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  1. TexasPilot71

    Drive Position

    Excellent (as always)! Thanks Wingnut!
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    Drive Position

    Interesting! I just assumed the shaft only spun when in gear. Great info and good to know. (Showing my ignorance)
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    Replacing Bilge Pump Questions

    That’s really cool! Nice job. Looks good too!
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    Drive Position

    Oh yes, so was I. Flushing with muffs.
  5. TexasPilot71

    Drive Position

    Actually, hang on...if the engine is running but the drive is not in gear, how would anything in there grind down?
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    Drive Position

    Good to know and lesson learned! I've only done it this way twice...both times pulling out of Florida. And after that second trip this past June, I replaced the entire shaft, U-joint, gimbal, and everything associated. So I got all new stuff!
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    Replacing Bilge Pump Questions

    Yeah, same situation here...pop it out and suck out the water lower than the mounting plate. And yes, it depends on what you're trying to do whether or not a "Y" will work. However, the duality for catastrophic events is certainly worth considering. You might not even be on the boat when a hose busts loose or something else happens to bring that amount of water onboard. Highly unlikely, I agree, but certainly has happened many times.
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    Drive Position

    When I am flushing it's because I've just pulled it from saltwater and plan to drive hundreds of miles that day. Drive stays up.
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    Replacing Bilge Pump Questions

    As long as the hose attached to the through hull can handle the volume of both pumps pumping at full capability. I think I read this is often not the case and it's therefore better to have an isolated second through hull and hose for capacity reasons.
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    Drive Position

    I can't believe it would matter. When I flush mine (rarely), it's after I've pulled it from the water, it's on the trailer, and the drive is up. The drive is always up when on the trailer unless maintenance requires otherwise (fluid changes, removal, etc.)
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    Reading Hull Id Number

    https://boathistoryreport.com/
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    Reading Hull Id Number

    http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/hin.htm
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    Signature 260 Age?

    This may help too. I don't see one for a 2002, but I'd bet the 2003 is the same: http://forum.chaparralboats.com/publications/PartsGuides/Signature/2003/260.pdf
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    Signature 260 Age?

    Oh, and then look here: http://forum.chaparralboats.com/ownersManuals/2002.pdf
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    Signature 260 Age?

    It's a 2002 model. https://boathistoryreport.com/?identifier=FGBC0927C202
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    "Cuddy"

    Although this is a (rather silly) boating question, it's not specific to Chaparral, so I believe it belongs in "Dock Talk". I'm sure most of us are asked from time to time "what kind of boat do you have?" If I say "Chaparral 250 Signature" to someone unfamiliar with the Chap product line (most fall into this category), I have to follow up and describe the boat. On several occasions they say "oh, so it's a cuddy cabin?" and I am left speechless. Not because I don't want to say "no it's a full cabin" but because I don't want to sound like a snob. So what kind of cabins do we have? Is it indeed a cuddy? Or is it a "full cabin"? Is it a cruiser or is it a "pocket cruiser"? What about a Sig 240 compared to a Sig 350? Where are the lines drawn? What is considered a cuddy, pocket cruiser, or full cruiser? Arrrggghhhhh! LOL
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    Sig 270 bilge water (ongoing issue)

    Yeah, that's a lot but maybe he keeps it in an uncovered slip? Mine is covered and I get probably only a gallon or so.
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    Sig 270 bilge water (ongoing issue)

    Agree. A little water never hurt a boat I have roughly the same boat...always have a little water in there. I hate it, but it is what it is. Shop Vac is the answer.
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    Just ordered my first drone

    Cnn = fake news. I was just making a joke. But there was no 1:25 mark on the 54 second video. hmmmm
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    Late 2000's SIG 250 = Current Sig 270?

    Will do, but I don't plan to have it out of the water anytime soon.
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    Late 2000's SIG 250 = Current Sig 270?

    Don't mind at all! No, the arch doesn't fold. With the arch, I'm somewhere just over 13'. I have never measured the length of the truck and trailer, but the Mega Cab definitely adds some length. I've been able to navigate in some tight spots, though. It's not as bad as you would think.
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    Just ordered my first drone

    Huh? They say it was a tank and not a drone. And the clip is less than a minute long but you say there's a drone exploding at 1:25? Are you CNN? #FakeNews!
  23. TexasPilot71

    Late 2000's SIG 250 = Current Sig 270?

    Yep, same boat. They only designated it the 250 in model years 2007, 2008, and 2009. I have a 2008 model. But no chance of fitting in my garage!
  24. TexasPilot71

    Replacement LED Arch Lights

    They are usually spring loaded so might look like it's sealed, but if you get your fingernails or something plastic under the lip and pry, they should pull down against the spring.
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    Depth alarm

    Could be set to 500 feet or something crazy. My friends' boat was beeping in the Atlantic Ocean! BTW, I grew up on Greers Ferry. Miss it so much!
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