No Rules

Boating Has Been Very Good To Us

1986 Sea Ray 390

We're a boating family. My wife got us started and it's been great. We started with our Bayliner 2550, a great boat. But as the family grew, we moved up to our 86 Sea Ray 390 (pictured above). The name of our new boat is No Rules (yeah ... and I've been too lazy to change it).

We bought our Sea Ray at the end of the Summer 04. She's a pretty boat, but she's got some problems. In particular, she is wet. So, many of my projects are looking for leaks.

So here is my attempt to give back to the boating community. This page will document my various projects as I fix, tinker and repair our Sea Ray 390. Not all projects are illustrated yet, but check back from time to time.

 


2005 Erie Canal Vacation

July 05 - Although we've been boating since 1995, we've never taken a big boater vacation. That changes with our Erie Canal Vacation to Syracuse NY.

Click here to see the Flash Slide Show of our trip. In my opionion, our best vacation ever.

2008 Dry Docked

Summer 08 - A slew a factors combine to leave our boat in dry dock; we don't use our Sea Ray 390 at all in 2008. It just sits in storage for the entire year. Mostly, I think that we, as a family, need a little break from boating. Our oldest kids are teenagers, and the wife and I just don't want any obligations this summer.

We still used our Wellcraft, and waverunner. But not the usual weekend trips to Lake Erie.

2009 Lake Erie

Summer 09 - After skipping a year, we put No Rules into the water at a new Marina, Bass Haven. Even the teenagers missed going to Lake Erie regularly. So, we're back to boating on Lake Erie, just about every weekend.

Nonetheless, I think the year off was a good thing; good for our attitudes, and good for the boat. That extra time in dry dock has completely dried out our boat.

2010 Lake Erie

Summer 10 - Another year at Bass Haven. Possibly the best summer weather of our 14 years of boating.

No Rules is put to good use, thanks to the social events, put together by Carol, and my few fishing trips. However, no major trips. Just daytime jaunts to the local haunts, like Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay and Kelley's Island.

The Sea Doo GTIs that I purchased over the winter were really put through their paces. The kids and their friends (me too) used the jet skis a lot, and this took time away from using No Rules. Probably saved me a ton of gas too as No Rules just loves to use gas.

 

 

 

Sea Ray 390 Projects
Project Description Duration Date
Winterize motors Annual ritual of winterizing the motors 2 hrs Oct
Windshield Leak Water is coming in through the starboard side and getting into the kitchen cabinetry. 4 hrs Apr 05
Rub Rail Water is in the bilge; is it coming from the rub rail? 6 hrs May 05
Water in Bilge Water is in the bilge, and it's coming from the air conditioner 0 hrs Jun 05
Sliding Door The sliding door, entrance to below, doesn't slide very well. 4 hrs Jun 05
Window Leaks Water is coming in through the salon windows 12 hrs Jun 05
Replace Swim Platform Teak Inserts Make new inserts (pine) 6 hrs Jan 06
Starboard Engine - impeller Replace the impeller for starboard engine. 6 hrs Apr 06
Tambour Door repair Guest Stateroom tambour door is off track 4 hrs Aug 06
Captain's Bench Rot One side of the Captain's bench has rotted out. Replace the one side with marine plywood 3 hrs Aug 06
New Canvas The canvas that came on No Rules is starting to show its age. And it leaks like crazy. Replacing the canvas is my single, best project for drying out No Rules. 1 week Winter 07
New impeller for Westerbeke generator My generator needs a new impeller. 2 hrs May 2010
Tambour Door repair - split tambour A couple of the tambour doors have split, so some spray adhesive and cloth fixes them up. 1 hr Sept 2010

 

Sea Ray 390
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starboard view

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aft port view

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aft starboard view

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below in bilge

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