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  1. Hatem

    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    That's true. Ever see fresh, out of the box hot-dipped galvanized nails? They're loaded with stuck shrapnel, very abrasive. The loop is almost always thrown on the boat cleat, though, right? I don't think I've ever seen anyone use it on the dock cleats, although lol, I did the other day. Went out solo and when I got back into the slip, as soon as I was in place, instead of jumping out the boat and grabbing it to tie off, I dropped the looped end from the helm right onto the center dock cleat to catch it and pull the boat tight to the dock before I jumped out. Didn't catch the cleat on the first try, but did on the 2nd and it worked great. I was thinking of making a pole screwed into the dock right at that midship cleat, then have the line already tied to the cleat and up the pole on a hook so when I pull into the slip, I can just reach over arm's length and grab the line. I think that would work great for solo docking.
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    Does the galley refrigerator have a drain?

    The point about them being slightly more effective by having them further aft of the hull's center of gravity or balance does make sense actually. The one thing that was a little frustrating for a while until I got used to it is how the push buttons are criss-crossed. Right button is for the port tab while the left one is for the starboard one. I have no idea what the benefit of that is, except to confuse you.
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    Does the galley refrigerator have a drain?

    Well, that's where they are, no? Contrary to speed brakes on something like the MiG-21 (built in the late 50's like you said), its speed brakes were mounted forward of the fuselage. If the tabs were forward of the hull, they'd have that effect as well but obviously they're not. Their placement is more like ailerons on wings, or more like the horizontal stabilizers on most aircraft, which change pitch (trim) and roll (tilt). That seems most likely. Need some scientific data to prove that.
  4. What's the number for adding the Seastar Optimus 360 to your Mercs, if you don't mind me asking? I think in time, there will be more options that will be much more cost effective as joystick technology keeps going at the rate it is. Have you seen the Evinrude iDock system? Definitely keep us posted on which way you think you'll be going. Do you think the Regal 33 Express has better room than the newer Chap 330's? What about Cruisers? Their boats have some of the widest beams I've seen, and they make really nice cruisers. Thought of you when this notification came from Boat Test. Might be more geared towards fishing for sure, but take a look at all the gadgetry they fit in these things. That fold-down TV is pretty cool, and this boat definitely has the looks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCIglqzkpuw
  5. I've seen a few, very cool mods done by some members on their boats ranging from newly mounted GPS's to TV's on arches to windlass anchors to even some very interesting and really smart mechanical innovations that create better functionality to certain, existing systems that these awesome Chaparral boats come with. I'm interested to see what people have done (I'm sure others are too) so that the light bulb can go on and possibly open the door for a cool modification on one's own boat. Even with trailers, there's so much cool stuff I've seen people here add/modify to make their trailering better and safer. I know I'll be adding a TV to the inside of the arch on my boat and I'm contemplating possibly installing a bow thruster and I have a few other smaller things I'm thinking of doing. Please share yours and show 'em off WITH PICS as much as possible.
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    IRS scammer, lets have at them

    I got a couple of calls from these clowns. Don't remember if it was that same number, but it was hilarious. First time, some donkey with an Indian accent leaves a voicemail telling me I better call him back and if I don't, "he only wishes me good luck to what will end up happing" LMFAO! At least learn a bit about how IRS agents talk and deal with people and try to mimic them a bit better instead of coming off like a two-bit circus clown. So I called him back! He picks up the phone and says "IRS" with a lame attempt at intimidation. I said "who's this?" He repeated. Then with my foul languaged mouth, I told him "this is the Godfather and how about you go @#$^#^ yourself?" I just kept going off. He tries to intimidate me again by saying "sir, I am an IRS agent you cannot talk to me like this I will send the police to your house right now." Can you believe he actually said that? lmao. I said "you ain't sending @#$%@# you son of a #$%#$ and don't you ever call this number again it's been reported to the MA attorney general's office..." click. Never heard back from that guy. I've gotten a couple other ones too, dealt with them the same way. Ever get the message in Chinese?
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    Does the galley refrigerator have a drain?

