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  1. we had a 2007 270 - had the 496 -8L (375hp) engine - was great for hole shot under heavy loads .... (personally I think get the highest hp available - as a just in case) our vessel fully fueled/full water/Tender & engine& all our stuff - I'd think it would have struggled a wee bit with the 6.2L engine ... but if it has trim tabs - you'd probably be ok .... they will help with hole-shot & trimming when underway with un-even loads (persons on board / water to black water ratio etc) Take her for a sea-trial & open her up - see how she feels
  2. You could install a Kicker/Aux o/b motor as a back up. there are mounts available (electric wont be powerful enough for your boat) depending on where you boat - there may be a Towing Service company in your area, you can call in event of such an event (here in the BC - we have C-Tow "the Auto Club of the Sea" Marine Assistance Towing Company) - https://c-tow.ca/ Some hail other boater in the area for a tow .... though not all will offer to do so.
  3. Towing a dingy is usually done by the slower Trawlers 8-10 knots .... if getting up on a plane - I wouldn't even consider towing a dingy. install a davit system on your swimgrid or lash it to the bow if this is going to be a 1 time trip with a Tender/dingy ......
  4. Yup - the Transients do that here all the time ! its crazy to see.... of you go on to Facebook & Follow Sooke Coastal Explorations https://www.facebook.com/sookewhalewatching/ - Paul sees this type of Feeding/Hunting techniques with the Transient Orca all the time and posts it Eagle Wing Whale Watching sees them too ... https://www.facebook.com/EagleWingTours/ http://orcazine.com/biggs-orcas-not-transient-anymore/?fbclid=IwAR36z3wjL7uuwQUxTdTCg7UCW5l3SMNAocRk1cWuCPteEhg07PD2eUbfsSE
  5. While a few yrs ago the "dream cruiser" would have been a Chaparral/Meridian/Carver/SR/Cruisers Yachts in the 31-35ft range .... our tastes & lifestyle has changed so much - that our Ideal Boat now, would be a Sportfisher/cruiser type like a Boston Whaler 315 Conquest or a Grady White Express 330. a boat that can handle all our needs (Cruising, Fishing, Diving etc) with the ease of Outboard engines lots of room for dive gear/u/w camera equipment and fishing gear - but still the comforts of a cruiser.
  6. John, just an after though - if you do look at used boats, I feel I should warn you about the XDP Outdrives Volvo had available, as I'm STILL seeing some of them out there on used cruisers for sale. It was a Composite Outdrive, designed for Saltwater use (all Black) that unfortunately had SEVERAL ISSUES with Bellows ripping leading to Y-Pipes corrosion and a large PLETHORA of other problems. These out drives were available not only on Chaparrals - but on Sea Ray, Regal, Bayliner, Monteray - just about all Boat Manufacturers ... so please do your due diligence when searching If you search XDP on this forum - and have a few days - you'll read up on the unfortunate horrors several peeps on this forum went through. in Short steer WAY clear of any of these (or offer $20,000 under asking price and replace with one of Volvo's proven outdrives) - the Helm seat swivel was a "Must Have" for us when we were looking at the "pocket" cruisers good luck !
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    Fall Maintenance

    2 moths of record rainfall !? Wow - We've just had our 4th DRIEST October on record here - it has been an amazingly dry & warm October. (which is normally wet & gloomy) I hope you get everything done on your boat before the cold weather hits you guys
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    XDP Drives

    So - I was at a boat dealer a while back - they had a used Regal on their lot with XDP's on it. (I though for sure these were all gone by now) I casually asked the dealer if he knew the problems with the Volvo XDP drives and that its next to impossible to get parts for them WHEN they go ..... he just shrugged - said he hadn't but it wouldn't be his problem when they did - its a used boat .... ya - there's a dealer I'LL NEVER use & warn all my friends about. I sincerely hope everyone was able to get their XDP problems resolved with Volvo ???
