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  1. On 7/20/2014 at 8:25 AM, capitalst said:

    I'm thinking of upgrading to a leftover 2014 330 Sig.

    Ask your self, what are you planning to do with the boat? It sound like you can pick up a used boat that may even have more.  Is speed important to you?


    I just went from a Sig 290 that cruses at 25 to 26 knots to a trawler that cruses at 10 knots. A lot more comfort and options that even a Sig 330 can not offer.  

  2. On 7/20/2014 at 10:56 AM, sib715 said:

    I have the 5.0's on my 31 34-36 mph at WOT is what I experience. I boat in Tampa Bay area and barnacles and other marine growth on out drives and hull is a continuing challenge even with monthly diver clean up.

    I was negotiating on Meridian 408 berthed in Ga. and was quote 10 thousand deer to transport and set up in Bradenton, Fl.

    Why not bottom paint and save the money on gas and a diver? I painted my drives to, it all worked out well!

  3. Your not stating year or engine type. Not that it really matters. BUT, all boats are expensive to maintain. Whos doing the work? 

    Its sounds like this is your first boat. Plan on spending 1 to 2 grand more and not to talk you out of it! You will need fenders, lines, PFDs, maybe upgrade the sound system, extra starting battery. Maybe a VHF, GPS, tools, spare parts, pump to change the oil and more. Upkeep on the trailer if you need one.


    Boats are great, but don't kid your self and take a boating course.

  4. 11 hours ago, EmmalynGreen said:

    sell it w/ a broker. better chances

    The Sig 290 is basically sold and I did it though Facebook. I took a deposit and passing papers next week.  To be honest about it, I wanted a 34 to 36 footer. My wife wanted this boat. But it was too good to pass up! I have already install a Siren Marine alarm system. At home it tells me, you may want to get one for this. Voltage of my house and starting batteries, if you loose shore power, doors and GPS position. You can set it up for high water alarm, temp, if pumps are turning on and more. 


    The solar system, I have most of it mounted but the panels. Right now I have them resting on the helm. This spring I will mount them on the roof. The question is how which I need to come up with. You should see me get into the engine compartment! There is a four foot drop and they were stepping down to the engine and then to the floor. I bought a 3' step ladder and mounted it to make it easier!

  5. 6 hours ago, Cris Nauta said:

    I have two questions about my boat hoping someone with more knowledge than me can help. 

    Seawater cooling system, temperature gauge never gets over 150', even in summer. We had a beautiful day last weekend and with the lake water being cooler, the gauge never got over 140'. Do I have a problem, maybe a stuck open t-stat? Or is that normal? BTW, she runs great. 

    Oil filter, doing my first oil change and wanting to correct oil filter. I have a remote oil filter with the filter "upside down". Some say to poke a hole in the top of the old filter to allow it to drain back to the engine before removing and some say the filter should have a one way valve to prevent the oil from leaking down to the engine. 


    Thanks men. 

    Is this a closed system or open? I would say something is wrong. Most engines like to run at the 165 to 175 range. That when they run there best, but thats me......


    Yes, poke a hole and wait a few minutes. I always warm the engine up a little which thins the oil out. Than I use puppy pads to catch and clean up.   

  6. 20 hours ago, markt111 said:

    any pics? I am looking for something that is easy to read at a glance like gauges are.




    No pics. My tech needed to be replaced, cost 800. A NMEA2k gateway 175. so a basically display RPMs of both engines on my GPS. But I could display more info, oil temp and pressure, water temp, battery voltage............... 

  7. 14 hours ago, Larry Cole said:

    I have a 2015 Sig 290 with the factory Garmin 741. Does anyone know which transducer Chaparral  likely used . I am planning on upgrading to a Garmin 942xs and adding the radar . Any and all helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    It should say right on the transducer.

  8. I can't see it being that hard to trace. I have twins too and 2 VSR with four battery switches.

    I would disconnect the Pos leads and use a meter to trace the wires out. But thats me....


    Can you show us some pics to help you.


  9. On 12/6/2020 at 11:02 AM, David A B said:

    I own a 2016 337 SSX with twin Merc 350hp's. This boat has a starting battery for each engine (not in parallel), 2 house batteries, and 2 stereo batteries. I also have a ProMariner model ProNautic 1250P battery charger. My question is "What do the alternators charge?" Just the starting batteries or all the banks? If just the starting batteries I guess it would be possible to drain the house and stereo battery banks while not at the dock since their only source of charging is the shore power charger. Any insights?

    How are the batteries wired? That is the only way you can tell.

  10. On 12/6/2020 at 4:21 PM, Rambo said:

    That sounds right to me. Wonder what are other people's opinions and experience.



    The only thing I don't like is when they hire some one that does not know how to tie up a boat. So I tip them anyways and teach them. Its not there fault! 

  11. 7 hours ago, Rambo said:

    Not sure what route you have in mind.

    Thousands of "loopers" crossed northern leg of Great Loop and crisscrossed all waters of the Great Lakes basin in small and large boats, including sailboats. The biggest obstacle is not the depth of water but the bridge clearances that limit some bigger/taller boats and sailboats. Another obstacle is supply of fuel. Gasoline powered planing hull needs to be refueled every 100 miles on average using the "2/3 of fuel for trip, 1/3 of fuel for emergency" rule.

    There is a network of shipping channels that the lakers and ocean going ships use to cross from Atlantic Ocean and St Lawrence River to Lake Superior and to all other Great Lakes. Get some charts, or visit Active Captain site, and start researching and scouting your intended route.


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