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  1. Have the DTS on my 330 and it is a great feature. On a boat with twins it allows for the use of single throttle. Have not had a single problem with it.
  2. Check on Ebay. If not there, maybe a salvage yard.
  3. As said above the drives use different gear lube. The engine oil is also different since Merc uses 25/40 and Volvo uses 10/40. I wouldn't use the Volvo stuff in my Mercs.
  4. This is a common problem here in Texas because of the large number of trucks. One way to help stop yours from being stolen is to lock the tail gate.
  5. OUCH!
  6. Scary yes,. 400 grand will be hard to get with no one hurt. He may get what the guy has as liability, but will have to split with lawyer. My guess is the insurance company may offer a 1/4 of that, more if the boat is used for business.
  7. Black or dark blue will require more work than a lighter color boat. I have mine waxed and buff every year and always use fenders that have fleece covers. The black gel coat on my boat looks better than it did when it was new and there is no fading. When the weather is warm it gets washed weekly and is in a covered slip year round. The shop used a different polish this year and the results were outstanding. 3M Perfert-it Ex machine polish. They said they can only buy it in gallons.
  8. Boat engines don't operate in a dusty environment. They just need a spark arrestor in case of a backfire.
  9. The access maybe located under the aft seat cushion. If it is a dead house battery there should be two terminals to connect another battery to. That will supply power to the house battery.
  10. Right back at you. Have a safe New Year.
  11. Looks like a fun summer.
  12. Second that. They will make to what you want.
  13. A Happy Birthday (old geezer).
  14. Sunday was a beautiful day here in North Texas. Took my daughter, son in law, and 3 1/2 year old grand daughter out on the lake. Temp was in the mid 80s with a light breeze. It was the first time my grand daughter had been out. She had a great time on the boat and swimming in the lake. It was one of those moments that I will remember for a long time. I think my grand daughter will want to go out on grandpa's boat again. It is really rare to get a day like that the last of June here in Texas. On Saturday had 2 3/4 inches of rain at the house and at the airport they had over 3 3/4.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. That is what I had too. Two on the boat and one at home.
  18. 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.
  19. I use Starbrite deck cleaner and it works great.
  20. 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.
  21., not cheap.
  22. The nuts or the chap posters? You need some wild hogs to eat the nuts.
  23. 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.
  24. Connect the two hoses and you should be good to go.
  25. Mine is located under the seat by the power panel, could be in the same place.