Generator Install 290 Sundancer

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  1. CarpeDiem3

    CarpeDiem3 New Member

    1
    Jun 20, 2018
    1999 Sea Ray Sundancer, Garmin HD Radar
    (2) 350 Mercruiser MPI Alpha Gen 2
    I purchased a 1999 290 Sundancer with twin 350's. Boat came with generator but past owner removed it. Generator is now sitting on my garage floor. I am going to recondition it and want to put it back in boat. Is there anyway of doing this without removal of one motor? If I took off Manifold and Riser maybe??? Has anyone done this and have experience.
     
  2. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    I haven't done this myself, but I'm in the middle of changing out a circulating pump on my generator and basically have it in pieces. From what I see now I believe it's possible to remove your riser and manifold as you mentioned and then section the generator.

    Since it's in your garage now you could break it down into components and reassemble it in place in the bilge. Separate the winding from the motor, pull the manifold and maybe even the head. The motor might be heavy and difficult to lower in place but I believe it can be done.

    Honestly, it might be easier to just pull the main engine and install it in one piece if that's an option.

    Here's a link to someone who's done some of what I mentioned.
     
  3. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Can you ask the previous owner how he got it out? Pretty sure the answer is no, reason, with my 2000 290 at one point I was having generator issues. There was discussion about having to remove it and that the engine would have to come out. They ended up fixing it without having to removing it.
     
  4. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Good luck.

    It's a tight fit.
     
  5. Todd M Caldwell

    Todd M Caldwell Member

    60
    Oct 7, 2018
    Port St Lucie, FL
    1998 290 Sundancer
    5.0 Alpha
    How did you make out installing the Generator?

    Todd
     
  6. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    Unlikely you will get an answer as he has 1 post and has not been here since June of 2018.

    MM
     
  7. pyro

    pyro New Member

    2
    Tuesday
    2008 Sundancer 290
    Twin 5.0L MPI w/ Bravo III
    This probably doesn't help for your 1999, but I figured it might be useful for other members to know that I have just removed my generator from a 2008 290. I built a 2x6 overhead beam standing on the two side foot steps. Then ratchet strapped them to rear cleats and around radar arch to stop it from falling over forward or backwards. Block and tackle to lift the 200 lb generator. I was thinking I was going to have to tilt it out at 45 degrees, but it came out vertically with about 1" clearance from the front of motor.
     
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  8. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    Good to know, any pics of it?

    Welcome aboard!

    MM
     
  9. pyro

    pyro New Member

    2
    Tuesday
    2008 Sundancer 290
    Twin 5.0L MPI w/ Bravo III
    I'll take a picture when I put it back in the spring. Busy repainting it and replacing the bottom steel tray which is completely rusted. This a Kohler 5ecd.
     
  10. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    May want to replace your Oil pump oring while you're there. Notorious for drying out and leaking. Just removed my 6.5 cz for the oring leak myself. In 5-8 hours of running it would lose a pint.
     

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