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  1. Chaparral Rider

    Is the hull really not covered?

    That stuff looks cool. Kind of hides them like 70%. But cant get wet for 14 days....that's a problem.
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    Is the hull really not covered?

    Hairline cracks in gel are par for the course. I just got my first hairline cracks where the platform meets the hull on my 220. Took a few more years and honestly don't know why now.
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    2009 Chaparral 226ssi with 383 stroker with Bravo 3

    60mph with a 350 and B3 sounds fantastic. If it were me, I would absolutely put a 383 in my 220 if it came down to choosing.
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    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    The sloppiness in those photos to me is shocking. I can't quite understand how that boat ever made it into someones possession whereby the final inspector, the buyer, would just not take possession.
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    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    Wow...what a sloppy disaster.
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    Should I Winterize

    Two things for us, when the weekend comes when it's time to pull the boats and equipment from the lake, its only a two day weekend since school will have started and I have no time to winterize myself given the rest of the stuff I am also doing. The other is that I don't want to when I can drop it off at the marina and have them do the labor for me. I have the same marina pull my big boat lift and dock as well. Time is my most valuable asset and I much prefer to pay someone to do these things.
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    Should I Winterize

    Winterizing is part of life here in MN where it gets to -40F where the lakes are. Talking about the marina doing it and being protected, years ago before I owned lake homes and I had to trailer my then boat, I would use a local marine max for winterizing and you'd have to sign a liability waver each year. It protected them in the even they screwed up and their screw up caused damage which of course seems crazy.
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    Who owns a 2018 247 SSX or 2019 257 SSX?

    I guess it's not just HP but torque as well. My take is that in the big picture of the cost, 5k barely registers a blip. If I'm ignoring my logic of used being a better bargain than new, I'm getting the bigger power plant in a brand new boat.
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    Serious leak from transom area

    If it were me, I'd do the minimum cost wise and take it as an opportunity to get into the mid 2000's at least. Lots of great boats out there for under 50k.
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    Should I buy a new 277 SSX?

    Only thought is my friend bought the 287 and he now feels it is too small.
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    Thinking of upgrading order with dealer for H2O 23?

    Soldier is spot on. Maybe more introspection was needed before pulling the trigger on the smaller H20 but you are here now so we are all ears and advice. My 300hp V8 sounds nearly the same as a 220hp v6 from the helm as I don't have captains call and even then, small blocks don't sound nearly as throaty as big blocks and further, significant others don't seem to love the sound as much as some of us limiting your open exhaust time anyway. Also, while I blow past 50mph with ease, it is rare that I ever even go 3/4 throttle and mostly putter at less than 10mph saving the speed for the PWC's. The overall theme being those novelties quickly wear off.
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    Thinking of upgrading order with dealer for H2O 23?

    So then you will need to sell your camper on the small lake and buy a house on a large lake in order to garner the additional utility of the 23 foot boat which If I understand correctly necessitates a replacement/trade of your current 21 foot H20 for which you have already purchased though not taken delivery? The 23 foot boat then will add additional HP as well as more space for your cocktail cruises. I've got some bad news for you....you are in the tritoon demographic. I saw some nice used/two year old tritoons this weekend with a single 300hp for as little as 60k.
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    Thru Haul Exhaust

    Same here, did a full system upgrade two seasons which included adding a sub and then I got the pass to at least be able to hear it while underway.
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    Alpha or Bravo Drive

    That's going to be an Alpha drive. Just the 1.62 ratio tells you and the 4.3 on a small boat won't have a B1 or B3. Bravo drive is much beefier looking and of course the instant you shift the boat, it is immediate evident when you have an Alpha. Alpha is a substantially lesser technology which shifts hard into gear versus the Bravo which you can't really feel the shift.
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    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    Sounds like you got the Brexit model, similar to the Tijuana version. Actually, I've heard more complaints than ever but for the H20 Series.
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