Glad to hear you went with Maxum, they are great boats for the money.
In chop, trim it all the way down and travel at a speed you are all comfortable with. However, if you see a big roller, don't do as many do - do not kill the throttle or throttle back... as the bow rolls up the wave give the throttle a bit extra to kick the nose up, this will give a way smoother ride and as soon as the wave is cleared, you can throttle back to the original position. you'll soon pick up this method and get better, its all about looking ahead and keeping it smooth 8)
The boat was built to take on seas, at the end of the day, if something breaks its a warranty issue. Though I've never known of someone do any serious damage that a few minutes engine cooling didn't fix. as a general rule of thumb, if the boat is reguarly leaving the water, slow down or head home. :wink:
The swim platform is a great addition over Maxums I've had in the past and i'm loving the monster glovebox! We don't actually have the transom remote, we are int he process of installing a custom stereo so am awaiting my pioneer unit to stick back there.
Breaking in is a real touchy subject for many. I have never bothered to break a Maxum in by the book and never had any issues, nor have I heard of any engine failures from poor breaking in. Many argue that if you work them too hard at first then you'll end up with a premature failure 1000 hours down the line... well firstly, most engines need rebuilding then anyway and I sure as hell won't still be in my Maxum then :twisted:
On a serious note, Mercruiser technicians can tell if the engines been trashed when they plug in the diagnostics kit, but really... it would be hard for them to void the warranty should something go wrong unless you'd literally fired her up and run round the lake at full throttle for 8 hours then left her idling for the night. The most important thing is getting that first service within the end of the first season or 20 hours... which ever comes up first. DOn't worry about opening her up too much... just don't hold wide open throttle for more than say 3-4 mins... back it off for a few mins then crank it up again! One thing to do it keep an eye on the oil pressure, more than 3/4's needs checking, temp needs to sit right on 175... much higher for more than a few mins is something to have checked.
ok, essay over! I need to do some work!!