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  1. I use essentially the same one sold under a different brand name. It works great but I only have a 4.3L GXi engine.
  2. Chaparral designed that cutout to fit early Garmin 500 series chartplotters and chartplotter sounders with the optional flush mount kit including (for North America at least) the 520,520s, 525, 525s, 530, 535s, 540, 540s, and 545s. 'S' versions of course indicate that particular Garmin GPS chartplotter is a 'Sounder' version that can easily accept a Garmin transducer to give water depth and temperature. Then Garmin came out with faster processor models. 521,521s, 526, 526s, 531, 536s, 541, and 546s, Models for these series ending in '6' had the greater pixel clarity. These also fitted the slot. These are all discontinued and were replaced by the 527, 527xs, and 547, and 547xs, which may also be discontinued now. These did not use the same optional flush mount kit and DO NOT fit without some modifications. I installed a 547XS and you can read about the issue in a lengthy post here: My install is further down in the post here:
  3. I can tell you that the 19p 4 blade aluminum did not perform well on my 2009 196SSi 4.3L GXi. I tried one after I bent (I said I boated in some shallow lakes ) my first Turning Point 17p 4 blade on a trip away and could only find the same prop in 19p locally, so I tried it out. It really bogged down the hole shot and took quite some time for the hull to come up on step. It was absolutely useless for water sports. I replaced it with another 17p Turning Point 4 blade once I got home. What you have to consider is that an extra blade adds mass to the prop, lowering spin (or I suppose taking more force to spin the same) - hence dropping from 19p (on the OEM 3-blade) to 17p on the 4 blade. This should help maintain or improve the RPMs as it was in my case. Good luck, Ron
  4. Cazzy, I have 2009 196 SSi with the Volvo 4.3L GXi. I was getting about about 50 MPH at 4600 RPM WOT with the OEM Volvo 3 blade 19p stainless. I switched to a Turning Point Hustler 14-1/2 x17p 4 blade in aluminum (I think model LE-1417-44). I went aluminum mainly because I do boat on shallow lakes and didn't want to ding a stainless prop. The blade 17p increased my maximum RPM to 4800 WOT, but dropped speed a couple MPH - I was looking for better hole-shot for watersports and not speed. The boat is much more responsive to the throttle and remains hooked up in tight turns better than the 3 blade. IMO nothing wrong with the aluminum prop from Turning Point, but if I was boating only in deeper lakes, I would have probably shelled out for a stainless 4 blade.
  5. I did a similar install to my 2009 196 SSi last summer. I used the automatic charging relay (SI-ACR #7610) from Blue Sea Systems swapped out the stock Blue Sea battery switch with their Dual Circuit Plus m-series switch #6011 (this was an exact replacement/switch so no modification was necessary). I did the load-side install and added appropriate spark proof 100 Amp circuit breakers between the ACR and Dual switch. The install was not really difficult at all but take time and make your own appropriately sized cables with heavy heat shrink to tidy things up a bit. For pics and more details see:
  6. Ya you are spoiled in that part of Alberta - a good concentration of deep lakes and clearer water compared to the rest of the Province. However, everything is relative and our lakes do not compare to the deep clear lakes of B.C. I too will be traveling to the Okanagan for at least a week this summer - Kalamalka Lake is my destination this time.
  7. My 2009 196 SSi Wide-Tech (similar to your 19 H20), which has the 225 HP Volvo 4.3L GXi engine came with a stainless 3 blade 19" pitch Volvo prop. It is great for speed giving me a shade over 50 (52?) mph at 4600 rpm, but I can't get to max 4800 rpm's specified for my engine. To get better towing, hole-shot, and to reach max 4800 rpm I went with a Turning Point aluminum 4 blade 17"p prop. This configuration still gives me a respectable 48 mph wide open throttle. Generally, when going from 3 to 4 blade, you step down a couple of inches in pitch to compensate for the extra mass of the 4th blade. If your boat is like mine, your existing 20p may be the speed prop and you may consider a 17p 4 blade for pulling. let me know how that works out.
  8. Yes I have the cockpit and bow snap in covers, but rain/road spray are not prevented from getting into the bow between the snaps during travel. I would like a cover that wraps down over the sides of the boat to prevent this.
  9. I'm interested in purchasing an exact-fit trailerable boat cover for my 2009 196 SSi Widetech that would allow for the bimini top to be laid down under travel cover during transport. I have looked at the products from Westland (made with Sharkskin, Sunbrella), Carver (made with Sun-dura, Poly guard) and Shoretex (Weathermax, Prism, Travel Tuff) but haven't seen any pics showing how the cover installs around the integrated swim deck. Quite frankly I'm leaning to Weathermax fabric but would like to know how well the covers fit and do/can they include perimeter tie-downs that ratchet in the back, ventilation poles etc. Can anybody here with an '09-'13 196 ssi Widetech give a recommendation on a well-fit product I should consider?
  10. I switched out the stock Volvo 3 blade 19" pitch on my '09 196 SSi with Volvo 4.3L GXi to a Turning Point aluminum 4 blade. I'm glad I did as I ended up dinging the prop on a rock after the switch.It is much cheaper to replace an aluminum $100 prop than the $300-400 stainless. The switch also got me to the higher end of my RPM range and only sacrificed a couple MPH. It tows a tube better than the 3 blade which is more of a cruising prop.
  11. I suspect adding ballast will really bog down the 4.3L engine. Perhaps others know more about this than I do.
  12. Bud, is that the 4.3L GxI engine? What prop do you run?
  13. Bud29, where do you mostly boat?
  14. Greetings Malcolm, I wish I could boat all season. However, if I was on the island my current boat would have to be upgraded to something for salmon and halibut fishing with room to spend a few nights. Lots of larger boats like yours on Lake Okanagan. That's a large and often rough body of water. Beautiful area the interior is. We are heading back to Vernon/Kelowna this summer for a week of boating - probably stick to Kalamalka Lake again with our size of boat.
  15. Sorry for the late reply but I haven't been thinking about the boating much lately. Are you happy with the hole-shot using the 4-blade S/S prop? I have the 4.3L GXi Volvo that came with the 3-blade 19 pitch Volvo prop. Good speed prop but crappy for towing. What tower are you planning on installing? Let me know how the tower install goes.