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2855/285 Owners 13 Aug 2012 20:29 #51

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IndyCJ;711426 wrote: Well, we are in the water.

First weekend went very well. The dealership that we bought it from delivered it on Friday, and the service manager was nice enough to stay with us while we took it out for a shake down, showed us how everything worked and got us setup at our dock. All told, I think he stayed with us for nearly three hours making sure that we understood everything.

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Questions that we came up with that maybe I can get some feedback on.

1. We left it plugged in while we are away for the week. Only thing running is the battery charger and the refrigerator (fridge more as a test). That alright? Yup. Sounds good. I turn my batteries off while away for the week

2. I was unsure about what to turn off as far as the seacocks for the AC and in the sump box thingy. He said he would leave them open since it's in the water ... Yup mine are open all the time. If you are going to gone for an extend time you can close them

3. Holding tank cleanout. First attempt and I just did what I saw other boaters do. Vacuum, put in some fresh water, vacuum again, put in more fresh water, vacuum one last time. Too much? Not enough? When we got it back to the dock, we added some holding tank 'stuff' recommended by the marina and added a gallon of fresh water. Yup Sounds right

4. Windlass. We had a good 20mph wind on the lake and I buried my anchor. Not a big deal, but I fell backwards when the anchor finally 'let go' and just about fell overboard. :eek: Fortunately, I didn't, but I'm thinking I need a windlass. Any recommendations? If your anchor is buried in the mud and too hard to pull up by hand when you pull enough rope up so bow is over top the anchor tie off anchor rope on the bow cleat and gently use you motor to loosen anchor. Works every time. Just ask my wife. I do not believe windlass are designed to like a winch

I think that's it. All in all, VERY pleased with the boat. A big step up from a 20' Four Winns cuddy cabin, definitely a 'hog' as compared to what I'm used to, but I was getting the hang of it.

We are already making plans for the next upgrades (extended Swim Platform), and am looking at getting a new camper enclosure for it. The one that's on it is nice, but things seem kind of brittle from lack of use, and some of the stitching seems to be coming apart a bit.

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2855/285 Owners 19 Sep 2012 17:18 #52

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2855/285 Owners 25 Sep 2012 00:42 #53

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Just bought a 1985 2855, been looking for a while and looked at a lot of junk but finally found a boat that has been looked after, the looks like new, runs great.

We need to wit for a couple of weeks until we get it as the previous owners were going on a trip.

Cant wait to move it to its new location

Doug

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2855/285 Owners 29 Oct 2012 22:29 #54

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Hi!,

I just joined the forum and I discovered this thread/list. Is this just a discussion thread or is it a list of 285 owners? If the latter, how do I attach my name to it?

I have placed an order for a new 285 cruiser to be delivered early next year, in Turkey. After I placed the order and came back to the USA I heard about Bayliner's decision to stop all cruiser sales/manufacture (of the Bayliner brand) in the USA and Europe. My dealer in Turkey assures me my boat is safe(!) and will be delivered as planned. I hope that is true as I shall be heart broken of that doesn't happen.

This is my second cruiser, the first being a 2011 Stingray 250CS. I boat in the Aegean waters in and around Turkey and also take trips to the nearby Greek island. I am a very technical and details oriented person and I intend to ask a lot of technical questions to seek your advice, especially as I set the boat up for the first time.

Happy boating!

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2855/285 Owners 06 Nov 2012 21:16 #55

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Hello,

I am new in this great forum. For years i loved my 210LTD ChrisCraft but now with family the recently purchased 2855 works better ;-))

For the time being i am learning to use this boat. My holiday region is sunny Croatia.

