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  1. Olson070707

    Is an Optima battery worth it?

    I’m not a battery expert but I work for Johnson Controls & they are the largest battery manufacturer in the world. Optimas are their showpiece & from personal experience they are a superior battery to almost everything out there. There is some specialty batteries that probably outperform the Optimas but I haven’t seen any for a lesser price. Only getting 4 years out of them isn’t very good. I bought two for my father in law’s fishing boat & he got 7 years out of them using a $20 trickle charger in the winter when the boat was in storage. I would verify that your batteries are actually failing. The problem with Optimas is charging them when the get deeply discharged & I’ve seen people think they were bad when in fact they just weren’t charging them right or with a proper charger. I’m sure Google can explain better than me but make sure you’re using a charger that will desulfate the batteries. B/C of my company discount I use the Optima Digital 400 charger/maintainer & I have two red tops in vehicles that are 9-10 years old. Funny story is my Father in law liked them so much he was telling his buddy how much so that his buddy went to NAPA & ordered two for himself without asking the cost first. He was shocked to say the least. I used to be able to get the blues & yellows for less than $120 a piece shipped to me but now I think they cost me $180 each. There’s my 2 cents.
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    Newb with a few questions

    Sacandaga, It was a couple nerve wracking months waiting to take delivery since I bought it sight unseen & while waiting I kept scouring the internet & kept finding used ones for more than what I paid. It’d be nice if you could fit more than one phone in the glovebox at least lol!
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    Newb with a few questions

    Thanks JeffL, It didn’t give me any issues the first couple times we took it out & It only did it twice after long days out on the water. I haven’t had time to check the hose but going to do that before we go out again.
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    Looking for input on bow riders

    I bought a ‘17 H2O 21 with everything but a tower. It was brand new but a holdover so I got it for $35k. It’s my first experience owning a boat so I didn’t want to spend a lot & end up not enjoying it. 30 hrs & a few rookie mistakes later I’m really happy with my purchasete. Mine has the 4.3 Volvo & it has plenty of power for me & although I like the sound of it it is pretty loud when cruising along around 20-30 mph. For those that say it's not enough power I kept up just fine with my cousin’s Tige that has a twin turbo Ford V8 out of a Raptor. His parents like riding on my boat better when we are all at the lake lol. Definitely needs a better stereo systhem I don’t know why the heck the glove box is so small. That’s my biggest complaint besides a terrible dealer experience. I’d post a picture if I could get it to let me.
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    Newb with a few questions

    Hello to anyone listening (I’m going to rant so third paragraph begins my questions) I purchased a 2017 H2O sport back in February. It was a holdover model & it is my first experience with owning a boat. I’ve already put 30 hrs on it & so far it’s treated me well besides an anchor issue that will cost me a new seat cushion this winter. I am experiencing an issue with trying to put gas in it that I already read up about. Water is getting into the vent that is in the side of the hull & when I fuel up it pushes the water out but kicks the pump off b/c it’s not venting. I knew from reading reviews that the H2O was not a high end boat but that is what attracted me to it since it’s my first go round boating. Since it was a ‘17 that was being sold at a huge discount I bought it from only seeing pictures online from a dealer in northern Iowa. I live in central Nebraska & the dealer in my hometown is a Chap dealer but the same boat in an ‘18 would have cost me $15k more. For this reason I believe the dealer I purchased it from gave me less than mediocre service. The boat was filthy, scuffed up a lot (removed with a lot of effort) & has a couple chips in the fiberglass in the interior (possibly from repairs that had to be done that delayed delivery for 3 weeks). The dealer offered an on water orientation that sucked. The guy was rude, gave horrible advice, & had me dock in a terrible spot with no bumpers & against my better judgement I followed his instructions & put a big scuff down the side. The salesman won’t answer my emails or returns calls & looking at their website they don’t sell Chaparrals anymore. Interesting thing is the boat had obviously been in the water a couple times but the hour meter said 0 when I took delivery. For the above reasons above I don’t want to bother with them or give them another penny but not buying from my local dealer pissed them off. The boat is missing a decal in the bow. A simple H2O emblem with the bird that should have been there & I would like to get one. Does anyone know if this can be acquired directly from Chaparral or know a part number? This winter I plan to upgrade the wimpy stereo (mine is the deluxe w/ a clarion head unit) any suggestions on speakers? I’m thinking the Infinity’s with lights in them & I’m thinking about adding 2 more below the seats in the back. Probably will add some underwater lights in the back also so any suggestions there would be great. The glovebox is a joke & I’m considering having a friend that used to build boats extend it back into the storage area. Anyone done something like this? I’m sure that would void a warranty though. I ran across an article before I took delivery regarding different props for cruising but I can’t find it now. If you’ve changed props what did you go with & what was the results? Since I’m completely new to boating any suggestions for maintenance on these 21 H2Os or things to watch out for is appreciated. Sorry for the tldr novel Happy boating to you all.
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