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  1. I have the stock Clarion head unit with that same white antenna wire with the eyelet on the end just hanging loose behind the helm. Oddly enough that radio locks on and gets incredible reception. I get stations in my boat I never can get in my car.. and zero static.. It must be the head unit..
  2. Not sure if your aftermarket stereo has an aux input but if so consider a bluetooth add on.. I just added to mine and love the ability for anyone to connect. I don't recall the brand but its a small device the size of a golfball that gets its power from cig lighter or you can hard wire.. Was like $50 or so.. Crystal clear sound.. Just a thought.
  3. Wouldn't that be something! No doubt he's got some game left in him but he will turn 40 next year.. I get a sense he would transition into the DH role more so than starting infielder. We'll see how 40 year old Mr. Rodriguez does huh?
  4. Nice job! Looks factory.. btw- Speaking of "Pinstripes". I wonder if that eraser works on clothing! I need to erase the name "Rodriguez" !
  5. You can get one direct from VolvoPenta.. http://www.volvopenta.com/VOLVOPENTA/NA/EN-US/PARTS_SERVICE/PUBLICATION_SEARCH/Pages/publication_search.aspx
  6. Congrats! I recently picked up a 224 and love the boat. Enjoy!
  7. I have the same 2008 Sunesta 224 but with a 5.0 Volvo and duo prop setup.. My Volvo is rated at 270 HP.. I'm guessing your Mercruiser is similar HP as they are both the same block.. My boat gets up and goes no issues.. With full fuel and water I'm up on plane in seconds and tops out 50 + MPH on the speedo and if i remember correctly somewhere near 50 mph via gps.. Did you just get the boat or have you had it for a while? I can't speak to the performance with the Mercruiser setup but i suspect engine or drive setup issue, correct props, etc..
  8. jump can be tricky.. do you have heavy duty jump cables? standard emergency cables typically won't pass enough amps to crank a big V8. although can be many things I would elminate the battery from the mix by either swapping the car battery (if its got enough CCA to start your motor) or simply taking the battery in for a load test. A cell can go bad in a battery in a moments notice and although you still have 12v on the tester you don't have enough amps getting to the starter.
  9. You won't get the 3 beeps before start with a bad kill switch.. Do you have single or dual batts? If single my guess is bad battery.. You will still have power but not enough to engage starter.. How does the battery "check out good".? Via load test?
  10. Well- very embarrased to say the safety lanyard came off (actually 1/2 off) apparently when I hammered the throttle. I didn't notice it... I just assumed I messed something up since an hour earlier I was knee deep in the wiring harness at the helm.. More embarrasingly I failed to trouble shoot what should have been step 1 and detach and reattach the lanyard! Thank you for your replies.. At least glad to know nothing major and I'm back in business..
  11. Well- I think I screwed up.. I installed a new horn today.. Everything went well- horn works great. Went out on the lake and took her for a spin.. Around 10 minutes in I go to mash the throttle and the engine shuts down. I go to restart and nothing. No gauges sweep. No beeps. No engine crank. Nothing.. but the Helm has power, radio works, lights work, blowers work, etc.. I check all the breakers and fuses.. All good.. I turn the battery switch off and then back on- put the key in and turn.. still no beeps but the engine now turns over but won't start.. very healthy engine crank but no sta
  12. I've gone down for lobster season Marathon area for many years.. I wound up renting a boat vs. bring my own when down there.. It was just so much easier vs. the worry and hastle of caring for my own boat for a week, trailering, flushing, securing it overnight each night, etc. we rented a house and the boat rental place delivered the boat to our dock and picked it up a week later when we left.. I know this isn't much help for bringing your own boat with you.. Just sharing my experiences. If I were to head back down again I wouldn't hesitate to rent again.. Not having to stress over the care o
  13. No need to get in the compartment.. Just unscrew the panel, bend it down and sit next to the doorway and lean in.. I've wired up a few goodies and has worked for me.. Its no picnic but you definitely don't need to get in that small compartment..
