Official 330 Sundancer Thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by timinfla2, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Climate East

    Climate East New Member

    11
    May 14, 2018
    Greenville NC
    1997 330 DA
    1999 280 BR
    7.4L V-drives
    Just pulled both engines and generator last week. Did not remove engine hatch. Only disconnected the ram and open hatch 90 degrees.
     
  2. Wallace

    Wallace New Member

    2
    Apr 9, 2016
    Johns Creek GA
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 330
    Twin 7.4L Inboards
    Garmin 741xs GPS & GMR 18HD Radar
    Twin Mercruiser 7.4L Inboards
    Hey Play Dough,
    I have a 1997 330DA 7.4L with V-Drives and I have noticed other owners of the same make and model have slight differences, as you noted. Mine is in fantastic condition and I just put it up for sale. We are about to retire and move to a 40'+ trawler (slow boat). Anyway, Judy Ann is a freshwater boat I piloted from our home base in Chattanooga TN to Palmetto FL last year. Here is the link....https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1997/sea-ray-330-sundancer-3249399/?refSource=standard listing
    Listed by All Captains Yacht Sales.
     
  3. Capt Brad

    Capt Brad New Member

    13
    Apr 15, 2018
    Sundancer 330DA
    Twin 454 Mercruiser
    Anybody know of a good online synthetic teak source for a ‘95 330DA? I know material is of abundance but a pre-made template would be great!
     
  4. play dough

    play dough Member

    186
    Aug 29, 2011
    Michigan
    Mint 1999 Minnie Winnie / 2007 Crestliner 1750 Fishhawk
    115 Mercury Optimax
    Looks and sounds a little too used for my interest, but thanks for the input.
     
  5. Sea ray sam 27

    Sea ray sam 27 New Member

    6
    Oct 31, 2018
    Cookeville, TN
    270 Sundancer 1996 R-O-Aces
    454 Mercruiser
    Hello - currently own a 270 dancer - looking at a 1999 330 dancer this weekend - any advice as to what I should be looking for - both engines have been overhauled, they have 150 hrs - the boat has 900 hrs. Fresh water boat, bottom painted.
     
  6. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Check for soft spots on the deck. Known spots are the base of the windshield, around the windlass, around the windlass foot controls if it has them, around the hatches, and around the bow rails. Basically anywhere. Soft spots indicate rot in the balsa core from water intrusion. That’s the main issue specific to the 330. The rest is just like any other boat.
     
  7. Saverio

    Saverio Member

    987
    Aug 31, 2010
    Long island new york
    1995 330 DA
    Twin 454 Webber Carbs
    V drives
    Fresh water cooled

    Make sure all the pads are there they go missing. the cockpit converts into a large sunpad and the couch turns into another bed
     
  8. Sea ray sam 27

    Sea ray sam 27 New Member

    6
    Oct 31, 2018
    Cookeville, TN
    270 Sundancer 1996 R-O-Aces
    454 Mercruiser
    Hey Saverio - not to sound stupid - but how does fresh water cooled work. Is it similar to a car radiator system. With my single 454 and outdrives my system is cooled with an impeller.
    The boat I am looking at is fresh water cooled and I see your is also.
     
  9. Capt Brad

    Capt Brad New Member

    13
    Apr 15, 2018
    Sundancer 330DA
    Twin 454 Mercruiser
    Fresh water cooled is not similar to a car radiator system. There is a seacock(s) in the bilge that supplies water to the engine. The water travels through the tranny cooler, engine etc and discharged through the exhaust manifolds. This means you must winterize your boat in the winter so that the water does not freeze, expand and crack the blocks. This is typical in all inboard boats that aren’t inter cooled.
     
  10. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Not quite right. You just described raw water cooling. Fresh water cooling has antifreeze running through the block and manifolds and a heat exchanger that takes raw water from the lake/ocean and uses it to cool the coolant. Like a car rad but cooled with raw water. The raw water then exits through the exhaust elbows and out the exhaust.
     
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  11. Sea ray sam 27

    Sea ray sam 27 New Member

    6
    Oct 31, 2018
    Cookeville, TN
    270 Sundancer 1996 R-O-Aces
    454 Mercruiser
    With the antifreeze in the coolant, does a person still need to winterize/drain the block. We do get a few nice days in TN during the winter and it would be great to go cruising in January.
     
  12. play dough

    play dough Member

    186
    Aug 29, 2011
    Michigan
    Mint 1999 Minnie Winnie / 2007 Crestliner 1750 Fishhawk
    115 Mercury Optimax
    I was sooo hopeful, but alas. I came to terms on a nice 1997 330DA. I had concerns with the foredeck but that all checked out solid by the surveyor so continued on with the survey and it was completed with only minor issues other than a small shaft seal leak. Then came a sea trial. Up to about 3000 rpm there was nothing really too noticeable. Then on to WOT which only achieved about 4000 rpm and the boat vibrated like a paint shaker. It was actually uncomfortable for me. The seller wants to throw some money at me to finish the deal. I said fix the boat and we'll settle at the agreed price. Disappointing after traveling 500 miles twice and a bucket of cash to haul and survey.
     

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