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  1. First, so sorry to read about your hassles, especially at the height of boating season. Second, and please don’t take this as rubbing salt in the wound, but this is exactly the reason I choose NOT to buy new. New boats always have more issues than properly maintained used boats. This forum is filled with similar stories as yours concerning the new boat experience. I prefer the original owner to take the hits and get the build glitches sorted (while also taking the major depreciation). Third, lemon law is a state by state policy, so check if your state has one that covers boats (a lot don’t). And yes, the repair must have been attempted multiple times without success to qualify, which may not be the case here. Last, my sincere condolences to that Sea Ray owner! What a bummer!
  2. Does this only happen after running and sitting, or does it also happen when the engine is fully cold?
  3. Cliff notes: Mercruiser and VP rpm ranges are apples to oranges.
  4. And you can see inside the manifold from that video? It’s in failure mode. Leaking water into the bilge is bad enough on a boat, but if this is also leaking internally, yes, you can hydrolock the engine. He asked for opinions. I don’t knowingly operate machinery in failure mode unless it is on a non-critical component. Your mileage may vary.
  5. Correction: 36mph is 4600 (my memory sucks). DPS-B 2.14.
  6. Awesome. You’ll be blown away. We leave for our three weeks up there in 6 days and counting.
  7. Yep, different, but in a good way. They first time I experienced the VP new generation engines, test driving a fellow forum member’s boat, I was very impressed and decided my next boat had to have one. I’ve put about 250hrs on my current boat with the VP 380 and still really enjoy the broad powerband. Mid range punch is very strong. Fuel economy is great, too. And all with 200+ lbs less weight than a Mercury Big Block. Enjoy.
  8. The Volvo 6.0 and 6.2 engines are small blocks with variable valve timing, and have a powerband similar to a modern car: wide and high revving. Merc engines rev lower. 36mph on my boat with the 6.0 380hp VP is about 4100 rpms. 53mph is near 6k (if I recall correctly). Top speed, 50mph, on my old Merc was around 4600 (if I recall correctly). Then GenIV and V VPs run higher rpms, but what you’re seeing doesn’t seem correct.
  9. Toddavid

    Volvo XDP Drives

    And you say “some” negative reviews. I’d like to see a positive review. Pretty sure they’re all negative and tons of them.
  10. Toddavid

    Volvo XDP Drives

    As far as I know, the issues were never fully resolved, root cause was the bellows sealing, thus the discontinuation if the XDP drive.
  11. What would you do if you just discovered that a tire that you just put thousands of miles on was corded? Past luck does not predict future performance. I don't personally take chances with things that are already in failure mode, especially on a boat. With a family.
  12. The ringed terminals and the half/half connector look to be from a 120v battery tender.
  13. Depending on your steering rack, you may have a capture nut on one end. It looks like a metal cap and it goes around the rack cylinder. Make sure it is threaded on tight. Mine unthreaded once: http://forum.chaparralboats.com/index.php?/topic/36199-steering-uh-oh/&tab=comments#comment-397014
  14. For reference I know that Billable Hours’ 257 with the 430HO engine does 61 on a perfect fall day with just him on board and almost no fuel.
  15. VP’s Easy Connect is their version of Mercury’s Vesselview. It connects to the engine via a factory installed diagnostic plug and sends data via Bluetooth to the Easy Connect app on your phone or tablet. It’s available for EVC and non-EVC engines, going all the way back to 2006. My engine is a non-EVC 2014 V8-380-C-D. Kit number 23194833 is plug and play for non-EVC with the 6 pin VODIA factory plug. The Easy Connect device also acts as a gateway for an NMEA 2000 data network. All you would need besides the device to connect to pre-existing NMEA devices would be a power/ground interface and data cables (backbone). If you decide not to connect to any NMEA devices, then the NMEA cable exiting the Easy Connect device remains unused. While my Garmin 720S GPS is NMEA 2k compatible, meaning that I could display data on the GPS screen with the aforementioned extra parts, I decided to do the Easy Connect instead, to avoid having to run cabling through difficult to reach areas of the boat, and to also have Fault Code monitoring on my phone that the Easy Connect provides. I don’t have a scan tool so I thought this would be a relatively affordable alternative to access that ECU memory. I paid $355 online for the kit. Install was very easy, just plug it into the VODIA plug and zip tie it in place. Instructions were very basic and lacking detail on how to use the device after install, and it took me a while to discover that Bluetooth pairing happens in a buried menu in the app. I have a wireless charger mount for my large format iPhone on my dash, in-line with my other gauges, so I figured the gauge view that they showed in their marketing literature would be a nice addition, allowing me to see coolant temp, oil pressure, and voltage along with fuel burn, rpm, and speed on my gauges/GPS. However, the gauge view they show for the app is only for the iPad version. The iPhone version is just rows of numerical values, only in vertical portrait mode. Despite my large format iPhone, I can’t see the data at a quick glance, especially when heading into the sun. Further, you can’t configure the data to display intended operating range, like turning red if you hit a certain threshold (that would be nice for quick reference under way). You can change what it shown on each line by pressing down and waiting for a submenu to pop up. Further, since I don’t have Electronic Vessel Control (EVC), there are many operational functions that my boat can’t monitor, and thus can’t display via the VODIA plug, like fuel amount remaining, drive trim, or drive angle. I use my smart gauges to view that info, instead. All in all, while the install was quick and painless, I wouldn’t buy this product again, unless maybe I was running a dedicated iPad on my helm. On a 26’ bow rider with a pre-installed GPS system, I don’t see the point of converting to a different display. And for $355, I’d put the money towards a laptop based scan tool.
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