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  1. LambChop

    6oohp vortex boats

    Nope, referring to the output of the jet pumps ... thrust. Torque really doesn't mean much considering jet pumps. Whether the boat is stopped or at speed, the engines will turn at or near their maximum operating rpm (and likely at their peak power output, performing the maximum amount of work in a given period of time) when given full throttle.
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    6oohp vortex boats

    Torque vs horsepower is a moot (and fruitless) argument. It's more about thrust.
  3. LambChop

    Here we go again! Boat off trailer!

    If the trailer is far enough out of the water and you power on to it, the bunks would likely hold the boat just fine when pull out.
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    Here we go again! Boat off trailer!

    Could it be a case of powering onto the trailer (rather than winching) and forgetting to connect the winch and straps after pulling away from the ramp?
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    The Lighting Thread

    At least in Wisconsin, our boating law reads: I interpret that to mean no other exterior lights besides nav lights are permitted while underway. I've never witnessed our DNR or sheriffs enforcing this, evidenced by every pontoon owner driving around with their docking lights on at night ... I'm with the majority that when parked, some party lights don't hurt anyone. I don't mind underwater lights or court lights while underway (though I don't see why you'd want have the court lights on when you're piloting the boat ...). I take issue with dudes running docking lights or worse, a bright spot light or light bar after sundown. However, my favorite one is the dipsh!t who hands his kids flashlights when it gets dark and they proceed to shine every boat owner within a 500 foot radius ...
  6. Update: False Alarm. Turns out the lamp is pretty hard to see during the day: Daylight Evening Looks like the system is still charged and ready.
  7. 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.