Chaparral Rider

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  1. I'd be wanting to test some other areas out before I made a huge hole in that port console.
  2. My take....I'm anti extra holes in the boat so location wise, I'm for either port or starboard console. I don't know that I'd like the sub directly under the steering wheel but that you can fit a larger sub in that starboard side.
  3. Just to clarify, you consider $300 to be too much for a replacement. I'll be curious how much an aftermarket costs in comparison.
  4. I'll just say that my 220's bass and overall sound is just better when I'm not out on the water but have a cover over me or is in a garage. I assume you listened to brick's while in a garage? When I'm under the canopy of my boat lift, before I back the boat out and am getting the music situated, is when it sounds the best in the summer at least. I'll likely add a second unpowered sub and monoblock this summer assuming I can get my second battery addition done in time. I'm just generally dissatisfied with the bass from my 8" powered Bazooka. I'm not sure exactly what will fit but the starboard walk through step down has a nice little unused hollow space below it. The space behind the panel that the batter switch is attached to.
  5. If I had to do it again, I would at a minimum use a nonpowered Bazooka and buy a monoblock to power it. My port console has a flyswatter in it and that's it so is the one spot that is basically free of any clutter. It'd have been better to fit a 10" in there but the opening is just way too small. I suppose you could remove the back rest bow cushion and access it that way with a larger sub.
  6. I'll chime in as I did a full system swap last year in my 220. I took the easy way out and went with the 8" marine bazooka and placed it in the port console. I would say that it met my relatively modest expectations about half way. It just doesn't have enough bass. It sounds decent at low volume but when you want to feel the music, it just can't quite get there.
  7. We get a handful of days that we would consider truly bimini worthy, some summers more than others. Same reason though that we don't get upholstery sun damage as bad as in the south. You would laugh at what we consider a bimini worth day.
  8. Glad to hear you are in the club but bummer to hear that you scratched the gel. My 220 doesn't get towed more than two total miles each year but agree that I wouldn't advise towing with the frame up as I've heard your story many times over the years and also that like above, the bimini on the 220 doesn't lay down as nicely as you'd expect. We don't really use the bimini much because I'd have to adjust the boat lift canopy up a ways to accommodate its height but then lose some protection from the sun and elements. When it is one of our very few very hot and very sunny days in my state, I will pop the bimini of a couple of days which is a process that you could easily scratch the gel as it is a bit of an exact process. I don't like having to lay the whole bimini down each time I want get back on the lift. I love the concept of the bimini but not the hassle of which not using it is made possible by being in the northern-most state and not-so-hot sun.
  9. Agreed, our lake, like many, has wide and varying topography. There are many homes that have almost a sheer hill that requires a powered lift or switchback steps to get to the lake. I can't imagine living with that trek to the lake. We must go back and forth from the shore/dock to the lake fifty times a day and so our door is about 30 feet from the water and maybe two feet of elevation. Would be hard as you get older to do switchbacks. Just the maintenance/upkeep on the wooden stair systems in this state would be a huge pain.
  10. You and me both. Used to be a 3 car garage was an upgrade 25 years ago, now they are starting to come with a 4 or 5 car on the new builds around me.
  11. Nice, those things just look cool. You are a better man than I. I've sworn off of towing.
  12. It won't be underpowered, it will just have less power but the b3 and of course prop pitch can correct for a lot. My take on used boats is they are pennies on the dollar and so no reason not to get the most for the least if it is possible even it it takes a bit of searching. Same reason, i get the v8 in my vehicles instead of the base v6 and why I only buy supercharded waverunners, etc, etc. It's used and so is already a steal of a deal. Higher than 87 octane is useless for an engine that doesn't require it. Of course if your area is anything like mine, the state that first jammed ethanol down the collective throats of drivers, ethanol free gas only comes in a higher than 87 octane but more btu's of course. My only 'experiment' with non oxygenated gas was with my waverunner where I ran a couple of tanks of straight gas las season versus three prior years with 87 E10. The difference was I could always hit 70mph versus only touching on it once in a while with 87 e10. Never bothered to care about non oxygenated gas with anything else.
  13. My boats sit up in northern MN in one of my unheated garages where the temps get to unbelievable lows. I recall times when -20 was the ambient high temp for a week straight and the low's were far worse. The key and the old saying is that air doesn't freeze. Antifreeze not needed but some marinas do use it anyway. I will say that since there is no place by my lake houses that will touch any PWC's, I 'winterize' them myself. Let's just say that I say a little prayer when spring rolls around. You drain the water by flushing the engine and the pump with a hose connected to the house, shutting the hose water off and then goose the gas a few times until it seems as though no more water comes out. I haven't had a problem but it just seems kind of hokey.
  14. In my state of MN, you'd think that everyone owns a boat but so many buy them with big plans that go unfulfilled and they sit. I do realize the 5.7's are hard to come by in the 220's but it's just my opinion on getting the larger engine. Even when you have a place on a lake, you end up floating with the engine off a lot or using one of your other boats. However it comes down, the 220 fulfills its mission really well.
  15. Sure, I've got a 220 as well. Works very good for my family of four with only a few small nitpicks. I can't comment on price because someone has removed it from your post. My two comments on your subject boat. In my state, 388 hours on a 10 year old boat wouldn't have an 'only' on front of it. Our boating season is ultra short so what would be considered extremely low hours boats are the norm. I would consider 100 hours on a ten year old boat to be decent. Also then, because this is based on opinion, I wouldn't be a buyer of a 220 with a 5.0 in it. It would be a non starter without a 5.7. Keep in mind, I can't see the price but since I only live once and used boats are a bargain, I don't think there is a price point at which I would consider the 5.0.