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TimBrown

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  1. Am pulling both batteries and bringing them home and putting them on charge. I am going to order a good load tester. I love spending money at Harbor Freight! (My wife is cursing all of you)
  2. Just to set the record straight, I drove the boat to the gas dock. It started fine there, so I decided to run it for awhile just outside the mouth of the inlet to the marina to allow the batteries some time to charge. I had my phone and radio with me and was never in any danger. I also had my booster box which I always take on the first voyage or two every year. After getting a bit more of a charge in the batteries, I didn't have any more problems. I assume the issue was not enough juice to the Smartcraft system prevented the boat from starting, even though it was turning over. Jus
  3. I took the boat out for the first time this year over the weekend. Before going out, I put it on a work rack with the muffs on to make sure it started. I had the batteries on 1 and it turned over just fine, but wouldn't fire. I noticed that I didn't hear the usual warning beep that I get before I start it. Thinking something might be wrong with the ECM or some other electrical gremlin, I turned it to 2 and it wouldn't even turn over. I then switched it to dual and it fired right up. I got on the lake and ran it for about an hour and had no problems starting on 1 after that. I would turn the ke
  4. The Monterey looks really nice. I am kind of wondering why they don't have any kind of dash space for gps. Seems odd to me. Also, only 300 hp in that boat might make it a bit of a dog. But I do agree that the cockpit layout is really nice.
  5. I've been looking at used 270's and noticed there are a lot on the market with the Mercruiser 350 mag. I think that's a great engine, but don't think it's probably enough power for the 270 at 300hp. I've also seen quite a few with the Volvo 350hp engine. It's a light engine with quite a bit of power for it's size. Anyone on here with experience with this combo? How much difference does that 50hp make? Thanks
  6. Only the 270 Signature left? Wow.
  7. Anywhere from 50-52 is about as good as it gets.
  8. Night boating is one of my favorite things. But, as said many times in this thread, you have to be very careful. It's so peaceful to slowly cruise across the very still waters after sunset. But I don't use my docking lights and I don't go out if it's overcast. Only when there is plenty of moonlight. You would be surprised how well you can see.
  9. I understand now. I wonder how much lighter the "newer" 270 is versus the older boat? And how much of a difference it would make? It sounds like you get pretty good performance from yours.
  10. You have the 8.1 in yours? How is your cruise/top speed in that boat? Also, were there significant hull changes in later models? I've been looking at boats in the 2013 - 2015ish range.
  11. I've found the Clarion version probably doesn't exist anymore. I searched for them for my boat and couldn't located one. I even looked for used ones on eBay. If you find them, please post back here so the rest of us can try to track one or two down. I don't think the newer version you posted a pic of will work with the older units. I believe there are a couple of extra pins in the connectors. Good luck, but you might have to swap out your head unit.
  12. After an earlier thread where I asked about what could be a good boat for Lake Michigan, I've been warming to the idea of a 270 Signature. I've been doing some looking at used Signatures online and have noticed the most popular power plant for that boat seems to be the 300 hp Volvo. There are a few Mercruisers in that same category and I've seen one or two with the Merc 377 Mag. I'm curious if anyone here has one of these boats with a 300 hp engine and what they think of the performance. My Sunesta has the Merc 350 Mag with the Bravo III and I've been very happy with that combinati
  13. My father is 83 and has cancer. Good for you for doing this. My hats off to you.
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