The official '99-'04 260DA Sundancer thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Nehalennia, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Don Hardison

    Don Hardison Member

    38
    Jul 19, 2018
    2002 Sundancer 260
    5.0 Mercruiser Bravo III
    On the helm windlass control how does it operate? The rocker switch appears to be two position, then toggle is up/down?
     
  2. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    The toggle switch would be Anchor up - Anchor down. There may also be a master on/off switch. No to many boats had the factory windlass so it is possible it is aftermarket. If that's the case you can always hope it was wired right. Do you have foot switches on the bow? They would more than likely be wired into the same contactor (relay) that the helm switch is.

    If these do not operate the windlass then look for the master on/off switch. If it is not at the helm then look in the engine compartment near to the batteries.

    -Kevin
     
  3. Hotel Guy

    Hotel Guy New Member

    11
    Nov 15, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    2001 Sundancer 260
    350 Mercruiser 5.7L w/Bravo III
    Hi guys, I’m in the process of purchasing a 2001 Sundancer 260. It has 780 hours on it (5.7 Mercruiser) and is visually in amazing shape for its age. The fiberglass and gel coat is in great shape, the vinyl looks bright and new with no tears, the interior is in great shape, and everything appears to be well maintained and in excellent condition. The engine bay is spotless as well. I am in the process of scheduling a sea trial and survey within the next two weeks, and if everything checks out, I will be a first time boat owner. Can’t wait.

    That said, I wanted to reach out to the experts here and see if you guys had any recommendations or tips or advice on any areas I should be focused before purchasing, during the sea trial, or during the survey (reminder, 780 hours). I’ve read the majority of this thread, but wanted to ask anyways. I’m in the process of getting the full maintenance records, but the exhaust manifolds and risers were replaced this past season.

    Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2019
  4. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Just pick a good surveyor and they will walk you through everything. Biggest thing for me would be to check the manifolds age/condition especially in salt and to look for corrosion if you have Bravo 3s. Keep in mind the engine inspection is separate from the survey.

    -Kevin
     
  5. Don Hardison

    Don Hardison Member

    38
    Jul 19, 2018
    2002 Sundancer 260
    5.0 Mercruiser Bravo III
    Hey can you tell me how you pulled the head unit out?

    Don
     
  6. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    The Clarion unit has two silver cover panels on the left and the right. Pop those off carefully and the mounting screws are behind them. The unit will then slide out. For better access to items behind it you may need to remove the DC panel for access. Just be careful of the AC power nearby.

    -Kevin
     
  7. Don Hardison

    Don Hardison Member

    38
    Jul 19, 2018
    2002 Sundancer 260
    5.0 Mercruiser Bravo III
    Thank you
     
  8. FishOn

    FishOn Member

    61
    May 2, 2018
    2000 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser w/ Bravo3
    Definitely take a close look at the B3 outdrive. Make sure you keep an eye on this (via haul out, not from swim step) and replace anodes frequently if needed. You may want to paint it as well with primecon/trilux 33. I'm doing this now after mistakes I made last season. You'll love the boat though. Congratulations!
     
  9. FishOn

    FishOn Member

    61
    May 2, 2018
    2000 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser w/ Bravo3
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Questions about drives, and such, have nothing to do with the boat. I recommended this thread to you because the info in this thread is specific to the model you have. It makes for good reading.

    About the drive comparison - google will return lot's of info on that - as well as searching this forum for previous threads on the subject. But it's OK to talk about that stuff in this thread, as well.
     
  11. FishOn

    FishOn Member

    61
    May 2, 2018
    2000 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser w/ Bravo3
    That was supposed to read b3 vs b2. It was spell corrected for some reason. I was hoping to find someone on here that may have converted and would share their experiences in regards to performance on this specific model as well as corrosion issues in the salt that may have been resolved. I did search for quite a while and didn't find anything, surprisingly.
     
  12. PatrickM

    PatrickM New Member

    29
    Sep 8, 2018
    Pawcatuck, CT, USA
    2004 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    350 MPI Mercruiser Bravo III
    My current anchor is a 13# Danforth which is too light. Parts list shows original equipment was a 25# plow. Thinking of replacing my anchor with a 22# Delta. Any advice? What do you have? Boating area is coastal LI Sound.
     
  13. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    If you have a true Danforth anchor of that weight and it's not working for you, you're likely just not setting it properly. That anchor would be suited for a larger boat than yours. I'll assume you have some chain, which helps - but successful anchoring can be done with just rope. You just have to make sure you are using enough scope - using a plow anchor would require the same technique. Read up on that - 3:1 to 5:1 for normal conditions.

    However, yes, a 22# Delta plow will be more than sufficient.

    "The best anchor" is a very opinion-based question. There is no one, best answer. I'd say save your money and just work on anchoring the proper way.
     
  14. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Personally, I'm not aware of anyone that converted to a B2 from B3 and I've seen a lot of things over the years. Not that I've seen everything, of course - but you're taking a step backwards.

    As I mentioned in your other thread about your corrosion, you've really only got paint lifting with VERY minor corrosion at this point. From the picture you had posted, nothing worries me about the condition. Properly painting your drive will, of course, be a step in this process. But you need to figure out WHY that happened in the first place - it's either from neglect, improper anodes, failing mercathode or a hot dock. If you take care of those things, and just do some regular, preventative maintenance, the B3 will be just fine. There are thousands and thousands of them out there doing very well.

    Pull your props off and check there, as well.

    Where are you located?
     
  15. PatrickM

    PatrickM New Member

    29
    Sep 8, 2018
    Pawcatuck, CT, USA
    2004 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    350 MPI Mercruiser Bravo III
    Thanks, agree with all the above.
     
  16. eyebalz

    eyebalz New Member

    11
    Nov 14, 2009
    somers point
    1999 260 Dancer
    Bravo III
    I posted this on another thread but I thought I should repost here. I replaced my quack horn with a Stebel 11690019 - Nautilus Compact Mini Air Horn Black. About $27. You can search on Amazon for it. So far I highly recommend it. No more quack. A real air horn sound.
     
  17. PatrickM

    PatrickM New Member

    29
    Sep 8, 2018
    Pawcatuck, CT, USA
    2004 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    350 MPI Mercruiser Bravo III
    A lot of motorcyclist use their horns. Did you have any difficulty mounting it?
     
  18. eyebalz

    eyebalz New Member

    11
    Nov 14, 2009
    somers point
    1999 260 Dancer
    Bravo III
    No not at all. Mounted in the old bracket space
     
  19. PatrickM

    PatrickM New Member

    29
    Sep 8, 2018
    Pawcatuck, CT, USA
    2004 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    350 MPI Mercruiser Bravo III
    Thanks, mine is shot, think I'll give it a try.
     
  20. WelikeithereonShuswap

    WelikeithereonShuswap New Member

    27
    Oct 14, 2018
    260 Sundancer 2002, 5Kw Gen, Standard-horizon CPN700i GPS/Plotter cw FF525 sounder
    Merc 5.0 MPI, w Bravo III Drive
    Bravo3 question, last Nov 2018, gear oil drained and changed in leg, leg and gear oil reservoir filled and showing at full mark, just pulled boat out of dry winter storage.
    NO oil what so ever showing in remote reservoir.
    Could not find any oil in bilge or on outer surface of leg.. ???
    Any ideas as to how or where oil can go?? this really has me worried, it will be a week or two before the lake launch.
     

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