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  1. Sorry a bit off topic from what you're asking, but love the enclosure you have on the back of the cockpit on your 330. Much better than the factory one that just tapers down and you really lose all the headroom and it becomes nothing but a cover, really. This way you make complete use of the cockpit area in colder and hotter weather. Curious if you run your AC and/or heat into that area?
  2. That's too bad because the damage on the stern over is really not that bad at all as far as repairing it and making it look brand new again and match the rest of the gelcoat. The tough part is the cracking on the floor area by the locker hatch door since it's right on the edge and includes the non-skid pattern. That's a whole other ballgame to repair than the smooth gelcoat which the right, experienced individual can make that look like it was never there and fix it to where it gets all the way to the root of the problem. But that non-skid is a really difficult repair and its location is a vulnerable spot. Good luck with finding another one.
  3. Yeah that's a tough decision to make, for sure. Especially if the 284 is priced nicely and enticing. But it is hard to start out putting so much $ for something that is practically brand new but has had an overheating issue already, and an aluminum block/heads etc. to boot. Maybe get someone super qualified to run their own test on it which could include a compression test along with even a more extensive dissecting, so to speak; if allowed, of course. Then go from there. But aside from that, the reviews on the 6.0L/6/2L are nothing but outstanding from everything I've read and heard. So that's a positive, for sure. Interesting observation and very true, from on-hands experience. The B-III in my buddy's Sea Ray I putted around in was quite impressive when it came to the lack of thumping while shifting out of neutral into either direction. On my DPS-A, the trick is to learn how to do it to avoid that thumping as much as possible. It's all in the speed and smoothness of how you push that throttle out of N and into gear. It's impossible to describe in words or even show it first hand since it's all about the feel. But once you get the hang of it, you can minimize that thump to an almost fluid transition. It took me a little while, but not too long since once I figured it out, it became 2nd nature and works great almost all the time. I say "almost" simply because you run into situation where you either get complacent, are distracted or in a tough situation where you just need to shift fast to get out of a bad situation and you don't do it. I find that to be mostly at the dock when trying to back into the slip, lol. Other than that, once you get a hang of it, it's golden, like Land O' Lakes.
  4. I have the same engine on mine and thankfully nothing yet on that crazy expensive fuel pump, but I'm expecting it at some point but maybe not, only because I think they stopped painting the inside by 2010, not 100% sure but something I read reminds me of that. But, if you search YouTube for "fixing a Volvo Penta Fuel Pump," a couple of videos (that I've actually posted a few times for people with the same or similar problem) of a guy out of Florida who specializes in taking the entire fuel pump apart and not only cleaning the internal paint which causes most of these problems, but replaces a few parts with better ones and does it really cheap. I think it's even under $100 that he does it. He shows the entire process on the video so you can either do it yourself or send it to him and he does it and sends it back to you. When I get back home later this evening, I'll find it and post it for you unless you find it before then.
  5. Thanks for the reply, Mr. Brian! Sorry we had to change our schedule because I had to be at work today and couldn't take it off. Had an important delivery coming in as well as getting close to time crunch on this project. So, hopefully you'll be there on Saturday? Would be really nice to see you again and even though I'm not shopping for a new Chappy, I'm very much looking forward to seeing the OSXs and the 317SSX. Is it only the 297 that has the new infinity step, or does the 317 have it also? Either way, we'll find out on Saturday and I hope you'll be there, ma man!
  6. LOL! Sorry, but that has to be one of the most ridiculous and condescending comments I've seen to date on this forum. Ever hear of the saying "penny wise, dollar foolish"? What did Bob Kraft do to get a rub & tug lmao? A billionaire spent a couple hundred bucks to get a happy ending from a rat hole by a not so attractive masseuse instead of paying a high end escort a couple of Gs and have it done in the privacy of his mansion in FLA. That's just one example as silly as it is cuz just because they can afford it, doesn't mean they pay it, whatsoever. But ok, man. You can believe that all you want if it makes you happy. I'm moving on. Was planning on going to the boat show today but had to work. So we're going on Saturday instead. Looking forward to seeing @B_Mutter who just left a post on the mods thread of the entire Chaparral lineup that they have on display and it sounds pretty good, especially the new 280 & 300 OSXs. It'll be nice to see what you get for $280K, I think it is. Plus I enjoy seeing the new Searays and Formulas and even center consoles. I'll be checking out a lot of the vendors, too. Some cool stuff you can find along the walls. Anyone else know if @cyclops2 is ok and just taking a break from this crazy place? He hasn't posted in a few weeks which is unusual for him. Hope he's ok. Clopadopadus, where you at, man?
