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    engine bogs

    check all wire connections, start at battery and follow both hot and cold wire all the way through the starter and alternator, tighten and clean if necessary. Don't just look physically touch and check. Next what about plugs/wire or cap and rotor when is the last time those have been done, been 3-4-5 years I would replace those, about 100 bucks in parts and takes an hour or two. lastly if you have a carb maybe spray with carb cleaner and put some sea foam in with some fresh gas.
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    Help me make the right boat choice

    Not trying to start a new vs old war. FWIW IMVHO new boats are a terrible purchase considering price and what you are getting. Yes you have warranty, latest and greatest and the fact its, no doubt that. But fact is with a used boat is you can get considerable more boat for a considerable amount less. Considering boats don't age like cars assuming they are taken care of. A 10 year old boat IMO is really the sweet spot but to something that is 20 years old. Reality is for the average boat out there, is sure the newer ones do have some gadgets and so forth but new boats aren't as a whole doing anything more than a 10 year old boat. Boats over the last 20-25 years for the most part really aren't any different than they are today. Again all for what its worth. If I went out today I would want a 24-26ft that ultimately would cost me probably 50-100k depending on brand and model, where is I can go out and get that same boat on the used market for half if not less.
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    Help me make the right boat choice

    40-50 hp is nothing on boat if the torque isn't there or the gearing isn't changed. Duo prop with the right gearing will be more than fine than a bigger engine. It takes a lot of HP in a boat to do something. Our 19ft fourwinns growing up had 185hp and weight all of 3500 and did fine.
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    Chaparral's quality going downhill

    I don't get paying 50-60k or more for a couple of metal tubes with a deck on stop and 150hp motor on them. I know I know they are little more than that, but really I bet the profit margin on those things is huge.
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    Chaparral's quality going downhill

    yes and no. Car companies are also much larger and I think have the process down pat a little bit better and also have more resources to throw at quality control. Boats today simply cost more and made cheaper. They have overall do no come close to comparing in quality than boats built 15-20 years ago. Things are made of plastic and not metal, fiberglass is thinner and poorly done
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    Chaparral's quality going downhill

    The real problem is pricing much like I see it in cars, although I feel as if car quality control is better. Boats have dramatically increased in price you cant get into something new for much less than 50k, and that is a lot of money for the majority of americans, specially something that a lot only use 4 months out of the year. The boat population has been in decline so in order to make money boat makers have to raise prices and cheapen the product, just the way it is, and its also a part of the throw away mentality, nothing is meant to last more than a few years anymore. Ive said it before my 1991 and 1993 of different makes were lacking in some of the newer tech but in general were hands down better quality than my 2002 chap.
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    175-200ft of anchor chain instead of chain & rope

    yup just like guys asking if putting square shaped wheels on a car is a good idea. stick with what works.
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    Getting back into a Chaparral -- need some guidance

    If your going to do sight unseen then a survey and mechanical inspection. That engine inspection if it were me must come with a compression test. If not somebody will just be looking it over and turning it on that doesn't tell me anything. A compression test will tell you a lot. that's about all you can. 2. Risers and manifolds. I did it myself on a 5.7 Volvo GXI. $600 in parts. I used aftermarket and not Volvo and they seemed to be the same quality as OEM. Just make sure you use OEM seals. But if you are not inclined to do so, and want to use Volvo parts than 2k is probably reasonable. I wouldn't pay 3k. As for labor for somebody that knows what they are doing it should be no more than a 2 maybe 3 hour job. Considering its been salt, and there is rust I would replace them now, gives you at least another 5 years in salt and in fresh they should last forever. 3. New boat and unless you got receipts showing the work, I always go new fluids, impeller, and filters, that way I know its done and I am schedule. Typically you change the oil, outdrive oil, fuel filter and oil filter once year. Some camps believe doing it in the fall before storage others do it in the spring. Spring is always time to clean it up, wax, and fix odds and ends. Impeller should be replaced every 2-4 years.
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    175-200ft of anchor chain instead of chain & rope

    nah to bulky noisy and chain will destroy everything it touches. windlass system goes up I'm now trying to haul up 200ft of chain weighing 200lbs plus anchor? Just doesn't seem logical to me vs what benefit.
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    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    yes should have mentioned with cold wouldn't want to go max when the trailer has been running already on a 100 degree day.
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    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    trucker buddy of mine claims only tow at max pressure on trailer tires. FWIW of course.
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    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    I would have to find it. But the idea of I got a big truck so I can do this is ridiculous, I call BS on that. All of the factors that you listed I 100% agree with and the fact that a F250 will stop better than a Tacoma, also agree. And your point about a properly towed trailer and a regular passenger car being the same risk is BS. On average a vehicle needs 180ft to stop at 60mph and it needs 320ft to stop at 80 mph, an almost 60% increase without towing. That's not telling the whole story even a trailer with properly working brakes will probably increase your stopping distance by 50%, its possibly it might even double it. So yeah without towing I can stop around 200ft with my vehicle at 60 and 300ft at 80mph, if I'm towing and going 80 I'm probably in the 500ft zone if not further and all of 300ft at 60, so yeah I would say the data says there's an increase risk even if your doing everything right. Then if its wet you have to double it, snow etc. While I agree there are many factors that increase or decrease risk and being properly equipped plays a big part. But pure physics says more weight equals longer stopping distance every pound or mph gained incrementally adds risks. If were using the same vehicle going at different speeds I am adding at least 60% to my stopping distance between 60 and 80mph, you can compare different vehicles all you want that's a different argument, of which I agree with you. talk about driver knowledge and skill is that guy in his F250 allowing 4-500ft or a football field and half distance between him and the next vehicle, doubtful? When towing I find its more about others around doing what they do of which you cant control vs you being pro truck driver with top notch equipment.. So you can do everything right all you want its the next guy that you cant predict you have to worry about.
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    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    they also have trucks 5 times the size with brakes and engine to match. Think its been studied anything above 70 while towing just about anything with just about anything is unsafe. Everybody think cool my truck is pulling this thing and were going 80 or yeah I got my diesel. but that's fairly ignorant thinking. Its about stopping and steering as well.
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    Jet skis....friends riding and liability.

    Yeah its wasn't good. But like I said there were contributing factors such as suspected alcohol which those parents usually turned a blind eye to half a 24 rack coming up missing nightly etc. So like any suit all of the circumstances matter and I am sure if there was an adult on the boat doing everything right the suit probably would have wound up at least a little better. Nothing wrong with kids using toys, cant run life being risk adverse. But if theres proper training, supervision and rules then things will turn out fine. its when parents hand over keys and turn their backs things happen.
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    Jet skis....friends riding and liability.

    supervision, educating, and teaching can go a long way. But you are right you at open to a lot of possibilities. Growing up we had a cottage. Friends of ours on the other side of the lake had an incident where they let their kids out tubing on a boat by themselves(teens) one thing led to another and they ran over one of the kids with the boat and killed him. Probably didn't help that the parents turned a blind eye to some other contributing factors. But none the less they lost the cottage, and last I heard they had to file bankruptcy and were working on a divorce. So it does happen.
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