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  1. I purchased a 2005 Sunesta 216 about this time last year. It is my first boat. I like it, but I have found it pounds on wakes or bigger water when the wind kicks up. I'm currently looking at a 2006 SSi 246. According to their respective spec sheets the SSi has 22 degree deadrise. The Sunesta has 16 degrees. Is this substantial enough to help cut waves better? Also, the SSi I am looking at has 450 hours on a Volvo 8.1 GXI with Duo Prop drive. Is that a lot of hours for this engine? Any known issues with this engine or drive? Thanks in advance for any guidance.
  2. Looking for a new set of the original graphics for my 2004 Chap Sunesta 236. Picture below.
  3. Hi everyone, I recently purchased a 2002 sunesta 242 with 285 hours on it and the 5.7 Volvo engine. I was wondering if anyone had any insights on this boat? I did some research before buying but couldn't find a lot and it was in really good shape with low hours so I went ahead and got it, but was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts or knew of any potential issues with these boats. Thanks! -Jrob
  4. 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
  5. Im looking at a 2004 sunesta 274. Its a 27' deck boat with 18 degree deadrise. Wife's father (who's been boating on lake michigan) said it wasn't the right boat for the big lake. Conditions can change in an instant and a deck boat will get slapped around pretty good. He says a deep V is the only way to go. Thoughts? Can I take the kids out on the big lake without worry? Wife's not happy with my choice - want to set her at ease if possible.
  6. Hello all, Im new to the Chaparral community. We bought a new 2016 Sunesta 224. Awesome boat! Wife and I are excited to start the season. Gonna be a long 2 months till then. Traded a pontoon boat for it. Kids should be happy to go fast! Including me. We will be at Chain O Lakes in Illinois most of the time, and explore Lake Geneva, Wi, Also planning on July 4th on Lake Michigan at the Navy Pier for fireworks! It will be fun summer for sure. Glad to see others with experience help and advice on all topics Chaparral. Pics coming soon
  7. I just bought a nice '97 Sunesta 250 and am looking for a set of center cushions and the support assembly. If you don't want to part with yours, photos would be helpful so that I can construct my own. Thanks! Frank Fluharty 443-239-0813 FrankFluharty@gmail.com Quote Edit
  8. I just bought a nice '97 Sunesta 250 and am looking for a set of center cushions and the support assembly. If you don't want to part with yours, photos would be helpful so that I can construct my own. Thanks! Frank Fluharty 443-239-0813 FrankFluharty@gmail.com
  9. I am currently struggling between two "final" choices, a 2016 226 SSi and a 2013 244 Sunesta. Both after my negotiation are equal in price ($55k) and I was able to a comparable rate and payments are within $20 of each other. I walked into the Chaparrel dealership torn between the 224 Sunesta (my initial first choice) and the 226 SSi and 227 SSX. With trailer the 224 Sunesta quickly priced itself out of the budget I set myself. Then because the queen bee liked the pasenger bucket vs. the Oasis lounge, ended on the 226 SSi. We test drove it, and enjoyed it very much. Engine is the Mercury Gen V 1.97-SX 240 HP V6 w/ short riser. THEN, at the Cobalt dealership a mile down the road we noticed the 2013 Chaparral 244 Sunesta with the Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi DP 270 HP. It has both the Convenience and Premium package and is a one owner (113 hours) an executive at BB&T Bank. One "major" difference is the 2016 for end of season is coming with a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty along with the lifetime hull. The 2013 we would need to add and pay for an extended warranty (would this be recommended)...so... It is my girlfriend and I and I have 4 kids, 11, 12, 14, and 16. We do lake boating, but hope to expand our experience, maybe even the Keys. Etc. THOUGHTS???
