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  1. gr8lakes

    CRAParral Never buy!

    Very similar post, from unknown users. Both posts are fake.
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    Yet another troll and fake posting. Joins the forum 5 hours ago, claims to buy a boat without looking at it, writes his first post slamming the boat he bought, and anyone who calls him on it he calls a Chaparral employee. Another boat builder must have hired people to slam this brand on this forum.
  3. gr8lakes

    CRAParral Never buy!

    H20 is the value line, according to articles like: http://www.smartboatbuyer.com/chaparral-h2o-21-sport-review/ My apologies if this is not correct information. I believe Chaparral is a quality brand. Im very happy with my Signature. My boat has stainless thru hulls, reinforced stanchions on the bow rails, etc compared to SR with plastic thru hulls, etc. -- Most of this sounds like boating. Marine mechanics are hard to get scheduled in the summer. I wouldnt make big plans for my first trip on a brand new boat, or even first trip after summerization.
  4. gr8lakes

    CRAParral Never buy!

    So the OP: --bought a value line new boat, --had a complaint chiefly with the engine, not made by Chaparral --doesnt feel supported by the dealer, and titles his post "Never Buy" on the brand? EDIT: discount -> value
  5. gr8lakes

    Replacement LED Arch Lights

    Sharp looking boat
  6. gr8lakes

    Mercury Smartcraft how to?

    Great info in this thread. Researching this, i just realized there is a new VesselView "403" model. Seems to be a VV4 replacement. Dont know what its based on. Newer than VV4, but more spendy than the good solutions posted here.
  7. gr8lakes

    Engine add ons

    You posted the boat model but not the engine size/model or how its propped. Some will say its more cost effective to buy a different boat with a bigger engine. You can try a full tuneup, if you havent already, to get performance you may be missing. Have a compression test done if you want verify all cylinders are pulling as they should. Its sometimes possible to change the prop to get more top end speed. This may be more practical. if you also post how many RPM at wide open throttle and current prop size, someone (not me) may be able to say whether your prop is correct.
  8. gr8lakes


    Two years ago I bought the small Marine Ultra Igloo from Walmart as the one that came with my 05 290 was looking worn. Fits perfectly in the intended space under the cockpit sink, even with the rubberized handles. Not sure if your 310 is the same size.
  9. gr8lakes

    Anyone have these?

    I have had those Overtons dock cushions for two years now. Best thing ever!!!! No one at my marina takes them down over the winter. Just leave them bolted to the dock. I have three spaced on one side of the dock, and one where the swim platform is Not having to stow and hang fenders everytime - PRICELESS. Seriously. No fenders rub and dull your fiberglass. Just need two lines returning to the dock. Strongly recommended.
  10. gr8lakes

    Newbie needs help

    For my 5.0, advance auto parts had a nonbrand name part, Duralast or some such, with "lifetime warranty", offered, 50 deer or so. I would rather have had Merc or Motorcraft, but AAA is open on holidays. I dont want to be on the water with family and friends when the offbrand part fails.
  11. gr8lakes

    Belt Tensioner Squeak on Vacation

    Wingnut, What would you do if you DO see some belt dust on one engine? Only a little wobble from water pump, but matches other engine with no dust. Pulleys look aligned to my untrained eye. Belt part number looks correct from Merc listing, 5.0 w/PS. Not sure how old belt dust is. Now carrying a spare belt. (Note that Im not the original poster)
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    Replacement LED Arch Lights

    Last year, i got the red/white switchable led replacement bulbs for my arch from superbrightleds. Works great. Didnt have to replace fixture or switches. By far, blue leds are much more popular at my dock than red. But they attract far more bugs at night than red, which hardly attract any here.
  13. gr8lakes

    A/C air handling Sig290/2008

    My 05 Sig 290 has a third outlet in the aft cabin.
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    Kohler Generator help 5E

    Forgive this post to an old thread. This information about the ground attachment point is very helpful. I can confirm that on my Sig 290, the batteries appear to be attached in the wrong place. The gen starts and runs fine for light loads, but bogs when the A/C is run. Will try to reroute the ground wires. Comments welcome.
  15. gr8lakes