    Not as awesome as you! I'd love to ask them why they didn't keep that design on all their boats? Just like the Extended V-Plane they're so proud of being unique to Chaparral and tout it all the time in their advertising? Oh wait, I know, can't make enough $ from that and need to simplify things for quicker builds.
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    Evinrude Intelligent Piloting System

    Yeah, I know. Wut aya gonna do, ya know? Tis what it is. Hahaha, iCaptain. That was good, I must admit. What are you going to do when you upgrade to a larger Chaparral Signature or a Cruisers like you mentioned before? I don't even know what you have know. I can see it in your avatar, looks like a late 1990's/early 2000's Sigature....270? 290? Does it have twins? If you upgrade to a newer Chaparral 330 let's say, a 2012 and up model, chances are it will come with a joystick. If you get one in the late 2000's, it definitely won't but a Cruisers 35 in the 2005/06 and on or something along those lines will not only come with a pair of Mercs, but a bow thruster also. That one at my marina I showed you on the other thread came in the other day and the fella captaining it spun out at the front of his slip to face backwards, then slowly worked both throttles to line up his stern and then used his bow thruster like crazy. It was actually fun to watch. He took his time and with short bursts of the BT and little jabs of the throttle, he pulled right in without touching anything. And that is a BIG boat. Love that bow thruster but I was a bit surprised at how much cranking he needed to do to push that bow just a little bit. Must've really used up a lot of battery juice. But then all he had to do once docked is plug in his shorepower and they're good to go.
  9. This is pretty cool. The iDock feature is around $6K which is a far cry from current, conventional joystick systems. It has what looks like an easy-fitting hub that goes on the outboard which also has a built-in aircraft gyroscope system to compensate for wind and current when using the joystick for docking in rough conditions. Granted this is for Evinrude outboards ATM but for those of you with twin sterndrives and no joystick, keep an eye on this developing technology as it's bound to make its way into the I/O world and possibly give Volvo Penta EVS and Mercury Zeus a run for their money with its very decent price point. If they're taking aircraft technology now and incorporating it into boat tech, it might only be a matter of short time before we see AI in boats, unless it's already there in yachts and super yachts. Cool stuff. You have to click the link and go to YouTube to see the video because for some reason, YT is not allowing this video to be embedded. Well worth the 3-1/2 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw3CPbaTSI4
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    Yep, I have too, ma man. And it wasn't by design I can tell you that. We simply got caught in some type of squall. The skies went from sunny and about 75 degrees to pitch black and temperature dropped a good 8 degrees in minutes. Water went from 1-2ft chops to 4-6 footers just as fast. I saw the lives of my wife, son, brother in law and his 2 10 and 13 year-old kids flash before me. I had the Chap going vertical off the waves and then hull slamming holy cow it was the worst ever. After enduring that for about 20 minutes, it left just as fast as it came and the sun actually came right back out. Friggin New England for you lol.
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    You mean before the Fellowship of the Miserable took a nutty and stunk up the joint with its clownship when everything was going fine and smooth before that infestation?
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    Engine Removal Proceedure

    What's on the end of the backhoe, a large bucket or a small one? You could do it with either but preferably a large bucket if you have straps that are long enough to wrap around the hatch through the front bar that you hold as if you're lifting the seat and then straight underneath through to the rear bar and up to the fingers on the bucket. That way the straps are pinned inside the bars and no chance of them slipping off if your buddy accidentally jerks the backhoe or whatever. That would be the way I would do it if I didn't have the manpower to do it by hand, which is the way I did mine. I lift all sorts of things like that on my job sites with buckets on large backhoes and even small bobcats. But you definitely need those straps. Took my hatch off last year to get into the rear of the bilge and clean it and inspect the transom plate and all the stuff that you can't get to even with the hatch wide open. I wish I took pics but I'll tell you exactly how I did it. I put a pair of 2x4x8s sideways across the top of the bed on my truck and put a sheet of 3/4 plywood over that, then backed right up to the swim platform. The plywood was further up against he cab. I raised the hatch, disconnected the 2 screw pistons at the top where they meet the hatch (really easy with just a pin removed). Once I loosened the nuts on all 6 bolts on the top of the hinges, I put blue tape on them so they wouldn't fall into the back of the bilge then finished unscrewing the heads from outside. This worked great because I didn't have to loosen them from inside which isn't that easy. With my son holding the front bar, set the hatch back down carefully then I grabbed the rear bar (while I'm on the swim platform and my son at the front bar), lifted it up and I just pivoted while he walked through the transom walkway onto the swim platform and we both stepped off the swim platform onto the truck bed and laid the hatch on the plywood setup. Why are you thinking of removing the engine?
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    Does the galley refrigerator have a drain?

