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  1. I'm a newbie to boating. We've been looking for an open bow boat for skiing/fishing and we came across the Chaparral SSI year 2000 in pic, but owner does not have model info. Only stating boat is 22.5 feet long with 5.7l motor. I can not find a 22.5 feet SSI in year 2000 model search. Can someone help with identifying model # based on pics ? I also have hull number, but hull # decoder I'm using does not id model number and only suggests it could be a 196ssi which is only 19 feet long. Any thoughts on SSI model number or thoughts on actual boat ?
  2. I am preparing to install the factory option Garmin 742xs in my 2016 226. I have ordered the unit, transducer, and woodgrain bezel. The dealer is not showing any additional parts required to the install. It seems like there would be a harness to go from the digital gauges to the unit. Does anyone know if there is an existing Nmea 2000 network from the factory or what is required to tie the engine data to the GPS unit?
  3. Help please. I just purchased a 2007 215 SSI and having 2 issues - engine (Mercruiser 5.0L carb aplpha 1) consistently stalls under 800RPM. And always stalls when I am trying to go through neutral to change gears. This makes docking a real difficult and anxious experience. I also notice that the engine will go from 800RPM to 1800RPM with a slight touch of the shift lever - not smooth at all. And sometimes when I am idling at 1200 RPM, it jumps up 1400 RPM, then back down, then back up - kinda like revving without me touching anything. I thought maybe it was old gas as it had about 10G from la
  4. Hey all. We own a Sunesta 233. We generally love the boat, but have decided we want something with more seating in the cockpit. I have been looking at a Sunesta 263, which is perfect from a seating and space perspective. The biggest complaint I have about out 233 is that it really feels like we get tossed around and the hull really pounds against the larger wake in our lake. I started considering a SSI 253, as it has a deeper , but my wife isn't thrilled with the fact that it less bow seating. If the Sunesta 263 and it's extra 3ft and 1,000 lb will handle the big cruiser wake significantly
  5. I purchased a 2005 Sunesta 216 about this time last year. It is my first boat. I like it, but I have found it pounds on wakes or bigger water when the wind kicks up. I'm currently looking at a 2006 SSi 246. According to their respective spec sheets the SSi has 22 degree deadrise. The Sunesta has 16 degrees. Is this substantial enough to help cut waves better? Also, the SSi I am looking at has 450 hours on a Volvo 8.1 GXI with Duo Prop drive. Is that a lot of hours for this engine? Any known issues with this engine or drive? Thanks in advance for any guidance.
  6. Firstly I apologise for the new thread as I couldn't find the right search words to find the old ones on the same topic. I bought a 2006 256 SSI last year, it was in pretty good shape already but I have set about various upgrades as the year progressed. The wood 'metal' dashboards were delaminating around the screw holes and looked untidy so I did some research to work out what to do. Replacement parts are impossible and custom ones are expensive. I found some awesome posts on here where lots of people had been asking the same thing and one or two had posted pictures of their modification
  7. Hi, I currently have a 2007 256 SSI and I'm wondering if there is a way to add the pop-up tow hook in the swim platform. My buddy has a 256 SSX that has one. It looks like my swim platform has the same features and it could possibly just be swapped out.
  8. Considering installing a Transom Shower on my 2006 260 SSI. Any Do's or Don't I should consider?
  9. I'm having a bit of an issue locating some replacement hatches for my 2000 196 SSI. The Ski Locker hatch has cracked down the middle. The Bow Anchor hatch is cracked. And the large back engine hatch is nearly impossible to open, will not stay open, and its back hinges are nearly stripped and falling off. The photos attached aren't my boat but are for reference. Any help or links to replacements would be greatly appreciated.
  10. RichH

    H20 vs. SSI

    I am looking to buy a new boat and considering the 21 foot H20. I currently own a 2005 204 SSI. * The used H20 I am buying will save me a bunch of money from buying a new one. However, it comes with a 4.3 220 hp engine. I bought my 204 SSI new with 5.0 250HP mercruiser. My main uses for the boat are slalom skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. The H20 has a wakeboard tower. So I am wondering the following: * Will the tower actually help me get a little air on wakeboard. I am jumping behind the 204, but not getting any height. I am 50, just learning to wakeboard, and know that I won't eve
  11. I bought my boat last year and the boat came with the forward side curtains and the connector piece only. My boat has a radar arch and Bimini top connected to it. I want to buy the missing camper side curtain and camper aft curtain to cover the aft for boating in the fall or to use on rainy days but the Ameritex and RNR Marine prices are too expensive for both pieces, almost 1500 deers. Does anyone have pictures of the boat with the camper side curtain and camper aft curtain in place that you can share? You had it custom made? What's the approximate cost? Thank you
  12. Hey, All. Before I order one new, I was wondering if on an off-chance, anyone is selling the original snap-on cover for a 2012 Chap 226 SSi with the wake tower. Yes, I lost mine in the lake last year (amateur mistake) and have struggled with various others. Now, I've decided to go back to the snap-on type and the cost-to-replace new is $1300. Anyone happen to have one they'd like to part with? Message me asap since I have to order one soon! Thanks! Kevin
  13. CJeff

    Factory Tower?

