my new 1971 searay 240

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by allen, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. allen

    allen New Member

    5
    Jul 13, 2009
    just became a member last week. To the club and the proud owner of a great boat. she needed a little work. i guess the norm for an old boat, (wiring, plumbing, oil change.) Myself and a few buddies spent all week getting her ready. We went over everything. needless to say her first trip out was today, We got 15 minutes of crusing before we blew a hole in one of the exhaust hoses. Hopefully that will be fixed tomorrow and we can try again. If anybody has any suggestions let me know. thanks, Allen
     

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  2. Chubminnow

    Chubminnow New Member

    39
    Jan 16, 2008
    Lake Cumberland
    240 SunDancer 1997
    5.7 w/AlphaI
    Very cool old boat you have...not sure what the allure of old boats is to me but I sure do like them. Thanks for sharing the picture and welcome to the board!
     
  3. BarryCF

    BarryCF New Member

    148
    May 5, 2009
    North Carolina
    245 Cuddy Fisherman
    260 Mercruiser, Pre Alpha
    Welcome! Nice pic. I love the old Sea Ray's.
     
  4. hoosierhog

    hoosierhog New Member

    61
    Mar 23, 2009
    Wabash IN
    SRV240 Weekender
    OMC 235hp
    Allen,
    Welcome aboard! Finally someone with an older boat than mine. Mine is a 1976 srv 240 weekender. What engine and outdrive do you have? I have found that you have to fix alot of small items at first on an old boat(relays, corroded wiring, etc...) but it is worth it. Be sure to do all your preventive maintenance on your engine and outdrive. It will save you money in the long run.
    rgds,
     
  5. allen

    allen New Member

    5
    Jul 13, 2009
    hey,

    yeah, i have found out that older boats need alot of small things fixed. i spent the first week re-doing most of the wiring. it was a headache. 30 years of different owners wiring crap. After trying for several hours of chasing wirers i finally riped everthing out and started from scratch. The motor is a 350 merc, and of course the outdrive is a omc. Hopefully her 2nd trip out under my ownership will be wednesday. Thanks for touching base with me. And if you have any other helpfull tips with these old searay's will be thankful.......Allen
     
  6. reedjames

    reedjames Member

    47
    Jul 8, 2010
    Manteca
    1972 sea-ray 240 1983 dodge power Ram 4X4
    twin 351 ford mercuiser 888
  7. reedjames

    reedjames Member

    47
    Jul 8, 2010
    Manteca
    1972 sea-ray 240 1983 dodge power Ram 4X4
    twin 351 ford mercuiser 888
    nice
     
  8. romanservices

    romanservices Member

    180
    Aug 24, 2016
    Chesapeak Bay
    1999 Sea Ray 370 AC, Raymarine es98 - AlbaCombi NMEA2K converter -
    Twin 454 Horizon MAG MPI - replaced 2016
    Nice.. I like the hardtop on there
     
  9. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    201
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    I sure know what a lot of work an old boat can be. I have a 77 240 sundancer with twin 470's and have been working on her for almost a year. The previous owner had painted all the teak trim and railings black, and had done a fancy plumbing job with a gas can as a reserviour for the toilet. All the outdrives had to be pulled and serviced with all new bellows,gimbel bearings, waterpumps, seals,and gaskets. I took her out to put in the slip and the stbd engine is getting warmer than I like and the port not to far off about 3/4 up the gauge. So pulled her and am going to put in new thermostats, pull and clean the heat exchangers, and check anything else that may cause a heating issue. Based on what I found from previous work by the other owners on the outdrives I wouldn't be surprized if the thermostats have been removed.
    What I have done is strip all the teak and restained and varnished it including the swim step and ladder. Installed a on board three station battery charger, two extra house batteries, 2000-4000 inverter to run the fridge(it is 120 volt), and a Lorance Hook 9 gps fish finder. I also changed out all the dash switches, installed digital voltage gauges for each bank of batteries, put all new trim pucks on the out drives, repaired the trim cylinder and installed a new trim solenoid for the trim boards.I also installed a 2000 gph bilge pump along with the 850 gph pump and hooked it into the automatic switch and the manual on dash switch. Drains a gallon or so water from the bilge in about 6 seconds. The original boat had a small jump seat behind the captains bench but it had been removed so built another one and reinstalled it where it belonged and installed two speakers in the area. Replaced one of the trim gauges because the needle was bent(thank god for ebay). I have a small leak somewhere I have to find may be a shift cable bellow as I didn't change them out as they looked new, I do suspect the drain plug as there was water running from there when put water in the bilge to clean out the oil from a trim hose that I think is leaking. I had the boat in the slip for a couple weeks and with the solar charger going the pumps would come on one maybe two times in 24 hours, so where ever it is leaking it is very small.
    This boat has been a big on going project and is really heavy to haul around hoping to get it in the slip so I can use it but held up now by 100 plus temps here in Vegas just to hot outside to work on her.
    Thanks for letting me tell a little history.
     
  10. DarkJester

    DarkJester Active Member

    155
    Jul 26, 2011
    North Alabama, Guntersville lake, Tennessee River
    2011 270 SLX
    Merc 8.2 MAG Bravo III
    Allen, sweet boat! Keep after the small stuff, it's way easier than fixing the big stuff.
    The Allure of old boats is unexplainable. We do seem to like them though. Maybe it's all the knowledge we get from owning them. There's an old Burt Reynolds movie, Malone I think, where his car breaks down and he takes it to a mechanic, and starts working on the car himself. The guy asks him if he knows a lot about cars, and Burt says, "I know a lot about this one". Maybe that's some of it. I don't know everything about boats, but I know a lot about mine.

    Rats...I rambled again...sorry.

    Loyd, you really need to do some showing off of that boat and all you have done.
    That's a pantload of work and love you put into that boat. I, for one, would enjoy a walk around.

    Plus, We all love boat pics.
    Twin 470's on a 240, that thing must fly...
    And you're in Vegas. I was stationed at Nellis AFB Back in the eighties. I really liked it there. Once you get past the lure of the Strip, it's a cool little town with lots of good people.
     
  11. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Allen your boat looks good and I understand what you're going through as I am just finishing a 3+ year restoration of a 23' 1985 Cobalt. Rewiring was probably the best way to go and what I should have done but I stupidly thought the 30-year old harness was good.

    The biggest issue you will have with your boat is the outdrive. That is known as the OMC "Stringer Drive" and unfortunately it is the worst piece of crap ever hung on a boat. It was unreliable and a pain to work on. The other down side is that parts are more rare than a virgin on prom night. I would start doing an internet search now for any parts for that drive and start hoarding them. Pay extra attention to the boot that surrounds the outdrive and connects to the transom. If that breaches your boat will go down like a stone.

    Now that I've ruined your day stay with it. The worst part of owning an old boat is finding someone to work on it and it sounds like you are capable of taking care of that.
    Shawn
     

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