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Excited & New (to me) 16 Feb 2016 16:20 #1

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I grew up in FL, so I've been around boats plenty, but never as an owner (aside from a dingy with a sloop rig w/ trolling motor).

I picked up an '87 Bayliner 2450 Ciera Sunbridge. The L-shaped bench needs replacing, and a couple of windows need to be sealed, but otherwise, it's good to go. I'm in Arizona, so I'll be lake-hopping a bit, and hopefully can weekend on it often.

The issues I know of are:
2 unsealed windows (in the meantime, good to be in the desert)
the bilge pump not wanting to turn off (not sure if that's a problem)
screen missing on one of the tiny windows
the plug to drain the hull is square - total SOB to remove
I want to do some sort of wash for the water tanks
I wrote down "battery fan", but I'm not sure what I meant at the time
I've never messed with an alcohol-burning stovetop, but it sounds like it'll be fine as long as I get the right alcohol

Basically, I'm excited to be a boat owner and love the aft berth. It's really a great vessel for spending the night out on the water. I feel like most of my issues preparing for it will be out of the water:
towing up and down mountains
weight + trailer + water + gear exceeds my Jeep's towing capacity (already bought a trans cooler)
launching and retrieving it myself

But I just wanted to say "hi" and I'll be welcome to any and all experienced advice.

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Feb 2016 16:47 #2

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A big WELCOME to the club, sounds like you are going to be busy, like all newbies you might wish to go on a boating course, a few pictures of the new beast would be nice to see. Happy boating ahead, Marty. :blush:

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Feb 2016 17:16 #3

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Welcome an congratulations on your new boat!

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Feb 2016 17:18 #4

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Welcome to the club!
Go through that Cobra thoroughly

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Feb 2016 18:41 #5

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new to you boat!!

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Feb 2016 19:39 #6

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Hi! Welcome abord! You find this forum as a wealth of knowlege! I can help you with 2 things. First the fresh water system can be treated just like any motorhome would be. Find an RV supplier in your neighborhood and they can set you up. Follow the directions for sanitizing to the letter or you may have stomach issues! LOL!! The second issue is your bilge pump running continious is not a good thing! Your pump could be ruined. There is supposed to be a switch to operate the pump. Whether it is a "float" type or "sensor" type does not matter as they perform the same function. The pump should run only when water is present in the bilge area and deep enough to "close" the switch. Make sure your pump is not connected directly to power! Go to Boating Links and read the articles written by a Marine Surveyor. There are wiring diagrams there to look at which show how the bilge system should be wired. Alchohol stoves are simple to use and any alcohol above 70% is good to use. You can even get it at a Walgreens. As for battery fan, any compartmented engine is supposed to have a fresh air blower per regulations. In one side and out the other keeps harmful/dangerous vapors from building up. I hope this helps!

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Feb 2016 21:48 #7

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Welcome Aboard !

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Feb 2016 22:23 #8

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Welcome to the BOC.

Have fun !!

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Excited & New (to me) 17 Feb 2016 03:00 #9

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Thanks, all. I'll post pictures in the near future.

The bilge has an on/off switch, but it would still run for a time after it was turned off (if I recall correctly). I'll have someone look at it. For now, if I can get that bench seat replaced for under a million dollars, I'll be happy, lol.

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Excited & New (to me) 17 Feb 2016 03:44 #10

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Auto float switch is stuck most likely,
Disconnect the float 12V + wire

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Excited & New (to me) 17 Feb 2016 06:04 #11

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Hi and welcome skipper im a newbie too like all pre owned things they come with problems i own a 2355 ciera
the up trim doesnt work the seat has a tare some switches dont work and the anchor motors broke oh did i mention my pre owned car door
wont open arggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Excited & New (to me) 17 Feb 2016 23:27 #12

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Pics - meant to take more, but i only remembered as I was leaving. She's 4.5 hours away from me :( Living in the desert sucks.

Oh yeah, the horn doesn't work. Forgot to mention it. Cranks right up, can get her to 30 mph...haven't messed with the bimini tops yet. So much to investigate/fix!

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Excited & New (to me) 22 Feb 2016 03:39 #13

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Ruffryder wrote: Auto float switch is stuck most likely,
Disconnect the float 12V + wire


How would I do that?

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Excited & New (to me) 22 Feb 2016 15:04 #14

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jollydodger wrote:

Ruffryder wrote: Auto float switch is stuck most likely,
Disconnect the float 12V + wire


How would I do that?


Trace the wires from the bilge pump to the battery - they should be direct-wired to the battery and nowhere else. You want constant power to that pump.

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Excited & New (to me) 22 Feb 2016 15:16 #15

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Nice looking boat...congrats! Looks like fm the pics, just some time, cold beer and elbow grease and she'll looking great again!

So much info and personal knowledge here it is not even funny. I find myself asking questions here, "first" before I have ANY thought of having someone or a mechanic looking my 185. Biggest issue I have seen/heard when something doesn't work.....check the connections before you start going all crazy replacing parts and stuff....

Welcome aboard!

Ps....although the 4+ hour drive is not really great, it is better than being in Hell for the winter....

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Excited & New (to me) 22 Feb 2016 15:18 #16

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jollydodger wrote:

Ruffryder wrote: Auto float switch is stuck most likely,
Disconnect the float 12V + wire


How would I do that?


Trace the wires from the bilge pump to the battery - they should be direct-wired to the battery and nowhere else. You want constant power to that pump.


What Matt said... BRN wire usually

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Excited & New (to me) 23 Feb 2016 04:01 #17

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I just bought the exact same model and year here in Arkansas! On Greers Ferry Lake (North Central AR).

Seat recover is costing me 500. However we are going to replace the wood frame with Aluminum which will assure we never have to worry about rot again. The large grab handle in the back of the seat is going to be repositioned to the top of the seat. Our wood frame was rotted a small bit on the corner where you step up from the engine area to helm area. It was fairly obvious that no one used the ill positioned grab handle but instead put their hands on the corner of the seat. The vinyl had excessive wear in that one area and that resulted in cracks and eventual water damage. Contact me if you want to discuss what I am doing to improve on the seat design. In fact if you haven't already had it done locally and want it completed here with the aluminum frame upgrade I'll it wouldn't be difficult for us to have two made instead of just one. My wife has a new embroidery machine and she is going to embroider the name of our boat (two hearts as one) onto the seat for a totally custom look!

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Mar 2016 15:43 #18

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Thanks for the offer, but I'm on a 'slow boat to China' pace with this thing. It's drydocked 4 hours from home and I have some work to do before I can even tow it safely.

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Excited & New (to me) 16 Mar 2016 16:00 #19

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This might be a stupid question:

I have a 2" ball hitch on my Jeep and the former owner of the boat says the trailer goes on a 2" ball, but all of the weight distribution hitches I'm seeing online have a 2 5/16 ball. How am I going to work this?

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Excited & New (to me) 17 Mar 2016 09:06 #20

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Welcome Aboard !

Been busy missed your post here ...

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Excited & New (to me) 17 Mar 2016 09:39 #21

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If your engine ventilation blower is not working, put that at the top of your priority list of work to do.

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Excited & New (to me) 20 Apr 2016 05:40 #22

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The blower works, I just have to remember to use it.

Right now, I'm wondering how the anchor mechanism works. Right now it's just an empty pulley and an anchor sitting in my living room at home. How does it all work? How do I get it functional?

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