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Hey Drew! 

I stumbled upon your thread and noticed that you're in Annapolis. I'm just down in Crownsville so I figured I'd introduce myself! That looks like a great boat that you found! I hope to see it on the water sometime. I have a 99 2835 SS (Chap later changed the name to 285 SSi I think in 01) and I absolutely love it. I also have a 1982 Down East style lobster boat that I'm doing some restoration work on so I'm looking forward to reading your Sea Ray build.  

Good luck with your new boat!

-Jeremy

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8 hours ago, JGuilesBand said:

Hey Drew! 

I stumbled upon your thread and noticed that you're in Annapolis. I'm just down in Crownsville so I figured I'd introduce myself! That looks like a great boat that you found! I hope to see it on the water sometime. I have a 99 2835 SS (Chap later changed the name to 285 SSi I think in 01) and I absolutely love it. I also have a 1982 Down East style lobster boat that I'm doing some restoration work on so I'm looking forward to reading your Sea Ray build.  

Good luck with your new boat!

-Jeremy

I love downeast boats. Good luck with the restoration! The 2835 ss is a great boat as well. 

We should hook up to do some boating this summer! As newbies to the Chesapeake, we could use some input on attractions and places to visit.

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On 2/6/2020 at 2:39 PM, tomnjo said:

+1. Not sure how much longer, river hasn't been cooperating with the boating lifestyle the past few years. I hit the big six zero this year, so we may switch to RVing.

let me know if you decide to sell...narrow beam 19 footer is getting smaller every year as the family continues to grow.

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On 5/10/2020 at 3:06 AM, drewm3i said:

Well folks, it looks like I have found my boat...she is a 1995 Chaparral 2550SX in my favorite color with my favorite layout located in upstate New York. The seller and I have agreed to terms and we will head up within two weeks to do a full inspection, sea trial, and to bring her home.

 

I am not sure if I will get her shipped or rent a truck, but am open to either. This is a boat I have always admired and wished to own. Now it looks like I will get my chance and plan to keep her for a long time!

 

She comes with a trailer, snap in carpet, a cockpit cover, a mooring cover, a bimini, and a camping enclosure.

 

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I would tow it for you if it wasn't 1000 miles away.

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18 hours ago, drewm3i said:

I love downeast boats. Good luck with the restoration! The 2835 ss is a great boat as well. 

We should hook up to do some boating this summer! As newbies to the Chesapeake, we could use some input on attractions and places to visit.

Sounds like a plan! I'm pretty familiar with the central Chesapeake so happy to give input but you really can't go wrong. I personally love to go exploring up the rivers and creeks especially on the eastern shore side. 

I keep coming back to look at the pictures that looks like a really fun boat. I've never owned a Bravo III but if they're anything like my VP DuoProps you'll absolutely love them. 

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Ha! So there it is right there in your signature :slap: I love my Volvos. I like Mercruisers too they both make good stuff. I was actually looking for boats with the Bravo III when I found this one. Once I did the sea trial I was hooked. VP parts can be a bit more expensive but I usually find my own stuff online anyway so it's not bad.   

I've done some overnights but I plan to do a lot more this year. My ex wasn't a fan of sleeping on the boat. The Eastern shore is nice especially from the water. Kent Narrows is fun when all the restaurants and stuff are open. St. Michaels is great too, that place is made for boaters. 

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Well, guess who is now back in the Chap Owners Club!!! :D

 

Suffice it to say that today was an amazing day and we are now the proud owners of a mint 1995 2550 SX in my favorite layout and in my absolute favorite color scheme (teal, white, black, and beige). Since selling the 2335 SS, boating has been rough on us with the rotten Sea Ray and subsequent restoration and then the sailboat refit. We really have not boated much in nearly four years, so hopefully this Chap will prove as reliable as it looks it will be.  

 

I will post some more updated info and such tomorrow, but for now enjoy some pictures of Soul Rebel (formerly Grape Expectations) on the gorgeous Lake Champlain!!!

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Fully fiberglass storage locker!


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Looks like the carbon steel steering pin has already been replaced!


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Need to steam clean? the headliner, but all the lights work!


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Pretty sharp entry!


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Drain plug does not go through the wood part of the transom=great design by Chap here.


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Love the teal snap in carpet over the fully fiberglass deck!


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Proud new owners!


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A hull pad on a '95?! This thing planes in 3 seconds with the B3 and 7.4l!


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This ice box will become a fridge and shore power will be installed!


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Premium VDO gauges and a tilt wheel are great touches!

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6 hours ago, Dennis A said:

Congratulations!  Looks like a nice clean boat.  I was going to ask you about the swivel pin, but it looks like it has already recieved the merc fix, just keep the bolts torqued.  

Thanks man! 

 

How do you feel about after market SS steering pins?

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18 hours ago, drewm3i said:

How do you feel about after market SS steering pins?

Assuming the original was 4140 and the aftermarket one is 304,  mechanically the materials are similar enough in this application to not be a problem.  Now corrosion wise, I am concerned it is a matter of swapping one problem for another.  The assumed 4140 O.E. shaft corrodes on the seal journal and damages the seal over time.  The concern with the 304 is the potential galvanic corrosion between the shaft and the aluminum gimbal ring, especially when submerged in saltwater.  This joint is already a problem area for B3 drives, adding galvanic corrosion to the mix won't make it any better.  This is only a directional opinion,  i have no data to use to predict life of one over the other.  My suggestion would be if you are using an aftermarket 304 shaft be extra vigilant about keeping the gimbal ring u-bolt properly torqued.

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