Official 280 Sundancer Thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by gredmer, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Curtiss

    Curtiss New Member

    27
    Dec 2, 2016
    Sarasota, Fl
    280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 Mercruisers with Alpha 1's
    That would make sense. I'll look at it closer and get a pic of it. I'll also look at where the wires go. thank you
     
  2. lbaratian

    lbaratian New Member

    25
    Nov 16, 2016
    Long Island, NY
    2003 sea ray 280 sundancer
    4.3 mpi w/alpha 1
    Has anyone put bluetooth on the stock 280 stereo?
     
  3. LiL Nauti

    LiL Nauti New Member

    163
    Mar 17, 2013
    Annapolis
    '05 280 Sundancer Raymarine e7D
    Twin 4.3's w/ A1's Kohler 5E
    Lmao Seevee, wondering why u were looking at them in the winter time, hell, you live in FLA, that's why! Boat on brotha!
     
  4. LiL Nauti

    LiL Nauti New Member

    163
    Mar 17, 2013
    Annapolis
    '05 280 Sundancer Raymarine e7D
    Twin 4.3's w/ A1's Kohler 5E
    I can't find my invoice, but with these symptoms I had to replace a fuel pump or a servo to the fuel pump. I'll have to get a copy of my receipt from the marina, can't find it...
     
  5. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    126
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    No, but I'm replacing it with a new Bluetooth head unit. Which they are all now equipped with.
     
  6. JimT

    JimT Active Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
  7. Seevee

    Seevee Member

    222
    Dec 3, 2015
    St. Pete, FL
    280 Sundancer 2003,
    Garmin 4208, Ray 60
    4.3 Merc Twins, Alpha One, Kohler 5kw
    Kevin,

    If you replaced the fuel pump, how did you do it... hidden behind a mount in an awful place.
     
  8. lbaratian

    lbaratian New Member

    25
    Nov 16, 2016
    Long Island, NY
    2003 sea ray 280 sundancer
    4.3 mpi w/alpha 1
  9. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    126
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    Can anyone recommend underwater lights? Specifically the drain plug kind. Not sure i want to cut a hole and spend a lot more on the better ones since i don't know if I'll even use them that much.
     
  10. SAshton

    SAshton Member

    414
    Nov 30, 2007
    somerset, mass
    2004 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 w/A1 drives
    Access to tighten cleats? I was going to check them and was wondering if it's even possible to tighten them if needed without pulling interior apart


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  11. howardedson

    howardedson New Member

    6
    Jan 13, 2017
    Seattle, WA
    280 Sundancer 2007
    496 Mercruiser w/Bravo III drive
    Hi All. Brand new member. Searched the forum a bit but thought I'd post with a question. Moving up from a 1993 230 Sundancer to a 2007 280 Sundancer with a single Merc 496 / Bravo III. She's very clean, about 140 hours on the engine.

    Sea trial and professional survey scheduled for Monday. Any general advice for things I should be looking for in the pre-purchase evaluation?
     
  12. SAshton

    SAshton Member

    414
    Nov 30, 2007
    somerset, mass
    2004 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 w/A1 drives
    Great motor but the stock water pumps are garbage. Not really rebuildable. I replaced mine with a hardline marine stainless pump for 500. Manifolds and risers are about due is used in salt water. Lift cushions in aft cabin to inspect for water or stains on the cushions. Greats boats! I love mine but I have twins v6


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  13. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Above Cape Ann
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    Howard, like your choice. We've had our 280/496 about ten years now.

    A couple of comments. First water pump decay is largely a function of the water conditions the boat is used in. The raw water feed is direct, so if you boat in silty water the abrasive action by the particulates in the water will eat away at the pump.

    But there is good news, the existing raw water pick up system sucks, or more accurately doesn't suck enough. The pump feed is 1.25" hose, but the plumbing through the drive and transom assembly is 0.75", go figure. In our second season I had a through hull raw water pick up installed with strainer giving a 1.25" line all the way to the pump. Strainer keeps the grit out and since then other than annual impeller swap out we are still on the OEM pump. Cost for us was slightly higher than getting a more robust pump, but to my mind more permanent.

    Other big issue, have the transom plate inspected for corrosion damage. If that is bad you are looking at about $5k in parts and labor to replace. Also have them check the transom pivot pin. The 280 is a big boat and 496 puts out a lot of horses, so the steering pins take a beating. I know the newer b3 packages come with a larger pin and u bolt (because when we replaced our transom assembly they were larger than the 02 version. I don't know what the 07 set up was.

    I also wouldn't be overly concerned with exhaust. We are still on the OEM. The 496 has a dry joint system and seems more durable. This also has a large location aspect as well. But if you do a web search of companies selling Merc exhaust system, very few will stock, or have replacement packages for the 496. That has always suggested to me that they are more durable than folks give them credit for.

    Anyway that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Best of luck, we have been very happy with our 280.

    Henry


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  14. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    126
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    Anyone replace their microwave with a toaster oven? I will probably be doing this first thing come spring.
     
  15. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Sounds dangerous, no? Toaster ovens create a lot of heat and need plenty of air space around them. Maybe someone makes a small toaster oven for confined (built-in) spaces, though. Never seen one, myself, but I've never looked for one, either.
     
  16. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Above Cape Ann
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    I agree with Dennis. We have a Cuisinart counter top convection oven we use for things like re heating pizza, bagels, toast etc, and have used it at Thanksgiving time to cook vegetables when oven space is at a premium.

    It throws a lot of heat, requires air space, and I'd be concerned that the boats AC wiring may not be up to snuff for an ovens current draw.

    Henry


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  17. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    126
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    Ok so, apparently lots of boaters have toaster ovens on the Internet.
     
  18. lbaratian

    lbaratian New Member

    25
    Nov 16, 2016
    Long Island, NY
    2003 sea ray 280 sundancer
    4.3 mpi w/alpha 1
    Where do you guys store your fenders? I have a dilemma on whether to install fender racks or just keep them in the cabin. Any suggestions would be be helpful.
     
  19. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    When I had my 280DA, I kept a pair of 6.5" fenders in the transom locker for tying up at restaurants, etc. I left the big fenders back at my slip secured to the dock with a bungee cord. A typical day for us would be to cruise for a bit, drop anchor somewhere, swim, grill, etc. After awhile we usually pull up the anchor and head to a restaurant on the lake for a beer and some food and, if needed, we'd use the small fenders when we docked. For us, there wasn't a need to bring the big fenders on every outing.
     
  20. LI_Steve

    LI_Steve New Member

    11
    Aug 26, 2014
    Long Island, NY, USA
    2006 Sea Ray Sundancer 280
    Twin V-6 Alpha I's
    ANCHOR LINE ADVICE?
    Current line in our 2006 280DA could use replacing. Can anyone advise the maximum (or optimal) amount of anchor line for a Sundancer 280? While most of my Long Island boating is in the bay, we do go out in the ocean at times.
    Thank you!
     

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