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  1. pilot2fly

    pilot2fly New Member

    103
    Mar 10, 2014
    Wrightsville Beach, NC
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercruisers with Bravo III drives
    A bad day on the water is better than a good day at the office.

    So we left Scotts Hill today to get fuel at Wrightsville Beach, which is about a 20-25 minute drive via boat. All was well, we got fuel, and left Wrightsville. Right before I throttled up to get on plane, right engine cuts off. Won't restart. Made sure right throttle was in neutral, still no luck and wouldn't even turn over. Turns out, the right engine gear lube reservoir was empty. We knew there was a leak somewhere in the bilge for a couple of days, and found that it was leaking when we were getting gas. We think its just the reservoir itself leaking and that nothing major is happening (we hope, planning to have the mechanic look at it). So we limped back home on just the left engine. Boy, was it a long ride at 6.5 MPH!

    Anyway, snagged a few pictures. Enjoy!

    Refueling

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    A Sundander 260 looking to get gas. Dock was full. He ended up taking our spot after we left.

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  2. boltman

    boltman Active Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Flint/Swartz Creek MI, Ported in Whitehall/Montagu
    480 Sedan Bridge
    "Sea Ray's Best Boat Ever Made"
    700 hp MANS Diesels Thundering Cathedrals of Torque!!
    Glad it was something simple but the leak might not be , we carry a quart of gear lube on board at all times


    Boltman
     
  3. AFD

    AFD Active Member

    Jul 29, 2012
    Boston Harbor/Falmouth Ma
    1997 Sundancer 290 The fat beam version
    twins.
    Starboard 5.0 alpha 220HP
    Port 357 alpha 275hp
    4HP Yamaha for Dinghy
    Bad day on the water turned out to be a new motor for us...hope yours is a lot easier than that.
     
  4. magstang1

    magstang1 Active Member

    May 30, 2010
    Lake St.Clair
    1998 31 Sedan Bridge
    Twin 350 Marine Power
    Nice boat. Looks like the 3 of us that have one showed up here. I'm surprised it's not a more popular model.
     
  5. Searaybio270

    Searaybio270 Active Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Bush River on the Cheasapeake Bay
    1996 EC, Garmin 3210, Dinghy - Seadoo Jet boat with twin 85 horse. Fun and Fast.
    7.4 MC 360 HP each
    Westerbeke 7KW
    I hope for you and your family it isn't something worse. Mine like AFD is a new engine. Splashed the boat in June and a week later it is in dry dock getting a new engine.
     
  6. pilot2fly

    pilot2fly New Member

    103
    Mar 10, 2014
    Wrightsville Beach, NC
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercruisers with Bravo III drives
    Well the good news is we got more gear fluid. The engine tried to crank, but never would turn on. Something somewhere is preventing it from actually starting. And on top of that, the up solenoid on the left engine isnt working, so obviously it won't go up! Getting a mechanic to come out this week.
     
  7. magstang1

    magstang1 Active Member

    May 30, 2010
    Lake St.Clair
    1998 31 Sedan Bridge
    Twin 350 Marine Power
    The drive not trimming up is usually a trim sender. It's a $50 plastic part on the out drive that will probably cost a couple hundred to have replaced.

    Try using the trailer up switch just in front of the throttles. See if that works.
     
  8. pilot2fly

    pilot2fly New Member

    103
    Mar 10, 2014
    Wrightsville Beach, NC
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercruisers with Bravo III drives
    Ah, I see. I'll try the trailer up next time I'm down. We officially don't think the gear lube has anything to do with the right engine not starting. Our marina owner and mechanic are coming down to the boat tomorrow morning to inspect it and figure out what's wrong. Cross your fingers that it's not something major!
     
  9. AFD

    AFD Active Member

    Jul 29, 2012
    Boston Harbor/Falmouth Ma
    1997 Sundancer 290 The fat beam version
    twins.
    Starboard 5.0 alpha 220HP
    Port 357 alpha 275hp
    4HP Yamaha for Dinghy
    how did it go?
     
  10. pilot2fly

    pilot2fly New Member

    103
    Mar 10, 2014
    Wrightsville Beach, NC
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercruisers with Bravo III drives
    Haven't heard back yet. Called and left a message. I assume they didn't get to it today.
     
  11. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Active Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '08 H240
    5.7
    I keep gear lube and motor oil on board. The bottle leak is quite common, you can normally tell because of the drips and feeling the underside of it.
     
  12. pilot2fly

    pilot2fly New Member

    103
    Mar 10, 2014
    Wrightsville Beach, NC
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercruisers with Bravo III drives
    Got the call today. Turns out it's just a bad ignition coil. Very relieved. They said they think it is indeed the up solenoid not working, which is why the left engine won't go up. That might not get fixed until next week. The coil is supposed to be changed out tomorrow.
     
  13. magstang1

    magstang1 Active Member

    May 30, 2010
    Lake St.Clair
    1998 31 Sedan Bridge
    Twin 350 Marine Power
    Easy fix. That has to be a relief.
     

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