OFFICIAL 250 DANCER THREAD

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by slack250, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. VictorJohn

    VictorJohn New Member

    1
    Mar 8, 2015
    Puget Sound, Washington
    1998 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    6.2 Liter 350 hp Mercruiser SeaCore with Bravo III.
    Hi Mr. Colt,

    I have a 1998 Sundancer 250 with all of the books and manuals. I can see about digitizing them and make them available to our group. It’s a great story how I acquired this boat so I’ll post it later. It’s great to be among other 250’s.
     
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  2. CajunColt

    CajunColt New Member

    5
    Oct 5, 2018
    Sundancer 250
    5.0 L Bravo II MerCruiser
    That would be great! Thank you for the assistance.
     
  3. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    Go to Searay.com and click on the "Owners Resources" and you should find the digital collections. You should be able to find your year and model in there.
     
  4. CajunColt

    CajunColt New Member

    5
    Oct 5, 2018
    Sundancer 250
    5.0 L Bravo II MerCruiser
    Much appreciate the assistance. I did try over there though and for some reason they don't have the 1997 250 Sundancer. Just unlucky I guess. :)
     
  5. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    That's really weird? You might try a year on either side because they don't change them every year. Most of the 86 - 89 Rays are very similar. At least you'd have something very similar.
     
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  6. CajunColt

    CajunColt New Member

    5
    Oct 5, 2018
    Sundancer 250
    5.0 L Bravo II MerCruiser
    So while still doing some repair work on my new 1997 sundancer 250 I started to work on repairing the screens and gaskets on the portlights. I read a bunch of posts on here and ordered P100-04-RETRO for my replacement parts. However after taking out the old gasket and screen the new gasket doesn't fit. It fits in the frame just fine but sticks out too far and I cant close the window... any thoughts on this one? Do I have the wrong part?
     
  7. devildogae

    devildogae New Member

    21
    May 2, 2018
    1995 Sundancer 250DA
    5.7L Mercruiser w/Alpha One SEII6
    Just finished making a cockpit cover for my dancer. I'm in the process of making a Bimini cover as well. Here is the 99% finished product. F1.jpg F2.jpg
     
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  8. Will 55

    Will 55 New Member

    12
    Nov 3, 2018
    '87 230 Weekender
    5.7 L Alpha 1
    quadrajet 4 barrel

    Tow with: Ford Expedition 5.4L
    What is the last yr SeaRay 250 DA had a bow rail that encompassed a walk around ledge? (I really don't like the newer designs where the only way to access the bow is through the windshield). I've heard people say that Sea Ray experienced a decrease in quality, if so, what years did it happen in your opinion?
     
  9. stwischu

    stwischu Member

    82
    Jun 16, 2014
    St. Petersburg, FL
    98 250DA
    2005 Mercruiser MPI 5.0/ w B3
    I have a 98 250 and mine leak too. I have needed to replace them for 3 years now but havent found anyone to do it. I wont do it myself. I removed and re-sealed the top square porthole, installed new arms (previous broke) but the damn thing leaks. So I suck at that kind of work and will not attempt the portlights. My post has been useless I know. Have you completed the job?
     
  10. stwischu

    stwischu Member

    82
    Jun 16, 2014
    St. Petersburg, FL
    98 250DA
    2005 Mercruiser MPI 5.0/ w B3
    My '98 has the rail and ledge. The ledge is so narrow, it's barely as wide as my foot so trying to walk along that is like just asking to fall off the boat. I always use the windshield to get to the bow and anchor.
     
  11. stwischu

    stwischu Member

    82
    Jun 16, 2014
    St. Petersburg, FL
    98 250DA
    2005 Mercruiser MPI 5.0/ w B3
    Anyone in the St. Pete, FL area know where I could get portlights re-bedded? Preferably a mobile mechanic, not a Sea ray dealership.
     
