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  1. I keep eyeballing the bigger lakes, but on the weekends my old trihull just isn't enough boat. I've been out on Sinclair on a Saturday and it was brutal in a 15' low-freeboard boat.
  2. Nobody? Anybody? Somebody? Okay, related question, has anybody owned or worked on an I/O Chap from the mid 80s? Specifically a 198 XL or similar? How well did they age with respect to the floor, stringers, and transom? How'd the drive, er, sail? I know some of the 198s were rated for 175HP Outboards. Seems like a fun boat with that much juice on the back. I'm always interested in vintage alternatives.
  3. Well, I;m not Dennis, but according to the reference sources I have a 3/4" hole will flow apprx 660 GPH at one atmosphere pressure (14.7PSI.) It will increase some as you go lower from water pressure, but 2' only adds a little more that .75 PSI in fresh water. So...If you've got a 750 GPH pump you're going to keep up. Well, assuming the pump ACTUALLY pumps the rating and it's not worn out, pumping against a big head pressure, or just plain broken!
  4. I've got a '73 Chaparral 15 that we love dearly. It's a great little boat with the original 85HP 'Rude on the back, but with most people running big ski and wake boats on the larger lakes these days, it's too small to take out on busy days at the big lakes. We've been idly looking at 20' boats but I won't run an I/O, just not a fan. Anyway, I was browsing the old advertising brochures here as a reference for doing some upholstery work on our boat when I stumbled across references to several 20' (ish) boats made by Chap over the years that were available with outboards. Things like the 19v Runabout and the 18 shown in the 1975-1977 Brochure and up to the 198XL O/B that was made into the 1990s. After doing some searching through The web, it's readily apparent that these outboard models didn't sell many copies. I've found a few for sale on craigslist around the southeast, but almost no discussion of them anywhere. I managed to find a few posts on the forum from back into 2012 and older, but not many. So I guess I'm looking for any first hand opinions on the older outboard boats, especially the late 70s models. Have you run one? How did they run? How well were they built? I'm assuming traditional wood stringer/deck/transom that would likely have to be replaced. I think a vintage 20' outboard boat would be worth rebuilding for me if I could find the right hull at the right price.
  5. I went through something similar last year after using Dropbox for years. I've been using Imgur lately and it seems easy enough. Good excuse to post a photo or two from this past weekend:
  6. I'm at exactly 100% skunked since I bought my boat. Of course, I've never been a good fisherman, but I used to at least get a bite once in a while, LOL. Eh, doesn't matter, it's just an excuse to take the boat out. At least now I know fish can indeed be caught off a Chaparral! Good job!
  7. I don't mind helping someone out as long as it doesn't endanger myself, my crew, or my vessel. That's pretty much what all the regulations say anyway. Now, judging what constitutes endangering is up to the captain and highly variable depending on the conditions and situation. I would suspect that establishing some concern for safety in a prosecution for non-assistance would be fairly easy if it came to that. As for the who-supplies-the-tow-rope, I've heard it described as a salvage rights issue, not necessarily a liability one. If the disabled vessel supplied the rope it is NOT a salvage operation, but if they accept a tow rope belonging to the tow vehicle, the towing vehicle could claim salvage rights. I think that sounds like hair-splitting bull****, but sometimes that's what law amounts to. I don't know if there's any real basis to that. Not like anyone is pressing a salvage claim on my boat anyway LOL...
  8. My ancient motor barely has what you'd call a charging system, so I just use a bluetooth speaker fed by my phone. No room in the back of my little boat for a switched dual system either, but I do have a smaller deep cycle spare that I keep in one of the front storage bins. The only time I have been dead on the lake so far was from a dead battery, so now I have the spare. I looked at the jump boxes too - the best prices are on Amazon by far. You can get a lot closer to $50 and $100, and it's good piece of mind if (as cyclops says) you remember to charge the jump pack occasionally.
