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  1. get a remote control for your lift - so that you can launch and return without depending on others.  

    its also nice to be able to board your boat from either side, but not a necessity. 

    consider making the slip longer than your current boat, in case you want a bigger boat later (you never know).

    same for the weight capacity of your hoist motor.  

    you will want a storage shack on the dock, preferably one that doubles as a bar and also adequate shade for lounging. 

    plenty of electric outlets for other things (fans, power tools, stereo, etc..) and water pump.  

    think about where you could put a jet ski (second slip vs attached floater) 

    think about where boating guests could park and tie up.  

    If I plan on staying around for a while (and Lord willing) I would consider a synthetic (trex type) deck.   If 10 yrs or less, then would just go with wood.

    those would be high on my list.  

    good luck and have fun with it.  

  2. consider getting a voltmeter and watch a few youtube videos on how to use these.  this can be a helpful tool to diagnose your problem.  

    It helped me to determine that my head unit was dead last season.  

  3. I refuse to use the self check out.  I won't do it at the grocery or the big box home stores.  I suspect the employees know that this is the beginning of the end of their jobs  - sad.    Years ago, at a prior job, the software people convinced us that their new product could eliminate the need for 2 employees to manually do similar (clerical) work.  They left out the part about $100 / hr to trouble shoot the software when it went down.  - From that point forward I have been leery of how fabulous "disruptive" technology is.   I want to vomit when I hear someone in skinny jeans using the word.  

    If you want everything automated, then don't complain when AOC wants your tax dollars for universal basic income (redistribution).  

  4. 11 hours ago, summerx said:

    thanks for the update.  Ours has a 3 yr warranty on it, so hopefully we'll be OK from that perspective.  

    sounds like you think they do an adequate job towing the kids at least.  I am excited to get it on the water and see how it works out this spring.


    The 230 wake will have plenty of power to pull anyone who is brave enough to hang on.  I have pulled 190+ lb adults with the 155, with power to spare.  The bigger issue is the size of the rider once up - they can sort of pull the jet ski if they cut hard - you will feel it.  (due to weight of ski - or lack thereof).   

    I have NOT been able to find an acceptable acceleration ramp in the software - so I use a manual feel on the throttle to get them up.  As a tip, try setting the cruise control at desired speed once you get them up - makes it a LOT easier on the driver.  It takes some practice with the controls to engage.  - then when they fall you have to fully let off the throttle to get it to check out of cruise and resume normal throttle response.  

  5. '17 wake 155 here.  I prefer pulling teens on the wakeboard with the jet ski as opposed to boat - makes for more time boarding and less time circling back, etc...

    the wake it produces will not be as good when they are ready for tricks.   

    My reverse mechanism broke - to the tune of $1,200 repair (warranty eventually covered )and missed a few months of last season (which is not covered).  Not sure the pulling had anything to do with it, but I use that reverse / neutral lever a lot when doing so.  

    I am going to get right back to pulling with it this summer.  

  6. IMHO the problem with Rivian is that they will be 100% new to making autos.  This gets back to small things like panel gaps, fit / finish, paint issues, etc...  

    While it may sound like sweating the small stuff, this is frustrating if you dropped 70K+ on a truck with these issues - and no support structure in place to fix them.  

    Tesla already went through these growing pains (still going on to some degree).  The Rivian specs sound great and the truck looks good.   I would not be at the front of the line waiting on delivery.  

    The fit / finish and production ramp will be where the legacy makers have a leg up on the "start ups".   However, the legacy auto makers have already proven that they have no imagination and drive to do something revolutionary.  

  7. Drive a Tesla, then come back and post your thoughts.  It's a game changer.  It's like trading your blackberry for an iPhone.  Didn't know I needed one until I got one.  The powertrain will do just fine in a truck.  Ford doesn't have a choice.  Get with the program or be left out.   You will have trucks doing 0-60 in < 5 sec with more torque than you know what to do with.

    Trailers may have battery packs.  Towing range issues solved.  Trailer (or truck battery) could also serves as a power source for camping needs, etc...

    Electric boats are coming.  I will welcome getting rid of the engine noise while flying across the water.  

  8. 14 hours ago, Hatem said:

    they're pricing themselves out of being able to produce and sell these models.

    Just look at the H20 23 ft with surf gate.  We inflated that on up to 65 herd this year - ouch.  

    So much for the h20 being the affordable line.  

  9. In follow up;


    I used a voltmeter to confirm that the radio was getting 12.8+ V.  Replaced the Jensen stock radio with a Rockford Fosgate pmx5Can.

    21' h2o with radio installed on the port recessed area above the storage locker.  The Rockford is a little larger and covers the screw holes from the Jensen.  
    if anybody finds themselves in a similar situation - consider the Rockford fosgate.  Initially I tried a Fusion RA 70, but it was too small.  fyi - it does not fill single DIN cutouts - beware.  

    not sure I have the picture thing figured out.


  10. On 9/4/2018 at 9:40 PM, arreserve said:

    I am looking to purchase a brand new 2018 H2O Sport with Wake Tower.  The price is 42,840, and I was wondering if that price is firm or if there is any room to negotiate?  I've been told Chaparral puts a Nationwide "Real Deal" so there is no haggling.  This this true?  Looking for advice.

    I don't think you will find that they will come off much.  I have heard of some throwing in a few items or a token amount off, but for the most part it is as listed for the h20.  The '19's are going to be out soon (if not already) so there might be some leverage if the boat is in stock.  However, it is not like buying a car.  You can't simply go down the road to another chevy dealer in most cases.  The other issue is that you do not want to burn any bridges with your local dealer.  It is not worth getting a small amount off of your purchase to be labeled as a pita to deal with.  You will need to have a good working relationship unless you happen to be a marine mechanic planning to do all of your own service.   I would do your research on your dealer's reputation with local boaters / customers.  Good luck and enjoy.  

