BigRiver

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    Covington, LA
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  1. Question...Is the SeaDek material similar to the material installed on the newer Chaparral's? Though mine is less than 2 years old, the center main section has lost it's adhesion and has come off.
  2. I have a 2014 264 with the Merc 8.2 At this point, I'm very satisfied with the engine performance and economy. If you're spending near 100K deer on a boat, economy isn't a major concern, to me at least. One disadvantage the Merc has is the cost of changing the water impeller. I've been quoted a figure between 400 to 500 deer, while the VP is considerably less. Also, I might add it's likely in my wrenching abilities as I perform the standard fluid and filter changes. Another factor to look at is, your local dealer and mechanic. Are they Merc or VP oriented? Some places favor one or the other I understand.
  3. Mooredriven, it's my opinion that in understanding HydroHoist's official determination of weight classes, is that it's somewhat objective and relative to what really constitutes lifting any given boat out of the water. To possibly understanding HH's claim of lifting a boat, the level of lift my be 12 inches below the rubber air lines going to the tank. In my case, I'm only a few inches, which really don't bother me. In HH's determination, I would bet that they'd see my combination as being slightly less than favorable. I had this lift used on my previous boat, which was a lighter, 20' Wellcraft, with the lift tanks actually more than half out of the water. I took a gamble that the lift would work and ordered the 264 over the 244. In my case, my 264 is 1200 lbs. under the 6600 lift rating. (5400 / 6600) My 5400 number is stock boat with smallest engine. Add to that the big block engine, arch, wet bar, fuel, water and a few sorted items we keep on the boat. You can see how my lift performs and to what degree is the performance. Hope that this helps......oh, and BTW, Congrats on the boat, Buddy!
  4. I have the HydroHoist 6600 3 tank shallow water model, supporting a Sunesta 264. My stock dry weight is 5400 lbs. if I remember correctly, with the addition of the 8.2 big block, arch and wet bar. Not really sure the total weight, but with 10 gallons of fresh water, 80 gallons of fuel, along with my weight of 210 lbs., the lift picks the boat out of the water allowing the out drive to almost trim all the way down and still clear the water. The tanks are out of the water to the level of a few inches above the hose connections. I want to say the HydroHoist's estimates are fairly conservative in their weight allotments. Here's a few pics....
  5. This is the company that I ordered from. Very good quality, very soft fleece and best of all...Made in America! http://www.mecoastmarine.com
  6. Thanks, We enjoy using the lights, but it's not often that we stay out on the water till dusk. The brand of lights are Lumitech that were offered at the dealership, different colors were offered but blue seemed as a good choice. No, the Quick and Quiet was actually off at the time. I've found the even with the system turned off, a small portion of sound and pressure emits from the side exhaust. Kinda like it that way, still sounds tough but not overly loud. I had asked about placement and it was strongly recommended using the transom due to the lights always being submerged and easier to mount and service when needed.
  7. About the only costuming done to my boat was added at the dealership at the time of purchase last year. These blue LED transom lights were installed and actually work very well. You can see them on either side of the lower unit in this photo. http://vid180.photobucket.com/albums/x190/Bigriver07/Sunesta%20264/IMG_1868.mp4 Here's a pic taken last summer at dusk.
  8. Weather was great yesterday in south Louisiana, took a ride out on the Tchefunta River.
  9. Goes to show than money doesn't buy common sense or boat handling skills, maybe buys that mega million yacht, but the skills are not for sale, you have to earn them.
  10. Just catching up with this. app…yes, my 264 has the bow filler cushion. It's a 2 piece unit that sits flush in height with the port and starboard forward seats. As others have mentioned, I store the 2 pieces on the port side aft of the passenger console seat. The 2 pieces are supported by means of 2 stainless poles that lay in cradles on each side. The poles sit perpendicular to the keel, meaning that are port to starboard. Also, up front, center on the keel, is a about 5 inch square stainless plate that flips out of it's resting area which happens to be the forward cooler box. This plate lays flat to support the forward leading edges of both of the cushions. Hope that this helps.
  11. Most things in life are relitive. What can you afford and what are you willing to give up or forgo in order to buy that used boat. Is it the color or engine that you wanted? Does it have the cockpit or other options that you've been looking for? How much if any of the warranty is left? Are the hours acceptable and can you trust who the previous owner was….if you even have that knowledge? Yes, some things in life are worth buying used. A boat with a favorable survey being offered by a motivated seller at the end of the season is definitely a good find. Have to say that this would fall under a case by case basis.
  12. Update…. I'm happy to report that Magic Tilt has honored the warranty and sent me not only a new tire, but also, a tire mounted on a rim. The brand they sent me was Kenda, a brand that I'm not familiar with, but still a Chinese tire. Not sure what to do with these tires, my gut feeling is to remove them all and replace with Maxxis. That will happen, just not sure as to when. I have to say that I'm glad that Magic Tilt did the right thing and didn't tell me to go pound sand. The failed tire eventually burst, even though it was removed from the trailer and hanging on the spare mount. The replacement….
  13. Thanks for sharing nkdenton, a positive and sight full read.
  14. I might point out that the stiffness of the trailer tire's sidewall is most important when making slow tight turns. The aft tire depending on movement direction, tends to have lateral drag and twist. If the bands in the side wall are not designed or constructed properly, failures occur, as such in the photos of my "China Bomb". BigFun, I agree that the rubber compound composition is also important. Cheap auto tires wear out sooner than say, quality Michelins.
  15. I personally don't mind so much the view of the pickle fork, I'm always on the inside of the boat. What I do enjoy is the inside view of the boat with all the interior room for my guests and passengers. At this point, I'm about design and comfort, though I admit I am digging my 8.2 Merc.