I was reading the forums here for a while and decided to join you. I am a new owner of a 2001 250 SE with a 5.7 Mercruiser EFI and Bravo 3 drive. Received the boat 3 weeks ago and started repairing and changing a few things. So, I need parts.... but there's no Doral dealer in my country. Emailed Doral a few times and got a respond after some days. Tryed again today to send them emails for parts and prices request and the emails keep coming back as undeliverable....... Does anyone know if there is a problem with Doral head office?
Anyone have another source for parts?
I need pricing for the following parts for my 2001 250
You've probably already figured out how to contact Doral by now, but just in case you haven't, here are two reliable contacts I have personally and recently dealt with at Doral International in Quebec:
Found out after countless emails and after lots of phone calls. They have to improve their e-mail response time. Time zone difference is a problem for phone calls. Anyway, talked to those two and finally got everything I needed.
Sadly, the v-berth table is too expensive at 800+ euros + freight + customs, so I will have a local carpenter make one from a template and pictures. Most parts were available and priced well.
Have to say that the technical departement is way faster though. Got every info I needed for a wiring job I had to do, in an hour.
When I owned my 250SE, I put the table in the aft cabin when it wasn't in use. A friend of mine would put his nestled in the engine compartment on the starboard side, but I never saw how he did it. Enjoy! Still a couple months away for us in Vermont, USA!
I had the Volvo Penta 5.7Gi w/ DuoProp (280HP), and found it to have plenty of power. I don't know off hand the pitch of the props, but I will find out and let you know. I wouldn't even entertain replacing the engine, because of the cost and effort, and because I think switching out props will solve your problem. The only drawback I found with the boat, was the heel to port or starboard depending on the water tank level. Mine had four 6V deep cycle batteries and an inverter, (plus a starting battery) which allowed me to use the microwave, a LCD TV I installed and other AC accessories without the expense of a generator. It was a great boat. My mom and dad bought it from me when I upgraded to the 330SE last fall.
I have 1 starting battery and 2 access batteries (all 100Ah) and will buy a small 2KW portable generator to keep things simple and light as possible.
3 x 100Ah x 23kg + isolation transformer (boat 120V, grid 240V) x 38kg=107kg Have tried to distribute the weight (moved the 2 access batteries to the starboard) to balance the weight of a full tank of fresh water and empty waste tank. If there is still a list to one side, I will experiment with the level of the tanks to balance it (maybe keep an amount of seawater in the waste tank....) Also fitted 60m of chain in the anchor locker that will level the bow too.
Sounds like you have it all under control. I made a couple modifications to mine while I had it. I installed a 19" LCD/DVD TV in the fore V berth where the mirror is. And i installed a locker on the port side entry from the swim platform to store lines. The majority of that boat is packed to the gills with features, but there is a enough available space above the water tank to allow for a locker. When my father pulls his out of storage, I'll let you know about the prop pitch. I think he's going to go all chain anchor rode as well. You're right, better fore/aft balance of the batteries, and better bite in the windlass (which I installed as well, what a difference that makes!)
I keep my ropes in the locker under the helm seat. Windlass is always nice, especially here in Greece where we use the boats at sea and have to anchor at various depths and different wind whether conditions each time. Also installed a chain counter where the stereo remote used to be (under the trim tabs switch). For sound I have a Fusion CD player/radio/USB unit with helm remote and a 4x100 Clarion amplifier with 4x200Watts MB Quart speakers. For TV/DVD/DVB-T, I installed a 17in TFT monitor at the same place as you and moved the mirror at the inside of the head door (fiance needs a mirror to admire herself ). The monitor is connected to an automotive unit made by DIETZ (BOA 85702) that supports analog TV, digital TV, USB, DVD and SD card. It can also be connected to a laptop. The sound in going through the stereo via the AUX in port. All that is supported by a Glomex aerial and signal amplifier.
I have a 2006 250 Monticello. The boat will have a list if the water tank
is not full. But when the water tank is full, along with a tank of gas, it
will have a hard time getting on plane with 3 or more people in it. I
have a 5.7L 300hp Mercruiser. With one or two on board, the boat
easily planes out. Of course, trim tabs solve plane problem when
carrying a full load.
Did a small test ride for 20 minutes due to high winds. Everything works great and as it is supposed too. Props are looking fine too. Have a small listing problem that fixed easilly by moving one battery from starboard back to the port side.
Good for you! I spent Saturday organizing my battery layout and other miscellaneous stuff. It will be another few weeks before I launch, but I am definitely ready, even if the weather isn't! One of my buddies who owns a 330SE with Mercs and BIIIs was having a prop pitch problem as well. He purchased another set and will try them out this summer. The interesting point is that he confirmed the boat came from the factory with the inadequate prop setup, which makes me wonder if Mercruiser was specifying the wrong pitch props on their Bravo III deliveries to Doral (or maybe everyone). My experience with Volvo Penta DuoProp performance has been fine in the 250SE, 310SE, and 330SE.
bannister--- i also had a 25se.. if i remember correctly if you go into the aftcabin and look to your right under the little shelf there should be some snaps.. on the back of the table there should also be some snaps.. in mine i could slide the table in and snap it in place..
also i am wcyc buddy with the 330 se mine came from the factory with 20 pitch props way under propped.. i picked up a set of 22 and 24 pitch.. the 22's worked great but still was turning kinda high in the rpm range.. going to try the 24 as soon as i can get it wet!
Hi, Thanks for the info. What year was yours? Have not checked for snaps there, will look into it. Useful if they are there, can add them if they are not.......
Had my first real ride last Saturday heading to an island called Aigina right outside Athens which is 24 miles away (can actually see it from my balcony). With 2b winds and a small chop, I was able to cruise at 3500 rpm doing 24knots on the GPS with very little trim and no use of the trim tabs and burning avg. 45 liters per hour. Had full fuel and water, empty waste tank, me and fiance plus a small dinghy, full fridge and full gear. So far I am very pleased with the performance with the 22" props.
Now I am trying to find a way to get my hands on a set of new Todd pedestals for the tables as I only have 1 for the cockpit table and that is broken. I am also looking to find the cabin table as the cost to order it from Doral is ridiculous. They are asking 850 euro for the table plus shipping and customs. I will probably have a carpenter make me one from template..... If anyone knows the source for the table....
bannister.. mine also was a 2001.. i would visit a local fine carpenter.. i had a cherry table made for the back of my 25 came out awesome.. i kinda think your numbers are off.. if my memory is correct i would run 28-30 mph at 3500rpm full fuel and water.. not by gps.
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