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  1. So for all my fellow boaters that are n the DC area and boat the upper Potomac to include the Georgetown/Three Sisters area, be aware that DC harbor patrol has at least one officer that is enforcing a "law" that dates back to the early 1900s --which states it is illegal to "swim, float, or otherwise be in the water" of the Potomac. It is okay to be engaged in tubing, wake boarding, etc. but apparently just taking a dip to cool off or having one of those floating islands is a big no no. Oh and don't stop the boat, take a break between tubing and use the tube as a raft, that is also not allowed. Cause then you are "floating on the river" which is not okay to do. Yesterday we were out on the boat with a bunch of neighbors, hanging out enjoying a nice Saturday afternoon, temps were high, so after lunch some of us jumped in the water and were hanging out listening to tunes and having a good time. Then a DC harbor patrol boat pulled up to us and told all of us we had to get out of the water, we questioned, and were told "no swimming allowed". That certainly put a downer on the day. Now I have been boating on the Potomac for 10 years and have never had any such issues, except for this one Officer. We have been out playing in the water and had Coast Guard go by, have had other Harbor Patrol Officers go by, have had MD DNR go by, and never been stopped and told to get out of the water. So just a word to the wise, apparently the Potomac isn't meant to be a fun day out/in the water
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    Christmas wish list for 327 SSX

    So we have had "Deny Everyting", our 327 for an entire season now, and absolutely love the boat. It has performed outstandingly and fits the bill for exactly what we wanted and how we use the boat. There were times, when my frustration level boiled over, like with everything being computerized and getting "ghost warnings" of problems that don't exist. Or the mysterious beeping alarm that comes on with no warning, but then will go away all on its own after boat has been sitting idle. Have checked oil level, oil pressure, all the usual signs and don't find any causes and of course the owners manual and documentation we received, I suspect we all agree is less than stellar. But overall an awesome boat and fantastic machine to spend the day partying and having fun with. So to my bigger question, now that winter is here and boat is in storage, wondering what additional goodies you all think would be worthwhile additions? I have the trace kit. And first on the list will be seadek for the swim platform. Also considering contacting Chap to see if the Arch is structurally sufficient to add a tow point. The tow point at the back of the swim platform is just not ideal, so when tubing or wakeboarding the rope gets swamped from prop wash. Was also thinking about adding underwear lights, either the permanent type,or the kind that fits through the drain plug. I kinda like the effect of them, not that there is a practical need for them. Only other item I have been debating is whether to install a spotlight? We have always relied on a hand held, but at night, think it might come in handy when running slow and trying to locate marker boys and for when coming into the marina. Just wondering what other ideas you all have added to yours or would consider to add to the boats charm and overall better/easier usage.... Thanks Steve
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    Stereo issue on 327

    So have this issue that started. With our wet sounds speakers/clarion head unit. Haven't had any problems up to this point, sound quality had been amazing, tunes are a big part of our atmosphere while out on the water. But recently encountered an issue that I am frankly stumped on. Seems to be some sort of feedback or static on the right channel side of things. As you turn the volume up, the static (for lack of better description) gets worse, almost like distortion. I pulled every speaker and made sure all connections were tight and didn't notice any grounding wires, that might cause a short. Then I pulled the whole head hint out and verified all the harness cables are connected and tightly secured. So any other thoughts would be appreciated, before I turn to finding a marine stereo expert. Definitely want to have things working perfectly before the upcoming 4th of July bash. Thanks - Steve
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    Stereo issue on 327

    Gents, thanks much. I think it might be a grounding wire that is loose, or one of the amps is on its last leg. I know there are two amps on board, I just have to locate the #%^$&%$ things. They aren't in the obvious/easy to get to places, so time to start undoing panels and tracing wires. Az, I will definitely try flipping the channels and see what I come up with.
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    Its Memorial Day - Take time to give thanks

    As a retired USAF SrNCO, it is heart warming to know that so many boaters actually "get the meaning" of the holiday and always take the time to day thanks. I fly the American Flag at the house year round, as well as on the boat. To all who have and continue to serve -- Thank you, stay safe, and know that it makes a difference
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    interesting water leak symptoms, need advice.

