Official 390 E.C. Thread

Hello Everyone, we just bought a 390 EC that was in Port Credit on Lake Ontario, moved her to Lake Erie this past week to our slip in Port Dover.

Reading through the thread, lot's of great info on these big boats...I've learned a ton over the past 2-3 weeks.

Thanks to everyone in the past that has added valuable info to this thread.
Welcome…give us a description..year power etc.
 
Welcome…give us a description..year power etc.

It's a 1988 390EC, 7.4L.

Ton's of work done to this one already...

Holley Sniper EFI and ignition conversions, starts and runs very nice for 1000 hour boat
Huge third fixed "trim" tab on the middle of the transom
Water tank has been re-done and it looks like everything under the floor was cleaned up in the process.
Stringers seem to be solid everywhere I've checked
Floors redone with teak/holly vinyl
Windows all rebedded, some evidence of prior leakage but that makes sense
Great canvas and upholstery, fairly new
Custom mattress
Copper bottom paint
4 blade props
I'm probably missing a bunch of stuff...

Over the next few weekends I'll be working on a number of small things I want to do (so far)
Bilge-b-dry system
Replacing the raw water lines to the engines and genny
CO / Fire monitor
Replaced the VHF antenna (shattered during transport, it's old and crispy)
Working on some non-functioning lighting in the galley/salon (led's/potlights)
Working on the waste tank level meter (which I'm not sure works or not)

This boat had enough spares on board to build a second boat...too much to mention.
 
Hello Everyone, we just bought a 390 EC that was in Port Credit on Lake Ontario, moved her to Lake Erie this past week to our slip in Port Dover.

Reading through the thread, lot's of great info on these big boats...I've learned a ton over the past 2-3 weeks.

Thanks to everyone in the past that has added valuable info to this thread.

This 390 used to be my boat. I sold it to Dave Read about 5 years ago. We had it for 10 years and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Enjoy. ~Ken
 
From what I see Dave and yourself took great care of her! Thank you.
 
I kinda miss the great classic while am happy with her replacement. We bought from Ken in the fall of 2018 and now really pleased to know she will be enjoyed on Lake Erie! We bought a 2006 Doral Alegria which is for sure bigger and absolutely has less storage space.
And yes I too am planning a Bilge B Dry installation.
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As she sits at the Yacht Club de Quebec almost ready for the passage home.
All Good,
Dave
 
Thanks, see the jugs at the side of the boat?
Volvo diesels, oil last changed mid 2021 ..... around 24 litres per engine.
The stuff that came out looked almost good for road paving. Going to change again next weekend before adding hours.
 
I'm new to the forums, though I've been reading and researching here for the past year, ever since we got our 390EC last Thanksgiving weekend. We spent almost every weekend on it this summer and are looking forward to next year!

I also thought I'd pass along something I recently discovered. I contacted an Etsy seller when I could find a 390EC t-shirt on his site. I asked if he had a drawing to do a 390 t-shirt, preferably one with the teal SR wave on the front. He put together a design in a couple of hours that was perfect. I purchased 4 for myself and my wife. I thought Id pass it along in case any of you other owners would like one. I get nothing from it and have no connection to the Etsy seller.


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in owning a 1990 39 express. I have to say if I had it to do all over I would have kept my 1986 32.5 Bayliner Conquest. All the years I owned her there were no problems with the water tank, fuel tank, windows leaking and head system. Way more storage then the Sea Ray, King size bed aft cabin, forward state room with sink and door to enclose it. It had twin Volvo 360s in board out. Would cruise at 30 mph on plane and burn less fuel. Maintenance on the motors was way easier. Everyone kept telling me I should buy a Sea Ray well I did and that was when all the work began. Talked to both of the owners that ended up with the Bayliner. They had nothing but good to say about it. No problems like I was having with the Sea ray.
I really don't care to hear from anyone to comment on this writing unless they themselves have owned a Bayliner. By the way a 32.5 was my second Bayliner the other one was a 25.5 ft Ciera with a single 260 Volvo in board out. It to was a great boat, the Volvo out drive prop was counterclockwise helped it go straight in the water. I just moved up to the 32.5 for more room and having the twin motors for better maneuverability
 
Sounds like your surveyor (if you did a survey) didn't do a very thorough job. If no survey it's all on you.
 
So...spring is in the air and I was down to the boat today.

The Bilge-B-Dry is a great product in case anyone was wondering...it keeps the bilge literally bone dry everywhere I put a pickup hose. I have pickups in the main bilge, the rear bilge and one going down into the floor under the genny. All areas are very dry. They seems like a nice veteran owned American small business...happy to give them my hard earned money for a great product. (I have no affiliation with them...just an honest review.)

I also installed an analog waste tank gauge and a fuel sending unit last year...total cost was less than $100 and it works great. I made a nice adapter panel for the bathroom, looks OEM. Next weekend I'll try to get a picture to share.

In case anyone wants to do the same...here is the gauge I used:

And the sender:

I changed some cracked engine hoses today, what a job, lol.
I found the best method was to slice them several times down the hose length near the barb area with a knife, then wiggle and twist like crazy. My forearms are like spaghetti this evening. I did the three I wanted to do, both engine thru hulls to strainer, and the AC thru hull to strainer. I'll do some more next weekend...genny etc. little by little.

BTW, installing new hoses was much easier than removing the old ones....dish soap is your friendly lubricant here.

Otherwise excited that spring is in the air here on Lake Erie...we splash May 4th!
 
Outstanding to know you are enjoying and improving our past boat.
Have great season, we are in the water April 26th.
Cheers
 

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