Official (1990-1993) 270/290 DA thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Quint4, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    This is a popular model with great lines. There are many owners of this great boat here at CSR so let's share our collective wisdom with info on upgrades, mechanicals, needs, wants, etc. Here are a few pics of some of my 290 upgrades.......enjoy!

    Sub Woofer & Polk audio 6.5s
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    19" flat panel TV - direct wired to 12v
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    Swimplatform
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    Cupholders - added 5 of them
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    Fuseblock for additional 12v circuits - behind panel in mid cabin storage area
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    LED lights
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    Added A/C vent to vee berth
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    Isotherm refrigerator
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    Magma grill
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    Sony Xplod stereo with IPOD



    New interior

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    Last edited: Apr 20, 2013
  2. Hharris

    Hharris New Member

    41
    Oct 15, 2010
    Arnold MO
    1998 330 Sundancer
    454 Mpi's V drives
    This is a thread I've been lookin for thanks quint, the first few mods are top on my list, definitely have to upgrade stereo and was wondering where to mount any type of sub, the tv is a must, and the cupholders look great, on my sea trial a friend asked "where are the cupholders" lol, I wish this boat had a/c but We will survive without it, do you like ur ladder being in the center vs offset to one of the corners?
    And how did you wire in the tv?
    Do you have remote for stereo at helm? I want to have 2 remotes, 1 helm and 1 at the transom
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2010
  3. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    The ladder in the center is fine for us...no issues. I bought the TV and cut off the "wall wart" transformer. Most of these TVs are 12v and the "wall wart" merely steps 110v down to 12v. I then just ran pos and neg wires to my added fuse block to power the TV. My stereo is in factory location. It is upgraded to a Sony XPLOD. I plug my IPOD into it and have a wireless remote at the helm to control the IPOD...song selection & volume.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2010
  4. Hharris

    Hharris New Member

    41
    Oct 15, 2010
    Arnold MO
    1998 330 Sundancer
    454 Mpi's V drives
    Did you have any problems mounting the tv in that spot? What style mount did u use?
     
  5. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
  6. Hharris

    Hharris New Member

    41
    Oct 15, 2010
    Arnold MO
    1998 330 Sundancer
    454 Mpi's V drives
    Awesome thanks! Here I am in south Dakota pheasant hunting and keep checking my phone! :), i cant figure out how to post pics from my iphone so once I get back home I'll post up some pics of my boat, thanks for all the pics and info,
     
  7. Don Sr

    Don Sr New Member

    208
    Feb 21, 2009
    Denver Colorado
    270 DA 1990
    7.4l B1
    Great Job Dave thanks for all the effort
     
  8. Don Sr

    Don Sr New Member

    208
    Feb 21, 2009
    Denver Colorado
    270 DA 1990
    7.4l B1
    Here what I do in my spare 100 hours, I couldn't stand the black bottom paint chipping off and see blue bottom paint or white fiberglass

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    I think the bottom looks better.

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    I've replaced the power supply for the frig so it now runs on 12v or 120v

    I've fixed cracks in the Gel Coat / Fiber Glass - need to do more

    Added a flat screen same location as Dave

    DVD player is mounted in the cabinet next to the sink

    New 4 Blade 15p Revolution Prop - Still have the 3 Blade Mirage 17p - don't quote me on pitch, I would need to check. Much better acceleration for tubing and wake boarding

    New Sony stereo/Ipod with remote back by the arch portside

    Replaced the CruiseAir 3 knob A/C controls with the new digital control-still wont work with my Honda LOL!

    I take some interior pics when I'm at Lake Powell next week.
     
  9. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    That is a nice bottom!

    I always wonder if I should have bought a 4 blade instead of a 3. I put on a 3 blade stainless and it is a good all around prop. I do not want top end speed, I just want the most economical cruise I can get.
     
  10. Don Sr

    Don Sr New Member

    208
    Feb 21, 2009
    Denver Colorado
    270 DA 1990
    7.4l B1
    I'm getting old, I know I lost top end in going from the 3 blade 17p to 4 blade 15p, maybe 5-7mph, RPM increased from 4200 to 4500 at WOT. Gas bill went through the roof! I did pick up a bunch of low end, the boat jumps out of the water and is on plane in half the time which is what the kids wanted. My son still wants through hull exhaust! lol.
     
