Cutting in cup holders in aft cockpit table

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  1. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    38
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
    Happy Holidays Sea Ray owners,
    This weekend I am going to install stainless steel cup holders into the aft cockpit table on our 2000, Sundancer 270.
    I purchased a brand new 3 3/4" DeWalt hole saw for this project.
    Any suggestion's or recommendations would be appreciated.
    I really don't like cutting or drilling into my boat so I'm a little uneasy about this.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Put masking tape over the area you are going to cut - run the saw in reverse to start the cut, it scores the gel coat and helps prevent it from chipping. Measure it twice and cut it once!
     
  3. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    914
    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    After you cut the hole seal the rough edges with something to keep it from shipping in the future.
     
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  4. rmlsll

    rmlsll Member

    124
    Oct 11, 2009
    Saugatuck MI / Cape Coral FL
    340 Sundancer 2004 /
    240 Sundeck 2007 /
    10' Zodiac
    Twin 8.1 merc,. V-Drive /
    5.0 merc., bravo 3
    Drill from both sides if you can.
     
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  5. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    All good advice. The Only thing I can add is that once you get it done you use something as a trim piece/bezel that inserts and covers the cut part of the hole you drill and set it in place with some kind of silicone. Boatlife comes to mind.
     
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  6. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    To best avoid chipping, bevel the cut edge at an ~ 45* angle. You don't have to do too much - you really just want to get the gel coat away from the edge. And you don't need to be overly pretty with it, either - but remember to not go too far or you'll see it as the cupholder probably doesn't have a very wide edge/lip.
     
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  7. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    38
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
    Thanks everyone for the advice.
    Happy boating to everyone in the coming New Year.
     
  8. 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 did what was said above and it worked great.
     
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  9. Jeff h

    Jeff h Member

    31
    Sep 17, 2017
    2017 Sea Ray SPX 210
    4.5 merc, Alpha drive
    Run the bit in reverse the whole time. If you've never used a hole saw, those teeth can grab and almost twist your arm off. Running in reverse prevents this. You're only going through 1/4" of fiberglass so even in reverse, it won't take long.


    Also, make sure your drill has a 1/2" chuck. You'll need it.
     
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  10. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    It didn't happen if there are no pictures...
     
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  11. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    156
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Not sure about the 270 but on the 310, the table stores under the engine hatch. If that's the case with the 270, do the drink holders interfere with storage (or did you make them removable)?
     
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  12. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    38
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
    The table stores under the engine hatch on the 270 also, The cup holders are removable.
     
  13. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    156
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Awesome!. Looking forward to the pictures you are about to post!

    (see what I did there?)
     
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  14. Nauti-Kal

    Nauti-Kal Member

    53
    Jan 29, 2016
    LK St. Clair, St. Clair River, Lake Huron, LK Erie
    1996 370 Sundancer
    Raymarine C120 Multifunction
    Twin Mercruiser 7.4 V Drive
    I did the same thing early last summer and just taped the area where i was going to drill and everything went well. ran the drill forward and thru with no problems.
     

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  15. boatrboy

    boatrboy Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Orange, CT
    1999 270 Da
    7.4 MPI w/B3
    If you install them as I did, it will fit in the engine compartment storage shelf and you wont have to make them removable. I used a silicone to to attach them to the table. I installed the table into the storage shelf and marked out where to drill the holes. I used a hole saw and tapped the area to avoid chipping.

    Good luck,

    Mark
    (I also went with the smaller cup holders - even though I don't usally have bottles on board))
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  16. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    38
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
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  17. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    38
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
    Thanks everyone for the advice and suggestions. Here are the final results, I'll be going out to the boat in the morning and will post photos of the table in the cockpit. It was much easier to cut the holes with the drill in reverse as a couple of your suggested. boatrboy, thanks for the photos on how you installed them. I did consider your configuration, but the Admiral (My wife) wanted the 4 corners. Thanks again everyone.
    Kevin
     
  18. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    515
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Nice work.
     
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  19. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    119
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp, 9.9 hp Mercury
    Looks awesome and great idea. I think I might do the same. I don't know how many drinks have slid off our table. I even have extra holders from changing out all the plastic one for stainless ones.
     
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  20. boatrboy

    boatrboy Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Orange, CT
    1999 270 Da
    7.4 MPI w/B3
    Kevin,

    That table looks different than the original one which fits under the hatch in the engine compartment. Did you make a new one or did searay have two versions?
     

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