330 Express Cruiser generator

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  1. MICHAEL ERBGUTH

    MICHAEL ERBGUTH New Member

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    Mar 24, 2022
    LAKE WORTH , FLORIDA
    1997 SeaRay 330 Express Cruiser. Mercury Smartcraft, Garmin 7212, 547xs , 541s
    2015 Merc 8.1 Horizon
    We just purchased a 97 330 Express Cruiser and the generator was removed. The current owner has no info on it but it's my understanding that it had a Westerbeke 5k generator in it. It looks like they just removed the generator and left all the fittings and connectors. Question is do I need to get the exact same replacement generator or can I put anything in there that will fit. We are look at a Kohler 6.5k.

    Any advice great appreciated
     
  2. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    1998 370 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI
    My guess is you could probably upgrade but may need some install modifications
     
  3. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    I agree with @Golfman25. The one in my 95 330 was plenty strong enough.
     
  4. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    2001
    12" Axiom and 9" Axiom+ MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    Go with a Northern Lights with a sound sheild.
     
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  5. jmcdboater

    jmcdboater Active Member

    181
    May 28, 2022
    Isleton, CA
    1988 Sundancer 300 Vessel JIM’N’I IV
    Twin 5.7L Mercs w/Alpha One Drives
    Koehler KVA 4 Genset
    Hey Michael! Congrats on buying an excellent vessel and welcome to the group! We have the original 5K generator on our 300 Sundancer, works great, always starts spot on. And it is loud. I would think any gen that physically fits the spot could be retro-fitted ok. I believe dtfeld has a great thought - not necessarily the Northern lights (don’t know a thing about them) but the sound shield is a great idea!
     
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  6. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Find a Westerbeke if you can, pretty much bullet proof.
     
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  7. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno Radar, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6 BTD
    You can install just about any gas marine generator but want a minimum of 5kw power. The difference is that the westerbeke models are 1800 rpm and are very quiet and the Kohler are 3600 rpm, a little louder and burn a little more fuel. The Kohlers are much easier to find if you are looking for a good used one that isn't a fortune. I have a contact that can help if you are interested. Install is much easier since you had one in there previously. The Kohler 6.5 will be fine for a 330.
     
  8. MICHAEL ERBGUTH

    MICHAEL ERBGUTH New Member

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    Mar 24, 2022
    LAKE WORTH , FLORIDA
    1997 SeaRay 330 Express Cruiser. Mercury Smartcraft, Garmin 7212, 547xs , 541s
    2015 Merc 8.1 Horizon
     
  9. MICHAEL ERBGUTH

    MICHAEL ERBGUTH New Member

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    Mar 24, 2022
    LAKE WORTH , FLORIDA
    1997 SeaRay 330 Express Cruiser. Mercury Smartcraft, Garmin 7212, 547xs , 541s
    2015 Merc 8.1 Horizon
    A low price point is our main concern. I would be very interested in any contact you have. Thank You.
     
  10. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno Radar, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6 BTD
    Dave Lowery 904-383-0963 Tell him I recommended you. :) he can help walk you through what you need. I don't know how mechanically inclined you are or what is still in the boat. Take pics call Dave and talk through. He has used Kohlers that are rebuilt that will work very well for you.
     
  11. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
    So here is another take, gas generators usually are broken more then they are working and when they do work they don't stay working. You might want to consider a diesel generator and possibly putting a 30-50 gallon tank between the engines. Most new center consoles these days have diesel generators even though they are gas powered. If you have never had a generator on a boat before, diesel generators will run so long and even smirk at most loads.

    I know that sounds a bit crazy, but anyone that has had a gas generator and now has diesel will pretty much agree with this.
     
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  12. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno Radar, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6 BTD
    Sky. you are right on as usual. I had a dock neighbir with an 07' Gas 40DA that we took out a perfectly good gas kohler and he installed a Phasor diesel with a small bladder diesel tank. It was not cheap though and that was with free labor. If the OP is looking for an inexpensive drop in, I would recommend a good used kohler. But I hear you.
     
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  13. MICHAEL ERBGUTH

    MICHAEL ERBGUTH New Member

    22
    Mar 24, 2022
    LAKE WORTH , FLORIDA
    1997 SeaRay 330 Express Cruiser. Mercury Smartcraft, Garmin 7212, 547xs , 541s
    2015 Merc 8.1 Horizon
    How funny I have been working with Dave off Facebook and never put the two together. I called and talk to him and we both realized that we had already been in contact. He seems like a great guy and very knowledgeable. I definitely going to get the Kohler 6.5kW from him. Thank you.
     
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  14. MICHAEL ERBGUTH

    MICHAEL ERBGUTH New Member

    22
    Mar 24, 2022
    LAKE WORTH , FLORIDA
    1997 SeaRay 330 Express Cruiser. Mercury Smartcraft, Garmin 7212, 547xs , 541s
    2015 Merc 8.1 Horizon
    Just placed the order with Dave for a Kohler 6.5. Dave provides great service and I'm looking forward to getting this installed.
     
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  15. jmcdboater

    jmcdboater Active Member

    181
    May 28, 2022
    Isleton, CA
    1988 Sundancer 300 Vessel JIM’N’I IV
    Twin 5.7L Mercs w/Alpha One Drives
    Koehler KVA 4 Genset
    Always exciting getting a good upgrade, from the reviews I’m reading, sure he’ll take good care of you and it will go smoothly!
     
  16. jmcdboater

    jmcdboater Active Member

    181
    May 28, 2022
    Isleton, CA
    1988 Sundancer 300 Vessel JIM’N’I IV
    Twin 5.7L Mercs w/Alpha One Drives
    Koehler KVA 4 Genset
    @MICHAEL ERBGUTH, please keep us posted on how the project is going/went. Love to hear if you did the install yourself, how long it took, and what issues if any, you might have run into. Thanks!
     
  17. MICHAEL ERBGUTH

    MICHAEL ERBGUTH New Member

    22
    Mar 24, 2022
    LAKE WORTH , FLORIDA
    1997 SeaRay 330 Express Cruiser. Mercury Smartcraft, Garmin 7212, 547xs , 541s
    2015 Merc 8.1 Horizon
    Deposit went out yesterday. I will keep posted. I'm having my mechanic do it. Speaking to Dave it should be very simple but I'm new to boat mechanics. I have done automotive and mech engineering. Once I get some salt on me, I'll start tackling some stuff myself.
     
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