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Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by boltman, Jan 20, 2007.
Thanks for posting, going to need this upgrade information soon.
I have the same engine/tranny setup. Can you remove to the cool fuel unit without having to remove the manifolds? This bilge is really hard to work around...
Also what are you rpms and speed at cruising speed? and do you know your gph or nmpg?
I believe you can remove the cool fuel, my mechanic has it out right now but I have not seen what else he removed. I know he removed the water pump, and all the pulleys, but that was after he removed the cool fuel. Not sure how many of the exhaust hoses he removed, those are probably relatively easy to take on and off though. 99% certain he did not remove the risers/manifolds since he is not removing anything with coolant in it (to my knowledge)
Yes, you can remove both CF modules without removing anything else. I’ve done it without even removing an exhaust tube. I have an 05 but I believe same setup.
Has anyone replaced the rubber gaskets around the two small windows in the middle of the windshield on the 320 as shown in the pic? If so, where did you purchase them, do you have the item order #, and, how did you do the upper window? The lower one would be easy as the glass opens up accessing the gasket, but the upper one I'm not sure about.
Welcome to the 320 club!
Hey everyone. I’m looking at getting my first ‘biggish’ boat and it may be a 320. I’ve had a bowrider and grew up with my parents having a cruiser, so I’m not completely naive to the game, just slightly. I’m posting on this forum because I’m having a bit of a conundrum. I’m thinking that since this is my first biggish boat, to go older so if we decide it’s not for us after a season or two, we aren’t absolutely destroyed by depreciation (just painfully tickled). A Bush era 320 seems to fit the bill of still being a nice boat, but at the bottom half of its depreciation curve. However, on anything that’s 10-15 years old, if the previous owner didn’t already deal with the Gremlins and fix them, they’re coming, and I don’t want to turn myself and my wife off of boating for life, which has me considering that it may be worth it to pay a bit more for a newer boat.
I realize that all boats will have their maintenance, especially because mine will be sitting in a Los Angeles marina, but I’m not sure I want to sign up for things like replacing appliances, black water hoses, and chasing down a fuse every weekend I want to use the thing. What’s been your experience with this vintage of 320 (mid-2000’s)? Do you think getting a bit newer will stave off the gremlins, or am I just paying more for the same issues? I’m looking at V-Drives exclusively, there are some used Cruisers Yachts at the top end of my range that have IPS pods, but good Lord, I can learn to dock a bigger boat to avoid those costs.
I have a 2003 and other than stuff you would expect from a 15 yr old engine and fridge, it's been fantastic. Any boat will have maintenance items. With a good survey and your wife's eye for detail (they all have it) you should not worry about an early 00's boat. Just don't go too early or you get the white interior.
i have had mine for 2 years now (07 320). Initially, the main issues were: Fuel pump relays and relay harnesses, water pressure sensors, and IACs. Just recently, the water pump failed, and that was pretty costly (750$ part, lots of labor, and failed over time causing lots of rust). We also had a hose bust. Outside of that, I have replaced the cabin stereo, cockpit faucet, and cockpit Fridge, but they were not failing items, just did not look really good. However, I would do it again, and so would the wife.
Cali Dreaming- I have had mine for the last 3 years. I got an excellent deal and knew I would be replacing some stuff. On a 10+ year boat you will be replacing a lot of stuff unless the previous owner took really good care of it. The most important thing is to get a good hull survey and mechanical survey, and be there for the surveys. Get any paperwork detailing what has been done to the boat and when. Always be prepared to spend boat dollars. If things check out in the survey but you don't have paperwork for maintenance items have a 100 hour service done. Good luck and enjoy.
My 2005 boat has the tiny cockpit ice maker, and it doesn't work well. Anyone do the research to identify what options there are to either:
replace it with another ice maker (OEM or aftermarket)
replace it with a fridge (what is a good option and how much bigger the hole needs to be)
Thanks for the help!
I replaced my cockpit fridge with this one. The opening was 15.25” wide 21.0” tall. Replaced with Norcold universal from west marine, I can get you the part number if needed.
That looks great! I did a quick search on WM website and can't seem to find the exact same one. I did find one that is similar though. If it's not too much trouble, could you please get me that part #?
Did you wire it for AC and DC just like the galley fridge?
Thanks for the help!
AC and DC, the AC was easy, there was a normal outlet to plug it into. The DC was just cut the wires on the old, then butt connect with the new ones. Looking up part number now...
This is it: 1.7ft^3, Norcold universal.
And keep a bottle of WD40, and spray the stainless steel down eafter each trip. Removes the slight rust you eventually get if you don’t treat it. AND get someone to help you put it in! I did it by myself, not a good decision.
On my 350’s the CF are right next to the stringer under the stbd manifold. Are yours there too?
I am searching for the bottom gasket myself. Hope to hear someone with a solution
Same setup. You can remove the exhaust tube for more access and it may save you some time but it can be down with tube in place. There are 4 bolts holding the cf module.