New to boating

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

  1. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater Member

    137
    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
    Can you flip the float switch around, so that if something lodges on the strainer it won't interfere with the movement of the float? from the picture it looks like the float lever is right up against the strainer.
     
  2. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Get to know your boat. Sit and look at thinks and have beer. Look at things like the engine room. You will see things that need doing and you will see places to store tools. Figure out what you can and can not do then budget your time to do things and your money to get someone to do the things you cannot or will not do. Most important item is make sure the engine is in good working order then next is the head.
     
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  3. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    :) i wore gloves
     
  4. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    I did check float movement to make sure it does not touch strainer. Pretty close but not touching. I'm not planning on using shower at this time (showers at marina) but you never know when and where it would be needed. Old float appears to have been shorted because there was hardly any water inside. I filled it with water multiple times to check new float/pump operation. I agree with working on items I could handle and leave questionable items to the experts.
     
  5. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    it is always best to test a float switch for a sump pump by filling the sump with water to activate the switch.....most people will test a float switch by manually raising the float to see if the pump activates....the problem with this is there could be something that is preventing the float from raising in water and activating the pump when the sump is full....so even if the pump/switch activates during the manual test it could fail during the water level test.....

    I saw this happen just last week....a dock neighbor just bout a nice used Sea Ray 270 and had a thorough survey done prior to purchase....the boat seemed to be well maintained and passed the survey easily....a couple days after docking the boat in his wet slip he was becoming familiar with the dash switches....when he flipped on the bilge pump switch he heard water being discharged from the through hull....he thought this amount of water should have been discharged by the bilge pump....the water in the bilge came from the owner using a hose pipe to hose down the ER to clean it a little....on further investigation to bilge pump would work when the float was manually raised but not when the bilge was full of water.....the owner contacted the surveyor and the surveyor said he tested the pump by manually raising the float....

    cliff
     
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  6. Larry Vargas

    Larry Vargas New Member

    6
    Jul 13, 2018
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Newbie here too. Have just joined the forum. Feeling excited to be here.
     
  7. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    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
    That’s not unusual. No other way to test the pump other than flood the bilge and I doubt any surveyor would do that. Maybe he missed and obvious hole in the float, but other than that, I would blame the surveyor.
     
  8. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    you are absolutely right....I would not blame the surveyor either....my intent of the post was to test the pumps by flooding the sump or bilge once you have ownership of the boat on a regular basis if you want to be absolutely sure it is in good working order....

    cliff
     
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  9. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    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
    Right you are. And if you keep a nice clean bilge by cleaning it up peridically you will be testing the pumps each time.
     
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  10. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    As a side note I stopped using float switches a few years ago and started using The Water Witch
    101series.jpg
    No moving parts and in 4 years never had one fail.
     
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  11. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Good to know... thanks.
     
  12. Nakia Romeo

    Nakia Romeo New Member

    11
    Jul 14, 2018
    1990 sea ray 180 i/o mercruiser
    4.3 Mercruiser Alpha One drive
    Hey, I’m new too! I just purchased a 1991 180. I live on the Hudson. Albany. I’ve been laughing out of the Henry Hudson Park.
     
  13. Home Bouy

    Home Bouy Member

    30
    Jun 14, 2018
    Fishkill, NY
    240 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Bravo 2 Drive
    Welcome! There’s a lot of great advice here At Club Sea Ray. I haven’t reached Albany yet but one of my next destinations. Looking into NYC and the the Statue of Liberty soon.
     
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  14. Jean Garrison

    Jean Garrison New Member

    10
    Nov 28, 2018
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Welcome, abroad buddy. Great to have you here. :)
     

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