Official 330 Express Cruiser / 340 Amberjack 1997-2003 Thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by GrimmSpeed, May 16, 2015.

  1. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Member

    294
    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi
    Those lights are fluorescent old-school fixture set up ,if you grab either side of the lens in the ceiling and pull down they just snap in and out thought about changing that myself


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  2. frosh coach

    frosh coach Member

    143
    Apr 20, 2011
    Long Island Sound, New Haven CT
    1994 300 Sundancer
    1989 230 Cuddy (SOLD)
    Twin Mercruiser 350 FWC, Alpha 1 Gen II
    thank you, we will try that.
     
  3. 34amberjack

    34amberjack New Member

    3
    Jan 13, 2018
    2001 34 amberjack gas
    454 mercrusers
    Not sure how to do this. But I just purchased a 2001 34 amberjack and received it just after the holiday so I have some work to do befor it hits the water. I have answered many questions on this thread already. Just wondering what people are getting for trolling speed plan on usin this boat for family cruising and fishing?
     
  4. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Member

    294
    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi


    Well that depends on wind and current but when I Fish for striped bass I usually one troll with one motor in gear appx 2.8-3.0 mph ,with both motors it’s about 3.8-4.2 mph .what ya fishing for?
     
  5. 34amberjack

    34amberjack New Member

    3
    Jan 13, 2018
    2001 34 amberjack gas
    454 mercrusers
    We are in the Great Lakes so lake trout and salmon the 2.8-3.0 is good was just wondering if I needed trolling bags
     
  6. uplander

    uplander New Member

    5
    Sep 5, 2016
    Erie, PA
    97 330 Express Cruiser
    7.4s
    Hi. I am in the same situation. I bought a 97 330 EC late summer last year and am rigging it for Lake Erie trolling before this season starts.

    I checked speed last fall. With one motor was in the low 3’s into the wind and mid-high 3’s with a following wind. I’m planning to pick up a set of 36” bags to get her down to walleye and laker speeds. (2-2.5 mph).
     
  7. 34amberjack

    34amberjack New Member

    3
    Jan 13, 2018
    2001 34 amberjack gas
    454 mercrusers
    Thanks for the info I will most likely get bags and shop for them this winter are you just running rod holders or any down riggers ?
     
  8. uplander

    uplander New Member

    5
    Sep 5, 2016
    Erie, PA
    97 330 Express Cruiser
    7.4s
    I sold my last boat fully rigged, so I am in the process of outfitting our new boat.

    I had Cannon Mag 10s on the last one and liked them a lot, but decided to upgrade to Cannon Digi troll 5s (have 2 in boxes at my house now).

    I still have to get rod holders and figure out how/where to mount a planer board setup.

    I am pretty certain I am going to get Muddy Creek Rod Holders. These as well as the riggers will be gimbal mounted using the flush mounts the boat has. (I have 6 flush mounts).

    Not sure if I want to spend the $$ for electric planer reels. I do know that I don’t want a permanent mast on the boat. Wifey likes it un-fished looking on beach days.

    My boat came from NJ and has a real nice set of outriggers. I am going to try to run 10 color off these for lakers this spring. Not sure I’ll use them much for fresh water fishing, but the boat looks cool with them....
     
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  9. JBD Regina Marie

    JBD Regina Marie New Member

    19
    Dec 3, 2016
    Catawba Island OH
    2008 340 Sportsman package
    T 8.1 V Drive
    I bought 36" bags and upgraded to 48" very next year to get speed slower, much better plus running a bit more RPM is always a good thing if you need too. I Definitely recommend the bigger bags.
     
  10. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Where do you tie on the bags? I assume not off the transom but on a side/forward cleat?
     
  11. JBD Regina Marie

    JBD Regina Marie New Member

    19
    Dec 3, 2016
    Catawba Island OH
    2008 340 Sportsman package
    T 8.1 V Drive
    IMG_0881.jpg
     
  12. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Love that sportsman version of the 340! Thanks for the picture. That was where I thought. On my 330 I turn off one engine and troll on the one. It trolls about 2.5 to 3mph so not too bad. I do worry a bit about wearing out the shaft seals so I switch engines all day (helps balance the hour meters too).
     
  13. JBD Regina Marie

    JBD Regina Marie New Member

    19
    Dec 3, 2016
    Catawba Island OH
    2008 340 Sportsman package
    T 8.1 V Drive
    Do you notice any loss of electric power at idle speeds? My Star side drops to below 12 volts if I don't go at least 750 RPMs.
     
  14. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Not at all. The voltage stays up with either engine running. And I run the full electronics including the radar. I do find that the Walker downriggers draw a lot of power when pulling the balls up and that dips the voltage temporarily.
     
  15. uplander

    uplander New Member

    5
    Sep 5, 2016
    Erie, PA
    97 330 Express Cruiser
    7.4s
    What were your speeds with 36” bags and the 48”s on one motor. My boat has the 7.4s, but I am not sure it make much of a difference at idle speeds?

    I’d like the ability to be at 1.5 mph for lake trout and upper 2’s for late summer eyes.

    Thanks.
     
  16. JBD Regina Marie

    JBD Regina Marie New Member

    19
    Dec 3, 2016
    Catawba Island OH
    2008 340 Sportsman package
    T 8.1 V Drive
    I think I have to check in to a new alternator or perhaps add another battery as well..
     
  17. JBD Regina Marie

    JBD Regina Marie New Member

    19
    Dec 3, 2016
    Catawba Island OH
    2008 340 Sportsman package
    T 8.1 V Drive
    I was about 2.8 SOG, I still can't get below 2. Early spring they like it slow.
     
  18. uplander

    uplander New Member

    5
    Sep 5, 2016
    Erie, PA
    97 330 Express Cruiser
    7.4s
    Thanks for the feedback and saving me $200. 48’s it is then.
     
  19. Matt Gorajek

    Matt Gorajek New Member

    4
    Mar 18, 2018
    1997 Sea Ray AmberJack with Tower.
    Cat 3116's 350hp
    608F6258-2D8A-47D2-B397-E1CD9062BB85.jpeg Hi Guys, just had my Sea Trial on the “Crewless” last Friday. Getting ready to pull the trigger on this bad boy soon. Just waiting for the oil samples to get back.
    This boat. Was totally redone. Engines and generator overhauled with only 150hrs.m
     

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  20. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Member

    294
    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi
    Wow fantastic boat somebody gave that boat a lot of love I have only seen one other 330 with diesel’s and it is actually in New Jersey just met the gentleman through fakebook .I have seen a 370 express with the full hardtop and tuna tower in Puerto Rico I think they were asking 110,000 .I just did a full repower on mine last year stuck with gas ,though diesels would’ve been nice just wasn’t in the budget In the process of rebedding all the hardware over the winter At our vintage boats it’s a good idea to go over all of the through deck penetrations
     
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