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  1. Hatem

    I'm Outa Here...

    While I appreciate that, but in all honesty, I couldn't care less what you thought about what I brought to the forum. No offense, honestly. It just doesn't do anything for me. since out exchanges haven't really been pleasant as of late. Just being honest and upfront with you. Fair enough. I can certainly accept any criticisms, as long as it's constructive and especially fair and deserving and certainly not one-sided. If you hold this standard against me, you should hold it on every member of this forum, wouldn't you agree with that? So where were you when I was getting pummeled by the individual I mentioned in one of my posts above? If the way people react to other's post in harsh manners or in "know-it-all" type ways, where were you when @Wingnut told me to "zip it up" simply because I expressed my opinion about the transom bolts on @SG Boater's boat sticking up too high at 1/2"? Then others also made disparaging comments. Did you jump in and hold Wingnut and others accountable for that horrible reaction to a harmless opinion and post? Nope. You were nowhere in sight. Where were you when my wife was being insulted by a long-standing member who happens to be from my area, here, Boston, and everyone thought it was a funny joke and only 1 person spoke up against that, saying it was out of line and no one should have their family members insulted. Did you speak up about that? Nope, you were nowhere in site that time either. Maybe it's just me and my posts that rub you the wrong way and really no one else's? I have no problem taking criticism like a man and I never insist on being right, that couldn't be further from the truth. I just don't appreciate one-way, duplicitous, double standards which have made me not take anyone's @#$%@# lightly anymore. Take this thread, for example. Take a look at the 13th post on this thread by @Alleymon. That was his/hers first post on this forum! He joined the forum just to call me out for calling the president the clown in chief! Where were your high standards of not appreciating "over the top reactions" in your words, to that out of line post on this very thread? Or was it because you hold that standard at me and only at me, so it was ok with you? I can site a dozen other posts where members have responded to harmless comments by me in the nastiest and most "over the top" way and show you the double standards that you're preaching here. Take the black vs white gelcoat thread (which I think this is what this it's all about). I brought facts about how gelcoat is a polyresin and the color is simply the pigment and explained that the top surface layer of polyresin is what the sun breaks down first and it happens on any gelcoat and that the color doesn't matter because it's just the pigment. You disagreed but instead of offering a counter argument with similar facts, you took it as me being stubborn and regarding my opinion as fact and all the rest of what was in your post above. How off-base is that? If you want to hold people to a certain standard, you need to hold EVERYONE to that same standard. But I'll remember what you just said here and take it into consideration as we move forward and temper my replies to pots and comments I disagree with. But I can tell you for sure, I appreciate the fact that you came out and spoke what's on your mind.
  2. Hatem

