New to boating.

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by rustybronco, Nov 3, 2021.

  1. rustybronco

    rustybronco Member

    47
    Oct 24, 2021
    Marysville Michigan
    1995 Sea Ray 175 BR
    3.0 LX Alpha 1 Gen 2
    Retired and decided it best for the wife to get back into boating after a long hiatus and myself to give it a whirl. Serious downgrade in size for her but it's what the budget can afford.

    I bought a 1995 175 BR in okay shape with a host of issues. The Sun pad is missing which led to my finding out the stern panel that forms the back rest of the seats is poorly attached and mounted too far forward. The grab handles and steering wheel have been painted somewhere along its storied past, the carpet has been changed to grey or at least most of it has been. (Should be burgundy.) The big issues are a noise in the outdrive (gimbal brg/u-joints?) and the trailer is junk. (Port side rail is rusted out and the tongue is offset to the starboard.)

    The good news is I bought it cheap, the engine and outdrive look excellent, the structure appears to be seaworthy and the rest can be put to right in time. Yes, the original trailer as well. I already have plans to get a few sticks of 4" x 2" 11 Ga and see how much it will cost to have it bent to the proper shape. If cost prohibitive then straight sides and a 30 degree angle towards the tongue will have to do. C-channel is another option.
     
    Nater Potater, mrsrobinson and Phil S like this.
  2. 440 Jim

    440 Jim Well-Known Member

    273
    Feb 11, 2021
    Savannah Bend Marina
    1989 440 Convertable
    Twin 3208T Cats
    Twin 3208T Cats
    Welcome!
     
  3. kevin27

    kevin27 Active Member

    935
    Aug 8, 2007
    Tarpon Springs,FL
    1989 3600 Convertible. 2017 Scout 175 sportfish.
    2002 Cummins 6BTA 330hp diesel straight shaft.
    Just to be honest you probably should get a new trailer if it's that bad. Your safety and the others on the road around you are depending on you. Usally the frame fails last and all the other parts are shot.
    Please be safe out there.
     
  4. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    Welcome from Idaho! That outdrive noise is typically the gimbal or u-joints, as you mentioned. U-joints usually make very little noise when pointed straight with the outdrive down, and get progressively louder as you steer off to either side. Gimbals tend to make "rocks in the dryer" sounds all the time. Either way, you probably should pull the outdrive to verify. Post some pictures when you get the chance. We all like pictures.
     
  5. rustybronco

    rustybronco Member

    47
    Oct 24, 2021
    Marysville Michigan
    1995 Sea Ray 175 BR
    3.0 LX Alpha 1 Gen 2
    To Be Honest, my welding skills aren't all that bad. If I can get two sections of properly bent tubing I'm certain it would be road worthy when I'm done with it. The utility trailer I stick welded together 10 or so years ago is still holding up just fine. It has had 3500Lb's on it more than once, crossed multiple states and returned safely back home.

    The boat trailers axle, wheels, springs, fenders, tongue, winch and jack are in great shape. The two cross members look acceptable but I'll know more on them as I get further into it. Who knows, maybe I'll find the correct trailer for it at a reasonable price before too long. (1995 era SR-V1724)
     
  6. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Bronco. First question as always is, where you located? If you need advice, answers be WAY different from Boston, Miami, Utah.
    Nater knows. He likes Rocky Mountain Oysters with fries, I prefer Fish chowder, you may get different opinions based on location.
    Pictures or it don’t exist as NP said.
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2021
    Nater Potater likes this.
  7. rustybronco

    rustybronco Member

    47
    Oct 24, 2021
    Marysville Michigan
    1995 Sea Ray 175 BR
    3.0 LX Alpha 1 Gen 2
    S.E. Michigan I'll toss it in my signature.
     
    Strypes likes this.
  8. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Perfect. Post your questions in the Great Lakes thread, more likely to get local advise, recommendations, and reference to shops that can help you out.
    Or the Trailer thread, those guys know stuff. New boaters thread is usually for introduction. Scroll down to find a thread for best specific problem questions, you’ll get a response faster. Just trying to help.
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2021
  9. rustybronco

    rustybronco Member

    47
    Oct 24, 2021
    Marysville Michigan
    1995 Sea Ray 175 BR
    3.0 LX Alpha 1 Gen 2
    Appreciated.

    I'm usually good when it comes to things mechanical. Changed the alternator in our Ford Edge a week or so ago. It wasn't as bad of a job as changing the engine cradle on the 300 and rebuilding the front suspension a few years back. I may have to let repair shops do a bit more in the future as the body is wearing out.

