Official 330/350 (2008 and newer) Thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by JV II, May 23, 2010.

  1. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    I don't think anyone started one of these. So here it is. Now, who has a bow thruster? I have an annoying accumulation of a cup of water in front of my thruster tube every time I use the boat. There is no weep hole under the thruster tube, so it just accumulates. My first thought was that I have a leak somewhere, but the only way for salt water to get in would be through the hull. I am now realizing that my anchor locker is the likely source. The rode carries about that much water with it after a few sets. I also spray down under the cover after each use. So, I'll stick to the routine of drying it up with a sponge and paper towel.
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2010
  2. ziekman@cox.net

    ziekman@cox.net Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Old Saybrook, CT
    2012 45 Yacht
    D6 Volvo Penta IPS
    I don't have a bow thruster, but I'm thrilled that you started this thread. I think it's sorely needed. I'm looking foward to sharing ideas and having others with similar SR's to discuss everything boating related with. There definately seems to be a huge difference, at times, between the older and newer vessels.
     
  3. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    I have the fuel burn numbers for my recent 300 mile round trip...

    Average fuel use over the whole trip was 1.0 mpg. I burned 300 gallons over 300 miles.

    At best, through the Cape Cod Canal going with the 5 knot current at 12-13mph fuel use was 2.1mpg.

    The fastest speed at the best mpg was 37 mph at 1.0 mpg in Buzzards Bay in flat conditions with the following current and following wind.

    In the worst conditions at 25 mph with 3-4 foot rollers with 1-2 foot chop, drives trimmed all the way down, with some trim tabs dialed in, at 0.8-0.9 mpg.

    At displacement speed in no significant wind or current at 7-8 mph at 1.4-1.5 mpg.

    Fully laden with 225 gallons of fuel, 40 gallons of water, all gear and provisions, in pretty smooth seas, no significant current at best efficiency was 3500 RPM and 32 mph at 0.9 mpg.

    Same as above with 100 gallons of fuel and 10 gallons of water, most provisions eaten at 1.0 mpg and 34 mph.

    You drop this boat down below 3250 RPM or go above 3750 RPM and the fuel use goes up signifiantly. That's when you start seeing 0.8 mpg. The sweet spot is in between 3250 and 3750 RPM where you are going 30-36 mph and getting 1.0 mpg. Playing with the outdrives and trim tabs is a requirement to dial in that 1.0 mpg even in that range.

    I can burn 70 gph at 50 mph (0.7 mpg) if I want. Nice for short bursts to give yourself some distance if needed.

    There wasn't a single boat passing me on plane out there. I passed many and watched them slowly dissapear off the stern. This boat loves to eat up the distances.

    4.5 hours from Nantucket to Boston. Oh, and that includes a fuel stop to put 50 gallons in each tank.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  4. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    Some photos for your viewing pleasure:

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    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  5. tbirdvet

    tbirdvet Active Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Michigan
    Previous boat: 2008 330 Sundancer
    Vetus Bow Thruster
    Kohler Gen.
    Twin 496 MAG, 375HP Bravo III,
    Great Photos. I have no water near the thruster tube in the boat. Mine is bone dry. I thought the anchor locker drained out the bow through those two stainless fittings in the lower bow area but i could be wrong. I'm getting some water in the bilge area after several days of use but not sure if it is sea water or rain water. is your engine room always dry or do you see some water?
     
  6. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    My bilge has water in the center compartment between the engines because I'm constantly flushing the strainers and hoses clear of jellyfish and sea grass. I then have to rinse the area with fresh water to get the salt water off everything and replace the salt bilge water with fresh water. I activate the forward bilge pump by hand to get out all but the last 2 inches of water. It doesn't seem to fill on its own.

    As for the thruster tube, I still have not figured that out and fear that it is seeping through the hull. After a week I have a sponge full of water. This even if the boat sits in the slip without washing.
     
  7. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Is that first pic to show us how you drain the bilge?
     
  8. ziekman@cox.net

    ziekman@cox.net Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Old Saybrook, CT
    2012 45 Yacht
    D6 Volvo Penta IPS
    I noticed something interesting (strange???) while refueling last weekend. Actually, one of my guests pointed it out to me. The fuel gauge with the red square around it, is tied to the "Port" fill where I put the fuel into the boat. The "Port" fill has the green oval highlighting it. I would think this is backwards. Does your work in the same manner?
     
