If you had to rank your boat upgrades - what would be your top two or three???

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  1. TNT8808

    TNT8808 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 25, 2016
    Spring Lake, MI
    2001 Sea Ray 410 Sundancer, Raymarine E125 GPS
    CAT3126 TA's
    I'll try to stay on point. This will be our 4th season with this boat, and our list of upgrades and replacements would probably be 50 lines long quite frankly. I think the best upgrades we've made have been:

    Replaced helm seat pedestal with a new Garelick that's taller, and no longer wobbles.
    Custom mattress.
    Replaced all the electronics-everything.
    Replaced every light with LED's.
    Had custom stainless extensions made for the AC cooling outlets, as I couldn't stand the crap that ran down the side of the hull.
    PlasDeck in the cockpit, and swimform. No more carpet to clean!

  2. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Thanks frank! Any idea what the ID is on the ac through hills? I'm doing this one for sure! I have the clear hoses but they get crud in them and these look much nicer.

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  3. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    I've made several of these for guys here and found that Sea Ray used several vendors for the thru hull fittings. They are spec'd for the hose barb size inside the boat and not much attention is paid to the ID. I know my size and can make them in my shop easily, but I've had to measure the ID on every other one I make. Mine just happen to be a common size for agricultural spray equipment, so I just get a fitting at TSC and turn the taper, the shoulder and the bell end in my lathe. Make 'em too big and they have to be driven in which means you may never get them out in case one gets broken; make 'em too small and the silicone is all that holds them in. When you get them made, get 2-3 extras….the idiot yard monkey at the boat yard will smack the crap out of them with a boat wash brush unless you threaten to scalp him if he breaks one…..and then he will forget before he gets to the other side of the boat.
  4. Blkbird

    Blkbird Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    1. "Camper" canvas for entire cockpit.
    2. Garmin 7212, sonar and radar
    3. Stereo upgrade (common for many) with LEDs
    4. Cabin hardwood flooring
  5. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Southport Marina - Kenosha WI - Lake Michigan
    410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126
    Does just going from a 1998 Silverton 360 Express to a 2002 Sea Ray 410 Sundancer count as an upgrade?

    The only other thing we did was change out the crusty cockpit berber for the vinyl teak, and change out the tube tv's for flat screens and DVD players.

    On the list for the future:

    Canvas with camper back full enclosure
    Custom Mattress for the Master Stateroom

    Honestly think that's about it for now.
  6. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 12, 2010
    Maple Valley, WA
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser
    Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Twin Cat 3116T
    1. Stereo upgrade, mine is still original, I need something I can plug my iPod (non Bluetooth) into at the helm
    2. inverter system, at minimum for the ice maker in the cockpit, I don't really need it for anything else except maybe a galley outlet for coffee maker
    3. Electric winch for my davit system, got a new dinghy this year and it's too heavy to pull up by hand
    4. WiFi antenna
  7. JVM225

    JVM225 Active Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Going from my old 300 Sundancer to my 410 was the best upgrade.
    I've only gotten to a few on the 410 so far, but love them:
    Stainless Cockpit Faucet
    Stainless Ccokpit Sink
    Working on Cockpit Flooring
    Fed Satellite output to Glomex switch in place of Dockside cable so I could get Satellite on all 3 TV's
    Installed 12 volt USB charging receptacle.
    Working on getting an AM/FM antenna hooked up to stereo

    Short list of near future projects:
    Get power back to Glomex Amp and replace missing Glomex antenna on arch.
    Replace master and aft stateroom TV's with flat panels.
    Thinking of running 12 volt to all TV's to avoid having to run genny if I want to watch the Giants on the hook this fall. Presently, there are no 12 volt lines running to any of them.
    Most importantly: Thank you to all on this forum who have given me valuable information, insight, and ideas to make my boat even better than it is already. I hope I can pay it forward some day soon.
    Last edited: May 19, 2017
  8. JVM225

    JVM225 Active Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    What TV's and brackets did you go with for the Master and Aft berths? I've already got a flat panel in the salon, but still have the old tube TV's in the two staterooms.
  9. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Southport Marina - Kenosha WI - Lake Michigan
    410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126
    LG's and the brackets are:Mount-It! MI-404 Computer Monitor Wall Mount Arm

    TV's sit nice on them and don't budge. As far as Size, I think 24", but don't recall.
  10. wakeup 19

    wakeup 19 Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    (Medford)Boston Harbor to Cape Ann to Cape Cod and
    1992 300 Sundancer, Quicksilver ding w/ 6hp merc 4 stroke, anchorlift windlass, extended swim platfo
    t/ 350 merc's (carburated) alpha drives gen II
    I would say:

    extended swim platform, it's like a deck on the house.
    new "teak" in salon
    stereo JL
    4 blade props really helped planing.
  11. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    One thing I forgot to put on my list, and a comment on Frank's nylon extenders:

    I had a new swim platform built and installed last summer. I still need to put the rub rail on, but we're waiting for warmer weather to install it. Photos to come when I have time.