  10. I am looking for a port side anodized windshield for my 2003 243 Sunesta, any ideas where I can find one.? ( broken by flying debris in the storm,)
  11. So as most of you Sunesta owners know the bow filler cushion is very tippy and will fall in if you step or kneel on the top corners. This was a little annoying at first but last weekend I had enough when I went through and almost took some skin with it from the metal holder. It then turned into a safety issue for me and has been a problem for a long time on the Sunestas. Some of you have come up with some really creative ways to solve it and I used some PVC and about ~12 deer later I think I found something that will work. No issues this weekend and I walked all over it to test it. Best part it comes apart if I need to store it easily. Time will tell if it holds up long term but thought I would share.
  12. The bilge pump float switch in my '05 Sunesta 236 was stuck on and it drained my batteries. I have ordered a new switch. How does a human reach the switch to replace it? There is only about 6 inches clearance between the engine pulleys and the fiberglass bulkhead, and the switch is about 4 feet down. How do I get to it to remove the screws?
  13. After years of messing around with 19-20' bowriders and flat bottoms jets the Admiral put her foot down and made me get a respectable boat. Being a supreme penny pincher and do it yourselfer, I wasn't about to pay full price for anything, particularly because the mandate was for a 24' deck boat with an extended swim platform and side entrance. Dual captains seats were also high on the list. After looking at every deck boat for sale in the Lake Norman area, I had it narrowed down to a 2002 Sunesta 243. The Boat Rack had a near perfect match that would have set me back 20 deers without a trailer. It sold the day we went in to buy it. The search resumed and I cam across a 2002 Sunesta 243 that the seller said was in rough shape and needed to be gone through. No problem, I'm all about saving a little and making it up with some sweat equity. I gave them a lowball offer and didn't hear back for a couple of weeks. I figured they were ignoring my offer until the finally called back and told me to come pick it up... for 9.5 deer! On top of that, the dealer that was storing it had just gone through and fixed all of the mechanical issues including new batteries and an external water pick up. She passed the sea trial with flying colors, everything worked. The only issues I could find were a pretty good layer of oxidation on the hull and a pretty dirty interior. One captains seat was missing the back and one of the seat cushions was in bad shape. I ended up scoring a pair of replacement captains seats out of a 2003 243 that are in great shape so now all I need is one cushion reskinned and a good buff and polish on the hull. Never thought I would be a Chaparral owner, but I am very pleased with the purchase. Oh yeah, as an added bonus, she's equipped with a 350 Mag and B3 drive with a grand total of 140 hours! One last thing, since our practically brand new 2015 Pilot had no chance of towing the new toy, I also ended up trading the tow rig in for a 2015 Dodge Durango RT AWD in all black. And none of it was my idea! Anyhow, I just had to share and I figured hardcore Chap owners would appreciate the story. I haven't had a chance for the buff and polish but here's a before picture:
  14. Hello, I have a new to me 93 Sunesta 250 and I'm trying to get my boat lift configured correctly. The folks who came out to configure my lift wanted me to temporarily raise it using the current bunk setup to see how the hull was laid out. Do any of you have some advice or pictures of a proper setup for this unique hull. I've scoured the internet at length and have only seen some limited pictures. Thank you, Don
  15. 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?
  16. Just purchased a 2003 Sunesta. Have had several boats in the past, but this is the first Chaparral. Really not too familiar with the Chaparral line. New to the whole fuel injection and Bravo III outdrive so I will have some questions with those.
  17. Considering a 230 Sunesta as a "re-entry" boat. In the past, I've owned offshore boats (28' Powerquest, 29' Powerquest), took some time off while the kids were little, and am now looking to get back out on the water, albeit with some changed priorities. Most boating will be on Lake St Clair, with occasional forays into other inland lakes. Primarily a family swim/fish/tube platform for myself and 2 kids, plus friends. Have a daughter so an enclosed head would be nice (though she is pretty "tomboy"...) There is a 230 Sunesta for sale near me and I like utility (the styling, well... only so many ways to jazz up a rectangle...). How does this hull ride in a chop? The boat in question has a 350/Alpha, and it seems like it could be underpowered with this package, especially for tubing/towing. Any thoughts? Was this boat offered with a B3? Thanks in advance for any assistance!
