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  1. Slapshot

    Thank you!

    I just sold my Chaparral today, and wanted to bid you all a safe boating season. I also wanted to thank everyone on here that has helped me throughout the years. I'll have another boat in the near future; however, life is taking my family in a different direction. Don't give up the ship gang. May the road rise to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home And may the hand of a friend always be near.
  2. Thank you for your insight Wingnut. I will definitely pay close attention to the o-ring between the case half's. I did change the engine oil in the fall, but did not do the gear oil due to this leak. I'm hoping to resolve this so that I can go back to normal maintenance routines.
  3. I appreciate the insight. I will definitely replace the shift shaft seal.
  4. I had the impellor replaced last Spring; however, I wouldn't mind opening it up just to make sure everything is okay. I've never done this before, but if I can replace the gimble bearing and belows I'm sure I can tackle this project.
  5. 2004, 215 SSi, 5.0 Merc, Alpha 1 Gen 2 47mph
  6. Over the past two summers I've noticed that my 2004 215 SSi with Merc 5.0, Alpha 1, Gen 2, uses or leaks a little bit of gear oil. I've always just kept a quart on board, and topped off as needed. Every Spring I change out the gear oil before starting the season. However, I've never been able to pin point where the small leak was. It seems that has changed because I can now definitively say that the gear oil is leaking from the lower unit, or between upper and lower (please see picture). I noticed a small puddle of gear oil around the lower "fin" below the bolts that connect the
  7. The font is called aero-extended-italic, and you can download it from any font website such as http://www.fontpalace.com/font-download/AeroExtended+Italic/ However, I will caution you that this font is rather L A R G E in 3" block. I know because I had the same idea as you, and I tried to use this font with my registration decals. I ended up removing the registration decals, and ordering new standard decals from Boat US since they had a guarantee with the purchase. Good luck and I hope you have better results than I did.
  8. This is the exact mount that I used, but I do not know if is compatible with other grills (mine is a Magma Kettle): http://www.magmaproducts.com/Products/Marine_Products/Gas_Barbeque_2/A10-005/Gas005_Mounting/Gas005_126/gas005_126.html I can't remember if I ordered this on Amazon, walmart.com, or iboats. However, I didn't pay more than $40. It was a pricey mount, but it was exactly what I wanted.
  9. I winterized mine with the pink stuff. I'm worried about my boat as well, but like you I guess we will find out in April. I really got worried the other day when temps stayed below -20, and my wife pointed out a newly formed crack in one of the walls in our house. I know metal is different than concrete, drywall, brick, etc., but it still made me think about my boat lol.
  10. I went with the Magma Kettle Grill because my wife purchased it for me for my birthday. Here is the mounting location that I choose: There is a flat step/seat in this location, and it is rarely used. This is of course on the port side of the boat, and the fuel filler is on the starboard side (safety first). I choose a rod mount that allows me to swing the grill out over the water: The grill is out of the way when we are cooking, eating, and I feel safer having it "outside" of the boat, rather than inside. It also swings out far enough that it does not interrupt the swim
  11. Congratulations. I must have not been that good because I didn't get anything marine related.
  12. I couldn't imagine it any other way.
  13. If I had to rank them here are my opinions: 1. Yough is best lake for families and privacy 2. Raystown is best lake for recreation and for the overall size. 3. Deep Creek is too commercialized for me.
  14. This is my review of Summer 2017 before 2017 ends. My family and I visited three different lakes this Summer; Youghiogheny Lake, Raystown Lake, and Deep Creek Lake. Our boating season started in May and ended in early September. We did some boat and trailer repairs, but nothing that kept us off the water too long. May 2017 (Started fishing with my dad, ended May with some boat repairs, bellows replacements) June 2017 (Let's go swimming) July 2017 (More boating, new trailer bunks, and some cliff jumping)
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