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  1. I have a 2018 Chaparral Vortex 203 VRX that I purchased in June 2017. In August I discovered that both of my batteries were getting fully discharged after after the boat would sit on a lift for 4-5 days. I recharged the battery with charger I bought in the Walmart and in 2 days they got discharged again. Then the engine light came on... I took the boat to the dealer - the Advanced Marina of Ocean City, MD - and they detected that an electric fuse for the bilge pump got blown and as a result there were some water - a few gallons - on the bottom of the engine compartment which seems to have affected the alternator (which would explain why batteries were loosing its power). The bilge pump seems to have been not pumping water out as a result and somehow also causing the batteries to discharge. While I always turn the batteries switch to the zero position (OFF), the bilge pump is connected to the battery directly. The dealer ordered parts that are needed for repairs and will check with Chaparral if these repairs would be covered by Chaparral as a warranty items since there was a defective electric fuse that caused the further damage to the bilge and alternator. Meanwhile, I don't have my brand new boat now for two weeks of our pretty short boating season of 12-16 weeks as it sits in the dealer's repair facility waiting for parts. Has anyone discovered this issue with the bilge pump and failed electric fuses? I will update you all on whether Chaparral agreed to cover these repairs under the warranty. Cheers. Alex.
  2. I've got a 2006 220ssi, and yesterday i noticed that the bilge pump breaker keeps tripping. I can reset it, and the bilge will start up again, pump for 30 seconds, and trip. If i try to press the breaker, it will not reset immediately, however it will reset 1minĀ± later. The auto float also is not working due to this issue. From other forum searches, it sounds like there is potentially debris in the bilge water (this is post HEAVY spring cleaning) that is causing the bilge to potentially bind down and trip. Does that have merit? What else could it be?
  3. Hello y'all, My newest project is to clean and repaint the bilge, what paint would you recommend? Thank you all.
  4. I have a 2010 Chaparral Sunesta 284. I want to clean the engine area with bilge cleaner and water. How do I temporarily turn off the auto bilge pump so that the cleaner and water can remain in the bilge area while the boat is in use?
  5. Finally got the new-to-me boat out on the water for an extended period of time over the weekend and everything worked pretty well. The only real issue I have that concerns me is that the bilge pump kicked on at one point after we were out for about 40-minutes or so. It may have run more, but that's the only time I noticed it running. I have a couple of questions for everyone: 1. The boat is only a 2010 with about 340 hours. Could the bellows be going bad already? Other potential sources of the leak? 2. I did fill up all onboard coolers with ice the night before and again the day of, so probably 80-100 pounds of ice total. Could this be the source of my water? I thought these were supposed to drain overboard, not into the bilge. I'm planning a trip to Table Rock Lake in two weeks where the boat will be docked and in the water for a solid week straight. Should I be concerned? If there is a bit of water coming into the bilge, should I worry about the pump doing it's job and handling it?
  6. Hey guys, Have a small amount of water (2-3") sitting beneath the engine of my 2006 Chap 190 SSI. Have run the bilge pump but the water remains. Not sure how to remove it.. The Manual says that a small amount of water is "normal", but I still would like to learn how to properly remove it.
  7. I was attempting to test my bilge float switch when I slipped and was basically wrapped under around the engine. While figuring out what I could grab onto to heave myself out, I noticed three 6" cracks in the bilge under the engine. Has anyone else seen this? I "think" I can down there to seal them, of course I am worried about possible damage as the bilge usually has some water in it during use.
  8. I was attempting to test my bilge float switch when I slipped and was basically wrapped under around the engine. While figuring out what I could grab onto to heave myself out, I noticed three 6" cracks in the bilge under the engine. Has anyone else seen this? I "think" I can down there to seal them, of course I am worried about possible damage as the bilge usually has some water in it during use.
  9. I was attempting to test my bilge float switch when I slipped and was basically wrapped under around the engine. While figuring out what I could grab onto to heave myself out, I noticed three 6" cracks in the bilge under the engine. Has anyone else seen this? I "think" I can down there to seal them, of course I am worried about possible damage as the bilge usually has some water in it during use.
  10. I was attempting to test my bilge float switch when I slipped and was basically wrapped under around the engine. While figuring out what I could grab onto to heave myself out, I noticed three 6" cracks in the bilge under the engine. Has anyone else seen this? I "think" I can down there to seal them, of course I am worried about possible damage as the bilge usually has some water in it during use.
  11. I scoured the feed for anything regarding replacement bilge pumps. Hence the new feed. The integrated float switch has failed on mine and am looking to replace the pump with as much or more GPM that I currently have (1000). It was enough to not only keep up with a boat launched without its drain plug, but was actually lowering the water in the bilge. My question is on best brands you may have experience with. I can't get a read on what brand is preferred.
  12. I have a '07 190 SSI I just bought last week. During the test run I checked the bilge and I heard it come on. This past weekend we got caught in one of those afternoon thunder showers and the boat got a little water in it. I flipped the bilge switch and nothing happened. I noticed that the light wasn't on the switch so I reset the breaker. Still nothing. First question, where is this thing located? I can't find it anywhere and I suppose it's behind the motor. Has anyone changed it and if so how? Pics would be nice. I'm sure there are some wires exposed since the breaker keeps tripping. Any info is appreciated!!
