plan to fish for a really big fish. No bolts and backing washers are needed. I used liberally 3M 4000 or 4200 to enhance the hold and seal all around the holder faceplate. Just make sure you find a really flat or nearly flat place to mount the holder, and use plenty of 3M sealant under the holder's faceplate to make it stable. Then the three large screws in right size holes will be more than enough to hold it fast. Hope this helps ...
  9. Another idea if you have a rod holders installed, or need one and are not afraid to drill a large hole in the fiberglass ...
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  11. That's the way to do it, boat ... house ... car, the same logic and general principle apply.
  12. ... find one one more and some opportunistic lawyer might be able to make a class action lawsuit out of it ...
  13. Sound like the Guts and Glory slogan is right on ... One has to have guts to start driving one, and gets the glory if he still drives the same one past 75,000 miles.
  14. I second this motion ...
  15. For starters try using the search function in top right corner. Select "all content" from the pull down box, and type "truck towing boat" in the text box. You will get a nice list of relevant posts. You can also use Google to search this site but the search results will be somehow different: https://www.google.com/search?q=truck%2Btowing%2Bboat+site:forum.chaparralboats.com
  16. The light and location choice aims to outline the swim platform edges and assist in boarding at night, and to prevent walking off the platform while on hook at night. It also illuminates the drive and prop nicely if one wants to do some skinny dipping or needs to inspect the works at night. There is just enough space between top and bottom sandwich of swim platform to push in and sometime jam in my arm and reach everywhere ... but for this install you only need enough space to feed/fetch the wire. The install is done from outside, one 1/2" hole for a wire, and three small holes for mounting screws. Use plenty of 3M 4000 or 3M 4200 to seal all 4 holes and the light's base well. The light located in this place needs to be rated for under/above water install ... many underwater lights depend on water immersion for cooling. This one does not care. It's Lumitec LEDUL4 white acquired from Larson Electronics: http://www.magnalight.com/pc-1793-278-underwater-led-boat-light--high-intensity-led-underwater-lights--12-watts--1080-lumen.aspx . I suspect there are better cheaper light available these days, just make sure it is designed to work under and above the waterline. Hope this helps, and good luck with your project ...
  17. Yes, there are marine rail systems that can accomplish that as dyi. The only problem is ... the rail supports need to be mounted with strong backing plates and nuts inside the swim platform. What you see in the picture is the railing installed on add-on swim platform that provides much better access to the bottom of its deck if is not enclosed, or can be dismounted and taken apart. If your Sig270 has an integrated enclosed swim platform like mine does, it will be a darn difficult job ... I know, I had to reinstall the swim ladder, both sides of the air vent tube, and I added the underwater light under the platform. You will need somebody skinny with long arms, and with excellent dexterity. Scrapes, fiberglass burns, and bleeding knuckles is an understatement. I had wanted to do the same thing to provide support for a tender and gave up after the necessary fixes were done, but it can be done for sure.
  18. A boat is not a car ... no fine dust on water, only occasional debris fly under the boat's hood. The flame arrestor acts as a more than adequate air filter for this environment. It needs to be cleaned occasionally to remove what it had filtered from the incoming air. FWIW ... from VP operator's manual: Flame Arrestor Clean the flame arrestor every 50 operating hours. Clean in solvent, air dry, and inspect for damage. Replace if damaged. Reinstall flame arrestor; make sure unit is securely fastened. To prevent fire and explosion in the engine compartment, the flame arrestor must always be in place, properly secured, and undamaged.
  19. Prop MD ... propmd.com
  20. Some like the game of chance. The chances are that the overnight freeze might happen anytime up to middle of May. This year's weather pattern increases that chance. Probably not cold enough and long enough to crack the block but you never know.
  21. How much do they pay for spamming these days?
  22. I second that ...
  23. HUGE ...
  24. Household 15A extension ... you can make it work. The onboard charger, if it is same/similar to one on my boat, can draw up to 20A. You can make it right and use 30A shore power cord connected to 30A outlet. In the 99.9% cases the end results will be the same. FWIW, the bigger charger on Sig 330 is probably rated at 30A.
  25. Loopers ... Trawler Fest (Show) in Stuart FL on March 8-19, 2018 ... anybody planning to visit? General info: https://www.passagemaker.com/trawlerfest/stuart-fl-2018 Admission, courses: https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/1.20/a673b2/#/select