2008 44 Sedan Bridge Purchase

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Hampton, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. vandal

    vandal New Member

    358
    Mar 9, 2009
    Brick NJ
    340 sundancer 2000
    7.4 MPI V Drive
    Is that 4 Sons new Sea Ray 9000 so he can shoot down so type of winged thing.
     
  2. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Ya, more pics. I still got some snow banks left and it's snowing right now.
     
  3. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Guys, I'm on a boat! My new marina has Wi-Fi! We took her out to Shell Island today, took some nice pics, then continued to upgrade the electronics. Today, I installed an A/B (actually ABCD) switch for the aux audio input into the stereo. Didn't have that. How am I going to listen to concerts without the DVD player wired directly into the stereo? Now, I need to run a video source upstairs from the DVD to the Bridge TV so we can watch concerts up there. The sound is great up there.

    We ate dinner, then my wife noticed we were rockin' and rollin' - without the music. Our NNW/9 winds were NNW at 18 - 20 and now forecast to go to 15 - 20 G 25. We came in a couple of hours ago. We're watching a Kansas DVD - "There's know place like home." Don't have the little white wire for the camera pics, but, I will upload them ASAP tomorrow.

    This boat handles like a dream. You turn the sync on, set the power wherever you want it, and it feels like you aren't moving - until you look out the boat sideways. Today's numbers: 2250 RPM. 75% load. 26 - 26.5 mph. 36 gph. It just moves so easily. Auto pilot on, spin the little dial, and it lays over and cuts right around the corner. This boat really turns better than the 340. You can't feel or hear the engines unless you open the hatch to the bridge. I am truly impressed. This is with the new swim platform and our older, blow up dinghy (200 #).
     
  4. Summer Fun II

    Summer Fun II New Member

    Oct 8, 2008
    New York
    Looking again
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    John, Have a SAFE & Fun boating season. :thumbsup:.
     
  5. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Cabrio
    Volvo Drivetrain
    Nice! Congrats on the first ride!!

    Doug
     
  6. JimG

    JimG Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    That sounds really great! Enjoy!
     
  7. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    PHOTOS!
    Old Home
    New Home
    Wake Shot
    Cruising
    Numbers
    Island Pics

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  8. AKBASSKING

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Alaska Summer/Columbia River winter
    1988 Yacht Fisher
    Twin 375hp Cat 3208 T/A
    Thanks John Great Pics
     
  9. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Cabrio
    Volvo Drivetrain
    Nice! That has to make it feel and seem so worth it now!

    Best of luck this summer.

    How is docking that boat compared to the 340?

    Doug
     
  10. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Thanks to you both!

    It's easier than the 340, but, I don't have much room on either side. Thank goodness we decided to bow in due to having a restaurant in front of the boat and a great view behind it.
     
  11. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Last night, when the winds picked up, we used every bit of marine knowledge we had. I focused the spot light over my shoulder to the leeward side of the boat, on shore, to see movement as it progressed. I waded to the shore and pulled the leeward stern anchor, then, I pulled the dinghy up and loaded it on the lift platform. Then, I reset the leeward anchor on a 20' leash on the windward side - enough to hold for about 1 minute. Then, I pulled the windward stern anchor and Shelli stowed it. Then, I climbed on board and slowly pulled the bow anchor line in with the windlass to keep the boat in position as the remaining, short leashed anchor drug. When the last stern anchor pulled itself off the shelf, Shelli pulled it in while I drew up on the forward anchor line to ensure we cleared the dock to lee.

    After securing the forward anchor, I cruised back using my Chartplotter, Radar, Spot light as required, local knowledge, over and over and over until we had her safely at the dock about 1/2 hour later. Then, it was Miller time (Captain Morgan's).
     
  12. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
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    Last edited: Apr 29, 2011
  13. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Great pics.......fourth from last pic is now my current desktop shot.
     
  14. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Sunset on the Bridge
    Salon TV Mounting System
    Morning shots from Dock

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  15. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    I'm flattered! Here's a video of the underwater camera in action from noon today:

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  16. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Nice shots John. Congrats on getting things put together the way you want and now being able to actually use her!
     
  17. Overextended

    Overextended New Member

    307
    Feb 13, 2007
    chesapeake
    36
    cummins
    You didn't add a FLIR....come on man - all that technology and no FLIR??!!??
     
  18. wetpaint

    wetpaint New Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 2, 2007
    Cape Cod/Caribbean
    41 Lipari Catamaran
    2 x Volvo 30hp
    Love your boat John.....Did you look at the picture of your smartcraft......Obviously you did.....Just keep an eye on your oil psi differential........
     
  19. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Good eye. We're not sure why it's that way - haven't started trouble shooting yet. I suspect the high reading is a false high. I don't think the other one is low - any experts?

    At idle, they are matched. As you push it up, they both go to 50. Further pushing it up shows one steady at 50 and the other rising. Is there a pressure relief valve that could be sticking. There are actually guages on the engines, but, I haven't started them up and gone down into the ER to check them yet. At idle, they're matched any way. Can I push them up and then go down to the ER to check the raw data?
     
  20. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    No.....you need the engines under load. Take the boat offshore and let Shelli drive and you go get the readings on the engine gauges. Confirming the differential on both the engine mounted and panel mounted gauges is the first step. If it is only on the SmartCrap or SmartCrap and panel gauges, then swap the senders and see if the issue swaps sides. If it does, order a new pair of senders. If it is only the SmartCraft, then I'd find out how good the warranty is and get the marina to run it down and fix it.

    If there really is a differential between the engines, then the next thing to do is change oil filters just to prove that there isn't a problem with the bypass in the filter. It is also possible that one engine has more clearance than the other and this is a problem/condition you will have to live with. Either way, the oil pressure is acceptable on the lower side.......I'm more worried about reason for the high reading.
     

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