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  1. Help please! Newbie here and looking to purchase my first cruiser and a Chap. Essentially similarly equipped boats of the 2006 290 Signature are near me. One has Volvo-Penta 5.0 GXI-FSX 270 hp each whereas the other has the Volvo 4.3 OSi-F 220 hp each. This boat will primarily be used for day trips of 2 to 6 people and overnight / weekends with 2 to 4 people. We don't plan to do any water towing sports. Any recommendations on which is the better suited engine in this boat? Thanks so much! Once I decide and purchase I'll update the forum!
  2. Hello Ladies and Gents, We are original owners of our 2000 205SSE with the 5.0 GL PWTR. In the past we have had the impeller changed by professionals. How difficult is it if you can follow directions? More importantly: What is the kit model # for this engine and what else should I purchase to complete the job? I'm at the stage where I want to learn these things, but the problem is that I can't easily find kits in my version of engine... Prod#3868944 SN 4110197071 In advance, thanks for your help!!
  3. I recently purchased a 2003 Sunesta 223 with the 5.0 GXI Volvo-Penta motor. It has a Duoprop outdrive with 1.95:1 gear ratio pushing F5 props. I am seeing terrible acceleration times to plane. I usually run a full boat, 4 to 6 adults 2 to 4 kids and am getting planing times of 11 to 12 seconds. Pulling a 200 lbs. wakeboarder increases my plane time to 20, 21 seconds. I am constantly having to run wot just to get the boat to move. When pulling a tube, it takes a while to plane and I have to have the accelerator down when I turn, or I loose so much power, that the tube ends up being like an anchor. When I hit the holeshot, the tach reads 2700 rpm until I get on plane and then it will start climbing. I was running wot on plane at 40mph and hitting rpms of only 4200. I do a lot of watersports and care more about holeshot acceleration than top end speed. Does anyone know why I am not getting a decent holeshot with my setup? I recently had the engine serviced and compression checked. Everything was spot on. I did replace the screen in the fuel regulator with the eclip, but experienced no additional power. Is there something the mechanics and myself might be over-looking? Would a change in props help, or am I just underpowered for my boat?
  4. I recently purchased a 2003 Sunesta 223 with the 5.0 GXI Volvo-Penta motor. It has a Duoprop outdrive with 1.95:1 gear ratio pushing F5 props. I am seeing terrible acceleration times to plane. I usually run a full boat, 4 to 6 adults 2 to 4 kids and am getting planing times of 11 to 12 seconds. Pulling a 200 lbs. wakeboarder increases my plane time to 20, 21 seconds. I am constantly having to run wot just to get the boat to move. When pulling a tube, it takes a while to plane and I have to have the accelerator down when I turn, or I loose so much power, that the tube ends up being like an anchor. When I hit the holeshot, the tach reads 2700 rpm until I get on plane and then it will start climbing. I was running wot on plane at 40mph and hitting rpms of only 4200. I do a lot of watersports and care more about holeshot acceleration than top end speed. Does anyone know why I am not getting a decent holeshot with my setup? I recently had the engine serviced and compression checked. Everything was spot on. I did replace the screen in the fuel regulator with the eclip, but experienced no additional power. Is there something the mechanics and myself might be over-looking? Would a change in props help, or am I just underpowered for my boat?
  5. From the album 2001 Chaparral SSi 216

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

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

    Stored away and ready for the next outting.
  8. Good evening all, this is my first time posting on this site. I'm picking up a 2004 chaparral 230 SSI this Tuesday. It's a creampuff of a boat, has low hours (160) on a mercuiser 5.0, I can't say enough about how well the previous owner took care of his toy. The outdrive is a bravo one with an aluminum prop which seems to be a little underpowered to me. The previous owner installed a stingray hydro fin which helps get on plane much faster with 4 people and a full tank of fuel. I'm thinking of taking the fin off and installing tabs, as the boats layout creates more of a port list due to the seating arrangement. What are your thoughts about: 1. Adding tabs and removing the hydrofoil? and/or 2. 3 bladed stainless prop vs. 4 bladed prop or should i just keep the aluminum prop on? I don't care so much about top end as I do a quicker hole shot or slower planning speeds. 3. or a combo of both? I have read that the hydrofoil and the four bladed props will decrease top end speeds, how much, not sure. I grew up on Chaparrals from my father's 19 footer to a Signature 30....wonderful boats and now I'm proud to say that I own one. Thanks in advance, Big E