1976 Sea Ray SRV 240 Project Boat

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by dmnolan, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    That's a Sea Ray all right. The picture posted OK but a bit small. You may have compressed it too much.
     
  2. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    HAHA yeah I think so!
    Putting together a file with some progresion pics to share this weekend
     
  3. RichS

    RichS New Member

    1
    Apr 27, 2016
    Massachusetts
    1985 250 CRV Cuddy Cabin, Alpha One Outdrive (2017), Alpha One Transom Assembly (2016) .
    5.7L Mercruiser 260/Alpha One Drive
    Hi DMN - I found your posts while searching for information on my engine issue!
    IMG_1138.jpg
     
  4. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Nice boat
     
  5. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    How do you get you pictures sized right to post?
     
  6. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Trying pictures again! 1 Gap between stringers and hull, 2 Boat, 3 with floor, 4 without floor
    IMG_1009.jpg IMG_1679.jpg IMG_1702.jpg IMG_2023.jpg IMG_1009.jpg IMG_1679.jpg IMG_1702.jpg IMG_2023.jpg IMG_1009.jpg
     
  7. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Couple More... new transom.jpg foam out.jpg
     
  8. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Man, that's even more work than I'm willing to do!
     
  9. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    HAHA, Yeah sometimes I wonder what is wrong with me!!
    Hardest part is getting rid of all the foam somewhere!!
     
  10. Boater420

    Boater420 Active Member

    827
    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    You're getting in deep now, keep up the good work!
     
  11. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Thank you Boater420! I will keep the updates coming
     
  12. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    engine 9.25.1.jpg engine 9.25.5.jpg engine 9.25.6.jpg heads2.jpg heads4.jpg searay motor block1.jpg
     
  13. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Decided that paying Homage to its Ford roots was cooler than Mercruiser Black!!
     
  14. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    All the machining is finished, onto assembly! image006 (5).jpg image008.jpg image010.jpg image002 (4).jpg
     
  15. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    OK, Been a while, time for an update.
    Not a lot done, life gets in the way.
    I am ready to start moving forward instead of backwards!
    My Plan.
    1 More grinding and cutting to prep for installation of stringers.
    2. Power wash inside of boat.
    Floor
    Side walls below shelf, (to remove rubber backing stuck from rug that was installed)
    Side walls above shelf( to remove the remnants of backing from vinyl liner materials)
    3.Dry
    4 two layers of 1708 on transom
    5 Start Stringer install

    Before I get into that, a question, request for opinions.

    SO the main stringers along both side of the tanks, and the structure that forms the engine bay were/ are actually glassed to the hull and sit direct on the hull. (as i would expect)
    The small outer stringers by the sides of the boat sit on the hull but are not glassed to the hull.
    The stringers between these two, that run from front to back were not glassed to the hull and actually sat an inch higher than the hull??? The flotation foam was formed underneath them.

    I plan to bed all stringers in a wood flour thickened epoxy and tab to the hull with 1708 glass. Can anyone think of a reason why this is not how it was done at the factory. ( i have some but they are all around cheap and quick)

    After making these decisions, I plan to replace the long stringers that run the full length and the cross piece that forms the back of engine bay first.
    Then I will take out the main stringers and tank. My thought here is to always have some support in place for the hull? Not sure if this is needed? It is sitting on the trailer.
    Then replace main stringer/ tank coffin structure. Replace the small outer stringers.
    I will epoxy and glass the sides of the stringers to seal them, and then deck replacement.

    To Foam or not to foam, and whether to foam then deck or deck then foam are still TBD.
    transom (2).jpg no stringers (2).jpg
    transom (2).jpg
     
  16. RH1

    RH1 New Member

    19
    Nov 4, 2016
    Ontario
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (next project)
    Mercruiser 120/Pre-Alpha drive, Mercruiser 225/TRS drive
    I think your theory is correct. Perhaps only the main stringers were deemed to be necessary for overall support of the hull, the others (especially the stringers sitting an inch above the hull) were there to support the floor. Glassing them to the hull would have taken more time. I would do the same as you are planning. Actually, I WILL be doing the same.

    I have virtually the identical boat sitting in my driveway, and will be replacing all of the stringers, floor, transom starting next spring - and building a whole new interior. Hoping to pull the engine soon, and rebuilding that and other mechanical components over the winter.

    Will be interesting to see if my boat was constructed the same as yours (mine is a '74).

    Seeing your pics is an inspiration for me.
     
  17. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    36
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Awesome, please share what you find.
    I am glad that posting all I find will help someone else.
    If you have any questions feel free to ask, not an expert but learning by Fire!
    I suspect the boats should be pretty similar.
     
  18. Paddy

    Paddy New Member

    4
    May 8, 2012
    Minnesota
    1975
    Mercruiser
    Great boat. I did the same rebuild on my 1975 180srv. Also have a bit of 2’-itis now. I recall when I did my rotten stringers they had been bedded in a green construction adhesive. From your photos I see some adhesive just below them. My guess is that was the original spec but not executed well. I say that because I was a little surprised by some questionable original build quality. For instance my deck was built, glassed then foamed. When foamed they just put holes through the deck then didn’t patch those after with glass after foam. Just carpeted over. Result was Swiss cheese deck and a lot of soaked foam and stringers that I ripped out.
    I glassed in all my stringers, built the deck, glassed, foamed, then glassed in the holes. My thinking in foaming in with the deck you get the most rigid structure with the foam bonded to hull, stringers, and deck.
    I also like your ford blue, when I rebuilt mine I did GM Blue
     
  19. RH1

    RH1 New Member

    19
    Nov 4, 2016
    Ontario
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (next project)
    Mercruiser 120/Pre-Alpha drive, Mercruiser 225/TRS drive
    It happens to us all. I bought my SRV240 in the spring when I was only part way through doing the complete rebuild on my ‘69 SRV185 (which I bought last November - less than a year ago). Yes, I bought two rotten Sea Rays in less than a year.

    The 185 is now basically done, so I can start working on the 240 when time and weather allows.

    It’s encouraging to see others doing the same thing!
     
  20. keokie

    keokie Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Arizona
    2002 310 Sundancer, Westerbeke 4.5 Genset
    496's, Bravo III's, 2.2:1 Gears
    That Vintage 240 was another one of Sea Ray's all-time greats. Beautiful lines, very functional space, and very good ride/handling.
     

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