New to the boat scene. South FL

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by Capt, Nov 28, 2021.

  1. Capt

    Capt New Member

    9
    Nov 2, 2021
    280 Sundancer 2001
    Mercruiser
    Hello!

    My name is Sean, new to the boating scene! I'm glad I came across a forum dedicated to SeaRays.

    I have a 2004 Sea Ray Sundancer 280 (31ft with the extended swim platform). Located in Miami on a dry slip.

    Boat came with an oil leak which was just fixed. Working on the generator, 1 trim tab that's not functioning and black water plumbing.

    The sea trail was good though so I'm very excited to hit the water soon.

    I'm hoping any members can throw any knowledge this way on what to keep an eye on. I have to get some better photos but I'll attach what I have so far. (I was more excited of the purchase than actually taking photos :cool:)
     

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  2. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    South Florida
    Dusky 217
    Suzuki
    congrats - are you keeping it at tnt? keystone point next door is a good spot too, i used to keep my 300 there - you're real close to haulover sandbar and a short trot to bimini or the keys for weekend fun!
     
  3. 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! Good-looking boat you got there. You'll find a lot of good people here full of helpful info.
     
  4. Capt

    Capt New Member

    9
    Nov 2, 2021
    280 Sundancer 2001
    Mercruiser
    HAHA yes! It is at TNT

    While on the sea trial I had to go through the haulover inlet (thankfully it was calm day.) For anyone not familiar with the inlet, if you have an Instagram search for a page called "Hauloverinlet" you will see just how treacherous it can get.
     
  5. Capt

    Capt New Member

    9
    Nov 2, 2021
    280 Sundancer 2001
    Mercruiser
    Woah, I did not expect a greeting from your side of the US. Haha pleasure and thank you!
     
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  6. WV 320 Dancer

    WV 320 Dancer Well-Known Member

    939
    Oct 28, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 320
    Twin 350 MAG - V Drive
    Congratulations on your new to you 280DA. We had an 03 280DA for 13 years. These are great boats. I am glad to see you are dry stacking the boat. BTW I have a brand new aft canvas for the 280DA in toast if you need one. It is not the camper canvas. Good Luck with I hope you can get her all sorted out.
     
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  7. ocgrant

    ocgrant Official Bahamas Boating Ambassador

    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
    H2O Therapy
    2006 Sundancer 48
    Novurania 430DL
    Yamaha EX-R
    PADI Divemaster
    Raymarine Electronics
    Cummins QSC 540's
    Welcome to the game... Hope to see you in Bimini when you are ready to cross let us know. What is the boat name?
     
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  8. El Capitan

    El Capitan Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2014
    Chicago IL./Vero Beach, Fl
    1970 SRV 180 w 2.5L Mercruiser.
    2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
    120HP Mercruiser
    Welcome!

    If it’s wet slipped in salt make sure you do your preventative maintenance on the outdrive(s) on a regular schedule.

    Watch for stray electrical in your marina. Can cause electrolysis.
     
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  9. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    South Florida
    Dusky 217
    Suzuki
    Just stay away from it on an outgoing tide and you'll be fine - did you name your boat yet?
     
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  10. Capt

    Capt New Member

    9
    Nov 2, 2021
    280 Sundancer 2001
    Mercruiser
    If it's not a bother and if it's available, send a photo over. I'll check it out
     
  11. Capt

    Capt New Member

    9
    Nov 2, 2021
    280 Sundancer 2001
    Mercruiser
    I can't wait to hear to bimini. Do you know how long it would take on a flat morning?

    Still working on a name. This is a must right? For legality purposes?
     
  12. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    South Florida
    Dusky 217
    Suzuki
    name is only a must if documented

    it will take you 2hrs or so from haulover - about the same as running to key largo - but be prepared.....no where to pull over half way there....
     
  13. Capt

    Capt New Member

    9
    Nov 2, 2021
    280 Sundancer 2001
    Mercruiser
    Actually one thing lined up is a major cleaning of the haul. Thankfully there's a service partner that they use for boat cleaning. Guy looks like he does a good job. I was quoted $1000 which includes 2/3 haul passes and sealer. Seats and interior cleaned. Also mold remediation (which is my area of business btw)

    For what it is, sounds like a decent deal
     
  14. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    All of the Florida East coast inlets sans Gov Cut, Port Everglades, Lake Worth, Cape Canaveral, and St Johns can be challenging in dealing with the currents. I've seen the Lake Worth inlet really mixed up also but that is my bad weather crossing from the Bahamas destination. Always plan to use these inlets if inexperienced at slack tide; slack tide is different than high or low tide BTW. Weather plays a huge roll in the condition of the inlets also. Consequently, I always plan enough fuel to get to Gov Cut, Port Everglades, or the Lake Worth inlet as a backup when in the So. Fl. areas.
     
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  15. 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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  16. brewster16

    brewster16 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 9, 2009
    Long Beach Island, N.J.
    '07 44 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins QSC 8.3
    Hi Sean....I'd also like to welcome you to CSR. I'm not sure if you are an experienced boater or not but keep in mind that heading offshore requires serious attention to safety. It is no joke if you head offshore and your boat is unreliable, you are unaware of the weather forecast, you don't realize that crossing the gulfstream can be treacherous, you haven't any idea about fuel consumption, use of VHF radios, navigating, ditch bags, EPIRB's, flares, life vests and a whole lot of other unforeseen situations. You also may want to consider your first offshore trip with another boat. Lastly, crossing an international boundary requires proper registration, documentation and other paperwork. I'm not trying to be a Debbie Downer but too many times inexperience leads to tragedy. Perhaps this is information that you or anyone else reading this can use.
     
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  17. Capt

    Capt New Member

    9
    Nov 2, 2021
    280 Sundancer 2001
    Mercruiser
  18. 440 Jim

    440 Jim Well-Known Member

    273
    Feb 11, 2021
    Savannah Bend Marina
    1989 440 Convertable
    Twin 3208T Cats
    Twin 3208T Cats
    Sebastian Inlet gets pretty rough too!
     
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  19. 440 Jim

    440 Jim Well-Known Member

    273
    Feb 11, 2021
    Savannah Bend Marina
    1989 440 Convertable
    Twin 3208T Cats
    Twin 3208T Cats
    And welcome from Savannah
     
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  20. El Capitan

    El Capitan Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2014
    Chicago IL./Vero Beach, Fl
    1970 SRV 180 w 2.5L Mercruiser.
    2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
    120HP Mercruiser
    Look up chit show on YouTube for boating In Myami. Good luck hermano. Remember to bring the AR. :eek:
     
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