Spares Kit

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Captn TJ, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    I'm making up a spares 'kit' for our new to us 280 with twin 5.0. Anything to add to the following:
    2 Qts. oil
    1 can power steering fluid
    1 IAC valve and foam cover
    2 fuel filters

    Of course along with that is a full tool box
  2. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Belts, impellers, spare filters for everything, for me 15 & 22mm plumbing connectors, duckbill valves...If I went down to the boat and went thru my storages I'm sure I could make this list quite lengthy... We'll spend 2-3 weeks on the boat in Canada with no marine store anywhere in site. It really depends on your cruising habits & location of spare part availability...
  3. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Thanks - forgot about the fan belts and duckbill. Always carried them on my last boat.
  4. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Where are you boating?

    High seas miles from land or a River near civilization?

    Having the TowBoatUS app loaded on the phone is my #1 tool.

    I would add:
    Gear Lube,
    Tie Wraps,
    Duck Tape,
    Light Bulbs for navigation lights,
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018
  5. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Assume you have an IO? I would also add:

    1 qt gear lube
    2 blue wingnut drain plugs for engine and manifold drain ports.
    Assorted fuses.
  6. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Along with the other things mentioned I always keep spare fuses, a 12 volt test light, some 12 volt connectors and a spare float switch. I’ve never had a bilge pump go bad on me but I have had to swap out float switches several times over the years and a couple of the times were when I was on a trip at a transient dock when a shower sump float switch went bad. Having a spare float switch really came in handy.
  7. skunkman

    skunkman Member

    May 27, 2014
    Longboat Key
    Looking for 330 Sundancer
    350 twins
    Agree with the above. A spare impeller and spare belts can be very helpful if you ever need them. I had a belt break and in 10 minutes I was up at full speed capability. Limping in one one engine is better than being fully disabled but still can make for a slow journey. Fuel filter also.
  8. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    being an 05 I don't believe you have a distributor, but with our '98 in addition to things already mentioned I carry:

    cap & rotor
    90A starter fuse
    battery powered LED lights for working in the bilge
  9. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Best way to figure out what you need is to buy 2 of every thing you or a mechanic replaces or repairs. A 200 piece tool kit you get at NAPA or other store for $200. Sit in engine area and look at things and think of what could break and what you can run without if it breaks. We have a raw water pump as a spare because I had one fail when we were 20 knots from a port in rough water and ran it until we got to port. We had a starter fail once but never got a spare as I figure they should last a long time. I had both rebuilt a few years ago.

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