Official 370 Sundancer thread

Anyone know off the top of their head what the hatch size is in the stateroom of a 1998? Need to replace the riser arms once the shrink wrap comes off!
 
Morning all, :cool:
so first night of the season on the boat last night and got a bad electrical burning smell from the panel above microwave.
Lost power to all port/starboard A/C outlets and GFCI in head doesn’t reset.

1.) any more HIDDEN GFCI’s I should look for?
2.) planning on looking behind main panel for burnt wires.
Other than making sure all power is off, anything I need to be aware of before I do?
Thanks in advance
 
Absent the burning smell I lost all outlets last season. The culprit was the GFI in the head. There was moisture in the box. Fortunately we were at the marina and I was able to plug in elsewhere and dry it with a hair dryer.
 
Thanks, this was something that was definitely our fault.
Sipping an adult beverage up in the cockpit wife got chilly and plugged in a stand up swivel heater.
Worked great for a while. Doc mate said those heaters are a big no no. :( NOT made for boats.
Fortunately all was not lost
cranked up cabin heat and partied on.
 
Morning all, :cool:
so first night of the season on the boat last night and got a bad electrical burning smell from the panel above microwave.
Lost power to all port/starboard A/C outlets and GFCI in head doesn’t reset.

1.) any more HIDDEN GFCI’s I should look for?
2.) planning on looking behind main panel for burnt wires.
Other than making sure all power is off, anything I need to be aware of before I do?
Thanks in advance
Likely the shore power inlet connectors, and/or insulation on the wire runs from the connectors to the panel. when you disconnect the shore power cords from the boat, look at the connector. Probably burnt around the Neutral line. Until I rearranged my panel, and added soft starts to the a/c units, I was replacing inlet connectors every 3 years or so, as I had beefed up my a/c's to 16 and 12KBTU units.
 
Likely the shore power inlet connectors, and/or insulation on the wire runs from the connectors to the panel. when you disconnect the shore power cords from the boat, look at the connector. Probably burnt around the Neutral line. Until I rearranged my panel, and added soft starts to the a/c units, I was replacing inlet connectors every 3 years or so, as I had beefed up my a/c's to 16 and 12KBTU units.
Well, found the culprit in the head. Seems it’s the only GCFI on the boat.
Lasted a long time though As it looked like it was the original one installed in 1998.

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It was a good lesson learned and FORTUNATELY not an expensive one.
Also, really helped me explore the entire boat. Prompted me to order all new bulbs for the puck lights and reading lights in the cabin as I realized how hot and the draw with old Halogen bulbs.
Great full to this forum for all the help and to find ways to spend money. ;)
 
Newbie here!
Wife and I are going to lay eyes on a ‘98 370DA in a couple days, that we will hopefully be making an offer on. Just repowered with new 7.4 Mercs. Would love to get any and all feedback on anything we might want to keep an eye out for when looking her over! Thank you in advance!
 
Fantastic , hope it’s “ Love at 1st sight” for you.
We have only spent a couple of nights on it so far and other than overloading the head GFI we are loving everything about it.
River has been at winter pool so haven’t taken her out yet but good time to stay in the slip and get familiar.
This is our 1st “Big” boat after operating our 34 ft cruiser pontoon boat for years.
That being said I’m sure the long time 370 owners here can give you much more detailed info.
Hope it works out and keep us posted.
 
Newbie here!
Wife and I are going to lay eyes on a ‘98 370DA in a couple days, that we will hopefully be making an offer on. Just repowered with new 7.4 Mercs. Would love to get any and all feedback on anything we might want to keep an eye out for when looking her over! Thank you in advance!
Welcome.
Best bet is to take some time to read through the entire thread. Will be the best way to gain the most insight from past and present owners. Never know, you may even see a reference to the same boat here.
 
Fantastic , hope it’s “ Love at 1st sight” for you.
We have only spent a couple of nights on it so far and other than overloading the head GFI we are loving everything about it.
River has been at winter pool so haven’t taken her out yet but good time to stay in the slip and get familiar.
This is our 1st “Big” boat after operating our 34 ft cruiser pontoon boat for years.
That being said I’m sure the long time 370 owners here can give you much more detailed info.
Hope it works out and keep us posted.
Thanks! Fingers crossed it all works out!
 
Been a while since I have shared mods I have done to Beach House over the last 20+ years. Here's one:
Even a boat this small needs some level control over the stereo system "zones". One such zone is the forward stateroom. So, while doing some other stuff up there, I opted to add a volume control for the speakers over the V berth. I have long since replaced the Cruiseaiir A/Cs and controls with newer units from Marinaire. That left me with an odd shaped hole in the wall on the starboard closet. There is also a 110v outlet on the lower shelf wall. So, I removed the 110 outlet, which will be moved to the space left by the original A/C control panel, along with some USB charging ports and maybe something else, and put the volume control in the lower outlet hole. The speaker wires for both speakers are run behind the panel in the hanging closet (along with just about everything else for the forward area of the boat), so it was easy to tap into them, and run extensions to the control. The control is physically deeper than a regular outlet, and the lower spot had enough space to accommodate it behind the trim panel in the closet. The upper hole did not, and would have required some spacer making the control more surface mount than flush mount. That didn't look good.
The Admiral is pleased with the ability to turn it down in that space without affecting the salon and cockpit volume. There will be another one installed, which I will cover in another post.
And, yes, I did replace the top wood piece after splitting it. Pre-drill, even on small pieces.
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Good morning all,
looking at the above electrical got me thinking about my own and wanted to throw this out to the collective.
My ice maker was long ago removed up in the cockpit. I’ve heard some talk of placing a fridge in its place. Any thoughts, comments or suggestion?
The original AC/DC fridge in the galley was removed and a college AC dorm fridge was put in its place. Wanted to get that back to original and looking at prices understand why someone took the cheap little Lowes route.
Discussing it with some dock mates last night, someone brought up that why go to all the expense of having combo fridge when it’s a whole lot cheaper to rig up an inverter that would accomplish the same objective.
Again, any thoughts or experience in this? TIA
 
Good morning all,
looking at the above electrical got me thinking about my own and wanted to throw this out to the collective.
My ice maker was long ago removed up in the cockpit. I’ve heard some talk of placing a fridge in its place. Any thoughts, comments or suggestion?
The original AC/DC fridge in the galley was removed and a college AC dorm fridge was put in its place. Wanted to get that back to original and looking at prices understand why someone took the cheap little Lowes route.
Discussing it with some dock mates last night, someone brought up that why go to all the expense of having combo fridge when it’s a whole lot cheaper to rig up an inverter that would accomplish the same objective.
Again, any thoughts or experience in this? TIA
That’s what I did with the inverter. Works fine for our needs.
 
Here's another:
If any water gets loose in the cabin, it will eventually end up in the center bilge by design. So, everything from leaving a hatch open in a rainstorm, a fresh water tank breach, to a leaking line in the forward A/C will soak whatever is being stored in that nice long cavity in the salon floor. Quite by accident, a neighbor was tossing some clear storage bins, and they fit perfectly in the hatch openings. I'll try to measure them for documentation, but as long as they fit sideways in the hatch, you should be able to stand them up. Enough room for 3 of these, which can be slid fwd and aft to get at contents.
 

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