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    Best Dual Battery setup

    I need to replace both batteries in my 260 Signature. I have lots of room and access so I was thinking of flooded. I was initially looking at the Optima D34M Battery as I was looking batteries that would work with the PROTECH 4 charge controller wouldn't properly charge a starter battery and a deep cycle so i assumed it would be best to go with a dual purpose AGM or regular flooded. I believe Wingnut used Interstate from past threads I read on here, but not much discussion on this. I would prefer not to change out the charge controller at this time.
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    Best Dual Battery setup

    does anyone recommend a 3 bank smart charger? NOCO, DUAL PRO, MINN KOTA, PROMARINER https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GEN3-Waterproof-Battery-Charger/dp/B003JSO1X2/ref=pd_sbs_200_8?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B003JSO1X2&pd_rd_r=a4c3c0cf-7bda-11e9-a967-b34187462b23&pd_rd_w=Irs4a&pd_rd_wg=mBty0&pf_rd_p=5dcda75b-8643-4da3-9bb1-5c0233790500&pf_rd_r=EM0GP8SJBASGQEKNWHWD&psc=1&refRID=EM0GP8SJBASGQEKNWHWD The NOCO is appealing, just read that it doesn't work with some AGM 31 bank
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    Best Dual Battery setup

    Hi Wylie, Yes I know the optimas are AGM. But was I was told that these batteries need a constant charge. The problem I have understood from reading about this particular charger is that it will shut off as soon as 1 battery has reached full charge, so if i have drained down the house battery and the starting battery is fully charged, the charge controller cannot charge independently. which would kill an AGM within a few years. I apologize if I am misinformed about this charge controller.
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    Rusted Freeze plug! Need Help!

    I have a 2002 260 sig with 350 Mag MPI BIII. The Freeze plug on port side has rusted away. It is directly behind the front engine mount. Has anyone ever replaced these before? Do I use quicksilver brass plugs or rubber expandable? How to I safely support the engine front port side so I can remove the Engine mount? I do not want to raise or lower the engine, just support the weight. I am not sure if I can fit a 2x6 across stringers under front of oil pan and support with a scissor jack but that is what I was thinking but not sure if I can damage hull or oil pan doing this. If the motor weighs 950 lbs then approx. 250 lbs per engine mount would be fair to assume? Any suggestions or ideas would be great. Thank-you
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    Rusted Freeze plug! Need Help!

    Now I have another problem, After running the engine and everything seems ok, I went to fill fresh water tank. I am positive it was winterized properly, all the pipes had pink through them, the water heater was fully drained first. (I own a travel trailer and winterize the frsh water system all the time) So the heat exchanger I assume is not leaking because the engine is running fine no leaks. water started pouring out rear left corner from what I could tell. I checked all the fittings were tight and not leaking. I have a Seaward F-600, so if this is original from 2002 I can expect it has reached end of Life? Some people state theirs leaked after a few years. I can always bypass the water heater after the pump to solve temporarily. Need to decide if we use hot water enough to justify $500 to replace whole unit. Any ideas?
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    Rusted Freeze plug! Need Help!

    the 4x4 worked great. So it looks like I dodged a bullet. The freeze plug popped out and was brass. I could not believe how difficult this was to do. some Engineer design idiot used this engine mount to attach another bracket for something else and will not let the mount to fully be removed. I was able to move it to the side slightly and get 1" of room to try and get freeze plug back in, But I could not get a new plug in (1 5/8), couldn't get an expandable in because the engine mount was in the way from putting it flush as the expandable is about 2" thick. After hours of frustration, I grabbed the old frost plug and banged it back it. So overall the problem seems to be fixed, no water leaking, no water in bilge, no water in oil, engine maintain temp of 140 after 1/2 hour at around 2000 rpm.
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    Rusted Freeze plug! Need Help!

    i am using a 4x4 that should be good?
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    Rusted Freeze plug! Need Help!

    Well here is my brief update. I pulled a herniated disc lifting my son, so I am unable to do the repair quite yet. Thank-you for all your advice, especially wingnut once again. I designed the lift using 1/2" threaded rod. Let me know if I did it correctly. I can remove the one nut above the chains and put it up on top and have a double nut. There are also 1/2" washers that can also be doubled up under chains. Thanks again.
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    Rusted Freeze plug! Need Help!

    thank you that helps. Do I use a washer and nut to attach the chain to the all thread?
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    Rusted Freeze plug! Need Help!

    To be honest, I didnt understand visually all of what Wingnut said. Anyone have a drawing or picture of such device? sorry I think I have an idea, just not clear
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    Rusted Freeze plug! Need Help!

