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  1. Long story short, we no longer have the original anchor!!!


    The Boat:

    1999 Monterey Boats 262cr


    The Location:

    Los Angeles, Ca. (sandy coves)


    The original anchor held very well

    The windless is decent, but often times the chain and/or line kinks as it being pulled back into the anchor locker. (turning anchor retrieval into a two man job)


    So, now that we are shopping for a new anchor AND new rode, what should we buy?


    What steps can we take to ensure it is compatible with the locker and the windless?


    Thanks so much!


    Boat used to have this:


  2. I have a 2004 322 that does the same thing on both tachs. I have to tap on them to get them to read corectly. It's a real pain when trying to sinc the engines while running.


    Gary B


    our '99 262cr does the exact same thing. it floats up, and your ear knows that everything is fine and normal but your eyes think you are cruising at Wide Open Throttle!



  3. I stopped by the truck scale with my dodge 2500 diesel towing my 298sc with 1/2 fuel and water. Total vehicle weight was 22,600 lbs. Ouch!!! Trailer axles weight was 13,500 lbs. (this does not include tongue weight). Considering the weight, it tows great. The diesel can pull it up 5% grades at 55-60. The trailer has 6 wheel discs, however, they are surge which is a little dicey getting them to active with such a heavy tongue weight.


    Thanks for the reply! I have asked a lot of people this question and I am shocked how most people have never stopped at a scale.

    We never did weigh ours, but it is due for the 10 hour service which might be a good opportunity.

  4. Thank you both for the solid replys. I agree with all the points both of you touched on.

    Fortunately, I have access to heavier duty tow trucks through friends and work.


    My poor Monterey 262cr has mysteriously ingested a whole bunch of sea water into the VP 5.7.


    While I am sorting out purchasing a new motor, the boat is on a shop's trailer. before it goes back in the water,

    I will have the shop take it to a scale so I can discover the actual weigh of the rig and trailer (including hitch weight)


    Other members? Has anyone been to the scales to discover actual weights?




  5. I just purchased a Nissan Armada. I will be towing my motorcycles around, but I feel like I would be able to tow my 262cr.


    1) What do you guys have to tow your Monterey

    2) How much does your boat & trailer weigh (real life, no brochure #'s please)




  6. Our "Head Smell" is just a memory now.


    I leave litre bottles of fresh water next to the head which are used for flushing.

    When we pump the tank, we fill it back up with fresh water and pump it again.

    once empty, I flush a gallon of fresh water with a splash of the aforementioned chemical into the head.


    this combination had the problem eliminated. Then, on a recent trip to Catalina Island, I made the mistake of using salt water for my second pump-out AND I omitted the chemlical, and the smell was back.

  7. When you open the engine hatch, your waste tank is on the left side.If you have a macerator,youi will see what looks like a pump and motor on the floor right alongside it, My boat was pre-wired for one and there is a coil of wires just tied together at that location. Tom

    Just to clarify.

    by left, he means starboard. As one looks into the hatch facing aft.

  8. A few weeks ago my tilt was stuck in the up position. A friend shook the lower unit and it started working.

    It has ok until yesaterday I parked it in my shop after returning from the water and I tryed to lower the unit and it was stuck again. I did add some fluid just before the first time and yesterday I took the top off of the resevoir and it had pressure on it.If anyone could help I would appreciate it. It would save a 100 mile trip to the dealer.


    This might be a long shot (since shaking it seemed to work)

    Open the hatch to the engine.

    have somebody hit the trim switch.

    do you hear the relay click?



  9. Hello Dakotas Dream,

    To obtain specifications for the engine, contact Mercury direct for an owner's manual (you need one anyway). The contact info is as follows: www.mercurymarine.com or 405-743-6566 in Oklahoma. The RPM limits will be in the manual as well as maintenance schedules.


    Optimum cruise speed will vary a bit as the boat/engine ages but also the type of water, load on the boat, conditions of water and wind, etc. The 3400 rpm sounds about right. You are the best judge of the best fuel burn use. It is also a good idea to have a GPS and have a record your trips- there are some very inexpensive handhelds out there these days that are great which can give you an accurate reading on speed as well.


    The speedometer going in and out is common (it operates by water pressure from a small tubular hose that runs from the transom) and there could be debris clogging it up.


    Empirical evidence gathered over the last year of using our 262 offshore(same engine / drive and prop) suggests that you are right on the money with RPM / Speed / Economy!

  10. We have a 1999 262cr W/5.7L It lives in a slip at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles.

    Our usual destinations are Catalina Island, Paradise Cove, Long Beach and the fuel dock!!


    Our friends can not believe that the boat is 9 years old. It fires right up, everything works great and we try and keep it clean.


    Apparently, we are the third owners. In the year she has been ours we have brought the maintenance up to date / installed a new exhaust system / added a new VHF radio / new Lowrance GPS / new autopilot / a killer stereo / Neutrsalt system and new Eisenglass.


    I hope this forum picks up with some more traffic soon, I enjoy reading about others Monterey Boats experience.




    Already we are thinking about selling to get a larger boat!

  11. Hello,

    I have a 1999 Monterey 262

    The plastic hinge the connects the hatch to the boat has disintegrated!


    I asked my local dealer to order the hinge and they said it was not available.


    Do you have any thoughts?


    Thank you so much.





    P.S. To other owners of similar boats, I highly recommend you keep the canvas cover over your forward hatch(s) to prolong this problem as long as possible.

    Our boat had the cover on for 9 years. 1 year in the sun and now the hinge has failed.

  12. This is a very basic topic. It was probably discussed in the old forums, the old forums are now empty!


    For whatever reason, I have not had an opportunity to accurately measure the fuel economy of our Monterey.

    Sometimes the fuel dock is closed, other times I have a passenger who is in a rush to get back. sometimes I do not want a full tank, sometimes I was not the last one to use the boat.


    Our boat is a 1999 Monterey 262 (5.7L / 70 gallon tank)

    If I had to guess, I would say I consumed 18 gallons on a 2.5 hour / 30 mile offshore cruise (two hours on plane, half hour at "no wake" speeds.)

    that works out to 7.2 gallons an hour (just an estimate from looking at the fuel gauge) (this particular cruise had mild (5 knot) winds, mild waves (2-3 foot) and a mild current abeam)


    Is my guestimate in the right ballpark? What kind of range / fuel burn should I be seeing?


    How many gallons do you guys burn in an hour?

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