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    Winter Prep for So Cal

    Will likely only be sitting for a few months tops just during the coldest part of winter. Just had its yearly service too so none of that is necessary. More concerned with letting it sit for a few months and what should be done for that.
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    Winter Prep for So Cal

    Getting ready to drop off the boat at the storage yard for the winter. 2002 Chaparral with a Volvo 5.0GXI. What do you all recommend doing for outdoor winter storage prep? I’m in Orange County so temps won’t get below 40 this winter. Fill the tank up and add Sta-Bil? Disconnect batteries? What’s...
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    Polishing and Waxing Process

    New to me Chaparral, just got it last month. Boat has a bit of oxidation but nothing horrible. Definitely on a budget so I’m not looking to spend hundreds on polishes and tools. I know there are way more expensive products out there and more complex processes, just wanting to know if this...
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    RWD Tow Vehicle Launch Issues?

    Happy to report that I have now towed my ~4,200lb boat/trailer combo around 400 miles with my 2WD Tacoma TRD Sport and have launched it three times so far. Experience could not have been smoother. Launch ramp was in great condition which helped so it was similar to when I used to launch my ocean...
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    Max RPM at WOT 2002 Penta 5.0GXI

    I have a Garmin and GPS speed is actually really close to the Speedo at speeds above 25.
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    Max RPM at WOT 2002 Penta 5.0GXI

    Yeah that’s what I’m thinking as well. What would have made it wrong between my water test and now though? Something during servicing, or just random timing? Would it just me the actual gauge on the dash that needs replaced or is there a sensor on the engine? I’ll monitor it again on the next...
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    Max RPM at WOT 2002 Penta 5.0GXI

    So is there any risk of the engine revving too high and doing damage? Or does it have a rev limiter so I’d know it?
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    Max RPM at WOT 2002 Penta 5.0GXI

    Yeah was wondering if maybe the tach could be off now after servicing. But I just had the yearly service so all should be good. Contacting my mechanic obviously.
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    Max RPM at WOT 2002 Penta 5.0GXI

    No, trim was up a bit from the bottom but not that high. A little over half way on the gauge is where I usually get top speed.
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    Max RPM at WOT 2002 Penta 5.0GXI

    Took my 2002 Chaparral 196ssi out for the second time this weekend after purchasing used. When I did my water test before purchasing the WOT was around 48mph at 4600 RPM. After purchasing I had it serviced along with a new water pump and trim sensor. This weekend at 48mph my RPMs hit around...
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    Bearing Buddies Ruined?

    Yeah the plate still has a ways till it’s all the way out. So I think I’m good there.
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    Bearing Buddies Ruined?

    Yeah all clear at the rear seals.
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    Bearing Buddies Ruined?

    I guess my concern was that if they are over filled and then heat up when driving they would ruin the bearing seals. From what I read online but who knows. So many different views online.
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    Bearing Buddies Ruined?

    Went to install bearing buddies on my trailer. Followed instructions but I pumped in too much grease evidently. It started leaking out of the front around the plate. Is it ruined at this point? Could I have done any other damage to the bearings or seals? Haven’t driven it anywhere yet.
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    RWD Tow Vehicle Launch Issues?

    Yeah that's my concern really... I drive all the way to a lake, get out and see that the ramp is smooth and slippery and then I'm faced with driving back or giving it a go. Definitely know how to finesse the gas and brake, but I've been on some ramps in the past with friend's boats where I...
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    Lake Camping in SoCal

    New to lake boating and live in Orange County, California. I know there are a few lakes in the area (Pyramid, Castaic, Silverwood, Perris etc...) but I know nothing about them. Looking for recommendations on local lakes that also have a place to stay overnight, whether a hotel or campground...
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    RWD Tow Vehicle Launch Issues?

    I have a 2002 Chaparral 196 SSI. Combined net weight with trailer is around 4,200 pounds. With people and gear I figure I'll be around 5,000 pounds. My tow vehicle is a 2016 Tacoma TRD Sport 2WD with a max tow weight of 6,800 pounds. Truck tows the boat just fine on the highway, but I'm...
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