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  1. TexasPilot71

    Drive Lube Alarm

    So, I changed the gear lube in November (Bravo 3). Few week s later added a bit of lube to account for air bubbles that inevetibly appear. Lube bottle stayed full since. A few weeks ago, I noticed the reservoir down just a bit. Added lube and went boating. Pulled the boat out of the water a week ago and kept a close eye on the leg to make sure I wasn’t losing any lube. After a week being out of the water there wasn’t any visible lube leaving the drive. Bottle full. Yesterday we towed the boat to the Gulf (Pensacola area). Prior to launching the boat I again looked at the drive. No lube leaking. Checked the bottle. Full. Launched the boat and idled over to the slip. Checked the bottle. Full. Boat sits overnight in water. Drive 100% down. This morning we load up and I turn the key (did not crank the engine yet). I get an continuously beeping alarm and the VesselView says low gear lube. I check the bottle. BONE DRY! Fill the bottle turn the key back on, alarm still sounds and VV gives me the same message. I eventually unhook the sender, motor out (on plane) about 3 minutes, slow down check the bottle. Still full. Reattached the sender...no alarm. Continued on my way to my destination. Checked there and it looked like the lube was slightly down from full. Added to fill line. When I eventually Came back to our dock, checked the bottle again...still full. Theres no visible lube in the bilge and I don’t see a sheen behind the boat in the slip. How does this happen? What else can I check? I have plenty of bottled lube and obviously I’ll keep an eye on it but our vacation JUST started. Frustrated.
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    Mood Lighting Addition

    Like these? https://www.westmarine.com/buy/lumitec-lighting--exuma-accent-lights--P011242815?recordNum=11 These get very good reviews.
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    Blower hose connections?

    My boat has two blowers with each its own ducting. Maybe the boat had two blowers in the past and the only thing remaining is the duct?
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    175-200ft of anchor chain instead of chain & rope

    Oooooo.....plasma cutter. Hang on, I'm heading over to the boat modification thread. I have an idea!!
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    Underwater Sinkhole Creates Whirlpool

    What in the world??? Have any of you ever heard of a sinkhole creating a whirlpool? Let alone killing a boater? Unbelievable!! http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/11/boater-dies-after-sinkhole-creates-whirlpool-on-arkansas-river.html
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    Blower hose connections?

    Photos will help, but normally blower hoses suck air from the low point in the bilge so the hoses run from the motor, through the blower motors, and vent outside the boat. I don't understand "going under" motor. The vents on the other side of the boat allow air to come into the bilge to replace the air that the blowers sucked out.
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    Those of us with radio upgrades

    Yeah, but our kids like to control the volume from the transom remote. I'm not mounting a phone back there Also, there's just something nice about having tactile buttons at the helm to control volume, etc. But that's just me. Glad you're happy with the Kenwood system!
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    Trailer Security

    What's the best way you have found to secure your boat trailer when away on a trip? We're going to Florida in a couple weeks and by the looks of it, we will park our trailer in an unsecured yard after launching. It will remain there for a week. I'm a little concerned as it's a nice, new trailer and I don't want it to roll away during one of the 7 nights we are there.
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    Trailer Security

    Not on MY trailer! There's no place to leave the trailer attached to the truck. Have to leave the trailer in the trailer yard.
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    I just replaced my underwater lights with Seablaze 3. Have some photos posted on the Chaparral facebook page (search for "underwater lights") showing the complete install and finished product. The Seablaze 3s are bright, but as Wylie states above, the Seablaze X are much brighter (but more $$). If you can't access the facebook page let me know and I'll try to post them on here.
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    Trailer Security

    Good stuff (again). Thanks! The yard looks to be quite "open" with nothing to chain it to. It's a triple torsion axle trailer, and there will be no boat on it, so they could easily move it unless I removed three tires from one side. Not going to do that. I like the idea of a lock on the coupler and a chain through a couple wheels and frame. That's easy and should be more than enough deterrent. Triple axle trailers are bountiful in Florida, so maybe they'l look elsewhere.
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    Trailer Security

    That's a thought. Not sure I'm that paranoid, but I did ask the question, right?
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    Trailer Security

    Haha! Me first!!
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    Trailer Security

    Nope, the trailer will be in a yard with other trailers while my truck will be in the parking lot at the condo. I have full insurance, but what scares me is not knowing how I'll get the boat home if the trailer is gone. Yikes! I won't stress over it and I won't take extreme measures. Just looking for some easy ideas. Thanks again!
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    Trailer Security

    Good tips. Thanks, guys. I was about to purchase a Reese coupler lock, but then I saw YouTube videos illustrating how easy they were to defeat. All you need is a hammer. One clunk. I've heard the same thing about chains versus cable. Apparently half inch chain is the way to go and it should be run through the wheels.
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    Bluetooth Question

    I did this and learned a hard lesson. I first bought the Fusion MS-BT 100 dongle. Problem with this one is that it "forgets" your device and you constantly have to re-pair after every engine shutdown. So I did some research and got the JL Audio unit below and it is absolutely fabulous! Can't recommend it enough. https://smile.amazon.com/JL-Audio-MBT-RX-Bluetooth-Receiver/dp/B00MH5CFEU/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527784564&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=fusion+mbt-rx
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    Boat Maintenance Kit

    They tend to get lost
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    +1 I too don’t have to hold the pedal down.
  19. I think you may have been referring to my post. Why not VV Mobile? Because I am replacing the stock tachometer unit. The VV4 shows me everything I need to see. I’ve even removed all the other gauges on the panel in lieu of the VV4. It’s awesome!
  20. Good to hear from you buddy! Do what. ColdOne said. Plugging in your shore power (and powering the charger) will charge your batteries which will boost the hatch motor but if your batteries are bad, that’s probably not an option. Worth a try though.
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    IAC Part Number for Mercruiser?

    That's good info!
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    refrigerator/ switches

    Okay, that means you have 110v AT THE PANEL. You now need to throw the 100v breaker for the fridge.
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    Ski Boat Kayaking

    Only with above water exhaust, right? I know many I/Os exhaust through the prop hub. Guessing no problem there? Or can you even surf behind an I/O? I'm showing my ignorance.
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    refrigerator/ switches

    Are you saying it's not a dual power unit (AC/DC) or it is a dual power unit and it's simply not working on shore power (AC)? I thought they were all dual power units.
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    IAC Part Number for Mercruiser?

    Pretty sure my OEM replacement was also bare aluminum. Guess they made a design change which would support your theory!