Camper top for new-to-me 98 SD 270

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by rtp, May 10, 2020.

  1. rtp

    rtp New Member

    15
    May 9, 2020
    98 Sundancer 270 wide-beam
    Mercruiser 7.4L MPI
    I'm waiting for delivery from the shop on my 270 9'2 beam Sundancer.
    It had a lot of work put into it as part of the sale and pre-sale, but am currently waiting to replace the HVAC and then having it brought to my marina.

    There is a new-ish par of top canvas on the boat, although not my favorite color, but I have receipts and know none of this is cheap. Pic below:
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    So, with a bunch of searching, it seems like I have the frame and top canvas for the bimini top and camper top - and nothing else. Using this from RNR Marine to try to sort this:
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    Am I right in the pair of frames are the bimini + camper top?

    Any recommendations on sanely either adding the missing pieces (canvas only, or do I need more?) or ideally - replacing it all in <not teal/green> at a semi-reasonable price and quality? (have convertibles, and am familiar with sunfast and various fabrics for convertibles, imagine it's similar for boat tops.. ?)

    Have seen Great Lakes, RNR and American Boat Canvas - any pointers?

    Apparently, to make life more 'fun,' my SN is an SERA boat, so apparently made in AZ.

    Where do I go from here/what are the sanest options?
    We'll be at the marina and overnighting plus some overnight camping in the boat, in addition to the usual fun in the lake, so going to have to do something here.
     
  2. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    487
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison New Jersey
    1998 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer
    5.0 efi w/ alpha 1 gen 2 drives
    Rtp,
    After countless hours doing research for the camper top en closure on my 98 290 dancer. I decided to go with the below company. If you go through RNR there is no phone # to call and everything is done by e-mail. (F-THAT, its 2020) call guy at sea ray canvas. He was super helpfull and i got everything i needed including the poles. Just tell him what ya looking for. Cheapest price i found 20200510_194310.jpg
     
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  3. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    None of these companies are going to give you a guaranteed fit because of it being an Arizona Plant production model. I have worked with this scenario before and can guide you through the process.

    My company Cove Marine is a Great Lakes Distributor and one of the CSR sponsors (banner ads above) and obviously we do quite a bit canvas for Sea Ray boats. If you are interested you can PM me here or get my info from my website www.covemarine.com and call me. If you would like me to call you fill out my request form at https://www.covemarine.com/request and it will put you into my database (please leave the best time to contact you in comments).

    -Kevin
     
  4. rtp

    rtp New Member

    15
    May 9, 2020
    98 Sundancer 270 wide-beam
    Mercruiser 7.4L MPI
    Excellent; thanks, and yes indeed - it's a bit concerning still when email is the ONLY option someone has and wants real $, etc. Will check them out!
     
  5. rtp

    rtp New Member

    15
    May 9, 2020
    98 Sundancer 270 wide-beam
    Mercruiser 7.4L MPI
    PM-ing w/email, as work week is usually from waking up until ~7pm non-stop lately.
     
  6. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Understood. If you would like I can call you now.

    -Kevin
     
  7. rtp

    rtp New Member

    15
    May 9, 2020
    98 Sundancer 270 wide-beam
    Mercruiser 7.4L MPI
    @kevin - would but wife's already expecting some actual face time for the weekend. Can work something out for during the week after hours if need be, but left my email in PM for now.i
     
  8. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Boatless
    Boatless
    rtp, which lake are you on in NC?
     
  9. rtp

    rtp New Member

    15
    May 9, 2020
    98 Sundancer 270 wide-beam
    Mercruiser 7.4L MPI
    Falls as it's very close to us, although Jordan is bigger..(and further...)
     
  10. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I was on Lake Norman with my 270. There is a company in Mooresville that does excellent canvas work. I had a full camper canvas and cockpit cover made by them for my 250 Express
     

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  11. rtp

    rtp New Member

    15
    May 9, 2020
    98 Sundancer 270 wide-beam
    Mercruiser 7.4L MPI
    Ok, so much waffling, pricing, etc.
    Mine is also an AZ boat, so no 'fit guarantee' but Kevin sent a few pics my way and I examined my existing bimini and camper frame best I could - I'm pretty sure it's SeaRay OEM, even if done at the AZ plant, and should work out.

    Waffled a bit on SeaMark vs not, and also Aft booming curtain only vs full camper, as am doing a color conversion from the new-ish teal bimini and camper top the PO had put on, but going with full replacement minus frames. Should have it in a few weeks, which works out timing-wise, as the boat just had the new HVAC installed and is waiting on final once-over and then being delivered to my local marina.

    Went with normal Sunbrella - it gets pretty humid in the SE US, and am already used to 'normal' fabric from doing numerous convertible top replacements and conversion of vinyl to sunfast fabrics (not certain but also wouldn't be surprised if sunbrella and sunfast roll up to a common parent company), as well as with 303 products for same.

    Would have considered upgrading the isinglass, but not an option as it's a Great Lakes offering, and the boat isn't a new luxury yacht, so it's price appropriate.
    Depending on timing and other boat projects, I may have at least a center front visor section made up with screening, but one step at a time at the moment. Get boat in (MY/local) water, shake her out, swap bimini and camper tops, start on the rest of it, etc.

    Am thinking due to having an AZ boat vs the more common TN (at least for NC boats), will test fit the front visors on the existing frame and canvas as step one - I am 99% certain the frames are identical, but will start there, and if for any reason it's a no-go, will stop short of removing the exiting bimini or camper tops and go ahead and order a frame set.
     
  12. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    I love the look and feel of Seamark (vinyl coated Sunbrella) but it does not breath and almost always molds underneath.
     
  13. rtp

    rtp New Member

    15
    May 9, 2020
    98 Sundancer 270 wide-beam
    Mercruiser 7.4L MPI
    That's exactly what I was concerned with, living currently in the SE US with some pretty overly-humid summers.
     

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