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  1. Chaparral Rider

    Help me make the right boat choice

    280 sounds low to me for a 4000lb dry weight boat? I assume you are pulling up a slalom skier not dropping a ski? I know the new breed of engines out torque the former breed so maybe there is that.
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    Chaparral's quality going downhill

    Right, some down sides for all the upsides I suppose for pontoons.
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    Chaparral's quality going downhill

    The H20 discussion reminds me of my 17 year old's slightly used Hyundai Sonata we he got for his 16th bday last year. It's a fantastic car, well made, very quick, endless tech and seems like nothing could be done better, until you hop into a 'luxury level' car then it quickly becomes apparent. The Sonata is fine for most and beyond it is just overkill. For many, the H20 is all they require. I really don't get the insane pontoon craze to be honest. There is no break from the wind at all and larger lakes are windy often. My wife is constantly getting out of the wind on our Chap, closing the bow door and the center glass, I don't get that part of pontoon/tritoon ownership.
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    Chaparral's quality going downhill

    I'll add to that as I am in MN and the overwhelming trend is tritoons and pontoons and also the $150k surf boats are taking over our lake as well. Bowriders are dying a medium slow death here and 'they aint no new bayliners' on our lake. Nobody is buying new bowriders whether they be the cheaper H20's or overpriced Cobalts. The sweet spot seems to be lower end 60k-ish tritoons and the surf boats. The tritoons at 60k are lower end because they are not the twin 300's and twin 150's as are on the lake as well but we do get our share of way over 100k tritoons. The tritoons and pontoons are allowing people to get rid of two of their three boats and boat lifts, extra dockage on their shore and insurance policies. I don't get the alure of the wake boat but those people also have a tritoon. Our sand bars have become a whos who of the tritoons and pontoons.
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    Battery dead after 4 weeks non use

    Agree with the above...mine lives on a covered lift and since the auto bilge float switch will work even if the main battery switch is off, I always shut it off. Also, in the event some person comes into my yard and onto my dock and into my boat and turns stuff on, it won't turn on and kill the battery.
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    Chaparral's quality going downhill

    The push to the H20's and killing the SSi's cheapens the brand itself as I see it.
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    Jet skis....friends riding and liability.

    The big push on our lake is to move away from sand shoreline and to native plantings. The involvement of the gov in our land is beyond egregious. The regulations are incomprehensibly large and voluminous. The first time I heard of a wetland bank, its mere existence was insulting. Wisconsin sounds like an improvement from Minnesota.
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    220 SSi Club

    The height of the 220 fits in my garage door by about one centimeter literally. Any upgrade will require a new garage and cutting a lot of very old trees down as well so for the time being, its the 220. Very few beefs with the 220.
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    220 SSi Club

    Welcome to the club. The 220 is still a decent boat even compared to the new stuff out there. Good job getting the 5.7 instead of settling for the 5.0.
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    Jet skis....friends riding and liability.

    Those worst case scenarios are always messy. I know so many adults who go to the sandbar to socialize all day and then drive the boat the rest of the day hammered knowing full well the Sheriff boats are on the lake all weekend long. Crazy...
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    Jet skis....friends riding and liability.

    Oh man...what a terrible story. I really spent the time teaching my oldest how to drive the PWC as he was growing up. Oddly enough it helped him be a more attentive car driver back when he was learning how to drive. All that said, he's still a teen and makes stupid teen decisions sometimes. We are on one of the largest lakes in MN and it is loaded with lake home owners with $$ to buy toys and that means tons of teens on PWC's all over the place. I am actually surprised how many young kids I see on PWC'c. Lots and lots of young female teens with literally no idea who they are cutting off, never glance back to see if a turn is safe, etc. The low power Sea Doo Spark seems to now be the PWC of choice for the teens which at least is a slow machine. They are downsizing from bigger and higher power machines which is good. My wife is bugging me to buy a boat for my 13 year old (and the 17 year old I suppose as well) so he can go out and fish and hang out on the lake as well. He needs another year to be a legal boater however.
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    Jet skis....friends riding and liability.

    I was just thinking about this situation actually. We spend much of the summer at our lake house and like you we like to recreate on boats, waverunners, fourwheelers and sleds in the winter. My oldest boy is 17 and the few times he comes up to the lake (as teens don't want to leave their social life if even for a couple days), all he wants to do is ride the SHO...which of course goes upper 60's on GPS (only because it is factory limited as all high power PWC's are) and gets there immediately which is a recipe for trouble with a teen. Assuming his friends ever come up with him one, all I see is your exact situation. The teens simply don't understand liability and the litigiousness of the American society and think it is just crazy talk. We keep all of our houses in different llC's except for our main lake house and our primary residence in order to at least limit the liability if someone get hurt or whatever. I had the hardest time finding an umbrella to cover us and oddly enough some carriers would not provide a quote for the simple fact of owing a PWC even if they themselves provide the underlying coverage for the PWC. We have a whole bunch of insurance companies and two agents to deal with the robust insurance we unfortunately are forced to have to purchase.
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    Courtesy Light Bulbs

    I replaced my courtesy bulbs with exact match LED fixtures on my 2002. Got them on Amazon. Easiest upgrade I think I've done. They were the TH Marine LED-51876-DP Companion Way Light.
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    Hours on engine

    I think the paradigm of outboards as described is a bit outdated. It's been over a decade since that thought process has been in force and has hit cliche status this may years out. Take a look at ocean boats....Outboards rule the day and have for a long time. I'd have posted this in maybe the early 2000's when the fours stroke outboards were still getting their feet under them. Of course in my state, the bowrider is on on its last breath as tritoons take over but not because they are outboards but because you can get rid of your bowrider, your go fast boat and your fishing boat, sell two of the three boat lifts, remove much of your dock system and off load two of your insurance policies. Of course for every bowrider that disappears a wake boat re appears as well so there is that. The other day, I actually raced a brand new tritoon and barely beat him and he only had one engine on it. I had to hit 53 to finally pull away.
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    Hours on engine

    Again, this is regional but for example, If right now something broke on my engine and I couldn't repair it myself, It is likely the end of my boating season as marinas are so backed up. When I bought my current boat three seasons back in April, I needed a few things fixed and the local in the city marina was booked out through August which was to say they had no openings the entire summer. Luckily I was able to find a place out of town that could fix it faster. I think you get the overall message.
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