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    Hi Folks,

    I brought home a new (to us) 2003 305 yesterday! I'll try and get some pics uploaded later on, but in the excitement yesterday I forgot to take any. This is my fourth boat overall, and my second Bayliner, my very first boat was a 94 Capri 180 Bowrider with a Force 120 hanging off the back. I hate to say it, but I actually have another boat in storage I've yet to move, if anyone wants a deal on a 2003 Cobalt 262 let me know!

    Needless to say, there are worlds of difference between the bowriders I've owned and the 305. I'm hopeful that I can tap some of the collective knowledge of the board and help straighten me out on a couple things I'm unclear on.

    1) Do the 305's have cabin heat standard? The previous owner seemed to indicate it did. I've noticed there's an Heat/AC switch on the panel in the cabin, but when I flip this it's pretty obvious a compressor is clicking on in the back and cold air starts coming out of the vents up by the forward birth. I've not run it for more than about 60 seoonds at a time, but it doesn't seem to be getting the slightest bit warm. I haven't run it for longer as I'm worried I need to open something up to let water run through the system, and am unclear where that valve might be. The owner did indicate it had AC as well. Needless to say, I can't seem to locate a thermostat with a simple heat/ac switch or anything of the like.

    2) What RPM / Speed to maintain plane. I know this is a tough question, all depending on fuel/water/passenger load...I was coming home yesterday on a pretty much glassy Puget Sound and was only able to maintain plane at 20 knots+ at about 3400 RPM. Needless to say, it was a bit loud. Am I mis-propped, not working the tabs/outdrives right? What speed/RPM are you 305/3055 owners cruising at?

    3) The previous owner seemed to think the house batteries didn't charge from the alternators. Is this common? It seems rather foolish to me.

    Thanks in advance...I'm sure this won't be the last set of questions!

    #2
    first off ...welcome to the zoo..2nd off...if your local..I can swing by and possibly help point some stuff out for you...your boat is a smaller version of mine and not hard to point out stuff..

    yes there should be engine heat and also heat/ac when your on shore power....if you have an arrrr system...it's easy to switch between heat and air....hopefully the owner left you all the manuals...

    what engines do you have??...you should be cruising at about 26-28mph....you should have checked to see if the boat can hit wot during your sea trails...that boat should easily run at 26-28mph all day long...what drives do you have???...

    congrats on the new toy..

    drop me an email if I can help or an im..my boat is at dagmars ...

    Steve

    :arr arr

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      #3
      Welcome to the BOC and congratulations on the 305 ! They are great boats. We bought our 2004 305 new and enjoy it.

      The seacocks for the toilet and air conditioning system are both located in the engine bay forward of the port engine. Open the seacocks by setting the valve handle inline with the hoses. Loosen the lid temporarly on the sea strainer to get it filled and then resecure it before you try the A/C again.

      We have the 5.7 mercs with Bravo 2 drives. I need to get up to about 3200 to plane and will fall off plane much below 3000. Drives all the way down and tabs just a tick down.

      Wide open throttle "WOT" on our boat is 4400 RPM and about 41 MPH if the boat is light.

      In stock form the 305 really only has two starting batteries. You run one engine on #1 and the other on #2. Take a look to see how many batteries you have.
      Jim McNeely
      New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
      Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
      Brighton, Michigan USA
      MMSI # 367393410

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        #4
        Steve -- I'm down in Shilshole so not to far away. Unfortunately the PO didn't have the manuals. He bought the boat as a repo several years back and indicated it was missing most everything. Any guesses as to where the thermostat might be hidden?

        I was hitting ~22 knots at 3400-3500 RPM which is ~25mph --- which I guess is about right...I have the 5.0's with the B2 drives. It's damned loud compared to my Cobalt with e 8.1 Volvo. Perhaps it's just because I had all the cockpit canvas in and that really makes the sound bounce around. I think I might invest some time trying to install some sound dampening material.

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          #5
          Welcome! Enjoy the new to you boat.
          Phil, Vicky, Ashleigh & Sydney
          1998 3055 Ciera
          (yes, a 1998)
          Previous boat: 1993 3055
          Dream boat: 70' Azimut or Astondoa 72
          Sea Doo XP
          Sea Doo GTI SE
          Life is short. Boats are cool.
          The family that plays together stays together.
          Vice Commodore: Bellevue Yacht Club

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            #6
            Welcome to BOC! You've got a great boat. You'll find a good amount of 305 and 3055 owners here, and some (i.e., JimMc :worth) have made amazing mods.

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              #7
              [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/653058=24599-IMG_0138.jpg[/img]Here's a photo of her at her new home.

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                #8
                Welcome! There is a vast wealth of knowledge here as well as some fun people. Enjoy your new toy, the smile will last a long time!

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                  #9
                  Looks really nice!

                  Check out members JimMC and Brutus' photo albums they will have you drooling for a lot of modifications!

                  Thanks,

                  Steve

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                    #10
                    aa2300 wrote:


                    http://baylinerownersclub.org/media/....jpg[/img]Here's a photo of her at her new home.
                    :wel-

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                      #11
                      Congrats. We have the same boat, same year and LOVE it. I had MANY questions and the help I got here was invaluable. Best of luck with her.

                      John
                      2003 Bayliner 305 - SOLD!
                      Twin 5.7L, Carb'd, 445 hours
                      Bravo II drives
                      Closed-cooling

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                        #12
                        aa2300 wrote:


                        http://baylinerownersclub.org/media/....jpg[/img]Here's a photo of her at her new home.
                        Great looking boat, welcome.

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                          #13
                          What a fine looking 3055. You will love it, welcome to the zoo.

                          Lot of the 3055's here!

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                            #14
                            Congratulations!! We love our 305. Enjoy!

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                              #15
                              aa2300 wrote:
                              Hi Folks,

                              2) What RPM / Speed to maintain plane. I know this is a tough question, all depending on fuel/water/passenger load...I was coming home yesterday on a pretty much glassy Puget Sound and was only able to maintain plane at 20 knots+ at about 3400 RPM. Needless to say, it was a bit loud. Am I mis-propped, not working the tabs/outdrives right? What speed/RPM are you 305/3055 owners cruising at?

                              3) The previous owner seemed to think the house batteries didn't charge from the alternators. Is this common? It seems rather foolish to me.

                              Thanks in advance...I'm sure this won't be the last set of questions!
                              You will love the 305/5

                              2) I have found that you can maintain a lower plane speed on rougher water than glassy if you have the correct props and enough tabs to keep the nose down. about 16 Knots but it does burn more fuel here than at 20+ knots. (I'm running quad Bennet Tabs that to some great support from Tabman) I'm running 5.7 MPIs like Jim. Top speed is 33 Knots. at 4.7 Litres per NM.

                              3) that does not sound right. The standard setup is the starboard motor charges the Starboard start battery and the port the port start which is also the house. I have rewired the entire electrical system on mine when I installed the Genset. Now mine uses a single start battery for both engines and charges of the starboard alternator. And 4x 6 Volt deep cycle for the house (440 amp hours all up) and it charges off the port alternator, and a third battery to start the genet it it charges off the genset.

                              Cheers Brian

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