Official 280 Sundancer Thread

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

  1. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    55
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Previous 280 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    I will drive by in the next day or so and get you their contact info. I doubt they kept a pattern though. If you are seriously interested, I will draw out a pattern next time I go to the boat and take it to them for you. I love it. No more spills!
     
  2. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    167
    Sep 6, 2016
    Chicago
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    I wrapped mine initeak vinyl. IMG_20170915_064916.jpg IMG_20170913_205720.jpg
     
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  3. Dreamer

    Dreamer New Member

    2
    Feb 10, 2018
    280 Sundancer
    496 Mercury Bravo 111 Drive
    Good morning, looking for some advice... We are thinking about buying a 2002 280 Sundancer with single Merc 496 w Bravo 111. Any advice on what to look for?? It has approx 235 hrs. Fresh water boat. Our previous boat was a Rinker 280 ec.
    Thank you
     
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  4. stg099

    stg099 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    191
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    There’s a lot of discussion on this thread regarding single vs twin engine options but to summarize it sounds like the 496 has plenty of power for the 280 if you’re comfortable operating a boat of this size with a single screw. The biggest variable seems to be where you plan to use it. On an inland lake the single 496 would likely work out great, if you’re in open water regularly the safety of twins in a bonus, but more maintenance
     
  5. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    303
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    I'll second what stg099 said - inland lake should be no issue. But then that depends on what you call inland lake. Our saltwater friends friends might consider one of the great lakes an inland lake. FYI I bought an 05 280 just a few months ago and we had a comprehensive survey done. If you haven't thought of it I'd highly recommend it. Our surveyor spent the better part of two - half days between the survey and the seas trial. $750. Money well spent since we got all of that plus more for some minor repairs. PM me and I'll give you details.
     
  6. Dreamer

    Dreamer New Member

    2
    Feb 10, 2018
    280 Sundancer
    496 Mercury Bravo 111 Drive
    We will use this on Table Rock Lake MO. Thanks for the replys is there anything to look for??
     
  7. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    545
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I'm assuming, you mean your converter. An inverter converts battery to 120VAC. A converter (charger) converts from AC to DC to charge your batteries. And yes, assuming everything is connected properly, it sounds like your charger is fubar'ed.
    I just had a similar issue and had to replace mine.
     
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  8. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    303
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Finally installed new VHF this weekend. Made a backing template out of 1/4 inch starboard ($10. 1'x1' on ebay). Put a small bevel on it and have it secured with rear mount so there are no screw holes in the front of the template IMG_5067.jpg IMG_5066.JPG
     
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  9. stg099

    stg099 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    191
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    Looks like a factory install, nice work!
     
  10. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    303
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    I posted this on the regular site as well. Do you 280 owners have what I assume is an inline fuel filter like the one in the picture? I have one for each engine. Was this oem? How often do you change it?


    IMG_3957 (1).JPG
     
  11. EddieGuidry30

    EddieGuidry30 New Member

    17
    Jul 20, 2017
    Newport News, Va
    2005 Sea Ray Sundancer 280
    Twin 5.0MPI


    It was a 30amp fuse inside converter..... I changed the fuse out and boom she’s working like new
     
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  12. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    545
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Awesome news!
     
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  13. EddieGuidry30

    EddieGuidry30 New Member

    17
    Jul 20, 2017
    Newport News, Va
    2005 Sea Ray Sundancer 280
    Twin 5.0MPI

    I have a 2005 280 and I don’t have this inline fuel filter on mine
     
  14. stg099

    stg099 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    191
    Jun 30, 2013
    Chicago
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    While I have the 4.3s and not the 5.0s I can confirm that I do not have those filters on my 2004 280 either.
     
  15. Fat Tony

    Fat Tony Member

    47
    Aug 2, 2017
    West River, Chesapeake Bay
    2003 280
    Twin 4.3
    Looks great! Pardon my ignorance, but are the rear mounts just the mounts that you buy for the radio? So the template is basically just being held between radio and the dash by them?

    I soooo want to get rid of the original VHF....
     
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  16. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    303
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    IMG_5023.JPG

    Correct the radio and the backing plate behind it are being held in place by a bracket behind the dash. Note do not buy the Standard Horizon rear mount (which I did) - the dash is too thick and the rear mount won't work. Instead I made up a simple bracket with a tension screw - total cost under $6. It consists of a simple angle bracket and a screw with nuts and a small pad. The photo below shows how it was constructed (the backing plate doesn't appear in this photo. I cut the angle bracket down to it fit against the front of the radio and is screwed into the radio. The larger screw on the bracket holds the radio against the dash.
     
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  17. grettberg

    grettberg New Member

    19
    Aug 2, 2009
    Cheasapeake Bay
    2004 280 Sundancer
    496 Mercruiser w/ Bravo III
    20151025_152559.jpg
    I have that inline fuel filter on my single 496. I change it every year. See the smaller photo for PN
     

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  18. eweise

    eweise Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    464
    Aug 23, 2013
    Jacksonville, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L 220 HP, Alpha 1 Drives, 5E Genny, AC
    I have them on mine. I change them annually. Just like the oil filters.
     
  19. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    We have had the exact boat for the past ten seasons. The hours seem very low. Have you been given an explanation? Ours has 550 and we know the PO had it in storage for two years (out of state job posting) before we got it and we had a two year hiatus from boating while I was sick. Too low hours can be an issue as significant as too high.

    We boat in the ocean, so I won't make any comments about the foolishness of owning a sterndrive. As for the reliability of a single engine, it all comes down to what makes you comfortable. I will point out that our local lobstermen and tuna fisherman mostly run single engines, and up until a couple years ago containerships only came with one engine.

    We've taken Bella to Portland (6 hours open ocean) several times, as well as equally long runs to Boston and points south. Other than really seeing the need for auto pilot, no hiccups.

    Accommodation-wise the 280 is really short on storage space, so you have to be creative. OK for a weekend, but even for just a couple it can seem like you are living out of a suitcase. In short resist the urge to add beanbags, folding chairs etc. unless you can leave them behind on the dock.

    Henry
     
  20. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    Sorry to break it to you but that rig is about as unsafe as it can get. No, it is not OEM, and the rubber hose with single clamps and the plastic doo hicky looks like a fuel leak and explosion waiting to happen. I'd recommend losing the rubber hose and installing proper metal tubing and brass ferrule threaded connectors.

    Henry
     
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