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Sea Ray 440 Express listing to starboard

Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by Gibsri, Sep 29, 2020.

  1. Gibsri

    Gibsri New Member

    18
    Aug 19, 2014
    Bc
    1995
    Cat
    I have a 1996 440 Express and she has listed to starboard since I have owned her (6 years). It has only been a minor annoyance but my winter project is to fix it. Today I discovered a bulkhead on the starboard side that is totally enclosed. It is about 10 feet long and would hold enough water to cause the list. does anyone know why this is enclosed? is there something in there? I am thinking of drilling a hole but do not want to drill unless I know safe to do so
     
  2. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    In for the results!
     
  3. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    When you bought it, did the surveyor not note the list and investigate it?
     
  4. ENstig8or

    ENstig8or Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    198
    Jun 4, 2013
    New Jersey/North Fort Myers, FL
    2003 Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge.....

    2016 Sea Ray 21 SPX BR
    Cummins 480CE (450)
    Mercruiser 4.3L (21 SPX)
    Couldn't a moisture meter tell if there is water in there? I wouldn't drill any holes that aren't absolutely necessary.
     
  5. Gibsri

    Gibsri New Member

    18
    Aug 19, 2014
    Bc
    1995
    Cat
    I was pointed out the list but was not worried.This was 6 years ago
     
  6. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    Really? That would have been a major red flag. These boats have cored hulls and are known to have leaks around the engine room vents. A wet hull full of water would be a culprit.
     
  7. Gibsri

    Gibsri New Member

    18
    Aug 19, 2014
    Bc
    1995
    Cat
    I am very happy with the boat that I bought and have had no issues other than a list to starboard. My question was simple-is there an easy way to get the water out. I spoke with SeaRay today and they have suggested drilling a 1/2 inch hole to top of chamber. If no foam, then drill a 1 inch hole and suck water out. If foam, then a 4-6 inch hole and remove the foam 4 inches across to bottom. Water will slowly accumulate in hole and a winter of vacuuming will dry it out.
     
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  8. Gibsri

    Gibsri New Member

    18
    Aug 19, 2014
    Bc
    1995
    Cat
    After speaking with SeaRay, they assured me that there would be no danger in drilling an inspection hole into the chamber. I did that today,and with a inspection camera expected to find wet foam, or water. Instead I found a VERY dry chamber..... any thoughts on why boat lists to starboard? I have tried the obvious moving things around and if anything, the port side is weighted more that the starboard sided....
     
  9. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    Are you sure your fuel is balanced?

    Do you have a picture?
     
  10. TonyQSC500

    TonyQSC500 Member

    78
    Jan 7, 2018
    Canton, Oh.
    sold 2007 44 sundancer. White hull with black stripe and canvas.
    Cummins QSC 500’s V-drives.
    I would be concerned with the cored hull. I would get a moisture meter and check the hull. The borsa cored hulls are plywood and can soak up water causing a list.
     
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  11. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    Exactly.
     
  12. mquiet

    mquiet Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    Has there been any addition of items ( batteries, inverter,..etc)
     

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