Happy boating to all of you,

greetings from Bavaria

BigBuck

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2855/285 Owners 25 Feb 2013 14:14 #56

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2855/285 Owners 19 Mar 2013 11:46 #57

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Purchased my 2007 285 in Lakeland FL in 2011, brought it to Germany first to make some upgrades and CE Certification.
Then brought it to Zadar, Croatia, where it has it's home-port now.
The dealer in Lakeland, Dave Reale :arr of Hillside Auto Sales, showed to me and to my Surveyor, Capt. Paul B. Murphy, Pilothouse
Marine Services, Winter Garden, FL, an hour-meter on the boat, which had counted just 22.2 hours at the time of my purchase.
As the Surveyor did not carry a SmartCraft-Meter with him, there was no way to make proof of this 22.2 hours.:banghead
I made about 35 hours with the boat in the Mediterian Sea before the engine broke in summer 2012.
Reading out the enginge by using a SmartCraft-Meter at that time, it was a real surprise to read of 257 hours of total run-time.:90.gif
The 350 MAG died because of a water stroke (persumably exhaust failure).
2013 (in 2 weeks) a remanufactured 383 MAG Stroker shall replace the broken 350 MAG.
However - we still have fun....:smileflag


You may check my previous post here, when I still thought David Reale of Hillside Auto Sales would be a good guy.
But may be, Mr. Reale better wears a bullet-proof vest, when I come to Lakeland next time:hammer

Gerd D. Strasmann

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Port: Sassafras River Georgetown, MD Bayliner 2000 2855 7.4

http://www.chart.state.md.us/video/video.php?feed=0601b947006500d40050fa36c4235c0a

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Gerd D.;763915 wrote: Purchased my 2007 285 in Lakeland FL in 2011, brought it to Germany first to make some upgrades and CE Certification.
Then brought it to Zadar, Croatia, where it has it's home-port now.
The dealer in Lakeland, Dave Reale :arr of Hillside Auto Sales, showed to me and to my Surveyor, Capt. Paul B. Murphy, Pilothouse
Marine Services, Winter Garden, FL, an hour-meter on the boat, which had counted just 22.2 hours at the time of my purchase.
As the Surveyor did not carry a SmartCraft-Meter with him, there was no way to make proof of this 22.2 hours.:banghead
I made about 35 hours with the boat in the Mediterian Sea before the engine broke in summer 2012.
Reading out the enginge by using a SmartCraft-Meter at that time, it was a real surprise to read of 257 hours of total run-time.:90.gif
The 350 MAG died because of a water stroke (persumably exhaust failure).
2013 (in 2 weeks) a remanufactured 383 MAG Stroker shall replace the broken 350 MAG.
However - we still have fun....:smileflag


You may check my previous post here, when I still thought David Reale of Hillside Auto Sales would be a good guy.
But may be, Mr. Reale better wears a bullet-proof vest, when I come to Lakeland next time:hammer

Gerd D. Strasmann


Wow that's too bad. Sorry to hear. Mercruiser manifolds and risers are only going last 4-5 in Fla climate. When they fail your motor is done whether the motor is has 20 hours or 2000 hours. Surveyor should have put thermal imaging device on manifolds and risers. To replace manifolds and risers would have been under $1000 More than likely they were bad when you looked at the boat. Too bad. Engine hours has little or nothing to do with it. Rust never sleeps. A live and learn lesson. Glad to hear that you are still happy.

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Port: Sassafras River Georgetown, MD Bayliner 2000 2855 7.4

http://www.chart.state.md.us/video/video.php?feed=0601b947006500d40050fa36c4235c0a

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msd58;763920 wrote: Wow that's too bad. Sorry to hear. Mercruiser manifolds and risers are only going last 4-5 in Fla climate. When they fail your motor is done whether the motor is has 20 hours or 2000 hours. Surveyor should have put thermal imaging device on manifolds and risers. To replace manifolds and risers would have been under $1000 More than likely they were bad when you looked at the boat. Too bad. Engine hours has little or nothing to do with it. Rust never sleeps. A live and learn lesson. Glad to hear that you are still happy.




