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  1. Unclebenny

    Chaparral's quality going downhill

    While I'm a lowly H20 peasant, I find myself in the same boat concerning the quality control. We recently purchased our first ever new boat, a 21' H20 S&F. While inexpensive compared to some other Chaps, the $48K we paid for our H20 is a lot of money to us. We were impressed with the quality in the showroom. Upon receiving our boat, I found about 10 fasteners, screws, etc. in the bottom of the boat along with masking tape. We have a bonus hole under a console, the steering rubs and is difficult, the live well pump didn't run (fixed by dealer), carpet snap broken, scratches on the gel coat on the side of the boat, lots of uncovered wood and fiberglass that they didn't even bother to paint. There's a chunk of fiberglass missing under a hinge for a compartment, compartment doors not mount level, broken wood under the gunnel, hose clamps not mounted to anything, missing and stripped/cross threaded screws, etc. I have typed up a list of about 16 items for the dealer already. Who ever is in charge of QC'ing things over at Chaparral is clearly not doing their job very well.
  2. Unclebenny

    Transom mount transducer in SSi or H2O

    We plan on doing lots of fishing with her (21' H20 Ski & Fish).
  3. Unclebenny

    Transom mount transducer in SSi or H2O

    We are going to be installing 2 transducers for our Lowrance HDS unit in the coming weeks (we get our 21' H2O tomorrow). The cut out in the rear is pretty small (we have an outboard motor in the way) and already pretty busy. Is everyone just gluing the transducer on to the hull, screwing it in, or through bolting it? We went with the 3D version so we have 2 seperate transducers to mount and the less holes we put in the brand new boat the better.
  4. Unclebenny

    Brand new boat, what to check

    Sounds good, will do. I appreciate the recommendation.
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    Brand new boat, what to check

  6. Unclebenny

    Brand new boat, what to check

    Thanks for the suggestions. When it comes to money and purchases, I'm a detailed oriented person. I do tons of research before making any decision. I plan to go over this boat with a fine tooth comb when it arrives and have everything annotated. The dealer will be taking us on a ride prior to our accepting the boat. I plan to get pictures and written descriptions of anything/everything that might possibly come back to bite us.
  7. Unclebenny

    Brand new boat, what to check

    So we ordered a 21' H20 S&F which we are set to receive on May 18th. I was hoping some of you with more experience could let me know what I should be looking for. If there are items that maybe aren't obvious. I want to make sure we don't accept delivery with any hidden issues. I apologize if something similar has been posted previously; the search feature on this forum leaves a lot to be desired. Thanks in advance!
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    I've been doing a little research and there are a lot of recommendations for Hamby's.
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    Interested in hearing the feedback here as well. We were considering this for our H20. We will be taking it fishing in Canada and will need to go ashore for lunch/etc. Everything is very rocky up there and I'd rather not scuff the gel coat immediately on our new boat.
  10. Unclebenny

    21 H2O OB Sport

    We just ordered a 21' S&F with the F200. The performance bulletin has it at 51.X mph top speed I believe. 48 with the F150.
  11. Unclebenny

    Potential 21 H20 Sport purchase ??

    Our 2018 21' Ski & Fish is being built. I did a lot of comparisons/research into the power options. I too thought that based on power-to-weight the boat would struggle or be slow. That doesn't seem to be the case from what owners are saying. We ended up going with the F200 outboard, which I think will be close in performance to the higher end I/O's due to the reduced weight. The performance tests/ratings have them all hitting around 49-51 mph.
  12. Unclebenny

    Trailer Adjustment?

    That seems a bit heavier than I was anticipating. Stock dry weight according to chap is 3050 lbs with the OB, trolling motor, etc. You're saying the dry weight of just the boat is 700 lbs more than that? We just bought a 16 F150 5L V8 w/max tow package (3.55 e-locking rear 9100 lb tow cap) for towing the 18 21' H20 we have being built. I thought this was going to be plenty of truck to tow this boat. I was figuring between 4500-5000 lbs for boat and trailer....we got the steel/standard trailer though as well.
  13. Unclebenny

    H20 Stereo & LED lighting recommendations

    I know....I'm just trying to kill the 10 weeks or so until the boat arrives!
  14. Unclebenny

    H20 Stereo & LED lighting recommendations

    I just want to make sure everything is getting adequate power. Think JL and Wet Sounds are recommending 70-125w to each channel depending on the speaker/size, plus a couple hundred for the sub.
  15. Unclebenny

    H20 Stereo & LED lighting recommendations

    I'm definitely doing a sub either way. The issue is I'd need a 800/8 amp if I went 6 speakers vs the 600/6 for 4 speakers and the sub. I need to find someplace to listen to all of these brands in person before making any decision I think. I really appreciate your input though!