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  1. Update: False Alarm. Turns out the lamp is pretty hard to see during the day: Daylight Evnening Looks like the system is still charged and ready.
  2. Near the throttle on my 2130 SS there is a plate, which I'm pretty sure says "Kidde" on it, with a green lamp that has always been lit while operating the boat. If I remember right, that green lamp is lit to to indicate the system is charged/functional. Now the lamp is out. I'm pretty sure there's a (halon?) canister bolted to the transom behind the engine - kind of pain to get to. Any tips on where to start and what to look for to service/repair the system?
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    5.7 L Volvo Penta with a cracked block

    I bought my boat knowing the block had cracked and had been repaired with liquid metal. There's a bunch of JB Weld or some type of epoxy slathered all over the side of the block below the drain plug. Six years and 300 operating hours later, the motor hasn't skipped a beat. It even had a slight overheat once (seaweed wrapped around the water intake). Not a drop of water from the motor in the bilge and never a sign of water in the oil.
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    Jet skis....friends riding and liability.

    Not looking to start an argument, but ... Try getting a permit to make a modification to your shoreline or home on lakefront property, see how easy that is ... The DNR can be pretty freakin' restrictive. And public land use? The "nancy-lefties" come out in droves to prevent any kind of powersports application ... Trailers over 3,000 pounds GWR need to be titled and registered, doesn't matter if it is for a boat. I'd venture a guess that most of Chaparral's lineup plus a trailer will exceed 3,000 pounds. My 2130 SS & trailer sits just over 5,000 pounds on the scale. "We can drink whilst boating" - We sure can, but I don't know a boater in Wisconsin that doesn't set their beer down when they see the Sheriff's boat. And every few years, there's new proposals in the state legislature to tighten up OWI laws (we have some of the most lax OWI laws in the country). They'll get something through one of these days ... Anyone born after January 1st 1989 must complete a boaters safety course. I'd recommend taking one anyways, you'll learn a lot more than you think ...
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    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    Surprised to see there's no mention of the bias ply vs radial debate in this thread ... I've heard some say bias ply tires are better for tandem axle trailers. How do you know what the proper inflation pressure is supposed to be?
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    Use for transom tilt switch?

    Whenever I park my boat, I put the drive down. The drive is only in trailer mode while being transported. Not sure if this has a substantial effect on the life of the bellows (or a negative effect on the life of the trim system), but I would imagine the bellows will last much longer when not stretched for weeks to months at a time. Getting in and out of the boat just to put the drive down/up is kind of pain - somewhat to the extent that I've considered putting in a transom switch.
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    Bent Propeller Shaft - Alpha 1

    Yep. The prop shop that did the work was recommended by multiple local marine dealers. After seeing the working conditions in the shop (trash, discarded food wrappers and boxes everywhere, tools and materials laying around, etc.), I won't be back.
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    Bent Propeller Shaft - Alpha 1

    Update! I just put the boat into storage after a season with about 75 hours on the drive after the makeshift shaft repair. Before the bottle jack shaft straightening, the boat had not been run for the season and the drive had fresh oil in it. Here's the oil and plug after 7 hours of run time: Here's the plug (and oil in the background) at the end of season (about 75 hours on the repaired drive) There was no evidence of water in the drive oil. I was on edge the whole season, always wondering if I felt a peculiar vibration or odd noise as a result of the makeshift repair - I was probably a bit hypersensitive and the new Quicksilver Q3 prop I was running seemed to pick up weeds much easier than the stainless 4-blade I was used to. I never did feel or hear abnormal vibrations and noise and the uneasy feeling subsided later in the season. All of that is a bit of a moot point. During second outing on the repaired drive and the first time running the new Quicksilver Q3 (Mercury Enertia) propeller, after a higher speed run, I noticed my trim gauge was no longer functioning. When we pulled the boat out of the water, we found this: We were in deep water and never felt like we had struck anything. The prop was pristine: So, it looks like it's time to make that insurance claim ...
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    Best TOWING SUV?

    Not when when you have air suspension.
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    Sporadic Depthsounder Reading

    That's what I asked in my original post ... I'm boating on inland lakes in Wisconsin - slightly murky, but not bad. The weeds have been much worse this year - too much farm runoff making it into the lakes and causing algae blooms. The boat bottom is unpainted and clean. I'm not around the boat right now, but I'll look for the transducer this weekend. It sounds like the consensus is the transducer is dirty or poorly mounted?
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    Sporadic Depthsounder Reading

    My depth sounder has read sporadically since I purchased the boat five years ago. It shows a reading that is fairly accurate around 60% of the time: However, other times and usually, not always, at depths greater than 5-6 ft, it'll go blank (note that it still has power, as the FT indicator is still showing): I've seen readings on it (which were fairly accurate) anywhere from 2 ft to 92 feet. It seems that it tends go blank more often in 10 ft+ depths. I'm thinking it might be a poorly mounted transducer? Any tips for troubleshooting? Where and what type of transducer was mounted in the 2130?
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    New 226

    That's impressive. She must have built up some serious speed to make it into the parking lot. Had to be one he!l of a repair bill.
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    Any good Navigation apps out there?

    Navionics works great. I picked up a Garmin GLO GPS/Glonass receiver to connect via bluetooth to an iPad (the iPad is wifi only, so no aGPS receiver or cell signal). The stand alone Garmin GLO is more accurate and has better reception/resolution (and picks up both GPS and GLONASS - the Russian version of GPS) than the standard iPhone aGPS receiver.
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    Bent Propeller Shaft - Alpha 1

    No offense taken. However, this isn't my idea - there are multiple YouTube videos on this. There are posts on other forums from owners stating they've had no issue after the procedure (maybe none of them are willing to admit they drive was f*@cked after the procedure?). As I mentioned in my original post, even I think this is a poor idea. I've had second thoughts before, during, and after doing this as a failure out on the water is not something I really want to deal with. I haven't run the boat after the "procedure" yet, but may do so just to see if any signs of failure manifest themselves in the oil as abnormal vibrations/noise in hopes of debunking the fix. Ultimately, I think I'll pursue repairing/replacing the lower unit.