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  1. Richard W

    Help me make the right boat choice

    When I was shopping for Sig270, 7500lbs dry w/o options, the dealers told me I will be good with 300 or 320 hp engine, whatever they had available. I know now that I would not be happy with either of the lower power options. I went with 375 hp and I am not sorry at all. Get the higher powered boat, you will not be sorry nor doubt your decision later.
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    From the album: Cut and Paste

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    Cockpit Table Replacement?

    Check these EUDE teak or teak over plywood tables ... https://search.defender.com/?expression=Teak table&s=1 I've got this very reasonably priced EUDE Venice lightweight table ... https://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1|7504|2290226|2290228&id=2307607 ... a few years back and could not be happier with this replacement for the original heavy and soggy laminate table. Easy to handle, easy to store, never soggy. You need to treat the teak before putting it to use in marine environment, or let it age naturally but it will not look as nice over time.
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    VP Kick-up Impact Protection

    It is a malfunction of some sort if you have not hit something while going forward. If you rev a drive in the reverse, the drive will try to outrun the bot and lift itself up. In all cases you should be able to trim it in (down) immediately after the incident using a trim switch.
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    Just ordered my first drone

    Got any underwater footage? Sorry to hear ... that possibility is always on my mind when flying drone over water.
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    2006 330 Signature Engine Mount Cracks

    Most likely the blocks are separate structure from stringers. What the impermeable separation looks like is anybody's guess as Chap does not have strict and consistent boat building process nor quality control. All depends on who and when built this section, and how much they cared. Your guess is as good as anybody's till you open it up and inspect it.
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    2006 330 Signature Engine Mount Cracks

    Sounds like a plan. The cracks look like they can take another season, just keep the bilge dry and do not jump big waves at planning speed. Keep us posted on the findings and repairs ... always good to learn from others' experience. All the best with the purchase.
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    2006 330 Signature Engine Mount Cracks

    You are the only one who can make that determination based on the level of risk you can accept, and the real or perceived value of the deal you are getting. Me ... I would not buy it as is without further independent professional assessment of the problem.
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    2006 330 Signature Engine Mount Cracks

    Yup, in either case, there is a few hundreds pounds of pounding and vibrating metal sitting on top of it. This requires further examination to determine what is going on behind the cracks, and how to patch or fix them. FWIW, have a look at this recent topic about similar issue. Not the same location but the opinions and ideas expressed there are quite applicable to your case ... http://forum.chaparralboats.com/index.php?/topic/37909-crack-in-bilge-2008-chapparal-224-sunesta/
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    Bleeding of Snap Eyelets

    All my light colored cars, trucks, and boats have the same "problem" of rain runoff stains. There is a simple and easy solution ... washing more often ...
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    Bleeding of Snap Eyelets

    Is the runoff from under the snap like rust or from the cover that is attached to them? In any case, the dark color signs of runoffs happen everywhere where rain water flows down, with or without the cover. It's the air pollution, dust and pollen that stains the gelcoat. The snaps are water collection/diversion points and the runoff flows from them down the hull and stains the gelcoat.
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    Steel bottom houseboat Houseboat Allatoona