  11. Don Sr

    Don Sr New Member

    208
    Feb 21, 2009
    Denver Colorado
    270 DA 1990
    7.4l B1
    I have a microwave that the kids use frequently. It is huge. It sits on top of the stove and when done I store it in the Vee Berth storage compartment. Since my kids eat about every hour this is a PITA. I have seen microwaves mounted in the cabinet above the stove. Has anyone added this? If I remember my cabinet is only 6-8 inches deep. Does anyone know a make model that would work.

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  12. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    I have the factory microwave as pictured. I will try to get make model etc for you when I am home tomorrow.
     
  13. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    This is a great thread guys.....Thanks. I'm in the process of winterizing my 270 for the first time. I just pumped the holding tank, added 3/4 gallon of antifreeze to the toilet and emptied the fresh water feed/strainer to it. I emptied my water heater and fresh water tank....still need to drain lines or add the pink stuff....what's best? I also found my on-board battery charger! I still have to drain the AC pump and lines also. Engines I've done before and may be the easy part! This is my first cruiser and we really liked the lifestyle change from my go-fast that we still have and will probably keep.....my second V8 to winterize. I will need to touch up my bottom paint in the spring but the normal dirt and green just power-washed right off. I always wanted a boat that I could leave in it's slip all season (fresh water). The CV-23 is a slip weekender/trailer queen. I have no indoor storage for this winter so I'll be covering her with a 40'x25' heavy plastic tarp. I'm thinking of running a support rope from the stern, up over the arch, to the windshied and out to the bow rail/searchlight. I should put a support somewhere between the windshield and bow so the snow slides off. Should I leave the mooring cover on under it? I hope to build a building for next year, Mike.

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  14. JerryS

    JerryS Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 17, 2010
    GA
    '90 270
    454 Bravo1 4KW Kohler, AC
    MIke: Under the cushion in the mid-berth, you will find the sump pump for the shower and the A/C condensate drain. First, lift the float switch lever to pump as much water out as possible. Then, pour some "Pink Stuff" into your shower drain in the head. Then, go to the sump pump and again lift the float lever to pump it through the lines and the pump. (PS if the sump is nasty, you may want to pour some oxy-clean in there first to clean and freshen it up)

    Water heater: I disconnect the raw water lines and then tie them together using a 6" piece of 1/2" copper pipe. I disconnect the fresh water lines and then screw them together to bypass the water heater. I then drain whatever fresh water is in the heater. And then, after I have emptied the fresh water tank, I put in a couple of gallons of Pink Stuff and pump it through the system. Don't forget the wash down connection at the stern if your boat has that. (I don't pump the Pink stuff through the water heater for a reason that is unknown to me - it may be that I think that it leaves a film in the heater that would not be good - Just my way)
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  15. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    Thanks Jerry..... I like the jumper idea. We had a lot of fun with the 270 since June. I'm now ready to do some traveling next summer to the 1000 Islands and Finger Lakes in NY. My wife really likes the cruiser also, Mike.
     
  16. JerryS

    JerryS Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 17, 2010
    GA
    '90 270
    454 Bravo1 4KW Kohler, AC
    Mike: Hope that you do get up to the 1000 islands. Here is the location of one of my favorites:
    44.34.76N x 75.41.89W It is a little horseshoe shaped island just west of Brockville.
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010
  17. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    Thanks Jerry......I can't wait to get the 270 on some bigger water. We only have about 10 miles of river to run on the Susquehanna River but it's still beautiful to hang out on. Raystown Lake in West Central PA is very nice also. Seneca Lake (Watkins Glenn) is only 90 miles from my home port of Williamsport. Cayuga Lake I hear is very nice and not as rough as Seneca plus they have more Wineries with docking!....., Mike.
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010
  18. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Don,
    The microwave is 18" wide, 9" tall, 12" deep. Mine is made by Quasar (are they still in business?)
     
  19. Don Sr

    Don Sr New Member

    208
    Feb 21, 2009
    Denver Colorado
    270 DA 1990
    7.4l B1
    Thanks Dave, I will have to triple check, I'm almost positive I'm only 6-9 inches deep. Does your microwave extend out from the cabinet? I'm thinking Sea Ray made yours deeper than mine. Look at the above pictures, mine looks more like the second picture. If you come up with any ideas, maybe another location, let me know.
     
  20. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    My kitchen set-up is identical to the second pic. The microwave extends out maybe an inch.
     

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