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Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by Nater Potater, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater New Member

    23
    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    Hello everyone,
    The Mrs. and I recently acquired a '92 300DA. It had sat in the PO's backyard for four years without ever being launched, so it's been at least that long since it was in the water. We checked the u-joints and replaced the water pumps for good measure, fired-up the engines (they sound just fine), then backed it into the lake, only to find the shift cable bellows were leaking. That's the one thing I didn't think to check!
    Since the outdrives had to come back off anyway, we decided to take them down to bare metal and give them a fresh coat of paint. They look to have sat in salt water for quite a while, and, based on the amount of corrosion seen, I'd guess the anodes were probably never replaced. Everything else looks to be in pretty good shape, so we're hoping we can launch after the Spring thaw.
    Here she is with a couple of friends and my wife:
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  2. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
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  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Tater, welcome CSR. You didn't put where you live but I'm guessing from your pic that you might be in the northern part of ID. Some nice boating up there. We've boated on some of the lakes from C d'A north and love them.

    Sorry I can't help you with the info you're looking for but will offer one suggestion--when you put the boat on the stands don't forget to chain the stands together so they can't flip out and drop the boat. Each pair of stands should have a chain between them for your safety and the boat's safety.

    Oh, and we all like to see photos of the boat, where you use it, etc. If you're going to do some extensive work on her we'd like to see pics of that also.
     
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  4. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    The jack stand comments were likely intended for another thread?

    http://clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/330-sundancer-jack-stands.101617/
     
  5. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater New Member

    23
    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    Good call! The boat's currently near Bayview on the Pend Oreille lake. We're hoping to be able to retire there soon.

    No stands at this point. Since the belly looks to be in good condition, all of my work will be done while on the trailer.

    Here's a sample of what I'm dealing with:
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    ...and, after welding on the new skeg:
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  6. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    Did you make that weld? It’s darn near perfect! Looks like you have a great project!
     
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  7. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Bayview is a very cool little town. We rented a cabin just uphill from the marina there and took our 13' Whaler from there to the hotel at Sand Point. We had lunch and a cocktail, then headed back to Bayview. That was one of the 3 lakes we hit on that trip.
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    It was nice of the marina in Sand Point to name it after my first wife!

    Here's the Navy's super secret submarine testing base on the lake.
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    Nice place to retire.
     
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  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
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  9. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater New Member

    23
    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    I wish I could take credit for that! I did all the prep work, but my buddy insisted that he do the actual weld. Since it's his TIG welder, I felt it only prudent to acquiesce. However, he did allow me to buy lunch for his wife and him.
     
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  10. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater New Member

    23
    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    By the way, those skegs are available from Amazon for $25. It's a perfect match for the older Alpha outdrives, and it saves your weld shop a bunch of prep time if trying to make one from scratch. Are we allowed to post links here from Amazon and the like?
     
  11. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    Sure, no problem, post away.
     
  12. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater New Member

    23
    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
  13. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Anacortes Washington
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 Charts Timezero radar Furuno
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Big trailer. Spend a bit on it to ensure all works well and it is structurally sound. We have a 21 foot jetboat and the trailer had not been used in a few years. Took it in and got things looked at. The breaks were not working and wheel bearings needed work.
     
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  14. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater New Member

    23
    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    Absolutely! An earlier PO had already converted the brakes to electric, and we pulled all six hubs for a quick looky-loo before ever moving it. So far, it traversed the 50 miles at 65-70 mph without a hitch. Once the boat is in the water and parked in a slip, we'll be focusing on trailer upgrades. The bunkers are trashed.
     
  15. JHornsby3

    JHornsby3 New Member

    10
    Nov 10, 2020
    Sheridan Oregon
    1992 300 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L W/Alpha One Gen II
    Good to see you here as well. If we are going to keep running into each other, maybe we should meet down around Hood River sometime.:D
     
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  16. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater New Member

    23
    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    Definitely. I have a friend who recently bought into a condo along the Oregon coast, so the first big excursion is to launch from Lewiston, run down to the Colombia, into the Pacific, and down the coast to his place. 'Figure about 600 miles. That's going to be a lot of fuel! If it happens, I'll give you a heads-up and we can break bread.
     
  17. JHornsby3

    JHornsby3 New Member

    10
    Nov 10, 2020
    Sheridan Oregon
    1992 300 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L W/Alpha One Gen II
    How did you know I was a fat kid that likes to eat? :D

    We are 20 miles from Lincoln City. Our closest place to put in for coastal fun is Newport. And their slip regs are crazy. Garibaldi there is no extra slips. I am planning a trip down to Newport and check the few marina's there to see if I can find a good place for a few days at a time.

    Let us know. We can plan something good.
     
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  18. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Nader, when you get to the mouth of the Snake where it empties into the Columbia turn upstream and you can use transient moorage at the Port of Kennewick marina for cheap.

    Then, with all that money you will have saved you can buy the first round at the bar at the top of the docks. I'll get the next couple. That is, assuming that people are allowed to live like normal people again and don't have to abide by the COVID restrictions.
     
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  19. JHornsby3

    JHornsby3 New Member

    10
    Nov 10, 2020
    Sheridan Oregon
    1992 300 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L W/Alpha One Gen II
    Not today. That nasty Bi*%h shut this state down again. Sounds bad this time. Trying to order lumber for a customers build and there is no answer at the yard to get the order finalized. All bars and eateries are shut down completely this time. I have a feeling it will be down for quite some time this time.

    John
     
  20. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater New Member

    23
    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    You're on! We go through the Tri-Cities when heading north, so let's get together this Spring.
     

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