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  1. A friend at our marina has a 300, great boat, has been restored to look like new, amazing. I can't offer advice on how to test or diagnose, but if you or someone open them up and just have it replaced, you wont worry about it further. Same as impellers, etc.
  2. The PDF parts guides do not seem to have part numbers for the seat skins for my Sig 290. Mine is a 2005 Signature 290 (made between 2004-2009 with same cockpit seats, or 2002-2003 Signature 280). Anyone have a list of cockpit seat skin part numbers for my boat? If I had the part numbers, I could search for new old stock on Ebay or Google. Are skins available for the 2009s? Who made the skins for Chap, that they might still have the patterns? Finally, if nothing else, does anyone know the part numbers for the vinyl used in this color scheme, as I see that some Chap vinyls are advertised on the web (Great Lakes Skipper closeouts).
  3. I have a 2005 Sig 290, great boat. Very well designed. This model was 2005 boat of the year on some magazine. More interior room than comparable other manufacturers, and has a walk thru windshield for safety. Im not an expert on the 310s. Go in a 290 and see where you and the Admiral would like to sleep. If you like the aft berth, great, its huge. If you prefer the forward V berth, lay down and see how comfortable it is. The 310 has a different forward berth I think, more of a bed, though you lose that big forward table from the 290 for cards, etc. Get a slip. 1500 is a no go for towing. However, you may have a friend with a bigger truck for those times you need to move it. Or you may be able to rent a 3/4 ton truck from Enterprise Commercial, Ive done this. Call Boat US for free permit advice for your state. Check your insurance.
  4. Uninformed guess: good batts? Alternator?
  5. Please post which engine and what model year engine.
  6. That's a great tip. I've tried to fix this with more rubber weather stripping foam, but the foam rips off due to the cord moving back and forth. I also tried to buy U-channel edge weather stripping (like for car door edges), but it's hard to install because the edge is so bendy. The clear silicone should stay put. Thanks.
  7. In my Signature 290, I have Die Hard Gold AGM group 27s, which I believe are Deka made. I looked hard at the North Star, looks like great batteries, but price was higher. Almost went with them.
  8. I did some reaearch recently after removing some zebra mussel clusters after pulling my Sig from Lake Ontario. There are some new controls. The Zequanox story is interesting: A dead, local land bacteria is toxic to nonlocal invasive species, but safe to everthing else. Also saw some other stories about inorganic powders to use.
  9. Made me laugh. For those who havent see one: Outside the Ithaca NY airport FBO (service center for general aviation aircraft), where I had flown a Cessna 172, I saw a rock on the end of a chain hanging from the wall. A nearby plaque said: "This is a weather rock. If the rock is wet, it's raining. If the rock is white, its snowing. If the rock is sideways, it's windy ..."
  10. Yeah ... I suspect water trickles down and gets in the hatch lid. Water enters the cutout for the wire hole. I think this is fizable with addl weatherstripping of the cutout part.
  11. My comments here are not directed at any one post above. If you have continuing issues with a boat, used or especially new, consider that the dealer may be a factor. First off, the quality of the service staff matters. IMO this is really important so that things are done right and other things dont get broken or dinged up. I once had a car that always had something go wrong sometime after being serviced by a certain car dealer. Went elsewhere for service and suddenly everything was reliable. In my area, I've heard someone say that they suspect a rural boat dealer/marina of using their boat for parts in a pinch. The fixes were under warranty but there were too many things that broke for a lightly used new boat. The dealer does have a bit of a reputation in this case. They are known to take parts off their used boats for sale on jackstands in their lot.
  12. Have a generator on my 05 Sig 290. Searched for a boat that had one for better resale. In reality, we dont use it much at all for what we do. Adds weight and a little year end maintenance. Some without a generator instead install extra batteries and an AC inverter. This might work for you depending what you want to do. I assume that my Kohler is not safe to run overnight while sleeping, but if someone knows different let me know.
