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    Default 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    Hi all,

    Just bought a 1990 Sea Ray 160 in really good condition. It has the 3.0 Mercruiser... Previous owner said he had rarely used it in the 5 years he owned (a few hours per summer), and that the previous owner rarely used it also. Condition of the boat makes me believe it's true... There is no hour meter on the dash, but in the owner's manual it says that the hour meter is located in the hour meter box on the bilge bulkhead. I looked, but wasn't able to find it.

    Does anyone know whether the small Sea Rays maybe did not have an hour meter installed? Or can some one give me better directions where to find it?

    I find it hard to believe that in 1990, Sea Ray would build an I/O boat with no hour meter. (?)

    Thanks

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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    I don't find it hard to believe at all.
    If not in the dash, it would be in the engine compartment somewhere.

    Why is it important?

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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    just curious... plus I'd thought I could keep track of the hours that I put on it from this point on.

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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    my bayliner doesnt have an hour meter. kinda bugs me, i would like to keep track of maintenance, use, etc. I have heard of other boats not having them either.
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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    just find it funny that the owner's manual says there is one in a box somewhere by the engine... either this particular boat doesn't have one, or me (and the previous owner) haven't found it. The owner's manual covers several sea ray models, so I guess it's possible that the meter part only applies to other models...

    no biggie, I bought the boat anyway, but of course if it's got one there somewhere, who wouldn't want to know what the meter reads??

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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba1235 View Post
    I would guess that 90% of small boats were built without an hour meter. In many cases they were an option you could order when the boat was new.
    yep, just like mine didnt come with a trim gauge, even though its all wired up for one. same deal i guess, its about options and ordering when its brand new.
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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    Quote Originally Posted by BF View Post
    just curious... plus I'd thought I could keep track of the hours that I put on it from this point on.
    Okay, just add one yourself.

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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    Try looking under the stern pad on the port side. Mine was tucked in the area where the original cover top/canopy is stored. It is a hour meter and reset switch all in one.
    Mine is a 1990 190BR so it might be the same.

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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    Thanks... I'll check there tomorrow.... Yes, it might be the same place on mine... I haven't yet had the top out and set up yet so wouldn't have seen it in there.

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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    just for ref, my 1996 Four Winns Horizon 170 4.3L did not have a hour meter, when I bought it part of the deal was the dealer had to install one, which they did in the engine compartment:

    here it is:




    Yea, it is nice to have to track usage.
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    Default Re: 1990 Sea Ray 160 I/O... hour meter location?

    update... nope, it's not in the storage bay for the top... Thanks though. It looks like mine never had one installed. Oh well...

    Thanks for the pict's mtb... I may do that too.

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