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  1. Curt

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Might just be the angle that you looked at it. Those 425’s sure are enormous.
  2. Curt

    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Hatem, our 307 has the same support poles on the front. They’re actually very helpful. The best appearance feature of our boat, in my opinion, is the substantial fixed arch. Love it. (Like you, I’m not a fan of the newer ones.) Boy oh boy those 425’s are huge. Wow.
  3. Curt

    Purchased 1st chaparral 226ssi

    Congratulations. Great boat. A suggestion that will help ensure a trouble free season and avoid costly repairs. Change or have changed engine oil and filter; outdrive gear lube; fuel/water separator (filter) if equipped with one; impeller; and pull the outdrive to lube gimbal and align. Around $500 to $750 if completed by a dealer (or about $150 and 4 or 5 hours if completed by you). By completing the above, you’ll have a great season, avoid many of the maintenance related issues posted on this blog and be a happy boat owner (not a disgruntled one). Yes you have a warranty, but the warranty doesn’t cover failure to maintain. Enjoy the boat. Enjoy the season. And, be safe out there.
  4. Curt

    2018 267 SSX - Transducer?

    That’s neat. Please keep us posted on what you can see. Perhaps a new thread.
  5. Curt

    mooring cover lining replacement

    Any chance you could post a picture? I’m not able to visualize what you’ve written.
  6. Best post ever. Thank you for the insight, and helpful tips to winterize a tree. Proud to say you really, really know your audience. On behalf of all of the fine arborists on this forum please accept our bark given gratitude and we offer a long leafy branch so you can thoroughly pat yourself on the back for a root well done.
  7. Curt

    Uncle Chuck Schumer reponds to Ethanol

    Love the DC10. Comfortable ride. If I recall correctly, it’s not that the engines fell off but rather had that nasty tendancy to grenade.
  8. Curt

    Uncle Chuck Schumer reponds to Ethanol

    Those L1011’s made a lot of noise and smoke. The 07’s and ‘27’s did as well. Very different than today’s technology for sure.
  9. Curt

    Power for 227 SSX

    More torque earlier in the curve and a flatter profile. One’s got to wonder if longevity is reduced because the motor is working harder. Time will tell. They sure pack a punch though.
  10. Curt

    2018 267 SSX - Transducer?

    That’s the best place for it, and right where the center of gravity is. It’s the most turbulent free part of the hull (for most water and load conditions). We should recall that a valid reading is multiple near instantaneous soundings with the same reading and no anomaly (said differently, it’s not a single shot). It’s a built-in validation, a “check and balance” if you will. Any anomaly (diasagreement from the PLC’s perspective) is an error, and the result is the flash/blink to alert the operator (“caution”).
  11. Curt

    2018 267 SSX - Transducer?

    I don’t believe that’s the case given the current description of the problem.
  12. Curt

    2018 267 SSX - Transducer?

    I know, and for sure wasn’t trying to be disrespectful. And, like I also know you know, the answer to that important question helps reduce the “gun slinging”.
  13. Curt

    2018 267 SSX - Transducer?

    Suggest a few alternative considerations. Blinking/flashing is a warning, an FYI if you will, and almost always normal. Typically caused by intermittent turbulent water flow, air under the boat, etc. Water conditions, speed, weight and balance all play a part. The readout returns to normal when these interuptions are no longer present and valid soundings occur. If a depth never displays or that part of the HMI (gauge and/or Garmin) is always blank, then it’s time to look elsewhere and deeper. Example, transducer, wiring, growth, damage, etc. Depending on your configuration and user entered values (lower unit offset, depth limits, etc.), it can also be a warning that you’re getting close to exceeding the low level set-point. This is system dependent of course. Is the depth gauge or Garmin flashing/blinking? Many boats, even those with dual HMI’s, have two depth systems, each with a transducer. One provides input to the “analog”, albet digitally displayed depth gauge or “electronic gauge cluster”. The other to the digital side, a.k.a. Garmin. Need to know your exact configuration to help narrow where and what to look at. Picture and model number for the Garmin, along with how you have each side configured. Right is offen the “electronic gauge cluster”, left is often navigation.
  14. Curt

    Replacing the fuel water separator

    Those tend to work better, at least for me. Another trick. Put a cut piece of sandpaper between the wrench and filter. Often this gives that extra bite needed to break the filter loose. They tend to get stuck when the gasket isn’t lubricated, over torqued or when on longer than about a year.
  15. Curt

    Moving the water pump - 330 sig

    Another way to reduce noise, assuming the other things that have been suggested are ruled out and we’re talking about the common “whirl”, get a length of insulation, sew it into a cylindrical shape and slide it over the pump. A pair of long wire ties to “grip/cinch” it in-place works well. Suggest a U.S. made marine or aerospace grade vinyl with an anti-fungal and flame retardant as the cover that the insulation is sewn into. A less expensive vinyl is one marketed for awning/tent use. Provided U.S. made, these should also have an anti-fungal and a flame retardant. Look for NFPA-701, E-84, etc. These are the common flame standards. A yard or so should do it. For about $20 to $30 you’ve accomplished less noise (again, assuming the other stuff is ruled out or corrected as needed).