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  1. Disappointingly, the Chaparral dealer commission my boat for the season. The chrome filter is black. What do you use to clean it? Spray break cleaner maybe?
  2. Johnfrmcal and Boatman69, Thanks for your advice. I dont have to change the impeller, so i'll go with removing the hoses and the metal brace. Since I dont have any plugs that would fit, will clear plastic wrap and a rubber band work ? Unfortunately its late to try this today, so looks like a project for next weekend.
  3. Put Plug In.. Wow.. that was so NOT helpful.. but thanks for your amazing effort.. I searched youtube before I posted. If you watched the few things on youtube, you would see that they arent 8.1 and dont have the water pump. Seems you are trying to bolster your wopping 14 posts.. thanks for your insite..
  4. I am handy with tools and carpentry, but have very limited experience with motors. My serpentine belt broke, and the local dealer who winterized and stores my boat is telling me July before they can get out. I have called several others, with no success, so I am going to replace it myself. I have the belt and a diagram. Since I have never replaced one before, any help would be greatly appreciated. BTW i am located in Ventnor if anyone with experience is interested in changing it for a fee. I looked at it yesterday afternoon. The first hurtle is the belt goes aroun
  5. I can get 55 mph = 47.7 knots in salt water. Trim tabs are a must on a 256ssi.
  6. When shopping for a boat, I fell in love with the appearance of the tower. Initially, it was purely a cosmetics reason to have it. After learning to wake board, we use our tower to pull skiers almost every weekend of the summer. To me its a no brain'r. Our bimini top mounts to the tower and folds up easily with a zipper on cover. It takes about 5 minutes to open or close including installation or removal of the cover... Only disappointing thing is we cant pull someone from the tower with the Bimini open. Otherwise We use both on a regular basis. Hope this helps.
  7. Hi Guys and Dolls, It is supposed to snow tomorrow in NJ, and i'm already thinking about the Spring 2015 Boating Season !!! I have been browsing for a new toy, and I came across these Parasails available for Recreational boaters. Does anyone have any information about these... Any feedback is great.. including after doing it a few times, does the interest wear off ?
  8. I have a 2008 256 ssi w/ a volvo 496. I just purchased a new tow vehicle, 2012 Infinity QX56. I believe the boat weight is aprox 5400 lbs plus 1500 lb trailer... Should I be looking at a class IV hitch ? Any brands suggestions ? Thanks in advance.
  9. I was out for the first time this year at dusk and turned on the Nav lights. The top white light came on in both positions, but the front Navigation lights wouldn't come on. It is the type that can be flipped up or down. I rotated it several times with no success. Any suggestions for trouble shooting ?
  10. Congrats, it looks to be in excellent condition. Welcome to the group.
  11. Yesterday I was gassing up before spending the day on the water with friends. Between the slack in the rope and a gust of wind, the boat gently bumped the dock (I did have two bumpers out..). Unfortunately, the gas cap was hanging on its silver ball chain between the two, absorbed the energy, and dropped to the bay floor. The gas attendant says it happens all the time and the water at high tide is aprox. 15' deep. Fortunately I had my swimming trunks on, dove down and started to look for the cap. The first thing I came up with was a huge Conch shell with a living snail. It took a few mo
  12. I sprung a leak last summer, and the belt got wet and chewed itself up. I ordered 2 overnight. One to use, the other to have as a spare...
  13. Congrats. A Wakeboard, Tube, Skis, and a tow line and your all set.. Have Fun !!!
  14. Coopaloop, I know when shopping for a new toy the excitement sometimes clouds my better judgement... I was in the same position when shopping for a boat. It seemed that the ones I found had to many hours, to few options, the wrong color, to high of a price.... My only suggestion is patience will bring you the right boat. As suggested by others, have a Survey by a certified surveyor and have a motor evaluation done with an oil test. I would recommend not having the marina that has been doing the service work do this evaluation. Get an independent evaluation. Good luck, and I look forward
  15. I just put Lenco 12 x 12 trim tabs on and I have the Led switch. I started to play with them over the weekend. Can someone tell me their methods of adjusting their tabs and engine trim.
  16. Looks Great ! We were just talking about getting something like that this weekend. How many deer did it set you back ? Btw, I also like the house in the background !
  17. It might be ok, but is it worth the gamble ? When you compare the breakdown and setup time vs the replacement cost, it seems a big $$$ gamble to save a little bit of time.
  18. I just had the 12 x 12 Lenco tabs installed and am dying to try them. They were mounted on the outside. One of the goals I was hoping on is a cleaner wake when wake boarding with the bow down at 20 mph. Previously it was very difficult to keep the bow down when only going 20 mph. I would play with the trim and it seems that the better I made the wake the higher the bow.... Unless I speed up to 24+ I was constantly fighting a choppy wake.
  19. I purchased a replacement switch cover for my underwater lights. I want to change the existing Aux switch cover with the new one. I tried to gently pry it off, but it didn't want to come off ???
  20. I put her in the water 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately due to the weather, we haven't gone out yet. We are looking forward to this weekend to get out on the water for our first time this season.
  21. mrvideo


    For what its worth, I have been kicking around the same consideration. After much thought of the best grill, mounting method, and location, I started to rethink things... Who is going to do the cooking and cleaning ? Me ! I decided to rethink things... I'm going to grill when I get back to the dock.
  22. I have dual batteries with a switch. I also installed a ProMariner 12 amp charger mounted in the engine compartment and wired to a waterproof connector on the stern for easy charging. I also carry a jump box just in case...
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