  9. OMG ! I would have jumped in !!!!
  10. totally not worried about the Orca - this day we were in the water for the 4 hrs. The sun didn't actually rise over the horizon - so you have to take advantage of every drop of daylight. as the light was fading - I jumped on the paddle board to rest & then head back to boat when the orca came right up to me and I waved bye. I actually have underwater video of one going right up to my Hubby & checking him out ! was amazing !!!! http://arctic-freediving.com/ this is the company we dove with ! and Redbull had Video crew on the week we were there .... the video is awesome !! and we're in it !! (I'm in the Blue & gray wetsuit - they hubby is in the Camo wetsuit) https://www.redbull.com/int-en/tv/video/AP-1RRQH8KHS1W11/diving-free
  11. US-FGBC0927C202 the last 2 numbers in the Hull serial # is the yr Hull manufactured so yours is a 2002
  12. fishing & and of course the usual critters around .... http:// http://
  13. Howdy Ya'll !! While we haven't really bought another cruiser - we did get a small 14ft RIB for exploring/diving/crabbing etc .... http:// and have been on some wonderful world adventures ... Went to Norway to freedive with the orca !!! http:// Mountain top overlooking the City of Tromso (Norway) http:// this was my last day with them - me saying goodbye ! and had some wonderfull fishing days here in BC !
  14. thank you totally forgot photobucket
  15. ok - its been a while since I've been on the forum. How do I add a photo ? I tried to drag, tried to Choose file (photo) to add .... nothing works it states only allowed to upload 10.24 kb - but my photos are under that ...
  16. http:// John, no haven't really - just a little 14ft RIB to bomb around diving & crabbing from .....
  17. Whoa !!! that Monterey is SWEET !!! I was also drooling over the Regal 28 Express (fully trailerable like our 2008 Sig 270 (29ft LOA) https://www.regalboats.com/model/28ex-express-cruiser/
  18. Oh - and FYI for the Seat to spin - you have to pull the knob forward - But WATCH out ... MASSIVE pinching hazard it was my only real complaint with that spin helm chair ..... we actually put it on youtube for others to see as there are several steps to do so .... take a peek so seat all way back...steering Wheel down rotate 90 degrees Pull seat all way forward rotate final 90 degrees
  19. John, our boat would have been prefect for you - we had her PIMPED out too ! massive stereo system - tender with o/b on a davit system, genny, heat/AC, added the Nu-teak decking in cockpit & swimgid, u/w lights ... she was a beauty ! hope you find something similar !!
  20. we had a 2008 Sig 270 - LOA with Swimgrid was 29ft - Beam 8.6ft - we trailered EVERYWHERE ! it was as AWESOME boat! we had searched to, as some of the 270 from Prior yrs & after yrs are different lengths/beams I believe the Single engine LOA 29ft/8.6ft Beam Sigs 270 were from 2006 (called a Sig 276 on 2006 model) to 2009 the helm seat does spin 180 so it can be used with table to seat 4 & cockpit conversation
  21. our 270 (was actually 29ft LOA) and had the big boy in it MERC 496 (375hp) - & loved it. I couldn't imagine that boat with lower hp. we had a pretty big load on ours - generator/Tender/Tender engine, (we had a total of 5 batteries on her) full fuel & water - it needed the bigger engine. the newer 270 are truly 27ft - so I'm not sure if that makes much difference it its weight etc compared to ours - but I'm always go bigger if you can kinda gal - so get one with the big boy if you can - its better to have more ponies than too little good luck in your search !
  22. Hiya ! The rode you have on your anchor is important. I found the standard 10ft Chain on 100ft line that our boat came stock with was insufficient. we upgraded ours to 75ft Chain & 200ft of Line. lets face it - what really sets the anchor & keeps the boat from dragging is the chain. The chain lays on bottom & keeps the anchor shaft Horizontal to the bottom allowing a nice set of the anchor and quick re-set if your vessel swings (too little chain and too little scope - you'll drag all over !) basic anchoring states scope should be 5:1 ratio or in high winds 7:1 ..... another factor to consider is the bottom composition you'll most likely be anchoring in .... Rock, sand, mud .... this is also a factor for you when choosing the anchor type Coastal we always did 7:1 scope to allow for our big tide changes here (10-14ft) in lakes - we'd do 5:1 and run a stern line to shore ... having the beefier rode on the boat gave us piece of mind - I slept like a BABY !!! (FYI - we'd anchor our for up to 5 days without ever worrying about batteries - if you find your using lots of power by running a stereo or such - we'd just fire up teh engine for a bit to keep them topped up) Safe Anchoring & restful nights!!
  23. Ours did that too - turns out I'd forgot to shut the Thru Hull for the Generator when we were under way and water had got in the Generator itself - so we had to have it serviced what a blonde moment that was .....
  24. Waters a bit chilly .... 5-6 degrees C .... so .... roughly 36 -38 F -ish
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