550 Sedan Bridge is now ours

Discussion in 'Pictures & Videos' started by Gofirstclass, May 20, 2010.

  1. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    That is a very nice boat you purchased. Nice lines and plenty of room..........she should make a good long distance Cruiser.

    I imagine if your boat wasn't shrink wrapped it is going to have some serious diesel soot on it when it arrives. I guess it couldn't be helped under the circumstances but it will make cleanup a bit more challenging.

    Enjoy the boat. :thumbsup:

    Dave
     
  2. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    Excellent thread. Very nice boat. You have quite the setup with great slip access, etc.

    Good luck!

    Doug
     
  3. Carpedmman

    Carpedmman Member

    627
    Feb 24, 2007
    Portland, OR
    2003 460 Sundancer
    Custom Cockpit interior, Cockpit AC/Heat & Thruster.
    Cummings 480CE,
    Congrats on the purchase! I'm in Portland and if I can assist with a cold beverage while you are here I have plenty on board at Hayden Island. As many have said before me....you have a serious 2 footitis disease which I hope is soon cured.

    I had my boat hauled from Wisconsin 4 years ago and it wasn't too bad when it arrived. Most truckers recommended not shrink wrapping it as it usually only lasts 100-200 miles when not done by the factory people!

    Enjoy the cruise to the Tri-cities!

    Stuart

    PM me if you want to take me up on the bevie!
     
  4. 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.
    Stuart, you bet I'll take you up on your offer for a cool one. I wish I could come down to Portland every weekend until the boat is done but we have two grand children coming in the next two weeks from different moms. One is a few days overdue now, and the other is due in early June. That is really going to screw up plans for a couple of weekends.

    Hayden Island is where this boat came from. The owner lived in a condo on North Tomahawk Island Drive and kept the boat down in front of his condo. Long story about how I came to own this particular boat and why I happened to be boat shopping at that particular time.

    Maybe I'll share that one over a cold beverage.

    I'm sure the boat will be dirty when it arrives but cleaning it (at least the first time) will definitely be a labor of love. The boat yard will pressure wash it before they start to do any work so they can inspect it carefully, but that doesn't get it REALLY clean.
     
  5. Big Al

    Big Al New Member

    293
    Oct 13, 2006
    Canada
    370 Sundancer
    Twin 454 Mercruiser
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke genny
    Any news of the delivery of your 550 , is it home (or in the yard)?
     
  6. mmcguire2002

    mmcguire2002 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    543
    Mar 3, 2008
    MDR, CA
    2003.5 Sea Ray 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons
    Probably a stupid question - looking at the pictures (nice boat BTW) it appears that you have a davit crane on the swim step of the boat, but I don't see a space to lift the dinghy onto. How does this work?
     
  7. 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.
    Not a stupid question at all. What IS stupid is that the former owner would put a davit there. At the back end of the swim platform there are two spots that look like they are a receiver for some kind of davit. In the last picture, they're outboard of the two stainless plates. The stupid thing about that setup is that you can't walk around the davit easily.

    That davit is the first thing I'm getting rid of. The boat yard is going to buy it from me and essentiallly trade it for some of the work they will be doing. Part of that work is to install an entirely new swim platform with a 3' extension. They will replace the entire platform, put a new 4 step swim ladder on the port corner of the new platform, and mount my SeaWise davit system on the platform.

    The SeaWise davit will be mounted near the aft portion of the platform and not interfere with being able to walk around it.

    By way of an update, the 550 got to Portland, OR yesterday and the flybridge is to leave MI today. It should arrive in Portland next Wednesday. I'm going to be able to put a good wax job on the bridge before they mount it on the boat. There's no way I'm going to get my big butt up there after it's mounted.
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  8. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    Look! You even have one of those remote CB speakers there!

    Breaker, Breaker... this is Beechcomber... do you copy breaker?

    Doug
     
  9. mmcguire2002

    mmcguire2002 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    543
    Mar 3, 2008
    MDR, CA
    2003.5 Sea Ray 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons
    Isn't a SeaWise davit one of the systems that pulls the dinghy up at a 90 degree angle and rotates the engine so it can stay in place on the dinghy? Don't those setups cause stress on the inflatable over time? Surprised there is no place the dinghy can live in a horizontal position on a vessel of your size.