Yes, you're absolutely correct: I take it as a live and learn lesson. And I'm looking forward to my new engine arriving from the US end of this month. Did you see the photograph in my album? Looks great with the stainless steel HighTek manifold which should last a bit longer, I guess:smileflag

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Gerd D.;764042 wrote: Yes, you're absolutely correct: I take it as a live and learn lesson. And I'm looking forward to my new engine arriving from the US end of this month. Did you see the photograph in my album? Looks great with the stainless steel HighTek manifold which should last a bit longer, I guess:smileflag


Yes. You should get better performance out the 6.2 motor than your 5.7

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Port: Sassafras River Georgetown, MD Bayliner 2000 2855 7.4

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2855/285 Owners 01 Apr 2013 20:55 #62

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Electriceddie;475280 wrote: year:2000, 7.4L 455, Bravo III, counter rotating props. Love the boat. I wish it was a bit faster. 4100 RPM = 33 MPH.

:D

I am picking it up next week. I suspect it might be over - propped....as I didn't see it get up over 4100 during our sea trial. I have same 7.4 MPI with Bravo 3....do you mind telling me what size prop you have?

Thanks
LG

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2855/285 Owners 09 Apr 2013 22:10 #63

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We bought this 2855 in August 2011 after we had watched it be left and neglected for 7 years.
Spent many hours and € bringing her back to her full glory,
new bravo III leg and transom plate, re-upholstery, gas cooker and gas oven, eberspacher heater, fixed almost everthing on her nothing worked.
Delighted to find only 400 hours on her from new and the engine is 100% (had merc mechanic check it out with computer, not one fault logged since new)

Any other 2855 owners in Ireland?
PM me

Martin

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Dear 2855 owners,

I am looking for my 2855 Year 1996 7.4L Bravo 1or2 (i don t know yet) a prop. I can not check the present prop for dimensions now but i do need as safety a second one.

??Has Bravo 1 and 2 the same prop fastening??

My aim is economical crusing speed (with 3 adults and some light luggage etc.) Recommended WOT of the motor is between 4.200 and 4.600

Any good experience with prop dimensions you would like to share? Alu/stainles/3 or 4 blade...

Thank you for your kind help

Thomas

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2855/285 Owners 27 May 2013 23:05 #65

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Hi there,

Bought our 2003 285 a few weeks ago. The Lady K has been on Lough Derg for the last 8 years or so and is now on a swing mooring in Youghal Harbour. She has a 300HP Mercruiser 350 MAG Mpi with Bravo 3 drive and a sideshift bow thruster.

The boat is in fantastic condition as the previous owner kept her like new. I am making some changes such as adding new electronics (VHF, Chartplotter, FishFinder, Radar) extra batteries (no shore power here) and a windlass. I've also added new fuel/water filters and an engine flush system. I have installed a Boatwarden security system.

Next steps are snap davits and a tender.

The boat is a major improvement on our MacGregor 26X and I have to say the build quality is very good. I find the layout fantastic and we are looking forward to having overnights with the 4 kids and without them :D

Thanks for the help on here all, I'm sure I'll have loads of questions.

YB

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2855/285 Owners 26 Sep 2013 04:03 #67

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Just purchased a 1996 2855 two days ago cannot wait to try it out. :)

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2855/285 Owners 26 Sep 2013 13:04 #68

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dkjohn;811591 wrote: Just purchased a 1996 2855 two days ago cannot wait to try it out. :)


Of course we wanna see some pics (of the boat) LOL

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Don't know how to post pic yet. :)

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My first to 1996 2855 purchased in September. :D

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2855/285 Owners 24 Feb 2014 02:07 #72

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WASailor wrote: 2002 Ciera 2855
7.4L Bravo III
Purchased August 2013

Nice boat ! Enjoy

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Thanks Ruffryder I will do my best. The boat was in a boat house in Longbranch when we bought it. You may have seen her out and about.

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Has anyone here had or ridden in both a 2855 and 2859? I'm interested in comparisons as to stability and handling chop. I understand the 2855 has 21 degrees of deadrise vs 15 degrees of deadrise for the 2859. That's pretty significant, although overall hull profile makes a big defference too.

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