strange beeping - 215 EC

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  1. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    we bought a 98 215 EC in march....5.7 merc, alpha 1......have been out probably 8 to 10 times this summer.........always on inland lake, fresh water............yesterday while out, we were coming into a no wake zone............while coming off plane, we noticed a strange beeping noise.......beeped about 6 to 7 times that i could hear, quit once we were down and moving about 4 mph........did this a couple of times when operating under the same scenario......while it was beeping, i checked all gauges, all where there were supposed to be..........any thoughts?...........could it have been the depth finder, lowrance, beeping?.........water was of sufficient depth.........engine oil level was checked before trip, at full level..................ran fine afterwords and the rest of the time we were out....does not beep when we are trying to get on plane..........thanks in advance
     
  2. 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
    The emergency bilge pump may have a beeper or buzzer wired in so that it sounds when the bilge pump auto switch is activated. I know mine does. I had a blue plastic engine block plug break off once and water was streaming into the bilge, and that was alerted me to the problem. On my boat the bilge pump manual switch on the dash also lights up when the bilge pump auto operates. So check for water in the bilge and maybe crawl down there (engine off) and lift the auto float manually and see if it beeps.
     
  3. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    thanks, checked the bilge right after the beep, everything dry...............in fact, never seen any water in there except when i hosed out the cockpit...................
     
  4. Zim

    Zim Active Member

    180
    Jan 16, 2018
    2012 Sea ray sundancer 310
    Twin merc
    I suspect it may be your high water bilge pump, as the water would be moving forward. You check for water in your engine compartment?
     
  5. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    yep, none........i will try manually moving the bilge pump auto float and see if i can get a beep.....................
     
  6. Zim

    Zim Active Member

    180
    Jan 16, 2018
    2012 Sea ray sundancer 310
    Twin merc
    You have a shower on the boat? Might be the shower bildge alarm
     
  7. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    No shower.........
     
  8. Wanderer 290

    Wanderer 290 Member

    91
    Jul 1, 2019
    01 sea ray 290 sundancer
    Twin 5.7 b3’s
    Do you have the o/d oil reservoir? That has a low level alarm.
     
  9. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    Wanderer, wanderer, I will check that.......
     
  10. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    talked to my boat tech yesterday, he said he thinks beeping coming from out drive fluid reservoir float, thinks it is not reacting quick enough (said he has seen it happen due to age)..............he told me to unplug it next time we are out, and see if that confirms his suspicions...................solution is to live with an occasional beeping, but making sure reservoir is full or replacing sensor..................thanks to everyone for their suggestions............
     
  11. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags
    Bravo III Drives
    If it is the reservoir, you can remove and clean it out as they get sticky over the years. IMO, living with it is not an option, there is a reason and it needs to be corrected. Next time out, turn everything off you can, DF, radio, etc and try and reproduce turning things on one at a time. Not the same motor, but my 496 would alarm sometimes when coming off plane as the manifolds heat up at this time and would alarm. Motor temp read normal, manifold sensors would alarm. Cleaning heat exchangers resolved it.
     
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  12. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    that is what i am gonna try, pretty sure it is not the depth finder or fish finder......will have him check the heat exchangers, as i am not sure how to do that...............thanks
     
  13. OllieC

    OllieC Active Member

    731
    Mar 11, 2013
    MinniSoCold
    Sara Belle
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    I had beeping coming from the CO detector in the cabin. For weeks I couldn't figure out where it was coming from. It beeps when it no longer works properly. Not sure if you have one in your cuddy like the 215 WE's?
     
  14. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

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    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    i couldn't find one, i believe it is the float in the outdrive reservoir tank, gonna verify tomorrow.....hopefully...thanks
     
  15. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    You definitely SHOULD have a CO monitor (at least, the boat did have it when it left the factory). That's something you want to address. But that alarm would come directly from the CO monitor - not from the dash. Although, sometimes it may sound like it's coming from the dash.

    Your boat doesn't have a high water bilge pump or an alarm for that (assuming stock configuration). The only things your alarm goes off for are low drive fluid (just disconnect it to see if the alarm stops), low oil pressure and high engine temp.

    A depthfinder alarm is another possibility.
     
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  16. OllieC

    OllieC Active Member

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    Mar 11, 2013
    MinniSoCold
    Sara Belle
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    The CO monitor, in my case, is on the starboard side, in the cabin, on the wall that separates the porta-potti from the V-birth - facing the V-birth side.
     
  17. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    thanks to all..............lazy daze, there is a bilge pump, with some sort of sensor..........my tech said that sensor is what trips the pump if the water in the bilge gets too high...........i check the bilge for water on a regular basis, no issues there.....i will look again for the CO detector...................
     
  18. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    That "sensor" is just a normal float switch (either mechanical or electronic) that turns the bilge pump on. Sort of like a sump pump in a basement. However, that is NOT a "high water" bilge pump and there is NO alarm with your setup. It's just a standard, automatic bilge pump. A "high water" setup would typically entail a second bilge pump and an alarm.

    You can't miss the CO detector - it's right there in the open where Ollie mentioned.
     
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  19. jssearay

    jssearay Active Member

    111
    Mar 7, 2019
    central ohio
    1998 sea ray 215 express cruiser
    5.7 mercruiser w/alpha 1, trailer boat, fresh water usage
    ok, thanks..............i guess i am confused though..............what does a "high water" bilge pump do that a regular, automatic bilge pump doesn't do?.............does the high water pump come on when the regular pump can't keep up?..........i will look for the detector again...............
     
  20. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Correct. It's an emergency pump, only.
     

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