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  1. TXAgg

    New Chap owner

    Not to pry, but I think I found your boat! http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2002-CHAPARRAL-243-Sunesta-102636936
  2. TXAgg

    New Chap owner

    AWESOME! Be sure to let us know how she turns out!
  3. TXAgg

    Two Boats?

    The added expense of multiple boats really depends on the type of craft. Our fleet is six "boats". Two sailboats, two seadoos, the chap xtreme, and a 16' aluminum fishing boat. The Seadoos and Chaparral require seasonal maintenance like oil changes, batteries, etc. This is where most of the expense is. If we were really looking to save time and money the Seadoos would be what goes. The sailboats require somewhat pricey parts when they break and the occasional tune-up of an outboard motor. Overall their biggest expense is a new cover when the old one falls apart from sitting out in the sun all day. The aluminum boat mostly sits behind the garage and comes out once a year when we need to do some work on the dock or one of the boat lifts. All that it requires is fresh fuel and rare maintenance to the outboard. The fishing boat's outboard sits inside when it is not being used. I would say as far as maintenance expense it is 60% chap, 30% seadoos, 9% sailboats and 1% aluminum boat. There is so little expense to keeping the aluminum boat I would say keep it if you have the space for it. If you end up not using it this season go ahead and throw it on Craigslist in a few months. I would rather have it and not need it, than find myself shopping around for another fishing boat in a few months. Good luck and enjoy the addition to your "fleet". I think having more than one boat technically makes you an Admiral.
  4. TXAgg

    Life jackets - number and sizes

    We keep the nice neoprene vests and wake board/surf pullovers hanging in the dock closet to dry out. Grab those and throw them on or in the boat as needed depending on what we are doing. About 6-8 various small, medium, large and XL regular zip up vests are stored in the cubbies under the bow seats. These are mostly old vests that have been replaced with neoprene vests. They are stored there all year and are brought out maybe once a year when a really large group is down. It's nice to have them on-board at all times so we can just hop in and go without having to count people and vests in case there is a boarding.
  5. TXAgg

    DFW Boat Show

    Did anyone go to the first weekend of the "Dallas International Boat Expo" aka DFW Boat Show? I was going to be there on Saturday and was wondering if there was anything I needed to make sure to check out. I was already planning on taking a look at the outboard and rotax powered Chaparrals. Pretty interested to see what the other manufacturers are up to as well.
  6. TXAgg

    Towing a 276

    Couldn't agree more with this! Know your truck and know your limits.
  7. We started with a few Kawasaki Jet-Ski’s and eventually moved into Sea-Doo. I prefer them over any other brand. The Rotax engines are well built and will last a long time as long as you do the regular maintenance. These are the same engines that Chaparral is using in their new VRX line. Just don’t look at a Sea-Doo with the supercharger; they usually self-destruct around 100 hours and are plenty fast without it. A three seat model is usually the way to go. The added weight is helpful in chop, it fits two people comfortably and tows much better than a two seat. We have the wake edition three seat models and the wakeboard racks and tow pylon is nice but not absolutely necessary. Any towing these days happens with the Chaparral rather than the Sea-Doos’. Just make sure your kids know how to drive them, and understand how dangerous they can be. Even with the water brake they are nearly impossible to steer when not on the throttle, and our non-supercharged sea-doos can get up to 60mph when it is flat out. Even being careful we have had a few scares, usually with novice riders.
  8. TXAgg

    gatorstep vs seadeck

    I haven't used either product, but have been thinking about SeaDek. I just checked their website to see if they had finally added the template I would need and saw that they are running 20% off all orders until 12/18/15. If anyone was already convinced to go SeaDek now might be a good time to pull the trigger.
  9. Hi all, My brother just acquired a '24 four winns i/o deckboat from his father-in-law's barn. It has been sitting there for about the last 5 years. From what he knows it was properly winterized before going into storage, and it was under a mooring cover. Our exposure to boat maintenance has been keeping up with our sailboats, sea-doos, various outboard motors and Chaparral 224 (as well as occasionally helping the lake neighbors with oil changes and winterizing). We know the complete history of all of our boats and have always done the routine, and sometimes non-routine, maintenance ourselves. This deckboat is somewhat of a puzzle due to age (early 90's?) and being a marine motor with a carb. We have plenty of experience with carbs on cars, but not a marine engine. Also, it is pretty filthy and has had some mice living in it. So far he has started cleaning it out, and pulled the batteries (which are dated 2012!) and put them on a charger. Besides the standard de-winterization and oil change is there advice on how to prepare this thing to get back in the water? Also, it is a fiberglass hull with a carpeted and plywood deck; much like a pontoon boat. Can we pressure-wash the interior or would it be bad to exposes the plywood to that much moisture? Any tips would be appreciated, I can try and get a picture up later today to help with the diagnosis! Thanks!
  10. A car blog I read has a guest columnist who does pieces on warranty problems, lemon law and similar topics. In this article he shares some insight on what it is like suing a boat manufacturer. It is a quick and interesting read, link is below. http://carbuying.jalopnik.com/the-dumb-argument-consumers-hear-all-the-time-about-rep-1716987553
  11. Along with the new Texas "One Sticker" for vehicles there is now a trailer inspection requirement for certain trailers. Gross weight over 4,500 or 2+ axles requires the inspection, I also believe there are additional requirements for commercial trailers. Houston Chronicle article on the topic: http://www.chron.com/sports/article/Law-requires-that-trailers-get-safety-inspections-6115851.php
  12. TXAgg

    Dallas Boat Show 2015

    I will be making the annual pilgrimage this Sunday to the the Dallas Boat Show (aka, "DFW Boat Expo"). I am hoping to get a look at a few of designs with the outboard and BRP motors. I also need to give my dealer a hard time about the Xtreme series going away. Anyone else going to be out there this weekend? Or, does anyone have any feedback at what they have seen from Chaparral at their local boat shows?
  13. TXAgg

    Where did the Xtreme go?

    Tower, board racks, trim tabs, ballast tank, perfect pass and most importantly, lots of speakers. 9 times out of 10 when we are out on the Chaparral someone or something is getting towed. The Xtreme package has worked out pretty well for our needs. Plus, stickers add horsepower.
  14. TXAgg

    Where did the Xtreme go?

    Hi all, Maybe I am just overlooking this, but have the Sunesta Xtremes disappeared from the website? I was looking through the models, and I see that the jet-boat and outboard models have been added to the lineup. There is a section for Sunesta Deckboats, but I can't find the Xtremes. Even when selecting a Sunesta to build out there is no option for the Xtreme package. Did these get discontinued and I missed it, or am I just looking in the wrong place? Al
  15. TXAgg

    shopping Chaparral Boats xtreme model

    On the original topic. I've wakeboarded behind a 224 xtreme with all the bells and whistles (ballast tank, trim tabs, perfect pass, etc.) and a pretty bare 264 xtreme. The wake on the 264 was decent but nothing that you want to get behind if you are any more than an intermediate wakeboarder. The 224 is much nicer to be behind, but that could also be due to the fact that we can shape the wake pretty well with the tank and tabs rather than hull just size. Also, depends on the lake you are on. A 264 is a little big for some of our lakes when it comes to manuvering over sandbars and in channels, or getting in and out of slips/ramps. Also, both the 264 and 224 came from Plano Marine. You can get a pretty decent deal if you haggle at boat show in Jan/Feb and they are decent to work with, just double check the build quality. Not sure if it is from the factory or someone at Plano who does a final runthrough but there could have been a little more attention to detail in this area.