  13. I have a '07 190 SSI I just bought last week. During the test run I checked the bilge and I heard it come on. This past weekend we got caught in one of those afternoon thunder showers and the boat got a little water in it. I flipped the bilge switch and nothing happened. I noticed that the light wasn't on the switch so I reset the breaker. Still nothing. First question, where is this thing located? I can't find it anywhere and I suppose it's behind the motor. Has anyone changed it and if so how? Pics would be nice. I'm sure there are some wires exposed since the breaker keeps tripping. Any info is appreciated!!
  14. A few weeks ago, I finally diagnosed the engine oil leak (with the help of a remote inspection camera). I found that there was rust where the drain tube attaches, enough to cause a slow but steady drip of oil into the bilge. I tried to seal it without an engine pull and of course it didn't work. Question: approximately how many hours does this job take? I found a good marine mechanic whose rate is $85 per hour but I've no idea how many hours are involved. I'm just trying to get a good idea of what the damage will be. I have a 2005 Sunesta 216 with a Mercruiser 5.0 MPI, 105 hours. On a side note, I can't believe that the drain pain is not coated (with undercoating or similar) to avoid this type of easily avoidable problem. Thanks so much for your help.
  15. I have been having trouble with the bilge. Initially I blew the fuse. Replaced the fuse and it worked for a bit. Now I seem to blow fuses and it does not appear the pump works at all on manual or with float switch. The pump is located at the bottom of the engine compartment and close to the transom out of reach. Anyone know how to service the pump in this situation?
  16. Well, Miss Pura Vida is dry docked for a while following a strange incident 1/2 mile from the marina -- inbound, luckily. Was just finishing up a 20 mile round-tripper dinner outing to a downstream marina. Never got the tach above 3600 and had good instrument reads for the 3-4 hours we were on the water. I was on the threshold of my 20 hr break-in service at launch, hour meter had just clocked 21.9 and we were within sight of the boat launch when my wife said she heard a muffled "whumpf" in the engine compartment. It was dusk, so I came off plane and dropped to idle speed to full stop and opened the engine hatch. Quickly shined a light in and didn't see or hear anything strange so lowered the hatch and prepared to make way to the launch. At throttle up the engine service alarm went off ( that dude is loud as #$^%, let me tell you) so I quickly went to neutral and checked gauges, etc. noticed the oil gauge was jumping from 40 psi down to 15, back to 40. I eased the throttle to about 2000 and saw a familiar read of just over 50 or so so throttled on up to plane out and alarmed again. Dropped back to idle and saw the gauge jumping again. Looked back in the hatch, nothing smoking, no odors, nothing obvious in the bilge. Idled her to the dock so the Admiral could bring the trailer. Sat in the lagoon for 10 min at idle with no issues except obviously low oil pressure so I'm thinking, "well probably a quart low but due to the dealer next day for the 20 hr service interval so no biggie," I'd gone 3/4 low on my 4.3 MPI a few years ago and got the alarm, so didn't seem that odd to me. Recovered to trailer, put on straps, removed plug, nothing out of the ordinary so off we go home. Next morning I open the ski locker to take out a board and a tube before heading to the shop and whoa Nelly, I've got motor oil in the ski locker bilge under the mat. Crank up the engine hatch and got oil there, too. Check the drain plug and I've got residue in the threads and drippage on the rear roller under the bunks. Go back topside and check the dipstick - dry as a bone. Oil level was acceptable previous day prior to the launch and had good oil pressure reads until the " whumpf". Service manager scratched his head on this one and wondered aloud if I'd lost the engine filter from vibration an said they'd check it out. Today he called and said they'd been on the phone with Mercury Marine who said to fill it back up and run it to trace the leak. The theory at this moment is blown out rear main engine seal and they'll pull the power package tomorrow to look for it. Not too wild about this, to be honest. I have a 2001 Chevy Suburban with a 5.3L with 210,000 miles on it that started leaking at the rear main seal at 180,000. I'm having a hard time with a 350 MAG blowing a main seal and losing all engine oil at 21.7 hrs. And even if that's the issue, how to have confidence in it after repair? Love the boat. Very satisfied with Chaparral performance for 21.6 hours and 7 outings (so far). Been a satisfied Merc customer for 6 years with a 4.3 MPI / Alpha 1. Not sure what to make of this. Ideas?
  17. I purchased the boat last year and have not turned on the shower or bathroom (vacu-flush system with masticator) yet. I am looking for help on the mid-bilge?? I am not sure if the boat even has one, but I see it mentioned in posts. I took the screws out of the second step and could not get the step to come off to look for another bilge or a drain through hole for water to get to the aft bilge. So, help there would be appreciated. I do not have air conditioning, so there is no unit in the way above the first step. Also, my aft bilge has not needed to pump any water out since I first bought the boat a year ago. That seems impossible, so I am concerned water is filling up somewhere else. The engine compartment is completely dry. The boat stays in the water in a well all summer in Michigan.