  14. Not sure where you are located.. Here's a 2008 in North Florida area.. Not sure what shape it's in but if it's clean it's priced low.. http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2008-Chaparral-224-613953
  15. If my wife asked you for some ideas on how to child proof the house and in the middle of paging through a notebook on "childproofing" you flipped the page and showed her a bunch of T&A pics I would hunt you down.. somehow people think being inappropriate online is OK vs. real life.. it's not. They is no difference. Ironically I had a similar conversation recently with my 14 YEAR OLD..
  16. This is very inappropriate.. You've got someone who comes on here and posts a question regarding keeping their small children safe on the boat and a middle school PE class breaks out and starts posting pics.. come on guys...
  17. The nicest portable spot light on the market is this one by GoLight. It's not cheap at $550 but you get what you pay for. It comes with remote control and rotates fully side to side plus 120 degrees up and down. It's also LED which can burn for a month without making a dent in your battery bank... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Golight-79014-or-79514-LED-Portable-Spotlight-Remote-Suction-Magnet-Mount-/261428363014?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3cde583f06&vxp=mtr I found a cheaper china version of it here on Amazon - same deal.. motorized remote control with full 360 degree
  18. Your faucets. If you have water coming out of your overboard drain when pressurizing the fresh water system sounds to me one of your faucets is leaking upon pressurization. I'm assuming you have one at the deck sink and another in the head?
  19. I'd have a battery tester handy to simply know what level of charge the batteries are at and a jump pack on board for sure. You could also get a charger for the boat and power inverter in your car and charge while you are there if you go every so often to work on/clean the boat, etc... or even a small portable generator to power the charger.. My boat is also in a storage but luckily I have lighting in the storage which I have tapped to power my on board batt chargers..
  20. Sounds like one of your spray heads is leaking if your seeing the water come out of the drain.
  21. Thanks all for your replies.. Sounds like the Permatex thread seal is the way to go.. I am shocked my Chap dealer did not know this... B&B - the fuel leak is at the "L" fitting where the fuel pump seats up to the fuel supply hose from the tank...
  22. I just purchased the same 2008 224 boat several months back. I love the boat and to my knowledge there are no known issues with the 1st year run of them.. If it's Volvo powered the hour meter is built into tachometer/information gauge. It's the top left gauge.. When you first put the key in and power the accessories (should be the 1st turn before starting the engine) the gauge will scroll through and should show you the hours). YOu can also scroll through yourself with either up arrow or down arrow to see hours.. If it's Merc powered I'm sure someone can chime in and assist... I can't
  23. I recently had my dealer install a new fuel pump assembly in my Volvo 5.0 GXI. The next outing I noticed a fuel leak at the "L" fitting between the fuel line and the fuel pump. It was actually a rather healthy drip every 3 seconds or so.. Had some fuel in the engine compartment floor area. Made me very glad I decided to POP the engine compartment open and simply have a look while idling on the water.. The fittings are all very tight... I called the dealer and they are now telling me they were supposed to use some type of sealant at the fitting (which they didn't). I'm very surprised they
  24. I was actually not going to install it in the existing space of the original horn but rather install it in the space where the forward starboard side speaker is located. Plenty of space to put the horn and it's plenty loud that it doesn't need to be forward facing to be heard. After some further research I think both heavier wires (12ga) and a relay would ensure the horn is getting the proper amps to make it sing, I'm guessing the OEM horn wires are 18ga at best.. It would also keep from overloading/tripping the breaker of the accessory feed the OEM horn was running off of . Here's the b
  25. Hi Folks- Finally getting rid of the silly "RoadRunner" OEM horn onboard and found this neat compact airhorn.. http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=63908&familyName=Marco+HR+1+Hurricane+Air+Horn I was hoping to use the same horn wires and install upfront near the forward cupholder/speaker area.. However at 18amps I'm guessing the OEM wires will not cut it. In lieu of running fresh wires all the way off the battery wanted to see best way to wire this up? I'm guessing many of you have upgraded your horns. Do I need a relay? Suggestions? Thanks much, Rob
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