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    Tidal Potomac River 2006 Signature 350

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  1. OCMD has it right, cross you lines on the bow and stern.
  2. Our five ton Signature 350 will go 48-50mph, however that is with a light fuel load, few passengers and none of the stuff currently onboard.
  3. On our 350 we have a Sump Pump switch on the cabin panel. If you have an original sumpump is an Attwood, do yourself a favor, replace it with A Rule Sump pump box. test the sumpump by overwhelming the shower drain with water and inspect the box for leaks.
  4. Is your new distributor marine rated?
  5. It may have had shrink wrap. Only the cockpit is exposed, not a big deal for the end of season storm. The cockpit is selfbailing
  6. Yes, up North it is a challenge to get hours on your engines. Here in Virginia, we are under-power over a 150 hours a season, we are on the water each weekend and have an out and back no wake zone, that clocks 40 minutes of no wake each leave and come back to our slip. The no wake zones usage has probably been about 25% of the hours with the rest being at cruise speeds. i will also add that buying a clean ten year old cruiser and putting lots of hours is generally a good thing.
  7. USCG will want to see a valid inspection of the fireboy in order to be counted as a fire extinguisher, without a valid inspection tag, substitute a hand held.
  8. On our rivers, slips, boatels and trailering. While some marinas have lifts, the majority of the lifts on on private piers and docks. We are slipped year round. The Northeaster that passed blew the water out of the river, our boat is now lying in mud. Not ideal situation however the water will come back and raise it along with the othe boats.
  9. Correct, it is the marketing mix of what you have available that directs how you store your boat. For instance, On Kueka Lake, NY most of the lifts are on individual piers and docks with hand operated lifts, a good choice for their ski boats and their seasonal docks.
  10. Boats do belong in the water. For some there are good reasons for a lift. Lifts aren’t a guarantee that the boat won’t get damaged or lost. A former colleague kept his boat on a lift (tidal water), even kept the plug in it. A hurricane raised the water enough to release the boat from the lift, he never saw it again. Granted a rare occurrence, however lifts do not guarantee damage free boating.
  11. 119 posts on a speaker location! Spring can’t get here soon enough.
  12. 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.
  13. Contact your VP dealer for interface information, the app is free.
  14. Yes, it gets extended, you will have to have VP Dealer do the work.
  15. 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.