New to Sea Ray - 1994 200 Overnighter OB

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  1. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
    This year we retired our 1978 Starcraft TriStar BR17. The cathedral hull was fine on the river but the lake handling and river speeds were not enjoyable to my wife or two kids.

    I purchased a used 1994 Sea Ray Overnighter 200 from a private party. The kids don't think a cuddy will be enjoyable but the added horsepower, weight and V Hull should change their minds once we hit the lake. Due to weather and time availability we have only done a three hour river run. High waters in central New York has reduced the speed limit in our area to no wake or 5 mph. I think I've shaked out the bugs as it hasn't been run in a few years but this is my first 6 cylinder oil injected outboard (mercury V135). I'll list what I've done but if anyone can think of anything I've missed...

    New safety equipment: flares, extinguisher, distress flag, upgraded to 900 GPH automatic rule LP900S bilge pump.

    Electrical. Cleaned or replaced wires or terminals, new fuses, replaced frozen dash switches and gauges(nice used Sea Ray Logo gauges on CraigsList). New horn. transferred my group 27 exide marine dual purpose battery and removed group 24 RV deep cycle. Removed broken Craig FM/Cassette player.

    Outboard: new plugs, impeller, water pump kit, quick silver TCW3, quicksilver gear lube. New grease to drive and shift shaft. New SeaStar hydraulic helm fluid and bled system. New fuel lines, bulb and water separating filter. Traded on Craigslist for a backup stainless mercury prop in same size.

    Trailer: new LED lights, added DOT required amber side lights in LED. New wire from plug back. New tires, new grease to bearing buddies. New winch strap and added bolt on transom straps to the galvanized trailer.

    There is no paddle wheel or pitot on the transom, I think the speedometer pick up is in the lower unit. The speedometer is either not working or it just doesn't register at low speed. I barely went over 2200 RPMs on our trip. I'm considering a Faria GPS speedometer as a future upgrade if anyone has any experience with them. Looks effective but won't match the Sea Ray logo gauges on the rest of the dash. The Lawrence in dash with thru hull transceiver that came as an original option also seems sporadic.

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