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  1. #2721
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Boat
    Supra, Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Saltare & 1987 300 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    454 direct drive; twin 350s
    Posts
    186

    Re: Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    Quote Originally Posted by H2ONUT View Post
    Is there water under the cabin step? How about in the small area in front of the batteries near the cabin door? Or is it only in the rear by the transom?
    is in the small bilge in front of the batteries. And a little under the engines. It's not under the steps in the cabin or in the back of the bilge at the transom. But I think this might be because all of those bilges are connected and I might have the nose of the boat slightly lower than the transom.
    --
    1987 300 Weekender


  2. #2722
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Shelton, CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2000 215EC
    Engine(s)
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    Posts
    2,649

    Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    I would guess your getting water from the anchor locker. Lift up the front v berth cushion and put a dry towel in there before it rains. If it gets wet after rain then there is the problem. I would also check the sliding windows on either side of the boat, I had a leak from the slider in the head.


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    "Tide the Knot"
    2000 215EC 5.0 EFI Alpha
    Shelton, CT



  3. #2723
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Boat
    Supra, Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Saltare & 1987 300 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    454 direct drive; twin 350s
    Posts
    186

    Re: Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    Quote Originally Posted by H2ONUT View Post
    I would guess your getting water from the anchor locker. Lift up the front v berth cushion and put a dry towel in there before it rains. If it gets wet after rain then there is the problem. I would also check the sliding windows on either side of the boat, I had a leak from the slider in the head.
    It's not the anchor locker. I resealed the anchor locker last year and regardless I have the cork in the drain on the bilge side so water couldn't get to the bilge anyway. I did check the front compartment under the v-berth and it's dry.

    However, I haven't considered that the leaking windows could be contributing to the water in the bilge. I replaced the port side window last year and I'm pretty sure that's not the issue. But the starboard window has not seen any attention and I know it gets water in the track that doesn't drain out. I could easily see it also leaking behind the frame and into the bilge area.

    We're supposed to get some rain tomorrow and I might be able to be in the boat while it's raining to see if I can figure it out. We'll see.
    --
    1987 300 Weekender


  4. #2724
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Shelton, CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2000 215EC
    Engine(s)
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    Posts
    2,649

    Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    Ok, curious to see if you get it figured out. Water leaks are a PITA to find.


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    "Tide the Knot"
    2000 215EC 5.0 EFI Alpha
    Shelton, CT



  5. #2725
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Engine(s)
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    Posts
    793

    Re: Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    It doesn't sound like much--if any--water is getting into the cockpit, but are the drain hoses from the deck secure and draining overboard as designed? I remember mention in a different thread that loose joints/cracks allowed the cockpit to drain into the bilge.

    Also, could any of these be contributing?

    Windshield
    Rail stanchions
    Cleats
    Nav lights

    Previous watercraft: 2001 Yamaha WaveRunner 800XLT
    ....replaced at the 7 year itch with a 2001 Yamaha WaveRunner 1200SUV
    ....which is now the shuttlecraft!

  6. #2726
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Boat
    Supra, Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Saltare & 1987 300 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    454 direct drive; twin 350s
    Posts
    186

    Re: Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    Quote Originally Posted by trflgrl View Post
    It doesn't sound like much--if any--water is getting into the cockpit, but are the drain hoses from the deck secure and draining overboard as designed? I remember mention in a different thread that loose joints/cracks allowed the cockpit to drain into the bilge.

    Also, could any of these be contributing?

    Windshield
    Rail stanchions
    Cleats
    Nav lights
    Thanks for all of those ideas. I did have a drain hose that wasn't working properly a few weeks ago, but I've got it fixed and the rest are doing fine as well. The windshield could be a culprit, but I'm not sure how that gets into the bilge. It looks like it would leak into the cockpit first. The rain stanchions and nav lights have all been rebed over the last year. I haven't done the cleats but they're very solid. Something I still need to do are the water fill neck and the holding tank pump out neck. They both could be letting some water in.

    I've got some many little projects going on that I'm somewhere between overloaded and exhausted. Just tackling different ones at different times. Here's what I've been doing over the holidays:

    - replaced spark plugs and v-belts
    - finished fuel flow meters and digital readout
    - new bilge pump
    - water intake hoses for both engines and A/C
    - ran lines and power for new macerator with a Y valve for selecting pump out or macerator out
    - rewired helm; installed new ground and positive buses; recrimped or soldered wires
    - refurbished head (toilet); new water lines, etc
    - dingy quick connects on swim platform
    - working on taking apart the interior pieces for reupholstery
    - and oh yeah, where's that water coming from?
    --
    1987 300 Weekender


  7. #2727
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    James River
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Engine(s)
    Twins 350
    Posts
    3,704

    Re: Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    I might have a sh*#%%~ job ahead of me. Has anyone replaced the massarator pump? If so any words of advise?

  8. #2728
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Boat
    Supra, Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Saltare & 1987 300 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    454 direct drive; twin 350s
    Posts
    186

    Re: Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    Quote Originally Posted by dwna1a View Post
    I might have a sh*#%%~ job ahead of me. Has anyone replaced the massarator pump? If so any words of advise?
    Wear gloves? Sorry - couldn't help myself. I just installed a macerator pump, Y-valve and associated lines. Someone previously had removed everything from my boat so I don't know what the original setup was like. The only advice that comes to mind is to have a heat gun available. Makes removing lines or installing lines SO much easier.
    --
    1987 300 Weekender


  9. #2729
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Delaware
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1989 300 DA
    Engine(s)
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Posts
    2,288

    Re: Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    +1 on the heat gun and gloves. Also, a through flushing with water prior to beginnging the job makes for a much more pleasant experience. I replaced the waste hoses when I bought my boat and that is how I did it. That big hose is like trying to wrestle an Anaconda through a keyhole. Enjoy.
    1989 Sea Ray 300 Sundancer "Summer Quarters"
    Twin 5.7L carbed Mercruisers w/Alpha 1 Gen1
    Delaware Bay

  10. #2730
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Shelton, CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2000 215EC
    Engine(s)
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    Posts
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    Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

    Vicks on your upper lip below your nose, you'll thank me for that trick!!


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    ~Mark~
    "Tide the Knot"
    2000 215EC 5.0 EFI Alpha
    Shelton, CT



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