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Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by Lucky's, May 28, 2012.

  1. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Many times I have thought about solar and a small wind turbine for the house. Please let me know how they work on the boat battery.
     
  2. Drifter22ft

    Drifter22ft Active Member

    159
    Mar 23, 2018
    Lake powell
    1988 sundancer 300
    Dual 5.7 l
    Well sad day just winterize my boat☹️Also pull my lower bed out the wood is all bent out of shape so pulled it apart and washing the material see if it can be reused if not I will have it redone will remake the wood out of 3/4 plywood instead of 1/2 it’s to weak
     
  3. Drifter22ft

    Drifter22ft Active Member

    159
    Mar 23, 2018
    Lake powell
    1988 sundancer 300
    Dual 5.7 l
    8E069465-CEC4-4E7A-B3D8-4EC34ECC4497.jpeg Cover is original and in good shape decided to just die it a darker color I think it will look real good
     
  4. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Scorpio, I wanted to thank you. I got the flocking in with no issues. I’m moving on now to the screw covers.
     
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  5. Drifter22ft

    Drifter22ft Active Member

    159
    Mar 23, 2018
    Lake powell
    1988 sundancer 300
    Dual 5.7 l
    New wood new f
     

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  6. Drifter22ft

    Drifter22ft Active Member

    159
    Mar 23, 2018
    Lake powell
    1988 sundancer 300
    Dual 5.7 l
    New foam
     
  7. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    I haven't changed the blinds but am looking for alternatives. I got some from a bone yard that are in great shape, so probably sticking with original style for now. Screw cover I got direct from Taylor. Just pry out the old, brittle stuff and press in the new more supple material, done.
     
  8. Sundancer

    Sundancer Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    32 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    Drifter,

    My panel and controller came in and as I suspected the panel wasn't what was advertised. No problem, it was still worth it and will keep the battery on a Case 430 charged and ready. I'll use the controller on the boat. I am going to add either a 160 watt panel, a 200 watt or a couple of 100 watt panels. I have a 300 watt setup on a travel trailer and it's charged, even this late in the year by around noon or 1:00 so it only take around 4 to 5 hours to recharge. I'm guessing a similar setup on the boat with LONGER days/sunlight will easily keep the batteries charged. I use a lot of lights on the travel trailer, shower, do more dishes and have two slides to run in and out. No problem with that setup! It will be overkill on the boat, so may the 160 watter would work? Either way, I won't have to worry about the batteries and fridge anymore! I can start making ice in the 32 year old Tek II Norcold!!

    I'm thinking one will easily fit on the bimini and maybe two if I need two. I'll have to put it up and take it down each weekend, but I can spend an indefinite time out and not need a gennie anymore! Did you get a chance to play with where you will put your panels?
     
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  9. Drifter22ft

    Drifter22ft Active Member

    159
    Mar 23, 2018
    Lake powell
    1988 sundancer 300
    Dual 5.7 l
    Sundancer

    No I haven’t try it yet I will play with it this winter I think I might add a 200ah house battery also that should complete the system to not need ice as much
     
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  10. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Thank you for the help. I got the old stuff out and replaced it today.
    Next on the list are the side panel replacements
     
  11. Drifter22ft

    Drifter22ft Active Member

    159
    Mar 23, 2018
    Lake powell
    1988 sundancer 300
    Dual 5.7 l
    I’m looking for ideas on what to do to the floor in the cabin any suggestions and pic of what you did
     
  12. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Side panels? In the cockpit?
     
  13. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Yes the padded side panels. The plywood is falling apart and the carpet is outdated
     
  14. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    I did those about ten years ago for the same reasons. If you can use the old one as a template, cut new ones out of plywood and glass it with some 6 oz and epoxy, then cover with foam and vinyl. I got some great marine vinyl at Joanne Fabrics, attached it with Monel staples so they won't rust. Not too bad a job.
     
  15. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    I’m going to use some birch plywood, drill and counter sink the posts then put a veneer of mahogany over the face to hide the posts. Coat all of it with epoxy.

    The old plywood is good enough for me to use as a pattern
     
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  16. Iprof

    Iprof Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 8, 2008
    Lake Huron
    A 300 DA 4kw Gen-set, central vac, electric head, windlass, AC/reverse heat, Lowrance 522ci GPS Char
    twin 5.7 with Alpha drives
    I bought mine at West Marine.
     
  17. Iprof

    Iprof Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 8, 2008
    Lake Huron
    A 300 DA 4kw Gen-set, central vac, electric head, windlass, AC/reverse heat, Lowrance 522ci GPS Char
    twin 5.7 with Alpha drives
    When I had to replace a drive I ordered a Alpha Gen 1 counter rotating drive. What a difference it made it the handling. If you do replace with a counter rotating drive you need to reconfigure the shifter/throttle so you don't have to put it in reverse to go forward. The shifter manual does show you how to do it, you don't need to buy anything you even use the same shifter cable.
     
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