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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. 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
  3. I have a 2008 276 SSX with a 8.1L GXI-J engine and a DPS-A drive. I'd like to replace it with a more modern engine. Anyone know what my options are? Do I have to get exact same engine and drive or are there other options that use same bolt pattern, etc? I'd love to put in a Mercury with bravo 3 because there are more options for service in my area. Ideally something with 350+ HP. Current is 425. thanks!
  4. Hello... I'm the happy owner of a 265 SSI 2002 model. But I feel the boat is much slower than it should be. It's powered with a Volvo 5.7 GXI which I believe is putting out 280hp. At full throttle I'm maxing about 34 on my GPS. The props are in good shape. But I'm not sure of the pitch. It's has DPS. The prior owner put a hydrofoil on the outdrive. It gets right on plane. It's been serviced by a professional mechanic every year. Anyone else with the same boat that can chime in?
  5. Help please! Newbie here and looking to purchase my first cruiser and a Chap. Essentially similarly equipped boats of the 2006 290 Signature are near me. One has Volvo-Penta 5.0 GXI-FSX 270 hp each whereas the other has the Volvo 4.3 OSi-F 220 hp each. This boat will primarily be used for day trips of 2 to 6 people and overnight / weekends with 2 to 4 people. We don't plan to do any water towing sports. Any recommendations on which is the better suited engine in this boat? Thanks so much! Once I decide and purchase I'll update the forum!
  6. 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!
  7. Hi, I have a newly bought '97 Chaparral 2335 Sport with a Volvo Penta 5.7 GSI that suddenly stalled on low speed. When I tried to start it again, it ran "roughly" for 4-5 seconds after a couple tries. After a few more starting attempts, I heard a loud metal on metal sound, and grinding noise - but the engine is turning, but not starting. I removed the starter and saw at least one tooth had broken off the ring wheel. The starter was replaced by the previous owner a couple seasons back. (The previous owner had used the boat for ten seasons without problems) I've sent it to the shop now, but have a couple questions: 1. What could be the reasons for the engine stalling? 2. For a experienced mechanic, how many hours should I expect the shop are using for removing the engine from the boat, and for replacing the ring? Video of couple of the starting attempts: (The "ding" in the video is quite load, not really reflected in the video. One can see the engine is shaking)
  8. Hi all, I have a 2005 Volvo 5.7L GI-E (3869258) that started having some electrical problems and I was hoping for some advise. 4th of July I killed one of the two batteries while out on the water, switched to "All" to fire her back up and kept her running until we got back to the dock. The following day, same thing happened even though we had run around a bit. I went and bought a battery boost box https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B015TKUPIC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Highly recommended... before this weekends trip. Boat started fine first time, but after sitting for awhile listening to the radio at a modest volume, no start. Thankfully the boost box cranked over that 5.7L I sat for awhile longer at high idle trying to charge, shut down, no start. Not sure how old the batteries are so wasn't sure if they both went bad or if I have an alternator problem. Parked at the marina and borrowed a meter from a tech there. Motor off, both batteries show week or replace. I started the motor and let it idle, was only showing around 12v, was hoping to see 14-14.5V. So I figured my alternator went bad. As I was searching for information on how to replace it (I don't want to pull it out of the water) I read someone saying some alternators don't start pushing out 14.5V until it idle's up. Anyone know if this is true for the Volvo? Thinking it could be my batteries since they're probably older.... Also, looks like this alternator only has 2 bolts, has anyone changed one of these? Couldn't find any instructions....
  9. I'm having trouble with my power steering (I think). The wheel is easier to turn when the boat is off. When I turn it on, it is very difficult to steer. The power steering cylinder looks a little old and the pump is original on my 2008. How can I tell if it's one vs. the other? I have plenty of power steering fluid and the pump does turn on the belt. The parts are expensive, so I don't want to replace both if I don't have to. 2008 Chaparral 276 SSX Volvo Penta 8.1 GXi Thanks, Ben
  10. I'm researching what to get between H2O 21 or 216 SSi and cant seem to find comparison of pros and cons for Mercury vs Volvo. From what I read it's mainly service availability for each. So, without stirring Merc vs. Volvo debate, can someone point out the main technical differences between the two? On H2O side the choice is pretty easy between Mercury 4.5L MPI 1.62 Alpha 250 HP Volvo V-6 Gen V 1.66 SX 240 HP Volvo V-6 Gen V 1.97 SX 240 HP Catalyst. I like that the new Volvos have closed freshwater cooling system but not sure if 1.66 to 1.97 ratio would warrant going to Catalyst option. So, why would you chose one over another? On 216 SSi choses a bit more complicated: Mercury 6.2L 2.20 Bravo 3 300 HP Mercury 350 MAG 1.47 Alpha 300 HP Volvo V-6 Gen V 1.60 SX 280 HP Volvo V-6 Gen V 1.66 SX 300 HP Catalyst Volvo V-8 Gen V 1.95 DP 300 HP Catalyst Would you go with alpha or bravo? I think bravo is a bit too much for 216 SSi which mainly will be use for cruising and watersports. Is Merc 350 MAG older that 6.2L? Should I still consider Bravo 3 even if I keep the boat in water year-round? Your input is appreciated. P.S. For additional info, I'll keep the boat at my dock, always in the water (Miami).
  11. 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?
  12. Hello forum, I need help from Italy :-( Situation: Signature 240 cruise with a 5.0 gxi Volvo Penta Never had any major problem in 10yrs (usual stuff) then I left boat almost unused for an year for many reasons. Took to the sea from the lake where it was. Made it check from the local yard (put zinc for sea water and so) and it started well for a quick test just outside the marina. The day after it started well but then performance started to degrade and on the way back it was almost impossible to plane. At the yard they started to change pieces ($$$!!!) first the raw water pump, then the gasoline filter, then we thought that maybe it was the old fuel so we emptied the tank and filled with new one. Nothing, still does not plane, it goes to 3500 rpm with bow in the air but no plane. I try with the flaps but no help. Back to the yard: the mechanic says that the fuel pressure was low and so maybe it was the hi-pressure pump. They changed the pump, out from the yard and it seemed to work. I was so happy, moor the boat, call the family, then out from the marina and still no plane!!! Even worse than the previous days! There are moments when it almost seems to be ready to start, with the foam trail starting to flatten but then less power and back with te nose up. I tried to go with the wind, against the wind. Nothing. I'm losing hope. Any clue about what it could be? Thank you in advance.
  13. 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?
  14. From the album 2001 Chaparral SSi 216

