Practical – tips and tricks – please add yours

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Presentation, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    Cabin door lock it has three positions, not two.

    From the cockpit side put the key in the lock. Turn it all the way clockwise and its locked.

    Turn it all the way counter clockwise and its unlocked.

    From locked if you turn it counterclockwise until the key is parallel to the floor then pull out the key you can lock and unlock the cabin door from inside the boat with that tiny little switch next to the handle inside the cabin on the door.

    Pull out / slide out lounge chair (280 Sundancer) Incase the clumps come to visit you and want to sprawl out there is a support leg underneath the seat cushion. You cant see it unless you pull the seat out in the lounge position. Lay on the floor, look underneath and you will see it.

    Will not start at all

    The keys are in, turned and you have power because accessories do work. Check to see if the throttle is in the full straight up position. Then try to start it again.
     
  2. gredmer

    gredmer New Member

    466
    Feb 13, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    The leg support. Is it an add-in piece? And what made you lie on the floor and look up?
     
  3. AKBASSKING

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Alaska Summer/Columbia River winter
    1988 Yacht Fisher
    Twin 375hp Cat 3208 T/A
    When you have the motors running and are underway wear a PFD-NO EXCEPTIONS!
     
  4. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    Was not an add on. I was doing other work cleaning and noticed it by chance.
     
  5. Still LauCo

    Still LauCo New Member

    408
    Sep 20, 2007
    Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
    300 Sundancer 1996
    Twin 5.7L EFI Alpha One Drives
    When your table leg sticks in the hole, give it a tap to the side and it should free up.
     
  6. Groucho

    Groucho New Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Albany/Lake George NY
    2006 290 DA
    496 B111
    If you have the sunbrella canvass that uses the "track" as opposed to snaps....get a wet rag and as you go....wet the rubber and it will go much easier.
     
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  7. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Stay at your dock...............you'll be amazed at how much fuel you save! :grin:

    ( Sorry Doug.....................in the words of Flip Wilson's character "Geraldine".........the Devil made me do it!:smt043)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCruefYl3FI
     
  8. Good idea Groucho. I take it one step further with a little dish soap.

    My tip - when the grates and stuff in your gas grill get grungy, take them home and run them through the self-cleaning cycle in your electric oven. Much easier and neater than Easy-Off........

    Cheers,

    Bill
     
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  9. Luckydogs

    Luckydogs New Member

    348
    Mar 5, 2007
    Lake Texoma, Texas
    2003 3870 Express
    Twin 8.1S (hogs)
    ^^^ or you blew the fuse located in the starter :)
     
  10. avguy

    avguy New Member

    715
    Dec 19, 2006
    East TN
    '05 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag
    For the trailering crowd...

    When you back the trailer in to retreive the boat, back it in until the bunks are under water then pull forward to load the boat. Wetting the carpet on the bunks will help reduce some of the burn marks from the hull hitting the dry bunks.

    Also, I keep a magnetized plug wrench (plugsucker) on the back of the trailer. It's always right there when installing & removing the plug.

    Never take your mother-in-law on the boat......ever :thumbsup:
     
  11. Luckydogs

    Luckydogs New Member

    348
    Mar 5, 2007
    Lake Texoma, Texas
    2003 3870 Express
    Twin 8.1S (hogs)
    If your motor turns over and over and over but no fire; replace the ignition sensor (4.3 EFI) located under the distributor cap. Easy DIY if the rotator is not corroded on.
     
  12. gredmer

    gredmer New Member

    466
    Feb 13, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    For those with bungee type kill switch cords (the 240 had one) if your engine cranks without starting and the smartcraft doesn't have juice, you just might have the kill switch partially dead.
     
  13. KeithD

    KeithD New Member

    149
    Jul 16, 2007
    Lindenhurst, NY
    310 Sundancer 2000
    350 Mag Bravo III (2)
    for the dinghy owners who don't keep the engine on the dinghy: tie a line to the engine and to your cleat when mounting / unmounting the engine. Easier to recover it when you finally drop it...
     
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  14. RiverRat

    RiverRat New Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    Creve Coeur, MO
    03 280 Sundancer
    Kohler 5 KW Gen.
    95 13' Boston Whaler Dauntless
    Twin 4.3 MPI
    Alpha 1 Gen 2
    That leg is on all 240, 260, and 280 dancers with the slide out lounger.
     
  15. RiverRat

    RiverRat New Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    Creve Coeur, MO
    03 280 Sundancer
    Kohler 5 KW Gen.
    95 13' Boston Whaler Dauntless
    Twin 4.3 MPI
    Alpha 1 Gen 2

    Thats the tip of the day... Never thought about possibly dropping it. Probably wouldn't until I did drop it. Thanks!
     
  16. Air O'Nautical

    Air O'Nautical Active Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Stamford CT "Ponus Yacht Club"
    1995 400EC. Raymarine E80,4kw dome, Garmin 235 gps,
    2013 7.4L Mercruiser Blue water.
    Hurth straight shaft 630's,
    Westerbeke 7.0 BCG
    Winterizing trick:
    Drain fresh water tank then, fill with some antifreeze.
    40PSI of pink from your freshwater wash down hose.
    Makes for easy work....(i like easy)
    Mark.
     
  17. Half Off

    Half Off Member

    414
    Jan 25, 2007
    Dubuque, IA
    280 Sundancer 2004
    4.3 Apha 1's

    Are you saying that you use the freshwater wash down hose to run antifreeze through the engines? If so, is the pressure enough to keep up with the required flow?
     
  18. Go Aweigh2452

    Go Aweigh2452 Active Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Olalla, WA
    its in my signature
    6.2 Horizon MPI w/guardian system
    Drain everything, air can't expand when frozen...
     
  19. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    No I think he's talking about winterizing the fresh water system
     
  20. Go Aweigh2452

    Go Aweigh2452 Active Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Olalla, WA
    its in my signature
    6.2 Horizon MPI w/guardian system
    Drain everything, air can't expand when frozen...

    Use candle wax on female snaps to keep them from getting gnarly and nasty with salt and stuff and not working well. Fill in the male snaps with white silicon
     

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