If you had to rank your boat upgrades - what would be your top two or three???

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by Stee6043, May 18, 2017.

  1. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Active Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    links to many pics in my post.
  2. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 14, 2014
    Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
    2009 52DB
    And I thought rebuilding my seastrainers this winter was good.
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  3. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1980 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Several boat bucks over the past few seasons...
    Prealpha outdrive to B2 and 5.7 Vortec.
    Custom aluminum work includes (larger) swim platform, radar arch and 3 pc engine covers.
    Tandem aluminum trailer with EH disc brakes (if that counts).
    Full remote controls to kicker including steering.
    Electric Scotty downriggers and trap puller.
    Lowrance chartplotter.

    -20 C this weekend. Can't wait to get her unthawed and back in the water.
  4. Rusted Nut

    Rusted Nut Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    Lake Michigan
    1993 370DA
    Lots of engines
    Are the alarms mounted on each manifold? Four total or two? Thanks
  5. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8

    We did the plas deck last year and love it. I agree the natural is the way to go. IMG_3211 (1).jpg IMG_3213.jpg
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  6. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    Upstate NY (lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    In-line 6 cyl diesels so only one exhaust manifold per engine.
    the Borel or aqualarm web site will explain what is necessary for V configurations.
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  7. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I love how that cooler fits perfectly in the gap of your bench. I wish I had that....
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  8. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I have to add a new "top upgrade" to my list today. I have another thread going on this but it definitely belongs here too.

    Today I finished the project of adding new emblems and letters on my arch. For the money I am really pleased with the way it looks.


    I also added another slick, cheap upgrade today. The Fusion "stick-on" remote. I've got my first one installed by my cockpit sink and it works flawlessly. I plan to add a second at the helm as well.

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  9. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    tiara in the snow 01.JPG Looks good. Did the old logo come off with fishing line and a heat gun?
  10. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Thank you! I used one of those credit card sized plastic blades they send with vinyl decals to remove the old ones. No heat required. I just pried from one end to the point that it popped. Very straight forward. The glue left behind took some time to clean but nothing a half bottle of goo-gone coldn't handle.
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    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    1 windless install.
    2 extended swim ladder.
  12. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    1. A bigger boat... made it longer and wider
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  13. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Did you just run the old boat through the boat stretcher? :p
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  14. Mac-Daddy-Minnesota

    Mac-Daddy-Minnesota Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Cottage Grove MN
    Sea Ray Sundancer 310
    twin 5.7 with alpha 1
    We picked up a 1990 310 Sundancer August of 2018.
    1. Fixed the bow spot light (stuck in one position)
    2. Black water holding tank level indicator (fixed the electronic board).
    3. Intermittent starting issue with starboard engine. New slave relay.
    4. Leaking tilt/trim cylinder (needed new seals)
    5. Bilge pump (one of the two was running, not pumping).
    6. Buff/wax/buff/polish etc...………...

    Things we'd love to do.
    1. Replace the 90's carpet in the cabin, go to a laminate of some type.
    2. Repair the tilt/trim indicators on the outdrives
    3. Replace the headliner in the cabin (dirty and stained), need to figure out how that comes out. Also need to re-upholster the cushions in the cabin.
    4. Steering actuator leaked all the oil out. I have new, need to get new hoses made as the new unit has different size connections.
    5. Add some traction to the cockpit, PO removed the snaps for the carpet. Need to find something so the dog can walk.
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  15. drjbarnes

    drjbarnes New Member

    Mar 20, 2018
    Athens, AL
    1988 340 Sundancer
    Love the concept of bunks in the aft cabin. Would you post some pics please?
  16. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Sure. Below is the post to the thread I had when I did it to my 340. I've completed building bunk 2.0 for my 400 and will be installing it soon. There will be no more support in the middle for the new version but otherwise same concept.

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  17. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    As promised here are some photos of the bunk I added to my 400. I finally got it installed last night. I initially built the bunk with a fair amount of "hoping and wishing" it would fit through the door in one piece. Of course...it's a boat project....it did not fit through in one piece. I added the hing and some supports on the inside over the past two weekends. Fits like a charm and is a substantial improvement over my "Bunk 1.0" since this one does not have a center support.

    I crawled up on it last night. I could easily sleep on this thing. Lots of room for growing kids! I can also sleep under it, on my side, with no problem. A bit less room underneath than my 340 but should work perfectly even if we have guests overnight.

    I used leftover EVA foam from my swim platform project to protect the vinyl where the wood meets the boat cushions and walls. That's the only reason you see the gray bits stuck on. Otherwise it's all cheap lumber and leftover wood stain...a cheap project.




  18. Irie308

    Irie308 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    Looks great! Sea Ray must have intended the Sundancers for couples only.
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  19. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Hah...nah, I tend to think (like the rest of the world) they designed for families with two kids only. Three kids just makes everything more challenging.

    Now if you want to talk Tiara - there is a line of boats really made for couples only!
  20. Great lakes pirate

    Great lakes pirate Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Lake St. Clair
    2000 35 Tiara Open
    Previous boats:
    2003 320 DA - 6.2 MPI Bravo III
    1998 250 DA - 5.7 Bravo II
    Cummins 370

    Haha! I think I know what line you are referring too.

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