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SteveFeraru

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About SteveFeraru

  • Birthday December 15

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    Macomb Michigan
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    1985 Chaparral 238 XLC with a 230 Mercruiser IO

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  1. I use to be confused with the left and right side of a boat and was told the boater terms which left me even more confused. I was eventually given this easy way of keeping port and starboard straight in my mind as left and right with the amount of letters in the terms. Left = port or 4 letters Right side = Starboard or 9 letters
  2. Well, I had a boat guy look at it with a quick once over and he looked at the Hull and the stringers and the transom and said that I had a great start with no rot or no broken or cracked Fiber glass, the engine was winterized when it was put away and shrink wrapped back in 2000 and when I grabbed the alternator belt and moved it the engine was free. I need to pull the spark plugs and spray with oil and then give it a couple of spins then do the compression test. I will keep you advised of the progress. Hope to get somewhere on it this weekend. Thanks guys so far.
  3. I have read many of your great responses and I figured I would introduce myself. I am Steve and I have just purchased a one owner 1985 Chaparral 238 XLC. The catch is it has been resting since 2000. I found it to be in pretty good condition for the amount of time it has been resting. It has the 230 Mercruiser with the alpha 1 best I can tell with the high-fire ignition. it was shrunk wrapped and in mostly good condition with some sun fade where the belly bands had allowed the shrink wrap to ride up. The first few things that I have noticed right away was the bellows were falling out of it, a through hull for the sink was broken. I brought it home and have been trying to figure out where to start first after loading the boat by myself onto the trailer with nothing but a jack and stack of wood. I figure there are a number of things I would replace such as the bellows, water pump, lower unit oil, engine oil, shift cable, Gas, and the battery. I think that there should be a number of other things that I should worry about as well and that is where I am hoping to find out from your experience! I know that the window seals are shrunk, and they will need to be replaced, but I figured I should get it running first. although my concern is that there is some water right at the base of the steps while it is just sitting on the trailer. I have seen some similar posts but I don't see a floor drain right there in plain view is there something under the carpet? can I buy the window seals for this? Where do you guys get your parts reasonably? Finally, If you have part numbers for Bellow kit, shift cable kit, water pump kit, and any other advice would be welcome. Regards Steve
  4. Well, I did it! I got the boat on the trailer, I had the Pain staking task of getting the boat on the trailer by myself. I did look at a couple other trailers and figured out the width of the bunks was about as wide as the trailer would go, fortunately the trailer was already set up previously for a center console 22 foot boat with twin 225's on it, and the axle was at the proper distance for balance. It may be just a little tongue heavy but not too bad for the Dodge. I now have so many other questions related to the boat and I will start other threads for them. But for now Thank you for your help Guys! Great Forum!
  5. Thank you Wingnut! So just to confirm the bunks should be spread at about where the stringers are and should follow that line at approximately just a bit wider than the 350 Chevy, I would think and the transom should be about at the cross member of the trailer. The tongue should have about 10% of the total weight which should be easy enough to figure out depending on the sag of the truck or the sway of the trailer. I have had the sway happen with an enclosed snowmobile trailer and moving a 50 pound tool box from rear to front fixed that but that was a scary ride when it started whipping.
  6. I have a 1985 Chaparral 238 XLC that is now going to get a special place on a trailer away from the bunk that it has been resting on since 2000. I have a load rite trailer that I think is big enough for it, but the main question that I have is how do I set the trailer up for the boat? I am wondering if there is any specific measurements that should be taken or set up? the things I am worried about is the width of the bunks, where the bow stop should be placed.
  7. I have a 1985 Chaparral 238 XLC that is now going to get a special place on a trailer away from the bunk that it has been resting on since 2000. I have a load rite trailer that I think is big enough for it, but the main question that I have is how do I set the trailer up for the boat? I am wondering if there is any specific measurements that should be taken or set up? the things I am worried about is the width of the bunks, where the bow stop should be placed.
  8. I have a 1985 Chaparral 238 XLC that is now going to get a special place on a trailer away from the bunk that it has been resting on since 2000. I have a load rite trailer that I think is big enough for it, but the main question that I have is how do I set the trailer up for the boat? I am wondering if there is any specific measurements that should be taken or set up? the things I am worried about is the width of the bunks, where the bow stop should be placed.
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