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  1. Chap243

    Hull Cleaning

    You may want to consider painting your hull before next year as it looks like you keep it in the water. It will save you a lot of work at the end of the season.
  2. Chap243

    Snap-In carpet question

    Use a piece of clear Mylar to make a template of the ski locker. Similar to a Seadek template material.
  3. Chap243

    Can I tow it? PLEASE HELP

    Don't think so. I had a similar boat, `02 243 and towed it with a 1500 Silverado rated at 7500 lbs. It was scary to tow. When towing, it felt like the boat pushed the truck around and when going uphill, the transmission was always downshifting and reving the engine up high. It would have eventually tore the truck up. I eventually replaced the 1500 with a 2500 when I purchased my 264. It made a world of difference. I think you will need something beefier than you Jeep Cherokee.
  4. Chap243

    264 Engine Hatch Support

    The engine is out and in my garage. I ended up using an overhead gantry rolling crane that a farmer friend had in his machine shop. We unhooked the engine cover, hoisted it up and set it down , then went back for the engine , then put the engine cover back on. It came out rather effortlessly. I`ve been taking this opportunity to clean and upgrade the bilge area, now that I can get to areas previously out of reach. The boat goes into storage this week and I`ll tackle the motor this winter. Leaning towards a new long block from Michigan Motors. I know that the existing actuator is electrical, but what I`m thinking about doing is adding a pneumatic compressed gas strut to the port side to assist the lift actuator because of the excess wear on the port front of the cover/hull contact area. I`m sure it can be done, I just need to find the right size and mounting location.
  5. Chap243

    264 Engine Hatch Support

    Thinking about adding a pneumatic assist on the port side to help balance the load and keep down the wear on that side. I was just wondering if anyone has done anything similar and how they did it.
  6. Chap243

    What is this

    You hook your garden hose to that port which allows you to run your engine when out of the water. Do not exceed 1500 rpm`s though.
  7. Chap243

    264 Engine Hatch Support

    Took my engine hatch off this weekend and pulled my engine. This procedure got me to thinking. My hatch is operated by a motorized lift on the starboard side of the engine compartment. Because the lifting pressure is off center (starboard side), and the hatch very heavy, I have more wear on the port side of the hatch and lip where it rests. Upon retraction, the port side hits first because of a slight sag on that side. Does anyone know if the newer models have added a second pneumatic support on the port side. Or has anybody added a second support to help alleviate this wear?
  8. Chap243

    Chaparral boat for sale. 256

    I don't think this site allows sales advertisements. You might try the Chap owners FB page.
  9. Chap243


    I love my Taco fender clips. Frees up my cleats for lines.
  10. Chap243

    Hull Cleaning

    Slimy Grimy has always worked well for me. Although I have also had good results with the Starbright product.
  11. Chap243

    What Type of Power Steering Fluid

    I just use automotive PS fluid.
  12. Chap243

    Engine Removal Proceedure

    I`ve thought about the 383 but was advised that I would have to get a new ECM and from what I have heard, that's no easy task. To add to the puzzle, while draining the starboard exhaust, no water came out. I will go ahead and pull engine and try to better diagnose.
  13. Chap243

    Will turn over but won’t start

    I bet it will be covered. Rest easy.
  14. Chap243

    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    Seems like another "drive by " poster. They come on here, complain about quality then never come back to give specifics. Possibly SeaRay employees?
  15. Chap243

    Engine Removal Proceedure