Atlantic City Rendezvous 2010

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by rondds, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    He's a Dentist. He's used to holding it out when working on teeth so the rest of his fingers don't fall in your mouth.
     
  2. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    Todd:
    If I were a diesel boat guy, I'd keep the pinky UP when filming. But I'm a steerage gas boater so the pinky is down :lol:

    Rick
    LOVE the vid! Was that the love theme from St Elmo's Fire (just kidding). Now I've got the the recipe for Hillbilly Meat Balls. You really shouldn't share that! I embedded it here in case people are too lazy to click on links. You folks down south sure do talk funny ;-)

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Paheltfsv2A[/youtube]
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2010
  3. Turtlesboat

    Turtlesboat Minister of Media TECHNICAL Contributor

    Feb 4, 2007
    New York City
    1996 450DA, TNT, Caribe dink w/15hp OB.
    3126 427HP TD transmissions
    When in doubt, pinky out

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  4. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Looks like a great time was had by all. Thanks for sharring. Glad everybody made it home safe.
     
  5. osd9

    osd9 New Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    MidAtlantic
    2003 410DA
    Caterpillar 3126-TA w/ ZF 80-IV
    Ron, Ron, Ron......they were all leaving you on their Starboard side.......
     
  6. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    All I see is I'm 4th in a pack of 8 and that's the story I'm tellin'!
     
  7. Vince_nj1

    Vince_nj1 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 25, 2008
    North Barnegat Bay
    2006 320 V-Drives 6.2s, Bow Thruster, Generator, Raymarine C80, Radar, Fish Finder
    6.2 Horizons 320HP
    I got caught in that storm Sunday afternoon as well.

    I was less than 1 mile away from home when that storm hit. I dropped down to idle and began to troll in, but I ran into a few problems. 1st my port wiper got stuck on the windshield and bent, so I shut it off. Then my center canvas window flew open dumping water in my cabin. (I neglected to snap it shut, thinking that the zippers would be enough), I continued on. Then my starboard wiper twisted and started hitting my gelcoat. I left it on until I got inside my cove. Once inside, I shut the starboard wiper down because I was concerned about gelcoat damage. I was trolling and decided to take a few pictures. This was my view.


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    Just as I snapped the last picture, I heard a large BANG! WTF???? I threw down the camera, and threw the transmissions into neutral and watched a No-wake buoy float out from under my swim platform. Great...

    I put the boat back into gear and continued to idle to my dock.

    Today I took the boat back out to see if I had any damage. When I put the port engine into gear I imediately heard something. I put it back into neutral and shut it down. I idled back out to the bay with one engine. I dropped anchor and dove under the boat to see what was going on with the prop. I got stung by a few jelly fish and cut the $hit out my hands and arms on barnacles on my trim tabs. But I persevered and found this wrapped around the shaft in front of the prop. After several dives, I managed to unravel it and get it off the shaft. I took the boat for a ride and everything appears fine.

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    I took a bunch of pictures from the weekend. Lady Taz and Four Suns had their boats in place the allowed for some very nice shots.

    Corona Del Mar:
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    Boat a Bing:
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    Not sure who's boat this was, but we were all happy when it was behind us. Looks like a work barge on his way to to install a dock some where. :grin:

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    I found this guy wandering around the ocean looking for a free hot spot to connect his IPAD.

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    Rod put new exhaust risers on his boat and wanted to drag race for pinks. He jumped the light and owes me a title.

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    Impulse III
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    46 Dancer.. No Name.

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    Lady Taz .. AKA "Four Suns II"
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    The real deal or the imposter?
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    My son and Jeff hanging out in a cove on Sat when the temp hit 100. [​IMG]



    Wife and daugher (when there not fighting)
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    Sat night, impromtu H dock party
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    Lady Taz.. view from the hotel.

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    Late check out..

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    Last edited: Jul 27, 2010
  8. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    Glad you made it relatively unscathed. That sounded like a bad storm for sure.

    That must be the real deal, the black streaks on the bow give it away.
    We'll call him Zebra from now on.
     
  9. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.

    Ron,
    I'd say that for some time it looked like you were zipping faster than 19mph. When I passed you I'd guess you were doing around 21 or better. At least it felt that way.
     
  10. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI

    Vince, I was worried about you... Glad you made it back...:smt038 Compared to what you went through, I am glad we waited out the storm, even though our anchors dragged... Next year if we have similar weather, we should all plan on staying an extra day, what we save in boat repairs we can gamble with... Hope you remained more calm than I did... We plan on going out this week end, but want to say close, in familar waters...
     
  11. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    Well you all have a long way to go to get to last years post count, so let's get on it.

