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  1. The admiral and I are leaving our homeport in Venice, FL tomorrow for a 10-day cruise. We thought we might stay a few days at John Pennekamp SP, but after calling them we understand they still have no power or water at the boat slips. It actually reports this on the website, but it is not easy to find: Slips are located in the marina and include bathroom and shower facilities nearby. Moorings are located in Largo Sound with dinghy dockage at the marina. Both include full use of the park facilities, trash disposal, and pump out. Reservations recommended. Call (305)451-6322. Water and power are not included at this time.
  2. I got 48 GPS MPH on a couple of occasions. No isinglass, lightly loaded with 2 people, calm seas, no wind. I think that's as fast as my heavy boat will go.
  3. My '08 Sig 270 takes on water via the stern around the B3 outdrive. One can lay atop the fresh water tank and see the water seeping inside below the transom plate. My mechanic says water is not leaking in via the drive or shift bellows. He also says it is not the Y-pipe because when the engine is started he does not hear water gurgling. Next step is to fill the bilge with water and hopefully see where is seeps out. Any other suggestions?
  4. Before the mechanic made the caulking repair, I asked a few questions. 1. Do the transom shield halves need to be tightened? No, they are not loose and there is no visible gap at the bottom where it is leaking. 2. What is the alternative to caulking? Haul boat, remove drive and engine. Re-seal the transom shield which probably has corrosion damage and will need to be replaced. This is a big money alternative. 3. Have you successfully performed the caulking repair before? Yes, several times and it always has worked out fine. 4. Has the transom become wet from water passing through? Not sure. If the edges of the transom cutout have been sealed, i.e. with gel coat, then no. If not, then perhaps yes. So, the caulking repair was performed and I am waiting for the 5200 to cure before getting the boat wet. I am looking forward to a dry bilge.
  5. Interesting point Chap243. I will quiz my mechanic to get comfortable with his recommended repair. I suspect that re-seating the transom shield is tres expensive. I also want to know if he has executed this caulking procedure successfully before.
  6. Update. Mechanic came to the boat and we filled the bilge with water. The leak was easy to spot. It is leaking from the bottom of the outdrive transom shield. Mechanic says he can seal that from the outside with a bead of 5200 at the seam of the transom and the outdrive shield. How does that sound?
  7. This meet-up may be at the end of a larger cruise the Admiral and I are contemplating. Leaving Venice, FL, we want to traverse the state via the Okeechobee water way and then head South to the keys and back North to Venice. A bit of a mini great-loop. Since I am "retiring" from full time employment on 31-March, we no longer are restrained by vacation days.
  8. The throttle mounted tilt/trim has stopped working on my '08 Sig 270. I have a t/t switch on the swim platform and it works fine. I am thinking I need to replace the switch at the throttle. I believe this is the correct part: Has anyone had to do this before?
  9. I too am following this thread as I will be boating out of Venice FL during that time. I may be able to join, if you will have me. I would motor along the SW coast and meet up wherever - Marathon?
  10. My '08 Sig 270 needed a gas tank replacement in 2012. It went back to the Chap assembly plant in Nashville, GA. They removed the single engine and cut the floor of the aft cabin to access the tank. Since my boat is narrower than yours, perhaps that required the engine to be removed.
  11. Is this the condition sometimes referred to as "Bravo-itis". My '08 270 Sig with 8.1 Merc & B3 had a cooling water pick-up hose that had corroded closed. If was replace by a local indy mechanic without removing the engine. Now, however, I have what I consider to be excessive water intrusion at the stern. Perhaps I have a corroded transom plate? Is water intrusion a symptom of transom plate corrosion?
  12. Greetings all, I saw more than one Chap this past weekend on a two night cruise from Venice, FL to Tarpon Springs and back. Anyone on this list live up that way? Sorry, no pictures.
  13. Greetings boaters, We are back in FL and our Sig 270. On start up, I smelled burning rubber. On closer inspection, I noticed the alternator had seized and the belt was slipping. Researching replacement alternators for my '08 8.1 liter Merc and there are apparently two basic choices - new OEM Mercruiser for $240 and new other brand for $80. So, what say you all-knowing Chappies? Which should I buy?
  14. I wonder if the fresh water tank vent was installed? Perhaps it was not and water can not go in if air does not come out.
  15. I remember speaking with Chap customer service when my recently filled tank being to leak. I told them their boat had turned into a bomb. If it blew up, then the adjacent boats and marina would catch fire and my boat has Chaparral in big letters on each side. There was a pause on the other end of the line and then the reply, "we will stand behind that". The scariest part for me was climbing down into the engine bay and disconnecting the bilge pump just before the float was about to lift and pump gas into the bay. Thankfully there was no spark when I unplugged the bilge pump.
  16. The tank is made from aluminum and if brackish water is allowed to sit in the bilge for an extended period of time, the tank will corrode and eventually leak. I prefer a molded plastic fuel tank over aluminum.
  17. Contact Chaparral customer service in Nashville, GA. They are your best bet.
  18. My '08 Sig 270 also developed a gas tank leak, so this will not be news to Chaparral. Here is a link my story and happy ending: Good Luck, Montreal
  19. Greetings boaters, I would like to have warm water at the anchor locker to wash down the rode upon retreival. Has anyone ever plumbed this? What type spigot would you recommend?
  20. Greetings Chappies, I am considering installing a flexible solar panel on the bimini of our Sig 270. Something like this: My hope is that it will keep the batts topped up when the boat is sitting on my lift and I am away. Question: Does the solar panel need to be disconnected when the engine alternator or shore power on-board charger are in use? Will the panel be damaged by the other charging sources? The product description indicates that the panel controller includes diodes to allow one-way charging only. Thoughts?
  21. I think the bimini on my Sig 270 extends about 3 feet aft and the brow extends about a foot forward of the arch.
  22. I have an '08 Sig 270 with arch. I like it because I usually run with the isinglass installed and the arch keeps it tight. I do not know if the bimini provides the same capability.
  23. Not sure what Chap uses, but I replaced my snap-in cabin carpet with Amtico from TTCustom Marine.
  24. My Sig 270 does not have a fresh water tank gauge. I fill the tank each time I go out and try to use as much as possible. This way the water does not get rotten and smell bad.
  25. I think the largest plate is 9". A typical dinner plate is too big. Our rotating plate in out Tappen MW broke, so I took out the rotating cog and we use it without the plate.