New to boating

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by Home Bouy, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Hello all! I'm new to boating and just purchased a 2000 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer. Any advice on new boat ownership? I am looking to travel on the Hudson River in the Hudson Valley NY.
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Welcome! My advice - get out and enjoy that boat! If you're not familiar with boating or haven't taken a class it might not be a bad idea to find a captain to show you around.

    And a general rule of this forum that must be followed - post pictures of your boat or it never happened!
     
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  3. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Yep, get out and use it. Being new, get in the habit of leaving the dock whenever you can. I see so many boats sit at the dock all season unused, and I think it's because the owners have found a routine of not going out and using it from the beginning.

    A course is a good idea if you're totally new to the water, you'll learn navigation and safety which is super important especially boating in your area.
     
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  4. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Read as much as you can on this forum. There is so much good information on here that goes back through years of experience building for all of us. Don't be afraid to ask stupid questions. This is a great forum with very helpful boaters. (Just don't ask about portable generators - I am not kidding -- Don't ask, just read)
     
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  5. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Thanks! I appreciate the advice. I did take a boaters safety course prior to purchasing boat. Looking forward to being out on the water.



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  6. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    386
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    welcome! ..if need be, try and fix it yourself.. tons of help here and YouTube

    Pics a must! enjoy!
     
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  7. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Thanks, Happy Dayz! Worked on a couple small problems today that I knew was not working when I purchased the boat. A/C blower was not working. Found motor was seized. Freed up by removing ductwork and reaching in blower section (with power off of course :) and spinning motor squirrel cage. Also noticed no water pumping out of side of boat. Checked filter (clean). Disconnected pump outlet line and a bunch of nasty crap came out of line. A/C blowing nice cold air now.
     
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  8. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    573
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Nice. You have the right idea. Just get in there and do it. It will help you learn the boat and save money at the same time.
     
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  9. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    432
    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
    Enjoy the heck out of your new boat. Words of wisdom, go very very slow in close quarters. Watch your wake even in 5 to 7 knot areas. Know that you are responsible for wake damage or others safety.
     
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  10. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Wiil do... Thanks.
     
  11. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Welcome to CSR!
     
  12. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Boater420.. Thank You!
     
  13. yobub

    yobub Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    104
    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    +1 on the recommendation to take a boater safety course. I had 10 years boating experience before taking the Power Squadron class (20 years ago) and still learned a ton. There are so many concepts that, if taught correctly will serve you for the rest of your life. If you don't learn them you will bang around and cause problems for everyone around you, and never even realize it.

    They have online training now, but I think the give and take with a live instructor is worth the time and cost investment.
     
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  14. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    89
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    Congratulations on your new Searay! A lot of great advice has already been given, one really important thing that you must know. Learn everything about anything on your boat. Don’t wait until something breaks, learn your systems, your engines, everything. You’ll find that you will be saving thousands of dollars, just like you saved lots of money when you fixed your AC. Also, shop for parts online. There are many web sellers selling OEM replacement parts for a fraction of what the big brick and mortar boat stores and WM sells for.

    As another member said, get out and use the boat at every chance you get. Your season is short, about 26 weeks.

    Enjoy!
    Bow Tie
     
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  15. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Thanks!
     
  16. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Welcome and good luck. Be sure to go up to Dobbs Ferry and see my brother in law at Rochambo Wines.

    Get out there and enjoy. Take your time and learn safe boating
     
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  17. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    9EFD477B-D54F-4008-B7DD-93A65ABAF0BF.jpeg Absolutely and thanks!
     
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  18. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater Member

    135
    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
    Congratulations on getting into the wonderful world of boating. My limited words of wisdom:

    Don't be rushed, its a leisure sport, half of the problems at the dock I've come across were of my own doing.

    Grab a mooring ball, or some other floating object and practice approaching, coming about and retrieval, etc. Should you ever need to do this with a person in an emergency, you'll appreciate the practice. Heck, if you're planning on watersports, it'd be good to do this before you're dealing with loved ones.

    Have fun!
     
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  19. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Thanks! Good advice. 1st time pulling into marina/dock, the dock master talked me into backing up into slip. It was a little difficult because of current but i managed. It was great that other boaters at marina helped with securing boat onto slip. Fixed another problem. Shower bilge pump would not shut off. Moved float swith up/down multiple times but pump would not shut off. Turned off breaker and picked up and installed float switch. All working now. IMG_7400.JPG
     
  20. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    That's a visual I did not need....
     

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