    While I would have liked to travel via car to see you all I was on call restoring the 38,000 folks that were without lights from those storms that caught you all out there. They were vicious!!! Still working the night shift now, one more night and all should be well again.

    Looks like a wonderful time was had by all and thanks so much to everyone for posting up the photos and video's!!!

    Take Care!!!
     
  12. Kreole Kid

    Kreole Kid Active Member

    May 25, 2009
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    2004 340 Sundancer,
    2008 Yamaha VX1100 Jet Ski
    8.1 Horizons, V-Drives
  13. 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
    Good to see everyone made it safe through that storm. Look at the bright side... the experience gained.

    What a difference a day makes... this was leaving Monday morning out of Absecon Inlet:

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    It was an incredible day on the ocean heading south:

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    Temps and humidity were perfect after that strong cold front passed through:

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    I think this was one of those 3 or 4 perfect boating days we get in the summer.

    As a side note, after y'all left, I was going over the engine room and my starboard sea strainer was packed with sea grass. I'm guessing I picked it up Friday on the C&D canal... It didn't show up on the temp gauge and I'm kicking myself for not stopping after that 20 mile debris field.

    After seeing that, I pulled the cover off the starboard water pump and, sure enough, three blades were cracked on a week-old impeller. Also, some of the plastic cam was missing. I'm guessing this pump overheated even though it was getting enough water through the engine to keep it cool.

    I had a spare impeller and cam (and various rubber o-rings) so I pulled this thing out:

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    You can see in that picture the bolt that pulls the thing out has the pressed on fitting from the impeller on it....when I tightened the bolt in the center, it is supposed to pull the impeller out. Instead, the brass fitting pulled out of the impeller (it's on the bolt in that picture) and left the impeller in the pump. The impeller hub was shot... so I had to pull the water pump off Sunday night to get the damn impeller out.... Put it back together Monday morning before we left with a new impeller:

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    Hopefully, I'll get more than a week's use out of this one.
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2010
  14. mistercomputerman

    mistercomputerman Active Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA
    410 Sundancer - 2001
    Twin 8.1L Mercruisers - 2009
    Thanks for posting that. I guess I'll need to check my strainers also. I remember you suggested it before we left.
     
  15. ImpulseIII

    ImpulseIII Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore/Venice FL
    2001 410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126TA
    Gary, Thought you were headed up to New York ?
     
  16. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    Gary,

    Did I get it right, you have a way to check the impeller condition without taking it out? That's a huge help and thoughfull design. I wish we had that on gas boats. Other than seastrainers everything else is a project just to check things.
     
  17. 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
    That front plate comes off with 5 bolts so you can easily check the impeller (and replace if needed). You have to have a diesel to get that. :grin:

    Frank - you all convinced me I need to do some better planning so I'm going to head up there next year and maybe go all the way up to the Great Lakes... We are in Havre de Grace now... getting ready to go buy the replacement groceries my wife left in her car (I'm sure they are cooking nicely in this heat).
     
  18. Vince_nj1

    Vince_nj1 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 25, 2008
    North Barnegat Bay
    2006 320 V-Drives 6.2s, Bow Thruster, Generator, Raymarine C80, Radar, Fish Finder
    6.2 Horizons 320HP
    The boat seems ok, but I wont be able to tell for sure until I pull it out of the water. I don't think the shaft is bent and the prop felt fine. (I couldnt see it in the bay, visiblility was less than 6 inches) When I hit the buoy, I was probably only running at 1100 rpms and I shut it down immediately. The buoy was plastic and it looks like the chain just pulled out it. After removing the chain and going for a ride, the boat ran perfectly. No vibration, no strange noise. At this point, my plan is wait until I pull the boat for the winter to do any further inspections.
     
  19. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI

    Vince, We were just saying you may need shaft seals and cutlass bearings... Since you "hit" something, would this be covered by insurance??? One of my thoughts in the storm, was I wish my deductable was not $5K... But as is turned out my damage was minor...
     
  20. Vince_nj1

    Vince_nj1 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 25, 2008
    North Barnegat Bay
    2006 320 V-Drives 6.2s, Bow Thruster, Generator, Raymarine C80, Radar, Fish Finder
    6.2 Horizons 320HP
    Unless I notice something different, I am going to wait until I pull the boat for the winter.

    Funny side note: I had a hard time swimming down under the boat to get to the shaft, so I decided to tie a rope on the starboard side of the boat and let it sink under the boat. I then brought it up on the port side and tied it the mid cleat. I used the rope to pull myself down to the prop. When I finaly got the chain off and climbed back on board I was so happy that I forgot about the rope. My friend Jeff saw me reaching for the engines switches and yelled "STOP.. we still have the rope under the boat". That would be have the pefect ending.. Remove a chain and install a dock line!!
     

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