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    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.
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    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!!
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    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........
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    H20 Fuel Vent Fix/Problem

    Double checked the warranty. 5 Year. Maybe they stopped offering that option?
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    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........
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.........
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    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.
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    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!
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    Tying up to a Piling

    I have a 21’ H2O that we use on the Connecticut River. Many of the places we stop at don’t have floating docks and the fixed docks are 3’ plus over the water so we end up having to tie up to a piling. What’s the best way to do that considering there are tide changes and small wakes? We’ve tried taking the standard fenders and tying two to piling but they don’t stay put and the hull ends up bumping and rubbing on the piling. I was considering taking a piece of carpet and tying it to the piling? I’ve seen flat rectangular fenders (very inexpensive) and “rafting fenders” that are pricey and didn’t get great reviews. Any other suggestions or personal experience with the two above options? Thanks for the help!
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    Proper Boat Launch Protocol

    I guess I'm lucky. Usually people are decent but as silly as it sounds, my pet peeves are people fishing on the dock and kayakers launching or landing on the boat ramp! With the fishers, I think it becomes a safety thing when you're fighting a boat in heavy wind and current (we're on the Connecticut River) and you're stepping over tackle boxes and dodging the lures whizzing by your head.........
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    All you Chap Owners in CT

    We live in East Haddam, literally 5 minutes from the Salmon river boat launch (we only have a 21' H2O) We've been out in the sound a couple of times but it has to be fairly calm for our size........ I can usually make the sound in 35 minutes. Glad to see at least two others on the forum from CT!! We'll have to check out the lobster bake!
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    How Early is Too Early?

    Bought our 21' H2O last summer and we're really itching to get out this spring. We usually launch in East Haddam on the Connecticut River............. Two concerns of mine once we take it out of storage. First is the freezing temperatures (for the engine, not us) and the second is the debris in the river from flooding. I'm guessing by the second week of April the temps should be fine?? As far as trees/logs, I assume that's a matter of when the river stops flooding and gets down to normal levels most of that stuff will have washed down? We were thinking of taking it out of Old Saybrook and running along the shore might be a good option (as long as it's fairly calm)? Does anyone know when the DEEP starts putting out the docks on the boat launches? Thanks in advance!
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    21 H20 OR Bay vr5 / vr6

    How about the warranty on both. My H20 came with a 5 year. That's what sold me.
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    21 H2O Reveiws

    Just bought a 2016 with the Volvo 240hp and couldn't be happier. Nothing to compare it to but we've had no problems in the 6 weeks and 32 hours we've owned. Complaints:..... The built in cooler doesn't work for crap. Right in front of the engine and no insulation. Radio isn't so hot and we can't get the Bluetooth to connect although we haven't really spent time working on it Great boat to learn on!!
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    So we are brand new to power boats and just bought a 2016 21' H2O Sport and loving it. We live 5 minutes from a boat launch on the Connecticut River and there are several nice sand bars along the way. (believe it our not but the Connecticut River has some beautiful sections south of Hartford) This past weekend I got up the nerve to pull up to one so we could enjoy the day. Coasted into about 2' of water with the drive up, hopped out and set the anchor. No issues at all and we had a blast. But I have to admit I was really nervous while there. Worried the tide would go out and I'd end up stuck, wake waves sending us into another boat, the boat drifting too far out, etc. Any suggestions, advice or things to look out for? Or am I just being a nervous nelly? Thanks!
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    I didn't actually run it up into the sand (sorry I wasn't clear. I should have realize "beaching" means running onto the beach! ). I left it in about 2' of water. Has anyone stranded their boat on the sand from the tide going out? There is almost a 3' tide influence in this area.
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    new 2017 H2o 21

    It's 19-20" high
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    new 2017 H2o 21

    I have the Volvo 1.6 SX. I'll try to remember to measure for the hitch height next time I'm home........... But I have a Ram 4x4 and it's level with a 2" drop hitch.
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    new 2017 H2o 21

    I just picked up our 2016 21' H2O two weeks ago. The trailers from this dealer come from Coyote Mfg. The trailer is actually a 2017 so I don't think them come to the dealer together. It seems to be well made. Tows much better than my car trailer with about the same weight. All the electrical connectors are sealed (kinda funny seeing the trailer lights on under the water last night when we came in after dark) I'm a newbie with power boats and haven't had any problems loading or unload the boat. It self centers fairly well. I have nothing to compare it to but I figure if I can do it with no experience, anyone can. On another note, we LOVE the boat!!