Official 1980's Weekender/Sundancer 300 thread

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  1. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    I've never removed mine. Not needed to do screw cover or flocking. I'd guess the screws are under the screw cover and when removed will allow the window frame to be removed.
     
  2. Captainscall

    Captainscall Member

    53
    Sep 4, 2018
    1988 300 Sundancer
    350 Mercruisers w/Alpha Drives
    Went out on our first overnight away from the dock and now have some questions.

    1. The generator started an ran great from 6pm until about 6am running the heat. At 6am it just died and would only crank over slowly. Started both main engines and the generator fired up quickly. I am guessing the generator is not charging it’s battery? Any ideas?

    2. The converter/battery charger works fine off shore power. When I try to use it off the generator it pulls a huge load and trips the breaker. I assumed I could use it to keep the batteries charged while on the hook. Could this be related to the generator battery issue above?

    3. Is there a way to access the freshwater tank. I think I have a leak in the tank, a line close to the tank, or the water heater. I am getting freshwater in the aft cabin under the port side cushions in that storage area. There is a small drain hole that leads to the freshwater tank and the water is trickling in there.

    Other than the issues above everything worked great.

    Thanks!!
     

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  3. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    I can try for the Genset issue. First I can't remember, is it a Westerbeke? When mine put out to much current it would kick the breaker. There is a adjustment screw on the governor.

    If it is a Westerbeke many of us have the complete book on it, you will want and need it. Also it has a governor that requires oil to keep it cool and lub the shaft.
     
  4. Captainscall

    Captainscall Member

    53
    Sep 4, 2018
    1988 300 Sundancer
    350 Mercruisers w/Alpha Drives
    Sorry I forgot to say it is a 4kw Onan.

    The weird thing is the battery charger is the only breaker that trips when using generator. When I am hooked up to shore power the battery charger works fine.

    Thanks!!
     
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  5. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    591
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    Now, new to me, 1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    Beautiful boat! Enjoy it to the fullest. My wife and kids love our 88 WE 300.
     
  6. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    591
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    Now, new to me, 1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    I saw the YouTube video on this product and it looks amazing. Please let me know if anyone purchases/use the product. Would like to know the results.
     
  7. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    591
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    Now, new to me, 1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke.
    7.4 Mercruisers
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  8. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Read up a few posts. I used it with great results.
     
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  9. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    591
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    Now, new to me, 1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    Thanks for the info Scorpio. I will pass it on.
     
  10. Iprof

    Iprof Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 8, 2008
    Lake Huron
    A 300 DA 4kw Gen-set, central vac, electric head, windlass, AC/reverse heat, Lowrance 522ci GPS Char
    twin 5.7 with Alpha drives
    The water in the aft cabin of on the starboard side might be coming from the ac condensation hose. I had water in that location for years. Pulled the teak trum off the side panel and removed the screws holding in on. Once removed you have access to the water tank also. There was a braided hose 3/4" that had water dripping out. Thought it might come from the Radar arch but it's a drain tube for the ac. I bought 2 elbows and 3' of plastic tube had to drill a hole at the opposite end of the opening where the ac water pump is close to the bulkhead. The hose goes into the rear bilge now. Great not getting water in that locker anymore.
     
  11. Captainscall

    Captainscall Member

    53
    Sep 4, 2018
    1988 300 Sundancer
    350 Mercruisers w/Alpha Drives
    That’s all good info. Thanks!!
     
  12. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member

    910
    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    We had minor leakage into that area from the water heater. It seemed to be original and had some corrosion and other issues causing intermittent drips; after we replaced it, the volume of water coming through lessened. We still get a little bit which seems to be backwash from the forward bilge sump, as its output hose is routed through that wall to the outlet on the port side of the boat. We didn't attempt to open the side panel to see for sure.

    If the leakage is most noticeable while you're using or after you've used the AC, though, I'd agree with Iprof that perhaps a leaky AC drain hose is the culprit. (Our AC drain hose routes differently, downward and under the galley/aft cabin floor rather than back into the port side area of the heater/water tank.)
     
  13. Captainscall

    Captainscall Member

    53
    Sep 4, 2018
    1988 300 Sundancer
    350 Mercruisers w/Alpha Drives
    I have searched this thread but didn’t find the answers I was looking for. What are people using to screen the 3 hatches in the bow? All my side and aft windows have screens but none of the bow hatches. I thought about doing Velcro but thought I would see if there were any better options.

    Thanks!!
     
  14. TitanTn

    TitanTn Active Member

    362
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    Mine was velcro. Worked pretty good, but as is typical when using velcro for this solution, the more you use it the harder it is to get the velcro to stick to the port frame.
     
  15. Captainscall

    Captainscall Member

    53
    Sep 4, 2018
    1988 300 Sundancer
    350 Mercruisers w/Alpha Drives
    There is Velcro on the inside around the frames. I am guessing previous owner put it on. Might have to look under all the cushions again to see if they left the screens. Thanks!!
     
  16. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Mine are also Velcro. I will also try to get you some pictures later today. I will be working on my winter list if anyone needs anything.

    Warning to all, Vent and Fill hoses are a bitch to replace but don't forget to check them. Mine were very bad.
     
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  17. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    I couldn't get good pics, so I'm going to try to paint one.

    Around each hatch on the outside edge is a Velcro strip. Each screen attaches to it. I also had interior hatch covers made to cover and block the sun in the summer time. Outside snap covers for the winter. It works very well.
     
  18. Captainscall

    Captainscall Member

    53
    Sep 4, 2018
    1988 300 Sundancer
    350 Mercruisers w/Alpha Drives
    I can picture what you are saying. I was wondering how the Velcro would stick to the screen material. Any tips?
     
  19. Getaway

    Getaway Active Member

    976
    Oct 13, 2010
    Bay City, Michigan
    1998 290DA Sundancer
    Lowrance electronics, Fishhawk, Scotty Downriggers
    BoatWheels Tri-Axle Trailer
    Single big block 454 MPI Mercruiser engine and Bravo III outdrive.
    The Velcro is sewn into the edges of the screens.

    Sorry, I’m a 268 guy trolling on your 300 threads. Some day, I plan to grow up. :)
     

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  20. Captainscall

    Captainscall Member

    53
    Sep 4, 2018
    1988 300 Sundancer
    350 Mercruisers w/Alpha Drives
    Thanks for the photos. That’s exactly what the Velcro looks like in my hatch frames. The previous owner left all the canvas and everything else so hopefully I will find the screens. If not I will have some Velcro sewn into some screen.

    Thanks!
     

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