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Randall Harbert

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  1. I decided to bite the bullet and trailer my cruiser 3 hours to a certified Chaparral Dealer for 300 hour maintenance service. I know the dealer since i purchased my 2016 Robalo from them and had them service it every year. Since I bought the 270 last May in Indiana, I have no record on the service except a paint marker on the oil filter "189.9 hrs with a smily face". Of course the Indiana dealer said all services were performed and the way the boat runs, i believe them. I got lucky so far, no major problems. I am a maintenance fanatic and i believe in keeping my toys maintained so they work when i use them. Following the mercruiser owners manual, my maint. log will record service at 300 hours (or 270 as I just pulled it out). To all you highly skilled boat mechanics, I would like your opinions to keep my boat running for many years to come. I plan on a full tune up, oil change, complete removal and inspection of the B3. New impellor, pull props and reinstall,, new cool fuel filters, 300 hour kit, engine winterize and fog, winterize head and water system and shrinkwrap. The zincs need replacing so I told them to give me a quote as I could do myself. Is there any other items that need attention like the "mercathode" device? What about the power trim system? I have 4 batteries, should I take them home and trickle charge? Or can I leave them in the boat disconnected? You guys are the best! I learned so much from your posts. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!
  2. I decided to bite the bullet and trailer my cruiser 3 hours to a certified Chaparral Dealer for 300 hour maintenance service. I know the dealer since i purchased my 2016 Robalo from them and had them service it every year. Since I bought the 270 last May in Indiana, I have no record on the service except a paint marker on the oil filter "189.9 hrs with a smily face". Of course the Indiana dealer said all services were performed and the way the boat runs, i believe them. I got lucky so far, no major problems. I am a maintenance fanatic and i believe in keeping my toys maintained so they work when i use them. Following the mercruiser owners manual, my maint. log will record service at 300 hours (or 270 as I just pulled it out). To all you highly skilled boat mechanics, I would like your opinions to keep my boat running for many years to come. I plan on a full tune up, oil change, complete removal and inspection of the B3. New impellor, pull props and reinstall,, new cool fuel filters, 300 hour kit, engine winterize and fog, winterize head and water system and shrinkwrap. The zincs need replacing so I told them to give me a quote as I could do myself. Is there any other items that need attention like the "mercathode" device? What about the power trim system? I have 4 batteries, should I take them home and trickle charge? Or can I leave them in the boat disconnected? You guys are the best! I learned so much from your posts. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!
  3. Thats unbelievable that any boater could be so stupid! Glad your friend caught up with him. He should pay dearly. Glad no one was hurt!
  4. And not like this!!! Watch "Fisherman Caught on Video Jumping into Water to Avoid Crash" on YouTube https://youtu.be/LRpeOuBk5yQ
  5. Problems arise when the fishing boats drift & fish in a marked channel where the water is dredged deeper and the fish are. Big Boaters complained but the CG does nothing about it. The bigger boats would blow by them on plane to try to get them to stop fishing in the channels. The CG clearly states that a large boat is responsible for thier wake on a fishing boat whether it is in a channel or not. There has been a lot of debate on Lake St. Clair about this and accidents keep happening. My opinion, is you should never, ever put your wake on another boat especially while they are drifting.
  6. I heard a horror story about raccoons shredding seat cushions and destroying the inside of a boat during the winter shrink wrap season. Mice and red squirrels chewing up wiring. Besides fabric softener sheets and mothballs is there any other good solutions?
  7. Watching YouTube vids of Lske Powell. Wow! Beautiful...draws 3 million visitors a year. 2nd largest man made lake in the nation created from the Glen Canyon Dam. 2000 miles of shoreline! What about all of those rocks? I dread them and the damage they would do to my B3. We have a lot of rocky areas in Lake Huron around Charity Island. Rocks Give me the willies!!! LOL
  8. Try this site: Chaparral Cockpit Carpet Kits https://www.snapincarpet.com/ecommerce/Chaparral-Cockpit-Carpet-Kits.cfm?cat_id=652
  9. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/pettit-paint--odyssey-hd-multi-season-copolymer-ablative-antifouling-paint--P019762863?cm_mmc=EM-_-National_cold-_-2020_9_21-_-BANR1001
  10. Got it. Makes sense to seal that area (under the tank) off from the bilge then (or would that create a moisture trap for mold?)
  11. Soon beautiful!! Enjoy!!!
  12. Wow, sounds like a great trip! Your in Lake Powell. Right? (I googled Dangling Rope Marina and Utah came up) It's 44 degrees here in Michigan this morning, but hoping the coming weekends bring some nice cool boating scenery here on Lake Huron before we pull out and winterize in October. Post some pictures. I always heard good things about Lake Powell!!! Happy Boating!
  13. Nice presentation and very professional work. Just wondering what year your boat is and my concern about those holes in the fuel tank & how many years those aluminum tanks last? Thanks for sharing!!! Good luck!
  14. Great information! Thanks for your advice!!!
  15. Wingnut, Is this common for small blocks too? Does a 377 MAG put a lot of heat through the drive too? Just curious...Thanks!
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