    I would think it's pretty solid right at that corner, yep. Mine are recessed into that corner. And while we bust on Chaparral often enough for some quality control issues, there are some neat things they do in their designs every so often, like the shape of the arches and the hardtops to name a few, and I think this is one of them. But it's a bit weird how they did recess them in only a few models in a few years and then stopped molding the hulls that way and went back to mounting the trim tabs on the outside. I suppose it's quite a bit more of a complicated process to make that hull with the indents for the trim tabs and the actuator also, than it is to simply square it off and just mount them to the outside. On the inside, that top of the actuator and wire comes into this weird, bubble-like thingamajigy.
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    Will turn over but won’t start

    I wouldn't worry too much about it. This is what happened, right? Sounds like an accident to me and exactly what insurance is for. Running aground should be in any basic, boating insurance policy. Once the agent or surveyor comes out to look at it, it should be a done deal. You can take a look at your policy and see if they list anything of the sort as not covered, but I doubt it.
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    Haha, the Titanic. What was it, a ferry or something? We have a ferry right next door, it's one of those dual hulls and it is fast! Doesn't really leave a big wake behind it for some reason. I always find myself trailing it because it actually leaves smooth water behind it but you have to be doing at least 40 mph to keep up with it. Speaking of Titanic. Coming into Boston harbor a few weeks ago and had to slow down at the channel entrance to let this behemoth go by first. Talk about give way.
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    Will turn over but won’t start

    So sorry about that, but can't you file an insurance claim?
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    Will turn over but won’t start

    Hopefully this won't be the first time they see sand in the exhaust manifold like they said. I think @Chap243 is right, the cost should cover replacing the manifold and risers if that's what they mean by "rebuild with gaskets." If that's the case, I don't think they need to pull the engine out for that.
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    Will turn over but won’t start

    Might be worth finding out if they are in fact pulling the engine out or not, to be certain. That might help justify the cost since that's not exactly a small operation. Outdrive needs to be removed, all connections to it from the engine need to de disconnected and then the engine hoisted out of the boat and put on a stand so they can take it apart and flush all the sand out of it. If they're not pulling the engine out, then I would question why it's so high and get details.
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    Will turn over but won’t start

    Depends on what exactly are they going to do to "flush it" for that much money. Did they give you any information on what that entails, such as replacing the water pump etc.? They must be replacing a few parts as well for that number, and not just taking things apart and flushing the sand out of the system.
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    2006 330 Signature Engine Mount Cracks

    If the engines and bilge look that clean, I can only imagine how the rest of the boat looks like. That is hard to pass up. And whatever cracks are on that mount (that honestly, I can really see anything of concern from those photos that wouldn't be a super simple DIY fix) you can do yourself. I would check with the previous owner on what maintenance he did with the engines throughout those 14 years. Being that they only have 100 hours on them, there is a protocol for breaking in the engines and one of the steps is at 100 hours. But that 100 hrs has come in a span of 14 years which is a rather unusually long time in this case. Usually it's within a few years or so. So be sure to find out what he has done for maintenance (oil changes etc.) and how it was stored through the times he didn't use the boat, winterizing etc. and follow the Volvo Penta engine breaking in protocol accordingly.
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    Evinrude Intelligent Piloting System

    I don't either. I think it's a ridiculous assumption based on zero fact. There are several people on this very same forum that have twin engines and were asking what the cost of installing a joystick system would be, are they bad boaters? Do they not belong on the water? The negativity that sometimes permeates around here is insufferable, lol.
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    Does the galley refrigerator have a drain?

    I believe that's what Chaparral proudly calls, the "Extended V-plane"! Are they recessed into the hull, or do they protrude out the back of the transom?
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    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    There are always a few issues of sloppy workmanship here and there, but what you're describing seems unusually excessive.
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    280 signature - Kohler generator- fault blinking

    When you said "I would flick the generator breaker on and off a few times it would come on and produce voltage for a few minutes and after a bit back to zero," does that mean it was still running but not producing voltage or it would just stop running completely?
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    1/2 inch braided line weakest point

    Yes, good to know. I didn't know about the hollowing out of the line to make the loop. Glad the boat was ok. I always worry about this kind of thing because the boat spends a lot of time tied up at the slip, and we get some pretty rough seas up this way. Even in decent weather, a light breeze is enough to push the boat in any direction and put strain on the lines and cleats. It adds up over time. I bought a pair of those shock absorbers and put them on the bow and stern lines since those get the most action. They definitely help a lot in relieving the strain, at least on the cleats.
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