dsmacey

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  1. I could see it taking a couple of hours, easily. If you include installing the second battery, battery tray, running wires, mounting the new switch, wiring it up, testing, etc.
  2. The only quick thing I can think of is to make sure it is not in gear. That will cause the engine to not even turn over. The breaker could be bad, they do go bad. You should also check the 90 amp fuse on the starter.
  3. I have had mine for 8 years, love it. But, not in salt water and while it is in a slip year round it is also on a lift.
  4. Could be prop. What size prop is on her now? Although 3600 seems low for just being over propped.
  5. I can see a 236 with a 8.1L doing 60+ lightly loaded, at sea level and cool weather pretty easily. I was hitting 53-54 on the GPS with 24p 3/3 props at 4700 WOT RPM with my 264 at 1100 ft above sea level on at 80 degrees.
  6. You nailed it. Like others, I also added a changer/tender as well so I know everything is charged when I drop the lift. I used to be pretty good about remembering to turn the battery switch to off before I left the boat, but not always. Oops. The charger though I never forget to plug in now that I have it, and I don't worry about the battery switch anymore while on the lift. With our heat here, batteries take a beating and don't last as long as they would in cooler places. The charger/tender has helped a lot in extending their lives.
  7. I would think the difference is mainly exhaust, intake manifold, and some ECM programming to raise the max RPM, thus delivering the extra horsepower only at the very top and of the RPM range.
  8. I believe for most bowlders or small boats when using dual batteries there is often not a "starter" and a "house" bank or battery. Just two batteries with a dual switch and an ACR. Use one battery to start and run the engine while cruising, switch to the second battery when the engine is off. The ACR charges both when the engine is running regardless of the switch position. That way you do not need to worry about rewiring and separating components from the starter. Makes the install very easy and works great. That is how my 264 came from the factory.
  9. Here is the 2006 owner's manual. As suggested, a boating course and someone to take you out on your boat and explain everything to you is a good idea. http://forum.chaparralboats.com/ownersManuals/2006.pdf
  10. The built in GPS is a Garmin 531 or 541 probably. I don't think there is much of anything in the owner's manual about it. You can get the manual from the Garmin website still, I believe.
  11. Here is 2012, could not find a 2013 for SSI models. http://forum.chaparralboats.com/ownersManuals/2012/2012-SSI-Manual-Updated-6-1-11.pdf Here is your parts guide as well for the 2013 206 SSI: http://www.chaparralboats.com/publications/uploaded_files/partGuides/Sportboat/2013/2013 206 SSI.pdf
  12. It seems Chaparral has decided to stop making available details such as this for newer boats, preferring you deal with your local dealers for information action such as this. Unless a current 307 owner can measure it for you. Are you looking for a new or used trailer? For new, most decent trailer manufacturers will have access to this information and set the trailer up for you. For used, you need to find a good adjustable trailer and just have your dealer or a trailer service shop adjust it for you to specs they will be able to get from Chaparral. Base buying the trailer on overall length, weight capacity and condition, especially condition! Unless you can find a used trailer that was set up for a 307 to begin with, which I think would be hard to find. It too me a year to find a good, used trailer that was not salt ruined or worse. It became a mission to find one in hindsight, I should have bought a new one and saved countless hours of searching, looking, being disappointed, etc.
  13. I have thought about it, but there is really no room on a 264 helm to add another display. And I not mean in the dash, I mean anywhere. I really do not need a separate sonar and GPS anyway. Right now split screen GPS and song on the 541 works great for me. I do not need a dedicated GPS screen, I know Lake Mead extremely well. But dynamic lake level would be a great feature to have, as the lake will go up and down 20-40 feet or more each year. If I could find a good price on a 547xs I would consider going that route, but they are discontinued and ones I have seen for sale are way too high price for something discontinued. And side view sonar would be nice to have, too lol! Really, I think it is because I have had the boat now for 8 years. I love it, and if I had to buy a new boat I would buy the same exact model. I do not need bigger, do not want smaller, have a big block already, etc. And there is not enough new on current 264s to justify doing so for me. Plus I do not like the new tubular arch. So I am looking at what I can do to spruce it up some after 8 years of staring at the same dash .
  14. Would love to replace the Garmin 541s in my 264 sometime with a 742xs. Just not sure how I would go about it, since the dash would need to be custom made for it to fit. I have toyed with trying to build a new dash with a 742xs and a 4" VesselView and getting rid of all of the original gauges. But again, not sure how to go about it, or at least I have not come to any solid conclusions yet
  15. To the first poster, welcome to the forum and enjoy your new to you boat! There are a ton of people on here with a wealth of experience I am sure will be helpful To the second poster, huh?