    'Rocky Mountain Oysters with fries," Eeeewwwwww....
     
    Nater Potater likes this.
  10. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    Don't believe anything Pirate Lady says!
     
    Sundancer and Espos4 like this.
  11. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Now thats the best advice I seen on here in a long time.
     
  12. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    From what you describe I hope someone gave you the boat.

    Retirement years are meant for relaxing on a boat not trying to put one back together.
     
  13. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Some like a hobby. Ever watch NCIS where Gibbs is building a boat? I got a neighbor retired. 7 years he been building a boat in his garage. Last year he finished the hull. One Saturday i watched 10 guys pull it out, flip it over. Now he is starting on top side. I think its replica of a PT WW2 boat. Works on it an hour or two a day, somedays. I doubt it will get finished in his lifetime. My guess is he dont care if it ever floats, it gives the guy something to do.
     
    Halfhitch and Nater Potater like this.
  14. rustybronco

    rustybronco Member

    47
    Oct 24, 2021
    Marysville Michigan
    1995 Sea Ray 175 BR
    3.0 LX Alpha 1 Gen 2
    Nope, paid a reasonable amount of cash for it.

    To me all things mechanical IS relaxation. Be it welding up a fire pit cover or changing the head gasket on an old tractor. Fixing this up is no different.
     
    Christo and Brent Nutting like this.
  15. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    I'm with @rustybronco on this one. I bought mine cheap with many known problems in anticipation of it being my retirement project. Already have plans for a 40' X 70' shop for it, the fifth-wheel, and assorted motorcycles that all need some lovin'.
     
  16. zool

    zool Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    444
    Oct 16, 2021
    New Jersey
    1992 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer, twin 7.4 BWM Mercruiser/Vdrive
    1991 Sea Ray 170BR, 3.0 MercruiserAlpha
    twin Mercruiser 7.4 V-Drive
    Yup, I bough my current property for the old cattle barns, i can work on a project for a while, and when life gets in the way, take care of bizness and when I get back to it, the screwdriver is right where I left it some time ago. My shops are my get away zone.
     
    Nater Potater likes this.
  17. rustybronco

    rustybronco Member

    47
    Oct 24, 2021
    Marysville Michigan
    1995 Sea Ray 175 BR
    3.0 LX Alpha 1 Gen 2
    Picked up a free ($1) 1995 Bayliner 2050 Capri today. It came with the matching trailer which is in good shape. The boat is junk and mostly gutted so its off to the landfill as soon as I can get it there. Boat came with title and bill of sale for it and trailer. Vin on the trailer is unreadable. Trailer is 9 Ga by the specs I found (WT20PC-X?). Trailer on the Sea Ray is either 11 or 12 Ga. I might need to shorten the Bayliners trailer to get it closer to what came on the the Sea Ray.

    I also picked up a Standard Horizon Nova VHF radio (Yaesu?). Should be of the same era as the SR.
     
  18. Strypes

    Strypes Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Boston Whaler 235 Conquest
    Twin Caterpillar 3116
    Mercury Verado 225 4-Stroke
    Well that definitely explains the name! Lol! Believe me, I know as I once lived in southeast Michigan for just over 38 years.
     
  19. rustybronco

    rustybronco Member

    47
    Oct 24, 2021
    Marysville Michigan
    1995 Sea Ray 175 BR
    3.0 LX Alpha 1 Gen 2
    A very rusty 1982 Ford Bronco. Such a long time ago and many vehicles since then.
     
    Nater Potater likes this.
  20. Christo

    Christo Active Member

    441
    Feb 7, 2021
    Michigan
    2004 225 Weekender
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI/Bravo III Drive
    Maybe you should post a pic of your boat…and the bronco:)
     
    Nater Potater likes this.

Share This Page

Show Sidebar