  9. tbirdvet

    tbirdvet Active Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Michigan
    Previous boat: 2008 330 Sundancer
    Vetus Bow Thruster
    Kohler Gen.
    Twin 496 MAG, 375HP Bravo III,
    Does seem strange. I never paid any attention since I have them fill both tanks at the same time so not sure which gauge goes to which tank. I would think the starboard gauge would be for the starboard tank.
     
  10. ziekman@cox.net

    ziekman@cox.net Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Old Saybrook, CT
    2012 45 Yacht
    D6 Volvo Penta IPS
    I would, too. All I can think is either the fill caps are mislabeled, or the guages are backwards.
     
  11. tbirdvet

    tbirdvet Active Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Michigan
    Previous boat: 2008 330 Sundancer
    Vetus Bow Thruster
    Kohler Gen.
    Twin 496 MAG, 375HP Bravo III,
    I would look to see where the hoses go from the fill caps. I will look at mine next time at my boat.
     
  12. ziekman@cox.net

    ziekman@cox.net Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Old Saybrook, CT
    2012 45 Yacht
    D6 Volvo Penta IPS
    Good idea. I'll let you know what I find.
     
  13. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    I don't have those guages. Mine have water temp, oil pressure, trim position, and volts. My fuel readings are on the Vessel View.
     
  14. JAFI

    JAFI New Member

    25
    Aug 11, 2008
    Gunpowder Cove, MD
    330 Sundancer
    8.1 S Horizon DTS
    On our boat, the fuel filler caps are labeled correctly on the Port side but are mislabeled on the Starboard side. The fuel gages correspond to the fuel tank you would expect, Starboard gage for Starboard tank.
     
  15. blavid

    blavid New Member

    19
    Jul 11, 2010
    tampa
    2009 Sundancer 330
    8.1 Mercs
    Hi All!

    Just traded my 2006 Boston Whaler 270 Outrage for this 2009 330 Sundancer.

    This is our first family-friendly cruiser type boat, and it's been a lot of fun getting used to it!

    We especially love the hydraulic Sea Lift swim platform and the dinghy. Otherwise it has all the other creature comforts of home.

    Looking forward to the Club!
     
  16. StephenOvalle

    StephenOvalle New Member

    302
    Sep 10, 2009
    Austin, TX
    '05 320 Sundancer
    350 Mags, V-drives
    Congratulations on your upgrade and thanks for sharing pictures. What a beautiful boat!
     
  17. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    Wait a minute. What's up with your side windows? Sea Ray did not start that configuration until the 2010 model year. Are you sure it is not a 2010? Congrats! Your 330 is destined to be a classic.
     
  18. blavid

    blavid New Member

    19
    Jul 11, 2010
    tampa
    2009 Sundancer 330
    8.1 Mercs
    I was wondering about the rectangular side windows myself, compared to the usual dual round portholes. It does say "50th Anniversary edition" on the port helm seat station, maybe this is a different edtion? It is definitely a 2009 330 (measures 35'6" LOA + the extra 2 foot hydraulic platform makes it over 37'!)

    Anyways, the rectangular windows really let in plenty of light in the galley and cabin!

    MarineMax has been stellar to work with and is fixing some minor delivery issues: broken strut in rumble seat, anchor windlass wiring directly in way of anchor rode, and 2 new fuel senders. They do have to fix the Kohler Generator after only 39 hours -- bad impeller and sleeve, and a new coil.
     
  19. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    You could possibly have the very first boat that Sea Ray put the new windows in as a test to see how they looked before making it a permanent change on the 2010 350DA. I recall that the 2010 350DA also has a chrome vent cover.
     
  20. tbirdvet

    tbirdvet Active Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Michigan
    Previous boat: 2008 330 Sundancer
    Vetus Bow Thruster
    Kohler Gen.
    Twin 496 MAG, 375HP Bravo III,
    Ok, I just checked my fill caps and they are correct. The back stern cap is starboard and the front cap is port. The hoses from them go to the correct tanks. Not sure about gauges reading correctly. Will need to wait until next time I fill up.
     

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