    I can't really add anything new, but I can say that I have never had a boat with a completely dry bilge. There is always some amount of water. Certainly not gallons as you stated, but would be curious if you do find any more areas that might be the cause
  7. Zion, very sorry to hear about all your issues. We haven't experienced too many things with our 327, knock on wood. Had some EVC issues, that took a good while to resolve, but after that things have been smooth sailing. Ours also lists slightly to poet, and after talking with dealer and chap it is due to design; water tank and fuel tank, along with waste tank all being port side, weight distribution is off a bit. But nothing too serious. Hope you don't have any more gremlins to deal with and can enjoy a much better and fun filled 2nd season with your 327
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    Riding on bow

    As far as our waterways here in DC/NOVA/MD even the rear facing seat is not legal to use while boat is in motion. All occupants must be inside the confines of the cockpit/bow seating area. We got stopped cause I had a spotter sitting there, while we were kneeboarding, and told the spotter had to move inside. Only while anchored or not underway is it permissible to sit on the bow deck or Rear facing transom seat. But, as we all know, each state and jurisdiction is different as is the interpretation by the authorities.
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    Riding on bow

    I know that in DC/Northern VA waters it is illegal to be sitting/laying on the bow while the boat is in motion. We for stopped twice by both Coast Guard and Harbor Patrol. Fortunately we were only "wanted" and no ticket was issued.
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    Anyone ever use a Hydra Shade?

    Will be interested in everyone's feedback on it. Would be a great addition to have a way to place shade in the how, where everyone usually hangs out.
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    New faux teak logo mat installed on 327

    Looks great, and certainly adds to the classiness of the 327!
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    Adding Plasteak to my 327

    Looking good. Will be interested to see how the caulk lines turn out!
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    Scary Sunday- Thank you DCBiker!!

    Actually it was a crack at the base of the raw water pump. From what we could see/feel, it wasn't the gasket. The water was by no means spraying or coming out fast enough that would have indicated gasket/seal failure. I think the pump was just old and it was at the bottom where there had been some rust accumulation. Believe it just finally gave way, fortunately it was a slow and steady release of water, rather than massive rupture, otherwise I am not sure anyone would have been around in the middle of the night when the high water alarm went off. Best advise, always check and double check everything. And very true about finding/having a reputable and trustworthy mechanic -- stick with them.
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    Scary Sunday- Thank you DCBiker!!

    Strick, sorry for the delayed response. I would say, and I am sure most would agree, make sure on top of having a survey done, you take the time to check certain things yourself. While this is by no means a complete list - more just highlights of things from the experience noted above -- make sure you have working bilge pumps, and highly recommend that if they are small capacity ones, you upgrade them to something a bit larger. Ensure there is nothing clogging the bilge pumps either. Amazing how a bit of slime or some residue chunks and clog the pump. Maker sure you batteries are in good condition and have enough juice to open the engine compartment at a moments notice. Double check to ensure all your hoses are clamped properly, if not double clamped. Get to know exactly where your thru hull connections are and their shut off valves. Ensure your raw water intake collant pumps are not rusted, cause that could easily hide a leak. Know exactly where your fuse panel is, and where other fuses that may not be in the breaker box are located. While all of this would be something a surveyor would do, it still is best to do it yourself. Or at least be there and be an active participant in the survey. Ask questions, keep notes, make sure you understand things fully. There are no stupid questions, so don't be afraid to ask, even on the simplistic things. Double check all fittings, screws, retainers, nuts/bolts, etc. things have a tendency to work themselves loose on a boat, so take the time to ensure they are tight/secured. And make a habit of checking all of them periodically. And even after you have the survey, and all checks out and you proceed with purchase, spend some quality time getting to "know your boat". It's quirks, it's nuances, all the nooks and crannies. Take your engine manuals and boat operating guide and go through the schematics and visually look at each of the major systems, so you have "eyes on them" and can go right to a particular item if you have trouble. Take the time to look at all your hoses and know what leads where. Some times knowing that a certain hose has a curve or bend, can be helpful down the road when you might have to do some trouble shooting. While I know all of this sounds like it should be common sense, often times we overlook these things, cause we are so happy and intent to get out on the water. Major rule of captaining your own vessel -- know it inside and out!! Don't be afraid to seek advise from other friends with boats, or this forum, or dock mates. If you have any questions, or just general things you want to BS about send me a message. Welcome to the group, best of luck with the purchase and enjoy boating! There is nothing better than being on the water, cherishing all the joys it brings with family, friends and those you will meet a along the way!
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    Watch out for the police

    Will be interesting to see if there is any follow up to this story. I know I haven't seen much said about it, since this past weekend. Would defiitely like to know what his explanation was for the maneuver and then his not heading backin to check on people And completely agree that e or two bad apples, often gives the other 99% a bad name. Same as with the military, or fire/ems, or any other profession that is supposed to be there to support the local populace. We often forget. About the countless others who do the right thing, go out of their way to assist, and are overall very good people that genuinely care about others. Being a military veteran myself, having served 21 years; it is a shame when a handful of bad folks in uniform does somethng totally stupid, unprofessional, unethical, or down right illegal - and that casts all the rest of us in a bad light. Or worse brands us as immoral and unthinking killing machines. I am proud to have served my country, to do the things necessary to protect my fellow citizens and our way of life. And I am sure I speak for plenty of others who have worn the uniform in service to our great nation -- we want to kick the a$$es of those bad apples, even more so than the general public. But one good lesson from this incident -- it was the good Samaritans and fellow boaters who jumped into action. We have to look out for each other, as we are out and about on the water, enjoying a pastime that is truly unique and wonderful, one we should share and promote with others.
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    Watch out for the police

