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Installing bow thruster 260 Sundancer

Discussion in 'Installation Photos/Specs' started by Roland Illvesand, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. Roland Illvesand

    Roland Illvesand Member

    86
    Jan 14, 2019
    Stockholm Sweden
    Sea Ray 260 DA 2001 Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    My project this winter is to mount a bow thruster.

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    place under the floor
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    Opens up the floor and digging out the foam
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    Testing a simple mock-up to see if it fits
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  2. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2005 500 DB
    QSM-11
    Interesting. I've never seen one on that size boat!
     
  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.
    That's quite a project. I'm not adventurous enough to take on a project like that and appreciate those who have the skills and the know how to do it.

    Please keep sharing the photos. I'm enjoying them.
     
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  4. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    2000 380 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizon w/V drives
    Yes, please keep sharing. When I compare maneuverability of my 268 with a single outdrive compared to my 380 with twin v-drives. I could if def used the bow thruster more on the smaller single engine boat than now.
     
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  5. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    Garwood 003.jpg I'm surprised by the color of the stringer. It looks like it has been wet and is starting the early stage of rotting. It is kind of a punky black color. Anyone else wonder about that?
     
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  6. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Anacortes Washington
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 Charts Timezero radar Furuno
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Be sure to reinforce the area you removed the stringer. Based on what I know about fiberglass it can fail without notice and at that point you sink. The glass fibers crack and you can not see them fail. Fiber glass used to be a popular crude oil storage tank liner. It was very good until the tank had excessive settlement. I have never put one in; but have watch marinas do it. A good marine uses the correct hole saw. I saw one marina use a Sawzall. It did not look pretty.
     
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  7. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    A few years back there was an early 2000’s Maxum 22’ Bowrider at the marina, it had bow and stern thrusters. The control knob was so well integrated into the helm that I assume it was factory installed.
     
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  8. Roland Illvesand

    Roland Illvesand Member

    86
    Jan 14, 2019
    Stockholm Sweden
    Sea Ray 260 DA 2001 Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    it was wet but i have cut it off now
     
  9. Roland Illvesand

    Roland Illvesand Member

    86
    Jan 14, 2019
    Stockholm Sweden
    Sea Ray 260 DA 2001 Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    It’s just a support for the floor and table, some 260 Sundancer doesn’t have it
     
  10. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
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    Cutting off the wet part does not get at the root of the problem. There is a lot more wet stringer buried in that foam that is going to rot. You need to figure out how the water is getting there, stop the flow and dry out the stringers. Otherwise, the structures will rot.
     
  11. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Active Member

    323
    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer & Goplus 7.5' / 2.6hp outboard.
    Previous: 180BR, 220DA, 268DA, 250DA, 268DA
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Am I the only one who asking WHY! With all due respect, if you need bow thrusters on a 26, maybe you should consider an RV.
     
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  12. Roland Illvesand

    Roland Illvesand Member

    86
    Jan 14, 2019
    Stockholm Sweden
    Sea Ray 260 DA 2001 Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    With all due respect WHY not? I have had lots of RVs during the years but now I have this boat. I have driven different boats for many years so I’m familiar with that for example this type
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    Combat boat 90 52,49ft
    Weight 46200lb
    Combat boat 90 are easy to drive but my 260 isn’t easy when I have wind from the side when I go to dock.

    Do you have a reversing camera on your car or other technical aids? If you have it why?
    Maybe you should cycle instead! ;-)
     
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  13. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    In for the build!
     
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  14. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Roland...I see you’ve just been introduced to Pirate Lady :(
     
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  15. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    2000 380 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizon w/V drives
    Lmao
     
  16. Roland Illvesand

    Roland Illvesand Member

    86
    Jan 14, 2019
    Stockholm Sweden
    Sea Ray 260 DA 2001 Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Joystick in place

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  17. Roland Illvesand

    Roland Illvesand Member

    86
    Jan 14, 2019
    Stockholm Sweden
    Sea Ray 260 DA 2001 Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Battry box, main switch and fuse mounted.

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  18. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    Do you think that water came from the anchor locker?
     
  19. Roland Illvesand

    Roland Illvesand Member

    86
    Jan 14, 2019
    Stockholm Sweden
    Sea Ray 260 DA 2001 Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Mercruiser 5.7 EFI and Bravo 3
    Yes, I think so. I will examine it more carefully in the spring
     
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