MI Chappy

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  1. I'm looking at a 2006 Chaparral 255 SSi. It has approximately 615 hours on it. The seller indicates it was well maintained each season and a freshwater only boat. I spoke to the mechanic I use and he told me that model engine and drive, properly maintained is good for at least 2000 hours. He also said they often have charter boats with Mercs that they don't even consider tired until 4000 hours. What do all of you think? Just trying to avoid shelling out some deer on a boat that the engine is on it's way out. Thanks in advance.
  2. I purchased a Sunesta 216 about a year ago. I like the layout but have found the open bow and shallow deadrise don't lend themselves to well to the great lakes. I'm looking at a 255 SSi and a Regal 2650. We would still like to pull the occasional tube in smaller inland lakes in addition to spending some time on bigger water. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.
  3. I purchased a 2005 Sunesta 216 about this time last year. It is my first boat. I like it, but I have found it pounds on wakes or bigger water when the wind kicks up. I'm currently looking at a 2006 SSi 246. According to their respective spec sheets the SSi has 22 degree deadrise. The Sunesta has 16 degrees. Is this substantial enough to help cut waves better? Also, the SSi I am looking at has 450 hours on a Volvo 8.1 GXI with Duo Prop drive. Is that a lot of hours for this engine? Any known issues with this engine or drive? Thanks in advance for any guidance.