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

    Cleaned up ready to hit the water. Fresh water only!
  16. From the album 2001 Chaparral SSi 216

    Stored away and ready for the next outting.
  17. From the album 2001 Chaparral SSi 216

    Getting Her ready for summer of 2014.
  18. We are looking to buy a 2003 Sunesta 222 Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI boat, the dealer has the compression tests showing a low of 113 on one cylinder and the others are all within 137-143 range. We have been looking all over the web trying to find out what SHOULD the compression test show on a boat. We can see the range for ours but what does Volvo say the compression should be, for instance when the boat is new. The boat has 125 hours on it and is immaculate, but we can't tell if these compression numbers are even close to what they should be, much less the one that is on the low end. We can't tell from Volvo website either what compression should be for this engine, is there a baseline or range that a healthy motor should be running in??? Any help would be very appreciated, we are new and really like the boat, but don't want to make a big mistake here. Thanks for all input in advance. Hope to own a Chaparral soon if not this one, then will keep looking.
  19. Hey everyone, I just recently purchased a 2007 256SSX with 8.1 Volvo and Douprop (125 hours).....Love the boat thus far but slightly concerned about something I saw while out on the water the other day. i'll clarify that i'm a newbie here, but hoping to get your help/opinions on where to start with this issue. When the boat was at idle and in neutral after a good 1-2 hours of driving, i started to notice small bubbles of either oil or P/S fluid, or possibly unburned fuel coming up from behind the swim platform...maybe 2 or 3 "bubbles" surfacing every couple seconds. I've had the boat out a few times before this and hadn't noticed it, but this was the first time out where i had ran it for an extended period of time. I'm trying not to freak out over this (yet), but wondering if anyone else has had this issue. The engine runs great, starts right up, pulls strong, and the power steering seems to function as intended. Aside from seeing these occasional bubbles that give off a rainbow slick (which each one dissapates in a matter of seconds) i wouldnt even know anything is potentailly wrong. If it's as simple as unburned fuel/carbon buildup, that's not as concerning, but curious if there are other specific places i should check for leaks. I'm going to head down to the slip after work and check oil and P/S levels but open ot any help/suggestions from you guys. Will get some pictures up soon, thanks guys, glad to be here. Dan
  20. 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!
  21. My starboard engine keeps stalling during docking. I have to restart the engine quickly, then it dies again, then I start it again and it usually stays running as long as a give it a tiny bit of throttle. Almost feels like it needs plugs and clean air filter. What do you all think?
  22. I know this question has been asked two dozed different times. I've spent the past couple of hours researching and reading and I've picked up a lot of knowledge about props. However, a few suggestions would be welcome. I'm relatively new to the boating world, but love to get out every chance I get. Boat: 2008 Chapparal 210 SSI Engine: Volvo 5.0L Max RPMs: around 4500 Current Prop: 4 blade aluminum (not sure about pitch) My current prop is in need of replacement. It had a couple of decent dings in it when I bought the boat and last weekend my boat found a shallow ledge. As far as the trade-off between top end speed and hole shot, I do a decent amount of pulling (tubes, skis, etc.). So I'd be happier with a little better hole shot. Also, is the performance of SS vs aluminum that noticeable? I'd be willing to pay the extra, but would want it to be worth it. Thanks.