    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Thanks for liking it, Denny. At least someone is lol. I saw a news clip of a Chaparral 256 take off on its trailer and fly off the side of the road and jump halfway up a fence to a beach. I was going to post it here but someone posted a new thread just on that, so I bagged it. This was great, wasn't it? I'm really trying to think if I would do the same thing if the 276 started taking off like that on the trailer, use the side of my body and legs as ground scratching brakes loool. I DON'T THINK SO! I'd be like "see ya!" Since there's no way my 195lbs would do jack squat to a 8000-9000 lbs worth of moving boat and trailer, why even try? But here's the lesson, never disconnect the trailer ever ever ever unless the trailer wheels are chalked both ways. And I carry 2 of those heavy and nasty rubber chalks. I even use them on my truck at the ramp. As soon as my trailer tires are submerged and I'm in 'Park' and the hand brake is on, I jump out and put them under both front wheels. Seen enough vehicles in the water so scare me into always doing it. Some of the pros at the ramp who have much smaller trucks (and boats) than mine laugh at me when they see me or my son get out of the truck and place them or remove them. They think we're going way overboard. As matter of fact, some old fart yelled at me and said "hey, you got a massive truck with double wheels in the back and probably the toughest brakes where's it going to go?" lol. I told him I was surprised a guy his age would say something like that since I figured he had been around long enough to see things happen at ramps really quickly and that it's always better be safe than sorry. He sort of snarked in shame as he walked away. Here's another good one. What do you suppose they did wrong here at the shipyard? https://i.imgur.com/fSIjxlY.mp4
  3. Out on the ocean all day yesterday and had a great time. We planed smoothly at 30 mph all the way up to Gloucester and got to the Blynman drawbridge to enter the Annisquam River to head up to Wingaersheek Beach. The weekend prior to 4th of July is always jammed with boats in the harbor and the river....forget about it. Every single boat imaginable from Formula 45PCs to Searays of every single type to runarounds to mahogany Christ Crafts to even a spectacular Azimut 50 flybride and everything else in between. Once you get to the drawbridge, need to wait until the siren stops car traffic (which could take 15 minutes) then wait another 10 minutes for exiting boat traffic before we're allowed to enter. Depending on what size boat is in front of you and the wake it leaves behind that ends up slamming the drawbridge walls and coming back in at you, you could have a rough go at it or you could have a relatively easy slide-through. Still, you need to find that sweet spot of speed, path and control to make it through without getting shoved into the walls. It's definitely stressful. Of course, the bigger the boat the easier it is not to be greatly effected by the wake but the smaller the boat..............................and that's what happened in front of our eyes. On the way out, we were stuck in a caravan of 20+ boats and we were 2nd in line at the drawbridge. We had to wait for incoming traffic first and lo and behold, there's a HUGE FERRY TRYING TO GET THROUGH! I swear, he must've had 6 inches on each side and he was gunning it. Left a wake that turned the boat in front of us completely around (20ft Boston Whaler) and almost shoved us into the rocks on the river's edge. While the boat in front of us was trying to spin back into forward position, had to wait for another little boat to follow the ferry, about 8 or 10 feet long with a small outboard and captained by a young grandma, her husband who decided to take all the grandchildren with them, maybe 6 of them! We watched her try to gun it after that ferry only to have the monster wake that was left behind push her completely over where she hit the right side almost head on! Saw grandpa grab one or two kids from taking a header into the mess of water when suddenly, the momentum of the smack and grandma probably keeping full throttle on the outboard just bounced back off and straight into the other side of the walls! We watched in horror. People crowded over the bridge watching this whole incident take place and finally, after crashing twice, grandma got control and eased off the throttle and propped through. Once they came by us, my wife yelled out to them to see if they were ok and you can tell, everyone besides grandpa were in shock. Felt really bad. Never seen anything like that in the past 4 years of boating. Have you? I felt really bad for grandma and you can tell everyone in that boat was shaken up really badly. You really need to understand the effects of rough water from other boats and really understand how to handle your boat and be very aware of your surroundings out there. This is the Blynman drawbridge. While really scenic and a neat place to boat through, take a look at the wake against the walls after the boat @ minute 0.30. And this is weekday traffic, so imagine 50 boats in line, one after the other from both ends. 2nd busiest drawbridge on the eastern seaboard, after one in Boca Raton.
  4. Hatem

    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Great save! Guy sacrificed the body for the boat. How many here can say they would've done the same?
  5. Hatem

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Please share your thoughts here as well so everyone can learn from you. If you don't mind.
  6. Hatem

    Fuel in Oil

    That makes sense; speaking of 6th sense. Sounds like you're more gifted with that. There also could be several other reasons for low oil pressure showing up like that, even with the timing of the fuel smell in the oil. And how much pressure really is lost with a certain percentage of fuel mixing in with the oil? 20 psi? Seems like a lot IMO TBH.
  7. Hatem

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Hypothetically, if you had the desire and opportunity to move up into the 40'-50' range of cruisers that you could comfortably sleep 4-6, and you had a budget of oh......let's say.......$400K just to set a limit and keep it somewhat from going nutty, then what would you, personally, chose to buy? I'm curious because I've been reading a lot of older threads about quite a few previous Chaparral owners wanting to move up in size and class and not being able to stay loyal to this great, Chaparral brand because of it's VERY limited offering in the 40ft range and that being in such low numbers that it's availability in pre-owned units is practically non-existent. It would be neat to see what some ideas and dreams are out there.
  8. Hatem

    leaking waste holding tank

    This is your aft berth on a 2003 Signature 320. To the right side is the head and the toilet. I would remove the mattresses, cut a good-sized hole (maybe 3ft x 4ft) close to the right side of the wall separating the berth compartment from the head after making sure you are directly on top of it and then you'll have very easy access to the tank to remove it. If you are skilled enough to make a perfect, square cut, you can reuse the same piece by attaching a piano hinge to one side and a stop and locking mechanism of the other and always have future access to it whenever you need it. Relatively easy to do and you don't have to mess with other areas that are much more difficult to access. Once you vacuum the dust and clean everything after installing the new plastic holding tank and connections and check for leaks, close the same cover, lock it in place and put the mattress back and you'll never know it was there. Here's the head with the toilet directly on the other side. Easy setup and you also wouldn't need to leave an old, leaky tank abandoned and useless in the boat.
  9. Hatem

