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  1. Hatem

    Add a battery

    I have separate, dedicated switches on my panel for the starting battery and the house batteries, so I can turn the engine battery on and off as I please while leaving the house batteries on AND vice-versa. I never run without all batteries on. The only time I'll turn the starting engine battery off is when I'm anchored or docked. I never worry about the "backup" concept because then you're not using your boat to its full potential. I carry an emergency start pack which I don't think I'll ever need. So whenever you head out to any destination, you don't use your house batteries while cruising? And only run your start/engine battery? How do you run all the other functions on your boat that are powered off the house batteries like the GPS, water pump, vacuflush, lights etc.? If you run all batteries while you're cruising, then turn off the engine/start battery when you anchor or dock or whatever, you'll always be able to start the boat and head back. Worrying about the backup battery concept by not using the house bank is not getting the most out of your boating experience. But that's just me and to each his own. You really should spend a second or two to proof read the crap you write. At least get the fella's name right for crying out loud!
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    Engine noise - “popping” or “missing”

    lol. I thought those numbers were a little nuts, especially that one. If I'm not mistaken, on that 350 MAG even though it is a bit of work to get to the injectors because you basically have to disconnect everything on top of the engine that is in the way of removing the intake manifold to get to the injector manifold itself. Then it's pretty simple to pop out all 8 injectors and wires, put the new ones in and connect the wire ends to the correct injection ports on the cylinders. Then you also have to put all that crap back together which is a bit of a pain in the asss. They probably bill it as a 1 day job because of how tight the area is to work on in that boat and engine, so if they said 8 hours, that actually would be fair, But 12 is a bit excessive. And if I'm also not mistaken on this, the fuel line has to be removed to get to the injector manifold so that can be changed within that process. Not sure why they need an extra 6 hours to change the fuel line LOL! Then 5 hours to replace the hose fittings? Something isn't right. If they're charging 2 hours for spark plug replacements which literally should be only 1 hour max, if that, then it sounds like they're tacking on close to double the time for labor. The spark plugs are obviously a pain in the asss to get to with the exhaust manifolds in the way, but these guys should be used to that. It took me a little less than an hour to change mine (including the time to check gapping which isn't much) and I don't do this every day like they do.
  3. Hatem

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    I thought they only came down to the top of the windshield in yours, my bad. I must've been thinking of the way they have them on the 327. Maybe they also came down to the fiberglass but we're closer to the window frames giving them the appearance that they were actually sitting on top of the frame. I'm sure it's better, structurally to come all the way down instead of being supported by the windshield. Something just didn't look right to me.
  4. Hatem

    Signature 29 Cover

    What year is your 290? Does it have a radar and other gizmos on top of the arch? What about a windlass anchor and roller that protrudes and sticks out past the bow? Can you post a pic.
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    2012 310 Carbon Monoxide detector

    They should be on the same circuit. And they should be labelled. Were you able to change just the one? Curious why an hour? Aren't they just plug & play with quick-connects and just turn and clip into the mounting screws? Hard to believe WM had the best prices, wow. Usually that place will rob you clean and leave you standing naked.
  6. Hatem

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Some nice boats at the New England boat show. Nothing really new that we haven't seen before except the two Formulas 400 & 430. They were back to back with their outboards and what beautiful boats those are. The way they're designed with bow rider space and amazing room in the cabins. I tell ya, Formula really nailed it. I forget if this was a Grady or a Whaler, but it had 3 of the new Yammy 425s lol. My son is 6-2 and this will give you an idea of how big these things are. @tomnjo, thought of you when I was looking at the slew of pontoons that were on display, and some really nice ones. The only Chaparral I liked was the 256ssx. @Curt, I think you're lucky you bought your 307 as a 2016 because the new one (listed as 317) doesn't look anything as nice as the style of the 2016 like yours. They added those SS bars to the back of the arch like they did on the 347 but they're almost 3" in diameter. They look awfully too big and not proportionally to what's going on in this boat, IMO. Even the top is slightly different now than the one on your boat. It looks a bit flatter and not so shapely. Might be because they're trying to add the Surshade to them. And check out the front support poles. They come all the way down to the fiberglass helm top and not the top of the windshield. I think they look awful that way instead of the way yours come right to the top of the windshield frame.
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    So my son and I were at the New England boat show on Wednesday and looking at the different new boats (almost every brand) we looked at the bow windlass installation and sad to say that every one of them was so well done and beautifully installed except for the Chaparral one on the 267ssx that was on display. It has the same roller unit I'm working with and look at the "not so great" fit & finish which includes all the goop around the edge. Compare it to the Sea Ray and how perfectly installed and fitted theirs is. Shame.
  8. Hatem

