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  1. I think the foam padding they use to "secure" the tank is a problem. Once wet, it remains in close contact with the metal and causes pitting and corrosion.
  2. I suspect that "standard" size tanks are probably molded from plastic and tanks of a more unique shape are welded aluminum.
  3. A strong gas smell in the cabin alerted me to the leak. I found a mix of water and gasoline in the bilge once the engine hatch was opened. After inspecting the gas lines and pump, I concluded that the tank was leaking. I once did as you and ran the blowers and started the engine. I realized that looking at the engine while running provides valuable information. I had a sea-water pump leak and did not know until I started the engine with the hatch up and saw the leak.
  4. Three phone calls into Chap customer service voice mail and no return call. Standard procedure.
  5. How can it be! I bought my '08 Sig 270 in 2011 and the gas tank began leaking in December 2012. It was replaced under warranty at the factory in Nashville, GA and returned to me in April 2013. Now, 6.5 years later, the replacement tank has begun leaking. How is that possible? I think Chaparral does not know how to install a fuel tank properly. They tried twice on my boat and failed both times. I now have a bomb on my boat lift and hopefully the fuel removal company arrives in the AM to pump it out. This is simply irresponsible behavior by Chaparral and puts lives in danger.
  6. I changed the risers and manifolds on my Merc 8.1 and the total cost for all parts was about $1900. I did not need a Y-pipe, so perhaps my costs are similar to yours.
  7. My '08 Sig 270 has a key for the macerator. It is very simple lock. One that I suspect could be opened with a carrot peeler.
  8. Surehold yellow works for me. Scrubs out those dirty footprints.
  9. Not sure about coolant loss, but can you tell me more about replacing the full pump and module? What were the symptoms which led you to replace them? Thanks
  10. From what I read, an MMSI for international waters needs to be issued by the FCC.
  11. Did it - thanks for the advice. FYI, it costs 220 for a 10-year license.
  12. I have the same boat and have had the unpleasant experience of backing in and the wind blowing the bow away from the dock. This can be very scary. I have modified my eisenglas by installing roll-up zip windows on the port and starboard sides. This allows me to reach the mid-cleat while still at the helm, or allows my co-pilot to reach the port mid-cleat through the new window. I approach a finger dock at almost perpendicular and as soon as possible lasso the dock corner post. Since I am attached to my mid cleat the bow does get blown off. Now using short pulses in reverse I swing the stern ar
  13. Thanks for the confirmation. That's what I was able to glean from my searches.
  14. Another question: I think I want an MMSI number to program into my vhf radios. Has anyone gone through this process? From what I have read, I need to apply for an MMSI number through the FCC because I intend to travel internationally. Does this make sense?
  15. Thanks to Drew, TexasPilot and Phillbo for the great advice. Since we plan to travel In December and January we hope that Covid closures will have eased a bit. A couple more questions if you don't mind: 1. Will we need a dinghy or a means to get off the boat while at anchor? When we travel now we anchor out 1 or 2 nights and then head into a marina for fuel, water and ice. I think kayaks or iSUP may be handy. 2. I am thinking about solar panels on our bimini top so that when at anchor we do not need to operate the genny or main to charge batteries to keep the refrigerator cold.
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