Andreas

Chap-Newbie from Germany says hello!

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Hi there,

my name is Andreas from Germany and I'm new to both Chapparal boating and this forum. I bought a used Chaparral 205 SSe (the layout with straight back seat and without back-to-back seats in the front) just a few months ago and had my first driving experiences while the last weekends - first in a local river, and last weekend on the Baltic Sea (around the isle of Fehmarn).

My Chap is powered by the small Mercruiser 1.7 DTI diesel engine. Originally powered by a 4.3 V6, the engine got switched after importing the boat to Germany by one of the former owners. The boat is doing about 50 km/h (~ 27kn, ~ 31.25 mph) which is not that much, but enough for me and my wife. We prefer staying dry even without calm seas to breaking speed records ... On the other hand, I've serious trouble to empty the 170 l gasoline tank (~ 45 gallones) within some weekends of boating.

I'm looking forward to sharing some interesting information about this boat.

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Welcome and very much fun with your new Boat

I'm boating on the Weser near Bremen. My Boat is from 2008 and enjoy it every time

best regards

Tammo

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Nice to have you here at the asylum. Concerning the MerCruiser 1.7L diesel, I highly recommend having the engine oil changed at the proper intervals - say every 50 hours of operation.

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Congratulations on owning a Chaparral. By your description are you North of Lubeck and near Denmark? Most Americans do not have experience with diesel engines in boats under 10 meters. You may not get the high speed but you have durability and economy, and less chance of fire. I lived in Brussels for three years but was not lucky enough to have my boat with me. It was a very "dry" period for me. Enjoy your boating experience and this forum.

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Congratulations on owning a Chaparral. By your description are you North of Lubeck and near Denmark? Most Americans do not have experience with diesel engines in boats under 10 meters. You may not get the high speed but you have durability and economy, and less chance of fire. I lived in Brussels for three years but was not lucky enough to have my boat with me. It was a very "dry" period for me. Enjoy your boating experience and this forum.

Hi,

no, I'm actually from Dortmund (in the western center of Germany, part of the "Ruhrgebiet" / Rhine-Ruhr-Area). Our trip to Fehmarn was a long weekend trip with almost 600mls of driving with the trailer.

Normally I'm boating on the river rhine near Dusseldorf, Krefeld and Duisburg which is quite tricky - lots of industry vessels, sometimes four ones next to each other (overtaking each other both upriver and down), a current of about 4-6 mph downriver, lots of waves due to the industry traffic ... it's good to drive a boat with a perfect V-shape for this kind of swell. Trailering to the river Rhine is a good hours drive from my home and the boat's barn.

Driving the diesel engine is indeed a fine experience in economy and torque, even if the max speed is not that spectacular.

Thanks for your welcome!

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Welcome to the forum Evelyn Z . We are glad you are here and believe that you will find answers to a lot of your questions. We also provide some humor, of course at no charge to you other than the initiation fee you paid to join this forum ;)

A few pointers for you to do (if you have not already done so) to help us help you:

1. By clicking on your name in the upper right corner to bring up your options select my profile to add into your signature your location (geographic area).

2. Also under your signature add the type of boat you have and its mechanical systems, such as boat type, engine, drives, etc. This way you don't have to type it into to every post you put up. This will help us help you a lot! Without it, you may not get any answers.

3. Use the Search feature in the top right corner of the forum. There is a lot of good information on this forum that will answer many of your questions. We have a lot of experts here with a large amount of life experience.

4. Take a minute to review our Terms of Service, again right corner. There is good information in there that you will want to know including that we cannot discuss pricing. But read some of our other posts on here to learn the work around for that. ;)

5. We like pictures a lot! So when you get a chance, post some pics of your ride. Read through this thread to learn more about how to do so.

6. Take some time to look through the Help (upper right corner) and > Info Center) located under Chaparral Boats Forum on the main page. From there you will find parts guides, brochures, manuals, specifications, canvas installation manuals, vinyl care information, square gauge setup, weather links, computer desktop backgrounds, etc. Lots of good stuff there for you and your Chaparral!

7. Come back early and often to post. We are a community of friendly and some of us are border-line psychotic. But we admit to it and that's the first step to recovery ;)

Again, welcome to the asylum/forum and we look forward to more from you. Don't be a stranger.

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Congratulations on your new boat. I hope you enjoy it and stay out of the way of those larger vessels. Welcome to the forum, we all look forward to seeing some pictures from your neck of the woods. My Father recently took a river boat cruise on the Rhine and the scenery and older architecture was just amazing. That would be some fun boating.

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Congratulations on your new boat. I hope you enjoy it and stay out of the way of those larger vessels. Welcome to the forum, we all look forward to seeing some pictures from your neck of the woods. My Father recently took a river boat cruise on the Rhine and the scenery and older architecture was just amazing. That would be some fun boating.

"New" is relative ... my initial posting is about three years old.

Once the weather here in Germany changed into summer mode while the last weeks, I managed to prepare the boat again for the (short) summer season: new antifouling, polishing the gelcoat, new 12V electric installation, new land power supply (230V here in Germany with lots of security guidelines to be met), even a small chartplotter (Garmin GPSMap 620) and an AIS receiver are aboard now.

Since last Thursday, I'm floating again - I have a mooring berth for the summer at the yacht harbour of Duisburg, at the river Rhine.

Not that easy to stay out of the way of the larger vessels here - the Rhine is about 0.2 miles wide here, and the business vessels are overtaking both up the river and down simultanously, so you have up to four vessels next to each other sharing the navigable channel deep enough for them. And such a business vessel is often a pushing unit with 6 or even 9 barges in front of it, approx. 270m (~0.1mile) long. These barges are sometimes even anchored in the river for loading/unloading or even waiting, so space is further limited by them, Using the AIS collision alarm does not make any sense here: you are almost always within <100m range of some solid steel when driving the Rhine.

But it's still fun to go out cruising for an hour or two after work - who else can manage that in a city approx. 250mls from the coast?

I'm still very satisfied with the Chaparral and the 1.7 diesel engine: last season I used up approx. 140 liters (~37 gallons) of diesel fuel in the whole year, with several weekends cruising on the river Ruhr (12km/h ~ 8mph speed limit) and some afterwork sessions on the Rhine. With a fine V8 engine, 140 liters would last for a single weekend (at best), I guess. But of course the sound of a small 4 cylinder car diesel engine with a screaming turbo is nothing compared to a big V8 at relaxing cruising revolution.

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Hello Andreas I just saw your post. I was in Worms in April and was wondering if there was much pleasure boating on the Rhine. I certainly saw what you meant about the barge traffic.

Viel spass in diesem sommer.

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