  7. Thanks, Drew. Nothing near what you did on that Sea Ray, that's for sure. And doing it so that you wouldn't be just passing it on to an unsuspecting buyer is even more admirable of you. Hopefully there was some return to all that work.
  8. I did mention needing props for docking, not sure if you missed that. Either way, I wouldn't just dismiss the sails for bigger engines just because you need a smaller one anyway with bow and stern thrusters. There's a huge and obvious benefit to having sails on such a large boat, especially if you do a lot of long voyages. I'm sure there's a lot of that, but there's also the humongous savings in fuel. Even filthy rich people try to save money whenever they can, and if you're not traveling transatlantic voyages and you're only cruising from say Florida to Maine or even further up into Canada, or the other way around and going south from the Canadian coast all the way down to the Caribbean, think of all the fuel savings you're chopping off in just one of those trips. I watched a video on a family that owned one of those spectacular Nordhavens and they were fueling up prior to their trip from Maine to Florida. I think their bill was something like $12K to $15K or something around that maybe even more loooool. One can only imagine what that Black Pearl would cost to fill up its tanks with diesel for a 3,700 mile transatlantic trip. $150K+? I'm guessing having sails cuts significantly into that.
  9. Wow, so it's really volatile stuff. I guess it'll all be about how well the hydrogen is contained, not only in the fuel cells but as it travels to where it needs to go and the combustion process. It also seems like Bill Gates hasn't really ordered that boat and that it was only a concept boat shown at the Monaco show or wherever. That's also why I say that even and despite all the leaps in electrical technology for the transportation world, I think it will be a while before electricity is capable of powering large units of transportation like this yacht etc. So the demand for at least diesel fuel will still be there for quite some time Speaking of diesel fuel; I remember in 2005, I switched from my gasoline F-150 and bought my diesel F-350 because at the time and for all the years prior to 2005, diesel, which is just glorified home-heating oil lol was the least expensive gasoline at the pump. It was cheaper than regular unleaded and had always been cheaper. I bought the truck because of the power associated with diesel-powered engines but mostly because it was the cheapest fuel out there and who'd guess that almost 3 months after I bought that truck, diesel suddenly sky-rocketed at the pump and in no time at all, even surpassed high octane gasoline! loool. I couldn't believe it. Here I was thinking I made a great decision and one that will save me money on my fuel expenses (because I drive A LOT for work) and instead, I ended up taking it up the bunghole. Great read! It sounds like it's possibly a self-sustaining form of fuel like Denny mentioned. And if it's possible to create it using water and electrolysis, then-- at the risk of over-simplifying things -- it should be a matter of finding a safe way to create it on a boat like this yacht if they can desalinate seawater and then take that and electrocute it through the electrolysis process recreate the fuel cycle. I think the only problem is the desalination process of course. I think you need a lot of equipment and space for that process which would more likely be the most challenging aspect of creating a self-sustaining fuel onboard a boat Then you also have the electrolysis process as well which I'm sure also requires a lot of space and equipment. If they can achieve that, it would be quite the thing. Even though the Germans were quite the innovators, I think we've come a long way since the Hindenburg as far as safety capabilities for all types of fuel usages. If you go back a few pages, I believe it was ALSO the Dutch who built the world's largest sailing yacht. They called it the "Black Pearl." I wrote a whole post about it and another one that was all silver and to me, looked better than the Black Pearl but it was quite innovative and so many cool features on the sails such as automation and retraction etc. All computer controlled for the best angle and amount of sail etc. leading to the best performance. There was a lot of very cool info about it that I posted, just a few pages back, I think. This is the shorter version of most videos about this thing. Despite how cool it is, you still need powered propellers for entering busy ports and docking in tight slips etc., just like you would with a regular sailboat. As neat as the clean air and greenery is concerned, only issue I would have with this concept is the listing you would get, just like regular sailboats sometimes list in certain winds and direction, being in a huge yacht that's doing 30 knots and listing 8 feet to one side sounds really crazy to me, lol!
  10. Gonna probably head down there on Thursday. Will probably do the usual and check in on @B_Mutter and his dealership which will be the Chaparral representative as they have been for the last 5 years or so. Hopefully they bring a couple of the cool new models to see. If he gets this tag, maybe he'll share what they're bringing. BTW, @Curt gave me a great idea for accessing -- and even working on -- the bow thruster through the bottom of the forward ski locker. Since an access panel will need to be cut out of the bottom of the locker, making a well sealed cover for it that is either hinged or whatever and water-tight will be essential, but he was referring to fiberglass when he simply said "glass" and I though he was talking about a piece of glass for the cover, lol. I thought it was a GREAT idea and then after clearing up the misunderstanding, I think using a piece of Plexiglas or better yet, acrylic would be great because then not only do you have a cover, but a see-through one! I think that would actually be great and work just as well with the benefit of having visual access to the BT.
