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Old 05-21-2019, 07:27 AM
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Default Resurrecting Pursuit 2860 Denali

Last summer I picked up a 1997 Pursuit Denali 2860 that had been left out uncovered, and on the hard, for 6+ years in the Northeast. I confirmed that it was winterized after its last season of use and that both motors turned over freely. I was unable to do much work last fall, but have recently began working on the boat again.

I basically started by cutting all the brush away from the boat and trailer, putting air to the tires, and replacing two bad trailer tires. Next I purchased two brand new batteries and trimmed the motor up so I could move the boat closer to water/electrical. I decided to clean the boat first, as it does not sit on my property, and I didn't want it looking like a total wreck being closer to the road.

I'm not a mechanic or professional by any means, and I am basically doing this as a weekend project.






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Old 05-21-2019, 07:29 AM
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Preliminary cleaning of the boat:







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Looking forward to seeing your progress. I really enjoy bringing things back to life!
Old 05-21-2019, 07:42 AM
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I replaced the trash bag on the cabin door with a replacement cabin door latch from BoatOutfitters.com it was around $130 shipped and received in a couple days. Seems to be a perfect fit/replacement.

The starboard out-drive trim switch on the controls appears to be broken. Does anyone know where I can source a replacement switch or set of controls? I couldn't find a part # searching online.


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Have to tell you ............I'm jealous.
To me, that has always been a dream hull.
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Nice Find! Good luck with it!
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I tested most of the switches and everything tested worked, but I was still nervous about the condition of the wiring with the boat being exposed to weather and nature/animals all that time. I tilted the helm console back after removing the captains chair, and was pleasantly surprised!

Needs a little cleaning, but condition of the wiring appears good and it even has the signature of the QC person from Pursuit 9/96.

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What did you use to clean that Gelcoat, other than elbow grease...
How many hours do you have scrubbing?
Great job... I am impressed....
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I started by spraying an area in a Mold/Mildew remover (probably contained bleach). After waiting a few moments, I'd spray with water, then add Comet cleaner and scrub the nonskid with a soft brush. After scrubbing I would spray with a wide angle tip on pressure washer. If the area was clean, I would move on, sometimes I would need to repeat the process up to 3 times for an area.

All in, I probably have about 12 +/- hours of cleaning without touching inside any hatches, the cabin, the hullsides, or the bilge/engine compartment. I have a LOT more to go! All the cleaning was done just to make it look better being moved closer to the street.

I'm pivoting all my work now to the mechanical side. Once she is running and I have replaced all service items, I will then finish the cleaning, compound, and wax.
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Any ideas on the control mounted trim switch?

Anyone know a good place to download a service manual on those mercruisers so I can get part #'s? Also taking recommendations on where to order online parts from a cost and cust. service standpoint.

Thanks!
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There are 2 of these electric components (1 on either side of both drives - 4 total). The component on the port side of the port outdrive has the wires frayed and broken as shown below. Does anyone know what this unit is? I've looked at some parts diagrams and can't seem to find it. I've resigned myself to hiring professional help with the outdrives.






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That is trim sender. Sends a signal to the gauge to give position of the drives.
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Originally Posted by dgiles View Post
That is trim sender. Sends a signal to the gauge to give position of the drives.
I suspected that, thanks for sharing. Any reason why there are 2 per drive?
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How does anyone let such a fine boat get in that condition? I will never understand that, but see it too often
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Originally Posted by FtsyMarine View Post
I suspected that, thanks for sharing. Any reason why there are 2 per drive?
I believe one is the sending unit for the gauge and the other works as a limit switch so you can only trim it so far without using the trailer trim switch.
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That's so sad, I owned a 1998 2860 and it's a great boat, really great boat. You will enjoy the ride, the capacity, the build quality is already paying off. Big load for a 1/2 ton, I used to tow mine with a Suburban, it was 8600# on the trailer as I recall, towed hundreds of miles, but I kept the trailer brakes in order.

There are two senders on each drive, they are trim and tilt senders, each has to be there for the trim and tilt/trailer function to work properly and drive the gauges. Really common to have wires broken like that when they are replaced by novices, just get a mercury manual or take boat to a merc mechanic.

Pursuit will support you, just call them, they have OEM drawings, canvas, you name it.

Good times ahead.
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Originally Posted by life is good View Post
I believe one is the sending unit for the gauge and the other works as a limit switch so you can only trim it so far without using the trailer trim switch.
Makes sense, thank you!
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Originally Posted by From the Helm View Post
That's so sad, I owned a 1998 2860 and it's a great boat, really great boat. You will enjoy the ride, the capacity, the build quality is already paying off. Big load for a 1/2 ton, I used to tow mine with a Suburban, it was 8600# on the trailer as I recall, towed hundreds of miles, but I kept the trailer brakes in order.

There are two senders on each drive, they are trim and tilt senders, each has to be there for the trim and tilt/trailer function to work properly and drive the gauges. Really common to have wires broken like that when they are replaced by novices, just get a mercury manual or take boat to a merc mechanic.

Pursuit will support you, just call them, they have OEM drawings, canvas, you name it.

Good times ahead.
Thanks for the info!

Last year I got way more familiar with my '98 HydrasSort Vector 2250 than I wanted to. I was impressed with the build quality on that boat, but what I've seen so far on the Pursuit has really impressed me. The build quality is fantastic.

I just used my F150 to move it in the yard it was already in. I have a friend with a 350 that I would borrow to go over the road.

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