    I did the same thing NotHerDecision did on the extensions: I bought some clear vinyl tubing at Lowe's and cut them to fit the holes. I cut the outlet end at an angle so it ends in a tip where the water collects and drips off. No fuss, no muss.
  12. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    I have to give props (pun intended) to PropMD.com. I had my props reconditioned and they do phenomenal work.

    In the picture below, I ground off about 3/4" off the blades of my 4-blade prop as I stupidly rocked my boat off a sandbar after running aground 2 summers ago. My 3-blade had minor dings and needed polishing. I thought the 4-blade was un-repairable but they quoted $250 to fix it and $115 for the 3-blade. When I picked up them up a few weeks ago, the total bill was $225 for both props!!! They welded on 3/4" of stainless to each of the 4 blades, polished and balanced. I have no affiliation with them but I'm lucky that their shop is only about 7 miles from house. First class operation all the way.

  13. sfergson727

    sfergson727 Administrator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 12, 2007
    Washington Park Marina, Michigan City
    '07 340 DA, E97, A75, VV4, Soft Top
    '12 Boston Whaler 15 Montauk
    8.1 Mercruiser V-Drives, Mercury 60 HP Bigfoot
    The short list:

    Camper Canvas
    Stereo upgrade
    ACME Props
    Raymarine Quantum radar and 2 MFD's
    Vessel View 4
    Infinity Carpet
  14. JimG

    JimG Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    I haven't done much:
    Lake water wash down
    All LED lighting
    Upgraded stereo
    All chain anchor line

    Custom camper canvas
    Hardwood cabin flooring
    Last edited: May 19, 2017
  15. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting New Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    Cat 3196
    Not too much done but I did get the Infinity Flooring for the cockpit and really like it.
    This weekend, I am taking delivery of a new RIB. A local company was willing to take in my 2004, Zodiac 310 RIB as a trade and I'm getting a brand new RIB. Different brand, not Zodiac but I am really looking forward to receiving it.
  16. DTW

    DTW New Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    2011 260 DA 350
    Previous boats: 2002 240 DA, 1999 215 Chap, and 1988 Searay Seaville
    Swim platform
    Magma Grill with pole mounted to new swim platform
    Switching dealers/service shops.
  17. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    320 Sundancer 2005, Raymarine C120 and C80
    Highfield 9.6 RIB & Tohatsu 8hp
    Previous boat: 215 expre
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    This will be our 4th season with our 320 and we're still loving it though the kids are slowly pushing us into a bigger boat (really my wife is..lol). Since having the boat we've done the following upgrades ranked in order of usability and comfort:

    1. Dinghy and Davits
    2. 40" Cabin TV
    3. Shower teak grate
    4. KVH (2 TV install)
    5. Extended Cockpit Canvas shade
    6. Larger Cockpit Table
    7. Led spreader light
    8. New Cockpit Carpet
    9. Led lighting (cabin and cockpit)
    10. Isinglass upgrade to polycarbonate
    11. Quieter Genny Muffler

    To do:
    1. Small inverter
    2. Cabin Carpet replacement
    3. Would like to mount the grill by the transom (on a table type platform)
    4. Get bigger boat with all upgrades listed above ;-)
    Last edited: May 19, 2017
  18. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 12, 2010
    Maple Valley, WA
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser
    Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Twin Cat 3116T
    I went with this TV in the master: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEJQBAE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It came with a 12v lighter plug, I just had to extend an existing 12v power source through the closet and into the master berth. I actually put a double outlet so I could run a Sony Blu Ray player (similar to this one: https://www.costco.com/Sony-BDP-BX370-Streaming-Blu-ray-Player.product.100281961.html) as well, both run on 12v and use very little power. I have an external hard drive with loads of HD movies that I can plug in to the USB port on the BR player, and watch directly from the hard drive through the player. Very convenient setup, and I don't have to run the genny to watch TV or movies.
  19. Steve195

    Steve195 Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 15, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    2008 195 Sport
    MerCruiser 5.0 w/ Alpha
    1)Honda generator on swim platform
    2) 7 zillion candlepower LED light bar on arch
  20. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Above Cape Ann
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    We've had ten years to make upgrades, so some of the earlier ones are due for renewal.

    A teak grate table and cup holders,
    B teak deck grates for cabin step well and head,
    C teak helm panels,
    D cherry table for galley,
    E SmartCraft gauge conversion with SC5000 SystemView display,
    F complete Raymarine C80 setup: radar, depth, heading sensor, GPS & AIS tied to SmartCraft display,
    G Standard Horizon 2150 with AIS, MMI & DSC tied to RM/SC,
    H LCD 12 volt tv with amplified antenna,
    I pedestal grill mount on swim platform,
    J forward and side clear pieces converted to Strataglass,
    K window on transom camper back enlarged with Strataglass w/ zip out and screen.

    For this year we are kind of on the fence. Now that we have moved from using our dock at the house into a marina, upsizing becomes possible. So do we carry one with upgrades; full electronics suite upgrade, genset, or, just move on to bigger and greener pastures.


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