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  1. Yep, I've done that. Got what seems to be an incomplete, boilerplate, CYA answer that water "may" get into the engine, etc....
  2. Obvious or not, that's NEVER a bad idea...!!
  3. Excellent, thanks! I will be sure to look for that before (if) I lower the lift.
  4. Not working on the boat per se. Need to tweak the lift, and need the boat off of it in order to do so.
  5. Super, thanks! No, would only be in the water for a few minutes, and on a "nice" day--no worries about freezing while in the water. Can you tell me what the concern is? I gather for certain inboard engine designs, winterization involves disconnecting hoses in the cooling system--creating an open path for seawater to enter, effectively putting a "hole" in the hull the size of the hose. Is that the issue? (And, is that why it does not apply to a sterndrive?)
  6. Quick question re winterization status of my 2019 Chap 277 SSX. The boat is in the slip, on a lift, and was winterized in place by the shop (presumably in accordance with Chap and/or Volvo procedures). The paperwork the shop left on board warn against putting it in the water. Does that apply to this sterndrive boat? I ask because I’d like to lower the lift for some minor maintenance, relying on the boat to rest on its own bottom in the water for a brief period. No intention of starting the engine. Obviously a bad idea if the status of the cooling system is such that it would allo
  7. EPILOGUE: It took a while. Between some unrelated work regarding the "we-owes" from the purchase along with some (very) minor delivery squawks, and our own schedule of using the boat & then getting out of Dodge for the season, the prop issue has only now been dealt with. One of the "we-owes" was installing the trim tabs (God only knows why anyone would have ordered this boat without; but, they did, and we made it part of the sales contract to have them installed), following which the demo captain offered to take me out for some instruction on them. That instruction turned out to be
  8. As discussed in another thread I started, I've got new props on the new boat. To the best of my inexpert ability to tell, it seems to be running great & making the right speeds & RPMs. I've also noticed a bit of vibration that wasn't there before. Spooling up, from just about anything above idle through about 2,000 RPM, there's a vibration, very rhythmic in nature, with a "frequency" (right term?) that seems proportional to the engine speed. Above about 2,000 RPM it... well, I don't know that it "disappears," per se, but it fades away into the background of the overall boat no
  9. Specific to Volvo's published numbers: WOT of ~5,800 RPM [specified range 5,600 - 6,000], yielding ~48 MPH (probably lost a few knots to rough conditions & inability to make an extended run in those conditions--I consider that in line with the ~51 +/- MPH that I've seen cited for this boat); ~36 MPH at "max cruise" of 4,600 RPM; and 25 - 28 MPH at "best economy" range of 3,600 - 3,800 RPM (of note, going by the "mpg" readout on the display, my "real" best economy appears to be more like 4,000 - 4,200 RPM. Some other data points: Holds on to plane (barely) at 3,200 RPM, ~21 MPH
  10. Simrad NSS evo3 (7" screen size), x2. As far as I know, these are the standard equipment on current Chaps. I imagine it would be an expensive conversion: in addition to the not-inconsiderable cost of the unit, there's the labor to install it, and, AIUI, wouldn't you need to install digital senders for every parameter you want to monitor? Or, is that standard equipment on the engines, even if originally outfitted with analog gauges? If you do make the change, I would advise as big a screen as you can fit into your panel (and budget): I consider the default instrument display to be
  11. New props on today! The difference from the FH3s (my first test drive) to the FH4s (what was on the boat until today) was staggering--a very noticeable difference in handling and performance. However, I was left with performance numbers that did not match the manufacturer's specs for any given RPM, and a WOT way over redline. The difference with the FH5s (installed today) is less "in-your-face" obvious from a handling perspective--but, I'm making all the right numbers per the book. Thanks to everyone on this thread for quite an education. Thanks most especially to @Curt for sha
  12. Yes! Working through Volvo (with no small amount of help from Curt), they told Chap & the dealer in no uncertain terms that if the engine isn't making the specified RPM, it's not installed according to specifications (tautology??). New props are in shipping, I'm hoping to try them out by this weekend. All seem to agree that the drive is fine, provided the props are correctly matched. Fingers crossed.... Absolutely LOVE the new boat, otherwise. Quite the upgrade from the previous boat ('95 Chap 2500SX)!!
  13. I'm setting up the Simrad displays, to include the engine gauges. I cannot find any specs on the appropriate ranges for oil temp, oil pressure, or coolant temp (or anything else beyond RPM for that matter--but those are the ones I've got displayed). Kind of hard to tell the Simrad what the limits are when Volvo hasn't told me.... Can anyone point me in the right direction for the appropriate operating ranges (high & low limits) for my engine, please? Volvo V-8 380HP 6.2L EVC
  14. Revisiting this. We must be talking about two different style hulls and/or swim platforms here. This is a 2019 277 SSX (so, not the "Infinity Power Step" version). Perhaps the new swim platform is molded with the hull--but you're going to have to go a long way to convince me that this one isn't bolted on.... Top pic of the transom (from port side looking up/in); lower pic of attachment points on port freeboard.
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