Hatch window trim options

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by MHorn0817, Sep 27, 2022.

  1. MHorn0817

    MHorn0817 Member

    136
    May 16, 2021
    Bowie, MD
    1998 215 Express Cruiser
    2011 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser Thunderbolt w/Alpha I
    350 Mag MPI w/Bravo lll
    Wanted to add the sunscreen/sunshade option to my hatch window on my 2011 260da. When I took the current trim surround down to take a look, I noticed the edge and finish work of the hatch did not look that good. I was wondering if there was any type of trim or any ideas to make it look better since it will be seen if I add the sunshade/screen.

    I added pictures so you can see what I'm dealing with.
     

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  2. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Take a picture of the trim you removed from around this opening.

    What's pictured is one ugly installation.
     
  3. MHorn0817

    MHorn0817 Member

    136
    May 16, 2021
    Bowie, MD
    1998 215 Express Cruiser
    2011 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser Thunderbolt w/Alpha I
    350 Mag MPI w/Bravo lll
    This is best picture I have to show what the current surround looks like. It butts up to the hatch frame so you do not see the ugliness.
     

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  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    First, there's obviously been water intrusion there. Have you addressed that? If not, now is the time to remove and reseal the hatch. Then you can try re-gluing the headliner.

    The screen/shade option from Sea Ray was a custom piece made in house, just like the surround that you removed is/was. SR incorporated the shade into the surround for some years... and if memory serves, they installed it on top (the side facing the floor) on the surround. You can probably do something similar on your own.
     
  5. MHorn0817

    MHorn0817 Member

    136
    May 16, 2021
    Bowie, MD
    1998 215 Express Cruiser
    2011 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser Thunderbolt w/Alpha I
    350 Mag MPI w/Bravo lll
    Good catch and thank you for pointing that out. Hatch has already been resealed and all is good.

    Ah okay, so either way the current surround will stay there. The sunshade option just mounts to the surround. Thank you for the heads up about that.
     
  6. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    I'll have to look back on some pictures I might have of my 260DA and see how that screen/shade combo was mounted.
     
  7. MHorn0817

    MHorn0817 Member

    136
    May 16, 2021
    Bowie, MD
    1998 215 Express Cruiser
    2011 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser Thunderbolt w/Alpha I
    350 Mag MPI w/Bravo lll
    That would be awesome. I would really appreciate that.
     
  8. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I believe on your model 260DA (which is actually closer to the prioer years 240DA), a shade wasn't available as an option - just a pop-in screen. However, if you go look at other models on SR's site, you'll get an idea of what they did. Some years incorporated, some years maybe installed on top, some years installed by itself but with a trim kit. Hard to remember!

    That said, the easiest thing for you to do is just install it on top of your current surround.
     

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