  13. My Signature 290 is the second boat Ive owned with black hullsides. It looks sharp and is good for resale IMO, a real yacht look. The sides still show well. My last boat was a Chris Craft with black hullsides and I sold it really quickly. My tips: -Store indoors in the off season, or if you shrink wrap, wrap down to the waterline over the color band. -Dont use fenders at your home slip, use dock cushions instead. Fenders scuff your boat, even all white boats. Dock cushions in your home slip are also far more convenient than fender handling every time you leave and return. Worth every penny. -Do use fender socks at raft ups or transient slips away from home. If they slide off, install ties or get different ones.
  14. Some near me swear by the VC17. It dries really smooth and will reduce drag in the water. You can touch and feel the difference.
  15. My local dealer's service dept often just never calls back, even for things like when can I pick up my boat. Personally, I would be willing to pay a small amount for a factory L2 support for simple questions about my boat. Maybe this sets a "bad" precedent.
  16. For how many years can you order vinyl seat cover replacents from Chaparral? Can I order ready-to-install vinyl replacement coxkpit seat covers for my 2005 Signature 290, or for the latest year that they produced the same model?
  17. I'm in the market for a trailer for my 2005 Signature 290, ideally used. The boat is just over 30' LOA, and has a 10' beam. With twin 5.0 Mercs and twin Bravo 3 outdrives and the genset, I figure I'll need a trailer capable of 12500+ lbs and three axles. Any advice on best places to look for a used trailer at a great price? I see a lot of new Venture trailers on eBay, but I hear mixed reviews. What kind of brakes do I want? Jim Rochester, NY
  18. I just did this same research. Marina didnt disconnect the grounds in storage. Two of my group 24s down to 1.5v (ouch), the group 27 die hard gold still up above 12v. If you abuse your batteries (let them run down, or reasons others list) then buy cheap batts and replace every 2 years, maybe interstate flooded, or carry a jump pack.. Otherwise, go AGM type, for many reasons - originally built for the military. Less self discharge per month than flooded. Sears used to sell die hard platinum marine, which were highly regarded odysseys at a great price. I cant find these now. The die hard gold marine is an agm by built by east penn, the better regarded major manufacturer. I plan to buy two more of these latter to match the one I have. The top performing mainstream brand is Northstar, great specs and pperformance, not built the same as others. More power, more deep cycles. I thought about getting these. Available at We$t Marine (use a coupon). Buy the largest that will fit your tray. You can find your tray dimensions by finding the part number from the part guides for your boat on this site, then searching Google.
  19. Thanks for the good advice on permits. Beam is 10 ft, so hoping NY permits arent that bad. I should confirm. I'm hoping that i can get loaner tow vehicles when I need it, using uship quotes or commercial 3/4 ton pickup rental. I wont move it alot, but I no longer want to be dependent on others. Not having a trailer is a hassle and greatly limits options for storage and service in these parts.
  20. Is the new one quieter?
  21. Also, check to make sure you don't have any exhaust manifold gasket leaks, very common minor issue, new gasket < $30.
  22. Rain water seems to leak into the starboard side storage under the forward berth of my 2005 Signature 290 (same as earlier year 280). The drain seems to be clear because when I add a bucket of water to the anchor locker, it drains immediately out the forward thru-hull on the port side. Lots of tips here about water leaks from the anchor locker and cracks. I looked at my anchor locker and it seems that there is a rubber seal forward halfway up the wall of the locker, some of which appears pulled away slightly. Is this where the crack develops, or is it usually on the wall between the locker and the cabin? Does your anchor locker looks like this (see attached pics)? If I seal it with the 3M putty, will it re-open or crack due to bouncing of the hull on waves (is this the root cause?) Does Chaparral have any kind of tech tip or publication to dealers on this?
  23. Looking at buying a trailer aftermarket for my 05 Signature 290, surveyor listed empty weight at 9700 lbs. How do you know where the bunks on the trailer should be? How many main bunks on each side are required? Should I plan on having to move the bunks after buying a used trailer?
  24. These manual, parts guides, and brochure PDFs have been very helpful! Are there any "assembly guides", at least for the older models? I'm interested in how to disassemble some of the panels on my 2005 Signature 290 to get access behind them, like how to remove vinyl panels from the aft berth to take them for vinyl repair, or how to get to access behind the V-berth mirror without damaging anything so I can fix the leak which seems to be coming from the anchor locker.