    Either way, thanks for the explanation. I couldn't figure out how the existing set up worked and it was driving me crazy...
     
  10. 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.
    You're right about the Sea Wise that it pulls the dinghy up to 90° and the motor stays vertical. It's a great system and it's easy to use. This will be the third boat I've used this same system on. I guess that means I'm a SeaWise fan!

    There really isn't any stress on the dinghy because of the way it attaches. The dinghy itself attaches to the boat at two points and they're rock solid. The part of the davit system that the cable pulls on is a heavy duty stainless piece that attaches across the top of the transom of the dinghy and pivots at the port end.

    When the dinghy is down (in the water) there are two stainless "thumb screws" (only much larger) that hold that piece in place. When you're ready to raise the dinghy you unscrew those two thumb screws and crank up the cable. As the cable tightens, the piece that rotates up from the transom and pulls the dinghy up. That is the piece that the motor is mounted to so as it comes up the motor stays vertical.

    SeaWise won't let you copy/paste their pics from their website, but here is a link to the website. Watch their video and it shows how it works much better than I could explain it. http://www.davitsystem.com/

    I thought about having a rigid extension put on the flybridge so I'd have a place to store the dinghy but the $35K cost to do that turned me off. I'm having an extended bimini made that will match the existing bimini sun shade that's over the flybridge....same shape, same material etc. It will also have a complete window enclosure with Strataglass windows and screens for summer use.
     
  11. highslice

    highslice Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 28, 2008
    Table Rock Lake, Hollister Missouri
    270 SLX
    496 Mag
    Bravo III
    Corsa
    That davit system is really cool, very slick.

    Beautiful boat, BTW. Love the lines.
     
  12. 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.
    Thanks Slice. We do too. I'm an old fart and more in love with the traditional lines of some of the older boats than I am with the sweeps and swoops of the newer "Euro" designs.

    The davit system is top notch. We have the manual system but they also make a hydraulic system. I'm way too much of a cheapskate to lay out the big bucks for the hydraulic one even though it would be nice to have. Cranking up the dinghy only takes a minute or so and because the motor comes up with it there's no lifting involved. I do like that!
     
  13. Jackie J V

    Jackie J V New Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    827
    Feb 5, 2009
    King City, ON
    560DB
    2 x Raymarine e125's
    Walker Bay Generations 360 Centre Console w. Yahama 60HP
    2 Seadoos
    CAT 3406e (C15's) @ 800HP
    Congrats on the purchase. Beautiful boat and I hope she serves you well!

    Paul
     
  14. 330DA

    330DA Member

    377
    Oct 12, 2006
    New Buffalo, MI
    1997 370 Sundancer, Brig 330 RIB
    454 MPIs, V-Drives
    GFC,
    Beautiful boat, umm, yacht! Best of luck with her.
     
  15. 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.
    Update--the 550 is now in Portland. It's been unloaded off the transport trailer and is sitting on blocks. The bridge is enroute from MI to Portland and should arrive either late Friday nite or Saturday morning.

    On Wednesday my 330 was lifted off my trailer and loaded on the transporter's trailer.

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  16. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    Boy those guys don't mess around with the crane portion, huh?

    Doug
     
  17. 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.
    BTW, the two expectant mothers in the family (daughter and DIL) have both delivered their new babies. Ladies, thanks for having them at times when you didn't mess with my Portland trip plans!
     
  18. Two Peas

    Two Peas New Member

    914
    Jun 24, 2008
    Niagara River, ON
    360DA 2002, Raymarine C80, SR50 Weather, Radome, DSC, Baltik 9'6" with 6hp Tohatsu
    8.1 Horizons w/V-Drives
    Congratulations Gramps.
     
  19. Jack F

    Jack F Active Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    Cape Cod
    2008 240DA,
    Garmin 545s,
    North Star NS100ss.
    MMSI#338093894
    350 Mag Seacore BR3
    Congratulations Gramps
     
  20. chumbley

    chumbley New Member

    536
    Apr 4, 2010
    Lake Travis
    340 Sundancer 2000
    Twin 7.4L V-drives
    Congratulations!!!!
     

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