Official 280 Sundancer Thread

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

  1. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    37
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
     
  2. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    37
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    Thanks. I fixed the trim and tilt issue. It was in fact a solenoid issue. I replaced both while I had it apart so we are good. As far as the trim tabs, I have not been able to find a leak anywhere. The motor sounds like it is working and even has a different pitch depending on whether up or down is pressed. I’ll try to hold the buttons depressed in the up and down positions longer once it warms up to see if it is an issue of needing to purge the air.
     
  3. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    37
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    I replaced the plastic drink holder on mine with a new plastic drink holder I had custom made at a local plastic shop. The new drink holder is nearly 1/2” thick. I raised it about 2” to prevent drinks from topping over. It works and looks awesome. My total cost was about $75 and I was able to do everything from the top side.
     
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  4. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    37
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
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  5. stg099

    stg099 Member

    51
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    Yes, I believe that 2005 was the changeover year for the cabin tables color (white to wood) the smooth upholstery on the dinette and the SS cupholder in front of the lounger.
     
  6. stg099

    stg099 Member

    51
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    Odd, I just talked to a SeaDek installer at the Chicago boat show over the weekend and they claimed that no sanding of the nonskid was required and that if you wanted to revert to original (while it takes some elbow grease) you could. Guess I need to do a bit more research to confirm

    Edit: Per SeaDek's FAQ section on their website, the product can be applied directly to existing nonskid. It does state that if it is very aggressive non-skid that you should send them photos first, but I don't think I would classify the 280 cockpit as aggressive.
     
  7. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    76
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3

    Stg099,

    here's a picture of the light directly under the cupholder. I didn't unscrew the light - but I imagine that'll allow you access. sorry for the sideways photo.

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  8. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    76
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    If you check some of the threrads on 'The Hull Thruth' forum - they'll complain of sporatic peeling. Not sure if it's because of the non-skid surface.
     
  9. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Non skid does not need to be sanded down. Cleaned real good to get a nice bond, yes, but no sanding is needed. Heck it comes that way from the factory (just peel and stick over the non-skid) and I've personally done it numerous times. I suspect the issues reported on Hull Truth are due to installation error.
     
  10. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    140
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    Does anyone have a cooler for the swim platform that they'd recommend? Was thinking a taller but more narrow one would be best. With a cushion on top, and wheels to tow for transporting.
     
  11. Fat Tony

    Fat Tony New Member

    13
    Aug 2, 2017
    West River, Chesapeake Bay
    2003 280
    Twin 4.3
    What do you all do for a screen in the door to the cabin when you're overnighting (to keep the bugs out)
     
  12. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    140
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    I've seen people buy the screen material and either install velcro or buttons on the inside. It'd be nice to have an actual screen door like a cobalt had that i almost bought.
     
  13. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Some of the bigger SR's had an option for a a door screen, but since anything larger than a 280DA moves to a different style door you won't be able to retrofit anything "stock".

    We always had our camper canvas up so it was never an issue since the camper canvas has screens. However, we contemplated fitting a screen setup for the door "just because", but never got around to it. I think you could make something work if it was weighted around some of the edges (the door track edges and the bottom). Sand, for example, sewn into a hem could work. Just would have to figure out a way to attach to the door side... velcro, snaps, ???

    There are screen setup available for sale - just have to google - maybe look through sailboat sites. I see a lot of them there.
     
  14. EddieGuidry30

    EddieGuidry30 New Member

    8
    Jul 20, 2017
    Newport News, Va
    2005 Sea Ray Sundancer 280
    Twin 5.0MPI
    Hello all new to the forum....

    Question..... I have a 2005 Sun Dancer 280 DA twin 5.0MPI Bravo III's and my STB side power steering pump fluid is a milky pinkish color and my steering is very hard I have to steer the boat with two hands. I sucked out the milky fluid and put fresh fluid in the pump, steering is still very hard, I notice after a run for the day when I do post checks the fluid is very very low to the point I have to refill it.

    Also when I'm plugged into shore power the green light on my inverter comes on but the needle doesn't move after about two hours of radio play the battery dies I'm assuming the inverter is not charging my batteries because I have to use the emergency switch at the helm to start my port main engine.... any help would be appreciated!!

    I bought July 2017 and after changing both IAC's and all bellows I was able to get her underway and found this issue.
     
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  15. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    76
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3

    We had an interior screen setup on our 42 Beneteau (sailboat) made by the local canvas shop. Essentially it's a screen that has a fabric border with snaps. It attached to the inside of the companionway (doorway). Worked very well. Check with your local canvas shop. Unfortunately I don't have a picture.
     
  16. CaptainGroovy

    CaptainGroovy New Member

    1
    Feb 19, 2016
    Seattle
    '03 Sundancer 280
    496 w/Bravo III
    I love this!! Any chance you can share the plastic shop's name that did this? I'd like to see if they can copy it for me.
     
  17. Samaral

    Samaral Member

    36
    Sep 17, 2017
    Markham, On, Canada
    2001 270 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 EFI
    How do we drain the steering oil?
     
  18. EddieGuidry30

    EddieGuidry30 New Member

    8
    Jul 20, 2017
    Newport News, Va
    2005 Sea Ray Sundancer 280
    Twin 5.0MPI
    I used the pump that I change my engine oil with or you can use a turkey basester
     
  19. Samaral

    Samaral Member

    36
    Sep 17, 2017
    Markham, On, Canada
    2001 270 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 EFI
    Like a big seringe? Does all the oil come out?
     
  20. EddieGuidry30

    EddieGuidry30 New Member

    8
    Jul 20, 2017
    Newport News, Va
    2005 Sea Ray Sundancer 280
    Twin 5.0MPI
    Yeah you can use a big seringe, 98% comes out.
     

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