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    Oil Change VP V8-300-C-A

    Due to some family challenges I was not able to get the oil changed before winter hit. As the weather here in TX is hopefully starting to stay on the warmer side (60's - hopefully ) I need to get it done. I'd like to do it myself but am wondering how difficult/best method. I don't have an engine manual but am assuming getting access to the sump drain may take a contortionist. Has anyone used a manual pump connected to the dipstick? if so, how well does that work? I have the VP V8-300-C-A engine. I saw this one and am thinking about trying it but would welcome any feedback. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--manual-oil-changer-6-9-quart--11047123?recordNum=1 Thanks,
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    Oil Change VP V8-300-C-A

    Thanks everyone! Appreciate the feedback.
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    Winterize in TX or??

    This is our first year of owning a boat in TX (Austin). We've heard varying opinions on whether to winterize our boat or purchase an engine heater to handle the few days a year where the temp drops into the 30's. Wanted to get peoples thoughts who aren't directly related to the marina or dealer. The boat will be on a hydrohoist lift in a slip. Any and all thoughts appreciated.
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    Winterize in TX or??

    Thank you everybody. Appreciate the feedback/thoughts. My wife keeps saying that we will use the boat in the winter but realistically...
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    Coyote Trailer Fender

    I'm sure you already saw this but I found this on their website. Contact Us 541 Hazel Ave. Nashville, Ga 31639 229-494-9158 coyotemfgco@gmail.com
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    Bottom Cleaning in the water

    Love it.
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    Can this vinyl be cleaned or not?

    Thanks. Going to give this a try tomorrow.
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    Can this vinyl be cleaned or not?

    We use dry stack services and when we had the boat put in the water last weekend and pulled back the cover we had what appeared to be rust spots on one of the seats. I assume this occurred because there was a short rain burst a couple weeks ago and water came through the tin roof and down on the boat. We've tried a couple different cleaners, CLR, diluted muriatic acid and nothing is working. Are we totally screwed or is there something else we have not thought of?
  9. The fuel pump has started to whine and while I cannot swear to it, we're going through more fuel then we did before. It's not hot to the touch but I'd rather replace now then get stuck out on the lake and need a tow. I'm fairly handy and the fuel pump is in an accessible location on the starboard side of the engine (2013 Volvo Penta V8-300) so I'm thinking of performing the replacement myself and saving 2-3 hours of mechanics labor cost - the fuel pump itself is costly enough. I'm wondering, is there something that I need to be aware of that may not be obvious that could be easily missed? I've looked online, read articles, watched videos, and don't see anything like torque settings or thread sealant for the bolts, having to drain fuel (except what will leak out once the lines are disconnected), special connections or tools, etc. Am I missing something or is it pretty straightforward? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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    Fuel Pump Replacement - DIY or Mechanic

    Due to work and some family stuff I am just now getting back to this project. I was all set to order the pump from Volvo and came across it listed at Cecil Marine for ~400 deer less. The listing says it's an OEM pump. Anybody have experience with Cecil Marine? While still expensive, that's a pretty big difference...
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    Magnetic Head Door Latch Issue

    Anybody have experience with the head door magnetic latch not engaging? The magnet in ours no longer pops out and stays flush with the handle. Even if I grab it and pull it out it goes right back in. I tried taking it apart the other day but did not have an allen wrench with me as I believe one of the handles has to be removed before the whole assembly can come away from the door. Hate to shell out the $$ for a new one http://www.cecilmarineonline.com/head-door-rt-hand-magnetic-latch-w-catch-lock-24-00079/ as it seems a little high for what it is...
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    Magnetic Head Door Latch Issue

    Quick update. The latch is designed to not open to the internal workings (i.e springs, etc.) so we had to bite the bullet and replace the whole assembly. UGH. But at least the door does not come flying open every 30 seconds now and no more stuffed towels between the door and seat.
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    Towing Survey/Question

    +1
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    Towing Survey/Question

    They are different but as my wife says "they have the same color water". I grew up in Southern Calif. and we spent many a summer at Lake Havasu. Travis is also a lot deeper than Havasu and most people "float" instead of throwing the anchor over (except in a couple party coves). If you will be tubing/skiing/wake boarding, the other item to note is no one in TX uses the red flag to designate someone in the water so you'll always need to be on the lookout. Let me know if you need thoughts on a marina in the area.
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    Towing Survey/Question

    We live right next to Lakeway/Dripping Springs and recently completed a roundtrip from here to Lake Havasu towing our 246SSI with a RAM 1500 4x2. We had no issues.
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    Fuel Pump Replacement - DIY or Mechanic

    Curt - it's the V8-300-C-A
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    Fuel Pump Replacement - DIY or Mechanic

    Thanks W. I had read about the coating/paint inside. Do the new pumps have the same issue or has Volvo rectified? I'll grab a fuel pressure test gauge - any idea what the proper readings should be? I'll check before installing the new pump - thanks.
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    Drowning does not look like Drowning

    Great article and reminder.
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    Good place to buy parts?

    For a 2017 I believe that you have to contact your dealer. For older boats, 2013 and later, you can download the parts guide from the Chaparral website.
  20. We're setting off on a 1k mile each way journey, mostly highway, and am thinking we need to replace the trailer tires before leaving - the tread is good but each tire has some weather cracking and with the family and a loaded truck the piece of mind is worth the expense. Open to recommendations as our local tire centers carry Carlisle (which I would like to avoid) and a couple brands i have never heard of. Ideally, I'd like a "D" rated tire but that is not a deal breaker. Tire size is 215/75/R14.
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    New Trailer Tires - Recommendations Needed

    Thought I would update. We put over 2,300 miles on the new trailer tires without an issue driving from central Texas to Lake Havasu and back with temps over 100 degrees. They are on the high end from a price perspective but absolutely glad I paid the money for them and would not hesitate to recommend/do so again. My two cents.
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    Belt Tensioner Squeak on Vacation

    We are on vacation two states from home and noticed while wake boarding with the kids yesterday afternoon a squeak that sounds like it might be coming from the belt tensioner or circulation pump pulley but it's hard to tell. The noise goes away once you get above 1800rpm. Is there a definitive way to tell which one without pulling boat and taking to some unknown mechanic? The belt tensioner seems like it is a straight forward remove/replace as the tensioner is pre-loaded??? Besides throwing a belt, which is not good, any other risks or things in that area I should be looking at? Trying to not ruin the family vacation by pulling boat out of the water but will if necessary. Also thought that maybe fuel pump but felt it and it was not hot. Motor is Volvo Penta V8 300HP, 2013 (year).
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    Belt Tensioner Squeak on Vacation

    But it's a dry heat...lol Everyone crashed early last night, about 10pm, and up to that point no rain, just some wind. Wife and kids are still sleeping.
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    Belt Tensioner Squeak on Vacation

    Not to jinx us but no noise at all yesterday. I guess it's something to keep an eye (ear) on - the boating gods sure are crazy.
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    Belt Tensioner Squeak on Vacation

    Havasu this week.
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