New Member - Chasecraft 550
Thought I'd join and say hello and pose a couple of questions as I have been unable to answer these elsewhere to date.
I recently bought a Chasecraft 550 for general messing about/skiing etc, very good condition albeit seems a bit stern heavy with a Mariner 90. But pleased so far, especially as at 5.5 M is easily handled by the family for the land water transition. Now for the questions as I am aware Chasecraft no longer exist as a company, so I can't go back to the makers.
The boat has a sealed hull from what I can make out, on the assumption that the tubes that pass through the deck are all properly sealed! No drains or inspection hatches. So what is in the void between hull and deck..anything, foam, polystyrene, bouyancy bags? I ask as I have an aversion to 'sealed' spaces on boats as, in my experience, they tend to become unsealed and then wet! Before I start drilling holes, should I be concerned?
Since the boat seem a little stern heavy, could there be water in there exacerbating the weight of the engine ?
If anyone has a spec sheet for this boat, or knows how much it should weigh, that would also be very helpful!