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  1. Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    My 2004 has the Clarion with Sirius ready.
    My question is if I install an antenna to the arch I assume it's relatively easy to run the wire down the port side of the arch. From there has anyone tried to run a wire from the arch to the stereo/electrical panel area? Any tips?

    Greg & Cherie, 2004 280 Sundancer 496 MAG "Cherie Amour"
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    1977 Sea Ray SRV240
    1987 Sea Ray 270DA
    2007 Sea Ray 240DA

  2. #22
    Join Date
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    Dubuque, IA
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    280 Sundancer 2004
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    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by gredmer View Post
    My 2004 has the Clarion with Sirius ready.
    My question is if I install an antenna to the arch I assume it's relatively easy to run the wire down the port side of the arch. From there has anyone tried to run a wire from the arch to the stereo/electrical panel area? Any tips?
    I haven't run any wires yet but I would think your best bet would be to pop out the port side cockpit speakers and fish the antenna wire along the speaker wires back to the stereo.
    2004 280 DA
    Twin 4.3's A1

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Kennesaw, GA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
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    2007 310 Sundancer, bowthruster, Garmin 740s w Radar
    Engine(s)
    T 6.2 Horizon V-drives
    Posts
    190

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat View Post
    Does any one use a chartplotter on their 280? I've been thinking of getting one but I have no clue of where to mount one. The helm doesn't lend itself to any additional electronics so I'm looking for a bit of advice on what kind is recommended by other 280 owners for our helm.

    1st. What make model do you recommend? I boat in the upper Mississippi & Illinois rivers above St. Louis. So, I'm not looking to go to fancy.

    2nd. Do you have any picts. of your installation? If so, please post them up.
    Here's a pic of my Garmin 198C. Discontinued in 2006, but a very nice GPS/chartplotter/sounder. Put a chip in a few months ago which gives very detailed info of my lake. Love this mount as it's easy to see and not in the way at all.
    Last edited by desperado; 08-31-2008 at 10:41 AM.
    "Now there's only two things in life, but I forget what they are....." - John Hiatt
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    2007 310 Sundancer, T 6.2 Horizon V-drives, bow thruster, Garmin 740S w radar
    2008 270 SLX, 496 Bravo III, corsa - traded
    2006 280DA T 4.3 MPI Alpha I's - traded

  4. Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Half Off View Post
    I haven't run any wires yet but I would think your best bet would be to pop out the port side cockpit speakers and fish the antenna wire along the speaker wires back to the stereo.
    Duh! Why didn't I think of that? That's why I paid my $25.00 sponsor fee.

    Greg & Cherie, 2004 280 Sundancer 496 MAG "Cherie Amour"
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    1977 Sea Ray SRV240
    1987 Sea Ray 270DA
    2007 Sea Ray 240DA

  5. #25
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    Creve Coeur, MO
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    Sea Ray
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    03 280 Sundancer Kohler 5 KW Gen. 95 13' Boston Whaler Dauntless
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3 MPI Alpha 1 Gen 2
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    1,137

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Thanks for the picts. on the plotters guys! So far all of the above installations look good. I spent most of the day yesterday looking for a plotter and have pretty much decided on the Garmin 430. My next question is... Do any of you use the "in hull transducer"? Since my boat is in the water all year long I was thinking about installing this type so I don't have to pull the boat just to install the transducer.(Through hull) Do any of you have any experience with this type of transducer? Also, how did you guys run your wiring down through the helm station to keep the wiring so neat looking? Also, on the ram mount, which one did you use?
    Fred

    2003 280 Sundancer Twin 4.3 MPI's W/ A-1's
    Kohler 5.0 KW

  6. #26
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    Above Cape Ann
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    Sea Ray
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    02' 280 DA
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    496 w BIII
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    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    RiverRat,

    The Ram mount is the basic unit that is sold by West. In keeping with the teak theme I used a piece of leftover to interface the Raymarine mount to the mounting plate on the ram. I'm not familiar with the unit you plan to use so you might go to the ram website, they have pre-set combinations for the newer GPS setups. That should provide a mount with a bolt pattern that matches your new GPS.

    My wiring is inside of black plastic cable protector that is held closed with black wire ties. It is kind of complicated because in addition to the power and GPS antenna cable, there is also a NMEA out cable to supply Smartcraft with SOG, COG, time data. I am not satisified with way they go through the top of the dash and am looking for a better look than a 3/4" hole with wire protector sprouting out of it.

    Henry
    Ciao Bella - '02 280 DA - 496 MAG B III
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  7. #27
    Join Date
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    340 Sundancer, 2005
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    8.1L V-drives
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    326

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by gredmer View Post
    Duh! Why didn't I think of that? That's why I paid my $25.00 sponsor fee.
    There was a drain hole in my arch on the port side that came out just above the batteries. From there, you have to get through the silicone and you are in the closet in the midberth. It is an easy run to the radio. The vinyl covered panels are a pain to get back into the closet after you remove them.
    Dock Holiday (2005 340 da)
    8.1L Horizons, V-drives


  8. #28
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Michigan
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    Sea Ray
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    280 Sundancer 2007
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3 L Mercruiser w/ Alpha drives
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    88

    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat View Post
    Do any of you use the "in hull transducer"? Since my boat is in the water all year long I was thinking about installing this type so I don't have to pull the boat just to install the transducer.(Through hull) Do any of you have any experience with this type of transducer?
    My 2007 already has the water depth transducer as a standard option. There was no need to install the Garmin transducer.
    Jim
    Lake St. Clair, MI
    2007 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L/Alpha
    "Uncharted Waters"

  9. #29
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    1997 330 Express Cruiser
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    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    The cabin is really hard to push open. My surveyor told me that the door needs to be reailined. Any idea how that's done? Thanks
    2001 280 Sundancer
    4.3's w/Alpha's
    The Great Lakes
    Lake St. Clair


  10. #30
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    Re: Official 280 Sundancer Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JYurgo View Post
    The cabin is really hard to push open. My surveyor told me that the door needs to be reailined. Any idea how that's done? Thanks

    If you're talking about the cabin door, mine was hard to open and close when we bought it also. My problem was that the track was full of junk (dirt, hair ect....). I took a garden hose and flushed it out, let it soak a while and flushed it again. You might give that a try, it worked for me.
    2004 280 DA
    Twin 4.3's A1

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