1976 Sea Ray SRV 240 Project Boat

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by dmnolan, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    265
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    Well just got the carrier seals out without pulling the carrier and installed the new ones with a piece if pvc pipe and pressure tested it,IT HOLDS PRESSURE!!!!, and refilled the unit. The only hang up that I have now is a screwup by me when I took off the carrier nut I forgot about the washer and ended up cracking the nut so I will have to go get one in the morning at merc along with a retaining ring. I will test fire the starboard and port engines today, closer to the lake!!!! Will test launch it on the trailer to make sure there are no leaks before backing off the trailer, a suggestion by my merc friend since I don't know the boats history, can't see any holes, but water can come in from a number of different areas.(I guess thats why I like outboards better.)Better be safe than having to put it back on the trailer and tie up the ramp, people get a little pissed when they have to wait an extra 10 minutes to launch their boat.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2018
  2. Sleeves

    Sleeves New Member

    3
    Dec 4, 2010
    Lake Michigan, Indiana
    I have a 30' Weekender "project" on a trailer not running.

    I have a working Twin 165 1974 24' We
    30' has Twin 255 GM inboards

    24' Has Twin 165 I/O's
    Good to see a 240 getting redone. I had one with twin 165's for about 10 years. I put a ton of work into her and eventually decided I really wanted a srv 300. Good luck this summer.
     
  3. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Thanks Sleeves

    She a beautiful boat and I am happy to be bringing her back to her glory days. Although with an improvement here and there.
    Already thinking bigger! But I hope to get a few years out of her and maybe hand down to one of the kids. She will have another 40 years in her when I am done!
     
  4. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    So , its been awhile!
    Good news is my transom stringers and floor are back in!
    Stringers were coated, bedded to hull, and glassed to the hull. Floor has been sealed and glassed on the bottom and bonded to stringers.
    Will tab deck to hull this weekend.
    Trying to decide what glass to use on the deck?? I have been using 1708 for all the tabbing and to coat the transom. Seems like alot for the deck which is really just being waterproofed? CSM? couple layers of 9 ounce?? Thoughts??
    Also on the sides above and belove the shelf, I have removed the vinyl material and rug. I want to clean up this surface and just paint rather than putting any kind on material back on. Same question on the glass to do this. Obviously dont need any real strength, just smoothing out. Was also thinking about just sanding and going with a fairing compound? Again, thoughts!

    Will get some pics up soon.
     
  5. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Glassing in a floor is something I've never done so I'm watching closely, sorry I can't offer any advice. It's really starting to come together. Awesome progress on the stringers, and the 351 looks sweet in blue! Can't wait to see some more pictures.
     
  6. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Some Pictures
    No Stringers or floor
    Stringers
    Floor
    Transom
    Dont have a picture of the stringers all tabbed to hull, in the picture shown they are just bedded
     

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  7. Paddy

    Paddy New Member

    11
    May 8, 2012
    Minnesota
    1975
    Mercruiser
    When I did my deck I did chop strand on both sides before installing the plywood. Then installed and did 1708 on the top and think I reinforced the joints with more chop strand below the 1708.
    I also removed all the vinyl from the sides below the shelves and gel coated white. I think it looks a lot better and easy to clean. I wasn’t too anal about the finish, it has factory roughness but ok for me. I am going to lay some more gelcoat on the deck this year to clean up some wear and may smooth out some more.
     
  8. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Paddy
    Thanks for the feedback.
    Bottoms of my decks are glassed. I already have enough 1208 to do the topside so I will likley use it.
    Had not thought about gelcoating the sides. Not a bad Idea, thank you
     
  9. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    So much work to do but you're knocking it out! Keep it up, can't wait to see her splash.
     
  10. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Slapped a little Total Boat Bilge paint on to see how it will look.
    I like it! (not that anyone will ever see it!! But it is way better than flat black paint over spryed chop strand like the factory did!
     

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  11. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    You'll be able to see leaks and drips a little better too. Looks great!
     
  12. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Thank you!
     
  13. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Couple more progress pictures. The white on the sides is Primer. Two coats of finish paint and i will start rerunning cables etc towards the back.
    Thinking of maybe a 2" piece of PVC pipe under the shelf as a wire chase? Any thoughts Plus or Minus?
     

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  14. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    It's starting to come together!

    It might be more difficult to run wire through a long PVC tube if you ever needed to add something else. I was also thinking the tube might hold moisture if it got wet. It would probably be easier to just make a bundle and wire tie it under the shelf.
     
  15. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Good input, thanks.
    Would include a Puller in the tube to be there to facilitate adding wires. The other thing is I am not sure what would need to be added!
    I wouldnt be too worried about water as it is open at both ends.
    But traditional may be the best approach!
     
  16. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I would put the PVC tube in and a piece of string long enough to pull a wire through it and back.
     
  17. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Definitely!
     
  18. Paddy

    Paddy New Member

    11
    May 8, 2012
    Minnesota
    1975
    Mercruiser
    The white sides look sharp! I like it. Maybe before running the pvc wire conduit mock up the steering cable, especially near the stern. It is pretty rigid and don’t want any conflicts with where the pvc is.
    Probably no problem, but better to know rather than need to tear out wire later.
     
  19. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    What if you had to replace the steering/shift cables?

    I was thinking that once the cables were routed through the PVC, you could get them out easy enough, but installing the new one would be difficult unless there was adequate distance provided at one end of the PVC to feed the cable through without bending or kinking the cable. You'll need to put a sharp bend in the cable to start feeding it through and that's no good for the cable.
     
  20. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    87
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Good input folks.
    I am thinking that the steering cable definitely would not go in the PVC for the reasons mentioned.
    Steering and shift cables maybe. Have not had a chance to see how they may or may not work.
    I may after reviewing those three cables just opt out of the PVC chase. But it still might be nice if even only for the engine wire harness, trim motor, trim tab motor wires and the blower, transom light etc. You guys get it!!
    Will let you know what I find.

    One more coat of the finish paint on the sides to go and I can start didling around with that stuff and get my gimble mount and transom plate back in
     

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