  11. Stock Jenson BT radio on the 21 ft h20 will no longer power up.  Last season it did this cat and mouse thing where some outings it would work and others it would not.  

    I had 2 service calls on it - only to politely be reminded which button was the power button, etc...  (because it worked when the mechanic would see it).  Seems now that it is dead for good.  Head unit will not power up.  I have got in all the crawl spaces and tested all of the fuses that I can see.  Connection looks good at the battery.  

    Snapped the wiring harness in / out a few times.  checked the fuse that is in the back of the head unit as well.  
    I have purchased a multi-meter to check a few other things next weekend.  

    System is stock, but it is connected to an aftermarket amp.  Those connections look good.  I have gone through and manually checked the connections behind the unit and to the amp.  The amp doesn't show any lights on, but I think it has to have power to head unit to light up (via blue wire).  


    Anything stand out - in terms of what else it could be?

    When can I officially pronounce the head unit dead / as the cause.  Don't want to rewire up a new unit to find out that was not the problem. 

    Stock one battery that runs the entire enchilada.  (testing the battery next). 

    Why would it work on / off for a few times, now nothing.


    thanks in advance.  


  12. If the traverse still has the same V6 / transmission package the Buick Enclave does, then forget it.  The Enclave can barely pull itself uphill.  

    It is woefully underpowered for weight.  I would not recommend the enclave or similar (Lambda) platform for anything other than an uninspiring way to get from point A to B.  

  13. . I'd love to hear from other H2O owners as well on what you like/dislike. 



    - I have a 2016 21' h20.  4.3L merc.  This was my first boat purchase.  My rationale for purchasing new was along the same lines as yours.

    I have no regrets.  I could not tell the difference between an h20 and an SSI or at the time.  After owning for a year I get the difference now.  size options, power and some fit / finish.  That said, dollar for dollar I don't think you can get a better deal than a new h2o in your price range.  (opinion, not fact - that I'm sure others would disagree with - see above posts).  

    No problems in 3 seasons.  Next boat would be 25 ft range (even wife now agrees) and V8 powered.  I was not comfortable driving a 25' boat when I purchased the h2o.  The 21' was a good boat to start with.  It has plenty of power to tube, board, ski, etc...  Gas mileage is good as a bonus, though that really did not weigh into my decision.  The boat goes faster than the portable governor (my wife) will allow.  Negatives include only realistically being able to put about 8 people on the boat comfortably, but again it is a 21' bow rider, not a yacht.   I knew that when I bought it.   The 21' will only put up with so much chop so consider the waters you will be boating in.  

    The stock sound system is not adequate, but I think that is true across the board in the chap line.  


    Maybe in the end it gets to do you want to buy the boat that is right for you now, or the boat that may be right for you in 3 years?


    enjoy the hunt - that is part of the fun.  


  14. just a thought. you mentioned in an earlier post that you may move to Texas.  in which case, a 2500 is not too much truck.  3/4 ton and larger are the norm for Texas from what I have seen - irrespective of trailering needs.  F250 and F350's are the norm.  You may get the stink-eye for driving a 2500 in Cali ??  Go for it.  

    that's a big boat.  it would look better behind a 2500 with the AC on full.  

  15. not sure if this helps you, but I have a '16 h2o.  (starting to sound old now if the 2019s are out).  at any rate, all of the h2o's only tolerate a small amount of trim.  I never go past the 1/4 mark.  any more than that and you will be bouncing up and down.  seems to be a common theme you will hear.  

  16. Bomboy,  

    Here is some serious advice;

    I may have lost count, but if you bought a new boat in 2017 and your dealer has had it at least 3 times with that list of issues, I don't understand how he / she could not help you and look at you with a straight face.   Somehow get a face to face answer from your dealer for the following question;  "Is this acceptable?".  

    This is a simple test of their emotional intelligence.  If they are capable of experiencing embarrassment and other emotions that a normal adult would experience in this situation (taking someone's hard earned money for a pos product) then give them a chance to make it right.  If they are not, then they are pathologic and you are wasting your time.  

    I would also ask a similar question of Chappy corporate.  Try to get it in writing.   Since you are dealing with a company and not an individual, I would vary the question and ask if this "is within specifications or normal owner expectations?" (this gets at what is their corporate culture).  If they tell you it is - then by all means, post away and you may change my opinion of the company. 

    either way it sounds like your boat is a dud and you need to off-load it (preferably back on your dealer).  I would trade it in to a dealer and not some other poor soul.  

    otherwise it sounds like it will just further continue to drain your bank account and be a source of aggravation.  sorry for your bad luck.  I agree that that is a lot of money and swallowing the loss on a trade in will be tough.  

    good luck.  

  17. sorry to hear of your experience.  I have a 2016 h2o 21ft.  72 hrs - thus far no problems - knock on wood.   Not sure how such discrepancy in build quality can exist.  

    My boat is 2 feet too short, but I blame that on my paycheck.  

    Is your dealer helpful with this?  If you have a lemon have you approached your dealer about taking it off of your hands.  Perhaps as a bit of goodwill he could get you into something else at minimal to no cost difference?

    Customer service is an oxymoron for most companies these days.  I believe it has contributed to the escalation of internet bashing / "DO NOT BUY" rhetoric - seems to be the only option you have left.    I would work with your dealer about getting into another boat - everyone loses a little money (you, the dealer, probably not chaparral), but perhaps you get your vacation back.   Good luck. 

  18. I thought an Acura MDX was headed straight at me on the water on the 4th.  Turns out it was a pontoon with modified xenon lights.  Not cool.  Could not see the red/green lights on the bow.