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About RichMarionOhio

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    Marion, OH
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    Boating (Duh !!), camping, computers, hanging with the guys. Currently enjoying my new-to-me 2000 205 SSe.

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  1. I've never had a starting battery fail (knock on wood) but I have always kept a set of jumper cables on board. That way, rather than mess around switching batteries or cables, I would be able to just jump from my twin house batteries.
  2. Hey Yogi, You might try Trailer Parts Superstore (Eastern Marine) online. Unknown if the ship to Canada but I highly recommend them.
  3. Check out this discussion thread. There are several FREE options
  4. Testing, One, Two, Three....Test....Test..... This is using Microsoft One Drive Edit: Ahhhh, you have to use the "Insert Other Media" link in the lower right hand corner of THIS page and the paste the embed link info from the One Drive page there.
  5. Well, their (Google) system doesn't work. All it does is post the address of the photo as a shareable link like this.... and not the actual photo. I had to upload an attachment photo to my profile to get my signature photo to show. Any ideas how to get linked photos to show? Or am I to use another service? Thanks!
  6. Well, I bid Photobucket a not-so-fond farewell today. Downloaded all my content and cancelled the account. I'm now using Google My Drive. Question is this..... Over the years I've shared lots of project photos, several manual PDF's, etc. Do I need to revisit each and every post and insert the new shared address or do I just forget it for now. Of course, I'll update the profile links but what are the the other members leaning towards?
  7. Here are the photos of my TaylorMade bimini mounts. These were Chaparral factory installs. The ends of the tubing are shaped such that the tapered end fits down into the slot then turns to lock it in place.
  8. Mine are plastic from the factory. Boat is covered up right now but I'll get a picture of it and post it tomorrow. Entirely different than the one that Brick has pictured.
  9. Hi and welcome to the Chaparral forum! Yes, prices for full enclosures are ridiculous. For that reason, I'm going to fabricate my own. offers all the materials and many, very helpful and detailed videos for the do-it-yourselfer.
  10. Take it from a guy that did a complete restoration on a Mercury equipped boat. Before I acquired that boat, I researched a couple others, namely a Volvo setup and a Yamaha setup. There were little to no parts listed on eBay for either of those two brands but for the Mercury/Mercruiser, there were literally TONS of options. So in my opinion, if you are a DIY guy, stay away from anything other than Mercury/Mercruiser.....unless you are prepared to pay top price at the local marine dealership for the parts you need. Not saying that one brand is better than another but that parts availability is certainly an issue you should consider.
  11. +1
  12. I don't *think* there was any slack but it's been a couple years since I had my unit apart. I do remember that threading the wires around inside the unit was tight.
  13. Yes sir. On the inside of the hull right at the clamp. The new stainless steel one that I got from Wholesale Marine also had a brass screen in it to keep bugs out.
  14. Hi Farmer, Just a FYI to check something..... On my 87 198xl, one day, I experienced bad gas fumes. Found that the vent fitting which was made of pot metal had deteriorated badly right at the clamp. Might pay to check yours on the inside of the hull. Probably made the same as my 87 was. I replaced it with a stainless steel vent. It was scary for a while, all those fumes and me at the wrong end of the lake....LOL
  15. Checking the lube reservoir WILL NOT, repeat, WILL NOT show water intrusion. It sets higher than the drive unit and water will not migrate upward but will settle to the lowest part of the drive. Like several have said above, loosen the lower unit drain plug. Drain out maybe a tablespoon or two of the fluid. If you have any water, it will be present in your drained sample but NOT in the reservoir.