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  1. Our 2004 Chaparral 290 Signature is undergoing surgery! The fuel tank has to be replaced due to a persistent leak identified last October. Fiberglass workers have already removed the Aft cabin floor to expose the tank (and ventilate). Talks now indicate that further cuts will be necessary to get the tank out. They are proposing to remove the bulkhead in the engine compartment (mid cockpit) in order to be able to maneuver the tank out but at additional cost and time and obvious surface area intrusion. So the question to the forum is,: 1) Does this seem extreme for those who have been successful with replacing a leaking fuel tank? 2) Has Chaparral provided any guidance for the task that was helpful? We plan to reach out tomorrow to headquarters. 3) Has insurance covered the extensive work required? At this point they are balking and challenging to whether we just total the boat and receive a check. Appreciate any relevant replies and personal experience to shed light on our challenges. Thanks
  2. I have a 2016 H20 sport 21' and in the ski storage locker located between the captain and passenger seat will not drain. There is a drain in the aft wall however the problem is that the fuel tank is pushed up so close to the drain hole that it prevents any water from exiting into the bilge. I have contacted Chaparral about this and they sent me an email with pictures of how to fix. They show to drill a hole in the locker floor board just in front of the hole on the wall and that should do it. However, I have drilled into the floor 3 1/2" and it did not open up. I did not want to drill any deeper. Its so frustrating and now I have a 3" deep hole in my locker. Has anyone else had this problem? It appears that someone didn't take the time to make sure the tank was moved back away from the hole. Any help would be appreciated.
  3. This topic is very close to my heart as just had the distasterous news that my gas tank is leaking and the mechanic says it is virtually impossible to remove without destroying half the boat, if it doesn't blow up meantime! What a terrible design an aluminium tank sitting half in the bilge extending right under the cabin requiring extensive cutting of the structure as well as removal of engine and all of the ancillaries in the hull close by, to enable its replacement. Wrong design, wrong material, all wrong. Apart from us being nearly killed I now have a boat all but valueless as the cost to repair may be uneconomical, made worse by the fact I have just spent $15000 on a new engine. On inspection of the waste water tank, same manufacturer, this is also scrap by corrosion. Anybody out there with similar experience and will Chaparal help us? Canary Islands, Spain.
  4. Hello All, I thought I’d check with the Chaparral Owner’s community to get feedback regarding a quite major problem I’m having (at least by my standards). I have a 2000 Sig 300, Twin Gas Engines, with about 700 hours. The boat is moored at Lake Coeur d’Alene, in North Idaho, fresh water. I’m the second owner, and have owned the boat since 2003. We spend all of our summer free time aboard her, and until now, have had very few problems, and loved the boat immensely. A couple of weeks prior to the Fourth of July, we were out on the lake. My wife was down in the cabin, and complained to me of smelling fuel. After monkeying around with a couple of other mechanics who couldn’t get to it any time soon, we got the boat to Tobler’s, the Chaparral dealer in the area. This is where I also purchased the boat. Sadly, it took so long to get the boat looked at, the cabin became quite permeated with gas fumes. After inspecting, they told me the hull was full of gas, and there was most likely a tank leak, and that I should contact my insurance, which is Farmer’s/Foremost. They said they would also contact Chaparral, and see if there was going to be any assistance from them. I contacted the insurance company and opened a claim. I was told they could not determine if there would be coverage until the tank was completely out of the boat, and at that time they would send someone to do an inspection. I contacted Chaparral myself, and they told me there was nothing they would do regarding the tank, but they told me that both of my engines would most likely have to be pulled. Since that time, Tobler’s has gotten the tank out. Besides having to cut a portion of the floor, pull both engines, they also had to remove the radar arch. So far, I’m being told this is going to be costing at least 14K. That amount does NOT include any damage to soft goods in the cabin that might be permeated or ruined by the gas fumes… It’s likely that carpet, fabric etc. will need to be replaced, or thoroughly cleaned. As of now, the insurance company has not yet let me know the status of their decision, and I don’t know the exact cause of the hole/breach in the tank. I will most likely know within a few days as to whether I’m covered or not. I’m hoping for the best, and preparing for the worst. I may be facing the very difficult decision of weather it’s worth it to throw so much cash at a 15 year old boat…. I did read one post regarding corrosion of a tank in salt water, but could not find anywhere this happening on a fresh water boat. Has anyone else experienced this on a fresh water boat? Did insurance help? Did Chaparral participate? Thanks for reading, and I welcome your feedback.
  5. What do you put in the water tank to keep the water clean/safe to drink and do you have to check it occasionally, I have had some folks say bleach, and then some have said aqua tabs. Any suggestions?
  6. Has anyone removed the waste holding tank? Am I safe to assume it will come out thru the access hatch under the lower berth as well as the fresh water tank from the adjoining hatch? I have a 1993 Chap 300 Sig Thanks in advance for the help.
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