  18. 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?
  19. My new-to-me 244 Sunesta has a belt squeal that happens at high rpm's. I assume it's the serpentine belt (that's the only belt on this thing). If I back off of the speed a bit the squeal will stop. I've been advised in a different thread to just go ahead and replace the belt. They aren't too expensive and it looks to be a fairly straightforward job. I've never done this before and wondered if anyone here had. Any suggestions/tips/thoughts? I want to avoid screwing something up. I've only had the new boat out once and would like to get a lot of use out of it this summer. I have a week booked on Table Rock next month and want it to be ready to go. Thanks!
  20. I just had a Garmin GPSMAP 547 installed in-dash on my 244 Sunesta. I love the look of the unit, but am confused about functionality and operation. Dealer gave me no information or help on the unit. I've done a bit of research on the web and find that it is a NMEA 2000 unit and that I will need a NMEA 2000 starter kit and and engine gateway along with a special NMEA 2000 transducer to get it to do what I really want it to do which is give me the engine readouts, water temp and depth. It is already a nice chart plotter. Does this sound correct to anyone who knows about NMEA 2000 units? Is the engine gateway difficult to install or should I hire a pro? Thanks in advance for your help and advice!
  21. We have a 2005 Sunesta with the original JBL MR-16 stereo. It works, but FM reception is terrible & no AUX input.. We need bluetooth capability to play iTunes from our phones. Can we add a cell adapter or should we upgrade? Which system works best for Chaparral, and fits installation with cockpit remote and 2 wired remotes? Any recommendations for installers on Smith Mountain Lake are greatly appreciated. Thanks
  22. My new-to-me 244 Sunesta has a belt squeal that happens at high rpm's. I assume it's the serpentine belt (that's the only belt on this thing). If I back off of the speed a bit the squeal will stop. I've been advised in a different thread to just go ahead and replace the belt. They aren't too expensive and it looks to be a fairly straightforward job. I've never done this before and wondered if anyone here had. Any suggestions/tips/thoughts? I want to avoid screwing something up. I've only had the new boat out once and would like to get a lot of use out of it this summer. I have a week booked on Table Rock next month and want it to be ready to go. Thanks!
  23. Hi folks, The thought of feeling warm weather some day has got me thinking about upgrades. I currently have a Sunesta 216 with a JBL MR 16 radio in the head connected to 3 remotes w/o an amplifier. What would be a solid radio that would fit in the current bracket with bluetooth, etc. It would be great if I could also control the radio from my IPhone as the remotes I have I'm pretty sure would not work with a new radio. Your great thought are appreciated! Speaker recos welcomed as well.
  24. I have an '03 Sunesta 263 with the 350MPI. Love the wraparound seating and overall utility. Generally have 8 on board (4 adults 4 kids) and a mix of just riding around with an increasing amount of water sports as my kids are getting older (10 and 8). I'd love an arch and a little more pulling power. No real direct replacement for this boat in the '10-'13 (I want to buy used) model years as the 264 is a tad shorter, the 284 is bigger ('9 beam) and the 277 doesn't have the wide bow. SO, I guess the 264 is probably the best upgrade choice? Would love input on this as well as going with the Volvo 6.0L versus Merc 8.2 regardless of which boat I upgrade to. Appreciate any and all thoughts!
  25. Anyone use either of these as a ski/wakeboard boat? I have an older 263 Sunesta and looking to go to either the 264 or 284 (or maybe Regal 2700?). The 264 is actually a little smaller while the 284 is bigger (beam and obviously length). I don't really want to go smaller but am concerned the 284 is just too big of a boat for pulling skiers/wakeboarders? We typically have four adults and 4 kids on our boat and a full day of boating may consist of 80% riding/sitting in coves and 20% water sports.