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  1. ChappyMike

    A/C air handling Sig290/2008

    Yes that is correct. Mid-cabin berth, main part of cabin, and up front (usually on port side).
  2. Hi all - anyone happen to know the size shock/strut for the engine hatch on a 280/290 Signature? We won't be at the boat for a few days, but was hoping I could pick these up before hand if anyone knows the size. Thanks in advance!
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    2006 330 Signature Engine Mount Cracks

    My previous 280 Signature had similar cracks like that. They were a little higher up, so bilge water couldn't get in. Had it tested and it was dry. After having it sit in the AZ heat for a few weeks, I sealed up and forgot. Never had an issue.
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    Getting back into a Chaparral -- need some guidance

    We bought both of our 280 Signatures "sight" unseen. Both times we had about 50 photos and some videos sent to us, and the second time around had it inspected. The first time we saw the boat (in both cases) in person was the pick-up day. Haven't had any major problems, just do your due diligence beforehand. The second time around, the dealer we worked with asked me after the deal, "Do you think we described the boat well and gave you an honest opinion in the photos and over the phone?" It's a weird question to ask, but they did. They didn't hide what was wrong and told me right up front. I told him, "Look, I'm taking a $$$ risk here and all I'm asking is for you to be honest. We should be like that from the start" and he was. I appreciated it. As for the risers/manifolds, I agree with soldier, it's about $600 in parts and a couple hours. If you do it yourself, make sure you get ALL the old gasket off and +1 on using OEM gaskets. I used aftermarket parts and OEM gasket and was right around $600. Not a lot of work to it...hardest part is getting around in the engine compartment and getting bolts lined up with their holes while not dropping the new gasket on the manifolds. As for preventative maintenance, I would just start from scratch unless the dealer provides proof that they already did the work. First time around with the shotty dealer, they claimed they did a LOT of things but I pulled oil filters off that had the date written from two years prior. My fault, maybe, for not seeing receipts or proof. If it's a good deal and you're happy with it, go for it. Our 280 Sig that we have now cost us about 4700 in mileage from Portland, OR to Austin, TX, but we've been happy with it ever since we walked up to it on the dealer's lot the day we picked it up.
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    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    +1 on the Goodyear Endurance. Had them on my last trailer and have them on my current. Never an issue with the triple axle and the flexing of the sidewalls when making tight turns. Done a 2600 mile one way trip back from Texas on them without an issue.
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    IAC Part Number for Mercruiser?

    Thanks for the heads up everyone. I ordered the aftermarket one with OEM gasket and will install and test this weekend. Dealer we bought the boat replaced the starboard one as it had failed, but left the port one. Low and behold, after only an hour of run time after buying it, the other one fails. Why the dealer didn't do both at the same time, I don't know, but at least it's an easy and relatively easy DIY fix. Also glad we had two engines and were only 1/4 mile from the marina so we could cruise back! Thanks again everyone!
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    IAC Part Number for Mercruiser?

    Hi Everyone - we had the IAC go out on one of our engines over the weekend. Does anyone know the part number? It's a 2003 MerCruiser 5.0 MPI. Also, I've read conflicting reviews about the OEM part and an automotive equivalent. Thoughts? Thanks!
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    Stereo and remote upgrade...2004 Sunesta

    We had a Bazooka tube on our last 280 Sig and I liked it. It didn't give SUPER powerful, bone shaking bass, but it did add a good depth to the other four speakers. We actually mounted in the engine compartment (which was insulated), and still saw good performance. Best part was, no big holes. If you're like me, cutting a 10" hole in a shiny piece of fiberglass is not easy to do.
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    GPS Chartplotter Recommendations?

    Hi Everyone - Getting ready to pick up our new-to-us Signature 280 next week. Our previous 280 had the original factory Raymarine black and white chartplotter installed but only used it for speed/heading. Looking for recommendations on a built in GPS/Chartplotter combo. We're new to boating on the Columbia River and having a chartplotter, especially with estimated depths, would be one of my first upgrades. Not looking to break the bank or need radar, but I want to put something in that's going to work well. Any suggestions on where to start?? Thanks!
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    Full Enclosure for Signature 280

    Hi Everyone...been a while since I've been on here! We're in the process of looking for a 280 Signature and one that I have my eye on is missing the full enclosure. I've priced it out on the R N R Website that makes the factory-style canvas, and I'm coming in just shy of three large deer. Any one have experience with having a local canvas shop do it for cheaper? I'd like a good quality product, but not sure what that'll run locally vs. the online price. Thanks!
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    4.3l volvo v 4.3l merc

    I'm a DIY guy and I found that having the EXACT engine and drive model (i.e. DP-SM outdrive and 4.3L GXi-B engine in my case) makes finding parts pretty easy. Volvo Penta's parts website allows you to find parts based on these model numbers. You can order on their website, or take the part number and do a Google/Amazon/eBay search and see different pricing. Sometimes VP's site is right in line, sometimes more, sometimes less. I've never had a problem with long lead times or parts not available and my engines are 14 years old. That said, I personally have only had VP engines/drives, so I can't testify for Merc. My dad has ONLY had Merc. and his current Chaparral is his first VP set-up and no complaints from him. If you're NOT a DIY guy, then I'd check to see what the mechanics around you service, as that might be your deciding factor should you ever need service.
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    On hook generator running?

    We've spent many nights with the generator and a/c running. I never run the blower once started and running. I also have 2 CO detectors in my cabin, each one next to a berth. One night we were beached in a cove and the wind changed direction in the middle of the night. Not strong winds at all, but a breeze that carried gasses into the cabin and caused one of the CO detectors to go off. Obviously, couldn't smell a thing, but we simply shut down and opened the hatches to vent out. It was cool enough in the cabin that we slept the rest of the night with the windows open and generator off.
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    Ideas on adding a subwoofer without holes!

    I mounted mine in my engine room for three reasons....First, I didn't want to drill a giant hole (and didn't really have the room to make a hole that big). Second, I wasn't looking for over powering bass. And third, Bazooka even suggested mounting it in the engine room. On my 230 SSi, it was literally next to the engine and on my Signature, it's on an open area near the water tank (more centrally located). Turn the radio up and you can feel it. I have the sub and my outdoor speakers run through an amplifier and am very pleased with the sound.
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    Ideas on adding a subwoofer without holes!

    We have a Bazooka Tube mounted in our engine compartment. It's doesn't give that hard hitting bass that you hear from a mile away, but that's not what I was looking for. It gives just enough deep tones without vibrating the boat to pieces. Overall, I'm happy with it and didn't need to drill any holes. Best part was, I took it off my old boat before trading it in and there was no hole left behind.
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    Not Reaching Max RPM?

    Ok rotors and caps were on my list for April maintenance, so I'll get those ordered. I'll also get the batteries tested, but judging by the date code on them, I'm going to assume they are getting close to replacement. This is all good info and I appreciate everyone's feedback!