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  1. Jud, The boat could very well be underpowered for how you plan to use it. - I personally didn't tow stuff with my 215, but I did alot of cruising with a big load of big people aboard and never had any trouble with holeshot, even though I had repropped with a 3b stainless to improve top end. I did install smart tabs which really improved holeshot, and overall performance as well. It sounds like a sweet boat for a sweet deal. I would guess that the right prop (like a mercury high 5 - although the prop gurus on this forum know more than me about this stuff) and smart tabs would definitely make
  2. Another non-technical advantage is perception. Boat brokers and dealers I work with up here in the northwest say used boats with raw water cooled engines that have been in the salt are extremely hard to sell. I share the same perception - I wouldn't buy one.
  3. After first summer with my 99 searay 290, here's an update on how I like the boat and how different it is from my 215. First of all, I just got the word this week that my 215 is nearly sold and deal should close this week. I had worked with the local dealer on consignment and they got no results all summer, so I switched to a Searay dealer I met up in Bellingham a couple weeks ago and they really marketed the boat very well and got fast results. The local chap dealer has some work to do to more effectively sell consignment boats. So, it looks like my 215's next life will be a lake union runab
  4. Very nice looking and performing prop. I had a similar experience with my 215. I replaced the stock volvo alum 4b 19p with a volvo stainless 3b 21p. I was looking for better cruising performance and speed and was pleased with the result. Faster cruise speeds at rpm with same fuel burn, max speed up about 4 mph and no loss of holeshot. Those stainless props sure seem to bite the water more efficiently. Although I'm selling the 215 now, having upgraded to a Searay 290 twin engine, the previous Searay owner pointed out to me that the boat props had been upgraded to the same prop that you have and
  5. Welcome to the forum! I got into power boating a few years ago with a Chap 215. It turned out to be too small for how we use the boat now so I upgraded this spring. Biggest problem was in rough water, the boat was too small and light. And, no vacuflush for the admiral. Although I ended up with a 31' Searay, I was initially looking for a larger Chap like a 270 (virtually same specs as the previous 260 designation). Anyway, while looking to find the right boat I was able to seatrial a 240, a 270 and a 290. In moderate chop, the 240 was getting banged around very much like my 215 would have. The
  6. What might work is that spray they use around the permiter of a house to control ants and termites - if they walk on it, it sticks to their feet and eventually gets transferred to their mouths and kills the little buggers. Might be tough on birds and other critters that hang out in roof structures, although I'm not particularly fond of birds that hang out on or over a boat.
  7. Thanks for all the kind kudos! Even though I've gone the Searay route, I still plan to keep participating in the Chap Owner's forum. You guys and gals are way more fun than the Searay Club!
  8. After last summer, the Admiral said we need a bigger boat! So, after much looking this winter and a few seatrials, I found and loved a super clean, low hour, 1999 Searay 290 twin which will be in my hands in mid-April. Compared to Chaps, she is more like a 310 with beam of 10' - 7", loa of about 31' and displacing 10500 dry. Sadly, the dealer is taking the 215 for consignment sale next week. I will miss her, but am definitely looking forward to more comfortable cruising capabilities.
  9. covedog

    2003 Sig 260

    My local Chap dealer has one that's a fresh water boat that the've known and maintained since it was born. Value, condition and hours look very good. Volvo 5.7 dp. Any knowledge of this model and any helpful feedback? I'll have it surveyed and will seatrial in a couple weeks. Happy New Year to all fellow Chap owners!
  10. I have a volvo sx set up on my 215. Boat came with 21p 4b alum prop - didn't achieve appropriate rpm's at WOT in salt water (4200 plus or minus)- chap replaced with 19p 4b alum prop - max rpm's were perfect (4900) but too much rpm's at the same cruising rpm range you are describing (3200 and only 26 or 27 mph) . I replaced with volvo 21p 3b ss prop - found the overall sweet spot - 4900 at WOT, 3200 rpm achieves 30 mph (my favorite long distance cruising rpm and speed) - perfect - and burning very little gas. So, based on my barely adequate experience of 4 vs 3b props for efficient mid rpm
  11. OK, all it takes for me to consider upgrading my 215 (which sits in salt 24/7) is when the Admiral is along for a particularly choppy ride, or when she has to use to porta-pottie - like yesterday. More displacement and a vacuflush are highly desirable at these times. And, letting my dealer know I'm thinking about upgrading keeps him very responsive! So, I longingly gaze at a 270 or better yet, a 310...That said, has anyone had good experience with the Ocean X outdrives? I know they're spec'd with closed cooling on the engine, but should you still flush the raw water, or can they really take
  12. I've had very good success with a "gull sweep" mounted to my canvas frame. I also have a "daddy long legs" that I add on top of my windshield in the months when I have the mooring cover on. They keep birds completely off the boat. The daddy long legs is probably more effective as it doesn't need wind to make it work like the gull sweep. Both sit in a weighted base that quickly bungees on and off. All the online boat supply outlets carry them. I tried the fake snakes, owls, hawks and even a coyote profile. Our gulls round here have high IQ's and they figure out they're fake in about a day and t
  13. In addition to condition of hull and outdrive paint, and potential mechanical issues, sounds like y'all need to have a prop discussion
  14. covedog

    Salt-Away

    Yep, bubbles - that's when you know you are flushed...
  15. covedog

    Salt-Away

    When I ordered the boat, I specified closed fresh water cooling for the engine, and the dealer told me that the remaining raw water cooled components would have the Neutrasalt system. Boat arrived - no Neutrasalt. So, I learned about Salt away on this forum and started using it after every use. Boat is still too new to tell if it makes a difference or not but since my boat sits in the salt 24/7, I thought it would be prudent, and it's so easy to use. I actually use a miracle gro in line hose fertilizer applicator to apply the product so it sits in my dock box all ready to go every time I retur
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