1987 340 Sundancer stern seating

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  1. S Lightly Salty

    S Lightly Salty Member

    76
    Sep 3, 2017
    1987 Sea Ray Sundancer 340
    Dual 454 Mercruisers
    We have a 87 340 Sundancer and my wife really wants to get rid of the giant rear bench seat. Has anyone done this? Ideas and pictures appreciated.
     
  2. DanW

    DanW Member SILVER Sponsor

    203
    Apr 3, 2013
    Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Isleton, CA
    1988 340 Sundancer - "Nautical Smiles"
    1998 Regal 2100 LSR
    Sea Ray - Mercruiser 454
    Regal - Volvo 5.0Gi w/ Volvo-Penta outdrive
    When we bought our ‘88 340 the previous owner had gotten rid of that seat and replaced it with two large coolers. Then they put pads on the top so they could be used for seating. It works well. We use one cooler for storage and the other for beer.

    Dan
     

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  3. drjbarnes

    drjbarnes New Member

    8
    Mar 20, 2018
    Athens, AL
    1988 340 Sundancer
    454
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve been wanting to remove the monster that restricts my access to the engine compartments. The “First Mate” has nixed every idea I’ve presented but this solution she loves! More beer storage for her, easier access for me!
     
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  4. Rod Buster

    Rod Buster Member

    40
    May 8, 2018
    1985 Sea Ray Sundancer 340
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340MIE : BW/Velvet 72c v-drives
    My PO cut out the middle of the bench and connected to two ends to make it a 2 seater, so you have corner access on both sides. It has 2 cushions on top instead of 3 and has a canvas cover that matches the top. It was easier to move around. You don't need to move your bench unless you're taking those small panels off above the water heat exchangers.

    Now I have a twin 12" sub box in the starboard corner that acts as another seat, but the idea to reduce the size of that bench is good. I don't have a great picture handy, but here's one during a fun wiring day. The wood trim panel in the middle of the bench is covering the "seam" from them removing the middle seat and connecting it back together. It looks factory good. Black box behind the open array is the sub box with a blanket on it.

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  5. Rdelaespriella

    Rdelaespriella New Member

    9
    Nov 24, 2015
    Redondo beach
    1989 Sea Ray weekender 300
    350 mercruiser inboards
    Why don’t you put the fold out seat that came with the 300 series boats.?
    You get the best of both worlds, the space needed when not in use with out compromising seating.
     

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  6. drjbarnes

    drjbarnes New Member

    8
    Mar 20, 2018
    Athens, AL
    1988 340 Sundancer
    454
    I wish the P.O. had chosen this option.
     
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  7. Rdelaespriella

    Rdelaespriella New Member

    9
    Nov 24, 2015
    Redondo beach
    1989 Sea Ray weekender 300
    350 mercruiser inboards
    It looks easy. You’ll have to remove the two coolers and what ever panel is behind,
    Draw it out you’ll see it’s not as hard as you think.
    If you want I’ll take detailed pictures as how it’s build and post them for you.
     
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  8. drjbarnes

    drjbarnes New Member

    8
    Mar 20, 2018
    Athens, AL
    1988 340 Sundancer
    454
    Thank you that would be awesome.
     
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  9. Rdelaespriella

    Rdelaespriella New Member

    9
    Nov 24, 2015
    Redondo beach
    1989 Sea Ray weekender 300
    350 mercruiser inboards
    I’ll get you the detailed pics thi weekend
     
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