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  1. Fortunately we have plenty of depth so the trim is all the way down.
  2. I have a 21' H2O Volvo/Penta with the stock, 3 blade prop. We use it mostly on a river with some nasty currents at times. The docks at the ramp are perpendicular to the river so it can be tricky getting close enough for the wife to jump off without slamming into it. To make sure she doesn't take a swim, at times I need to back out and take another try. One of my frustrations with the boat is the lack of steering response in reverse. I'll crank the wheel all the way over but the boat just backs straight no matter how much gas I give it. Would a 4 blade prop improve that? Not sure what the pitch is on mine but would a different pitch help? I always try to take the dock on the down current side but when it's busy, that's not always possible...….. Maybe I need a bigger boat!! Isn't that always the answer!!
  3. JeffL

    New boat?

    21' H2O owner here. Of all I've read here and other places, I'm not sure I would categorize the problems as serious quality issues. Lots of little @#$%@# stuff on the new boats. I love our boat and I probably had one of the more serious issues which got covered under warranty. The factory had installed the vent hose upside down allowing water to get into the fuel. Other than that it's been broken carpet snaps, screws from the glove box pulling out. The built in "cooler" sits right beside the engine so it's not all that effective. The fluids have to be topped off with only a few hours on the engine, people have had warning beeps come on for no apparent reason...……….. I cant think of any more than that...….
  4. Maybe I'm not understanding the need correctly but I'm surprise no one has mentioned an H2O. Not sure how the wake compares though...…… We have a 21' and has plenty of power and we've had 9 people in it. Plenty of used, low hours for sale for under $35K. Just another option...…..
  5. 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...…..
  6. 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.
  7. 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!!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Double checked the warranty. 5 Year. Maybe they stopped offering that option?
  12. 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........
  13. The basic problem is how the vent hose is routed. Check to make sure it goes up after the vent hole in the hull.
  14. 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........
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