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  1. Ouch, glass is really hard to find on out of production boats. Wish I had more help. However you may try Cecil Marine.
  2. Cool
  3. 20% is high for simply ordering a boat, while that would be the minimum I would put down if financing. In TX by law you have the right to reject the ordered unit or cancel. You don't own it till you take delivery and deposits must be refunded unless otherwise stated in contact. Either way, no point on giving a dealership more than necessary.
  4. I found a hitch that is going to be attached to the frame and pop out under the bumper. It is a bolt-on that I will have welded as well. Ive done my weight and balance and I should be within spec. We will see once it's all rigged up with some local pulls. I have some concerns, but I should be able to get some slow speed test done within the next 3 weeks.
  5. Not this one
  6. Agreed, some would rather watch people have fun, while others seek their own fun!
  7. While I don't use mine in land because no one else does, I do use it when around coastal regions.
  8. I may have missed the Bimini trip this year, and Bimini definitely won't be the same after Irma. But I did have a little fun this summer. The friend that inspired me to get a drone this year put this together from his footage taken on the Knutty Kutty. Enjoy
  9. chaparral 2335

    LKQ supplied me with a reman long block at under 2k for cam'd and setup for marine application. No exchange needed on Marine engines.
  10. chaparral 2335

    Hey, it's an easy upgrade to a 5.7! I replaced mine last year on my 2135. I went with same as I had, but I had a 5.7 to begin with. I thought about going with a high hp 5.7, but in the end I wanted it reliable, so stuck with the 260 hp motor. It pulls like a beast, and tops out around 48mph. I would think a 5.0 may do ok, but I'm sure it was the smallest motor option for that boat. Do you have dual props?
  11. chaparral 2335

    5.0 on a 2335?
  12. It's actually legal in most states to double pull, with most exceptions being the east and west coast states. Of those that allow it, only a few specify the necessity for the first to be a fifth wheel. I've doubled before, years back, as did my father. Now it's not something you do lightly, and requires patience, lots of it. You can't back up more than 5', in optimum conditions. With my dads rig, he didn't even have brakes on either trailer, back in the 70's and 80's. Obviously we took our time and max pull was decided to be 55 mph, of course that was the speed limit back then. His rig was admittedly lighter and shorter, but was stable as a rock, with brakes being the weak point. If the weight and balance works out, it will primarily be for 1-6 hour distances. I don't pull a single trailer much past 60mph, so I'd probably pull doubles at around 55. If unstable, I'll have to buy a second tow vehicle, or pack the forward trailer nose heavy. For local, it's probably easier to pull the loads separately. Unlike my dads boat, I can't lift the tongue and pull the boat to the travel trailers rear hitch. That too is where my weight and balance issue may come from. I'll also have to back the TT under the boat which may get the best of me. Wireless camera would help here. On the TT, my forward fresh water tank adds 350 lbs to the front of the trailers coach. The waste tanks are at the rear and when full may contain as much as 560 lbs. So far, I have towed empty, and loaded with fresh water with empty waste tanks. I can feel the difference in how it pulls. For grins, I filled both waste tanks and emptied the front fresh water. It was still stable although there was more wander when passed by trucks than the earlier test. Only then did I discover I am missing a joint to be able to drain the waste tanks! Doh, waiting on Amazon delivery, so I can drain them. What I don't know, "yet" is what the tongue of the boat weighs nor the actual boat/trailer weight. So once I have those numbers then I'll know if it's even worth mounting a hitch on the TT. Fortunately the TT has the axles pretty far back, so the momentum arm is less in the rear than the front, so a full fresh water tank and empty waste tanks may offset the tonge of the second trailer, especially with 60 lbs of propane on the tonge of the TT. I'm a pilot, and once I have all the actual weights and arm lengths from center of balance, I should be able to determine if my plan will work out on paper to give me 12-15% forward weight on the TT tonge with the boat attached. If I can maintain that and not exceed the TT's gross, then I should be good to go.
  13. Wow did this thread de-rail.... Last week we too became campers as well as boaters. We bought an Artic Fox 22H. It's perfect for us and I'm confident that I may be able to double pull with it, but time will tell. My biggest concern is weight and balance. If I can get the first trailer to balance out with the second without exceeding gross limits, then I'll be in business. Even though I put all new surge brakes on the boat trailer last year, I think I'll remove them from the back axle. I'm going to try electric brakes on the back axle and see which performs better and last the longest. Either way, the electric will make it safer for double pulling, and will aid in keeping the truck from slipping down the ramp at launch.
  14. So sorry for your loss.
  15. yellowstone

    This isn't really boating related but I thought I'd share my 1st of 2 videos. The second hasn't been edited yet, but I think the best scenery will be in it. Enjoy:
  16. Once a year, I hit it with a car wash, being careful no to spray the dash. I use the lower spray setting.
  17. Be advised you can pre-download the map before you go. Simply pull up the lake in the app from home. It will download the map to your phone. You don't need cell coverage only gps if you pre load the map.
  18. Several Signatures of all sizes often suffer from fuel tank failure.
  19. Wow what an ordeal, glad you have it back in the water! Inland it seems there are very few competent shops. All the great shops seem to cater to the big boat market that has clientele that can stroke a check for elaborate and expensive repairs. If I were to use the big shops they would have me believe that I needed 6-8 herds a year to keep my 22 year old boat running. When I balked the offered me a deal on a new boat with a warranty for less than 500 deer a month. I collected the boat and went elsewhere. Fast forward to today, no one touches my boat but me. I now have over 1000 herd of Mercruiser parts. If I have a job that needs a tool, I find it and buy it. With the forum help of Wingnut and Shepherd I've tackled jobs I never thought I could do. I simply don't trust mechanics to do good work. I run an I.T. Service company and constantly run into people that are skeptical about I.T. Companies for the exact same reasons. My company has the best reputation in my service area. We are always on budget, and on schedule.
  20. yellowstone

    It was your monumental trip that I followed here on the forum that got me to thinking about grander boating trips. We hope to one day do Powell. Problem is wife is pushing for flying out and renting a boat. She just doesn't get it! lol
  21. If like my '95 Mag, you may have the same carb as me. As others have said, it's just a heater that expands as the ignition is left on. My choke gives me a little trouble as well. However mine is just the opposite. It doesn't engage properly, so she's cold natured. In your case the choke doesn't sound like its opening. It will idle with full choke forever. You only realize the problem when you give it throttle, as the fuel flow increases but not the air. This floods out the engine.
  22. yellowstone

    There really isn't. This was my makeup trip for missing Bimini, the wife joined me for this one though!
  23. Good job! Mine passed 12 years ago from cancer. He and I were into sailing at the time. As he grew too weak to take his own boat out, I decided to give him something to look forward to. I took him sailing on his boat every weekend that he was up to; until he wasn't strong enough to get aboard safely. He was by most important person in my life. You are truly blessed, we lost him at 70, which was too young. I was 40 and it was devastating. I feel for kids that loose a parent at young ages.
  24. Agreed,. Even with experience, that probably wasn't the best decision when he decided to go into the party. You have to plan way ahead on something with that much mass. Simply reacting to what is happening means you are already behind the curve. You have to pilot those with a plan and be ahead of the boat. There's a video?? LOL
  25. 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.