Jeff Schaefer

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Thanks Jeff. This was very helpful.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.