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  1. #4261
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Annapolis
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2006 280 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Twin Merc 4.3L MPI Bravo III's
    Posts
    27

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Unfortunately I don't have photos and didn't see it. Surveyor saw it this morning since it was on blocks, I didn't look at it in great detail when I saw the boat and just noticed that there are no photos of them online. Just curious on peoples thoughts.

  2. #4262
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Western Australia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    280 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3 V6, Kohler 5E generator
    Posts
    119
    Bravo III drives are known for corrosion issues, if in doubt get it checked by mercruiser tech, in bad cases they can need to be replaced if its just minor then a bit of refinishing may be all that is required
    Any other CSR members in Western Australia?

    "There is NOTHING--absolutey nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" (Ratty - Wind in the Willows)

    ABYC certified Marine Electrician

  3. #4263
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Annapolis
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2006 280 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Twin Merc 4.3L MPI Bravo III's
    Posts
    27

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Thank you all for the feedback.

  4. #4264
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Knoxville,TN
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    280 Sundancer 2005
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
    Posts
    23

    Re: Newbie

    Just closed on a 2005 280 Sundancer last week. Took "Miss Millie" out for the first time last Sunday and it was such a HUGE relief to finally say we were the new owners. First time backing into the slip was a little tricky, but so many people offered such great advice so it only required one turn-around! Ha! That noted, we plan to celebrate this weekend (Memorial Day) by staying out for 2-3 days. It seems like our packing list keeps growing, but I'm interested in knowing if there's anything that you would recommend to NOT FORGET?? I'm so paranoid over things like batteries running down or the CO build-up within the cabin. Am I paranoid or just trying to be a good, safe boater? Either way, I just want to have a great time with the DW and not screw this weekend up. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated - even the most common sense ones!!

  5. #4265
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Candlewood Lake, CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2003 280 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    496MAG w/genset
    Posts
    783

    Re: Newbie

    Lots of luck with the new boat, and welcome to CSR. One thing that I always carry is one of those battery booster packs. I have one at home and one on the boat. Also, how old are the batteries? That was the first thing I had to replace in my boat, and might not be a bad idea to start with a fresh set of batteries. I buy the Costco marine batteries, and they are a good value. I had used Optima on prior boats, but heard their quality has gone down. Anyway, enjoy the 280.

    Oh, I hear you about the hard time backing in the slip. Mine is a single screw, and I'd sure love a bow thruster for those windy days.
    2003 280DA - 496MAG & Kohler genset

  6. #4266
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    St. Petersburg Florida
    Boat
    280 Sundancer
    Details
    2005 280 Sundancer 2004 SPD-104 Achilles w/ 8hp Yamaha
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3 MPI's with Alpha drives.
    Posts
    3,266

    Re: Newbie

    I'd get 1 or 2 of the portable CO detectors if you're going to run the genny at night. Don't rely soley on the hardwired one that came with the boat. Alot of ice and beers are a no brainer!


    Proud Inagural Memebr of the HOLE IN THE WATER Club!
    Previous boats:
    1998 Yamaha GP 800 Jetski
    1998 215 Aquasport Explorer
    1995 180 Pro-Sport
    1969 Sea King 14' Tri-Hull

  7. #4267
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Somers Point, NJ
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    "On Vacation" 2006 40 Sundancer E120 Radar & Garmin 5208
    Engine(s)
    QSB5.9 380 Cummins
    Posts
    1,703

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigb View Post
    Hey Everyone,

    I'm getting a "non critical engine alarm" for "Engine Trim Sensor." When i click more info it reads engine trim sensor not working properly. Its only the starboard engine and only comes on when I go above 4,000 RPM's or make a sharper turn. Anyone have experience with this?
    Usually this means the trim sensors need to be replaced. We had the same problem on our 280. Everything worked but the error got annoying. I had the dealer install new pucks as part of the end-of-year maintenance as the boat needs to be out of the water for this.
    Previous Boats
    2004 280 Sundancer, T 5.0/BIII
    1998 21' Bayliner Capri

  8. #4268
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Lake Winnipesaukee, NH
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2001 280 Sundancer "120 over 80"
    Engine(s)
    6.2L Merc Bravo 3
    Posts
    5

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Just purchased a 2001 280 and during inspection found the sliding window above the aft berth to be very hard to slide. Any recommendations for the right lube? Silicone spray?
    Thanks

  9. #4269
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Knoxville,TN
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    280 Sundancer 2005
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
    Posts
    23

    Re: Newbie

    Ice and beer.......no worries. They were the first thing on the list!! Went round and round on the CO detectors - marine versus house. Bottom line, I got another one and feel good about it. My survey recommended replacing the hardwired one, but that one will come with the next month's budget!

  10. #4270
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Knoxville,TN
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    280 Sundancer 2005
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
    Posts
    23

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Hate to ask this one as it really seems too stinking simple. How do you change the light bulbs on the swivel lights? Do you pop the clear, plastic cover off the front or is there another secret to getting to the bulb? Cue the "how many boaters does it take to change a light bulb" jokes..................

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