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  1. I've read so many stories about this issue with Chap Signatures. So, I have decided one will not be in my future. Sad because it's always been a dream to have a Chap cruiser. Still may buy a cruiser, but it won't be a Chap. Lately, I've been thinking of keeping it simple with my existing boat and adding an RV to the mix. I think of it as a dream being modified for lower maintenance.
  2. That is going to be expensive! Unless those house boats have thrusters they are not manageable with any kind of wind, unless at speed, and even then they drift. Many rentals are single engine models which makes matters worse. His biggest mistake was taking it in there to begin with. Probably a rental. Where they don't let you depart or return without calling for the rental companies pilot.
  3. When solo I've found for safety it is best to drift in neutral. When I have guests, fender duty falls on them.
  4. Oh my
  5. +1. We want to help. Help us help you Assuming you do indeed need a new motor, there are many options. Myself, I purchased a factory refurbished motor and am happy. I went back full stock. I had ~620 hours on my Merc Mag 350. Fact is A head job would have fixed all but one issue. Unfortunately I had 1 piston that had bad rings. Being lazy, I opted to replace the whole thing and start hours over, hoping to get another 10-15 years out of my paid-for boat.
  6. New Mavic showed up, thanks to DJI Refresh. All test out fine so far.
  7. I understand. I'm trying to figure out when I can sneak in a boat run myself. We've had grandkids for several days while their parents vacation. They are young so wife wouldn't even entertain going to lake with the high summer temps.
  8. Overloading is why I plucked two children out of the drink after firework show.
  9. Pull the prop and verify there are no strands wrapped around the shaft.
  10. Sailboat has the right of way if under sail power. All others except man powered vessels should yield to a sailboat under sail. Sailboat under motorized power is a motorboat.
  11. I've been once for Labor Day back during the drought. Beautiful lake, with plenty to explore. They call their party cove, race cove. It's fun watching the race jetboats showing off their boats. Very deep and clear lake. Plan to go back someday.
  12. 2 legged dear
  13. I love watching racks bouncing up and down as they are worked to the left and then to the right! Oh wrong forum, LOL
  14. I bought a liquid lite a few years back. I'm happy with it and it has twice been drug down the road. Even banged up, it's still bright and water proof. In fact it was part of a group purchase with several people, I think from this forum. I think mine has 8-9 large ultra bright LED's. It's a solid color, green, and shows up well. It was their premium product, at the time.
  15. That's why I've tried to bust mine loose, so I could be sure it was greased up. Mine has lock tight on it!
  16. Sounds normal, mine does that as well. I'm shocked it came loose. Mine is so tight that I've never been able to bust it loose. So I wasn't sure it would separate there.
  17. Great, more fun stuff I can't afford! 1.5 Million!!
  18. Motorhomes don't float well and end up parked next to other Motorhomes. Crusers can find solace.
  19. Nope, nothing to tie it to in the locker. That's why there is a float on it now. Last anchor was lost on its first trip. Had a friend work the anchor when parking in a cove. After a while it was obvious we were adrift. I looked at the friend and asked if he tied the line to the boat. He didn't and brand new anchor and line lost. DOH!
  20. I realize your boat and mine are nothing alike except similar in age, and that we both recently replaced an engine. I had issues similar and it turned out to be an air leak between the fuel tank and the fuel pump, in a 2' long rubber hose. I never found where the leak was. I suspect it was where the line attached to the fuel filter. It's possible it simply wasn't pliable enough to make an air tight connection after removing the connection when I pulled the engine. Honestly I thought I was waisting my time replacing it, and was shocked when my fuel problems went away with the old fuel line.
  21. I have similar setup with my 2135, as the OP. Here's what I do for this situation. 1st I lift anchor and toss over the bow rail while out further than OP sounds like he does. I have 200' of line with 6' of chain, and a orange float at end of line. 2nd: I then back towards shore, kill motor and drift in. 3rd: I set back anchor 4th: then jump forward and pull in front anchor till taught. Then I tie the anchor rode that is running to the anchor to a forward cleat, in front of bow rail. The remaining loose line goes over bowrail and back to the locker. I find it so much easier going over the rail, than to fight it by going under. Only drawback is having loose rode after the cleat going over the rail to the locker.
  22. vortex 243

    I remember those days.
  23. So far so good, fingers crossed. They quoted $370, to repair. I took and paid for a refresh. I realize I'll get a remanufactued unit. As long as I get back a working unit I'll be happy. I shipped it from TX last Monday, they received it Thursday and quoted me Friday night. I paid, now waiting for status change indicating shipping. I have read about the slowness of their repair, but so far, everything seems to be going ok.
  24. First of all, I'm not buying a boat, for me this is hypothetical. I'm guessing a year. I'm an amateur mechanic, without a yard to work in. HOA was patient with my trailer rebuild, but a big boat in the driveway would get me run out on a Rail. Removing two engines from a cruiser and removing transom mounts and installing a new unfamiliar drive system, twice would be a daunting task. Adding the fact that I have major trust issues with mechanics, I'm left with doing it myself.