Our 2007 Sea Ray 210 Select
So this is the start of the 2007 Sea Ray 210 Select restoration project. Now, we think we got a bargain and purchased her right before Thanksgiving of 2020. Now, only time will tell if we did. So we bought her to see if we can save her and have her ready for May of 2021.
Size Matters on this lake!
So this is to replace the Sea-Doo Boat with our first project. It is way too small for this lake and the wake of the lake. It’s a fun boat, but again way too small. Also, the weight distribution is off and leans with one person. This 2007 Sea Ray 210 Select may be too small likewise but it’s five feet longer and much heavier than the current boat. It’s powered by a Mercruiser 5.7 MPI Engine and an Alpha One Outdrive. Lastly, Sea Ray also measures the length from the water line not bow to stern.
Ready , Set, Budget, Go!
So, in this case, this 2007 Sea Ray Select is a very nice boat. Optioned, this boat is worth over twenty thousand. Firstly, we found this boat on Facebook Market Place. We paid a fraction of the price because of the issues. Secondly, a boat is only worth what someone is willing to pay. Thirdly, we set our top price in advance. Lastly, do your research and use logic to dictate your decision. We had been looking for a Project boat for most of the summer. Now keep in mind there are lots of boats that can be found that are broken and overpriced.
What’s Wrong with Our Sea Ray 210 Select?
To start off the post on Facebook said it had a cracked block. Secondly, the gauges need replacing or don’t work. Thirdly, we know there is water in the oil from speaking to the current owner and visual inspection of the dipstick. There are two new automotive batteries in the boat. Lastly, the current owner suspected it was not properly winterized last season and the block cracked.
What Her Story?
Firstly of all the background of the boat is that the boat sunk in Florida. As a result, she has bought from an auction, moved to the Pickwick area and re-powered by a local outfit. I’m either the third or forth owner of this boat. She needs an owner that can take care of all the large and small issues. That is going to be me, unless she proves to frustrating.
She Started so that’s positive?
There were a few things that were not replaced and some things don’t all work like the Mercruiser SmartCraft Gauges, lights, horn. She started which means the ECU and some of the wiring works. I would have not bought her if she didn’t start. Most of the wiring is ruined from saltwater penetration into the harness. The wires are rigid and black from the ones I have looked at.
So Let’s Start on the Sea Ray 210 Select!
I’m not going to start her again till I drain the oil and find out where the water came from. I’m going through the process of finding out where the oil in the water came from. There are a lot of odd things that have been done to the boat since it sank. The wiring is a mess with plugs just open and wires and leads just laying around in the engine compartment. The same issues at the helm. The Hull looks to be in excellent condition, minus the fact that it needs a good detailing. So, step one drain the oil!
So I’m going to approach this from a tactical approach starting with :
- Drain all the old contaminated oil (12/22/20)
- Inspect Plugs to see if there is something going on in the cylinders (12/22/20)
- Perform a Leak down test (Did Not Do this!)
- Pressure test the block
- Find out where there is a water leak into the oil
- Pressure test the block
- Remove the intake manifold (2/16/21)
- Replace or Clean rusted hardware
- Check the lifter valley for cracks from freezing
- Remove the starboard head (2/21/21)
- Accessory belt
- Remove the Alternator and Bracket
- Pull the port head (3/2/21)
- Clean and paint the intake (3/17/21)
- Clean up and paint Manifold & Risers (3/22/21)
- Heads Reconditioned (2/24/21)
- Starboard Cylinder Head Re-Installation (3/30/21)
- Electrical Rewiring (4/5/21)
- Cylinder Head Re-Installation (4/6/21)
- Installed half the rockers and set valve lash
- Installed Remaining Rocker Arms and Checked Lash
- 210 Select Electrical Rewiring (4/6/21)
- MerCruiser Intake Manifold Installation (4/13/21)
- The MerCruiser First Start (5/18/21)
- Electrical Gremlins (5/18/21)
- Re-Pin ECU (Fuel Pump Relay)
- Warm Stop Condition (5/21/21)
- Replace IAC
- MerCruiser Alpha One Gen II (6/1/21)
- Replace Trim sender and Limit Switches
- Re-Seal Out Drive
- Sea Ray Sea Trial
- Corsa Exhaust Solenoid Replacement
- Repair and Re-Engineer Thru Hull Exhaust
- Running total in expenses is ~$1,900 as of 4/7/2012
- Gross Dollar investment $6,900
- Time investment ~66 Hours
She going Forward will be referred to as – Piparella
As with all our projects, she finally has a name! I have decided to call her “Piparella”. This is in anticipation of getting her running and on the water!