2007 Sundancer 380 Camper Canvas

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Sundancer1344, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Sundancer1344

    Sundancer1344 New Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    sundancer 38
    8.1 mercruisers
    I'm looking for a camper for my 2007 380 sundancer. Does any one know if they are available and if yes, who manufactures them?
  2. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives

    Have to have them custom made. See a local guy, get highly involved, and search this site for several pages of great info.
  3. sporters78

    sporters78 Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    Stuart ,FL
    2015 19 SPX
    4.3 merc
    i'm looking for one for my 2004 340da in black, prefere used to save
  4. DustinL

    DustinL New Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Huntsville,Al / Orange Beach,Al
    1987 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer
    Previous: 1990 Sea Ray 350 Sundancer
    1994 Stryker 2150
    1987 Ebbtide 19
    T-350 mags
    Alpha one drives
    Noticed you are in Maryland....There is a company I have seen on this site just recently from Conn. I looked at the work the did on a 420 and it looked really good. I agree with Hampton though get as local as you can and stay involved with the project. bristolupholsrty is his user name.
  5. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Taylormade used to sell a "FastBack", which is about your only hope for a factory made aft enclosure. They are sort of funky looking, the ones I've seen appeared to be a generic fit and the zippers were partially horizontal so they leaked like a seive.

    My tops have always been custom fabricated to our specifications. That approach allows you to taylor the form and function to your particular needs and wants. For example, we worked with the canvas shop to position one of the support members so that it provided a hand hold for accessing the side deck, we chose a breathable but waterproof fabric, we wanted the profile to not look like a 1979 Ford station wagon, etc. With a factory top like the FastBack, you lose all opportunity for input into what you are buying.
  6. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
  7. ZaGaSaRha

    ZaGaSaRha New Member

    Nov 4, 2018
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 380, win 8.1L gas
    (2) Mercruiser 8.1L V-Drive Inboards with 0 hrs on rebuilt starboard engine and 1000 hours on port
    HELP! I want to add a Camper back to our 2002 380, but I also want to be able to remove it and enjoy sunshine on warm days. Is this at all realistic or am I dreaming for something that can't be done? I am in Rochester NY and really struggling with a solution. One company that I hear does great work says they need to add a bow from from the radar arch with two vertical supports in the stern corners which will remain if we remove all the canvas. That's the part I'm most struggling with.

    Any ideas/pics/suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Trying to finalize a design this week to try and it built in mid-March.

  8. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Camper backs by there nature will generally extend structure. This can be done by modifying the bow off the arch and supporting from below or adding a separate frame structure at the rear.

    I have struggled with this myself and decided not to got that route on my 340SDA. We are going to fabricate a removable fly shade to provide temporary sun/light rain shelter but can be packed up an easily put away. Personally I love the open cockpit of the Sundancers and after having the camper on my old 260DA I was not sure I wanted to sacrifice that.

    There was a recent discussion here about some ideas for this. Perhaps this is something you want to consider.


  9. david leonard

    david leonard Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    1989 Sea Ray Sundancer 300, Raymarine C120
    2 (lord help me) 5.7 Mercs
    it's fairly common, i think, for a sunbrella type awning to be drawn back from the radar arch, with a support across the corners of the stern. that's what we have--and i think it was fairly standard in 1989, since our camper top (which we removed--just too many snaps and zippers to deal with at the end of the day!) zipped into it.
  10. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
  11. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    juggernaut1 likes this.
  12. b_arrington

    b_arrington Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    I don't have an arch, but did add a camper back to my 270 AJ. There was no factory option so I worked with a local fabricator to make a custom camper. It zips to the back of the bimini.

    Originally we had it made just to extend the space when we sleep out on the boat - a fastback canvas is not great for using the cockpit space when covered. But we found that the top is highly useful for shade in the summer and leave it on all the time. We generally leave the top up for shade, and either roll up or remove the side and back panels. I do have zips in the windows and screens, but we get more air flow with the panels up/off. Plus it makes for easier conversation with our raft-mates.

    If the Admiral wants some sun in the cockpit I can easily unzip the camper top and and stow it for the day. Here are some pics of my setup. I'm including a bunch so you can see the design, in case it helps you.

    aj 4.JPG Aj 5.JPG Aj 6.JPG Aj 11 - Copy.JPG Aj 12.jpg Aj 38.jpg Aj 39.jpg Aj 40.jpg

    There are some more photos in my Yachtworld listing as well.

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