    I purchased a used 2004 210ssi with a wakeboard tower. Can anyone tell me how to find out if it is a factory tower. I purchased a cover from coveranything.com and it doesn't fit. I have asked coveranything.com and they tell me to call the manufacturer. I also asked if they can provide the measurements of where they place the wakeboard tower holes and they told me to call WestlandIndustries (the maker of the cover). I feel like coveranything should do a better job of providing information but instead they just refer to the fine print. Anyway, back to my question: From a newbie: How c
  14. Hello... I'm the happy owner of a 265 SSI 2002 model. But I feel the boat is much slower than it should be. It's powered with a Volvo 5.7 GXI which I believe is putting out 280hp. At full throttle I'm maxing about 34 on my GPS. The props are in good shape. But I'm not sure of the pitch. It's has DPS. The prior owner put a hydrofoil on the outdrive. It gets right on plane. It's been serviced by a professional mechanic every year. Anyone else with the same boat that can chime in?
  15. I am currently struggling between two "final" choices, a 2016 226 SSi and a 2013 244 Sunesta. Both after my negotiation are equal in price ($55k) and I was able to a comparable rate and payments are within $20 of each other. I walked into the Chaparrel dealership torn between the 224 Sunesta (my initial first choice) and the 226 SSi and 227 SSX. With trailer the 224 Sunesta quickly priced itself out of the budget I set myself. Then because the queen bee liked the pasenger bucket vs. the Oasis lounge, ended on the 226 SSi. We test drove it, and enjoyed it very much. Engine is the Mer
  16. Looking at the difference between a 2016 226 SSI and the VRX SSI has 6.2 Merc 300HP with B3 dual prop. Looking for opinions on the pluses and minus of SSI vs VRX (jetboat same size). Thanks
  17. I just bought a beautiful 2004 190 SSi a few months ago and immediately noticed the stock stereo could use a little boost. It would get very loud without distorting unless you turned the bass way down. So, I started looking around this forum for sub-woofer ideas. I always thought the rear bench seat was the ultimate place for a few subs. I quickly found out that a lot of people avoided putting speakers there for numerous reasons. The most talked about one was the curvature of the fiberglass panel. I found some good free air subs, ordered all my OFC wiring and parts, and with a little blood, a
  18. Hello all, I have to replace a bad circuit breaker under dash on my 2003 200 SSI (5.0 MPI Alpha). The post snapped off of it when I was attempting to remove the panel...#^@#*! This push button breaker is for my ignition and is made by JoeMex 77 series 20A 125VAC 50/60Hz 50VDC. I see several 20 AMP breakers made by Blue Sea and Sierra but they all seem to be 32 VDC... The broken breaker is pictured and this is what I'm thinking will replace it: https://www.bluesea.com/products/7057/Push_Button_Reset_Only_Quick_Connect_Circuit_Breaker_-_20_Amps My question, is it safe to replace t
  19. Okay so I have tried a couple attempts to lay my seats flat and I must be missing something..All I end up doing is moving them as a unit forward and back, but they aren't separating or laying flat. There is a little black handle that I can lift to "ungear it" from whatever locking mechanism is in place that just seems to move the entire seat. Searched the internet and my manuals before asking and I can't seem to find the answer. I think they do need some lubrication as well. Any help please????
  20. Boat is a model year 2004 SSi 260 and the bow light is part number 3810P1 (based on the SSI 260 parts guide PDF). The bow light does not come on and I'm not sure exactly what the issue is. I live 3 hours from where the boat is kept, so unfortunately I cannot just run out and check it. I was wondering if anyone had any idea what kind of bulb this bow light takes, OR whether it's worth it replace the old bow light with a concealable LED bow light? What I'm not sure of is how the current bow lights is mounted (whether it screws in from the top, or whether there is a plate under the deck that
  21. Hey Everyone, Quick question... How do I either remove the factory stereo from the glove box area or gain access to the area behind it in a 2005 204 SSi?. I have a 6 speaker system and only the center speakers are working. So the aft & forward speakers are not playing. I have an amp mounted under the aft seat and it is powering on. Havent troubleshot it too much yet. Mainly wanted to make sure the inputs to the amp coming from the radio were still connected. So thats my question... How do I get back there? Thanks in advance!!
  22. From the album: 2001 Chaparral SSi 216

    2001 Chaparral Ssi 216 with Volvo Penta 5.0 Gi.
  23. From the album: 2001 Chaparral SSi 216

    Cleaned up ready to hit the water. Fresh water only!
  24. From the album: 2001 Chaparral SSi 216

    Stored away and ready for the next outting.
  25. Hello all, Please help redirect me if this is not the right place to post this. I am looking for two things: (1) a transom shower cup and cover (I have the shower hardware itself, but I knocked the cover into the water...it does not float). <-- I have contacted Cecil Marine about this one already, but wanted to drop in here as well and see what anyone could offer. (2) Bow lounger cushions. These are the two cushions that fill in the space in the bow to make it into a lounge instead of the benches. I would be in the market for the cushions as well as the cross-members to support it. Than
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