    We saw them towing it out from the wall yesterday afternoon under the escort of two DC Harbor PatrolUnits. All I can say is that I am not surprised by this. We have not had the best dealings with DC Harbor patrol. And if as reported they were responding to "person or jumper in the water" that still does not obviate the need for safety and common sense The fact that he did not respond back to the scene, made no hails to check on injuries and damage, shows how bad of a unit this is. And if there were other boats damaged by responders that is even worse!!
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    Finalized 327 SSX 2012

    If you have the entertainment area (sink/fridge), vice additional seating then the 12volt will be on the u deride lip of the countertop, facing aft. Basically facing directly toward the door that leads to the swim platform. If you don't bend down and look, you would never see it. The second one is in the cabin in the cabinet that houses stereo, USB connections, TV antennae control, air conditioning, etc. At least that's where they are on my 327. Hope you are enjoying the oat and having good times with it!!,
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    Best GPS

    Posting for Garmin, can't say enough about them. All thee of my boats have had Garmin GPS/chartplotterSo, and everyone of them was superb. As technology advances, so do the Garmin products. Currently have 5208 and love it, the touch screen is great, the amount of area you can see with bigger display gives great situatial awareness, and upgrading to the g2 vision charts really is worth it, if you like lots of data with multiple display venues. IMHO I don't think you can go wrong.
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    Finalized 327 SSX 2012

    Feel free to hit us up on any questions, always happy to help, since we have been through Most everything with the boat over the last year and a half.
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    Finalized 327 SSX 2012

    Congrats, you will definitely love the 327!! It is indeed a fantastic boat, and a dream to drive, as well as just hang out on. Still very few of them n the water it seems, so they are real head tuners. +1 on Delaney's comment on the twin screws, a little patience and practice and you will be docking with ease. All done with throttles, no need for wheel movement. Again agree with Delaney, go with the upgrade and get the g2 vision chart card. Really is worth it, IMO, and gives you so much more flexibility and data from standard charts. So happy to hear we have another 327 owner. So keeps updated on how you like it after a while.
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    Premium or regular?

    We go with 89octane, which is what Volvo recommends, but also the only grade available at our marina. And hard pressed to find anywhere that doesn't have E10 in the DC area. As mentioned adding fuel stabilizer/ethanol treatment every fill up or every other fill up is good idea and cheap insurance. Given high humidity levels, phase separation certainly a much greater possibility.
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    On-water gas price

    Here on the upper Potomac near DC,our marina is 4.25. Hoping that it will drop some as the refineries make final switch to summer blends. But I try not to worry over it, as said earlier, gotta pay to play, and it is well worth it. Anytime on the water means relaxation and good times
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    Very slow fuel fill

    Would suggest having the fuel line and vent line checked for length, which may be causing fumes to collect. We had the exact Sam reissue, and while it looked as though the fuel line was a direct horizontal run, it did have an almost imperceptible downward slope. I made the same comment about gravity to working to full advantage. As it turned out the fuel fill line needed to be shortened and the vent line had a dip, thus causing backup and very slow filling, which was #%^$&%$ frustrating.
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    Refueling fire today on South River

    I would've concerned with the canvas covering over the fuel vent. There should be no obstructions to any vents, especially fuel vapor vents. Also, if you are not boating alone, consider having someone else do the sniff test, cause if you have spent time fueling your boat and sitting right next to the fuel vent, you might be overexposed/hypersensitive to the fumes from having been breathing in for the time of fueling. +1 on checking the fuel lines them selves as often times, as they age, they may be allowing vapors to escape, and you not having an actual leak.
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    I had a factory installed tower on my previous SR 290 sun deck, and didnt have any issues with it. No stress cracks or loose bolts/backing plates. Bimini was Integrated and had no problems retracting or deploying. As for pulling tubes, we used it all the time for that key reason, was the perfect height and gave more maneuverability. One thing you do have to check, is that some states actually have laws/restrictions on using a tower for tubes, but not for wake boarding or skiing. As with any add on, or even factory items for that matter, it never hurts to routinely check for loose hardware/blots/nuts. Monster towers appear to be a good bet and well liked, at least from owners at my marina.