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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Chicago
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1997 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser
    Engine(s)
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser MPI
    Posts
    36

    Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Fellow 370 EC Owners,

    As a new buyer of a 370 EC, I've come to really appreciate on the great insights shared on CSR and felt envious of the 'Official 370 Sundancer' thread. I came up short when searching for a like thread for the EC... so better late then never, and hoping for momentum, I've started this one.

    Having grown up in Michigan and now living in Chicago, I've been boating with my family my entire life, but now I've reached a point in my life (i.e. i can finally afford it ) where I can have a boat of my own. I purchased the 370 from it's original owners who fell out of love... so it needs some TLC.

    First project... entirely new canvas! I'll post pictures shortly.

    That said, next on the list is likely cabin carpet and a new refrigerator. Does anyone have any experience replacing the refrigerator?

    Cheers,
    Nick

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Maple Valley, WA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    Twin Cat 3116T
    Posts
    78

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Congrats on the purchase, glad it finally came together for you! Thanks also for starting this thread, I was definitely interested in doing one too.

    Is your refrigerator completely dead? Mine (NovaKool RFS7500) struggled to maintain a cool temp, and also leaked from condensation. I found that my drip tray was misplaced - it was at the bottom above the pull out drawer, instead of at the top. It seems that keeping the fridge full allows it to keep a more consistent temp, it just didn't do well when empty, even partially. Not sure how hard it will be to replace yours, I'm not sure of the measurements to see if it would fit through the cabin door or not. I suppose they got it in when they built it, hopefully they didn't build the boat around it! What kind of fridge is it?

    Kevin

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Chicago
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1997 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser
    Engine(s)
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser MPI
    Posts
    36

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Thank you! I'm very excited about the purchase and more eager to get out on the lake in a couple weeks.

    The refrigerator is not completely dead, it's just loud and does not stay cool. It's also been poorly maintained so it's just tired. My concern in finding a replacement is the cabin door... I think I'm going to have to dismantle the exiting frig to get it out, and likely purchase a new one that is more narrow. I also expect that I'll need to augment the opening slightly to fit a different size frig. I am hoping someone who's executed this work before can share a few pointers :)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Maple Valley, WA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Engine(s)
    Twin Cat 3116T
    Posts
    78

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    What model fridge is it? It may be worth pulling it out from the counter and inspecting it - clean the coils, compressor, etc to see if that helps. If it hasn't been maintained, it could be plugged up with dust and lint. That would allow you to also measure it to see if you would be able to get it through the cabin door without dismantling a bunch of stuff.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    New Jersey
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    2004 500 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    QSM11's 660hp
    Posts
    78

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Hi, you have a double door side by side refrigerator on the righ and freezer on the left, a replacement is available on line. I owned a 2000 370 EC for 8 years, the refrigerator never broke and always ran perfectly. In my opinion, take the unit out of the cabinet have it serviced by a good company or at least get their opinion. If it needs to be replaced, no big deal and nothing about a thousand won't cure. It will go out the cabin door, your door is big enough. Also, the doors are a snap to take off, unscrew the top brackets and the door lifts off the bottom post bracket. Hope this helps, let me know if you need any other info, I've been all over the boat and do my own repairs, question: did your v birth door fall off the track yet? It's a bad design and If it did, I have a fix for it. I ran mine from Nantucket to Key West, great boat worth every dime you paid for it.

    Good luck with your new boat,
    Bow Tie

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Chicago
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1997 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser
    Engine(s)
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser MPI
    Posts
    36

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Bow Tie,

    Thanks so much for the feedback! I'm very excited about this boat and have been really pleased to hear how many people who have owned or do own a 370 EC love the boat.

    I've been waiting for some work to be finished on the boat and should FINALLY have her in the water the week of 5/16 and will be getting to work on the frig at that point and will plan to do what both you and Kevin are describing... before I consider replacement.

    As for the v berth door... I don't think the prior owner used it once, so it operates brilliantly. The boat was primarily a day boat on Lake MI for a Chicago family.

    Cheers,
    Nick

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    New Jersey
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    2004 500 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    QSM11's 660hp
    Posts
    78

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Nick, gas or diesel?

    Bow Tie
    Last edited by Bow Tie; 05-08-2016 at 09:36 PM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    New Jersey
    Boat
    SeaRay
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    2004 500 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    QSM11's 660hp
    Posts
    78

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Hi Nick, glad your door didn't fall off the track. Remember to always keep the door completely closed and latched shut while under way. That should do it and good luck with your new boat!

    Bow Tie

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Chicago
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1997 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser
    Engine(s)
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser MPI
    Posts
    36

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bow Tie View Post
    Nick, gas or diesel?

    Bow Tie
    Gas. Almost all 370 EC on the Great Lakes were gas boats. Given this is purely a weekend boat for me (i.e. not retired and out cruising the ocean), I think the cost equation was pretty straightforward.

    That said, I'm sure I'll follow your lead and upgrade to a 50' diesel when the funds permit :)

    Cheers!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Chicago
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1997 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser
    Engine(s)
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser MPI
    Posts
    36

    Re: Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

    Well... 'Mustang' is finally in her slip for the summer! I'll be posting pics by the end of the week with the new canvas once the professionals get around to detailing the boat. It was much too large a job for my novice self to take on(5+ years since it was last compound/waxed), but look forward to the annual maintenance going forward.

    A quick question for the group... I had the actuator for the windscreen vent go out on me (in the open position). There is zero sound from the actuator when I flip the switch to close it... so I'm curious if it could be a fuse? Has anyone had this happen before? and any idea where the fuse may be(I can't find it)? Has anyone had to replace theirs? Was it expensive/hard to do?

    Lastly, wanted to say thank you for the refrigerator advise... cleaned it all out... and she's running beautifully :)

    Cheers!
    Nick

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