The big old 80's 340 owners thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Keith the Cop, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Razzle Dazzle

    Razzle Dazzle Ship shape and Bristol Fashion SILVER Sponsor

    72
    Jul 2, 2016
    United Kingdom and Florida
    Sea Ray Express Cruiser 340 1989 Mercruiser 7.4
    Mercruiser twin 7.4 Gas powered
     
  2. Razzle Dazzle

    Razzle Dazzle Ship shape and Bristol Fashion SILVER Sponsor

    72
    Jul 2, 2016
    United Kingdom and Florida
    Sea Ray Express Cruiser 340 1989 Mercruiser 7.4
    Mercruiser twin 7.4 Gas powered
    1672108E-6F1C-4576-B632-F58F0D1CD12A.jpeg C7140EAC-6FEA-4C23-BA25-6D16E239408D.jpeg 2EFD07DF-DFDE-4FA6-856F-7BD5ACBD2ED8.jpeg Hello Nauti, I have a 1989 EC purchased on EBay in 2016 which needed major cosmetics in the cockpit area and new canvas but the mechanics are good. Had to replace the water heater but got very lucky. Had her hauled from Cape Cod to Daytona Beach just after Matthew. I have lived comfortably aboard her for three months at the beginning of this year and another month in November although I still haven’t sorted her cockpit upholstery and I need to figure out if I need to do major air conditioning work or just recharge it. It handles well. Does your year have the full v-berth or is it relatively easy to get in and out. The only thing I hate about my boat is the bed it’s a major pain in the neck to make the bed and because there is no easy way to roll out it without scutching down like an inchworm. I believe that the earlier 87 88s had the easier access bed.
     
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  3. Nauti1

    Nauti1 Member

    33
    Aug 21, 2013
    Wyandotte Michigan
    1986 Sundancer 268 (sold)
    Mercruiser 260,alpha1
    Yes, it has the easier access along the sides of the v berth. The more I check this boat out, the more I love it.
     
  4. Monty848

    Monty848 Member

    36
    Dec 6, 2017
    89 sundancer 340
    Previous boats;
    79 O’day 37,
    71 Coronado 30,
    69 Morgan 24/25
    Hobie 16
    T-454 mercruiser
    Kohler 5E
    Caribe RIB
    Yamaha 2.5 4 stroke
    FYI - Nauti and Razzle, yes, more access along the side. We looked at a 390EC with that setup prior to purchasing our 340 sundancer. If you're a fair sized person you'll really appreciate the full width berth when overnighting. I'm 6'1" and change at 260#, and I can use the extra mattress space!
     
  5. Impulse

    Impulse New Member

    1
    Jan 20, 2019
    Buffalo N.Y.
    1986 340 EC
    5.7 mercrusers
    I wish my 86 had the full width berth. I was thinking about modifying it
     
  6. Monty848

    Monty848 Member

    36
    Dec 6, 2017
    89 sundancer 340
    Previous boats;
    79 O’day 37,
    71 Coronado 30,
    69 Morgan 24/25
    Hobie 16
    T-454 mercruiser
    Kohler 5E
    Caribe RIB
    Yamaha 2.5 4 stroke
    Also, a great place for or "Gruesome Twosome" to chill out with a DVD for a while! 2018-06-07_18-56-22_546.jpg
     
  7. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I owned an '89 340da for almost 5 years. We loved that big v-berth as I fit my 6'2" bod, the Admiral (considerably smaller) and 2 90 lb. Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
     
  8. Razzle Dazzle

    Razzle Dazzle Ship shape and Bristol Fashion SILVER Sponsor

    72
    Jul 2, 2016
    United Kingdom and Florida
    Sea Ray Express Cruiser 340 1989 Mercruiser 7.4
    Mercruiser twin 7.4 Gas powered
    I can’t imagine two R ridge backs on a boat this small I used two have two dalmatians that we couldn’t keep inside our old Egg Harbour they were like a couple of spotted seals and great swimmers.
     
  9. Razzle Dazzle

    Razzle Dazzle Ship shape and Bristol Fashion SILVER Sponsor

    72
    Jul 2, 2016
    United Kingdom and Florida
    Sea Ray Express Cruiser 340 1989 Mercruiser 7.4
    Mercruiser twin 7.4 Gas powered
    I wonder if your EC had a blue, wine or green interior. I have been contemplating removing the passenger double sided reclining seat. It takes up so much room and isn’t really in great shape with a seat similar to the helm seat there would be room for more comfortable seating facing aft and what with the expense of reupholstering we could put the money toward something more comfortable. This year we are going to sort out the cockpit and the Air. Sorry about the photos I don’t know how to edit them. I love this little ship. I am spending the next three months on her in Daytona Beach out of the cold dark winter in England.
     

