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  1. I decided I would write up a post on how to use the Image Album to upload and post pictures in to posts very easily since it seems to be a big issue on here. So, step by step follows. In the images, the Yellow highlighted portion is showing you where to click or what to fill in. Step 1: Create a new Image Album. You do this by clicking on the +Create drop down on the top right side of the banner of the website. Step 2: Click on the "Gallery Image" option from the +Create drop down list. Step 3: You now go to the screen to start create the image Album. Select "Boating Pictures" from the "Select Category" drop down list: Step 4: Create a new album. You must name the Album. You do NOT need to enter in a description if you do not want to. Once done, click on the "Create New Album" button. Step 5: Upload pictures to your new album. You can drag and drop images from your computer, or click on "Choose Files" and select images on your computer, or phone or tablet if you are using that, that you want to upload. Step 7: The site will upload your images and process them. It may take a few minutes for it to complete. Step 8: Edit information about each image. You can skip this step if you with by clicking "Finish Editing Images" in the lower left hand corner. Step 9: If you skip editing images, you get this popup warning. It is ok to just click "OK" to continue. Step 10: Your images are now uploaded to your new Album! You can always add more images by click the "Add Images" button! Step 11: You can access your albums from your profile by clicking on the "Albums" tab. Step 12: When you are writing or responding to a post, you can now add images from your albums. On the lower right of the posting window, click on the "Insert other media" drop down and select "Insert existing attachment" Step 13: You can now select one or more pictures you have in your albums to be included in the post. Just click on an image the the checkmark turns green. Select all you want to add. the click "Insert # Selected" in the lower left. Your images you will appear in your post or reply. That is it. All images used in this post were done using this method.
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    206 SSi

    Do you a battery switch to turn off the main (only) battery? And if so, are you turning it to "Off" before you put her away for the evening? Your battery is draining over night. Low battery causes a lot not to work, not just the radio. There was just enough juice to power up the radio. When you turned on the blowers you went below what was needed to run the radio. So now the task is to figure our what is draining your battery overnight. If you have a master battery switch and you leave it "On" that would probably do it overnight. If you are turning it "Off" then something is still pulling a charge from the battery. Also, if your battery is a typical starting only battery, you may have damaged it's ability to hold a charge by it being drained all of the way. If it was only once or twice, it probably is still ok but you never know.
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    Ski Boat Kayaking

    New I/O's you can for sure, as some are designed for it. The new Chaparral surf models have Surf Gates and the new Volvo forward drive:
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    Not to question your mechanic... But, what exactly has gone wrong with it that it needs to replaced? Is the canister showing low pressure? What exactly do they want to replace? It is true, the blowers will not work if the fireboy system is not wired properly. So at a minimum I would: 1. Check the halon canister gauge and see what it says about the status of the canister. 2. Check the wiring on the system (where the canister is) and make sure it is all connected and free of any corrosion. Good, clean connections. 3. Check the status of the fireboy panel light, should be green, located near the helm (usually under or near the throttle).
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    Mercruiser fault codes

    I cannot help with the codes, but thank you for the information and feedback. I have been thinking about adding VesselView Mobile to my engine as well. Thanks!
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    Pump out adapter

    It is most likely 1 1/2 inch as that is the standard size on all Chaparrals I have ever seen or heard of, on here or elsewhere.
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    Newer 246 depth gauge

    Do you trailer the boat or is it in a slip in the water? Even if you trailer it, always a good idea to make sure the thru-hull sensor is clean and flush. Mine thru-hull is intermittent above 30 MPH all the way to 50 MPH, probably works 80% of the time though. My transom mounted transducer works fairly well up to about 40 before it goes completely off the rails.
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    Wetbar sink drain plug chain attachment?

    Since I live in Vegas, it may be appropriate to start prop bets on what you will lose overboard this season now
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    No water pressure

    That shelf is a nice handy spot to store stuff and unless you stick your head down in there you would never know its there
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    Anchor locker chain/rode question

    This is what I use, a Digger Anchor. But I generally anchor from the stern. 20+ MPH wind not uncommon on Lake Mead. And much easier to pull it up from the swim platform anyway. https://www.diggeranchor.com/summer-line 15 Pound Fresh Water Anchor Ideal for 40 foot boats, pontoons, sailboats. The world class "Digger" boat and pontoon anchor gets the job done right the first time. Not only will this anchor hold your boat where you put it, it also holds 300% better then other anchors. The Digger Anchor has unique grabber cleats that put constant downward pressure on the flukes to set fast and keep digging down, even in rough conditions. When it's time to head back for land, simply raise the anchor off the lake bed and give a slight jerk on the anchor rope. This allows the flukes to drop down - leaving the mud, sand, and weeds in the water.
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    Docking....with wind and little room to maneuver

    Do you have a finger on each side of your boat or just on one side? And if not, is there a piling or pole between the two spots instead of a finger?
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    Transom mount transducer in SSi or H2O

