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Calling all 233 Explorer owners...

Since there are a few of us, I thought this could be a spot to share ideas/pics/issues/stories/etc.

I just bought a 2006, with a Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI. Only been out a few times, but so far so good. Wife and kids are loving the bow to lounge, swim deck and overall comfort. I'm loving that they want to spend more time on the boat. Coming from a 19' fishing boat without much comfort, this is a whole different experience for us. The head doesn't hurt either. As I come up with 233 specific questions, I'll be posting here.

Trip

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To All:

Very happy to join a group is 233 Explorer (or even similar models). I own a yellow 2005 233 that we purchased this spring. We live in western Michigan and spend our boating time on Lake Michigan. The boat has a V-P 5.7 with 320 HP. My main issue is I am missing the center rear seat cushion. I can not find a replacement. We are naming the boat "Good Day Sunshine" because it is yellow and it's always a good day out on the boat.

Mike

(mstrampel@comcast.net)

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Mike,

Great looking boat, and nice name. Fits the boat. If I come across any center cushions around the marinas in my area, I'll let you know.

Trip

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Hi All,

We're winding down our season here in Maryland where we spend time on the water on the Magothy River and Chesapeake Bay. We had a few electrical issues this year as well as ongoing throttle (high RPM) issues to be addressed

I'm still getting used to the handling of my 2004 233 with a 5.0L and am wondering about the top speed you have experienced. Any comments? We are bottom painted and have kept the boat in the water all summer. There a good coating of slime, dirt and some barnacles and we don't seem to be getting much past 35 mph. That said, I'm still a newbie and am hesitant to push too hard.

Thanks.

Matt

 

 

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I’m also reluctant to go wide open for some reason. I’ve pushed it to 35 mph, but that’s it.

One issue I’m having is slow to get on plane, the first time out for the day. I’m wondering if it has to do with warming up the engine. How long do you warm up before heading out?

Trip

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Warming up the engine has ZERO to do with getting on plane. Periodic WOT runs are recommended.

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Is your trim set all the way down when coming out of the hole or do have it trimmed up? Getting up on plane has nothing to do with how warm the engine is. I give my 5.7GXi 2-3 minutes to warm up if its a cold startup then head out.

TD

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Trim is down. It’s strange, it only happens the first time getting on plane for the day. Every other time it’s up in no time. I just brought it in to my marina for winter service. I mentioned it to them and they said they will look for any issues while servicing.

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Hi 233 Explorer Owners,

I have been having a persistent problem with the boat taking on water very slowly recently and my mechanic can't locate the source. After pulling the boat, he filled the bilge with water to see where it might come out, but no luck. He even pulled the outdrive to look for clues. There is a small fitting/plug on the underside of the boat near the stern. Does anyone know what the purpose of that is? Any thoughts? Thanks.

Matt

 

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