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  10. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Well Ridgebacks hate the water and wouldn't go in if they were on fire. They wanted to be as close to us as possible. Our 52' CPMY was a bit more conducive to their lifestyle. Kona & Rica take a nap.jpg
     
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  11. Carl dalmas

    Carl dalmas Member

    41
    Feb 6, 2019
    Conwy wales uk
    1988 340ec sundancer sea ray raymarine radar cetrek auto pilot 300hp diesels fitted
    300hp 6.5 marine diesel 395 chevy 6.5 L shafts 25lts fuel per hour both engines ! Real true figures
    Hi new on this site
    Have owned a 340ec 88/89 model in uk for over 23yrs many mods done
    New engines deisels fitted 2005 new table layout etc
     
  12. Carl dalmas

    Carl dalmas Member

    41
    Feb 6, 2019
    Conwy wales uk
    1988 340ec sundancer sea ray raymarine radar cetrek auto pilot 300hp diesels fitted
    300hp 6.5 marine diesel 395 chevy 6.5 L shafts 25lts fuel per hour both engines ! Real true figures
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  13. Carl dalmas

    Carl dalmas Member

    41
    Feb 6, 2019
    Conwy wales uk
    1988 340ec sundancer sea ray raymarine radar cetrek auto pilot 300hp diesels fitted
    300hp 6.5 marine diesel 395 chevy 6.5 L shafts 25lts fuel per hour both engines ! Real true figures
    This is taken in the menai straits uk. The most dangerous bit off nav through the swellys !
     
  14. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Welcome to CSR Carl!

    -Mike
     
  15. Carl dalmas

    Carl dalmas Member

    41
    Feb 6, 2019
    Conwy wales uk
    1988 340ec sundancer sea ray raymarine radar cetrek auto pilot 300hp diesels fitted
    300hp 6.5 marine diesel 395 chevy 6.5 L shafts 25lts fuel per hour both engines ! Real true figures
    Late reply newbee if anyones looking 4 blades on 340 ec from experience rips the boat up on the plain fast but you lose top end speed as props are in half tunnels they cause drag and slow boat down 3 blades better 18x17 by memory with 7.4 engines gassers 340hp first pic is stock prop no2 pic is 4 blades used 3 pic are custom props made for my boat for 6.5 300hp hammer heads diesels rpm max 3600 blade area is larger props are stronger take torque these were made for economical cruise speeds 22knts = 28ltrs diesels consumption both engines
     

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  16. Carl dalmas

    Carl dalmas Member

    41
    Feb 6, 2019
    Conwy wales uk
    1988 340ec sundancer sea ray raymarine radar cetrek auto pilot 300hp diesels fitted
    300hp 6.5 marine diesel 395 chevy 6.5 L shafts 25lts fuel per hour both engines ! Real true figures
     
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  17. Carl dalmas

    Carl dalmas Member

    41
    Feb 6, 2019
    Conwy wales uk
    1988 340ec sundancer sea ray raymarine radar cetrek auto pilot 300hp diesels fitted
    300hp 6.5 marine diesel 395 chevy 6.5 L shafts 25lts fuel per hour both engines ! Real true figures
    If your on one engine put trim tabs opposite one up on down you will have more control off 340 that way had mine 25yrs
     
  18. Carl dalmas

    Carl dalmas Member

    41
    Feb 6, 2019
    Conwy wales uk
    1988 340ec sundancer sea ray raymarine radar cetrek auto pilot 300hp diesels fitted
    300hp 6.5 marine diesel 395 chevy 6.5 L shafts 25lts fuel per hour both engines ! Real true figures
    Anybody know where i can replace a wood teak trim rail on back seat on 340ec
    It has cracked in half ? Its the the part that fits above backrest in two halfs ?
     
  19. Carl dalmas

    Carl dalmas Member

    41
    Feb 6, 2019
    Conwy wales uk
    1988 340ec sundancer sea ray raymarine radar cetrek auto pilot 300hp diesels fitted
    300hp 6.5 marine diesel 395 chevy 6.5 L shafts 25lts fuel per hour both engines ! Real true figures
    340 anchor locker my chain always jams below as locker is to shallow any ideas how to stop it happening ? Thought to use a cone so to spread chain around locker
    Instead off it piling up to the roof ?
     
  20. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 EC
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin 546s Plotter
    454 Crusaders
    Teak is expensive and you have to remove the old piece anyway. I'd consider removing the teak plugs, unscrewing the old piece and maybe glue the 2 broken sections back together using some thickened epoxy and clamps. Prepare the repaired piece for finishing, reinstall, put in new teak plugs and refinish in place. After finishing apply new silicone around the base of the teak.
     

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