    I cannot find the plug in the bilge and it is rusty at the hole so i assumed it rusted away vs popped. Possible the plug has fallen behind the engine mount bracket. I have ordered a pack of 5 brass expandable plugs and will also pick up the quick silver bras 1 5/8 plug. So back to supporting the engine this is was I have researched and want opinions. Using a bumper or basketball, deflate and put under port side engine. Loosed Engine mount nut stringer side enough so that there is 1mm of room Pump basketball slowly until you see corner slightly lift. Undue engine mount bracket bolts on engine, if possible swing bracket to side without having to undue the Nut entirely. Clean up hole and install plug. reinstall engine mount bracket bolts on engine, then slowly deflate basketball until engine rests back in place, then tighten nut. Torque everything to oem spec. This can all be done without having to do an alignment as the engine height didnt change when rested back and 1mm increase in height wouldn't cause stress on other mounts. Has anyone heard or tried this?
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    Hello Everyone, I am new to boating, this is my very first boat and first time actually driving a boat to be honest, I began my research into boat manufacturers, engines, outdrives etc. I had narrowed it down to Chapparal with a min. 350 Mag MPI and Bravo 3, but I had no idea what length I would feel comfortable in to start with. The only stipulation was that it had to have a head for the wife. I found a 2002 Chaparral 260 Signature with the 350 Mag MPI with 450 hours and Bravo 3. It has a built in generator, windlass, Heating and A/C, came with a Lowrance Structure scan/GPS, it was on a trailer and was listed for $35,000 CAD as the owner needed a quick sale, I put down a deposit with conditions of marine survey and sea trial. Here is a link to the entire marine survey. https://www.dropbox.com/s/0czpl50tt61numa/boat survey.pdf?dl=0 After the marine survey came back with no MAJOR issues, I offered $30,000 CAD knowing it may need some Gel Coat repair to fix the popped blisters, so he accepted my offer. Boat will be kept out of water on trailer and in fresh water only. Now the reason for me writing this I noticed a small vertical crack along the forward corner of each of the engine mounts that didnt seem to come up in the marine survey. Should I fill the small blisters or just leave it as per marine survey and just keep an eye on it? It has no bottom paint and this concerns me. Do I clean this up boat up and try to get what I paid for it or not panic, leave it as is because if something structurally was to go wrong it would have occurred by now? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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    cabin door stuck?

    I have a 2002 260 having this problem. The rounded sliding track knob wont stay in the holder on the bottom of the door at the front of the door. If you stick it under the door closes smoothly, but slides off as soon as you open door. How do I fix this?
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    So the boat is winterized. I did not fog the engine because I was uncomfortable removing the fuel line. The fuel filter also has a warning the contents are under pressure so I didnt want to remove it either as I could have put a mix of gas/2 stroke in the fuel filter and ran it but a local marina said not to bother with MPI. Just add Sta-bil to fuel and run for 15 min which i did. I also forgot to lower my stern drive when I parked it in the indoor storage (non heated) so I removed the batteries. Should I go back up to lower the stern drive? It is a good 2.5 hour drive to the storage so dont want to go up if I do not have too. I do not know if the rubber bellows will take a set in the up position. Any advice here?
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    So I have already filled up on premium 93 octane and added a full bottle of Sta-bil and have run the engine for 15 min. I will search and read up more on forums for the 350 Mag MPI fogging suggestions as you said. I plan to test the voltage again this weekend and will post my results. New alternator will arrive today. Thanks for all your help.
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    So it is time to winterize and I have successfully done the fresh water system and A/C with -50 non toxic antifreeze with the -100 for the engine and alternator on its way. I am changing the oil and filter in the Genny tonight and tomorrow I plan to fog engine and this is where I am lost. I know a lot of people use a 5 gallon gas tank with 2 stroke oil and some stabilizer and run that through the intake before the fuel filter. (I hope that is correct) I am not sure I am comfortable doing this (dangerous) and wondering if there is a simpler and effective way to do it. I have also read to put a few ounces of 2 stroke oil in the fuel filter and then run it for a few minutes. Would I do this with a new fuel filter I plan to change or use the old one to do it? (I am in Canada and this is fresh water boat only if that makes any difference) I also read about fogging spray and to remove the flame arrestor and spray into throttle intake, but unsure if this will do any good on an MPI. Separate issue...... Also I have noticed that the voltage meter spikes up to over 16 when I rev the engine but sits at 13 when idle. I have bought a new alternator as a spare incase it is the voltage regulator gone in it. (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00KGIDNFK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) i also have the ProMariner Protech 4 which I hear is garbage and doesnt alternate between batteries that need charging. I assume it is the alternator causing the overcharge? Sorry for my lack of inexperience and I thank everyone for all their help. I have learned so much is such a short time
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    Hi OCMD2, The concern is if I decide to get a slip, it will have to be painted, so do I just get the blisters repaired and the bottom painted regardless. I also got a reply from the marine surveyor: "This was sighted during my inspection. Percussion sounding did not indicate any structural concern. This is common on inside and outside corners, and is caused by access material , mainly fairing and gelcoat, in layup, that has dried and shrunk over time. . " Does that make sense to anyone who also has had this cracking in the corners of the engine mount ?
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    Surveyor didnt get back to me. I havnt picked up the meter yet, still deciding if it is worth getting one or if it will just cause me more greif spending more time constantly scanning entire boat and less time on the water enjoying it. Hard to beleive i am a boat owner for less than 2 months now yet feel like i have learned so much so fast with so much more to learn.
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    Hi Wingnut, I tried to send you a message and it said that you cant receive messages. Did you want me to send you an email to your yahoo email account?
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    Wow, makes me wish I had a 496 Merc HO 425 HP with Bravo III-X Drive so I could copy this exactly. Do you mind me asking where you bought all of your gear? and by the way, thanks so much for sharing Wingnut. If anyone has a 350 Mag and has steps like Wingnut, please share. This is very informative and helpful.
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    Anyone see any steps I missed in winterizing process other than the shrink wrap which I plan to store indoors? So as per pictures in marine survey, the chipped white showing blue is the fiberglass and that is what needs to be epoxy, just want to be clear on that. Would I be able to use something like MagicEzy http://magicezy.com/ anyone have experience with this product?
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    Awesome advice, Yeah no offense on who wears the pants to be honest. The wife is also the bread winner (She is a partner in largest account firm in the world) so she does get final say, hence the reason why I went low on my first boat purchase as I was sure to get audited! Thanks for insight on Gelcoat, I thought it was the outer "white" coating on the boat, not a clear film no thicker than a mil. I will let the boat dry out over winter and get it prepped for blister repair (as I can see blue so that might be fiberglass showing), then have it painted in March/April and get crack filled in engine mount. I was thinking of winterizing it myself and have watched a lot of youtube videos on what steps to do: 1) add fuel stabilizer 2) Run Engine for 10 min and then change oil & filter 3) use proper engine antifreeze such as (Pure Oceans Antifreeze and Coolant), run it through engine with muffs until pink comes out 4) fogging engine 5) changing stern drive gear oil 6) winterize fresh water system with non-toxic -50 or -100. 7) winterize generator. The only thing I am not 100% confident how to do. 8) pull batteries and bring them indoors 9) clean out fore and aft bilge areas (both need a good cleaning) Temperature is dropping fast now, so less than a month of the season left, so I better figure things out soon. Hope there isn't anything I have left out or if I shouldn't tackle this right off the start. keep in mind every $ deer I save the happier the auditor will be.
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    Fiberglass repair shop

