new owner .. in over my head?

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  1. ballinsncbirth

    ballinsncbirth New Member

    May 11, 2014
    clear lake tx
    2006 320 sundancer
    350 mag

    OK so there's not a way to do this normally....

    So took the boat out ..everything great and bam got another overheat alarm alarm.. blk psi lo alarm and overspeed alarm... .on the port engine.. Shut it down and limped back to dock on the starbard

    Opened it up and again when engine on looks like water is coming from underneath the engine likely where the strainer outlet house .. Couldn't reach it to see exactly

    Also lhe generator just cuts of after a few minutes .. Starts OK .. Has a charge .. Then just kinda whimpers out

    Sigh.. Guess the boating gods have frowned on me lol
  2. dwna1a

    dwna1a Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    As for the engine issue, it may be time to call in a mechanic.

    As for the GenSet, check the oil. They have a low oil shutoff sensor. Also check or even change the fuel filter. Even the smallest amour of trash in the line will make my Westerbeke shut down.

    Don't let all this small stuff get you down, the engine issue could be something very small. Mine had a leak for almost a year. I used every toy I own to try to see this leak. I changed the hose from the Seacock to the engine with no luck. In the end it was just a loose hose clamp at the oil cooler unit. Find a mechanic that will let you look over their shoulder and ask questions.
  3. Dsybok

    Dsybok New Member

    Jul 9, 2011
    Los Angeles/Lakewood, CA
    Currently Boatless
    I bought a 2005 320 as my first boat 3 years ago. First , it is the smallest engine compartment stuffed with engines, genny etc, of just about any boat out there, and its doubly worse if you are like me and have V drives. I can't fit down there, I have to hire someone smaller than me to do some of my work for me, its just not possible to fit 240 lb guy my size into some of those crevasses.

    I also keep my boat on shore power all the time when at the dock, you do need to make sure you have your AC converter on so you maintain your batteries, I only mention this because its so simple and basic that maybe no one has ever mentioned it. I run my generator when I am out anchoring for 2-3 hours a day when I need TV power or my wife needs to use the microwave or stovetop for making tea or something. The rest of the time I will generally be on battery power only, running both fridges and any DC lights/radio etc that I need while I am at anchor or on a mooring. I have not found a need to run the generator while underway yet. I have 5 or 6 year old batteries and they are still very strong.

    My cockpit and salon tables lift out, try twisting them when you lift them. They should not be bolted in.

    As for your hose/water/cooling issues, I would not want to give you advice, I am not the best mechanic when it comes to engine work. It sounds like you need a good mechanic, which are admittedly hard to find. Good luck, let us know what happens.
  4. jlamb

    jlamb New Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    North Carolina
    2001 Sundancer 290
    " Marga-SEA-ta"
    5.0 Mercruisers w/Bravo III Drives
    My Kohler Generator did that too. I found the coolant was a bit low, filled it up and it runs great. With Kohler generators there are several conditions that can cause it to quit - hi temperature, lo coolant, lo oil being the top of the list.

    How the generator shuts down can tell you a lot about the cause. If it shuts down suddenly like you flipped a switch, there is a good chance its in response to something being out of bounds like oil, coolant or temp. If it coughs and gags while shutting off its probably a fuel flow issue.

    Check all your levels, including the water discharge out the side of your boat. It might not hurt to call a generator mechanic. I had one through my system out and teach me all the ins and outs of the system. Well worth the money, as I enjoy running the margarita machine, away from the dock....
  5. WDCboater

    WDCboater Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Washington, DC
    2010 350 Sundancer
    Raymarine c95 GPS
    KVH Satellite
    Twin Mercury 8.1 Horizon V-Drives
    Try not to get frustrated. Even a well maintained boat can run into issues.

    First day I owned my 350 I laid across the engines the way the mechanics had showed me so I could check the generator and when I went to start the boat an alarm went off. Turns out I laid on an oxygen sensor and squashed it. Quick repair, but annoying to say the least.
  6. Saverio

    Saverio Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 31, 2010
    Long island new york
    1995 330 DA
    Twin 454 Webber Carbs
    V drives
    Fresh water cooled
    Good Luck

    with new boat

    if you look on Craigs List

    Their are a lot of captins that will offer you services on how to uese your boat and take you and go over thesystems of your boat and how they operate


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