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SeanK

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  1. SeanK

    Purchased 1st chaparral 226ssi

    Very easy with all the help from the forum members.
  2. SeanK

    Purchased 1st chaparral 226ssi

    I do my maintenance as well. Penny saved is a penny earned. I did the same - stole a 2012 SSI with 60 hours for 32K immaculate. Congrats.
  3. SeanK

    Engine Coupler Greasing

    W, Thanks for sending the info.
  4. SeanK

    Engine Coupler Greasing

    W, is there a concern with putting too much grease in the coupler?
  5. SeanK

    Engine Coupler Greasing

    Real good and thorough information. Thanks
  6. SeanK

    Uploading Pics

    Thanks for the help.
  7. SeanK

    Uploading Pics

    Once you put a picture in your gallery: 1) How do you get it to show up in all your posts? I like how when people post, you can see their boats and other toys!! 2) Do we still need to use Photobucket? 3) How do you delete photos once you download them in your account? I wrote the site moderators but never heard back.
  8. SeanK

    Engine Coupler Greasing

    I have a 105 hours on my 2012 216 SSI and did all the traditional maintenance: oil/filter, fuel filter, gear lube, grease steering and throttle shafts and pivot points. Should I apply some new grease (specified by manual) to my engine coupler? If so, approx how many pumps? I have a 2012 Merc 4.3 MPI, Alpha 1 Also, I live in Louisiana so we never really have our boat “in hibernation” long since our winters are mild (today is 71F). 3 weeks was the longest between outings. Therefore, do I need to change my fluids at least annually or just run hours? I would think the latter. Thanks
  9. SeanK

    Best wax for above the waterline?

    I recently used Mequires Marine Flagship wax for the exterior of my 216 SSI. Really brought out the deep blue and brighten the white. Easy to put on and take off. My only suggestion for marine wax makers: The majority of boats are white - please figure out how to make wax cure to a hot pink or something (similar to Dap sheet rock spackle) so it is easy to see to remove. No matter how well I rub off the wax, I occasionally find small areas where I missed. For the interior, I used Meguires Marine spray wax. My boat is stored indoors so it only gets UV and the elements when out. This was just to make it extra shiny and add protection. Probably only wax the interior every 2-3 years. Lastly, I used the Meguires Marine Rubber/Vinyl on my cushions. I use their products on my cars too and have always had good results.
  10. SeanK

    Replacing the fuel water separator

    Just changed mine this weekend on a 4.3 MPI Mercruiser. Had to use a wrench to remove - gasket wasn’t lubricated. I lubricated the new filter gasket with some 25W-40 oil and hand tightened. Remember to put new fuel in the new filter before screwing on. My engine started, but stalled out and would’t kick over. I assume vapor lock. When I put fuel in the filter and re-installed it, it fired off and ran smooth.
  11. SeanK

    Chaise latch work-around

    Has anyone figured out how to make the chaise work? I assume you would need to take off the cushions to access the locking hinge assembly. I got tired of the chaise falling down when barely even leaning on it. Amazing how It stays stuck and locked in when trying to fold it over to put in a cooler! Basically, on each side I installed a Yak Gear oar holder and made a 12" x 14" Sch 40 PVC rectangle. I spray painted the support with Rustoleum flat white 2X paint/primer. I only snap it in when someone wants to recline because it always falls down. Doesn't look cool, but works like a champ. By going with a 12" x 14", it provides four (4) different chaise heights whether you use it on the port cooler side or the starboard storage side (about 2"-3" lower than the cooler side). I also chose an oar holder due to the rounded edges; originally, I used a clamp holder but scraped up my arm when going into my cooler. Anyway, if anyone has anything that looks "more factory" or figured a way to make the latch catch so it doesn't fall down all the time, I would be glad to hear or see. Thanks
  12. Nothing major, but I got tired of the chaise falling down when barely even leaning on it. Amazing how It stays locked in when trying to fold it over! Basically, on each side I installed a Yak Gear oar holder and made a 12" x 14" Sch 40 PVC rectangle. I spray painted the rectangle with Rustoleum flat white 2X paint/primer. Not the coolest mod, but it works like a champ. By going with a 12" x 14", it provides four (4) different chaise heights whether you use it on the port cooler side or the starboard storage side. I also chose an oar holder due to the rounded edges; originally, I used a clamp holder but scraped up my arm when going into my cooler. Has anyone figured out how to make the chaise work? I assume you would need to take of the cushions to access the locking hinge assembly.
  13. SeanK

    Winterizing 1st Time

    I guess my view is if the engine temp is held constant at 175 deg F, the thermostat is working properly and getting water where it needs to be. Then, if I switch to pure antifreeze (AF), and I see it coming out the transom, the antifreeze is going the same place as the water was and displacing it. On the other hand, if you drain it out, you may have only small pockets of water/AF mixture so that if it would expand, it would not have enough volume to do anything. I have the Camco container with the 2 valves with the common hose to the ears so there is no time delay switching to antifreeze. I live in South Louisiana so our winters are not that harsh, and I store my boat in a closed rental shed, so I may be over thinking it. Thanks for the comments
  14. SeanK

    Winterizing 1st Time

    After circulating 5 gallons winterizing antifreeze after thermostat opens, is it better to drain or keep the antifreeze in? Since it has corrosion and rust inhibitors, it seems keeping it in would be best. However, I have seen both ways discussed. Thanks
  15. SeanK

    Lubricants for Mercruiser

    Good info. That’s what I’ll get. I’ve used other CRC’s with good results.
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