New owner, older boat

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  1. Robb Watson

    Robb Watson New Member

    5
    Sep 16, 2018
    Kawartha Lakes, ON Canada
    1981 360 Express
    Twin Mercruiser 454
    Hi all.
    Just joined the Sea Ray family by purchasing a 1981 360 Express. First boat and my wife thinks we're crazy. Shopped around but kept coming back to this beauty. It has some issues so expect a lot of posts from me!
    Robb
     

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  2. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Active Member

    178
    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    Nice boat. But just remember the only thing that works on an old boat is the owner. :)
     
  3. Larry Sturm

    Larry Sturm Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    110
    Mar 26, 2017
    Chiefland, Florida
    2003 SeaRay 420 Sundancer
    2003 SeaRay 320 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA8.3-M3
    Mercruiser 350MPI
    That applies to a new boat also! Lol
     
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  4. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    That's funny...... Need to strike a nice balance between the two.
     
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  5. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Start up a fix'er upper thread so we can watch the progress.
     
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  6. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    There are 2 of them at our yacht club. One is gas and pristine the other is diesel and in rough shape. Both have the tan gelcoat. I like the white on yours better.
     
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  7. Robb Watson

    Robb Watson New Member

    5
    Sep 16, 2018
    Kawartha Lakes, ON Canada
    1981 360 Express
    Twin Mercruiser 454
    I get the feeling I'm going to prove that in short order!!
     
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  8. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    246
    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    Well we all need something to do . Welcome Rob and best of fortune with the ole girl
     
  9. 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.
    Those ole girls still have a lot of life in them and they're ready to give you a great time. (Just don't tell my wife I said that!)
     
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  10. hillsideshortleg

    hillsideshortleg Member

    175
    Feb 5, 2012
    Lake Pend Orielle, Idaho
    89 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    2 350's Mercruiser drives
    I am a big fan of the older boats. The newer ones do little for my wife and I
     
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  11. Mac-Daddy-Minnesota

    Mac-Daddy-Minnesota New Member

    15
    Aug 12, 2018
    Cottage Grove MN
    Sea Ray Sundancer 310
    twin 5.7 with alpha 1
    I'm the same as you, new owner of an older boat. Ours is a '90 Sundancer 310. I've already fixed the docking light on the bow, the black-water level indicator, the trumpet horns (making a new bracket for that). Need to replace the power steering actuator as the current one leaks. Also would like to replace the fabric on the headliner and the seating cushions. Carpet needs to be done too. Blue shag is a bit worn. Rest of the boat is in great shape for its age. Congrats on the "project" purchase.
     
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  12. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Active Member

    151
    Jun 10, 2018
    Waterford, CT
    '97 Sundander 300
    Twin 5.7 V-Drive
    Congrats, and enjoy!
    Lots of knowledgeable and helpful folks here...great community!
     
  13. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    386
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    sweet! maker her yours!
     
  14. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    386
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    sweet! maker her yours!
     
  15. gdavis67

    gdavis67 Active Member

    123
    Mar 1, 2017
    Saugatuck, MI
    1990 390ec
    Twin 454 Mercruiser T 340 with Hurth drives
    Congratulations and welcome to the club! We feel the same as many others on here - older boats just have a little more style. Dive in one project at a time and lean heavily on the members here as their knowledge is second to none.
     
  16. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Welcome to CSR!
     
  17. Robb Watson

    Robb Watson New Member

    5
    Sep 16, 2018
    Kawartha Lakes, ON Canada
    1981 360 Express
    Twin Mercruiser 454
    Yes, we have to re-upholster all of the outside seating. Everything on this boat has been jury rigged by the last owner so I've got to bring it all back up to original. My wiring skills are mediocre at best but I'd much prefer to flip a switch to turn on the blowers rather than have it hooked up directly to a battery! The whole dash has to be re-wired as well... there goes my Christmas holidays!
     
  18. Mac-Daddy-Minnesota

    Mac-Daddy-Minnesota New Member

    15
    Aug 12, 2018
    Cottage Grove MN
    Sea Ray Sundancer 310
    twin 5.7 with alpha 1
    I'm a maintenance electrician by trade and schooling. I am in the process of updating the switch board plastic and wires to the switches. From what I have been told, you need to have crimp connectors instead of twist type (like what most homes will have). I have been using a terminal block with crimp rings and screws. This way I know what is being powered by what battery (label it and draw it out). I found that making a rude schematic, I was able to create a better load balance on the items I wanted to power up. The previous owner did an awesome job on the up-keep of our boat. I just need to "make it mine" as another poster mentioned. Once I figure out how the ceiling fabric is held up, that will be updated. Guessing it may be stapled or small nails into the hull. Carpet is coming out this fall once the boat is in dry dock.

    Best of luck with the boat.

    Tom
     

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