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post #101 of 117 (permalink) Old 02-21-2018, 12:19 AM
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Hi , Ran across this forum while looking for sunrunner parts. I own a 245 offshore. I've only had it out of Monterey Bay a couple of times. It road very nice though. The boat is in pretty good shape for its age ( 1990) and runs good with the AQ 231A and duo prop. I too would love to find out more info on the boat and any manuals would be helpful. The wiring and the switches could use a little help. I would also like to know if I can put an enclosure on the cockpit if anyone knows of a set up that works. I should also mention that I have a tower on it, so that may make finding something a little more difficult.
One more thing... Anyone know where to get a new or rebuilt carb for the 305? looks like a rochester to me.

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post #102 of 117 (permalink) Old 04-04-2018, 02:04 AM
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Just became a Sun Runner owner with a 1980 20ft cruiser with 5.0 ltre merc cruiser, what is the gas capacity of the boat and where can one find an owners manual.
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80 gallons
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post #103 of 117 (permalink) Old 05-03-2018, 12:40 AM
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Looking for help with a 1979 245

Greetings all,

After an embarrassing amount of time sitting awaiting trailer repair, a SunRunner 245 I purchased some years ago here in Boise, ID, is finally able to hit the water. This vessel is a hardtop model that does not have the flybridge. Fortunately, the OMC 5.0 and Stringer 800 outdrive have been well maintained even though the vessel has only floated once since I've owned it. I plan to put it in the water this year, even though it is no longer my main boat, and see how it's doing these days.

This is a project boat in that my original intention was to procure a flybridge for it and then gut and remodel the interior. To my complete lack of surprise, finding a suitable flybridge to graft onto it has been impossible, although the shop that has been maintaining the boat since I bought it tells me that any flybridge from similar vessels of that size and vintage (Bayliner and Sea Ray were specifically mentioned) could likely be made to work.

I'm dubious, but perhaps others in this forum who've had experience with this vessel can offer insight. Even though I have another boat now, if a flybridge can be found, this is still a project I'd like to work on as time permits, the thinking being that the boat would then be good for going out on Puget Sound when I'm up that way. Thanks!
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post #104 of 117 (permalink) Old 06-19-2018, 03:04 PM
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Hey everyone,
I had never heard of the Sun Runner before and have been around boats for 50 years. I am glad to see that there is some interest in this hull design. I picked up my SR 190 for a song and I am restoring it at the moment. I hope to have it on the water before the end of summer. I will post some pictures of the progress if anyone is interested.
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post #105 of 117 (permalink) Old 08-13-2018, 09:41 PM
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Picked up an 1988 sun runner 195cv and matching trailer in late june that had not ran in years, was'nt really looking for a project but had owned an 1986 sun runner 165v runabout in the early 90,s and salmon fished with it in the puget sound for 5 years or so and really like the hull design and such. So got the 195 for cheap and put my own labor (retired) plus $1000.00 into a restore, she is running great looking good, friends marvel at how she looks and handles in the sound for such an old boat. BTW manuals are hard to come by all i did was download free pdf manuals (google search) of my outdrive motor combo witch was volvo aq131a and 275 od and followed them to a tee and worked out great. Now i had some electrical issues with lights ,bilge,blower,rpm gauge and just traced them down to the fault. Then added a Garmin fish finder and honda 15 horse kicker motor and have my fishing machine for the sound ,bouy 10 ,Sekiu ,lake Washington etc. Just have to say the WORKSHOP manuals are a must ,owners manuals mostly tell you how to use your boat not work on it.
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post #106 of 117 (permalink) Old 10-04-2018, 10:13 AM
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I think that the "American Made" Sun Runner boats were made at a factory in Spokane, Washington. There is a Company from down-under that also uses the Sunrunner name, but they are different boats altogether.

The Sun Runner was a patented, deep-V, high freeboard, designed hull, that was (I have heard) very sea-friendly, and produced a nice, dry ride. The actual design of their hulls was patented, and I have not seen another like it--since. Some folks think that they used a Wellcraft-designed hull, but I don't think so.

It is also my understanding that the boat came with an unlimited warranty on the hull itself--and it is or was the strongest 'glas powerboat hull ever mass produced.

I am very much interested in buying an 18 to 20 foot Sun Runner and will have one someday. Almost all were IO with
either Volvo/Penta outdrives or Merc outdrives AND were powered by small block Chevy V-8s. I am an old-school hotrodder that can make a small-block sing. But I know very little about the Fords that came in the (for instance) Bayliners, etc.

