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  1. My gas gauge has been acting up not sure if I need to replace the gauge itself or if there may be an issue somewhere else along the line has anyone else had this issue and how do you think it should be corrected?


    Hello, new to boating here. I have a Chap 260 sig 2004 and when I fuel this thing, It seems that it throw up a lot! it's definitely not like a car that would stop when it gets fuel, instead it throw up sometimes a lot and sometime a little and then It takes back more fuel until the next 2 gals aprox. I usually, fuel at low speeds to prevent it from happening, but still! just wondering if Im doing something wrong, or it this common or there is a problem. I dont like to spill gas :0 lol. Thanks
  3. Hi guys. the boat was inspected and was found this: "no continuity was found between the aluminum fuel tank and the vessel's DC negative/engine. Investigate further and correct as necessary ensuring the fuel tank is grounded to the vessel DC negative engine resistance between the two is less than one ohm. ABYC H24" Soooooo.... 1) what am I looking in here? 2) a broken wire? 3) DO I have to make one? 4) what am I looking for? 5) or where should I look for? 6) is this wire should be connected to the tank itself or the sender or somewhere else? 7) my fuel gau
  4. I have a 2008 Signature 310 with Mercruiser 5.0 engines and Bravo 3 drives, I have only operated the boat on inland lakes and am planning a trip from South Florida to the Bahamas. Can anyone give me an idea of typical fuel flow and perhaps fuel economy and suggested cruising speed. I know the fuel flow that shows on the instrument panel but was hoping someone had “real world” experience. Thanks
  5. Hello all,This is my first time posting and trying to work on my fathers boat (and keep it out of the shop)We have what I believe is a fuel pressure issue on his 2002 Chaparral 242 Sunesta with a 5.7 GI Volvo Penta Dual Prop I/O. It just started this year after pulling out of storageSymptoms:- The engine will start no problem but can be felt chugging at low RPMS. At higher RPMs it is less noticeable but the boat is still only getting about 50% power (used to do 45mph now tops out at 25mph)- The engine responds and increases throttle but if you throw it back to idle or neutral the engine dies o
  6. We purchased last Spring (2016) a brand new Vortex 223 VRX. First - I do love this boat, there are pros and cons (Dang this boat is LOUD), but right now the pros outweigh the cons. But since purchasing the boat, I have had fuel gauge accuracy issues on the Medallion Screen. The first issue was literally topping off the fuel and the medallion screen will never registered a full reading. Always off by about 1/4 of a tank right at the fuel dock. Obviously underway and moving the gauge will creep towards full before the boat planes off, but when the boat is plane, parked, at the dock, or on t
  7. Our 2004 Chaparral 290 Signature is undergoing surgery! The fuel tank has to be replaced due to a persistent leak identified last October. Fiberglass workers have already removed the Aft cabin floor to expose the tank (and ventilate). Talks now indicate that further cuts will be necessary to get the tank out. They are proposing to remove the bulkhead in the engine compartment (mid cockpit) in order to be able to maneuver the tank out but at additional cost and time and obvious surface area intrusion. So the question to the forum is,: 1) Does this seem extreme for those who have been
  8. I have a 2016 H20 sport 21' and in the ski storage locker located between the captain and passenger seat will not drain. There is a drain in the aft wall however the problem is that the fuel tank is pushed up so close to the drain hole that it prevents any water from exiting into the bilge. I have contacted Chaparral about this and they sent me an email with pictures of how to fix. They show to drill a hole in the locker floor board just in front of the hole on the wall and that should do it. However, I have drilled into the floor 3 1/2" and it did not open up. I did not want to drill any deep
  9. Hi, I recently had fuel stolen from my boat while it was in storage. I have a 2018 H2O Surf. I had a half tank left in the boat. Went to take it out 4 days later and my fuel gage said 2%. I live in Gilbert AZ. The storage unit is next to an area where it looks like some one would take advantage of the situation. Is there a solution fir a lockable Fuel cap for my boat? Thank you!!! Th
  10. I have a 2003 chaparral signature, I bought in April, it has run great and haven't had any problems until yesterday. I was moored on the beach and when it was time to leave my boat would start then immediately die It did this about 10 times, then we pushed the throttle down and got it to start. was able to get back to my dock, shut is down and it started back up. let it sit without shore power for about an hour tried starting it and it immediately died. Hooked it up to shore power left it over night, went to start it up and it started right up with no problems. I am afraid to take it out on
  11. I have a 1994 Mariner 75hp 3 cylinder OB and it will run for a while just fine but then when you go to restart it you have to keep pushing in the key to keep the motor running. Even after a short warm up. When the key is pushed in the idle with pick up 2k and run fine for a little while then it will start to bogg down again.
