Official 280 Sundancer Thread

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

  1. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    75
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Well that should be easy to locate. However, I'd start by testing the voltage coming out of the charger - that way you know if the charger is toast. Then test the voltage coming into the battery if there is none at the battery then you're going to have to check and see ihow the PO wired the charger. I have a different charger on my 2005 280 so I'm wondering if the charger was done after. Also while I'm not an expert on chargers the 20 amp charger seems light for three #27's.
     
  2. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    75
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
  3. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    140
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    Thinking of removing the pullout tv and installing a flat screen over the mirror at the tip of the v-berth. Thought to install a coffee maker in its place but i think an ice maker would be used more. Anyone ever install an ice maker where the tv was originally installed on that pullout?
     
  4. stg099

    stg099 Member

    49
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    It's a creative idea, and I like the idea of an ice maker near the galley, but I'd be worried that it would be a rough viewing angle for any seat but the forward facing dinette. Even then, it may only be the seat closest the galley that has a view of the TV due to the hanging locker that sticks our a bit from the port side.
     
  5. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    75
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    I like the idea of putting the tv where the mirror is. No reason for the mirror other than making the boat look bigger. You can also put a larger tv there. As for the ice maker - that would be a bit awkward up there. If you do let us know how it works out.
     
  6. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    75
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Smartcraft gauges: As background we just purchased in November a 2005 280 with twin 5.0. We have only had the boat out once (surveyor doing sea trial) and then it went into winter storage, This is my first time with inboards and stern drives so I've got some questions on the smartcraft tach and speedo gauges. Thanks in advance for your input.

    Does anyone know how accurate the fuel usage is?

    I assume that the fuel usage on each tach is for that engine only? And on the speedo gauge it's combined? When you fuel up do you have to reset since it calculates fuel remaining?

    I read in earlier posts that the 'ideal' trim angle is 1 with this engine combination? Note only 2 persons on board, full fuel and no generator

    Normal temp for these engines?

    Water pressure?

    Oil pressure?
     
  7. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    75
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Same boat - different topic:

    I'm going to replace the raymarine 215 radio. Has anyone created a mounting plate for their new radio? I'm replacing it with a SH Matrix GX2200 in black
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
  8. Fat Tony

    Fat Tony New Member

    13
    Aug 2, 2017
    West River, Chesapeake Bay
    2003 280
    Twin 4.3
    I better follow this one...was planning on buying the same radio this winter. Not having looked at the actual size-is there no chance of using the same one?
     
  9. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    75
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Bad news, I measured the current radio (raymarine 215) and the cutout. All of the new radios will be larger in height but shorter in width. Im still going with the GX2200 but will make up a starboard plate to cover up the hole (fashioned like the gray one) .
     
  10. mjoplin

    mjoplin Member

    105
    Oct 10, 2016
    Houston, TX
    2005 Sundancer 280
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
  11. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    Yes, I have had the same issue and have fixed it. It's a pretty easy fix, just a bit tedious, especially if you are by yourself. I forget the details, but basically you simply have to spin an adjustment nut a revolution, either one way or the other and re-test. If it's worse, go the other way. If it's better, keep going until it's fixed. The nut is on top of the engine, on a cable and cable shaft connected to the throttle body.

    You can follow the adjustment guide in the Mercruiser Service Manual, or use it as a reference. But even after following the directions to a 'T', I've found I still need to make a turn or two of the nut on the cable shaft to get it just right.

    And then eventually it will start to happen again.... :)
     
  12. stg099

    stg099 Member

    49
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha

    Thanks so much for the explanation, at the very least it's good to know that it's not a serious issue, but rather one of adjustment. I had read that the reverse portion of the cable is "offset" to allow a bit of independent adjustment for the shifter, but glad to hear it's do-able. Now to be patient for a few more months until the damn lake thaws!
     
  13. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    36
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    Help!!! I have a beautiful 2001 280 Sundancer for sale that looks and runs great but I have two minor issues. I really would like to properly address these issues before she sells. Any guidance would be appreciated.
    The starboard side trim/tilt works intermittently. While depressing the thumb switch with the engine hatch open, I can hear a clicking noise but the lower unit does not always raise. (It seems to always lower) I depressed the thumb switch multiple times in rapid succession and the lower unit ultimately came up. Any guidance on how to trouble shoot this would be appreciated. I initially believed the problem to be the switch but with the engine hatch open, I believe I heard a clicking sound every time I depressed the thumb switch.
    The other issue is that my trim tabs don't work. I found the reservoir completely dry when I bought it and filled it. The motor assembly (part of the unit containing the reservoir) sounds like it is activating. Any thoughts... Thanks...
     
  14. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Curtis,

    Stbd trim... the most common culprit... the solenoid can "click", even though it doesn't make a solid enough connection to pass the required amps (it's not so much about volts) through the connection. The way to tell for sure is to jumper around the solenoid with an appropriate sized wire.

    Trim tabs... It takes several up/down cycles for it to purge itself of air. However, the fact that it was empty likely means there was (is?) a leak. While someone presses the button, look for leaks at the pump connection, along the tubing to the transom, the inside transom connection nipple and the ram on the outside. It's dirt simple, so it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.
     
  15. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    140
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
  16. stg099

    stg099 Member

    49
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    Looking at the listing I couldn't find anywhere that it stated if it was self adhesive or not. If it's not I'd be concerned that if you have to put down adhesive from a caulk gun or trowel it down from a tube that it'd be next to impossible to ever revert back to Non-skid or snap in carpet if the EVA failed.
     
  17. stg099

    stg099 Member

    49
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    Seems like a number of you guys have updated the cupholder in front of the port side lounger to the more modern stainless 3-ring type that is on the cockpit sink. I would like to do the same as the plastic one is useless, is this a big job? I would assume that you'd need access to below to tighten the nuts on the base, is removing that ceiling panel a simple job or more involved than it's worth?
     
  18. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    75
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    In talking to a couple of vendors including Seadeck, they said you need to sand down the anti skid surface application of the product. As a result I'm going with Infinity vinyl to replace the original carpeting. I've seen it on a couple of boats in our harbor and it looks great.
     
  19. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    75
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Interesting - my 05 which we just bought has the SS one. That must have been the changeover year. I'm heading over to the boat tomorrow and with take a look for you.
     

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