    Hello

    What are you doing quoting a long-standing member and changing his quote to post your rubbish in it, you scum sucking lowlife!!! @#$^#^ YOU and GTFO here! I wish our moderator would get his asss back in here and clean out these bacterial infections like you, you piece of donkey turd!
  10. Hatem

    leaking waste holding tank

    I would tend to agree with @rreale that there has to be a way to get to it and remove it, although I am not familiar with a 2003 Signature 32. But from what you just said here, can you remove the aft cabin berths (beds) like take apart the bed platforms (I'm sure they're screwed together and bolted into the stringers or bulkheads or even the cabin floor) and then have complete access to it? Or, if the bed(s) can't be taken apart, maybe cut a sizeable hole (very carefully with the saw blade set not too deep) in the middle or as close to on top of the waste tank so you can get to it and remove it and then after reinstalling the repaired one or a new one, you can nicely patch in the bed bottom? That's what I would do if that is indeed the right spot to get to it.
  11. Hatem

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Thanks, Curt. Ready to move on from this phase like it's no-one's business TBH. There's only so much intense effort one can put into something like this which required a ton of work and patience. One piece of advice I would give anyone interested in doing something similar, unless you would enjoy going through the pain I did, have a custom-made one built specifically for your boat unless it's a Chaparral 277ssx or 267ssx. I believe those are the only two models Chaparral makes that specific bow roller for and the curve is sharp, or at least sharper than my 276ssx. Have a plate fabricated in any shape you want and in any thickness you like as you can see in the pics from the boat show I posted, the Sea Ray plates were much thinner and probably a lot easier to pry to shape especially if it is only welded on the sides only. If it's welded on the top or bottom, you'll have to go through what I had to. Then have the roller ears made to the look you want and have them welded on and now you have one made specifically and ready for your boat. The route I went was a ton of work and I would most certainly avoid it the next time and chose the above described method. Sure, pm me and we can text all day. I actually asked him not to electrocute it so I can see how far the heat spread beyond the weld so I can grind those areas down a bit more. I think I know what you meant by cold since it's a common issue with welds. But don't forget that weld was strictly to fill the gap that opened up from my cut. As a matter of fact, that weld was actually a couple of passes.
  12. Hatem

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Went at it today. Did quite a bit of careful grinding and a lot of buffing and polishing and I'm super happy with the final result and she's ready to be installed next weekend. Polished for a long time and with some new techniques I learned and I'm really happy with the results. This thing is gleaming and no weld marks anywhere just like I wanted it to look like. Next will be fastening the plate to the hull and then installing the platform and doing a bit of glassing and glecoating and then connecting the windlass.
  13. Hatem

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Picked it up yesterday, asked him not to electrocute it so the heat can be seen.
  14. Hatem

    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Mmmm.....ok, so because that area where the name is, is not exactly horizontal and is a lot closer to vertical than anything else, what kind of a mount will you use? Do they make a style that mounts to a vertical surface that might be about 15* off plumb? Of will you have one fabricated like a L-bracket with the socket welded or bolted to it? Let me know what your ideas are and I'll look around my area too to see if there is something available or that I can have fabricated for you out of stainless steel. Ultimately I do agree with Curtzation, best place for it (if it were my boat) is in the center between the two ends of the teak rails. But I know that area is occupied by that ring cleat and you guys are so loyal to that towel holder loooool you'd never get rid of it. OR, is there enough room to the left or right of the ring for the socket and the flag can be 2 inches off center and would look perfectly fine! I deal with things like this in my work where homeowners are always so obsessed with symmetry that when I hold the items for them in place and they stand back and look at them or leave them to think about it overnight or for a week, they almost always come back and agree. Think about it. And the other thing is let me know if you want me to put in the clips or leave those to you so you can position the flag exactly where you want it. And I've also decided I will be using a timber oil finish called mahogany flame made by a co. called Storm. I use if for all my outdoors mahogany work and you apply it with a brush, let it soak for about 10 minutes and wipe it off with a clean rag and that's it. You'll have to do it every 2 years but eventually it will be so well saturated it you can skip a year plus it looks fantastic and easy to apply and really brings out the mahogany. I'll send you a quart with the pole.
  15. Hatem

