Official 290 Sundancer Thread

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  1. SGT_PRICE

    SGT_PRICE New Member

    5
    May 13, 2020
    Gainesville, GA
    2006 Sundancer 290
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo III

    We never stopped boating down here so I do maintenance year round. However last week I had the Upholstery redone to look like the newer ones. (Diamond stitching and all) I also just had Seadek layed down. It's like a whole new boat!
     

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  2. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    I unfortunately had to use my credit card this offseason a few times so my boat is ready to go. ;)
     
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  3. mdolesh

    mdolesh Active Member

    292
    Dec 18, 2019
    Edgewater, MD
    2013 370 Venture
    Twin 300 Verado
    That diamond stitching looks great!!
     
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  4. SGT_PRICE

    SGT_PRICE New Member

    5
    May 13, 2020
    Gainesville, GA
    2006 Sundancer 290
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo III
    Thanks! I think it turned out great!
     
  5. Pilot290

    Pilot290 New Member

    23
    May 29, 2020
    Askersund, Sweden
    Sundancer 290. 2000. Twin 5.0 efi Mercruiser, B2 drives.
    Mercruiser 5.0 Efi.
    Hmm. Same here. I have quite a jobs list as this is my first winter storage. First is to wait for the Swedish weather to give me a nice spell of + degrees then check my engines turn thus confirming my antifreeze flush worked! It’s been down to -25 but my test gadget showed the antifreeze mix was good for -30. Fingers crossed.
     
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  6. Getaway

    Getaway Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Bay City, Michigan
    1998 290DA Sundancer
    Lowrance electronics, Fishhawk, Scotty Downriggers
    BoatWheels Tri-Axle Trailer
    Single big block 454 MPI Mercruiser engine and Bravo III outdrive.
    After a couple of years of long expensive lists, this year is simply change oils, patch up a canvas tear and impeller change.

    That's it!!!

    Oh, of course the yearly wax-on, wax-off:D
     
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  7. ScottyMac1969

    ScottyMac1969 New Member

    3
    Aug 2, 2020
    1998 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer 5.7's
    5.7's w/alpha one's
    Question guys and gals, 98 290 with twin 5.7 EFIs/alphas. Can someone tell me what fuel filter I need and impeller for drives and generator. First maintenance I am gonna do myself. Plan on doing oil, drive oil, impellers (generator and drives). Boat is in slip hour away and I cant seem to find on club sea ray or google with any success. Motors have 435 hrs Generator ( Kohler) 120hrs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I used to do all this with my Eliminator Daytona but this is a different beast. Thanks in advance.
     
  8. BOCA 290

    BOCA 290 New Member

    4
    Sep 10, 2020
    2007 Sundancer 290
    Twin 5.0's w/ Bravo III
    Pretty excited today, summer-izing and launch! "Mdolesh", curious if you have decided on the duel trumpet horn yet?
     
  9. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Please do yourself a favor and take a picture of your engine and generator data plates that way it's easier to find maintenance parts for your boat.

    For the 98 please take a look in my signature and click on my stash of documents I've collected over the years.

    You will find the Engine Service Manual 24 and a Kohler Generator manual that covers the one that might be in your boat.
     
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  10. mdolesh

    mdolesh Active Member

    292
    Dec 18, 2019
    Edgewater, MD
    2013 370 Venture
    Twin 300 Verado
    Yes! Installed it yesterday. Removed the old Glomex antenna and mounted the horn there, routed a cable down behind the helm, installed a new button/switch on the dash and tied it into the +/- bus bar behind the helm using a 10amp fuse. Routing the wire from the top of the arch was by far the most difficult. We tried fish tape but it wouldn't make the bend. We finally used the old coax cable that was for the Glomex as a pull. It wasnt a hard install but took some time. The horn sounds AWESOME! If you plan on doing it I can share some tips and tricks.
     
  11. BOCA 290

    BOCA 290 New Member

    4
    Sep 10, 2020
    2007 Sundancer 290
    Twin 5.0's w/ Bravo III
    Fantastic, yes, I'm definitely replacing the old! What brand/model did you choose? Curious why you installed a new switch?
     
  12. mdolesh

    mdolesh Active Member

    292
    Dec 18, 2019
    Edgewater, MD
    2013 370 Venture
    Twin 300 Verado
    Nothing fancy, just a 12v (didnt want a compressor) here is the one at Walmart https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pactrade...m-msg-id=7dab42b6-3dd3-4021-b955-6830c483354c

    We decided on a new switch (really a push button) for a number of reasons. Our initial plan was to tap into the old horn wiring and install a relay (the EIM is 5amps, horn draws 7amp). Once we got into the project it was very difficult to find which cable etc was for the old horn and everything is tight in there. So this way we eliminated the need for a relay and we didnt tamper with the factory horn. I also like having the option to quack or blast the trumpets depending on the situation.
     
