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  1. The S in MSRP stands for Suggested. IF the vehicle has been on the lot for a while, make them an offer. 2 years ago I bought my Sierra and got 30% off MSRP, granted it was technically a leftover (bought in October).
  2. rreale

    mooring cover lining replacement

    If you are near a marina, they should be able to recommend a canvas place. Some of these canvas guys fly under the radar and you have to find them by word of mouth. or you can email taylor made. tms@taylormarine.com
  3. rreale

    Boat purchase showing protocol question

    My boat was in New Hampshire with a broker, I looked at it in March. Agreed on a price the next day, put a $500 deposit on it. Signed a contract that stated I had to be satisfied with the marine survey. Had the survey done in early May. they found some things wrong and the seller fixed them. The salesman was incredibly honest and very helpful. I didnt want to lose the boat, just very hard to find a 255 SSI freshwater boat in good condition.
  4. rreale

    2011 287 ssx..what to look for

    I've always shyed away from saltwater boats. But, I have seen some saltwater boats that have been taken care of very well. I would get a survey. I did, they found stuff and the owner fixed it to make the sale. I have the volvo penta 8.1 with a DPS outdrive. Just this fall i developed a noise in my outdrive, the mechanic has the outdrive and will fix in the spring. From what I read Mercruiser is slightly more problematic, but there are a lot of mechanics out there to fix them. Volvo Penta its hard to find parts and hard a little harder to find a shop that works on them. Good Luck.
  5. rreale

    255 SSI

    I like mine. had it for about 4 years. took me a loooong time to find it back then. there were a few more around back then. I wanted fresh water big block, so that narrowed down the inventory. Only had to travel 200 miles, found a motivated seller and got a good deal. Rarely see one for sale nowadays.
  6. rreale

    Cover for just storing boat

    Well, it catches alot of snow on the topside. i brush it off after every snowstorm
  7. rreale

    Cover for just storing boat

    i bought my cover from Darren its a little bit of work to get on. And it leaves a little bit of residue behind. https://photos.app.goo.gl/n6Wr4oa7b7uLY6i36
  8. rreale

    Cover for just storing boat

    I bought a custom made Fisher canvas for my 255. It was used for 3 years , then the guy bought a radar arch and couldnt use it anymore. It is made out of Army duck. It works pretty good. It requires 3 16 foot 2x4's and some string. It is for Storage not trailering. New it is over 1200 http://www.fishercanvas.com
  9. rreale

    VP DP- s banging/clanking

    my mechanic will take drive apart soon. he did notice the noise got louder when you trimmed the outdrive up
  10. rreale

    Can I tow it? PLEASE HELP

    With the weight of the trailer, you will most likely be over capacity. occasional short distances may be ok. make sure the trailer brakes work, lots of times they dont. if that boat has a big block, add another 200 lbs. if you have a tranny problem and you try to warranty it, it may not be covered if they find out.
  11. rreale

    VP DP- s banging/clanking

    First time driving the boat in 3 weeks today. After cruising at 3k rpm for 15 minutes, a clanking/banging sound develops. with hatch open it sounds like its coming from the outdrive below the water line. The noise doesnt have a regular patter. clank pause clank, or clank clank long pause clank. couldn't find anything that attached to boat (rope, trees, other debris). limped back to port. when you cruise under 1k rpm there is no clank, go above 1 k and the clank comes back. 2006 chap 255 8.1 (375hp) DP-S 340 hours any ideas ok to drive under 1k?
  12. rreale

    New trailer advice please

    that would be alot of gear. 6300 is more than enough. BUT, if you think there is a good possibility that you good upgrade in size in a few years, then get the bigger one. that way you would only be in the market for a boat and not both
  13. rreale

    Hull Cleaning

    Acid based work well. it burns when you get it in yours or any open cuts you may have. I usually try to wipe it off when i pull it out of the lake in the fall. But you need to do it quick , before it drys on.
  14. rreale

    Engine turns over but will not start

    Check the kill again. disconnect it and reconnect it. move shifter forwared and reverse a couple of times. make sure it hard clicks into neutral....seen it work before
  15. rreale

    JBL head unit upgrade: update

    The MR16 does https://prospecelectronics.com/pub/media/wysiwyg/manuals/MR16.pdf