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  1. sburke91

    Hull Advice - Disappointed

    If you bought the boat new, this should be covered under the hull warranty. If you are the second owner and did the transfer, ditto. If either are true, I would recommend engaging Chaparral ASAP.
  2. sburke91

    Evinrude Intelligent Piloting System

    Nice tech, but also continues to further the odds of those that shouldn't be piloting boats being on the water.
  3. sburke91

    How to Anchor and Sleep Safely

    A tree can fall through your house and kill you in your sleep too. It's all about the probability. If you have well-maintained gear, and the proper number and location of detectors, your odds of dying in your sleep on the boat aren't much different than in your house.
  4. sburke91

    2019 Model Info

    Looks like Chaparral is turning into a predominantly bowrider/wake boat company, at least for the time being.
  5. sburke91

    2019 Model Info

    Interesting that the OSX line is not on the site yet.
  6. sburke91

    NEMA 2000 gateway CAN data cable assistance

    Contact Yacht Devices--they'll probably ask you for some more specific detail on your exact engine, and then give you an answer as to whether or not their stuff will work for you. They're very responsive. I sent them the complete info on my 2011 5.0 GXI, and they said their gateway won't work for me, but recommended another product that they say will.
  7. sburke91

    Trailer winch strap replacement

    I don't power load, but put the trailer deep enough in the water to float the boat up to the stop.
  8. sburke91

    Trailer winch strap replacement

    D A M N. . do you drag the boat up the bunks with the winch?
  9. sburke91

    Just ordered my first drone

    You guys are brave, flying it over water with no floats or recovery device. I want to at least be able to recover something to send to DJI care for repair/replacement
  10. sburke91

    Trailer winch strap replacement

    Not long after getting the boat, I replaced my (lower-rated) winch strap with one of these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F0MHV4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's a definite improvement on the original, and handles my 225 SSI (4200 lbs dry weight) with no issues. I have a chain that goes through the bow eye and sizable transom straps (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GJ35VU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) to ensure nothing goes anywhere.
  11. sburke91

    Water getting in my chaparral horn.

    My 225 has that same crappy horn below the bow. Even clean and dry it's about worthless, and nothing that makes substantial enough noise fits in the same spot. I just keep a portable air horn in the cup holder by the helm.
  12. sburke91

    Bottom Cleaning in the water

    Same here--I typically gain 2-4 mph in top after a decent cleaning with the pad.
  13. sburke91

    Just ordered my first drone

    Took the Mavic air out with the boat today. It was a circus on the lake, and the wind was walking the drone with the floats attached, so I just took a few shots. Some morning when it's really calm I'm going to go out and see if it'll track the boat at speed.
  14. sburke91

    Bottom Cleaning in the water

    I would kill to have that. I'm not bottom painted, so right now I usually clean the boat when it's on the hook, using a small soft scotch brite pad. It's a pain in the a**.
  15. sburke91

    Just ordered my first drone

    I'm flying under the recreational rules right now (section 336), but think I'm going to study and try to take the part 107 exam to get the UAV license. Under part 336, you can't even give away any photos or videos you take--the flying has to be purely for recreation. Flying under 107 gives you a lot more options, including night flight (with the right waivers).