  12. I just bought my first boat and did not know what to look for. Once I started playing around with all the issues I noticed the previous owner had covered up the ski locker where the fuel sending unit is located. I'm ready to drill in and access port but I'd like to make it right over top of the sending unit and only drill one hole. Could somebody please help me out locating this on a 1994 1830 SS? Not only is the gas gauge now working but the water temp gauge doesn't work either. Must be the gauge our wiring sense I replaced the sender. Any help with pictures or measurements
  13. I have an 1997 Chaparral 1830SS with an 4.3 liter V6 Mercruiser engine. The gas tank holds 30 US gallons according to info. from several online sources. I want to use up as much of the current ethanol additive gas now in the tank before I fill up with NON-ethanol. My question is assuming my gas tank sending unit & gas gauge are "reasonably" accurate, how much should I use up before refilling to get maximum benefit from the non-ethanol diluting the current ethanol blend. Next question: Is it likely the gas gauge will drop by 1/4 when 1/4 tank of gas is actually used. Meaning how much can I
  14. I am having fuel delivery trouble with my 1990 Chaparral 1800 SL. So far I have replaced what I believe is a perfectly good fuel pump with a new one. I removed the out line from inside the fuel cell and checked the screen type filter on the bottom end and it is clear of all obstruction. I have replaced the fuel hose with the upgraded fuel hose from tank to pump, (just in case the line was breaking down internally.) I have completely discarded the fuel filter, (at least until I get this fuel delivery issue resolved.) Now this brings me to the forward, 151A, (late model), carburetor. There is a
  15. I see some of the smart tab manufacturers make claims of ~10% savings in fuel when using smart tabs. Anyone have any experience with them?
  16. I am dealing with a problems with my 290 Signature. About a month ago, I opened my engine room hatch and discovered raw fuel in the bilge (about 2" deep). The boat has been secured and all of the fuel has been pumped out of the tank and through a series of tests we have confirmed it is the tank leaking. Chaparral and the dealer both say that the generator and both engines have to be removed and the forward firewall and aft berth floor cut and removed to get at the tank. Does anyone have any experience with replacing the tank in this model? Method? Pictures? Thanks, Goula Guy
  17. I've got a 2013 196ssi that I can't seem to get more than a gallon in at a time. It's got a fuel filler cap on both sides but both only take a little bit at a time. Any help would be appreciated.
  18. My current routine is to go the gas station down the street and fill two 6 gallons canisters with high-dollar E-free fuel. When someone asked me why I did this, I responded that it had something to do with corroding the fuel tank if it had ethanol. After the words fell from my mouth I started questioning the veracity of that statement. So two things: 1) Can anyone definitively say just exactly WHY I have to use ethanol free fuel in my 2006 SSI 260? (Mercruiser) 2) Is there a scenario whereby I could use regular gas in my tank? If it's a corrosion thing, is there a method/kit to switch out
  19. I am thinking about buying a 2007 280 signature. Does any one have any fuel consumption data?
  20. 2007 Chaparral 210 SSi with Mercury Mercuiser 5.0 MPI engine (260 hp) – 160 hours The problem I’m experiencing happens after we’ve been doing water sports by pulling a person on a tube or wakeboard. Once somebody is finished with their water sport, I stop the boat engine to let the person back on board the boat. Most times the boat starts and runs fine. But then sometimes the boat will start and the engine will quit after a second or two. On subsequent attempts, the same thing happens: the boat starts but then only runs for a second before the engine quits. We’ve been towed back three times
  21. Fuel/surging problem; any help would be appreciated. 2001 216SSI, Merc 5.0L EFI. Serious surging RPM issues when i can get it started--which is about every 5th attempt. It will sometimes run in idle but low (600 RPM) and very rough, for maybe a minute; then will sputter and die when I try to fast idle the RPM up. I've added good additive to the fuel, trailered the boat a little to agitate it in the tank, and changed the fuel filter twice. When I added clean fuel to the new filter, the boat ran normal until the fuel in the new filter was burned up, then back to surging or no start. I talk
  22. I can not locate which fuel is recommended for a 2006 256 SSI. have heard different views on this, so more confused than ever. looking for any info. Thanks
  23. I just bought a 2006 sunesta 254 Volvo penta 5.7 76 hours and took it out on the water today. Backed it down in the water and it started right up. Eased away from the dock and once I was out side of the wake zone throttled up. At about 3000 rpm it died. Started it right back up and tried again and it did the same thing at around 3000 rpm. It started right up for the third time so this time I throttled up slower and did not have any issue getting up on plan. Drove at about 3700 for about 2 min and then made a left turn and it did again. This time it would not start or do anything. The fuel gaug
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