    Store a boat or dock/moore it there? Assuming that you are talking about docking a boat for the boating season ... A houseboat in a marina could be like an elephant in the glasshouse. The size, the squarish shape of the hull, the large beam, and poor maneuverability makes it a bit ackward in the otherwise perfectly safe marina. The catamarans, for the same reasons, are not welcomed in some marinas. Another issue could be related to the kind of boating/lifestyle/parting the houseboats accommodate ... the liveabord crowds and large groups can bring drama to any marina that allows for it. Keep in mind that this is somebody business and they set the rules as they are responsible for keeping everything safe and everybody satisfied. If things go wrong, the marina owner/operator might be held liable. If other users feel unsafe or cramped, the owner/operator will hear about it and if the problem continues they might start getting bad reviews and/or start losing good customers. If they do not want you there, you do not want to be there. You might try to present your situation and ask them for a temporary accommodations until you find a more permanent solution. Hope you can get this squared away soon.
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    If this is just a stress crack and there is nothing else going on under the gelcoat, you would remove any loose gelcoat bits, even the rough edges and sand the edges a bit so the crack is easier to fill and the surface near it is easier to "paint" with gelcoat. Often Dremel is your friend while preparing and shaping the cracks. Just use it on edges to the depth of the crack, do not go any deeper. If there is more going on ... let's wait and see what you will find out.
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    If there was water ingress into the fiberglass or wood inside, the bilge could have appear dry but the water contained inside the structure still could freeze and expand ... something to keep in mind while you are inspecting the cracked area. Clean it up, let it dry, and seal it with the original material, namely gelcoat. The sealant like 3M 4200 or 5200 will make it work but will not make it right. Beside being a patch job, the sealant will obscure the visual clues if the problem continues to develop.
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    175-200ft of anchor chain instead of chain & rope

    The old fashion way, chain hook and bridle ...
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    175-200ft of anchor chain instead of chain & rope

    The 200 feet of chain with weight of 200 lbs is not reall that much for Sig290. It is less than two skinny ladies or one average adult American male lounging on the bow sunpad. Will it affect the boat's center of gravity, yes, a little, not in a significant way considering all other things on the boat that change weight distribution like fuel tanks, gear, people, etc. The boat can take it with ease, and he can change and manage the weight distribution in a number of ways. Will it fit in the chain locker? Probably ... it would fit on my Sig270, there is a lot of space there.
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    What does this wire go to?

    Here is a great tutorial on how to add pictures to your post on this forum ...
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    Dockmaster/Handler training

    ... and hire salty or otherwise experienced people ... that could be your Plan B.
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    Dockmaster/Handler training

    The dockmaster/dockhand is a trade learned thru experience and kind of apprentiship more than a formal schooling, in N America at least. The sailing and boating experience, the boat handling experience, knowledge of boat maintenance, local knowledge regarding water/tides/weather/safety as well as knowledge of local services ... all add up to qualifications that make a good dockmaster. One should know the lines, mooring schemes best for local conditions, be quick with basic knots (like figure 8 done correctly), and be efficient in basic boating skills to start as a dockhand and progress from there. There is plenty of summer dockhands and gas dock attendants that have no clue. This is not only annoying but often plain dangerous ... do not be one of them.
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    What does this wire go to?

    VP offers the ACPS and Merc offers Mercathode for many years. It is not a new invention. Like anodes, the ACPS is an extra protection offered in addition, not instead, to the green wire bonding system. The bonding system is a basic and rudimentary system required on any boat with engine and/or electricity onboard. It bonds all metals electrically into one so there is no electricall potential between them. Theoretically, if there is no difference in potential there is no galvanic corrosion. The ring terminal on a green wire is the usual termination method for a bonding wire that was intended for a seacock or a scupper for example. The wire loom often consist of all the wires needed for a boat fully loaded with options regardless of what options are installed on a particular boat. Yes, the picture would help to assert the guesses.
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    What does this wire go to?

    On th boat, the green wire is bonding system that connects all metals exposed to galvanic corrosion. Although it might or might not be explicitly connected to DC ground (a black wire old days and more recently a yellow wire), it is not part of boat's DC electrical system. Do not use bonding system as a substitute for DC ground. The extra green wire might be a part of Chap's standard loom and intended for an optional thruhull that is not installed on your boat.
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    Signature 270 leak under sink

    Have you tried to looke inside and up storage area under the sink? Going from the memory, you might need to remove the sink to access the faucet and water line connections.
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    Moving On

    Great upgrade, all the best and have tons of fun. Cruiser opens new possibilities, you will like it. Yes, it would be nice to see boat pictures ...
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    Moving On

    He meant ... send picture of both (all four?) ... let's see if the trade is fair ...
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