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  1. Because there are not many sub-forums for boat modeal types here, and I have found some great information buried from long lost members, I wanted to try and gather good info for '03 and thereabouts Sig 260 owners to one thread. Older posts will be linked to so you won't have to go dig 45 pages deep to find them, and I welcome postings from current members who have something to share. In my experience the web is pretty quiet about some of the things I have looked for. If we share what we learn with each other we can save time to spend on the water! Some of you have been great help to me, and I thought, we can't have the knowledge so difficult to find when the next person comes along, and if it is all together in one place, so much the better! With that, I will start taking pictures and making my posts in this thread. Calling Sig 260 Owners!
  2. Help please, I have a sig 350 from 2006, I can't find forward bilge. Suggestions please.
  3. Here we go again! Generator would run 5 minutes and stop. Replaced fuel filter, overheating switch, plugs, impeller, and still same issue. Today I replaced the low oil pressure switch and surprise!!! Opaque brown oil! Remind be the dipstick, and et voila! Fuel in the oil!!! So, what say you? fuel pump, carb or rings?? thank you all as usual.
  4. Purchased a fixer upper 1992 Chaparral Signature 28 at auction a little over a year ago. I have been working on the engines Volvo Penta 431B's and outdrives AQ290dp in my free time(what there is of it), and hope to take it out next weekend to McPhee Reservoir. I plan to use it primarily on Lake Powell during Spring, and Fall. McPhee Reservoir during the summer. I have used this forum for information on Chap. boats, and must say I think I purchased a diamond in the rough for $4900. Looking forward to getting to know some of you in the area(not many, but noticed a few posters are in the Southwest). Will post photos when I figure out how to make file sizes small enough to attach. Just installed a new plow anchor today, and am working on the freshwater system(a few leaks still to find).
  5. So here we go again. My generator stops running. I have a clean strainer, and I have replaced the fuel filter, the spark plugs, the impeller and the overheating switch. I have good water flow but it just quits after 5 minutes What gives? thank you all for your input.
  6. Happy new year to you all! I hope 2017 brings you a great boating season! I'm also looking for advice, I just replaced my fresh water pump, it runs smooth and much quieter than the old one, but it keeps running while I'm running water. Shouldn't it pressurize and stop "humming"? thank you and again happy and safe new year. Chris
  7. Hello y'all. I hope everybody had a great Turkey day! Maybe even took their boat out! The time has come for us to replace the VHF radio. I have a Raymarine VHF 215 right now. I am looking for a suitable replacement. VHF218 maybe? Should I stay with Raymarine, if I switch to something else than Raymarine, should I be concern with any of the wiring and connections? Thank you for your input!
  8. Ok! What a weekend! 1st we blew another cranck shaft seal on the generator. My fault. Dirty strainer. But, now my one year old vacuflush is not sealing, so it's constantly running, my water pump won't stop running, I think I have air in the system, and today my holding tank shows full although it's empty and my macerator pump may be done too!!! I'm just really ticked off right now!!! i also have water coming in in the head, I assume while under way, underneath the sink, in the little storage that holds the toilet paper. This baffles me quite frankly. 2nd Edit; so now I have water in my mid cabin bilge, and sand. That's new! And now the water pump is running constantly and I have lost water pressure at the faucet. So that was the weekend!!! How exciting:-(
  9. Hello y'all. Quick question: has anybody removed the "big" TV on the aft wall right above the aft cabin on Signature 350? Because for the life of me, I can't figure out how that thing is affixed to the wall. Thank you y'all.
  10. Hello y'all, tried to drop anchor and windlass was inoperable. I replaced the 2 foot switches that were old and dried up. Today, I pushed on the windlass button and the breaker popped. Does anybody have encountered similar issue? i'm thinking solenoid? Thank you all as always
  11. Hello y'all. I hope you all are enjoying this Labor Day weekend and that you had a great summer boating season. I am concerned about cracks in the gel cost that have appeared seemingly out of nowhere!!! Meaning within the last 2 weeks, or between the last wash and today. Boat didn't move during this time. Cracks are multiple, about a foot and a half in length. Located between the deck and the rubrail on the starboard side. Thank you for your advise as usual. Chris
  12. Alright! So who has done it? we have decided to put wood floors in our 350! My main concern is removing the carpet and galley floor and cleaning up any glue residues. Does anybody have had experience with that? as always, all my thanks for your advises. Chris.
  13. In one of the state park marinas we have visited, we moored by this older boat without brand markings docked there for a season. One day the owner came and we had a chat. It was an 1984 or 85 model of Chaparral called 278. He said it was the first year of this model that later became Signature as we know it today. He has her since new, and original 350 engine in her with nearly 1800 hours on it. Looks like things were build well in those days ...
