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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Stratford, CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1988 300 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    Twin FWC 5.7 Mercruisers
    Posts
    2,619
    Yup, would much rather find the problem in the driveway than at the ramp...
    ~Mark~
    "Sea For Two"
    1988 300WE Twin FWC 5.7's
    Shelton, CT

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    Engine(s)
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Posts
    1,991
    Not a bad idea.
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
    http://www.condo.eworldz.com/

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Stratford, CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1988 300 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    Twin FWC 5.7 Mercruisers
    Posts
    2,619
    A few times the kids (they are easier to blame) would leave the radio on or an interior light...

    A little story... (drain plug)

    Came in from an outing on a Saturday afternoon, we knew we were going back out on Sunday after church. Saturday we left everything as is when we got home. Sunday get to the ramp, while floating the boat off and tieing up to the dock, I hear a steady stream of water... I hop in the boat, open the hatch and water is pouring in...
    Get the boat back on the trailer and the drain plug is gone...
    I had another so not a big deal...

    Get back home from a great day on the water. I'm greeted by my father-in-law, who proceeds to tell me that I forgot to take the drain plug out yesterday, so he removed it...

    After a calm and polite... don't ever touch anything on the boat... taught me to look EVERY time!
    ~Mark~
    "Sea For Two"
    1988 300WE Twin FWC 5.7's
    Shelton, CT

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    Engine(s)
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Posts
    1,991
    Helpful in-laws. I better leave it at that.
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
    http://www.condo.eworldz.com/

  5. #15
    You might also add, if you have never owned a boat before, make sure you know all the ins and outs of the boat before you set off. We took the boat out for the first time yesterday, and I asked several times if I needed to do anything to start the boat. I was told no. It will start right up. Well it didnt. We had to pull the boat out of the water, and met a guy from the dealor down the road at a different launch ramp. The small thing they never told me was about the button to push so you can give it gas without it being in gear. I was a little ticked, but we got on the water and had a great time. Now I read something about flushing the engine out. How do I do this, and should it be done after every trip to the lake?
    _____________________________
    Eric
    2007 185 sport
    3.0 135 hp
    stereo upgrade w/ remote at helm
    Bolster seats upgrade

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Charlotte, N.C.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2006 185 Sport
    Engine(s)
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Posts
    3,916
    SeaRay Sport you may want to make another posting about helpful information for a new boat owner and any questions that you may have. One piece of advise I think that is always offered to a new boat owner asking questions is you should read, re-read, and re-read your owners manuals that came with your boat. It will help to explain alot of the questions that a new boat owner will face. Like how to start, maintain, use, etc. Second I would suggest that you search CSR for topics and read and learn as much as you can on the board, third ask plenty of questions (best idea is to start a topic because not everyone will see questions buried in another posting) and you should be good to go.

    Example if you do a search for flushing you will find alot of information. Flushing is mainly for salt water boaters to get the salt out of the engine to properly maintain the engine.

    Sorry to hear about your trouble with starting the boat. I can not locate the posting but I made a posting the other day about it for someone that had I think a 200 sport. For us when we take the boat out for the first time on the weekend and it has not been started in a while. We usually have to use the neutral switch. First I try to crank without it. Second I hit the neutral switch and push the throttle to full throttle then right back to neutral and turn the switch. If it does not crank I do it again. Have never had to pump more than twice. Once you crank for the first time that weekend usually do not have to do it again just turn key and it will crank right up.

    Again though I would get very familiar with boat manuals that came with your boat. It will explain most of the new boat information that you are looking for but if you have a question about anything you read just post a topic and one of the people that have experience or have run into the same thing as you will respond with a posting about it.

    Two of the questions that I asked when I first joined SRO (which is no longer available) first one was about launching and reloading; the second was tips for docking and beaching. Both were the two things that made me nervous and every one went out of their way to make me comfortable with it.

    When you ask a question there is a good chance that someone else out there has the same question but has not asked. Everyone is here to help!!!
    Wesley
    2006 Sea Ray 185 Sport; 4.3L 190HP
    Alpha One
    Charlotte, North Carolina


  7. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1996 Sundancer 250
    Engine(s)
    single 5.7 w Bravo III
    Posts
    415
    Quote Originally Posted by First Born
    Boat prior to pulling out of garage:

    Drive is up in trailer position
    Bimini top is down (don't even want to explain)
    Garage door is open.
    Chazaroo
    "Slow Dance"
    1996 Sundancer 250
    5.7L Bravo III

  8. #18
    Nav charts, unless your in water that you know like the back of your hand.....
    1995 200OV Sea Ray
    'Noah was a boater'

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Boat
    Searay
    Details
    220 Sundeck 2007
    Engine(s)
    350 MAG w/Bravo III
    Posts
    950

    Re: Departure Check List

    Boat things to check (prior to tailoring):

    - turn battery power to 'off' and/or lock the swivel on the capt's seat.

    (Long story about the seat swiveling while in-transit and the trim cycling to the full down position). Thanks again to skeg guard for saving me the cost of a new lower unit!
    2007 220 Sundeck - Timmy Bahama
    350 MAG Bravo III
    Home Port: Union Lake, Michigan
    Port Of Departure: Holland, Michigan
    Tim

  10. Re: Departure Check List

    Our dealer told us we didn't need to flush the engine on our 185 Sport and we never have - we wash it down after each run - we are in salt water so we do it very carefully. Our manual told us HOW to flush but we were told several times there was no need. Should I go give our dealer and the mechanics a piece of my mind?
    David & Ellen
    Dotty Sea - 185 Sport
    Sag Harbor

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