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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. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Flagler Beach, FL
    Boat
    SeaRAy
    Details
    280 Sundancer 2002, "Beach Runner"
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3's
    Posts
    42

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Fred,

    How do you flush your engines after use? Mine is on a lift and I can not access the drives to use muffs.

    Thanks,

    Sea No Evil

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Boston MA
    Boat
    Sea Ray 280 DA
    Details
    280 Sundancer Raymarine E80
    Engine(s)
    Twin Bravo III 5.0's Fresh water cooled
    Posts
    5

    New Boat Owner:280 DA Owner

    hey all.

    just closed on a 2007 280DA. I have been browsing the forums for the last several months and obtained lots of great information about that model.. This is my first boat and definately looking forward to getting it out on the water in a few weeks. Just wanted to introduce myself and let you all know you can probably expect many questions in the near future..

    Thanks again

    safe boating to all..

    j

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wayzata, MN
    Boat
    Cobalt
    Details
    1997 232 BR
    Engine(s)
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    Posts
    3,617

    Re: New Boat Owner:280 DA Owner

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea STAT View Post
    hey all.

    just closed on a 2007 280DA. I have been browsing the forums for the last several months and obtained lots of great information about that model.. This is my first boat and definately looking forward to getting it out on the water in a few weeks. Just wanted to introduce myself and let you all know you can probably expect many questions in the near future..

    Thanks again

    safe boating to all..

    j
    Welcome aboard! You're in the right place....congrats!

    Rob
    Founder of BoatingSuite.com


    Previous Sea Rays:
    2008 280 Sundancer (496 MAG, BIII, Gen) - SOLD
    2008 240 Sundeck (350 MAG, BIII) - SOLD

  8. 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

  9. #9
    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.

  10. #10
    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

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