2000 Sundancer 340 GPS/Radar upgrade

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Peter Z, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Peter Z

    Peter Z New Member

    11
    Jun 26, 2018
    2000 Sea Rayb Sundancer 340
    Mercruiser 7.4 Horizon
    I am looking to upgrade my original electronics with the Garmin GPSMAP 942XS. Does anyone have any imput on this model? Also any recommendations on what thickness seaboard or other material to use for install. I know the original radar cut out is bigger than the new units.
     
  2. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    670
    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2002 Cruisers Yachts 3870
    2003 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Twin 425hp Crusaders
    I have a 942xs, absolutely love it. Intuitive, simple to use, nothing more than a couple of pushes away.

    My boat had a circa 02' chart plotter in it - one that was notably taller than its width. Of course modern plotters are the opposite of that, so in order to cover the exposed opening at the top and bottom - I had an aluminum alloy "frame" fabricated. Accomplishes the task, in addition to providing extra frame strength. If I had to guess - I'd guess it's about .25" thick material.

    Boat Garmin Install1.jpeg Boat Garmin Install2.jpeg

    Not sure why the pics posted 90 degrees off.....
     
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  3. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    640 hp (Total)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions

    i installed this 9" Garmin using 1/4" black starboard....

    cliff

    GPS & radio.jpg
     
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Great looking install, Cliff!
     
  5. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    640 hp (Total)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    thanks....
     
  6. Peter Z

    Peter Z New Member

    11
    Jun 26, 2018
    2000 Sea Rayb Sundancer 340
    Mercruiser 7.4 Horizon
    Thanks Cliff, it looks great. I ended up buying 3/8 thick but how is the 1/4 inch? is 1/4 plenty?
     
  7. Peter Z

    Peter Z New Member

    11
    Jun 26, 2018
    2000 Sea Rayb Sundancer 340
    Mercruiser 7.4 Horizon
    Did you guys have any issues mounting the radar dome? The new Garmin radar dome seems like I need a spacer to raise it up other wise it sits on my canvas snap.
     
  8. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    640 hp (Total)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions

    yes, 1/4" is plenty thick enough for this purpose....

    cliff
     
  9. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    As for the material. It's OK to use seaboard and stuff, but if you really want it to look factory make a template and send it to Technografic. They matched the pattern and finish perfect! Or just get a bigger GPS. That's what I did..lol panel2.jpg panel1.jpg panel 3.jpg thumbnail.jpg
     

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