330 express or Amberjack

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by semperfido, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. semperfido

    semperfido New Member

    54
    Sep 5, 2012
    Sneads Ferry NC
    1999 Sea Ray 330 Express (Knot on Duty)
    1998 Sea Pro 180CC
    1998 Yamaha 1100 Wave Venture x2
    T 7.4l Merc (310)
    Evinrude 90 SPL
    Thanks Guys! I just can't wait to see her. After the family of course. Hey "Boats" I have finally come to terms that the Marine Corps is a department of the navy.



    The Men's department. LOL
     
  2. Bugsy24

    Bugsy24 Active Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Freehold, New Jersey
    2008 310 Sundancer
    T-350 Mag,Br3's W/Axius
    :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Tin Can???? They don't have Sea Going Bellhops on Destroyers!!!
     
  3. semperfido

    semperfido New Member

    54
    Sep 5, 2012
    Sneads Ferry NC
    1999 Sea Ray 330 Express (Knot on Duty)
    1998 Sea Pro 180CC
    1998 Yamaha 1100 Wave Venture x2
    T 7.4l Merc (310)
    Evinrude 90 SPL
    Boats,

    True true. But I started calling them all tin cans after they named one after me. My last name is DeGrasse DD-974. Ever do any time on an Amphib?

    Semperfido
     
  4. Jls3546

    Jls3546 New Member

    4
    Sep 21, 2012
    Miami, FL
    1997 330EC (Amberjack)
    Twin 2005 8.1S Mercruisers, ZF63A straight drives
    Two week ago, I noticed a low volume of water discharge on the starboard side; popped the hatch and discovered a hole in the outboard manifold. Sea water was spraying all over the generator and engine room... Limped home on the port engine, shut it down and began researching manifolds. Turns out, my boat has aluminum manifolds on a pair of 2005 8.1S's, which would have been nice to know when I bought it 5 months ago...

    I purchased a set of new OEM manifolds, which are now cast iron; about $2200 for everything, including new gaskets and turbulators for the elbows. Manifolds and gaskets came in today, planning to start installing this weekend. I've never done this before, but it doesn't look like rocket science... That said, do any of you 330EC or 340 AJ owners have suggestions for lifting and holding the manifolds in place while bolting them on? They weigh about 50lbs each, and the engine room is tight for two people... I have a block and tackle that I can use, but don't see any hard points on the underside of the hatch to hang it from. Any suggestions or tips for mounting the manifolds, or general pointers on the job, would be welcome...

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012
  5. jrurhh

    jrurhh Member

    62
    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, MA
    340 Amberjack
    Twin 7.4 inboards
    The easiest way to deal with mounting the manifolds is to buy a couple of studs that fit in or cut the end off of a couple of a couple of bolts. Just put two studs in and slid the gasket and maniford on. Once you have a couple of the bolts in just back out the studs and finish putting in all the bolts.
     
  6. Xplicitlnck

    Xplicitlnck New Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Long island ny
    330ec
    Twin 7.4 straight drive
    Just a little curious. The 330ec im looking is a97. The cockpit seating is a full l shape lounge around the starboard aft side of the cockpit all the way to the transome door. Or from the bottom of the arch on the starboard side all the way to the transom door. I have looked at many 330ec's online. None of then have this. They only have the little flip up cushion along the center of the back of the cockpit, but all the newer " 330 amberjacks" in the recent upcoming years have the seating that the one I am interested in have. My question is was this just an extra option or do you think it was an add on by the po. Second question is if it was a factory option can you still get to the fish box and baitwells with the seat in? Does it flip up or do you need to remove it?
     
  7. Jimmy Buoy

    Jimmy Buoy Active Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    340 Amberjack
    twin 8.1S 370 Hp + 4.5 Westerbeke Genset
    The large L-Shaped seat was optional. All of these models come with the smaller fold-up transom seat as standard equipment but it isn't very comfortable to use. There are two stainless holders with pins to secure the L-Shaped Seat for easy removal, but it is heavy! You must slide the seat forward to open the live well in the floor, but the baitwell is not affected by the L-Seat's position. Not something that I'd want to do on a regular basis...
     
  8. Xplicitlnck

    Xplicitlnck New Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Long island ny
    330ec
    Twin 7.4 straight drive
    Thanks jimmy greatly appreciated. I dont fish to often but when I do I throw em back. So that's not really a big deal. I actually prefer the l shape lounge much more. I was actualy thinking about using the wells as coolers. How do you think that would work out? That is if I actually buy her lol :wow:
     
  9. Jimmy Buoy

    Jimmy Buoy Active Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    340 Amberjack
    twin 8.1S 370 Hp + 4.5 Westerbeke Genset
    That would be one mother sized cooler! You do know that the live well is about 6' long, 1' wide, and 2' deep - right? :huh: And, it is anything but convenient to get into that well with the lounge in place. The bait well might work out ok since it's the size of a small washiing machine and you can open it without moving the lounge, but it's still pretty big for a cooler and its in the way of the entry door.

    A buddy of mine with the same boat glued blue styrofoam insulation to the inside of his self draining, double sided, bait prep station and uses it as a beer cooler. It is quite a large, deep area. There is also a self draining ice bucket that will hold 7 cans of beer on the upper tier of the entertainment area. I'm a Captain/Coke guy with LOTS of ice (and not much Coke), so I love the icemaker and don't need more room for beer than the fridge allows. :grin:
     
  10. Xplicitlnck

    Xplicitlnck New Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Long island ny
    330ec
    Twin 7.4 straight drive
    Lmfao. You obviously dont know my friends. That wellwould be full and emptied in one outing. I have thoight about a kegerator but to much sloshing around. As for the lounger blocking the well. That was the reason I asked about how it is removed. I hate having a cooler on deck. Just takes up to much room. Im a capt ginger guy but only at the end of the trip and tied up. It brings out the best in me if ya know what I mean. Well my offerings to the broker will be coming mid january or end of feb when I get back from my vacation. Wish me luck. I really hope she is in as good of shape as she appears. I cant wait till spring. This cold bs is brutal.
     
  11. semperfido

    semperfido New Member

    54
    Sep 5, 2012
    Sneads Ferry NC
    1999 Sea Ray 330 Express (Knot on Duty)
    1998 Sea Pro 180CC
    1998 Yamaha 1100 Wave Venture x2
    T 7.4l Merc (310)
    Evinrude 90 SPL
    Well gents. Just got back from deployment and took her out the other day for the first time. Wow she handles like a dream. Two screws make everyone look like a pro. Ran into some skinny water but was very happy with how stable she was. I have too say that the first time I stood at the helm I was a little intimidated by how big she felt. When we got home I put her into the slip with no problem and couldn't believe how easy she was to handle. I am so in love with her.
     
  12. Xplicitlnck

    Xplicitlnck New Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Long island ny
    330ec
    Twin 7.4 straight drive
    :smt038 glad made it home safe. Best of luck with her
     

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