340 SUNDANCER THREAD

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  1. Bounty

    Bounty New Member

    82
    Apr 12, 2007
    Huntington Harbour, CA
    Sundancer 340 mfg. 2000
    Zodiac dinghy w/15HP Yamaha outboard
    Village Marine Watermaker
    Esterbeke
    454 Mercruiser V Drives
    No question that you need and want the generator. All the comments in this thread to that effect are right on the money.

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  2. Bottom Line

    Bottom Line Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Table Rock Lake(Branson MO)
    2003 360 Sundancer
    2002 Sea Doo GTI
    Twin Mercruiser 8.1L
    Westerbeke Generator
    Anyone with the 2003 or newer model, know how long the front berth is? Can two people close to 6 ft, sleep on the front berth and our feet not hang off? I am just beginning to think about the next boat...
     
  3. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    It's long enough. I was lying in the berth yesterday evening - sideways, just for fun. It was more than 6 feet wide, and it's a little longer than wide.

    I've read on this forum that the berth in the 340 is bigger than the 320 and 360, and about the same as the 380.
     
  4. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    I know it's longer than the 320 - I am 6-1 and comfortable in my 320 - the 340 would be perfect - the 07' have memory foam and are quite comfortable.
     
  5. BON DIA

    BON DIA Member

    356
    Oct 5, 2006
    Boerne TX / Lake Travis AUS TX
    '05 340DA, C80 w/ 2KW Radar
    6.2s w/Vdrive
    I'm 6'4", Judy is 5'11" & we fit fine....I know my feet don't hang off because we tuck the sheet & blanket in at the foot. I seconded the addition of memory foam to the factory mattress for a better night's sleep.

    The only design flaw we're found in 2 yrs is the V berth reading lights but the dealer was able to rewire around the main switch near the AC control panel. Oh, add the wimpy ass horn to the design flaw list.
     
  6. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    How did you rewire your lights? That drives us insane on the 320. Did you just add another switch on the circuit for the bulkhead lights?
     
  7. BON DIA

    BON DIA Member

    356
    Oct 5, 2006
    Boerne TX / Lake Travis AUS TX
    '05 340DA, C80 w/ 2KW Radar
    6.2s w/Vdrive
    What I believe the tech did was remove the V berth reading lights' power wire from the cold side of the PRIMARY switch (located at the foot of the bed below the AC panel. It controls the overhead lights at the foot of the bed & powers the reading light) & attach it to the hot side of the PRIMARY switch so the reading lights have power anytime the MASTER switch at the doorway is ON.
     
  8. gyrospiro

    gyrospiro Member

    307
    Oct 3, 2006
    Minnesota
    1998 370 DA
    T-7.4 310hp V-drives
    I love my 340, its the perfect boat these are some mods I made to make it even better.

    had dealer wire head light to switch independently so you don't have to turn main light to go at night.

    switched cockpit fridge door (its reversible) to open same direction as cabinet door it cuts beer retrieval time in half :grin:

    Also added memory foam to v berth.

    Anybody have any other mods they have done to improve their 340? always looking for new ideas.
     
  9. BON DIA

    BON DIA Member

    356
    Oct 5, 2006
    Boerne TX / Lake Travis AUS TX
    '05 340DA, C80 w/ 2KW Radar
    6.2s w/Vdrive
    C80 with radar, sounder, GPS with high detail map chip......love it all. Makes running at night & in shallowing lake much less stressful.
     
  10. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    I was thinking of putting the two lights above the aft bulkhead wall on another switch so you could leave the main on, all switches off, and turn on the head or forward switches when desired. But, the reading lights could only go on with the other forward lights.

    Does the Raymarine Chartplotter allow you to zoom in on a channel when you're already at the highest detail chart setting? Example: The channel you're in is only on the 3NM chart, but is only 1/4" wide on the chart. Can you get any closer? My 10 year old Garmin allows it. The Raymarine Chartplotter at West Marine allows it.

    My 2005 on my 340 doesn't seem to allow it.
     
  11. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Is it just me? You can't turn these overhead lights off with the main light switch on, can you? Am I missing a switch somewhere?
     
  12. Novation

    Novation Member

    49
    Oct 6, 2006
    Lake St. Clair, MI
    340 Sundancer 2005; 2002 Boston Whaler Montauk
    8.1S
    Hampton, you are correct -- if you don't have the large screen tv. I had the dealer add a switch to turn off the lights above the electrical panel. Prior to the change, the only way those lights would go off was to turn off the main cabin switch by the door (which killed the power to all the lights). I also had them modify the power supply to the front berth reading lights.
     
  13. BON DIA

    BON DIA Member

    356
    Oct 5, 2006
    Boerne TX / Lake Travis AUS TX
    '05 340DA, C80 w/ 2KW Radar
    6.2s w/Vdrive
    Novation is correct...BON DIA was wired the same, no big TV, & we had the dealer rewire to our liking.
     
  14. Bingo Boyz

    Bingo Boyz New Member

    34
    Mar 16, 2007
    NoVA on the Potomac
    Performance

    I have the 8.1's in my 340 DA and wonder what is everyone's optimum cruise speed (MPH) and what fuel economy (lack of) are you experiencing.

    I also have the smartcraft digital display that gives me info and I can not really get her to go above .6 mpg on the instant readout unless I am off plane and practically trolling.
     
  15. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

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

    I have the same issue with the smartcraft. The spinning wheel that measures the speed under the hull is very primitive, and waaaayyy under-estimates the actual speed.

    My best efficiency (at cruise) appears to be between 3250 and 3500 RPM which yields between 20.5 and 22.5 knots. The mileage works out to be around .90 - .95 MPG. At 3800 RPM I get about 26 knots and .85 MPG.

    I can get over 1 MPG by backing off of plane and cruising along at about 1200 RPM. That yields over 6 knots, and is quite efficient. Anything over 1500 RPM just creates more wake.
     
  16. Bingo Boyz

    Bingo Boyz New Member

    34
    Mar 16, 2007
    NoVA on the Potomac
    Wow

    .95 MPG? what is wrong with my boat? or is the instant readout per engine and I need to double it?
     
  17. Robski97

    Robski97 Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    North Bellmore, NY
    44DA
    Cummins QSC 8.3's
    Question... why do we care about mpg... Its gph that everyone tracks....

    My 03 340 cruised at 3400- 3450 @ 30mph ( sorry no knots here )

    My original props were terrible ... I had spares made up using my rpm @ mph on a graph... I saw no speed change above 3600 rpm... so we changed the props and huge difference..

    Rob
     
  18. Bingo Boyz

    Bingo Boyz New Member

    34
    Mar 16, 2007
    NoVA on the Potomac
    What happened to us

    We were out overnight this past weekend and went to start the engines in the morning and all 4 batteries were dead. Very unusual since the boat is only one season old.

    Tried the emergency start switch when i discovered the first battery inop. Then I went below decks to fire up the generator figuring I could charge the starter batteries, but that was dead too. Very strange.

    Luckily we were with friends and I used their a/c to plug into my shore power and was able to start her up.

    Will advise when the dealer determines the cause and subsequent remedy.
     
  19. Bounty

    Bounty New Member

    82
    Apr 12, 2007
    Huntington Harbour, CA
    Sundancer 340 mfg. 2000
    Zodiac dinghy w/15HP Yamaha outboard
    Village Marine Watermaker
    Esterbeke
    454 Mercruiser V Drives
    Re: What happened to us

    What kind of battery setup does your boat have?
     
  20. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    Which engine did you try to start - or both?
     

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