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  1. JeffL

    I'd like to replace some snaps on my boat cover

    I assume it would work on carpet as well
  2. The one time I forgot the plug at the launch. It was quicker to grab it and jump in the water than run back and get the truck and pull it out. Less embarrassing too!! I couldn't touch the bottom and the current was really strong...……. took me a few tries to get the threads started...…..
  3. JeffL

    Boat ramps on Winnipesaukee

    If you ever want a change of scenery, you should try the Connecticut River. You're probably only 30 minutes from some of the ramps on the lower part.
  4. JeffL

    Plug, What Plug?

    So I keep a spare plug in the glove box so I can grab it and jump in the water and install without pulling the boat out if I forget...…….. The one time it did happen, I jumped in and almost got swept under the floating dock because the current was so strong! (we launch at the intersection of two rivers). And when the adrenaline is going it's harder than you think to thread the stupid plug into the hole!!
  5. JeffL

    H20 Fuel Vent Fix/Problem

    So just an update on this topic. The dealer went to bat for me and got Chaparral to cover the whole thing under warranty. $2,700. When I originally dropped the boat off and I was discussing the warranty challenges with the dealer and asked if I would have to keep bugging Chaparral, his response was, "that's my job". There are some good dealers out there. A&S Boats out of Norwalk, CT. They work with Rex Marine for the service work.
  6. JeffL

    Newb with a few questions

    Just make sure the vent hose goes UP after it comes through the hull. Did you have problems from day 1 with this? If so, it was in the water before you bought it...……….. I have a 2016 Sport and we have really enjoyed it! Good luck with the dealer...………. There are some good ones out there.
  7. JeffL

    Trip to Lake George, NY: Full Circle

    That's awesome! Are there lots of rental houses with docks up there? We are looking for a vacation spot for next year to bring the boat.
  8. JeffL

    H20 Fuel Vent Fix/Problem

    Double checked the warranty. 5 Year. Maybe they stopped offering that option?
  9. JeffL

    H20 Fuel Vent Fix/Problem

    Thanks. The H20s actually come with a full 5 year warranty (it's a 2016) which is one of the main reasons we went with this particular boat. The fuel pump and module is $1,300. I guess I'll have to nag the @#$%@# out of the dealer........
  10. JeffL

    H20 Fuel Vent Fix/Problem

    The basic problem is how the vent hose is routed. Check to make sure it goes up after the vent hole in the hull.
  11. JeffL

    H20 Fuel Vent Fix/Problem

    So I figured I wouldn't continue on in the CRAParral thread............ For those that didn't read through the entire thread, I had a problem (and many H20 owners have had this same problem) where water would come in through the fuel tank vent line and fill up the charcoal filter. This in turn would result in it taking forever to put fuel in the tank (nowhere for the air to vent out of and the fuel backs up the nozzle and shuts it off). I had the "improved" kit installed over the winter that was supposed to take care of the problem. Worked fine until two weeks ago when I went to put gas in it. Same problem.......... finally got it filled and headed off from the boat ramp. Got about 100 yrds from the ramp and the engine stalled and wouldn't start. Just heard back from the dealer. Water made it into the fuel tank, past the water separator and into the fuel pump. Fuel pump corroded and shut down. The big, BIG problem is the shop is telling me that my chances of it getting covered under warranty is slim to none. Apparently when it comes to water in the fuel pump, Chaparral blames Volvo because it's a Volvo fuel pump and Volvo blames Chaparral for the water in the fuel........... They said they would try but it's not likely. $1300................. I will probably have to battle it out with the dealer/Chaparral........... Any suggestions? The fix to the original problem: Apparently the vent hose takes a 90 turn before going out the vent hole. It seems it is easier/neater to turn the hose down which results in any water coming in the vent hole to run right into the charcoal filter. So they switched it so it now turns up.............. common sense that the first service place must have missed........... And I cant believe I missed it too....... Stay tuned to see if I can get it covered........
  12. JeffL

    2017 H2O hunting while at low speed

    If you go to the Chaparral H20 Owners page on Facebook they have a bunch of discussions on trim tabs. Not that expensive and fairly easy to install (according to people on the page) and makes huge improvements, bow wandering being one of them.
  13. JeffL

    CRAParral Never buy!

    Don't get me wrong, the venting issue is really the only problem I've had (plus a few small things) with my H20 and have been very happy with it. The dealer has taken care of all of them without question (even broken carpet snaps). But like the OP, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a new boat not to have that any problems or leave you stranded. Yes, the H20 is at the low end of the Chap line.........
  14. JeffL

    CRAParral Never buy!

    So I too have an H20. Last year I was having the same problem with trying to put gas in it. Over the winter the dealer put in the "new and improved" line, check valve and canister. Worked great up until Saturday. Started having problems trying to fuel it. Irritating but not the end of the world.......... Took it to the ramp, pushed off and the engine stumbled a bit. Went about 100 yards and the engine started running real rough and then stalled. Couldn't get it started. Detached the fuel vent hose from the canister (on the engine side) and it still wouldn't start. Had to get towed back to the ramp. I just hope water didn't make it all the way through to the tank............. Could be unrelated but it sure is a coincidence............ especially on a 2016.
  15. JeffL

    Upper Hudson?

    We're going up to the Berkshires for a week and thinking of taking the 21' H2O. Looks like the only real boating is the upper Hudson? How scenic is it? Easy access? Plenty of depth? Places to eat? Any input would be great!! Thanks in advance!