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About mpm330

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    Retired Admiral of the United Texas Fleet
  • Birthday 03/17/1948

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    Lake Lewisville, Texas
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    Goes without saying that I love boating. Also love travel and scuba diving.

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  1. Yearly I have the engine oil, filter, and out drive lube changed. Marine engines and drives get a real work out especially with the weight of my boat. Fuel filter around two years. Along with the filter there is a small screen in the coolfuel module that they change. Impellers every three years. I don't really winterize since it doesn't get cold enough and it is sitting in the water year round.
  2. That is what I had too. Two on the boat and one at home.
  3. Go to the Kidde fire extinguisher web site and check out your extinguishers for recall. The ones that are effected have plastic handles or push buttons. Kidde is replacing them for free. Some 38 million effected.
  4. Just got my boat out of the shop Monday after having some major maintenance done, can you say many boat bucks. Cap, rotor, plugs, fuel filters, and oil for the engines. Had the out drives pulled and bellows etc changed out. They also touched up the drives. Bottom power washed and sides waxed. Went today to take it out, for a run to see how the engines were running. The boat looks amazing. On the way out of the marine stopped and filled up with gas. Took it out and WOW what a difference. It came right up on plane and hit 4600 rpm with no problem and that is with a full tank of gas, I was impressed. It was running like it did when it was new. Two negatives, The speedometer was not working and it seems that my battery charger has bite the big one. So back in to the slip and stopped in to the office and let them know about the two problems. After I left they pulled the boat and fixed the speedometer and took it out to check. Well while they had it out running it, seems that the starboard water pump came apart. Pulley and shaft came out. Glad that didn't happen while I was out on the other side of the lake. They called and said they had plugged the hose and to not to use the boat till they get the pump in. Just as I thought battery charger is toast. I am glad that it is running so much better, at the end of the season it was really running like a dog.
  5. I use Starbrite deck cleaner and it works great.
  6. It is possible that the drives have been replaced, that happened a lot for XDP drives. If it still has the XDP drives I would pass on the boat. You can do a google search Chaparral 280 signature and that should give you all you need.
  7., not cheap.
  8. The nuts or the chap posters? You need some wild hogs to eat the nuts.
  9. It depends on the type of boat. If you have it on a trailer there are product you can put in the bilge with some water and tow it home. Then pull the drain plug and spray it out. I have to use some spray type cleaner and a cheap mop to clean mine since it sits in the water.
  10. Connect the two hoses and you should be good to go.
  11. Mine is located under the seat by the power panel, could be in the same place.
  12. You can go to 4 with no problem. I was having problems with the pump that came in the boat which I believe was a Jabsco, 2 pumps and 2 leaks. I switch to a Surflo and that was several years ago and have not had any problems with that one.
  13. I have replaced the fresh water pump twice over the years. The last time I went with a different manufacturers pump. Very easy to change out. Your pump is probably worn out and just needs to be replaced. Make sure the screen between water tank and pump is clean, if it is clogged it will cause the type of problem you are seeing.
  14. Yes, factory install. Clean strainer several times a year. Yes, impellers are OEM. Not sure on how fast it establishes a prime, but by the time I go from cabin to the rear of the boat it is pumping water out the side. There is no winter lay-up, so no anti-freeze. I do find that the impellers last longer if I limit the amount of cruising I do with the gen running. It is not something I worry about, change in the spring and keep a spare.