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Greg Kiser

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  1. Heard back from the Marina. They found a leak at the power steering pump. They fixed the hose and rebled the system. Thanks, everyone! I haven't had a chance to take her out but know she'll feel a lot better. I'll be looking for 3-4 turns "lock to lock".
  2. Thanks, guys. Does anyone know if this is adjustable? Sound like a bleed issue perhaps?
  3. Had a friend drive my boat today (2017 Chap SC 250) and he said the steering was way too loose. Turn the wheel 2 or 3 full turns before the motor moves significantly. Caught me by surprise bc this is the first/only boat i've owned (bought in July) and I just assumed that's normal. Well it really bothered him and he's an older guy who's owned many power boats. We talked to the lady I bought it from in the Marina and she explained that's just the way the hydraulic assist works on these chaps. Said she'd have someone look at it this week and it's possible something needs bleeding but that's probably just the way it is. Anyone have thoughts on this? Thanks
  4. Thanks - did your insurance rates go up afterward?
  5. I have a Chap SC 250. Leaving the dock yesterday and really blew it. Normally I have some shove my boat out and away from the dock, then slowly cruise forward. Not to difficult. But yesterday I decided to do it "the right way". I turned the wheel away from the dock and nudged it into reverse, backing the boat away from the dock. I got out a ways and then nudged into forward. Note - I did this before turning back toward the dock while still backing up to straighten the boat out. So now when I nudge into forward, the bow starts drifting right back into the dock. That's when I gave it a bit of throttle, intending to push the boat forward and overpower the drift. Worked for a second or two then the boat started moving too far to starboard. So I spun the wheel to the right while keeping the throttle open a bit and the boat turned hard right toward the end of the dock. So now the boat is heading nearly perpendicular toward the end of the dock! The tip of the bow will miss the end of the dock, but the right side of the bow will definitely hit it. I know if I jerk the wheel hard left, I'll simply swing the stern into the dock. So I ease to the right and back off the throttle. But the back of the boat clips the corner of the dock pretty good. I have a 4 foot black scrape (from the floating dock bumper) and it hit right across the lettering! Now all the lettering is gone (except "CHA") and my gelcoat is gouged! What did I learn? To NEVER open the throttle like that near a dock. Never ever. Learned the hard way. I've read through these forums and see all the old salts saying that every boater will scratch their gelcoat so I'm embarrassed but that's how you learn. Question - any ideas on what I should pay to fix the gelcoat and get the lettering replaced? It's a 2017 SC 250.
  6. Anyone use fuel stabilizers? Is that only req's for 2 stroke? I have a yam 300 4 stroke
  7. What do folks think about impellers? Are changing impellers on a new boat (mine's a yam 300 ob) something to consider for better bite, better performance?
  8. That's fascinating! I'm a 57 yo man and somehow did not know any of this. Makes perfect sense! Sometimes man's ingenuity is really on display. To observe these small changes in our environment and deduct causation. Wow
  9. Makes perfect sense. Thanks to all!
  10. Ok, I ordered the extra large one from Amazon. Thanks, folks!
  11. Thanks everyone. What does the barametric pressure tell you? In Clearwater Beach, FL, it's usually around 30.
  12. I read somewhere that bleach can damage the seals/gaskets?
  13. Hey folks - I have seen great advice on this forum for marine weather apps (dark sky, radarus). But how about an app that provides water conditions? Light chop, 2-3 foot seas, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
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