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  1. Wife and I kept coming back to the Sea Ray SLX 400, just like we did last year. They’ve executed the cross over concept better than anyone. For $600k, I guess they better have.
  2. Hit the NY show again today. We typically go on a Friday to avoid the crowds (we even take a boat to the show, ferry across the Hudson). Boy were there no crowds this year. Opened at noon instead of 10am, and by 5 when we left, it was basically as empty as when we arrived at noon. Usually the crush starts late in the afternoon. Wonder if that is an economic indicator. Saw Chap’s infinity step in person, looks solid. Opens and closes quickly. Also saw this craziness at the Cobalt booth. Built in water mat roller. Electrically controlled with built in inflator. So you don’t look unclassy hauling around your water toys.
  3. When I say rear of the manifolds, I am referring to the elbows/risers. When people do "manifold swaps", they swap the manifolds and elbows/risers as an assembly since they typically corrode at the same rate. Even though the manifolds themselves are now closed loop cooling, the elbows/risers are not, so the corrosion issue isn't fully eliminated.
  4. Technicality. In the past, it was always a manifold plus riser/elbow periodic replacement with raw water cooled exhaust, as an assembly. Now, the manifold is fresh water cooled, but the riser/elbow still isn't, so there is still the periodic inspection and replacement chore. They make it seem like all exhaust corrosion woes are a thing of the past, I say just some of the woes are.
  5. Mine is a GenIV, same as in that video. GenV spec (OP must not know that they are now 6.2L): https://www.volvopenta.com/marineleisure/en-en/news/2017/feb/volvo-penta-unveils-new-380-and-430-hp-v8-marine-gasoline-engine.html Raw water circuit on these closed cooling engines: http://www.volvopentastore.com/Seawater-System-Heat-Exchanger-To-Exhaust-Elbows/dm/cart_id.068103274--session_id.310207457--store_id.366--view_id.1227295
  6. GenV VP engine (380 and 430hp) is now 6.2l, for what it's worth. And the rear of the manifolds are still raw water cooled with the closed cooling design, on GenIV and V.
  7. My observations: Volvo accomplishes 380hp through the use of technology. While the engine is smaller in displacement vs a big block, it uses advancements such as variable cam timing to produce not only the same peak power, but a broader power band vs the larger engine. It is also 250lbs lighter than the Merc. Online videos show superior acceleration using the Volvo motors vs Merc big blocks in heads up racing. And there is more service room in the engine bay due to its physically smaller size. The technology Volvo uses to achieve this power has been used now for years by them in the marine industry and these engines have proven to be reliable. That being said, the latest generation (Gen V) of the Volvos now use Direct Injection. Direct Injection has proven to be problematic long term in street cars. So the verdict is out on long term reliability of these new generation motors in a marine environment. Outboard: do you boat in salt water? To me, that’s the only reason to do an outboard on a recreational day boat. Swim platform square footage is a premium when hanging out on the hook.
  8. Yeah, on a cruiser. To me, on a bow rider, the swim step makes a whole lot more sense vs submersible platform, not only in terms of proportional functionality, but overall proportional option-to-boat cost.
  9. Your sure about that? Listed as an option on 297, along with the full platform, on Chap’s site. Still salty at $7500, but that’s almost half the price of the full platform at least. http://www.chaparralboats.com/Chaparral-Boat.php?id=515&action=tab_boat_builder&country=
  10. Now we’re talking! Posted on Facebook by Modern Marine. New Chap option for 2020. Powered, but much more practical than a full submersible platform. Infinity Platform:
  11. I think 2016 was the first year for the new VPs (GenV?). I think they are also direct injected. Direct injected engines had a lot of teething issues in cars, and they still haven’t worked the bugs out. The biggest issue with Direct Injection engines is their propensity to build up carbon on the intake valves and the intake ports since there is no fuel to wash that combustion byproduct away anymore. I’ve seen cars need their valves and intake paths manually cleaned in as little as 50k miles. Now, that being said, the verdict is out on when the carbon build up issue will plague a boat engine, since the operational conditions are so different. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen, these engines are still relatively new in the marine world. I have the previous gen version of that engine and love it, been trouble free for 300hrs so far. Other than that, note that the 264 got a tubular style arch starting in 2016, and they “upgraded” the arch appearance again in 2019. Not sure if you’re looking at one with an arch, but the tube construction aesthetics drove me to find a pre-16 model. 264 is a great boat for LG!
  12. We all play on the Upper Chesapeake, far from any ocean waters. In the Elkton, Havre De Grace, Chesapeake City, Betterton areas on the map. While it may be shallow at points, at least the bottom is soft. No rocks to really worry about. Our boat season will be a bit short next year, doing a two month RV trip out west.
  13. Haha, yeah, this could easily be a kit. One dipstick, one drill bit, and one 14x1.5 tap: $269.
  14. Finally go around to wrapping up this project. Instead of dealing with possible warpage on this bearing support piece, we decided not to weld and retap. Instead, we drilled oversize, tapped the hole and... made a new dipstick! (One of my guys at my shop made the dipstick, so not really “we”.) Made out of stainless steel, and we decided on a finer thread to provide more resistance to stripping in the future. We also laser etched the tip so I can now easily see the oil line. The old stick had no cross hatching and it was very hard to see how full the drive was with new oil. I leak tested the cap/stick combo for a few days, filling the cap with water, no leaks. I also applied some vacuum to the outside using a little plunger I had. Fingers crossed it holds.
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