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  1. 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 out.Troubleshooting:- We replace the fuel/water separator (no change)- Clean spark plugs. These did not appear to be in bad shape. Normal discoloration (no change)- Added seafoam to gasoline (no change)- Used a screwdriver to feel that all injectors were firing. Some felt lighter than others but all could be felt clicking- Checked the fuel pressure on the rail. The fuel pressure bounced between 50-54 PSI when under load so it was not stable which i would expect it to be.- Replaced the fuel pressure regulator. When we did this, the boat would not start at all unless we gave it throttle and would not stay running unless we kept the throttle up. I got this part from a dealer so I would hope they gave me the right one.- Reinstalled old fuel pressure regulator since the new one seemed to make the issue worse.- Checked the impeller. It is in good shape.Next steps:I've done a ton of digging but can't find any other examples of where the pressure was not stable at the rail. I would like to say the fuel pump itself needs replaced but if the pump is outputting anything higher than 50 psi I would expect the pressure regulator should hold it stable. So I am at a loss.Thanks for any suggestions-Kyle
  2. Newer power boater and mom of 3 kids here (currently have a Hunter 18 sailboat, and have previously owned a 1970 C&C sailboat and a 19 foot Starcraft growing up. Family member has a 25 foot Regal, so am familiar with boats). I am looking at purchasing a 2003 215 from a marine tech guy who owns his own shop and buys project boats and flips them. The boat needs some work cosmetically (vinyl is not in great shape / I hope an easy fix with some vinyl paint, and lots of mildew spots on the cover and bikini) but I am mostly concerned about the engine and safety, as I am a single mom of three kids and need to put reliability and safety first. Would love thoughts on the photos below. Seller seems like a bit of a smooth talker. Claims the engine is a rebuilt Volvo Penta with 100 hours. Exact wording is “FRESH 350 WITH ONLY 20 HRS AND ALL NEW EXHAUST DRIVE WAS SERVICED LAST SUMMER AND RUNS PERFECT.” But when I opened the engine compartment it looked very rusty. He said he wasn’t worried about the rust because it “just went to the water pump.” Boat ignition started immediately when he turned the key. Can the experts on here look at these photos and tell me the situation please? I didn’t take photos of the outboard part of the drive / stern drive, but it was new and not rusty. New propeller. Have not done a sea trial yet, but he offered. That’s the next step. 1. Does engine look like it if as described? 2. Any tips on vinyl refurbishment? 3. other things I need to consider before making an offer? 4. Can a Honda Pilot Touring with a V6 and 4500 tow capacity pull this thing? 5. Is this a good and safe and reliable boat for a single mom with three kids? 6. Good price to offer? thanks so much Really hoping to get the kids and dog out on the water they have been cooped up and away from friends because of covid and the fresh air would do them some good
  3. I recently took my chaparral out and landed at a sand bar so the kids could play, raised the stern drive to protect it. Went to leave- stern drive wouldn’t go back down. I can hear something running when I push the trim button up or down, but the stern drive won’t go up or down. Just the sound of a motor running. What’s the issue here? 2007 Volvo Penta 5.0 SX-A with outdrive.
  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. We launched our new to us Chap 310 Sig yesterday! That’s the good news The bad news is we can’t seem to clear the Volvo Penta EVC control on her. So, we are locked out of being able to see any relevant information it conveys, including how much fuel she has, RPM, etc, etc.I’m going to take a picture, but one message on the port side says “Important! See Ops manual.” (No, we don’t have the ops manual). It’s a 5.0GXiCE-M (year 2010) 21182210. Anyone have any experience with these?
  6. 2001 Sunest 233 5.7 volvo penta received an estimate to replace the alternator oem starter $400 plus labor to install seems high, does anyone have experience with this looking for insight Thanks in advance
  7. Anyone have experience mooring through winter in an area with ocassional below freezing temperatures? Considering keeping our boat in a covered slip in Portland, OR through the winter. Been advised keep the outdrive down for drainage and so its in the water where temp will remain above freezing. Considering an automated heater for the engine compartment and flushing anti-freeze through the flush hose on the Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI in our 2011 206 SSI. Appreciate any thoughts!
  8. 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?
  9. From the album: 2001 Chaparral SSi 216

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

    Getting Her ready for summer of 2014.
  11. Just ordered a 2013 264 Sunesta and we are very excited for it to arrive. However, after spending some time on the forum, I'm second guessing my engine choice. I ordered VP 320, based on our salespersons recommendation. He stated that we would be very happy with the 320 hp engine. I also added trim tabs to assist in plaining. My concern is that we will always run the boat at about 4500' elevation, usually with a boat load of teens wanting to raft, ski, kneeboard, and wakeboard. The salesperson spoke to the Chaparral rep and confirmed that this setup would be just fine and not really worth the $ upgrade to the 380 hp. Here's my experience with our past boat. A 2004 Four Winns Horizon 230 with VP Gxi 5.7 320 hp single prop. Lots of prop issues, never really solved, but ended up with an adequate prop that had good hole shot, but only a top speed of about 35 mph. I know that having the dual props and trim tabs on the new 264 will help all the way around, but the 230 weighs about a 1000 pounds less that the 264. With this being a $ boat, am I making the right choice with the 320 hp vs. 380 hp? Thanks for your thoughts!
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