  13. ScottyMac1969

    ScottyMac1969 New Member

    3
    Aug 2, 2020
    1998 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer 5.7's
    5.7's w/alpha one's
    Will do and thank you!
     
  14. pyro

    pyro Active Member

    285
    Dec 4, 2018
    CT, Long Island Sound
    2008 Sundancer 290
    Twin 5.0L MPI Bravo III
    Kohler 5ecd
    I guess I'm getting a reputation of my projects!

    My list:
    - Underwater, cockpit and swim platform lights. Will be taking pictures and posting the project soon enough.
    - Replace thermostat housings. They were in bad shape and it seemed like the thermostats were stuck open. Hopefully is why my hot water heater wouldn't heat up last year.
    - Fix through hull transducer drip leak. Just took out the housing today. Glad to see it's all fiberglass down there so no damage. I hope to have a 100% dry bilge this year! Last year I had a few drops coming in from the housing to hull seal.
    - Finish my water tank gauge to helm. Installed ultrasonic sensor in tank last year but never ran wire to helm and installed gauge
    - Fix slight fuel leak around fuel pump regulator. Ordered new top cover due to corrosion which is odd since no salt water touches this part. I actually ordered a whole new cool fuel module last year, before I realized I can fix just the cover cheaper. So will be selling the unused cool fuel module.
    - Adjust engine alignment on one engine since I removed engines 1 year earlier. Perhaps they settled or I was off on initial alignment. Prob needs 3/4 turn. Glad to see my bolts are in good shape since I cleaned them up with engine removal. I put some new grease on them and they turned really easily today.
    - Replace belts. Hopefully get rid of the flaking pieces of rubber getting all over the bilge
    - Install wire on drain plugs to hopefully use them end of season to fish oil drain hose out.
    - Clean up rust on water pump pulley and repaint in place
    - Wash and wax!

    I think I'm going to put off my Axiom MFD project another year. Cost is hard to justify. But we'll see...
     
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  15. ScottyMac1969

    ScottyMac1969 New Member

    3
    Aug 2, 2020
    1998 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer 5.7's
    5.7's w/alpha one's
    Wanted to share what I've been working on the last couple months. This stereo has been one of the hardest projects yet. Running wires/RCA's and RGB from helm to under area by bed was time consuming and tedious to say the least. Think it turned out well. Got a JL 13.5 W7 with Rockford Fosgate T1500-1 BDCP and JL HD600-4 running 2 M6 8.8's and 2 M6 7.7's. Wetsounds pre EQ and Arc Audio DSP Tuned with Program called Room EQ ( REW ).Thing sounds phenomenal. Boat 1.jpg Boat 2.jpg Boat.jpg
     
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  16. Jim Fennell

    Jim Fennell New Member

    18
    Jul 15, 2021
    Branford CT
    2006 Sundancer 290 DA
    2 - Mercruiser 5.0 350 inboards with Bravo I drives.
    The seats look fantastic. My 290 needs all new cockpit Vinyls too. Did you have this done locally?
     
  17. GirlyGirl1999

    GirlyGirl1999 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    469
    Apr 10, 2021
    Lake Norman NC
    1999 Sea Ray 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 with Alpha 1 Gen 2 drives
    Hey Crew, found this thread just messing around, Pilot and Little Ducky know me from the older 290 thread. Seems that Me and my ‘99 290 are on the isle of misfit toys. I’ve always prided myself on not buying the first year of a change over. Having not done enough research I blew it. Anyway love my boat so I will be watching both threads from now on.

    Going through a cabin lighting upgrade has anyone here replaced the long fluorescents in the cabin?

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  18. Wanderer 290

    Wanderer 290 Well-Known Member

    724
    Jul 1, 2019
    Traverse City
    01 sea ray 290 sundancer
    Twin 5.7 b3’s
    There are 2 sets of fixtures under each cover. 1 is dc and the other is ac.
    I replaced the ac units with off the shelf units from Home Depot. I believe they are led tubes for about $60 each
     
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  19. GirlyGirl1999

    GirlyGirl1999 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    469
    Apr 10, 2021
    Lake Norman NC
    1999 Sea Ray 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 with Alpha 1 Gen 2 drives
    Thanks Wanderer, did you replace the bulbs or the whole fixture? I am trying to find some sort of cool looking new fixture that I can dim…can you say oooooo
     
  20. Wanderer 290

    Wanderer 290 Well-Known Member

    724
    Jul 1, 2019
    Traverse City
    01 sea ray 290 sundancer
    Twin 5.7 b3’s
    The whole fixture requires replacement. The previous fixture was a florescent tube with a ballast.
    I am not sure if the led fixture/ lights are dimmable but that would be neat.
    The arrow points to the new light.
     

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