Cockpit on 2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 280

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  1. AZ David

    AZ David New Member

    Jul 22, 2018
    Scottsdale Az
    2003 Sundancer 280
    Twin 5.0 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    I have a question. On the Lower Starboard control panel, there is a button with a rectangle with a zig-zag line running thru it. Does anyone know what this button is for. Thanks !
  2. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    That is typically used for the fresh water pump - however - not all boats are wired to use it. I have the same button on my boat but the fresh water pump switch is on the circuit panel - so this is a spare for my boat.

  3. AZ David

    AZ David New Member

    Jul 22, 2018
    Scottsdale Az
    2003 Sundancer 280
    Twin 5.0 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    Thanks......relying on a SeaRay manuel ..........? we all know what happens there.
  4. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    You’ve also got a portside wiper switch and no port wiper, plus the always useful hatch lift switches without the lift! The good news is that each of these switches function and are wired with breakers in the appropriate EIM module. The manual has wire color codes and pin out numbers so you can locate the stub wire coming from the EIM. So if you want to add a hatch lift the wiring is all there, all that has to be done is attach the lift mechanicals and wire the motor to the stubs on the aft EIM.

  5. DWABoat

    DWABoat Active Member

    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    I have a 2001 280. My panel also has the electric hatch lift button with no electric hatch lift.
    I have no desire to install an electric hatch lift since raising it manually is very easy and foolproof. However, is it safe to “re-purpose” the switch to control some add-on accessory, considering amperage draw, of course? I would like to add lots of intrinsically safe LED engine room lighting.
    My biggest concern is causing a fire by overloading a circuit.
  6. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    You won't overload a circuit adding LED lighting unless you are wiring up a Christmas boat parade setup!
    The breaker amperage should tell you the capacity of that circuit. If it can run a hatch motor its probably a pretty hefty 12v circuit.
  7. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    That switch definitely controls the fresh water pump

    FYI there is a 280 forum here with about 300+ pages of questions, answers and improvements.

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