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  1. Yes, I sure did. Ordered from Ameritex an exact fit. Love them!!!
  2. Fall is in the air! I thought I'd check out the camper canvas for our 250 Sig this past weekend. I wanted to make sure I could properly install it and to make sure it's in good shape for the coming cooler weather. The canvas is in fantastic shape. I don't think the previous owner has ever had it installed. It was relatively easy to figure out and the zippers although a little stiff, zipped up just fine. The front Eisenglass is a little yellowed, but the canvas material itself is in almost perfect condition. EXCEPT that I am missing the side curtains. See pics: I've found the side curtains here, but I'm wondering if there are other sources or if this is the best place to order them. Seem a little pricey, but that's boating I guess Also, the little rings on the rear of the canvas that hook onto the transom studs are broken. Any idea how to replace them? I'm betting there's a better way to secure it to the boat without replacing them. Need to think about that one a little. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks as always!!
  3. No question. Perfect story to illustrate the value of VHF.
  4. That is gut-wrenching. The boy couldn't swim down to get out from under the boat because of the life jacket. Just horrible. My son is 8. I can't even imagine.
  5. Yes, it's good for unfamiliar ports, hailing help (emergencies or even just a tow), and most certainly if you ever go offshore.
  6. What about parts? I want to find a discounted Vesselview 4 (or two of them). The way I look at it, I'm helping someone out by putting $$ in their pocket toward their loss.
  7. May be rude of me to comment for Jeff, but I know you're concerned as I was. They are driving home as we speak. He has been told the boat is still in the rack which is a good sign. No water intrusion at home, but without power. I'll let him expand as much or as little as he wants. I was happy to get at least that much news!
  8. Yeah, Bimini has been on my mind. With the storm now going up the western shore of Florida maybe, just maybe, Bimini will be spared.
  9. I've had a few instances (several really) where everything is fine then the display under the tachometer sorta "freezes". I typically have that display showing depth. Basically, it either freezes on whatever value is indicating or it goes to zero and freezes there. If I page up or down, each of the other pages data is frozen as well. The tachometer and speedometer continue to operate normally. Until today, I've had to shut the ignition off and restart, but I learned a little trick today. I simply press both the up and down arrows simultaneously until the system goes into a programming mode. I then go to the exit page and select exit. The system "reboots" and even the unaffected tachometer goes to zero then to the correct value and the digital display starts working correctly. Any thoughts on what causes this and how to prevent it?
  10. Whoa. That got me all excited! So you're saying the VV4 doesn't require the engine gateway because it receives the data via Smartcraft and delivers it directly to the NMEA2K network? That is awesome! I would absolutely add the network and plug in everything else you mentioned. Wow, thanks for the quick reply. Now where can I find a hardtop too? LOL! (Kidding about the hardtop)
  11. How difficult would it be to install a VesselView4 in place of the Chap tach? I know I'd need a network and an engine gateway, but I've been looking for a reason to install one. @Exoset you might be just the right person to ask!
  12. Great story! Sometimes people can be blinded by a hunger to amass wealth. What good is it if you can't share the joy? Looks like the storm is going to go up the west coast. Meaning you'll get the NE bands...probably as bad as being in the line of the eye. You guys be careful!!
  13. There is a way, but I haven't researched it yet. There's a thread devoted to OneDrive, though supposedly with instructions to do just that.
  14. What year model 300 do you have? We looked at a 2002 300 Dancer before we bought the 27' Chap 250 Sig and really really loved the Dancer. It had serious problems (dropped from forklift) so we passed. But we really REALLY loved the size and layout. What was your experience with the 300?
  15. Some are using Microsoft OneDrive. I have OneDrive, but haven't tried using it for photos.
  16. Glad you enjoyed it! Beautiful lake. And +1 for Duane's comment...preload the maps before leaving home.
  17. I have the 27' 2008 250 Sig with the 350 Mag MPI Bravo III (300HP). I can squeeze 37mph out of it even with full fuel and a passenger load. Hole shot isn't "impressive", but gets on plane without problems and that is with bottom paint and with or without trim tabs deployed. It all depends on what you're looking for. I will say that while towing a Super Mable with a couple kids on it is fun, a little more HP would make it more suitable. Regarding best cruise, I can do 25-27mph at 4000-4200 RPM.
  18. yellowstone

    NICE!! Nothing like that to shoot around here, huh? Looking forward to the second video, Duane!
  19. Does it sorta "sputter" and die like it's not getting enough air? If so, could be the Idle Air Control valve (IAC). Lots of discussions on here about the IAC. edit: actually, an IAC issue would prevent idling, so you seem to have the opposite problem. Take my "advice" with a teaspoon of salt.
  20. I can't imagine them being different, really. Mine is an 8-prong so one would think. Of course, you can call Cecil Marine and I'm sure they would have a part number.
  21. Here is your parts guide. It doesn't seem to call out the part number, but look at page 52 for a diagram http://www.chaparralboats.com/publications/uploaded_files/partGuides/Sportboat/2005/256.pdf
  22. Here you go (assuming it's the same as ours): http://www.cecilmarineonline.com/8-prong-switch-base/
  23. http://www.cecilmarineonline.com/engine-hatch-switch-cover/ (Sorry, that's just the cover) Standby
  24. You betcha!! Can't wait! I need a saltwater fix. I've even been thinking about flying back to Bimini for a quick weekend before school starts in 4 days (too late now, though). Anyway, I am of the mind that a survey is a must. They have a reputation to keep and to me that means they do have skin in the game. Others are right, we DIYers can check things like water systems, vaccuflush, air conditioning, generator, and many other systems, but most of us don't have the knowledge to check for dead spots in the hull (rot), and other specific build issues. Also as others said, have a mechanic check the motor(s). I did not do that (rookie mistake), but I have been very fortunate with the engine. It's hard to find good surveyors on/near the inland lakes, but you should have a plethora of quality surveyors with great reputations around Pensacola and certainly elsewhere in Florida if that is in fact where you find your new boat. Good luck and keep us advised. Call if you need anything or just wanna chat.
  25. I would post this over in the Boat Talk forum. You'll get many more eyes and replies. I'm on Texoma too...Flowing Wells.