Installation Mente Marine ACS RP - Sundancer 240 (2004)

Discussion in 'Installation Photos/Specs' started by roberteb, May 13, 2018.

  1. roberteb

    roberteb Member GOLD Sponsor

    124
    Feb 21, 2016
    Netherlands
    240 Sundancer 2004, Lowrance HDS7 3Gen, 3D Scan, TM150, P1, Garmin 300I AIS VHF, Mercury Gateway
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    To trim the boat, not an issue. But more to prevent concerned faces when sailing with guests :) ans also makes sailing more relaxed, looking for automatic solution.

    After some research, picked ACS RP from Mente Marine (http://www.mente-marine.com/). Liked the communication with MM and decide to order. Within two days (Finland - The Netherlands) received my unit with DHL Worldwide Express.


    First the unboxing, in the box, the unit, manual and drill template. Unit isn’t too large, very light and high build quality.
    Unbox Mente ACS RP.png

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    Removing the old trim control and replace isn’t an option, as panel has an angle in the PS/SB direction.

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    Left under the steering wheel, I installed additional switches and can place ACS above.

    Correct Position.png

    Drill template

    drill template.png

    Nice location!

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    Removing wires old trim controls

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    Wires are marked as per manual

    Cut wires labled.png diagram manual.png
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2018
  2. roberteb

    roberteb Member GOLD Sponsor

    124
    Feb 21, 2016
    Netherlands
    240 Sundancer 2004, Lowrance HDS7 3Gen, 3D Scan, TM150, P1, Garmin 300I AIS VHF, Mercury Gateway
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    Wires can also be seen behind dash cover under steering wheel. Removed two tie-raps, so length sufficient to reach position ACS.

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    Removed plug from ACS (two small screws) and connected wires as per manual.

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    Under dash, on right side, installed Negative (-)

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    Connected plug to ACS

    Main breaker on. Lights on!!!

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    Final full dash with Mente Marine ACS RP (Roll & Pitch) installed. After calibration all worked well. Actual test during sailing later this week.

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  3. cfd95

    cfd95 Member

    287
    Nov 5, 2013
    Northport Long Island
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Horizons
    V Drives
    Nice Install.
    Where did you buy it?
     
  4. roberteb

    roberteb Member GOLD Sponsor

    124
    Feb 21, 2016
    Netherlands
    240 Sundancer 2004, Lowrance HDS7 3Gen, 3D Scan, TM150, P1, Garmin 300I AIS VHF, Mercury Gateway
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
  5. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    772
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
  6. roberteb

    roberteb Member GOLD Sponsor

    124
    Feb 21, 2016
    Netherlands
    240 Sundancer 2004, Lowrance HDS7 3Gen, 3D Scan, TM150, P1, Garmin 300I AIS VHF, Mercury Gateway
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    Yep, and must say, your info was very useful. Thanks!
     
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  7. roberteb

    roberteb Member GOLD Sponsor

    124
    Feb 21, 2016
    Netherlands
    240 Sundancer 2004, Lowrance HDS7 3Gen, 3D Scan, TM150, P1, Garmin 300I AIS VHF, Mercury Gateway
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    WOW! Best investment every! Did some trail runs, force 4, choppy sea.. As advised used Gain setting 1 (less nervous corrections)... All directions worked very well and not active during turn or less than plane speed.

    If you fed up trimming your boat all the time, this is the solution! Press auto and relax.
     
  8. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    772
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    Good to hear your happy with it. I run mine at gain setting 2 (middle setting) and find it fine.

    Between the autopilot and auto trim tabs, I find I can sit back and focus on keeping a watch.
     
  9. Wildcater

    Wildcater New Member

    3
    Sep 10, 2018
    2005 Sea Ray 290 SLX. Twin Merc 350 engines
    Twin Mercury 350
    I found this product online and love what they tell me it can do. I have a 2005 Sea Ray 290 SLX with twin Merc's and I find it difficult to maintain slower cruising speeds on this boat. Per the mfr of this ACS, it will help control that using the trim tabs (which is what I've been trying to do myself with very little luck). My question for you both - how do you know which of the ACS models to buy? I boat on a very large lake so we get waves but they are not consistent waves like on an ocean. Any ideas?
     
  10. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    772
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    I would say ACS RP, but would confirm that with Mente Marine via their email contact. Quick to respond.
     

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