  11. I'm not that up on hydrogen, just yet, anyway. Eventually, if it gets to be a popular and viable source of energy for cars or boats and it becomes more commonly used, I'm sure I'll end up digging into it and find out more about it. It has to compete with the electrical industry and how fast that is developing. When you say "dangerous," how much more dangerous is it compared to gasoline? Is it a combustibility factor or something else, like it has more direct chemical dangers such as exposure or it has more harmful gases & fumes? I mean, smelling or even touching gasoline of any type isn't going to affect you much unless you're exposed to it for a long period or whatever, but I wouldn't say it's not dangerous, either. When I looked it up really quickly on Wikipedia, the first sentence is this: Hydrogen is the chemical element with the symbol H and atomic number 1. With a standard atomic weight of 1.008, hydrogen is the lightest element in the periodic table. Hydrogen is the most abundant chemical substance in the Universe, constituting roughly 75% of all baryonic mass. The "most abundant chemical in the universe"? I guess that must be because a couple of planets are made of the stuff looool! Makes you wonder about its abundance on earth, but reading further, I guess it's a byproduct of natural gas? If they can produce it straight from water, that would be pretty crazy. Industrial production is mainly from steam reforming natural gas, and less often from more energy-intensive methods such as the electrolysis of water.[10] Most hydrogen is used near the site of its production, the two largest uses being fossil fuel processing (e.g., hydrocracking) and ammonia production, mostly for the fertilizer market. Hydrogen is problematic in metallurgy because it can embrittle many metals,[11] complicating the design of pipelines and storage tanks.[12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen For now, anyway. Once you get a family going and you got a couple of little bambinos bouncing around and all over the place, a cruiser might be exactly what you need. Self sustaining? Dang, if you have that link or can find it, please post it. Would love to read more about that. And BTW, you're never wrong!
  12. Ah, ok. Nothing wrong with that. It is tough work and you definitely need some experience working with FG and gelcoat and the buffing procedure etc. The bottom paint is also very tricky and dangerous if you have to lift if off the trailer bunks to get those areas where the bunks are. So you're probably better off.
  13. Bill Gates just ordered this supposed "echo friendly" HYDROGEN-POWERED 370ft yacht from the Dutch designer & boat builder Sinot. The Dutch have been making some of the most impressive yachts in the last 20+ years. And now they're starting to get into the newly allowable fossil fuels to power these super yachts. It still has a couple of diesel tanks for backup only. But with a range of 3700 miles, it probably never needs to tap into the diesel backup and run on the hydrogen all the time and have almost 0 emissions. Bill Gates orders £500m hydrogen-powered superyacht Microsoft billionaire’s innovative and eco-fuelled 112m Aqua vessel to launch after 2024 The ‘Aqua’ superyacht powered by liquid hydrogen - a snip at £500m. It can travel 3,750 miles before it needs to refuel. Photograph: Sinot/Cover Images Bill Gates has ordered the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht, worth an estimated £500m ($644m) and featuring an infinity pool, helipad, spa and gym. The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft has commissioned the Aqua ship – a 112-metre (370ft) luxury vessel completely powered by liquid hydrogen – which was publicised last year at the Monaco yacht show by the Dutch design firm Sinot. Speaking about the project last year, the marine designer Sander Sinot said: “For the development of Aqua we took inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner, the fluid versatility of water and cutting-edge technology, to combine this in a super yacht with truly innovative features.” The boat has five decks and space to accommodate 14 guests and 31 crew members. In a further environmentally friendly feature, gel-fuelled fire bowls allow guests to stay warm outside without having to burn wood or coals. But its most cutting-edge feature is tucked away below decks - two 28-tonne vacuum-sealed tanks that are cooled to -423F (-253C) and filled with liquid hydrogen, which powers the ship. The fuel will generate power for the two one-megawatt motors and propellers via on-board fuel cells, which combine hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity. Water is a byproduct. The vessel is unlikely to take to the seas before 2024, according to the Sunday Telegraph, which reported the Gates commission. When it does, it has the potential to reach speeds of 17 knots (about 20mph) and travel 3,750 miles (or roughly London to New York) before it needs to refuel. The Sunday Telegraph said the boat would have a “diesel back-up” due to the scarcity of hydrogen refueling stations. You can view the article here. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I think the hydrogen concept is terrific and always support any innovation that leads to efficiency and especially cleaner emissions. The look is also fabulous as it really resembles a submarine and almost looks like it has the ability to submerge and resurface since we don't see too much of an open, upper deck. And the clean, sharp lines gives it the looks of a submarine with the exception of the back cockpit seating area. That area seams a bit opened up but maybe it gets closed up or furniture comes in by the crew and then it's ok to go under? Maybe not, but it has that appearance to me. No rails or layout of any sorts for the forward upper deck and that's what leads me in the direction of possibly having some submerging capability. But imagine if that was the case with that huge, glass view in that front room of the ship and if it could go underwater? Aside from some of these billionaire's crazy yachts that have separate submarines that the owners can flee in or escape for any reason, including the ones built for a couple of the filthy rich Russian oligarchs that also have missile defense systems LOL, I think it's almost a matter of time before someone designs a yacht that is fully capable of submerging itself....unless it's already out there! @Denny, @Chewey @SST, @Curt, @TexasPilot71, @Dennis A, @mpm330 @Water Dawg 6, @Roady68 @rjbergen and @Anyone else I might've missed, what do you guys think of hydrogen fueled power? We knew it was only a matter of time since they've been talking about it for a while, now. And nuclear powered recreational -- or even commercially-operated vessels) -- could be on the horizon, but they'll have to do a lot of work to not only the physical aspect of making it work, but the biggest obstacle IMO would obviously be convincing "the governments to be" of the entire world (or at least the 8 permanent members in the UN who could then speak to the reps of all the other countries gov's represented in the UN) to basically get full permission to allow it to be operated in the hands of essentially anyone with enough money to purchase it. But the type that needs to be used is not the safe, left-over, or manipulated to be safe stuff. It's actually very close to weapon's grade uranium/plutonium which is obviously the nastiest nuclear material on the face of this earth, as far as I know. I could be wrong but that's why I tagged all the fellas who probably know more than I do about this stuff and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. But to think you could have a boat that doesn't need to go to the fuel dock for oh, I don't know, maybe a span of 20 years!!!!!!!!!!! Similar to a nuclear powered aircraft carriers LOLOL would be quite something. But between the US & Russia & France, the UK, China all of which operate nuclear Not sure that will ever happen but fun to talk about it.
  14. Great news! Glad you toughed it out and it all went well. You should be back in action this summer. It was sad to see you thinking of selling that beautiful 330, along with long-time members on here saying they're moving on to a different brand or those who are thinking of packing it up. The only way we're giving it up is if the hammer falls from whatever direction!! lol lol. You know I have no problem at all showing my failures, just like I did when I caught the drone and accidentally pulled it too close to this beautiful face of mine and cut up my left cheek with those rotor blades on that thing. I posted before and after pics and actually described what a pharmacist told me was the best way to treat it so it doesn't scar, and she was spot on. So yeah, I'll have my son or wife or any friend on board at the time take a video, but I bet you it won't be as funny as you think, lol. Even though I just hit 54 on Friday, I still feel I have the balancing ability to pull it off, even at a late age like this. It looks much easier than getting on a plain ol' skateboard. Plus getting on it off the 276's stern where it meets the swim platform looks like the easiest way to do it. Instead of making it harder on oneself and try getting on it straight off the swim platform without anything to hold onto at first. Maybe some of the fellas on here who have experience can share how they get on their paddle boards off their boats? That would be great. I'll tell you what I don't understand, is how a product like the one below is still being manufactured!? The amount of videos out there of people wiping out really badly after getting on one of these things for the first time is staggering! And I bet many of them get hurt pretty badly. Fractured tail bones (probably one of the more common ones), busted elbows, wrists, pulled shoulders, face-plants of all kinds and back of the head plants skull chatterers! Then there's all the leg injuries that I could easily see happening. Torn ACLs and MCLs, busted ankles etc. This is one crazy $^& product that takes A LOT of balancing and practice to get used to. Most of the falls you see are people getting on it for the first time and thinking they can just start cruising around on it. How this thing is still on the market probably has a lot to do with one heck of a disclaimer they put on it! The calamitous "Two-Wheel Hover board"! This thing is a major injury trap IMO.
  15. Are you back from the future?! Would've never imagined they came back to making our model boat 77 years from now! Just messing with you. Are you talking about the table that is stowed inside the sunpad? The one for the cockpit seating? If so, I'll be taking the cover off mine (2010 276ssx probably the same as your 2007) in a couple of weeks when I get a new cover to replace the terrible one I currently have which is falling apart and then I can measure it and get you exact dimensions. Not sure if you can wait a couple of weeks? If you can't, that would be a way to determine very closely what it would be is check out the clips inside the back of the folding sunpad seat, and that's the dimension and shape of the table. Do you have the base pole for it?
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