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Thanks. It's ok. Flybridge is not even close to that of the Azimut 48/50/55 etc. Skimpy-looking and no distinct, original features or lines to make it unique. Probably why I didn't recognize it lol. Sorry, no comparison but to each his own and I respect that. Thanks, man. There's a graph I saw somewhere of personal wealth ranges and the boats that are in line with the different levels of wealth, it was really interesting and I wish I saved it or remembered how to get it again so I can post it so everyone can take a look at it and see where they stand. It didn't cater so much to the wealthy who were anywhere above $200K in income, but mostly for those who were under that and it took a lot of factors into consideration such as debt, savings, commitments, geographic locations and even demographics. I'll try to find it. Check out the new Rinker. Rinker's 38 QBX mixes yacht-like amenities with agile performance. Courtesy Rinker Boats The 38 SuperCross represents the ­latest offering from Rinker Boats Sporting a generous cabin headroom of 6 feet, 8 inches and housing two queen-size berths, the 38 QBX’s other amenities include a large head with separate shower. Other design highlights include integral bow seating, a deep side deck, and an aft lounge reminiscent of that aboard a superyacht. Rinker Boats president Kim ­Slocum stated: “The new 38 SuperCross introduces the new Rinker brand vision. This midcabin, triple-outboard sport crossover is designed for enthusiastic explorers and adventurers. Boaters will gravitate to the open-concept design, elegant style and modern luxuries. It’s going to be #%^$&%$ good.” This new crossover cruiser will give boaters the choice of triple 300 or 350 hp outboards from either Mercury Marine or Yamaha Outboards. Boating plans to test this boat as soon as one becomes available. Stay tuned. LOA: 38'5" Beam: 12'0" Draft: NA Displacement: NA Fuel Capacity: 325 gal.
  16. Hatem

    Boat ramps on Winnipesaukee

    Oh hey look who decided to chime in 5 months later LOL! Awesome, man good to hear from you! Hope all is well. If you feel like having a get-together, I'd be more than happy to trailer the 276 with the kids (my family nickname) and come up there and hang have a blast for a weekend. Although Lake Winnipesaukee on the weekends can be a disaster from heII! Weekdays would probably be much better and more enjoyable. But either way, if you would like to make it a fun get-together, let me know ahead of time, I'd be more than happy to come up there and do some fresh water boating. I'll try out my new kayak and also my new paddle board. Nice-looking 257 you got there, too. I have a couple friends who own property right on or near the water, too.
  17. Hatem

    I'm Outa Here...

    It's a witch hunt, Clops! This is his latest one, just tweeted a few minutes ago! LOL!
  18. Hatem

    I'm Outa Here...

    Haha. A better way to spell the correct pronunciation is Haddum. Why it ended up being spelled Hatem is probably because if you took letter to letter from the original language to English, that's how it would be written, but not pronounced. Are you talking about Brad Marchand? LOL! He is a royal punk asss biatcha no two ways about it, but what a player. He's the type you love to hate when he's not on your team, but believe me, he's gotten his share of grief for the dirty and useless crap from all the fans here that he does on the ice and when he made the allstar team this year, ever since then, he's actually kept his nose clean of all that unnecessary dirty stuff. So what's your problem now? What did the jerk Hatem say that got you jumping the anti-Hatem bandwagon? Last time I remember interacting with you was complimenting your skiing pictures and then asking you if you've ever parasailed since you like all those water sports and your answer I thought was so arrogant, just simply "pass"! You could've even say anything positive or worthy of reading and a good exchange except a one-liner resembling a toad turd. What did I ever do to you to get you all bent out of shape at me? Was it the Twerking Turkey on @tomnjo's Thanksgiving thread that offended you? Funny, not many here have a sense of humor and the ones that do, it resembles that of sandpaper. Oh, was it the disagreement we had about the black gelcoat vs white? I thought we left that as we agreed to disagree? I bet you won't even reply. Most around here who like to fling dirt at others are one-time hit and runners so no, I don't expect you to reply with why all of a sudden you're all bent out of shape at me. This is unbelievable. Too bad the people PM'ing me about the clownship @#$%@#show on this thread aren't actually posting in it! You think I'm bad, loool. Here's the really sad part about all of this: the OP said he was selling his Chaparral and not buying that brand because local parts aren't available and because of the cost and I said you can thank the clown in chief because of his tariffs and only 1 individual out of the entire lot of you actually argued the point itself and didn't care that I called him the clown in chief or the orange baboon or the full-fledged donkey or whatever. He actually argued the point. Imagine that!!!! LMFAO! While the few who got all twisted was because of this bizarre loyalty to the freakazoid in charge that some even threatened never to come back...........and after 1 post L-O-L-O-L!!! This is such great stuff! I'd love to know what the reaction would've been had I said everything that I did say, but instead of calling him the clown in chief, I said the president or just Trump. Would that have changed the triggering effect we just witnessed here? Anyone DARE to answer that question?
  19. Hatem