  14. Hello y'all and happy Friday! Could anybody tell what brand are my sea strainers on my 2002 350 Sig? i cleaned them and found out my upper seals were worn, sadly, 2 marine supply places and 2 hardware stores could not provide me a matching seal. And the two marine supplier could not even identify the brand of the strainers. I have attached pics, thank you for you r help and happy boating! Chris
  15. Hello y'all, So... It's probably in there somewhere but... how do you unclog a vacuflush. It's running, I CNBC her it, and it's a brand new unit, but it's not flushing!!!! thanks for the help. chris
  16. Hello All, I've recently purchased a 1998 Signature 29 and I couldn't be more excited. Still trying to figure out all the buttons and have a quick question. What components(tables/cushions) are utilized to set-up the dining area bed? I have the table top and short pole but it doesn't seem to fit correctly. Also not sure what cushions to use. I may not have them but haven't been able to find information. Thanks and I look forward to chatting with you. Regards.
  17. Hey y'all, so another day brings another challenge!! I just discover I have water.. And of course, mildew, in the storage under the forward berth. It seems that the water is coming from the anchor locker above?!?! Is that even possible? And if it is, is it a minor incident or a major problem? I just discover that tonight while looking for something. I didn't have the time and enough light to look into the locker. We haven't used the anchor since we bought the boat. Anybody encountered a similar situation? Thanks!
  18. Although we have done a substantial amount of work on our 2002 350 signature, shafts, belts, generator, water pumps, TV and antenna, cockpit speakers, lights, impellers, services, canvas, isinglass, fire extinguisher, it seems there is still so much more to do!!! However a local dealer has a 2006, blue hull, wood floor, nicer vinyls, but... It's equipped with I/O's... So, is it worth trading my 02 8.1's V-drive for it?
  19. Hello y'all, My newest project is to clean and repaint the bilge, what paint would you recommend? Thank you all.
  20. While cleaning the engine bay Sunday, I noticed that the check valve or anti-siphoning valve on the raw water hoses was seriously leaking. First I replaced the valve itself but it was still leaking I proceeded to replace the entire assembly but now I still have some seepage out of thru valve. is that normal? please see attached pic thank you
  21. Hello all, So we went through the survey on an overall pretty clean 2002 signature 350 but here are the bad news; - fridge in the cabin is inop. - vacuflush pump doesn't shut off - dripless shaft seals are leaking - secondary air valve is noisy on port engine - one ruder has a bit too much play, for the pin is a little worn Of course I am going to ask the dealer to take care of those or as much as possible. My questions are; - even with all that stuff fixed, buy or don't buy? - in you guys experience, are those normal issues on 350 Sig or that boat has been abused? Thank you all!
  22. And so it begins; after a month of waiting and preparing, and fixing, and servicing our newly acquired 2002 Signature 350, after 6 hours the starboard transmission started to make a banging sound at 2,500 rpm, at higher RPM it's just a strong vibration. At 200 RPM you hear some kind of grinding in the gear. Any ideas? Anybody has experienced that? How much is a transmission these days? 😜 Fortunately we have a good dealer that came to pick us up and trailer the boat back to his shop. But talk about a disappointment! Thank you in advance for your inputs.
  23. 2002 Chap 350....wiper sux, any great new tech that can replace it?
  24. So we missed the 330, an offer was submitted and accepted before ours. We found a 2002 350 Signature. What are you guys thoughts? A 330 or the bigger 350 with 8.1 and v-drives? Thanks for your opinions and advices.
  25. Good morning, all, My first post here and thanks for having me aboard...we are currently selling our Robalo 227 and moving into a cruiser for the purpose of taking longer trips with my wife and kids and we're really excited about it. We love Chaps and believe a 310 Signature will be the right size and right budget for our needs. There are a number of used boats on the market we've gotten a chance to sea trial a 2005 Sig 310, and just the other day we boarded a 2009 Sig 310 and had a look around. There we some differences... I'm trying to clarify something I've been hearing from people around our Marina who own 30+ foot Chaparrals. Other Chaparral Signature owners are saying that a 2005 Sig 310 is a "completely different boat" than the same model in 2009 and newer. Things like the actual LOA are different (2005 is 33 feet, 2009 is 33 feet including swim platform, so the 2005 is a longer boat?). The beam on the 2005 is close to 11 feet, the beam on the 2009 is 10 feet... I guess what I'm trying to sort out is (a) what are the differences between an "older" Sig 310 and a "newer" Sig 310 (besides the price) and is it advisable to get an "older" model year that is in fact bigger (we are a family of 5, but our kids are small, and I realize they will get bigger :-) Or, is it advisable to get the newer model years and forego the differences in the name of owning an "newer" model year with less hours? The 2005 we saw was in really fine shape, and is half the price of a newer model year. The 2005 we sea trialed was CLEARLY bigger than the 2009 Chap 310 we saw this past weekend...we're trying to get the largest boat we can afford :-) We plan on using this boat for at least another 5 years, and, if everyone continues to be "into it" we will look to upgrade again...we want to make the most informed choice possible! Any help you can provide is appreciated! Gino