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

    18
    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 Active Member

    234
    Aug 29, 2011
    Michigan
    1997 330 Sundancer, 7.4L MPI V-Drive / 2007 Crestliner 1750 Fishhawk
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser / 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

    11
    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 GOLD Sponsor

    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 Active Member

    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

    11
    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

    18
    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 GOLD Sponsor

    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

    11
    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. Sea ray sam 27

    Sea ray sam 27 New Member

    11
    Oct 31, 2018
    Cookeville, TN
    270 Sundancer 1996 R-O-Aces
    454 Mercruiser
    Over the past weekend I looked at a 1999 dancer 330 - great boat, but the head liner over the bed needs to be replaced. Is this a big issue/hard to do??
     
  13. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    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
    I would be more concerned with understanding "why" it needs to be replaced. That is a big red flag to me of a possible leak, major deck repair, or other issue.
     
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  14. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    ^^What he said!^^
     
  15. Sea ray sam 27

    Sea ray sam 27 New Member

    11
    Oct 31, 2018
    Cookeville, TN
    270 Sundancer 1996 R-O-Aces
    454 Mercruiser
    I passed on the dancer 330 - I agree with you guys once I looked a little closer - why the damage. Thank you for your input. I search continues!!
     
  16. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    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
    You will find one. It was one of the most popular cruisers and Sea Ray made a lot of them. Just watch for soft decks and around deck hatches and base of the windshield. And the Horizon engines with the original log mufflers have water inversion issues that would probably have been resolved by now, but may be out there. Other than that there are not that many issues with them other than the normal wear end tear applicable to any boat.
     
  17. rgj

    rgj New Member

    18
    Nov 29, 2018
    330 1997 sundancer
    454
    hi all, i am buying a 330 1997 and the hin is not visible on stern because a new swim platform was put there. I understand there is a "secondary hin" hidden in the boat. any idea where? I went to the sea ray co site and no email or contact information is available so impossible to contact the company?
     
  18. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    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
    Doesn't the owners title give the HIN?
     
  19. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    234
    Aug 29, 2011
    Michigan
    1997 330 Sundancer, 7.4L MPI V-Drive / 2007 Crestliner 1750 Fishhawk
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser / 115 Mercury Optimax
    After two years of being out of the cruiser world, I'm back in the game. The trailer boat just didn't satisfy the boating appetite. It's been a couple months of negotiation and working through a couple issues revealed in the survey, but I've finally completed the purchase of a 1997 330DA. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my boating life.
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  20. rumrunner

    rumrunner Member

    274
    Mar 27, 2007
    Lake St.Clair, Michigan
    1996 33 Searay Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4 MPI
    Bat looks clean Play Dough. You in the lake St. Clair Area?
     

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