Electric Hatch upgrade (retrofit)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Captn TJ, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    872
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Has anyone installed an electric hatch lift? My 2005 280 ER hatch is lifted by hand and it sure is heavy. I'd be interested in knowing if there is a kit available also if the electrical connection already exists in the ER.

    Also for those of you with a 280. Does anyone have an electric lift already? Not sure if this was an option in 2005. The EIM has a button for it but then I know that the EIMs were shared between different models.
     
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    It was never an "option" on that boat. However, it did become a standard item somewhere along the model run. I'm not sure when (what year) Sea Ray started doing it, but it definitely was something that the later model years had. I'm not sure, though, if anything "special" was done to the underside of the hatch to receive the mount. But that wouldn't be hard to fab up, if needed. The wiring between the dash and the EIM is already done - you'd need to run the appropriate size wire from your hatch motor to the EIM and install the correct fuse. The wiring run/access on that boat is pretty straight forward. You'll also want to cut an access plate into the hatch deck (to reach the quick disconnect) in case you lose power or the hatch motor fails.

    On the other hand, maybe your gas springs are just getting tired and in need of replacement. Or, possibly up the poundage another 10 or 20 lbs.

    The downside to installing it... at only a 9-1/2' beam, and twin engines, it's a cramped engine bay. Now there will be another thing that is in the way.
     
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  3. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    872
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Thanks - I always think of these type of shocks as "softening" the closure. Do they also ease or enable the opening of the hatch?
     
  4. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Yes... just like your car engine hood.. if equiped
     
  5. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
  6. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Ditto.

    The first few inches of lifting the hatch will be a bit heavy, but the help from the gas springs should take over pretty quickly and eventually finish lifting the hatch the rest of the way.
     
  7. glenncal1

    glenncal1 Active Member

    118
    Nov 6, 2009
    colorado
    2000 380AC
    Twin Merc 7.4 Horizons
    I had an electric hatch lift on a Formula 280ss (it lifted the whole back deck and bench seat so it was needed). Sure was convenient. I would still replace your gas struts even if you go with the lift, it will be easier of the lift itself and if you loose power it will be much easier to manually lift the hatch.
     
  8. DWABoat

    DWABoat Well-Known Member

    663
    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    On my 280, I tug about 4 inches up then the struts push it up the rest of the way on their own. Admittedly, that first few inches is quite heavy, but I will not admit I am getting to soft to handle it.
     
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