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  1. I have a 2005 256SSI with the 6.2 320 H.P. Engine and I am perfectly happy with it. Top end is just under 50 MPH. It has trim tabs but I rarely use them (only for leveling side to side). No problems getting up on plane.
  2. If it’s a Mercruiser you can also disconnect the tubing on the front side of the outdrive. What you did is probably fine, most of them get plugged from time to time and need to be blown out anyway.
  3. I used to clean my snap in carpet various ways, hose it down, use a carpet steam cleaner, vacuum, spot clean, etc. a couple years ago I took it out and threw it away, took out the male snaps and patched the holes, never been happier. If I was going to do anything I would put down a cushion sheet flooring, Nu Teak or similar. I’m done with carpet.
  4. I have an OEM Bimini on my 256 SSI and it is indeed all stainless. I have it up most of the time and generally cruise around 30 MPH. It used to shake from side to side in moderate chop until I started crossing the front straps, X fashion side to side. Since then it is very stable.
  5. My Merc came with the umbilical drain hose that was attached to the bilge drain plug, it was worthless. Took hours for the oil to drain. Besides which my boat is stored on a lift and it is much easier to work from above with a vacuum pump when changing oil.
  6. Same with me, they are standing in the corner of the garage.
  7. I have them, rarely use them, only to balance boat side to side. I would say unnecessary but ok to have. My boating is on a large lake that is mostly rough on weekends.
  8. I was recently told by a trusted marine mechanic that it is no longer recommended to run a fuel/oil cocktail through the engine when winterizing. The fuel evaporates leaving the oil to plug the fuel injectors. Causes more problems then it solves.
  9. Never paid a penny for winterization or dewinterization on mine. About 2 hours to change the oil and drive lube and winterize in the fall. Absolutely nothing to do but turn the key in the spring. If you pay to have it done, and you are paying a lot, then yes, 2 engines would approximately double the cost, probably a little less.
  10. Very nice! I have a 2005 with the same dash and the same issues around the screws and have also been looking for a solution.
  11. I had to replace my tach a couple years back, and my hour meter was in the tach. The new one had zero hours. Every time I get some service work done my shop reads the computer on the engine (Mercury) and prints the hours out on the invoice.
  12. I bought one about 4 years ago, never seemed to get around to installing it, its hanging in my shop. Last summer my drive failed and needed a 2500 deer rebuild, guess I should have installed the shower?
  13. Fixing/replacing it is a waste of time with a Mercruiser, it will fail again quick. Someone should make a replacement that works.
  14. My understanding is that it is illegal to change it over the water where I am. Even if it isn't, it would be irresponsible, since it is almost impossible to drain it and catch all the lube dripping from the drive.
  15. I'm in the same boat, just had some work done on my drive a couple weeks ago so all new fluid. I specifically asked the mechanic, and he said no need to change until next fall. Those that say it's an easy job must trailer their boats. For me it means taking the boat off the lift, taking it to a ramp, pulling it from the water, changing the fluid and then taking it back to the ramp and back to the lift. Very time consuming and very difficult for one person. Even more so if you don't own a trailer, or a truck to pull it, luckily I do. An oil change you can do on the lift. Not the drive lube.