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Billable Hours

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  • Birthday 07/21/1965

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    West Chester PA, Boating on Upper Chesepeake
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    1998 2330 454 Magnum 385 HP

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    Worth it to upgrade?

    I was only half dead.
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    Worth it to upgrade?

    Yeah. Weather has been brutal. Been out once.
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    Worth it to upgrade?

    Thanks Hatem & Drew. Life is still crazy but it's calming down. Sorta.
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    Worth it to upgrade?

    I too had a 1930 and really did love that boat. It came down to the 19' Chsp vs a 20' Four Winns and I felt the Chap had at least as much useable space and was better built. I think it's a foot longer than the 1830 and a few inches wider. That said, if a 19 or 20' boat is not the ideal size for where you boat, and you will want to go larger later, I get not doing it for the risk & hassle.
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    264 Sunesta top speed?

    1. I'm still around Resurfacing like bad fungus you thought was cured 2. Good for you Todd. I really think you're going to love it.
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    257 SSX Filler Cushions 1/2 Price

    Yes they are. Send me a private message and we can arrange things
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    627 HP Outboard

    That works
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    627 HP Outboard

    One of these on the back of a Robalo 247 should move along rather nicely.
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    New Gen "V" engines??

    Merc & VP can no longer get the old, traditional GM 5.7 blocks so they both have new products coming to market. I believe the Mercy has some aluminum (treated) and VP is much more aluminum (block & heads I think) , but the VP is standard with closed cooling. If I were getting the Merc, I'd get closed cooling as sea water on dissimilar metals is asking for trouble, treated or not. In the 300 to 350 HP class... Merc's making there own 6.2 block (which is completely new and not Merc's old 6.2 block. It's also not GM's LS 6.2 block) VP's using GM's 5.3 block with VVT For the first time in a long time the choice Bren the two manufactures 300 HP products is significantly different, and not just a different out drive. Nobody knows how the two compare yet and head to head comparisons that are common for the auto industry, are practically none existent in the marine press. So, pick a dealer you trust
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    Not buying a new boat, but....

    Generally increasing 3 to 5 feet will make a noticeable difference, but it depends on the change in a lot of things 1 - increase in weight 2 - increase in dead rise - - at the transom AND - - as you go forward towards the bow 3 - type of boat 4 - where weight is placed in the boat Assuming the type of boat is the same (e.g. Not moving from a bow rider to a bass boat), if you increase the length by 4' and see proportional increases in weight and dead rise you can reasonably expect it to ride noticeably better Actual length plays a lessor role, except when the increase in length allows the boat to be supported by 2 or more waves at any one time. If your major reason for upgrading is better ride, I'd insist on a test drive and do so back to back with your current 19 footer. Same day. Same wind & water conditions. I did that moving from my 1930 to my 2330 and it was a very, very clear improvement in ride quality. It was also a big $ nut for me at the time, but I now knew what I was getting, which made it a lot easier to proceed. I hope this helps.
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    Quincy Marina Boats On Fire As We Speak

    That's a good question (is the marina responsible). Let's assume the fire starts on boat A and spreads to boat B (the one we care about). I would think our insurance would pay us, and then seek payment / compensation from the owner of boat A, or the insurance company for boat A. Failing that, then the marine would be sued. Then the marina's investors. Then the wealthy grandmothers of the marina investors, then the lawyers sue their own grandmothers. Ok, I got a little carried away on the second paragraph, but do you think the it would be the other boaters before the marina?
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    The mistery deepens

    The closest thing I have to replacing Car Talk is Wingnut's posts. Thanks Wingnut's.
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    Winterizing for High and Dry

    I'd do a full normal winterization. If the heating fails because of a storm or other reason, it's just too big of a down side.
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    cover for steering wheel and throttle

    I was actually thinking the OP But I don't like my odds of finding it, so it may not matter anyway.
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    243 Vortex 10 hour service

    Considering their blistering acceleration, that's a great performing boat. Good for you!