    You can use what the original poster (Ronbill) used: http://www.sternmate.com
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    Transom mount transducer in SSi or H2O

    Cyclops is right as is your instinct. You need to lower it. I get pretty good readings on mine at speed below 40. Above 40, not so much. When on the hook, it can be hit or miss if it is rough out. My swim platform does not have a vent, so it captures an air pocket and when it slaps down the air pocket can sometimes go under the transducer causing it to freak out. If it is very rough it generally flakes out 75% of the time while on the hook. Granted, I anchor from the stern a lot which is the major cause of this since the waves are hitting the rear of the swim platform and causing this to happen.
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    Yes, that is what others have done. Google "Chaparral 276 arch speakers" and you should get a return with some of the threads. I might as well just do it quick for you though
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    How the heck do you flatten the back seat???

    Thats too bad. I like the power option No the cooler cutout... that's nice. I will have to look at doing that myself. Doesn't look to hard as a DIY project.
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    Tiny Pic

    imgbb.com No ads, works great. Or use the image galleries available on here. For your post above, this is all I see: No picture, just a link. Links to external images only work if they end in .jpg, .gif, .png, .jpeg I believe.
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    2006 246 SSI Battery selector switch

    Sounds like everything is working properly. I cannot speak for newer models from Chaparral and what VSR they may have used, but on my older model the VSR is a single sense model so it only senses voltage on battery #1. Once it is fully charge, in this case meaning the voltage reads 13.7, it engages (red LED comes on) and bridges both batteries, thus send any charge from the alternator (or battery charger) to both batteries. If I run on #2 on the switch, the VSR does not come on regardless of what voltage is on the #2 battery. For more recent years Chaparral may gone to dual sense VSR that monitors voltage on both batteries and engages/bridges the batteries when either one is showing fully charged. But unless you get the actual part # of the VSR there is no way to tell I don't think. I believe though that if you have a VSR like in the picture above I posted of the Chaparral battery panel that is a newer VSR that is dual sensing and it cuts in at 13.2 volts. This is the newer model that is a dual sense (model 710-140A). This is the older model that is single sense (model 710-125A)
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    2006 246 SSI Battery selector switch

    That is a battery isolator. Typically, you should have one wire from the "A" post of it to your alternator. Battery #1 and anything that would have been originally connected to the alternator wired to "B1" post and the second battery wired to the "B2" post. But introducing a 1/2/Both switch can really make it complicated. What a battery isolator normally does is allow a one way charge to each battery. So when the engine is running, both batteries should be getting a charge from the alternator. The isolator prevents a reverse charge going from battery #1 to battery #2, or vice versa, so that one cannot drain the other, thus isolating them. The big question is how is the isolator wired with the 1/2/Both switch?
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    How the heck do you flatten the back seat???

    Do you have the power reclining seat? Doesn't sound like it but not sure.
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    For your arch, there are a few older threads on adding speakers to the aluminum 276/287 arch. Most people flush mount speakers in the arch firing down. Typical bullet type wake tower speakers are more difficult, because there is no mounting point (tube) for them to mount to. You would need to have something fabricated to bolt on to the arch that you could then bolt the speakers on to.
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    HVAC Question

    Your house does the same thing, most likely, if it has newer thermostats. Fan keeps running for a few minutes after the compressor shuts off to keep blowing cold air (or hot air if heat). Nest calls it "Airwave" or something on their thermostats.
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    No water pressure

    Thats a change from earlier years. It also means neither side can be used to store anything up off of the floor from the ski locker I suppose. On mine, everything is on the starboard shelf, leaving that port shelf available as storage which I do use to put a few things up there so that are not on the floor of the ski locker. But, I have noticed over the years if I have the water tank full, a get a bit of a list to starboard when under way, so maybe that is why they moved it.
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    Chaparral 21 Fish and Ski Trailer

    Depends on if you ordered it with the steel or aluminum trailer. The trailer should have a manufacturer's plate that should show the weight, as well as the capacity, etc. In addition, depending on the state, the title (if you need one) and/or the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) should also list the weight. If you are asking because you would like to know but do not yet have a trailer or the boat, hopefully someone who does already can chime in. If I had to guess, the steel trailer will be about 1200-1300 lbs, the aluminum on around 900-1000.
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    2018 Shiny Pics

    A little blurry. But the before and after are pretty amazing after 8 years of being in the marina year round in our sun
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    Protecting my Gel Coat from Sun Damage & Oxidation

    Could not agree more. I know no matter what I do to prevent it, the sun will win. Thus why after 8 years in the marina on a lift year round I had her wet sanded and polished this year. Looks new again! The before and after pictures are amazing. I will still wipe her down each week, wax 2-4 times a year when I can. I enjoy doing it. But it just means I get to go 8 years again before I need to have her completely redone again.