420 DA Thread

Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by Skip, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    925
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    Pics. Or it didn't happen!

    Congrats! And welcome.
     
  2. radaron

    radaron New Member GOLD Sponsor

    29
    Jun 4, 2010
    NJ
    2006 44 Sundancer
    Satara
    Cummins QSC500's
    The pic in my avatar was taken my first moments at the helm leaving Long Island.
     
  3. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    378
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    Nice! We also had our first ride (other that the sea trial I spent all of three minutes at helm for) leaving LI and headed home to MA! Fun, exciting and nerve wracking all in one!
     
  4. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I keep forgetting to post this mod. I really wrestled with replacing the TV on my 2004. I ended up with a 24” 1080 Smart TV from target for $125. I made the sound bar to fill in the gap below. The sound bar is hollow so it just reflects the sound forward from the TV’s internal speakers that point down below the screen. I had to make a spacer to bring the TV forward a bit. All in all it was a simple upgrade in the end and I am very happy with the result.

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  5. Robski97

    Robski97 Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    North Bellmore, NY
    44DA
    Cummins QSC 8.3's
    Water update. So all the water I found in the aft floor came from the salon ac unit . Must have been leaking for a long time . So I would add that to a monthly check list. ( condensate drain line on salon ac clogged sending condensate into the bilge. Areas u can not access.... What bitch to clean up ...

    Have a good winter guys

    Rob
     
  6. Skip

    Skip Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay
    07 52 DB
    Truly Blessed III
    R6800 CRM MANs
    Thundering Towers of Teutonic Torque
    2010 Nautica 12' RIB,
    MAN R6800 CRMs
    Rob,
    I chased that same problem in my 2003 420 DA. This can become a big problem if not attended to. I sea trialed a 2006 44DA With a friend and all the bulkheads were moist forward of the aft cabin storage area because the owner had never checked the storage area for water. The estimated repair cost to replace the bulkheads killed the sale. On my 420 I got in the habit of using compressed air to keep the ac pan drain line clear. This simple maintenance item will prevent a lot of pain.
     
  7. radaron

    radaron New Member GOLD Sponsor

    29
    Jun 4, 2010
    NJ
    2006 44 Sundancer
    Satara
    Cummins QSC500's
    Has anyone replaced their SR Navigator? I'm scheming to begin replacing electronics and would like to start with the GPS/Nav system. I'm trying to get a handle on the dimensions we have to work with. Any input, info, words of wisdom would be appreciated.
     
  8. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    378
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    I am pretty sure any of the current 12" displays will fit in either spot, the spot in front of helm might take a 16" if you eliminate the gauges.

    Technographics has all the drawings for the dash panels so they can make new ones just like your old ones (since they made the old ones!).

    BOEMarine - the host of this site is an excellent resource with very good pricing. If not buying local I would highly recommend using them.
     
  9. radaron

    radaron New Member GOLD Sponsor

    29
    Jun 4, 2010
    NJ
    2006 44 Sundancer
    Satara
    Cummins QSC500's
    Thanks for the info. There's a great thread running right now on "what's the best" electronics. I'm just getting started on the process and there's some great stuff out there. While we were boat shopping over the summer some of the "sawzall and hammer" installs we saw were unfortunate. I'm trying to get as much homework done ahead of time and plan to go to the Miami Boat Show with enough prep to be dangerous.

    88 days 'til we pull the wraps. 94 days to Spring Launch.
     
  10. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    378
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    Yes, it pays to spend a bit of time and a few extra dollars to make it look as good or better than factory new.

    That electronics thread has some great info.

    There really are no bad choices today, it's all down to personal preference.
     
  11. Larry Lutzow

    Larry Lutzow New Member

    3
    Dec 22, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 420 Sundancer “Vernon Lee IV”
    (2) 8.3 Cummins 450hp
    I looking for two items for my 2004 420 Sundancer; 1) toilet seat for aft head and 2) The dark gold hull stripe (1”) above the wide stripe. I appreciate any help.
     
  12. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    378
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    Northeast Sanitation will have all the toilet parts. The model number should be on a plate on the base of the bowl near the front. You need to remove the skirt to see it.

    https://www.northeastsanitation.com/

    The hull stripe should be available through any retailer, doubt Sea Ray has it as a part number. I would get a foot or so to make sure it matches before buying the 100' or so you will need.
     
  13. Larry Lutzow

    Larry Lutzow New Member

    3
    Dec 22, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 420 Sundancer “Vernon Lee IV”
    (2) 8.3 Cummins 450hp
    Thank you much! Ill let you know how I do. Any recommendations for hull stripe decal vendors?
     
  14. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    378
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    Places like Defender and Jamestown Distributers, as well as West Marine have them.

    Another place I have no experience with but has been around for a long time is http://www.hullstripes.com
     
  15. Larry Lutzow

    Larry Lutzow New Member

    3
    Dec 22, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 420 Sundancer “Vernon Lee IV”
    (2) 8.3 Cummins 450hp
    Thank you. I appreciate your help. Have a great holiday!
     
  16. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Try a local sign shop for the hull stripe tape. They usually have a really large selection of colors and can cut it to any width or length you need.
     
  17. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    Hey Guys - I hopefully will be in the market come springtime for a 420. Most likely in the 2004 - 2007 year range. I have seen comments saying the 440 is the same boat as the 420. Can someone school me on the years that these were the same size boat? Thanks. And if you are thinking of selling yours next year and want to send me info on yours please PM me for my email address. Thanks
     
  18. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    2003 to 2005 were 420's, 2006 they went to 44's (not 440). 2004 added optional hardtop (must-have), 2005 had a significant interior upgrade, 2006 added bigger hull-side windows (nice).
     
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  19. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    Thank you! - Very Helpful..
     
  20. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    378
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    The interior changes were mostly in the galley, moving the TV to a flip down and adding a narrow cabinet for liquor.

    The hard top is well worth it, I would avoid boats without one.

    The other major change was to the engines. IIRC 2004 had Cummins 450C, 2005 and 2006 had 480C, and 2007+ have QSC.

    These are great boats. Good luck and don't be shy, ask away and feel free to post up any boats your considering, we can all take a look for you.

    The 480C was the transition from the full mechanical 450C to the full electronic QSC. The 450C is a great engine, and I love our QSC. If you get a 480C your advised to prop it like a 450C as Cummins got a little ahead of themselves trying to squeeze 30 more HP from the 450, with only electronic fuel control.
     
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