    2014 Sunesta taking on water when cruising

    Looks like a Volvo thermostat housing. Easy to DIY fix. Not normal to leak here. Not the end of the world. On my Merc, that type of connector is the engine overheat sensor (not sender), used to detect overheat warning condition. Im not a mech, but i would try screwing down the brass part a bit to start. Maybe 35 deer for a new part if needed.
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    Newbie needs help

    IAC Valve was my first thought too. Easy to DIY. Less than 150 deer. Google for removal, checkout, and replacement.
  17. gr8lakes

    Box Anchor

    My Sig 290 has a Delta. This weekend, it held in Lake Ontario where Danforths on other boats on my raftup didnt. My backup/stern anchor is a Fortress because its light and easy to handle. Have a short length of coated chain, and the Anchor Buddy suit. Also, I store it with rubber chair bottom covers on the rod parts to prevent cabin dings. Some sailors complain about the light weight, but maybe the chain makes up for it. Most often I use it as a stern anchor just off the beach, when my Delta is up front. Ive been watching videos on Rocna and Mantus anchors, so called new gen anchors. The Mantus aports a roll bar said to flip it right every time.
  18. gr8lakes

    Cockpit Table Replacement?

    The teak looks great! I love the factory tables from the 350 Sig, beige with the inset Corian, because it matches my interior. Someday, I will look for a used one for my 290 Sig.
  19. gr8lakes

    Bleeding of Snap Eyelets

    Could wash the cover per Sunbrella instructions , then coat with 303 waterproofing spray.
  20. The temperature on my port engine seems to be a bit low this season, so I decided to test and replace the thermostat - '05 Mercruiser 5.0 MPI. I've removed the thermostat housing from the block, but the thermostat is held in by a nylon spacer (23-806922), and the old spacer is stuck in there pretty good. Mercruiser says "just pull the spacer out". Is there a recommended procedure or tool for removing the spacer when it seems to be stuck in good? I have a new spacer, so I don't mind damaging it. Just break pieces off til its out? Any help appreciated.
  21. Thanks for the tip -- and the part number. I'm going to order an extra right now. I got the thermostat out and replaced it with a new Quicksilver kit 807252Q5. BTW - I found that the Mercury Perfect Seal gasket sealer is the same as Permatex Aviation available from NAPA. The problem I'm trying to solve is that my port engine is running cooler than last year, ~120 at idle, but the starboard is 160 as usual. However, the port engine is still running cool, verified by IR Temperature tool on thermostat housing after idling at the dock for 10 minutes. I saw a post about a Volvo engine having a blocked thermostat housing bypass opening and causing this problem: http://www.marineengine.com/boat-forum/showthread.php?170491-Volvo-Penta-43-running-cold&p=139783#post139783 Would my Mercruiser also have a port like this that can get clogged? If not, what could be blocked or would cause it to run cool this year? Theory-wise, I'm not sure how having a blocked bypass port causes the engine to run too cool. At the time I had the thermostat housing off to change the thermostat, I didnt think to look for anything like this. I'm thinking that if my engine runs too cool, the oil might not get up to proper temp, might run rich, or run exhaust manifolds too hot if tstat never opens. Merc service manual #31 says if running too cool, change thermostat for check for restrictions. I've not searched any tech bulletins. The picture below showing bypass port is of the Volvo engine mentioned by the post - this is not from my Merc 5.0 MPI.
  22. Though this is a different motor, I think I see the answer here:
  23. gr8lakes

    IAC Part Number for Mercruiser?

    I might have heard: "dont unplug the IAC when the key is on" lest the PCM gets damaged, but maybe i misremember.
  24. gr8lakes

    IAC Part Number for Mercruiser?

    Ive replaced the IACs 3 times total on my 2 5.0 MPI's in 3 years. Been working fine for a year now. Last one installed was a Sierra, I dont remember what the bad ones were. The failure mode is that they dont start with the throttle at the normal, neutral position. However, when it wont start normally, I can press the gear release and it will start when the throttle is advanced (in neutral), and it will stay running when I put it back into neutral and then forward. If you are new to boating, make sure you know how to do this. Your mileage may vary. I have heard people say that they get dirty and stick. Ive wondered if there is a calibration procedure to set the IAC signal which might help prevent the failures, but I never looked it up in the service manuals.