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About TexasPilot71

  • Birthday 02/09/1971

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    Allen, TX
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    Flying, Boating, Golfing, Baseball

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  1. Wow!! Congrats! Beautiful boat! You'll be towing her??
  2. TexasPilot71

    Can you winterize the electric water heater?

    Absolutely. I run antifreeze through it every year. Just be sure to also flush the hot water in the spring. Edit: No need to disconnect the pump. Make sure you run the antifreeze through the pump, tanks, and all tubing as well.
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    Signature 270 equivalent models

    Much better thought out boat than the Chaps, that's for sure!
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    2008 290 transom remote

    Guessing it's the rectangular one? I have the black rectangular on my 2008 250. Clarion no longer makes them, but I believe you may be able to find one on eBay or try that new facebook marketplace. I've been amazed at the stuff on there.
  5. TexasPilot71

    Signature 270 equivalent models

    They made the 250 from 2007-2009 (3 model years), so I believe the 2007 270 is a different boat. Haven't researched it, but I do know the 250 was made in those three years. *Edit* Hang on...I think you misread something on that grid. The 2007 270 is over 2,000lb heavier than the 250 and a foot longer. Again, I haven't checked the Chaparral brochures to see how they're marketed, but you can download them here in the forums if you like. *Edit 2* I see what you're looking at. Richard has the 2007 250 lighter than the 2008 250. I think that's an error on his part. Same boat.
  6. TexasPilot71

    Signature 270 equivalent models

    Agree. Major pinching hazard. Ask me how I know! Our helm seat has frozen up. Impossible to pull the knob out and spin. I haven’t tried REAL hard yet but one day I’ll try to lube it up and get it working again. Very awkward though. I really dislike how it operates.
  7. TexasPilot71

    Signature 270 equivalent models

    Check this link. Richard W posted a great "cheat sheet" here. Scroll down to find it.
  8. TexasPilot71

    12 Volt Gurus?

    Sounds like bad batteries to me. You get power back when the engine starts...that's the alternator powering the systems. Generator re-starting? You and I likely have the same genset. NEVER has it started on its own. Low or bad batteries do really strange things on these boats. Start by checking water levels in batteries and even load testing the batteries if possible.
  9. TexasPilot71

    Winterize in TX or??

    Same as MPM here, but on Lake Texoma. Like he said, on a lift you have greater chance of freeze than being on the water (water insulates the boat to a small degree). Simple to drain the block. No need to fill with antifreeze if you drain properly and have a bilge heater. Makes it easy to put plugs in and go for a ride in the winter if you wish. But do whatever you're most comfortable with. No need to be worrying about it all winter. I live an hour away from the boat. Will travel every couple weeks to check on it but more often if significant freezing is expected.
  10. TexasPilot71

    Painted trailer and salt water

  11. TexasPilot71

    Does the galley refrigerator have a drain?

    I just replaced an actuator on ours this summer. Very simply, the wire enters the transom through a pre-drilled hole just above the water line. Look for it in the bilge and follow it to the transom to see exactly where it is. The hole is of course tight around the cable and sealed with marine sealant. Of course any potential water intrusion would be dependent on the quality of installation.
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    Evinrude Intelligent Piloting System

    Agreed! If you have twins and can't dock, you shouldn't be on the water. Silly tech. Cool, but silly.
  13. TexasPilot71

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    If you change your mind and run the genny all night, be sure you have one or (better) two carbon monoxide detectors. Especially on an older boat that you aren’t too familiar with. CO will kill you before you realize it isn’t present. Happens every year. Youre on the right track having someone meet you at the boat and going through things. I can’t believe the previous owner didn’t know he had battery switches! Y’all should be able to trace the cabling and determine how the batteries are plumbed in. It’s not uncommon to have only one house battery but most people with boats that large will have two or three batteries wired as “House”. I am unfamiliar with twin engine electrical systems, so don’t take my observations TOO literal.
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    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    Great point! Now that we've moved to the other side of our lake, there are some mooring balls nearby. Can't wait to tie up some fall night and sleep really really well! Prior to this, it was stay in the marina or go on the hook.
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    I'm not responding to this or the six-page profanity-laden rant you private messaged me. Grow up or nobody is going to take you serious here. People come to this forum to talk about their passion and find good advice. Let's keep it that way.