  9. LOL, Whassa matter, you no like-a John Deere Green? The hammered does look great but I don't know how well it stands up to corrosion. I prefer brush-on Rustoleum with a solid brush-on primer coat. Once that crap hardens up it lasts for years. Sounds like a good chance to make some changes. What you've got there will probably work through the season with no problems. I keep debating making a bunch of changes to mine or just waiting till I find the galvanized trailer I really need.
  10. LOL. The southern perspective. I often try to hit the ramps a couple hours after sunrise. This puts me out after the hard core fish guys, but with plenty of time out before the late day party boaters/jetskiers and the wakeboaters turn the little lake into a washing machine.
  11. I wouldn't worry about the lack of reinforcement at the contact point. The roller itself provides some cushion, and unless you're trying to put it on the trailer on plane, you should have THAT much point load there. The bow is probably the strongest layup on most boats anyway. I agree that cutting the post height will require moving the roller closer - you can see the difference in the angle of the bow vs the post. The rubbing strap is more of a long term issue to me than the roller contact though. If it were me, I'd cut the post off and lower the winch. Either move the winch plate back while I had it cut off, or use longer roller arms. Or even better, just weld up a different bracket that puts the roller where i want it and arranges the winch to run correctly. I'f you've got an angle grinder and a welder, it's an easy afternoon's work to make it right. A little John Deer rattle can and you'r good to go.
  12. Thanks Brick. It's fairly solid and works pretty well, but it photographs better than it is. Cosmetically it's a good 20 footer. Of course, after 40 years of being a family boat for two families, she can be forgiven some dents, scrapes, and quirks!
  13. I thought all you guys and gals with shiny new Chaps might get a kick out of seeing your boats' great-grandfather in action. This is my '73 Chaparral 15, same design as the first hulls the company ever sold, and I'm the second owner. We spent a long weekend with some friends who have a house just off the Intracoastal Waterway about 50 miles south of Savannah. They have a nice dock on the creek in front of the house, and riding around on their late 60's 13' Boston Whaler is what inspired us to buy a power boat. This was the boat's first time in salt water, and my first time captaining on salt water. We spent time cruising the local creeks and hanging out on the sandbar. The first afternoon it was rough - winds gusting to 25mph and a hard 1-2' chop running in the bigger channels, and a small craft gale warning off shore. We stayed inshore, of course. The old tri hull pounded through it with a lot of spray but very little drama, even with 4 adults in a 15' boat. The other two days were much calmer and we loaded her down with 5 people, a cooler, picnic supplies, and a dog for the trip out to the sandbar. She did great. We also took the opportunity to have a formal naming ceremony since the old boat was never named. Since we have a small sailboat named Firefly, the power boat is named Dragonfly. It does, after all, have an Evinrude for propulsion. Had a small wake to deal with getting off the trailer: On the dock at the ramp: on our friends' dock. Stayed in the water from Friday morning till Monday morning. General creek cruising: beached on the sandbar for naming: Action shot from friends in the Whaler. Getting on plane with 4 adults, 1 kid,a dog, and a day's worth of sandbar supplies. We might have been over capacity, I didn't weigh the dog and loaded up for the trip home I flushed the motor and washed the trailer before heading home, but I waited until I got home to wash down the boat. There was ample evidence of the sprayfest we had on day one I learned a lot about the boat and built some real trust in her seaworthiness. I figured out my next project needs to be greasing the motor control box and replacing the sticky throttle cable. Close after that is removing the bow light that hits your tailbone while climbing over the bow off the sandbar. And boy, for an outboard that big 85 sure burns some gasoline!
  14. I've got the same model Standard Horizon. I'm pretty happy with it so far. Just remember - it's not waterproof while charging. The charge port cover has to be snapped closed for it to survive water intrusion.
  15. Warner Robins, Georgia. Closest lake is Tobesofkee, just outside Macon - about 30 miles. After that You've got Blackshear 65 miles south or Oconee/Sinclair about 75 miles north. And it's been boat season here nearly all winter this year!
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