    Anyone know a reputable fiberglass shop in Toronto or South Lake simcoe area (keswick/ sutton)?
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    wow all excellent advice. I definitely will not tackle painting the bottom myself. I just wanted to know if the entire gelcoat needed to be stripped in order to fix the blisters. Because I am new, I didnt know if the bottom paint can go directly on the gelcoat or if the gelcoat had to be sanded/stripped anyways for bottom paint to adhere. I have so much to learn and need to read a lot more of these forums, then ask these questions. I have never owned a boat, never driven one before and never looked at one before,. I found this vessel online after doing my research, put a deposit on it and paid a marine surveyor, then did sea trial after surveyor said he would feel safe in the purchase, so I hope that I didnt make an impulse buy because I needed to act fast before wife changed her mind about getting a boat! (Thank God she likes it) The boat is fully insured for what I paid for it, so others have told me just let it be and enjoy it and dont spend more $ into it unless I plan to sell, since $23000 USD ($29000 CAD) isnt a lot of money in the boating world for a fresh water boat and in Canada (Smaller market than USA). Most advice that has been given to me is if I plan to keep it trailered and only keeping in the water less than a week , do not bother painting but if I plan on getting a in a slip for an entire season, getting it painted is a must! Guess next thing is to ask on these forums a reputable fiberglass shop around me.
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    Need Help on recent boat purchase

    Very valuable insight. Thanks again. Let me clarify a few things. I did have a sea trial and everything was functioning as it should such as generator, windlass, head, lights, A/C, fridge etc. the only thing not tested is the fireboy auto extinguisher( lets hope I never have too). It ran very smooth. Up here is Canada we have a power squadron course I plan on taking but have already passed and obtained the required license for operating a boat. I have launched the boat and put back on the trailer several time now, towed it several hundred kilometers, no issues. I have docked it many times (stern first) no issues and also went through some of the Trent-Severn Waterway Lock system without problems. The boat gets onto plane fast, no other issues or concerns. Just the crack in the engine mount and the blisters. So you think it would be ok to just have the popped blisters filled with epoxy and then the anti fouling paint applied without stripping gelcoat and all that? This is where I am at a bit of a loss and want to ensure a marina doesnt take advantage of my lack of knowledge. To be honest, I do not mind spending $ on this boat as my original budget was $50,000 so I do have $20,000 to put back into it assuming I dont join the 2 foot club and upgrade next spring to a bigger vessel.
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