260 Sundancer Thread.........Comments questions and answers

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Dave S, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Dadsturn

    Dadsturn New Member

    23
    Jun 14, 2017
    texas
    2005 Searay 260 sundancer
    6.2 merc.
    i have read it is under where the table stores. but no doubt, it is not in the rear.
     
  2. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Now I'm really confused. Can you post a picture of your boat? I know that there is nowhere forward of the cabin stairs in my 2005 260 large enough to put a 28 gallon fresh water tank.
     
  3. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    640
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    I too am curious. I'd love to see this custom fresh water tank.

    Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
     
  4. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    That makes 3 of us!

    Bennett
     
  5. KevinC

    KevinC Active Member

    806
    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I really hope your not filling the anchor locker through the hawse pipe. If you over fill the locker the water will pour into the cabin and fill the space under the v-berth. Also IIRC there is no hose running to the bow. What you might be looking at it the electrical conduit.

    -Kevin
     
  6. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
  7. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    The water tank should ABSOLUTELY be in the bilge, as the others have said. Now, some years the 240 Sundancer had the tank underneath the bow cushion (where the cabin table stores). Maybe someone added a bow washdown and that's the water line you're seeing?

    Either... Someone has done a modification to this boat, or it is a different model. What's your Hull ID #? It starts with SER.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017
  8. Dadsturn

    Dadsturn New Member

    23
    Jun 14, 2017
    texas
    2005 Searay 260 sundancer
    6.2 merc.
    Guys, i am not the only one that has this set up. It isnt custom, but the way searay did it for some reason. just to make sure you all stop thinking im crazy, ill get pictures this weekend. just dont know how to post pictures on here.
     
  9. Dadsturn

    Dadsturn New Member

    23
    Jun 14, 2017
    texas
    2005 Searay 260 sundancer
    6.2 merc.
    by the way, the hull number is: SERR4999C505
     
  10. Dadsturn

    Dadsturn New Member

    23
    Jun 14, 2017
    texas
    2005 Searay 260 sundancer
    6.2 merc.
    The fill is clearly marked freshwater fill on the bow.
     
  11. aerobat77

    aerobat77 Member

    323
    Aug 12, 2014
    germany
    2006 240 DA Sundancer
    5.0 MPI / Bravo III
    afaik the pre 2005 260 had the watertank infront and the 2005+ models have it in the bilge . the 240 has it always below the berth and it takes all space up to the fwd wall of the cabin.
     
  12. Dadsturn

    Dadsturn New Member

    23
    Jun 14, 2017
    texas
    2005 Searay 260 sundancer
    6.2 merc.
    Then mine must have been one of the first in 2005. How can i get to the tank though?
     
  13. JeffM

    JeffM Member

    526
    Oct 6, 2006
    Magothy River, MD
    2000 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    5.7 EFI w/Bravo III
    on my 2000, the water tank is in the bilge on the port side, and the manual shows that location as factory.
     
  14. KevinC

    KevinC Active Member

    806
    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    My 2003SDA had it in the bilge centerline of the boat just forward of the engine room hatch entry.
    When you step down and faced forward you would see it.

    The water pump was mount top of the water heater.

    -Kevin
     
  15. b_arrington

    b_arrington Member SILVER Sponsor

    457
    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    It's totally possible to put in a 28 gallon tank under the v-berth.

    In this time span the 260 DA and 270 AJ have the same hull and the cabin layout is nearly identical. The AJ models have a 28 gallon FW tank is trapezoidal shape installed under the v-berth at the bow. The tank fill is mounted on the port side of the front deck, and the line from the tank runs down the port side to the pump in the engine space. In (most of) the DA models the tank is in the engine space on the port side with the the space under the v-berth used for storage.

    I wonder if it's possible that Sea Ray had a couple of hulls intended to be AJ's, and and they changed them to DAs mid-production to account for demand? That might account for the odd tank configuration. The AJs were not exactly the best selling model.

    The storage space under the v-berth would be nice but frankly I like having the tank on the centerline as it doesn't disrupt the trim. At 8.34 lbs/gallon, a full tank is 233 lbs and can easily change the trim when the tank is set toward the outside of the hull.

    FYI this is a schematic of the 2006 270 AJ water tank. (Pg. 72 from the parts manual)
    270AJ WaterTank.JPG
     
  16. aerobat77

    aerobat77 Member

    323
    Aug 12, 2014
    germany
    2006 240 DA Sundancer
    5.0 MPI / Bravo III
    that gets interesting ! i cannot imagine searay installs the system from an amberjack in a 260 sundancer because the customer gets something not "as designed" .

    should you really have an installation like the 240 or 270 amberjack how you get to the watertank ( at least at a 240 , i assume the 260 is pretty similar regarding front if cabin : remove side cushions , remove the vast amount of screws holding the v berth brackets . below that there is another bracket with screws , remove this also . it a littke bit of work , an electric screwdriver helps.

    but since many 260 owners jumped in here and nobody seems to have the tank forward please check twice and check then again if your watertank really sits infront . i can only speak of a 240 for sure.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017
  17. b_arrington

    b_arrington Member SILVER Sponsor

    457
    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    if your tank is in the v-berth like a 270 AJ, you can easily see the top of it. Remove the center cushion, and there is a lift-up panel. Pull that up and the top of the tank is right there. No screws to remove just to see the tank. Getting to the tank outlet would be a different story. That would involve some poking around in the port side lazarette area, and likely removal of a few panels in that area. As you can see from the diagram above the connection is on the left side of the tank.
     
  18. Dadsturn

    Dadsturn New Member

    23
    Jun 14, 2017
    texas
    2005 Searay 260 sundancer
    6.2 merc.
    I have checked more times than i can imagine, lol. It is in the front. Learn things everyday
     
  19. aerobat77

    aerobat77 Member

    323
    Aug 12, 2014
    germany
    2006 240 DA Sundancer
    5.0 MPI / Bravo III
    i believe you , interesting why there are two kind of installations ! you have to remove like said all v berth brackets to get full access ( at least on my boat where i did it to reseal the trailerwinch pickuphook )
     
  20. Dadsturn

    Dadsturn New Member

    23
    Jun 14, 2017
    texas
    2005 Searay 260 sundancer
    6.2 merc.
    Would be so much easier in the rear bilge
     

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