    Fuel in Oil

    Haha. It only made sense and so much so because of the timeline of events. First thing was the engine wouldn't start and the mechanic "broke it" so the mechanic took the engine out to replace starter. Put the engine back in and ran ok but had smoke and low oil pressure and then OP tried changing oil and smelled fuel in the oil. Told mechanic and first thing mechanic did was take the injectors out to test them. We don't know what kind of test he did (I've seen some of the crudest testing done to injectors using homemade parts like syringes and clear plastic tubing" which is not exactly proper testing. He either put the same ones back in or new ones, we don't know but sounds like the same ones since Sophie said "injectors had great numbers" which probably means they tested ok, but there was still fuel in the oil. Which then I suggested that they still could be dripping into the cylinders because of the pressure at the fuel rail which needs to be checked. There's also the issue of the low oil pressure the OP is getting which could very well be because the fuel is getting into the oil but I hate to say this, it could be a bigger problem than just fuel in the oil.
  20. Hatem

    Stuck Hoses

    Ah, I see. Sounds like that bent flathead screwdriver should work once the WD-40 is nice and soaked in. Good luck to you and keep us posted.
  21. Hatem

    I'm Outa Here...

    In case you forgot, spewing bull@#$%@# is part of our great 1st ammendment which you completely and conveniently ignored. Not to mention that it wasn't the content of what I said that bothered you, but the fact that I called your beloved tyrant a clown. That's what bothered you and then YOU attacked me. Typical of you lot. And for your information, my name is pronounced "Hat" as in the item you wear on your head followed by "tem". It's cultural but of course that's something that would be pretty difficult for you to accept or understand, seeing the way you handle disagreements. How will we ever survive here now?
  22. Hatem

    Stuck Hoses

    In that case try cutting about a quarter inch of that rubber tubing off with a sharp utility knife and peel it off of the metal tube, then maybe try a pair of needle-nose pliers if you can't get an adjustable wrench in and try that. I thought maybe the lack of room would have been enough area to swing a hammer. If that doesn't work, use a small pipe cutter and cut the tube right off as close to the manifold as possible to save as much of the rubber hose as you can. You can even do that after removing the manifold so you can swing the pipe cutter all the way around freely without anything in the way. Or, use an oscillating tool (Fein) and cut the pipe right at the manifold since the manifold is trash anyway. That might be your best bet, probably what I would do if I couldn't get the hose off.
  23. Hatem

    Fun time in Florida (Pics)

    That was it. Couldn't think of the name.
  24. Hatem

    Stuck Hoses

    If you have enough room to do this, after heating it up with a hair dryer like you suggested, take a small, adjustable wrench and tighten it up enough so it's a bit loose on the metal pipe of the manifold but butting the edge of the hose and tap the wrench slightly with a hammer or rubber mallet. That will most certainly pop it off. I do that all the time on many similar situation on many of my construction projects, works like a charm.
  25. Hatem

    NEW VP Drive Bellows

    Very cool. You'll find better pricing at other stores and locations. And people who will actually reply to your questions! Excellent. No worries about posting pictures. Like I mentioned on the PM, I'll be more than happy to walk you through the easy steps to post large pics on this site. I wish you good fortune in the work you will be undertaking to change the bellows. Please do NOT hesitate to ask an questions at all, even if you think they're stupid or embarrassing becase that's usually not the case! I will be doing mine as well very soon. Luckily for me I have a Volvo Penta distributor about a short 9 miles away and I deal with them all the time and so I'm a regular. They take care of me all the time an will be getting my new manifolds, risers and elbows for replacement from them next week and will be getting busy thereafter changing them. I will post pictures at the same time so stay tuned. Good to have you around, my friend. Someone who's owned 14 boats in their lifetime might just be a record on this forum!!!! I don't think anyone can match that, not even the great and magnificent one-eyed Cylopoadopadopads who's been around since T-Rex roamed the great plains of Africa LOL!
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