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  1. Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    As Henry Boyd suggested in another thread we should have a dedicated 280DA thread. I agree whole heartedly.

    When I had my 240DA I enjoyed that ongoing thread and learned quite a bit about the boat from it.

    We already know that the 280 Sundancer is one of Sea Ray's finest and has few flaws. That said I'm sure I will learn much more from our fellow 280 owners, especially Doug (Presentation) and this thread will be there for the future 280 pilots to ask and learn from.

    So let's do our best to share and converse to keep this one going.

    Greg & Cherie, 2004 280 Sundancer 496 MAG "Cherie Amour"
    http://gredmer.blogspot.com Visit my new blog.
    1977 Sea Ray SRV240
    1987 Sea Ray 270DA
    2007 Sea Ray 240DA

  2. Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Ok, I'll start.

    Question #1,
    My 240 has extremely easy and fluid power steering. You could steer with one finger. The 280 has much stiffer steering and the previous owner told me that was the way since day 1.
    I recently saw a boatest video and the talking head said the steering was effortless, or something to that effect.

    What are your observations.
    Mine is single engine for what it's worth.

    Greg & Cherie, 2004 280 Sundancer 496 MAG "Cherie Amour"
    http://gredmer.blogspot.com Visit my new blog.
    1977 Sea Ray SRV240
    1987 Sea Ray 270DA
    2007 Sea Ray 240DA

  3. #3
    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
    1,697

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Not sure about the steering effort between the two boats, but on the subject, I replaced the fluid in my steering pump after about 50-60 hours and would recommend other to check it. The fluid I had in my pump had become very dark and seemed to lack viscosity. Pumped it out with a turkey baster and refilled with new stuff. For those with 2 engines, the starboard side is the one that is used.
    Previous Boats
    2004 280 Sundancer, T 5.0/BIII
    1998 21' Bayliner Capri

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Creve Coeur, MO
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    03 280 Sundancer Kohler 5 KW Gen. 95 13' Boston Whaler Dauntless
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3 MPI Alpha 1 Gen 2
    Posts
    1,137

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    My steering is actually easier than in my 240. In the 240 it got a bit stiff when the engine was at idle.

    If the starboard side PS pump controls the steering on the twin engine boat what does the port side pump do?
    Fred

    2003 280 Sundancer Twin 4.3 MPI's W/ A-1's
    Kohler 5.0 KW

  5. Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Thanks for the responses. Guess I'll have to talk with the mechanic and see what's up.

    Greg & Cherie, 2004 280 Sundancer 496 MAG "Cherie Amour"
    http://gredmer.blogspot.com Visit my new blog.
    1977 Sea Ray SRV240
    1987 Sea Ray 270DA
    2007 Sea Ray 240DA

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    New York City
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1996 450DA, TNT, Caribe dink w/15hp OB.
    Engine(s)
    3126 427HP TD transmissions
    Posts
    7,248

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Good point, I haven't changed the fluid in mine, I don't think it's ever been changed. One more thing on my todo list.

    The wheel is easy for me to turn, at least no harder than my jeep.

    I would like to see some pics of shelves put in some of the storage areas. I'm about to start drilling and before I do that, I would like to see some other ideas.

    I've kept my junky tv alive this year with my iphone. put movies on the iphone and play it through to the tv. so far so good until I find a better option. I just bought a new laptop and I think i'm going to retire my 12" powerbook to the boat. not sure how i'm going to mount it to the lazy Suzan, still in planning stage.

    I would also be interested in anyone that has an autopilot installed on their 280 and how it works. Also real world numbers on cruising at 10mphish and the fuel burn at this speed. I don't have a smartcraft read out but it seems like my boat sips gas at this speed and I wouldn't be against installing an autopilot if it works and the numbers crunch.

    I'm sure that i'll think of a hundred more questions.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    Engine(s)
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    Posts
    4,404

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Current 280 Sundancer

    Strengths:
    Great lines / profile
    Great cabin and cockpit layout
    Big swim platform for this size boat. The swim platform completely covers the drives even when the drives are up all the way. This makes is safer for kids to jump off the swim platform.
    This boat does many things well



    Weaknesses:
    Gas tank is too small at 100 gallons. I’d like to see 150
    No room at the helm for flush mounted screens like a radar or multi function center
    Needs more cockpit storage
    The boat attracts blonds who sprawl out on the swim platform. See above post for a example. Or wait, is that a strength?
    Last edited by Presentation; 06-27-2008 at 05:22 AM.
    2003 280 Sundancer twin 5.0 BIII
    Westerbeke MPV Gen added Feb '08
    Presentation

    Where we're going we don't need roads-Emmit Brown a.k.a Doc

  8. Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Presentation View Post
    Current 280 Sundancer

    The boat attracts blonds who sprawl out on the swim platform. See above post for a example. Or wait, is that a strength?
    She's photoshopped. She's really the twin sister of Gary's wife.

    Greg & Cherie, 2004 280 Sundancer 496 MAG "Cherie Amour"
    http://gredmer.blogspot.com Visit my new blog.
    1977 Sea Ray SRV240
    1987 Sea Ray 270DA
    2007 Sea Ray 240DA

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Above Cape Ann
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    02' 280 DA
    Engine(s)
    496 w BIII
    Posts
    4,014

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleTone View Post
    I would like to see some pics of shelves put in some of the storage areas. I'm about to start drilling and before I do that, I would like to see some other ideas.

    Mike,

    I am planning to make templates for adding shelves to the 'closets' by the V berth this weekend.

    Our V berth is pretty much assembled full time and I have given thought to building a false front to block off the area under the table top. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

    Our boat didn't come with the TV, but have seen them and they consume a heck of a lot valuable storage space.

    Henry
    Ciao Bella - '02 280 DA - 496 MAG B III
    Air Bella - '07 Zodiac Fastroller -T 6' Alu & Plastic Oars


    ​MMSI 338130198


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    Boat
    Sea Ray.... Duh
    Details
    2003 320 Sundancer & 2012 185 Sport & 2007 Pro-Line 20 Sport
    Engine(s)
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1 & 135 Honda OB
    Posts
    2,382

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    I have carpet templates the the following on file at snapincarpte.com should anyone be interested. They turned out quite nicely.

    Transom pass through
    bathroom floor
    companionway steps (3)

    Keep us posted on shelves, that's on my short list of porjects

    Current boat 2003 320 DA Jimi Thing III 6.2L Close Cooled w/ V-Drives
    and 2012 185 Sport WEE RAY
    and 2007 Pro-Line 20 Sport My Wave
    Lt. Dan

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