  12. devildogae

    devildogae New Member

    21
    May 2, 2018
    1995 Sundancer 250DA
    5.7L Mercruiser w/Alpha One SEII6
    Did you ever get those digitized?
     
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  13. Blt2rok

    Blt2rok New Member

    7
    Feb 27, 2019
    1988 250 sundancer.
    260 mercruiser
    Could someone with an 87 or around that year get me some dimensions on their fuel tank. Mine was swapped out for a 30 gallon and I'm pretty limited on my cruising range.
     
  14. Chuck Benslay

    Chuck Benslay New Member

    21
    Feb 1, 2019
    Indianapolis
    1996 250 Sundancer
    5.7L Bravo II
    Hello all! I'm fairly new here, but have been doing a lot of reading. We just purchased a 1996 250 Sundancer and took it out for the first time this past Saturday. I ran into a few issues and I am hoping some of you can help or at least put my mind at ease!
    • I cannot get the entertainment radio to come on. I checked all of the switches and pushed what I assume is a breaker at the helm under all of the switches.
    • At 3300 RPM the boat would do about 23 MPH. Does that sound right? Seems a little low.
    • The switch on the throttle to raise the drive does not work. It will go down just fine and it will raise when the "trailer" button is pressed. Bad switch?
    • The trim tabs take some getting used to! It was kinda scary at first the way it leaned over. I thought I was heeled over sailing again!
    • I only have 1 set of keys. I saw that I can order the cabin door key with the correct code. Where can I get another ignition key? It has a replacement motor, but the ignition looks like it's original
    Sorry for the 20 questions!

    Thanks,
     
  15. Chuck Benslay

    Chuck Benslay New Member

    21
    Feb 1, 2019
    Indianapolis
    1996 250 Sundancer
    5.7L Bravo II
    No responses, so I'm going to post some questions in other areas. That's the only reason I'll double post. I'll give it a little while longer begire posting again though.

    Thanks,
     
  16. Blt2rok

    Blt2rok New Member

    7
    Feb 27, 2019
    1988 250 sundancer.
    260 mercruiser
    Sometimes radios have an inline fuse. Take the radio out and it should be in the harness close to the radio. Get a test light and see if you have power to the radio there.

    That's about how mine runs at 3300.

    I'd think the switch is bad.

    I had the same response to my tabs. First boat with them.

    Not sure about keys. Try a locksmith.
     
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  17. Chuck Benslay

    Chuck Benslay New Member

    21
    Feb 1, 2019
    Indianapolis
    1996 250 Sundancer
    5.7L Bravo II
    Thanks Blt2rok!

    I should've thought about an inline fuse. I'll check that.
    I wonder where or if I can get a replacement switch on that throttle. I'll ask around about that.

    Thanks,
     
  18. devildogae

    devildogae New Member

    21
    May 2, 2018
    1995 Sundancer 250DA
    5.7L Mercruiser w/Alpha One SEII6
    Mine will do 25 at 3200 trimmed all the way up with two adults and full tanks, less with more people.

    The trim up button only works if the solenoid for the up switch is working. Check it out and also the trim limit switch on the outdrive has to be set correct or it thinks it's to far up.

    Trim tabs scared me several times, still learning them, second season with the boat.

    I'm curious about the keys also. The ignition on mine is standard any boat. I need to replace my cabin lock. Way overpriced!
     
  19. CajunColt

    CajunColt New Member

    5
    Oct 5, 2018
    Sundancer 250
    5.0 L Bravo II MerCruiser
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 250. I'm going through and want to replace all cabin bulbs with new LEDs. Anyone know what replacement bulbs I should be getting? Thanks in advance
     
  20. Chuck Benslay

    Chuck Benslay New Member

    21
    Feb 1, 2019
    Indianapolis
    1996 250 Sundancer
    5.7L Bravo II
    Thanks Devildogae. Any idea how many gallons per hour you burn at that RPM / speed? We are planning a long weekend with some sightseeing and was trying to figure out what our fuel costs might be. I've heard anywhere from 1 mile per gallon to 5 miles per gallon...

    Thanks,
     

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