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  • Birthday 12/02/1945

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  1. The bilge heater is definitely the safest way to go. The water won't circulate through the entire engine because of a closed thermostat etc. I've done the light bulb as an emergency set up , but with an approved thermostatically controlled bilge heater you can set it and forget it. Simple just as unplugging if you will be using the boat.
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    Electrical issue

    +1 on the ground cable. Also check to see if you can turn the motor by hand.
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    Moving On

    Congratulations on the new boat. Real good choice now that Dredge Harbor is selling Formulas.
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    delaware river

    It can vary depending if the wind has driven the debris into shore and if the water levels are back to normal instead of running higher than normal. It is a nice trip.
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    Motor problem

    A quick way to find out if it is an electrical problem is to put an induction type timing light around one of the spark plug wires and pull the trigger of the light as you come off of fast idle. If the light stops completely, then check out the electrical system. If it keeps flashing while the speed is coming down, check out the fuel system. A quick check on the fuel system might be to either choke it while coming off fast idle ans see if it keeps running or if the carbs are exposed use your hand to limit the air going into the carb (effectively choking it). That's where I would start.
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    Paddle on board?

    On my 21 foot Sea Ray cuddy I have used skis as paddles. Now with my 235 SSI, I carry a kayak paddle that comes apart because it is longer than the skis. I've paddled both of them when necessary.
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    Running engine out of water

    Here is what the Seloc Manual says A word of caution on flush tubes. The Seloc manual says it this way...."The factory is a bit fuzzy here, but the best that we can establish is that if your flush tube has a BRASS or GREEN cap DO NOT START the engine. If you have one of the tubes that utilizes a BLUE cap, then it is OK to run the engine while flushing. If the cap has a "running engine flush" symbol - a picture of the engine with an arrow moving in a circular motion - then you know to start the engine."
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    NYC Boat Show

    For me, it is the Atlantic City boat show. Februrary 28th to March 4th.
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    5.7L Repower

    If you want more power, but want to stay with a small block, a 383 stroker motor should allow you to bolt all of the accessories on with no problems. Like already said, it is a good time to replace exhaust manifolds and if you stay with a carburetor it would make sense to go to a 4 barrel. I'm curious what RPMs you were getting out of the old motor at wide open throttle. Sounds like a nice project.
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    Upper Chesapeake Zebra Mussels

    Nice informative article. Thanks
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    This is a no start situation for a Volvo. I don't know it works on a Mercruiser. The situation was no nothing from the solenoid or starter. Did the idiot checks. For anyone that runs into this problem I have some helpful information - First, engine won't start due to trim error or trim out of acceptable range - you can perform a crank shaft override - to do this, turn the key to the start position and hold for 5-6 seconds. This will override the error and start the engine. Worked for me - It might work on Mercs It saved me one night I was out to dinner at a local marina.
  12. The latest wiring diagram I found was for 1999. http://forum.chaparralboats.com/ownersManuals/1999.pdf It shows a 20 amp fuse or breaker in the same location as the other fuses/breakers. Fed through a red wire. Hope that helps.
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    Need Info on a 27' 1993 Signature

    Theses may help. The are from the info section of this forum. First one is 93-94. http://forum.chaparralboats.com/ownersManuals/1993-1994.pdf Second one is for 1998 http://www.chaparralboats.com/publications/uploaded_files/176/1998.pdf The breaker for the water pump should be on the dc panel.
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    does my boat have a fuse for bilge pump?

    Thanks for the follow up.
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    Getting the boat on the trailer.

    While the boat is on the trailer design and mount an indicator that mounts to the winch stand (either bolted or magnetic) that comes in contact with the bow when it is winched up tight. This would allow you to drive it on and not have to stop to check how far you are away from the bow stop. Same idea as a ball hanging on a string from the ceiling in the garage so you don't go too far. You can spray the bunks with soapy water so it will slide easier on them. An electric winch with a wireless remote also comes in VERY handy.