I also understand the the Sun Runner folks fell upon hard times and that the boats just became too expensive to produce and make a profit. I know nothing of any legal action that may have been a factor in their demise. I have heard that the "Luxury Tax" on boats did them in....

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I have just taking my Dads 88 sunrunner and it has all new leather and carpet, the volvo v6 was taken out and replaced with a 350 chevy. I want to replace all the gauges and maybe the whole dash panel but it looks like there isnt any place to get parts?
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post #107 of 117 (permalink) Old 01-14-2019, 10:30 PM
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I found a plate on the top of the fuel tank (From engine compartment) that shows my 1987 220SB has a 45 Gallon tank in it. I've hear folks complain about planing out in these - so wondering if I'll ever fill it full....
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I just purchased a 1987 220SB on a trailer for a "song." The hull seems solid, it's got an (original) 4.3 V6 Mercrusier Alpha on it. I'm up in Minnesota, so it's not hitting the launch until late April. I have much time to learn/investigate/repair. Just about everything makes sense so far. It came with two options a 1' long adapter to use a normal 120VAC cord, and a nice long yellow cord. Both 12V batteries are TOAST. I have not applied ANY electricity to anything until I can test safely. So a few questions: ShorePower - Does that also charge the 12V batteries? I see a few 120VAC outlets in the cuddy, but I'm actually afraid to power it up without knowing where it all goes. Looks like an after market battery selector is installed A/B/Both/Off switch. Assuming that's to save a battery for starting, after camping out a bit. I've heard rumor that this boat will never plane out with more than 2 adults on it? Any truth to that? Is a 4.3 underpowered for this task?

Any and all comments/suggestions GREATLY appreciated.
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I just picked up a 1986 Sunrunner CV 210 with a Chevy 305 4bbl/Volvo Penta stern drive. Nice running and riding boat on the test drive. Did 44 mph in the top end and it cruises nice at 3200 rpm at 28 mph. Every thing works. Couple rubrail dings in the side decals but otherwise a very nice boat. About 630 hours on motor with between 125 and 135 psi on the compression test. Now what to do with my first boat of 20 years, a '65 Evinrude Sweet 16 with 140 hp Evinrude outboard....Click image for larger version

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Took the boat out from Tacoma and up around Vashon Island in 3-4' seas and she cut right through the waves at 22 mph.
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Love this 1986 210 csl... nice boat very well built. Can’t wait to get it in the water
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Company went belly up My understanding is that the owners were in debt but made one of the best hulls in the industry. There is a more definitive answer on this forum and on the net.
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Hi everyone new guy here and I have a 1990 320 Classic that must have been one of the last ones made as it was bought at the auction after the plant was closed, at least that's what im told. I bought it from my parents who bought it in late 94 with no power unit's so they went with twin volvo's with dual prop out drives. Due to health reasons it has only around 300 hr's on it but the meters show 430, only because the keys were left on one winter when it was stored. This winter im going to get new canvas made and give her a good buffing on the deck down to the rub rail the sides are good. I also could use a few chrome pieces such as the rear bilge side vents and the antenna mounts. The mounts aren't a problem but I can't find the vents any where so if anyone can help me out to locate some that would be great.
Hi, it sounds like you have exactly the same boat as me. Our boat is a 1990 with Volvo Pentas. It looks like it didn't go into the water until 1995. Any chance you have a manual that you'd be willing to scan and share? We bought the boat last year.
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I'm looking for info on the 38 sedan bridge 1989.
any info would be great.
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Greetings, I own a 1981 Sun Runner 225CF. It is a cuddy cabin fisherman model. Very well built and am restoring it. I will have it in the water this spring. I also have a 1981 sales brochure that describes all the models from the 165 B to the 245 CB with color pictures. This is a well designed and built boat. There is no wood or plywood used in the construction of the hull, liner and superstructure. The engine is bolted to an aluminum plate that is laminated to the inner liner. No worries about stringer rot in this boat! Too bad they went out of business.
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I am selling our wonderful cruiser that has been re-done. This is our 31ft. cruiser with 11.5' beam, that we have restored over the past 4 years. you can sleep 6 on her. Yes, there are still a few small things to do, but all the major work has been done. New twin 5.7ltr Volvo Penta engines this past year. Maybe 8 hours on them, still under warranty. New outdrives in 15. All new upholstery inside and out. New hot water heater, toilet, faucets and plumbing, steering, flatscreens, stereo and speakers, AC and heat, no generator yet. Full camper canvas, 2 biminis and brand new mooring cover. bottom job just done. Way too much to list.
Here's the deal! If you buy it for full price, I will give you $3000 back for your transport costs.
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