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  1. My wife and I are getting in to the boating world after 20 years of camping. We have great friends that have shown us the way of enjoying Spring, Summer and Fall that just makes sense. We were paying for a camper that we only used 1 week a year. (foolish) We are heading out this week with a great sale's person from a marina to look at a Chaparral 280 Signature. 2002. Any helpful advise would be encouraged.
  2. Hello, I am relatively new to boating and just ordered a H2O 21 Sport. At the dealership they told me 8-10 weeks and they hope that the boy should come in around mid-July. I found older posts and it appears that the wait times differ based on high season, dealership volume, etc. The dealer is quite big I would say (Intermarine, South Florida). I don't know how the production works and if it totally differs from the concept of car manufacturing, meaning that you have different assembly lines for the type of boat. Any guidance you could give me to get a better understanding of the timeline from the dealer makes sense would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Phil
  3. Well, now that our 350 signature looks all shiny has been valued above what we owe on it, combined with some very decent equity in the house, we are now thinking about moving to something bigger. Here are what we have been looking at so far, 2015 Sea Ray 470 Sundancer, 2013 Cantius 48, 2010 Cranchi 47, 2012/13/14 Regal 520 Coupe, Azimut 50 Atlantis, and lastly 2010 Cruiser Yacht 52 Coupe. What are your thoughts?
  4. Hi all, My brother just acquired a '24 four winns i/o deckboat from his father-in-law's barn. It has been sitting there for about the last 5 years. From what he knows it was properly winterized before going into storage, and it was under a mooring cover. Our exposure to boat maintenance has been keeping up with our sailboats, sea-doos, various outboard motors and Chaparral 224 (as well as occasionally helping the lake neighbors with oil changes and winterizing). We know the complete history of all of our boats and have always done the routine, and sometimes non-routine, maintenance ourselves. This deckboat is somewhat of a puzzle due to age (early 90's?) and being a marine motor with a carb. We have plenty of experience with carbs on cars, but not a marine engine. Also, it is pretty filthy and has had some mice living in it. So far he has started cleaning it out, and pulled the batteries (which are dated 2012!) and put them on a charger. Besides the standard de-winterization and oil change is there advice on how to prepare this thing to get back in the water? Also, it is a fiberglass hull with a carpeted and plywood deck; much like a pontoon boat. Can we pressure-wash the interior or would it be bad to exposes the plywood to that much moisture? Any tips would be appreciated, I can try and get a picture up later today to help with the diagnosis! Thanks!
  5. Hello guys! I am now the proud owner of a PRISTINE Chaparral 1995 2130ss in the teal and gold color scheme. It is a gorgeous color combo and this boat is especially beautiful! I am the second owner and the boat has sat in indoor storage for the past 11 years. The boat only has 180 original hours and has no blemsihes, dings, fading, etc. The upholstery looks factory as does the gelcoat. The motor is a 5.7l GM block with a yamaha outdrive. All the electrical works (lights, blower, bilge, trim, etc.), the throttle shifts smooth as butter, and the steering is silky smooth as well. The motor does have a crack in the riser and may have other damage as well. This is no big deal as I have a 5.7l Mercruiser and alpha one outdrive that are in great, working condition with only 400 hours. The Mercruiser came off of a 1996 Regal donor junk boat. I will try to get the Yamaha working if I can, but if not, I will just swap the Merc in. If I do get it working, then I will have a decision to make as I have seen some Yamaha sterndrive parts for sale around the internet, and also I have read about people having sucess using Mercruiser parts (gimble bearing, exhaust manifolds, bellows, etc.) Apparently Yamaha got sued for being too similar to either Volvo or Merc, but they still make their outdrives overseas. Anyways, this will be my first real boat once I get everything squared away. I am a 20 y/o college kid who works and uses extra scholarship money to fund his passion! I've always loved Chaparral's because my dad a 1989 2100sx when I was a kid, so that led me to wanting a Chap. I got a great deal on this boat. Unfortunately the previous owner had health issues and recently passed away. That is why the boat sat for 11 years in dry storage. The boat even came with the Yamaha service manual, Chaparral manual, and maintenance/ cruise logs. I will post pictures once the boat is delivered to South Florida from Fort Walton Beach. A few questions: 1) If I swap the yamaha motor and drive with the Merc, I want to use the throttle currently on the 2130ss because the Mercruiser one is stiff and faded. This should work fine, except the Yamaha has the trailer trim button on the outdrive, where as the Merc has the button on the throttle. So my options are: 1) bypass the trim limit? 2) Use the boat without trailer trim. I have a dual axle trailer, so I really need trailer trim anyways? 3) Install another switch somewhere near the transom? Thanks, Drew
  6. Needed a 7.4L standard rotation mercruiser engine, used rebuilt new, mine turned terminal. I am in New Jersey Thanks in advance
  7. Here's the dilemma: Do we buy the brand new 246 SSI or the used '07 236 SSX? '07 has the 5.7L GXI with 135 hours (seldom used for the age) and 246 has the 5.7L 350 Mag Bravo 3. With all the dealer incentives right now, the cost difference is about . Any help on finding someone to inspect the used boat? It would be a sight unseen purchase which makes me nervous. How much to expect for cost of inspection? Seriously leaning towards new but wouldn't mind putting an extra in my pocket either. Any pros and cons you would like to share with a Newbie? Thanks in advance! Can't wait to join the owners club soon! Jason
  8. Hello All. I am the proud new owner of a new 2012 216 ssi. My research on this forum was instrumental in my purchase decision. Thanks for all the great content!!! Now that the weather is somewhat warm, we have had her out a few times and I discovered the universal unwanted passenger.....water in the bilge. Now I am new at this, but pretty sure that any amount of water in the bilge of a brand new boat is not normal. She is stored at an indoor climate controlled facility (no rain water), has not been washed in weeks (no hose water), no one has boarded from the lake (wet). So, I don't see any reason for there to be water in the bilge. We have run 4 times about 1.5 hours each. The last run resulted in 30 seconds of water draining full force from the bilge drain hole. The simple solution would be to pull her back to the dealer; however they are 100 miles away, so I wanted to pick yall's brain first. Any ideas? Thanks! Specs: 2012 216 ssi Vapor Blue Dune interior 5.0 Merc Convenience Package Premium Package Dual batteries with on-board charger
  9. I am the definition of a "Newbie"....!!!!! Finally ordered my first boat, after lots of researching...!!!!! Just wanted to hear about anyone's experiences when they ordered their Chaparral....???? Good or Bad..... And about how long did one wait to receive their Chaparral.......?????? We should receive our in mid to late May, hopefully....crossing fingers....!!!! Signed, Excited, Soon To Be, Chaparral Owner