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    Just purchased a new to me boat- 1978 Bayliner Saratoga-gctid383942

    Hello Everyone,

    I just purchased my first Bayliner. It is a 1978 Bayliner Saratoga. I'm not sure exactly which model as I don't have any paperwork on the boat. My guess is it is an Express. There is no flybridge and the only hard covered cabin is in the bow. Above the helm is a canvas cover. It has a sink, an alcohol stove, an ice chest and a v-birth. There is a single Volvo Penta V-8. I'm not sure if it is a 350 or a 305 motor. It has a Quadrajet Carb.

    Anyone know about these boats? How can I tell which V-8 it is. I can't find an identification plate on the motor. I'd like to run it with a muff so I can check things out... can I use a muff like I use on my outboard motor?

    It has not been run for 6 years. I've drained/replaced the the fluids, gone over the electrical. It has trim tabs and they don't seem to work correctly. They do make noises when I push the buttons but I don't think the tabs move up and down.

    It does have the electric lift for the outdrive but it is not operated by the original switch with the light. There is just a Radio Shack dual throw switch that raises it and lowers it but it seems to stick.

    Any thoughts? I'd love to find an owners manual.

    Thanks in advance- Dave

    #2
    Welcome, Dave! The boat is an express cruiser, the model Saratoga.

    Matt (Download Complete) is our resident Bayliner guru- he should chime in shortly.

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      #3
      Was it a decent boat? Is it worth bringing back to life?

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        #4
        Can you post photos of the boat, engine and drive for us?

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        Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
        2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
        Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
        Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
        Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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          #5
          check out my saratoga ,that is a hand laid hull you have,,,good boat..jerry from canada

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            #6
            Matt would know for certain, but I'm thinking that there was also a SND F/B version of this boat.

            I had one out back for several years. I had plans to turn it into a crabbing boat but decided against it.

            I cannot find a good photo of it, but it was similar to this white/yellow boat to the right here.

            Attached files [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/687794=27949-Saratoga boat out back 3.jpg[/img]
            Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
            2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
            Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
            Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
            Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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              #7
              2850Bounty wrote:
              Matt would know for certain, but I'm thinking that there was also a SND F/B version of this boat.

              I had one out back for several years. I had plans to turn it into a crabbing boat but decided against it.

              I cannot find a good photo of it, but it was similar to this white/yellow boat to the right here.
              Thats your boat sitting in the black berry bushes?
              1989 Avanti 3450 Sunbridge
              twin 454's
              MV Mar-Y-Sol
              1979 Bayliner Conquest 3150 hardtop ocean express.
              Twin chevy 350's inboard
              Ben- Jamin
              spokane Washington

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                #8
                yachtman wrote:
                Thats your boat sitting in the black berry bushes?
                Yes Dave...... that's it! :kidding And those are Blueberries, not Blackberries! rod

                Even from a Google Earth view, you'd have to be somewhat "Boat Illiterate" to think that was a 2850 Bounty F/B boat sitting on a triple axle trailer!

                Where did Arizona Dave go?

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                Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
                2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
                Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
                Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
                Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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                  #9
                  2850Bounty wrote:
                  Yes Dave...... that's it! :kidding And those are Blueberries, not Blackberries! rod

                  Even from a Google Earth view, you'd have to be somewhat "Boat Illiterate" to think that was a 2850 Bounty F/B boat sitting on a triple axle trailer!

                  Where did Arizona Dave go?

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                  Mmmmmm blue berries yummy. Just giving you a bad time Rick. I can see that is obviously not a bounty any one should know that.
                  1989 Avanti 3450 Sunbridge
                  twin 454's
                  MV Mar-Y-Sol
                  1979 Bayliner Conquest 3150 hardtop ocean express.
                  Twin chevy 350's inboard
                  Ben- Jamin
                  spokane Washington

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                    #10
                    Regarding Where did Arizona Dave Go- I'm still here. I am going to post picture of the boat tonight. I'm a school principal and we had graduation last night so I was busy with things of lesser fun than boating. Thanks to all for all the responses- I think I may have found one of the best forums on the net! My Fiat Spider Forum is real friendly too but you guys are quick to welcome a newbie.

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                      #11
                      Dave, glad to see that you're still here, and we'll look forward to seeing your photos.

                      BTW, beneath my BOC signature is a hyperlink to our BOC Vault where you'll find a thread dedicated to the AQ series Volvo Penta.
                      Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
                      2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
                      Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
                      Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
                      Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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                        #15
                        Dave, Matt Train can confirm this, but I think you have a Bayliner Liberty boat... not a Saratoga.

                        Your sea water pump is a Jabsco. I can't tell which of the two volume pumps it is (std or high volume).

                        Note that the short body pumps (Jabsco and Johnson) both use the 1027 impeller.



                        The high volume pumps (both Jabsco and Johnson) impellers look very similar, but there is .090" difference in pump body impeller cavity depth.

                        If you have the large volume Jabsco, be sure that you get the correct impeller for it. It is very easy to get the two mixed up

                        Johnson large volume pump impeller = 1.900" in depth

                        Jabsco large volume pump impeller = 1.990" in depth

                        Parts counter people get this wrong way too often.

                        If you end up with the Johnson 1.900" impeller in the large volume Jabsco pump body, it will not pump water.

                        I have all of the lift unit parts , including the switch and amber light, if you need them.

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                        Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
                        2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
                        Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
                        Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
                        Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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