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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wildwood, N.J.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1999 33 Sundancer 2005 Mercury Amanzi 40 HP Super Dinghy 1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    Posts
    581

    Official 370 Sundancer thread

    It seems like every model has an "official thread" except for the 370 DA. What an awesome boat! Not to big, not to small, moves okay with gas motors. What's not to like? Any 370 owners with me on this? I'd like to hear from you guys. With a few changes I made to my boat (camper canvas, flat screen TV, & custom bar) my cockpit area is an incredible place to hang out with friends, have a few drinks, or a cup of coffee in the morning. I'm pretty happy I accidently found this boat. What do you think? Mark
    Past Boats
    1987 34' Bayliner Avanti
    1992 Sea Ray 37' Sedan Bridge
    1998 Sea Ray 37' Sundancer
    1997 Sea Ray 37' Aft Cabin
    1989 Sea Ray 34 Sundancer

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    New Jersey
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1995 Sea Ray 370 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 7.4L Blue Water inboard V Drives
    Posts
    753

    Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    I'm with you. I was just a few years out of college in 1995 when the 370 came out. I was recently married, had been a home owner for just a few years and was on the second season with my first boat, a 22' Four Winns. I loved the boat when I first saw it, but at the time it was so far out of my reach financially that it was just pipe dream. I cut out the two page add Sea Ray ran for the boat in all the magazines with the tag line "therapy for your soul" and pinned it up on the wall of my cubical. 5 years ago, after about 5 promotions, three relocations, three kids and two other boats I finally bought a 1995 370. After 5 seasons I still love it and dont have any plans to part with it any time soon. I have spent the last 5 years tinkering with it and have probably serviced just about every system aboard at least once. It has a great balance of size and functionallity and even at 14 years old still looks very current.
    "Corona del Mar"
    1995 370 Sundancer
    7.4L Merc BW IB FWC
    Hurth/ZF 630 VD
    Westerbeke 7.0 BCG, Raytheon: R20XX, 601XX, 650 AP
    Jersey Shore- Barnegat Bay

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Connecticut
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    '98 370 Sundancer '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14' 9.5' Caribe RIB
    Engine(s)
    7.4 Mercuisers
    Posts
    406

    Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    Finally! I suggested this on several occasions, but had no takers.

    I've learned a lot about this boat over the past couple of years. When it was time to move up, this model seemed to have all the right features. Coming from a bridge boat, the cockpit and helm are roomy and everyone can socialize while at anchor or underway. Accommodations are just right for us, heat, a/c, nice open salon, 2 tvs, icemaker, and galley that the admiral can prepare the meals she likes to cook. Plenty of power, fair economy and easy access for maintenance.

    The hardest part for me once I settled on the model was which year. I created a database of every 370 that was listed on Yacht World for a year before I picked one. (And I maintained that list for about two years afterwards to see if I really did get that steal.) When you do that kind of research, you become acutely aware of the subtle differences. Gas or diesel, carbs or EFI, 7.4 or 8.1's, which electronics package, which color interior, high arch or low arch. And interestingly enough the pre-95 models are very similar in layout to the 95-98 models.

    Ultimately, I settled on the '98 for the higher arch, the revised exhaust system, and a relatively rare maple interior. It also helped that the boat was a dock queen with only 150 hours on it and in perfect mechanical shape.

    I could go on, but how many or us are here? There certainly are enough of these models around, we should have a good group.

    Gene

    "Rubber Duckee"
    '98 370 Sundancer, '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14', 9.5' Caribe RIB
    www.370sundancer.com
    "Long Island Sound is the world's biggest bathtub with everyone's rubber ducky in it." - Mark Twain

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    La Crosse, WI
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1995 370 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Bluewater 7.4
    Posts
    78

    Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    We purchased our 95 last year after looking at several different boats over a few months trying to decide what did we want next...4 hours after viewing we sea trialed and handed over the check. The boat handles very well, plenty of room for our family, and great layout for entertaining. My wife had 2 requirements when we were looking, generator and AC/Heat, guess this fits the bill nicely. I also agree that the style of this model will look great for years to come. Always interested in pictures of upgrades that people have done. Thanks for starting the official thread!
    Scott Finch
    "Aquasition"
    95' 370 Sundancer
    7.4 Bluewater's | Hurth 630 V-Drives

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wildwood, N.J.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1999 33 Sundancer 2005 Mercury Amanzi 40 HP Super Dinghy 1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    Posts
    581

    Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    Gene, I also have a 98' with a Maple interior. I didn't do any research before I bought the boat because I had my sight set on a 1992 44DA with diesels. When I found out during the survey that the 44' had termites (yes I said termites) I stumbled upon the 37' and my wife and I fell in love with it. I would also be interested in seeing or hearing about any modifications others have made to their boats. I try to post some pics of what I've done to mine. Mark
    Past Boats
    1987 34' Bayliner Avanti
    1992 Sea Ray 37' Sedan Bridge
    1998 Sea Ray 37' Sundancer
    1997 Sea Ray 37' Aft Cabin
    1989 Sea Ray 34 Sundancer

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Baltimore, Md.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    370 Sundancer 1995
    Engine(s)
    8.1s (2013) w/ V drives
    Posts
    858

    Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    Great thread, better then those political and financial threads. It seems most of us know what our next boat will be, when I had my '90 310DA, I knew my next boat would be a 370. Last year I started looking at 450DAs until a medical issue stopped that. I'm fine health wise now and started thinking about a 450 again.......... It would take my boat plus 100K or more, so for now I'm keeping it and plan on doing lots of upgrades to it. Some that I've done already are: new GPS, replaced the original TVs with flat screens, replaced the cockpit ice maker with a refrigerator, replaced the plastic cup holders and latches with stainless ones, new canvas (extended the rear canvas 2', so it does not have that goofy squared off look), new cockpit carpet with the upgraded backing, and of course all the regular maintenance stuff...........that's all I can think of right now. Project this winter is to replace the cabin carpet. I really like the 370DA, does not look outdated, yet, it has a big boat feel to it and can really handle the rough stuff well. I often take it out by myself and it is real easy to handle, sometimes around the dock it needs a little throttle. Engine access is great, I can maintain and fix just about everything on this boat myself. The arch is the correct height compared to the ones on the newer Sea Rays, they are entirley to high. I have no problem with this being a gas boat, however anything larger need diesels. Looking forward to seeing more posts on this thred.

    John
    Last edited by xravenx; 10-23-2008 at 07:14 AM.
    '95 370 DA w/T8.1s (2013) - "Michele Ann"
    '99 210 BR w/5.0 & Alpha 1 - "XRAVENX"
    '88 Laguna 21 w/150 Yamaha - "Pigtail"

    Past Sea Rays - '88 268DA, '89 280DA, '90 310/330DA
    http://clubsearay.com/signaturepics/sigpic473_1.gif

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wildwood, N.J.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1999 33 Sundancer 2005 Mercury Amanzi 40 HP Super Dinghy 1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    Posts
    581

    Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    John, be careful, I have one of those "goofy squared off look" camper canvas. I do agree with you that it takes away from the look of the boat but I spend so much time in the cockpit that the trade off I get with the space and headroom is worth it. I think my boat looks like a Hummer H2 from the back! Not good. Mark
    Past Boats
    1987 34' Bayliner Avanti
    1992 Sea Ray 37' Sedan Bridge
    1998 Sea Ray 37' Sundancer
    1997 Sea Ray 37' Aft Cabin
    1989 Sea Ray 34 Sundancer

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Panama City FL
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1998 370 Sundancer, 2004 110 Whaler
    Engine(s)
    Cat 3116 300hp
    Posts
    426

    Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    We love our 370! Frank W. turned me onto it after a friend of his traded it in to our dealership. We have been VERY happy with everything about it. The Cats are great and make docking a breeze. Now if diesel prices would drop down life would be good.

    We have a camper package on ours also. To avoid the station wagon look ours is more like an extended back cover. We also added 40mm windows from the windshield up. I think our next big upgrade will be new TVís but I still havenít made a decision on what type and where to put them.
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    Jason, Kim & Tyler
    1998 370DA Cat 3116's 300hp
    2004 Boston Whaler 110 Tender
    2006 260DA 5.7 (Sold)
    2005 220SD 5.0 (Sold)
    2004 185SP 4.3 (Sold)

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, FL
    Boat
    2011 Hurricane Sun Deck 187 OB
    Details
    2011 Hurricane with Magic Tilt Trailer
    Engine(s)
    115 HP Yamaha Four Stroke
    Posts
    2,122

    Question Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Aarrhh & Aarrhh View Post
    We love our 370! Frank W. turned me onto it after a friend of his traded it in to our dealership. We have been VERY happy with everything about it. The Cats are great and make docking a breeze. Now if diesel prices would drop down life would be good.

    We have a camper package on ours also. To avoid the station wagon look ours is more like an extended back cover. We also added 40mm windows from the windshield up. I think our next big upgrade will be new TV’s but I still haven’t made a decision on what type and where to put them.

    Could you perhaps supply me with a few details about this?

    We also added 40mm windows from the windshield up.
    Is this some type of plastic or did you just do a complete enclosure. I currently have the isonglass, but I ran across a thread once where someone mentioned enclosing with something else. I have been looking since then, but ot no avail., probably because I do not know the correct name to look for?

    Thanks

    2011 Hurricane SunDeck 187 OB, 115 HP Yamaha
    2002, 380 Sundancer, 8.1s engines (SOLD-01/01/2015)
    GED, HS, BS, AS, MBA, US Army Retired, Sergeant First Class, VFW Life member, NRA Life Member, Second Amendment Foundation Life Member, Member Gun Owners of America

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wildwood, N.J.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1999 33 Sundancer 2005 Mercury Amanzi 40 HP Super Dinghy 1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    Posts
    581

    Re: Official 370 Sundancer thread

    Jason, that boat must run great with those Cats in it. You don't see to many of them with diesels. Someone posted a response earlier that said they put a fridge in place of the ice maker, has anyone figured out a way to fit a fridge and an ice maker? I was looking at the possiblity of trying to fit a small fridge under the bar sink but I didn't want to go through the hassle of moving the battery switches. I removed my port side front seat to extend my bar area which worked out really nice but I still would like to add a fridge somehow.
    Past Boats
    1987 34' Bayliner Avanti
    1992 Sea Ray 37' Sedan Bridge
    1998 Sea Ray 37' Sundancer
    1997 Sea Ray 37' Aft Cabin
    1989 Sea Ray 34 Sundancer

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