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  1. Toddavid

    Educate me on trailer winches

    Well, with the right combination of search terms, I finally found a resource: https://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/Selecting-a-Trailer-Winch “The general rule is to select a winch with a capacity rating of at least 3/4th the combined weight of your boat, motor, fuel and gear. This rule varies depending on a number of factors about your boat and where you launch it. Do you typically launch on steep ramps? Is your trailer equipped with carpeted wood bunks instead of rollers? If so, the load on the winch will be higher, and you should select a winch with capacity closer to the actual weight of the fully-equipped boat.” The ramp where the strap broke was a steep one. And I knew I had forgotten to spray Liquid Rollers on my bunks since beginning of season. I guess if I maximize the conditions when cranking on, and power load as close as possible, I might be able to keep getting away with my undersized winch. But indeed it looks to be undersized from the factory according to the rule of thumb above.
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    Educate me on trailer winches

    I’d like to just know the ratio of winch rating to boat weight. If my winch is grossly undersized, going to a cable will just reveal the next weakest link in the winch itself. But if a 2000lbs winch is correct for a 6500lbs boat, then I just need to buy a new strap rated to at least 2000lbs.
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    Educate me on trailer winches

    I power load when I can, some places I can’t. But most of my winch use is just pulling it the last few inches. I guess 2000lbs rating is enough for that little bit? Just seems there should be some sort of rule of thumb when it comes to boat weight vs winch rating.
  4. Toddavid

    Educate me on trailer winches

    As I said, the winch is rated for 2000lbs, stamped right on the side. Given that the trailer was sold with the boat, by the factory, either 2000lbs is proper spec for a 6500lbs boat, or it’s grossly undersized and I was lucky all the times it pulled my boat to the post.
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    Educate me on trailer winches

    When pulling out at the end of vacation this year, the strap on my winch broke. 2015 Chaparral supplied trailer, stored outside, so I’ll chalk that up to UV and age. The winch is rated to 2000lbs. My boat is over triple that weight. Besides breaking this one time, I never had issues pulling the boat into place. And a winch strap rated to over 4500lbs is pretty hard to find. What am I missing here? Apparently weight rating isn’t pound for pound the weight of the boat?
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    Anyone have 297SSX hydraulic swim platform photos?

    Thanks for the photos, B_mutter. brclark: I’m with you. That just seems like overkill given the little bit of the swim platform that is left above water when the rest is submerged. This concept would (and does) work better on a yacht with a huge platform to begin with. I too was hoping for something that extended and submerged from below, leaving the majority of the platform above water, like how the other brands do it. Darn.
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    Anyone have 297SSX hydraulic swim platform photos?

    I hear ya, Delaney! Hence why I demand to see pictures to put all this conjecture to rest! We need to know!
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    Anyone have 297SSX hydraulic swim platform photos?

    Yep, must be pretty sweet. And I bet it’s the only way they can offer a submersible section without violating Cobalt’s patent. I’d be happy with the Cobalt manual flip down design, but having a submersible option at all from Chap is nice to see.
  9. According to Chap's site, there is a hydraulic swim platform option on the 2020 297s. I'm not currently in the market, but when window shopping, the option of a submersible swim platform has me entertaining other brands. Really happy to see Chap getting on board with this feature.
  10. Toddavid

    First Boat, First Car

    First car was a rusty 1975 Mercedes 240 Diesel. The lack of power was so frustrating that it sent me on a lifelong quest to make cars faster (as a profession). I didn't get into boating until my late 40s, in 2012, when I realized car racing was making me miss out on my kid growing up. 2007 Chap 254 Sunesta with a Merc 350MPI. Was plenty fast for me and very reliable.
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    Sunesta rear lounger pic request and conversion info

    Yup. As delivered from factory, even with the cushion in the propped position, the right side door could not open more than a few degrees, meaning you couldn't slide out the cooler at all. The Admiral got tired of me asking her to interrupt her sun lounging activities so I could grab a cold one. Necessity is the mother of invention.
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    Sunesta rear lounger pic request and conversion info

    So I can do this:
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    Sunesta rear lounger pic request and conversion info

    I’m guessing the cushions are directly screwed to existing starboard sheet, which is in turn fastened to the sliding track underneath. If that’s the case, the cushions will need their own starboard sheet to support the back (the black areas in the photos). Then another starboard sheet with the “prop stand” routered out and attached via stainless piano hinge and nutserts. Then attach the new cushion assembly to the existing starboard via another stainless piano hinge. Then, finally, the slots for the prop stand routered out in the existing starboard. The most challenging part of the project will be fashioning a way to attach starboard to the cushions, as there is a frame that the factory uses to both attach the starboard and the vinyl seating surfaces.
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    Sunesta rear lounger pic request and conversion info

    Here ya go:
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    New boat - no speedo, no stage one trim up

    Sounds like you may be in metric mode, 27C is about 81F. Boat from Canada? There are a few inputs on the gauges that have no inputs from factory, like the clock and air temp.
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