Chaparral Rider

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  1. That's a nice looking boat.
  2. Why are there snaps on the side of your boat? Haven't seen that before?
  3. It's funny you say that...the last year we trailered, we showed up to one of our then favorite lakes. Earlier in the day, all of the spots must've been filled up and one of the competitive fishermen decided to just park right on the ramp access just a foot off of the cement at a single ramp access. The lot by then had cleared out but the truck and Ranger emblazoned boat trailer were still there. It was maybe the rudest thing I've ever seen in my life. His truck was plastered with notes as you really had to want to launch to get around this guys rig. I've seen so much bs over the years at ramps, I can't even tell you.
  4. The lines generally go relatively quick. We have a million lakes but like many other things, people gravitate toward certain ones with certain characteristics. It ends up many times that the problem becomes that all the parking spots are filled or that the companions who join the people who launched their boats park their cars in the trailer spots. This upcoming weekend I can imagine is going to be crazy. One reason we said goodby to trailering was the major pain of the whole rigmarole. Now I walk 20 steps from my door onto my boat, press the button on the key fob to lower the lift and back away.
  5. It's hard to explain but once you get to the ramp...there is a cloud that comes over people...the person launching and the people waiting. Getting a boat ready on the ramp instead of in the cue gets some looks for sure. Our ramps tend to be single lane, one at a time and one courtesy dock and many times the other side of the courtesy dock isn't usable. They tend to be on the junkiest part of the lake, maybe really steep or shallow or just unmaintained.
  6. Chap used to make smaller SSi's which ended about the time the H20's started. As an example, their 18'3" SSi had a dry weight of about 2950lbs where as the 18'4" foot h20 has a dry weight of 2300lbs (same size base 4 cylinder as ssi). The 18 foot SSi could accept a 260hp V8 (that brought the dry weight up a good bit beyond what I mentioned). The 18 foot H20 maxes at 135hp I/O. Gas tank in the ssi was 33 gallons, gas tank in the H20 25 gallons. They raised the minimum size of the SSi models and back filled with more affordable H20 models. Sea Doo started doing something similar with their waverunners as the economy tanked and nobody was buying PWC's....they came out with a very affordable product line to get people back into the sport in hopes they would move on up into the more expensive models. Chaparral was smart in doing what they did with the H20 line as we saw a number of other brands drop out of the market all together during that turmoil. H20 is a beautiful boat and they I'm sure realized that not everybody needs or can afford the price of the SSi models but still want most of what Chap has to offer plus SSi's never had outboards.
  7. Ha ha...well it's been a few years now but, It would start from home base. Making sure the tires are at the correct pressures, the spare tire is set to go, I have a lug wrench that fits the trailer lugs which are different than the truck lugs, I have the number to road side assistance that comes standard with the boat insurance policy. I already made sure that the boat will start and that the battery is up to par. When I got to the ramp, I deploy the bumpers and hope that I had them set at the correct height in relation to the dock as every one is different and almost none had any bumper protection. I would remove the rear transom straps, hook a rope to the front cleat and rear cleat on the side of the courtesy dock to throw to my wife while she held the boat, put the plug in because it is became crime to drive with the plug in while on the trailer, I leave the emergency chain on the bow eye as most ramps have a decent decline to them and I had a roller trailer, accept compliments from lesser boat owners as to how nice the chap was compared to their substandard brand, open the hatch of my body on frame suv and peer out the back as I back it up and line up with the cement ramp making sure that i slightly angle it away from the dock so it doesn't ram into it as i push it off the rollers. I would have the two ropes in my hand as I push it off the rollers then once floating I'd throw them to my wife for her to fight the wind and hold the boat in place while I quickly drive the empty trailer to a parking spot. Run back, jump in, back out, yell something derogatory about Glastron and show them the power of what 4.3 liters could do as I fly down the lake at a whopping 48 mph.
  8. So there were about 5 years that we trailered everywhere before settling down. Basically, my wife refused to learn to drive the boat, she just wouldn't do it. So a launch was me doing everything including driving the truck and trailer back to the parking lot and hustling back to the boat while she held it and rarely was there a second courtesy dock to move the boat to. It was a huge pain and actually stressful each time. So then we decided that she can learn to drive the truck back to the spot while I back the boat out and pick her up at the dock....no go. First time, she hit a trailer with our trailer but of course she didn't want to tell me. We get home from a vacation and there's a message from the sheriff on our machine and i learn what she did. Someone saw it and reported it. Sheriff gave me the name of the owner and I just dealt with him and paid for the damage which was a cracked lens. Fast forward to today and she still refuses to drive the boat but she is able to pull the trailer from the access the two miles to our house when I launch the boat for the year as there is no parking or sharp 90 degree turns to have to pull into. Basically I operated on a set routine and it worked well....having little kids as we did at the time that were excitable was maybe the one thing that was a bit challenging.
  9. Exactly....Just because maybe you possibly could...doesn't mean you ever will.
  10. That Yellow is starting to grow on me.
  11. But since I live in the northern most state, it can't be in the cards without a huge lifestyle change and the the kids are still little and so we aren't moving. You think is sounds crazy but I literally measure my situation in forgone yachts each April though there was a year that I measured it in Lamborghinis. It's kind of tongue in cheek but kind of not. I have mostly wealthy clients, colleagues and friends and it is just the way it is...Either I live in a bubble way up here or your reference group is very different. What you think is unusual just isn't in my industry.
  12. If I tried to sell a boat and denied a sea trial, they would say to me let's splash it right now on that lake one block from my house. I would have to rely on exuberance for someone to not want a sea trial.
  13. Some do and some don't....here in the spring there's lots of boats on the market but not a lot of the exact boat you want. I bought my first boat during the recession and showed up with cash and there was nobody buying at that time. My current boat, I bought and there was a line of people at the house to look at it as he took names while it was in storage and set up times for us to look at it. Pretty standard around here to do that exact thing. There was no test drives in the cards as maybe three 220's come up for sale locally each season and they immediately sell. I trusted the seller and be was true to his word and there some disappointed faces. I guess I will say that it is very situational and that there can be some exuberance that comes into play as well.
  14. I'd love to swap places with you for a year.
  15. Correct...that's not azimut money, upkeep, lifestyle and pay taxes along with the rest of my obligations.