280 sundancer canvas install

Discussion in 'Installation Photos/Specs' started by filthy_oar, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. filthy_oar

    filthy_oar New Member

    Jul 24, 2017
    2001 280 sundancer
    2 mercruiser's with i/o
    has anyone installed the canvas on a 280 sundancer ? i just had mine replaced from great lakes. Is it hard to install ? i plan on doing this in the spring with a couple of friends. i have the snap tool and everything, but curious if anyone has done this / ran into any issues ?
  2. 2000SR380

    2000SR380 Member

    Feb 17, 2014
    Emeryville, CA
    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer, Express Cruiser
    Two 5.0L Gas Mercruiser V8, B3 Outdrives
    Everybody runs into issues :0) Bloody canvass shrinks when it is not installed. The tool is good! Sometimes it helps to get the canvass wet when attempting to stretch it back onto the boat. My best advice? Get it done when you are not in a hurry. Also, we put the little bungee connectors, instead of the snaps, where we could, and that helps a lot. (https://www.amazon.com/Stayput-Bungee-Fasteners-Surface-Attachment/dp/B00ERFZ37E)
  3. stg099

    stg099 Active Member

    Jun 30, 2013
    2013 370 Sundancer
    8.2L V-Drives
    Be Patient and install when the temperature is moderate rather than a cold day. I would advise laying all the pieces out in the sun if you have the opportunity prior to install, it will make things easier for you. After that, start at the top and I found that using a piece of white chalk to mark snap locations while applying pressure was the easiest way. For the bimini and sunshade, I installed the canvas on the frame and worked it into the zipper first, then started at the center snap on the arch and worked out from there. The GL snap tool works, but I will tell you that your hands will be BEAT after 20 or so snaps, so be prepared for this to take a couple afternoons. The tool would be better if it had longer handles for additional leverage. Other than that, bring a few beers, some good music, and a set of extra hands and work your way from the top down. It's just a big expensive fabric puzzle :)
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2018
  4. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    It's not too bad. Take your time and make sure things line up before committing the snaps. Mark the snap points with a x-mark targets using a soap stone pencil.

  5. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Oh and I have both the GLBT tool and the press-n-snap tool. The PNS tool is much better but sometimes I still use the manual die tool and hammer it.

    The quick fit snap kit is also helpful for aligning the panels to the snaps already on the boat.


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