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  1. Wow!! Congrats! Beautiful boat! You'll be towing her??
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Signature 270 equivalent models

    Check this link. Richard W posted a great "cheat sheet" here. Scroll down to find it.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Painted trailer and salt water

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    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.
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    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.
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    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    Really depends on how many batteries you have and what you need. I read on another thread you have a '95 Sig 31. So I presume you've got at least two house batteries. Our Sig 250 has one starting battery and two house batteries. Since there's no draw on the starting battery and I want the house batteries to provide power to the refrigerator and charging accessories such as phones on the hook, I leave both battery switches 'on'. Just make sure the 'tie switch" or "emergency" switch is off so you're not drawing current from all batteries and running the risk of drawing all batteries dead by morning. In my experience, the two house batteries are plenty enough to keep the fridge running, phones charged, and anchor light on through the night with plenty of juice leftover. With regards to anchoring, it depends on the bottom, how deep, what kind of anchor you're using, and how much chain and rode you have. There are plenty of diagrams online that illustrate this, but be sure you have the proper scope and at least 15' - 20' of chain to keep the anchor set while the boat pulls against it. A good scope is 7 to 1, but if winds are light you can go as low as 4 or 5 to 1. Think about an anchor alarm. Many phone apps out there for that. It will alert you if the boat moves outside a circle you set based on GPS. Of course, if you use this, you'll need to keep the phone plugged in and the batteries on as the GPS function draws a little power and your phone might not last the night without charging. Staying on the hook is a lot of fun. Very peaceful. But you're right...you want to be comfortable and confident in your decisions in order to sleep well. Still, it's hard to sleep that first night. But it will get easier!
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    Catalina Trip Planning

    Sounds like a great trip! I've never done Catalina , but a few of us have done the Bimini run out of Ft. Lauderdale (just over 40 miles). I'd say you're on the right path. Many will also say get a personal distress beacon (EPIRB). I'd think it depends if you're going alone or with a group (I know you said there was one boat going with you, but unless there are also more larger more capable boats, I would get one for the two of you). We also took a life raft. As a perk of being in aviation, we borrowed one otherwise I probably wouldn't have bothered since we were in a group of 10 boats, but it gave us some added comfort. Read up on how to take the swells (beam sea, following sea, use of trim tabs, etc.) Lot of good reading material out there. Use Navionics web app to completely familiarize yourself with the trip (https://webapp.navionics.com) Make sure your chartplotter is updated and have a spare (navionics on tablet or phone is great) There will be many more seasoned respondents to your post, but these are the basic ones I followed planning the Bimini trip. Oh, and take lots of pics!!
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    I have nothing against saltwater...I LOVE IT!! But that's also why I bought an aluminum trailer with all stainless hardware. Here's a post from yet another thread from someone whose steel trailer was just NEAR saltwater: "In brackish water, you will be fine as long as you thoroughly rinse after each use. All out saltwater, I wouldn’t. FIL had a painted trailer stored high and dry at the camp near saltwater (tin rig was on a boat lift), it rusted out and collapsed on itself in 2 years."
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    From another boating forum: "Years ago I had a painted Tracker trailer and a 17 ft Tracker boat. It had the square tubes and rusted inside out from saltwater. It broke in half at the boat ramp only 1 year old . I always washed it and wd-40 sprayed it."
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    270 Signature power

    I have the 350 Mag and you're right...it's a great engine. Our 250 is essentially the same as the 270, so these number might help. Here are my personally observed RPMs, speeds, and Fuel FLow: 3500 - 18mph - 11.0gph 3800 - 20mph - 11.5gph 4000 - 25mph - 12.0gph 4100 - 27mph - 14.0gph 4300 - 30mph - 15.7gph Most of these observations were with full fuel and only myself onboard, but honestly I don't see much difference with a load. On-plane is easy with trim tabs and/or initiating a turn while accelerating. Hoe this helps a little.
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    Wow. What a paranoid and condescending response, Hatem. You and I have always been cordial and we agree on most things. Many people (including you and I) rely on good advise given on this forum. When I see something that I believe is bad advice (based on MANY other threads from people who know more than you and I), I am compelled to point it out. Wingnut already posted the best "counter argument" (or as I call it, "solution"), so no sense in repeating it. Calm down, buddy. It will be okay. Breathe....
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    I'm sorry, but that's awful advice, Hatem. Steel trailers and saltwater absolutely do not mix. There are multiple threads on this forum about that. Sorry...don't mean to call you out, but this is going to ruin somebody's trailer.
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    I have a few questions that need help

    Yuck! Where are you located? My sinks drain directly overboard through hull. Holding tank only for toilet water. I re-read my macerator comment and realized it wasn't clear...that's for overboard discharge into the water. Have to go (I think) three miles offshore to dump (or better put, cannot dump within three miles). That sure would be more convenient than pump outs...wish I lived on the coast!
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    I have a few questions that need help

    To be specific, it puree's everything so that it can be pumped overboard via through-hull. Lake boats have to have this capped off and won't usually have a working macerator. Even some aircraft have macerators...man can they get messy! (Don't ask me how I know)
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    Best GPS/Chartplotter

    This almost goes without saying, but if you're panel-mounting, make sure you have the room. Even a 7" requires more space than 7" diagonally. You should be able to find a template online for the model you're interested in.