TidalPotomac

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  1. 119 posts on a speaker location! Spring can’t get here soon enough.
  2. I had considered this modification on our 215, however I thought the bunks in the cabin were for floatation and didn’t pursue it further. We kept a plastic container for storage under the port side stern seat. We also had the fold down seat with some storage available underneath.
  3. Contact your VP dealer for interface information, the app is free.
  4. Yes, it gets extended, you will have to have VP Dealer do the work.
  5. The ice makers supplied by Chaparral are 120volt only. We have an ice maker and use it throughout the season. We use our boat three days a week and don’t have a problem with “rotten” water. If we are leaving the boat for an extended period of time, we switch off the ice maker. Having an ice maker onboard is fantastic. Iggy, does your refrigerator have an ice tray freezer? If so, that is what we use for raw meats and perishables.
  6. Like Iggy says, get a slip. Here in Virgina we leave our Signatures in the water year round. Also, the marina may have a service available to pull and store your boat for the winter.
  7. Go bigger than 40’ if going with a fly bridge, otherwise you won’t see the benefits of flybridge. Less than 40’ you will have a smaller salon, less exposed cockpit area, less beam and a slower boat (compared to a similar size express cruiser). Basically you will be compromising any benefits of having a flybridge by selecting under 40 feet.
  8. DC has jurisdiction within it's boundaries, Maryland has jurisdiction along it's border to the Virginia side, and West Virginia has jurisdiction within their boundaries. Virginia has some jurisdiction, in the bays within it's boundaries. DCbiker published this to help others understand what the D.C. police were enforcing. Once outside the D.C. water, below D.C. and Alexandria, this rule does not apply. Just above D.C. are Little and Great Falls where, on average, there are a few water incident deaths reported each year. The officer who sank the boat at the Georgetown Wall was removed from Marine Police Service after an investigation was completed.
  9. We have a 2006 350 with 8.1 engines I/O, our cruising speed is 26 to 29 knots.
  10. XDP drives are black, and each drive has two propellers.
  11. The forward bilge pump is accessible in a carpeted hatch on the aft cabin sole.
  12. Now that you have the cabin speaker covers off, have you decided where you are installing your cockpit subwoofer?
  13. We put over 500 hours in three years on our 215SSi, we had it slipped at the marina and it was ready to go when we wanted to be on the water. Imagine what the effort level would be to tow-dunk-and-yank-and-tow boat each weekend to accumulate those kind of hours. Regardless of what seller will actually get for their boat, they are way ahead of the enjoyment curve than those who put 120 hours on their boat in 8 years.
  14. My wife and purchaesed a boat and the replacement of XDP drives from a marina and an VP dealer. The deal can be done, however the deal has some constraints: - purchase the boat from a full service marina that is a VP dealer. - don't have contempt for The VP dealer - make a deal with the marina owner - slip your boat at the marina offering the boat for sale Without these assurances in place, don't do the deal.
  15. Chances are you won't be able to switch out the drives and get a discounted rate on the fit kit, you need to go through a VP dealer to get the outdrive and fit kit. A condition of the replacement is that the old drives get sent back to VP. It begs the question, what to do with the stock of clean, used boats with XDP drives for sale. Even if you got 30k off the purchase price, it is a long road to dragging it in to a dealer and having the work done, with a discount.