    Something bizarre happened in Tewkesbury...

    It's an unknown phenomenon in that part of the world.
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    2018 267 SSX - Transducer?

    I might also consider hooking up a splitter on the video feed (it's just coaxial cable) and have it come out to my 12vt TV on the arch. That way I have the option of viewng it separately from the GPS screen. Wish I had more helm space.
  10. Hatem

    Add a battery

    That's why I would change the switch panel like I was suggesting before. It will give you better usage options. I know it's in the engine compartment but either way you need to turn the switch on anyway before you crank the engine and head out and at the end of the day, you still need to turn it off, so you won't really be doing any additional opening and closing of the hatch. Just open, put the switch on start & house, then shut it off when you're done. Both will charge through the alternator and you can add a charger if you want. Better yet, find a more accessible spot for the switch panel and you can turn off the starting battery when you anchor or hang out without opening the hatch. And you'll have that parallel position as well if needed.
  11. Hatem

    Improvement of steering

    That's not very nice. We were gonna charter a big 55ft Azimut flybridge for the day and the guy who owned it was an older, Cuban fella. Nice guy but wanted too much so we bagged it. Looking back I actually wish we did it because we were a couple of families and a bunch of kids and it had a jet ski and kayaks and all sorts of fun stuff I think it would have been cool, especially on that boat.
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    2018 267 SSX - Transducer?

    This is an example video of the Gen I camera. Pretty cool for clear and shallow waters and especially fishing, if you're in an area and a lot of tuna and other schools of fish are buzzing under the boat. Supposedly the feed on this Gen II is a bit better, but this is fine by me. Exactly what I was looking for. When I install it, I'll post it on the Mods thread.
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    2018 267 SSX - Transducer?

    Guess what I just bought and will be installing right next to the two transducers I already have right in that best spot? High definition video camera. Gotta drill another #$%$&$% hole lmfao and stick this in and get the video feed in HD on my Garmin 741XS. @Was_Wylie_Tunes I finally found exactly what I was looking for that we were talking about on that other thread, just FYI.
  14. Hatem

    23 suncoast

    When Chaparral first came out with the Suncoast (I think it was early 2015) @Rip5 opened a thread and it was a lot of fun discussing that boat because it was a new direction for Chaparral, considering the last time they built a boat with outboards was sometime in the 70's IIRC. Obviously no one had bought one just yet and so not much was known about it from an ownership standpoint, but it seems lately like there's quite a few people who are buying them and out of all the testimonials given, everyone seems to really like theirs with the exception of one fellow who I think complained about the lack of a glove box or something minor like that. That might've even been the H2O actually, or even the Ski & Fish now that I think about it. The rest was just the typical, monor fit & finish issues that we all have anyway. One of the really cool things I thought Chaparral did was still keep a lot of the surface area on the swim platform despite a huge chunk cut out of it for the outboard. There's still a good foot or so between the transom and the outboard to walk through which to me, is a huge deal if I'm fishing (or doing anything for that matter) off the swim platform. Most other brands that I've seen don't seem to take that into consideration.
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    Chaparral construction

    I think that Grady White is around $500K lolol. Going to the show later today. Reminded me one day this past summer arriving at the marina, they were just wrapping up work on this CC that belongs to a really nice fella who goes out fishing with his two little kids all the time. I'm not too much into outboards, but whenever I see them or get a chance to witness work being done on them up close, I'm always fascinated and take pics of everything. These 3 Yammy 300s probably push that boat really nicely.