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  1. Congrats Paul. Nice choice.
  2. I'm not thrilled about the SSi morph either. They appear to be grasping at straws to salvage some respectability for the often maligned H20 line. I suspect that most new boat owners ( target demographic for H20) line) will not even know that SSi was the premium line from Chap once upon a time.
  3. Palmer-Johnson https://www.yachtcharterfleet.com/luxury-charter-yacht-23255/4*-puppies-photos.htm
  4. No boat is perfect in every respect.
  5. It should be noted that Volvo really does almost nothing themselves to their engines, they come to them almost completely assembled. Same with their propellers. Volvo sets their specs, and the outsourced vendors do all the work. Wheras, Mercruiser casts their own blocks just a few miles from the plant, assembles them with their own personnel, and most of their propellers are also cast in their own foundry. But they do outsourcing for some of their product line as well, but no where near to the extent that Volvo Penta does.
  6. You may equal that 50 mph after break-in. But that is with a light load. Put 4 people in it and you will be mid to upper 40's at WOT. So just tell yourself it's a 45mph boat, and smile if you can see a 50 mph reading on GPS on a rare occasion.
  7. ENGINES HAVE A 10-HOUR BREAK-IN PERIOD AS FOLLOWS: 1ST HOUR // Warm up engine to operating temp. (5-10 minutes) Zero - half on the throttle Vary your engine speed between zero-half throttle. (5-10 minutes) No tow sports 2ND HOUR // Zero - 3/4 on the throttle (5-10 minutes) Vary your engine speed between zero-3/4 on throttle. (5-10 minutes) No tow sports 3RD - 10TH HOUR // Zero - full on the throttle (5-10 minutes) Vary your engine speed between zero-full throttle. (5-10 minutes) Tow sports OK AFTER 20 HOURS // Change the engine oil and filter for the first time. Outdrive / lower unit oil change is due
  8. "What do you do on a 4/3? Does it matter?" No, per Mercruiser Engineering. Asked them years ago, and that was their reply.
  9. This is the company you should ask. https://www.sureshade.com/ They make shades like these for Sea Ray, and several others manufacturers.
  10. Not sure what a CXL boat size is but maybe this ? http://rnr-marine.com/auto/Chaparral_198-CXL-IO,-No-Arch_(1988-1989).shtml#products
  11. If your wife is willing to let you take off her Bikini, I see no issue with that. You will have to remove the Bimini and support poles to fit a storage/trailering cover over the boat. I bought our cover through RNR. Fits like a glove, great service. See link below for your boat. http://rnr-marine.com/Purchase.php?product=Boat-Cover-CSF-Model&manufacturer=Chaparral&model=226+SSI+WT+Sport,+No+Tower&yearfrom=2009&yearto=2017&partno=78122A
  12. Chaparral and Robalo parent company Marine Products Corp. generated net sales of $83 million for its first quarter, a 7.1 percent increase compared to $77.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. The increase in net sales was due to a 14.8 percent increase in average selling prices and an increase in parts and accessories sales, partially offset by a 6.8 percent decrease in the number of units sold. In general, sales of smaller boats accounted for the decrease in unit sales during the quarter. “Sales declines were concentrated in our smallest Robalo models and Chaparral H2O models,” said Hubbell. “By contrast, we realized increased sales of larger Chaparral H2O models, larger Chaparral SSX and Robalo models, and generated our first sales of Chaparral's 300 OSX Sport Luxury outboards. The model mix that resulted from these shifts allowed us to generate an increase in net sales and gross profit.”
  13. The company that supplied Chap in 2000 no longer makes that same color/type of vinyl for that model year. You will have to get a local shop to find something close.
  14. I usually prefer paper plates when on the water, but corelle is better.......
  15. Hatem, You may want to cross off being a live aboard in the keys.... https://www.tradeonlytoday.com/industry-news/keys-marina-manager-allegedly-tries-to-run-over-marina-tenants?utm_campaign=TOT%20Newsletter%20Campaign&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=71181788&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--Or7hSkF3c0etOATUtWXoV046dhZqtemzM0fQfPTSdSLK_iJyn4BNHBybRyYNEuRC4mmDxAfmUqHx7U99liNBMtS_TJQ&_hsmi=71181788
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