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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    North GA Mountains
    Boat
    Sea Ray (Everything else is Just a Boat)
    Details
    Looking For Next One
    Engine(s)
    Looking For Next One
    Posts
    7,605

    Re: Departure Check List

    Quote Originally Posted by Dotty Sea View Post
    Our dealer told us we didn't need to flush the engine on our 185 Sport and we never have - ...... Should I go give our dealer and the mechanics a piece of my mind?
    Sounds like they are looking for future work to me. I think I would find a new mechanic myself.

    Previous Boat:
    2006 240 SunDeck, MS Judy, 350 MAG BR3
    North GA Mountains http://www.ssg-i.com

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Charlotte, N.C.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2006 185 Sport
    Engine(s)
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Posts
    3,900

    Re: Departure Check List

    Quote Originally Posted by Dotty Sea View Post
    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?
    Wesley
    2006 Sea Ray 185 Sport; 4.3L 190HP
    Alpha One
    Charlotte, North Carolina


  3. #23
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Nashville, TN
    Boat
    between boats
    Details
    Boatless
    Engine(s)
    Boatless
    Posts
    885

    Re: Departure Check List

    Get a float for your boat keys and another for your car/truck keys, if you keep them separate.

    My wife taught me a little trick for packing a change of clothes for an overnight. Put them in a large (one or two gallon size) zip-lock freezer bag, and squeeze the air out before sealing the closure (sitting on it works well). The bag with clothes in it will stay dry, and takes up much less room.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Niceville, FL
    Boat
    Searay
    Details
    270 DA
    Engine(s)
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    Posts
    94

    Re: Departure Check List

    Dotty - You have to flush your motor with fresh water after every dip in salt water. You will likely have some rust/corrosion issues in your future.
    1997 Sundancer 270, 7.4 Mercruiser LX EFI, Bravo III DP

  5. #25
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Odessa, FL
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    2006 SeaRay Sundeck 240
    Engine(s)
    5.0MPI Mercruiser w/ Bravo III
    Posts
    2,450

    Re: Departure Check List

    Quote Originally Posted by Dotty Sea View Post
    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?
    You should ask your dealer for a new boat since they told you the quickest way to destroy it.
    2006 Sea Ray Sundeck 240
    MERCRUISER 5.0L MPI BR3 (260 PHP)
    2006 Nissan Titan Crew Cab LE

  6. #26

    Re: Departure Check List

    before departing, check and make sure that you have disengaged four wheel drive (in case you had engaged it to get up a slippery ramp)...don't drive home two hours with it engaged like I did last weekend. Ouch!

  7. #27

    Re: Departure Check List

    Checklist
    Embarking

    At the prep area
    remove and stow covers
    insert plug!
    Remove tow straps
    Remove trailering clips – ( raise the engine by clicking on trim button one time)
    Turn engine so that it is straight (should already be this way except for storage purposes?)
    Ladder up?
    Disconnect trailer lights and put 7-5 connector in the truck
    Turn on the blower!

    On the loading ramp
    In the vehicle
    Back boat into water until 7/8 of the wheel wells are submerged
    Put on parking brake
    disconnect winch hook and safety chain from U-hook
    shove boat off
    drive vehicle to parking – lock vehicle – (keys in pocket or on finger so that you don’t drop them in the water.)

    On the boat
    start engine as soon as outdrive is submerged
    Let it warm up for about 30 seconds.
    put boat in reverse and carefully back away from the dock

    Disembarking

    On the loading ramp
    drive trailer straight back until 7/8 of the wheel wells are submerged.
    drive boat up to the trailer – hook winch hook and safety chain hook
    shut off engine!
    Trim all the way up! (Lift engine out of water)
    pull boat slowly from water

    At the prep area
    gently remove drain plug
    towel off boat
    strap down the stern of the boat with trailer straps
    engine clips on hydraulics
    reconnect trailer lights
    close windshield for highway travel
    put on canvas?
    Turn off 4 wheel drive?

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Phoenix
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    210 Signature Series
    Engine(s)
    5.7 L Mercruiser w/ Alpha outdrive
    Posts
    5

    Re: Departure Check List

    Maybe Add:

    Prop wench and spare prop....Nothing worse then a five min fix to sending you home early
    Kevin Hall Maricopa, AZ (Phoenix)

    1997 210 Signature series 5.7L Merc

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ill River
    Boat
    Sea Ray & Boatel & Hurricane
    Details
    1974 Boatel 47 Islander 1997 Searay 27 Dancer 1985 Hurricane 18
    Engine(s)
    454,s and one 140HP
    Posts
    5

    Re: Departure Check List

    Tools and a Shop manual plus common spares on board, extra wire, spark plugs, fuel filter, belts, drive oil, motor oil, duct tape, electircal tape, wood plugs to fit all thru hull fittings, and if your boat is older, spare water pump, timming chain, fuel pump. these are only if you are traveling in remote areas, but carry them and they will never fail don't and they will. and don't forget tools to install any parts you carry!

  10. #30
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    South FL
    Boat
    Sea ray
    Details
    58 Sundancer 2 Raymarine 140W
    Engine(s)
    man900s
    Posts
    124

    Re: Departure Check List

    One quick question...what is the difference between a
    Super Moderator and just a moderator.

    Also how you become one.

    Mike

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