Jeff Schaefer

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  1. Joe, thanks for your input, can you help me understand what you mean by it’s “usually related to an outside source”? Does mean something electrical?
  2. Thanks to all for your input. 

    Blake, they did check pressure and filters. Once the motor went out, it would not start back up. Several days later it did start on its own.

  3. Purchased a new 2018 33 Signature with twin Volvo Penta and last 3 times out I have lost power on port engine. When I took it to the dealer they could not find the problem or duplicate the engine failure. They tightened everything and then we took the boat out to run it. No issues after 4 hours on the boat. This morning we went out again and after 5 minutes idling we lost power to the port engine. Very concerned I’m losing one of ,y engines and the tech or computer can’t find the problem. I must admit the Volvo Penta engines were a concern for me and now it’s a reality. Has anyone experienced losing one of the engines on a new boat? The whole reason I toook the plunge and bought a new boat was to avoid the constant maintenance to older boat. Never thought i’d pay over $200k for a new boat and I can’t use it.
  4. Thanks for the feedback, it's very helpful. I'll wait to see this week what the dealer tells me, hopefully its a one off issue similar to what you experienced and we're back to boating next week.
  5. Purchased a new 2018 330 Signature with twin Volvo Penta V-8's. I must admit I was hesitant about purchasing the boat with Volvo motors not Mercruisers based on the limited number of people who can work on the engines. After several calls to dealers and mechanics, they assured me the motors are as good if not better and they have the same block. Well, after 32 hours on the engines, I have experienced my first issue with the motors. I was on a weekend trip with friends and after 3 hours on the water the port engine started to hesitate and bog down. After a few seconds it reengaged and ran for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes the motor started hesitating again and eventually lost power. I turned the motor off and tried many times unsuccessfully to restart. We found a place for the weekend and waited 2 days to return back home on 1 engine. To our surprise, the motor started for our trip home and ran without issues until 4 hours in to the trip. Once again as we were cruising, the boat started hesitating and eventually the port engine lost power. It's now at the marina being looked at. Has anyone else experienced a similar situation with their Volvo Penta engines?? I'm hoping this is something simple and I don't have long term problems with these motors.
  6. Just bought a 2018 Chaparral 330 and went for an overnight trip this past weekend. On the way home we stopped to meet friends and when I tried to dock using the joy stick it wouldn't engage and I received a steering failure notification on the starboard engine. After docking and waiting a couple hours, I got back in the boat only to see the same message and the starboard engine wouldn't throttle past 1500 Rpm's. I idled for 10 minutes, shut the engine off and restarted. All of a sudden I had full power. Anyone have this problem? I'll talk to the dealer but was curious if anyone else has had this issue.
  7. I'm buying a new 2018 330 Signature with twin Volvo's. Chaparral is offering a 5yr warranty on engines and the components. i'm curuious if they stand behind the product, or if something goes wrong do they question why it happened and don't want to repair it under the warranty. When I read the warranty they tell you A LOT of what's not covered.
  8. Thanks Jeff. This was very helpful.
  9. The boat would be on a lift not in a slip. My 300 Sundancer doesn't have a cooling system and I flush after each use. If I treat the Volvo's the same as the Merc's, I'm assuming the performance should be the same. Thanks for the input.
  10. Love my 300. Bought a used 2004 2.5 years ago and now have 620 hours. Selling/trading it in for a newer model boat. Hope I don't regret it since its been a great boat. Not to mention they only want to give me $42k. Only reason I'm looking at the Chap is the seating arrangement above and below.
  11. Looking at buying a 2014 330 Signature with twin Volvo V-8s with Ocean X drives. I live on the west coast of Florida and have been warned that these engines don't perform as well in salt water. Can anyone give me some feedback if this is true? The engines have 78 hours and are currently in fresh water. When I look at most Chaparrals for sale, they seem to be in fresh water not salt.
  12. Looking at purchasing. Low hour 14 330, and a local Volvo Penta mechanic said he has seen a lot of issues with the thermostats and trim. others having the same problems?
  13. I had a 2004 300. Was a great boat with very little issues. Big fan of the Sea Ray but the Chaparell has a better seating and sleeping arrangement.
  14. Currently own 300 Sundancer and looking to upgrade to a 2014 Sundancer but I recently looked at the 330 Chaparral and liked the cabin and seating better. I've been warned about buying something with Volvo motors and don't know if that's just a Sea Ray scare tactic. Don't really see many reviews in the Chaparral so I'm looking for feedback from some owners. Not sure if it matters, The boat will be in salt water not fresh. Hopefully that doesn't matter so long as you flush them.