Official 370 Express Cruiser Thread (1997-2000)

Just had a Sail boat hit my boat today. Damaged the Bow Rail pretty good. Does anyone know of a good Bow Rail repair place that will travel? Milwaukee / Racine / Chicago area.. I need to get a quote from someone to get the insurance to take care of it.


Help!
Maybe contact skipper buds in withrop harbor. If they can't do it, they know people who do everything.
 
Maybe contact skipper buds in withrop harbor. If they can't do it, they know people who do everything.
I tried and they said there guy is no longer in business....ugh
 
Hey guy, was just going through the thread since the start and didn't find the exact info, where do you access the windshield wiper motors from in the cabin/which pieces need to be removed to get to them? thank you!
 
Hey guy, was just going through the thread since the start and didn't find the exact info, where do you access the windshield wiper motors from in the cabin/which pieces need to be removed to get to them? thank you!
One is in the bathroom. Open the door next to the toilet, and look up inside. I believe the other one is behind the speaker above the settee
 
Just had a Sail boat hit my boat today. Damaged the Bow Rail pretty good. Does anyone know of a good Bow Rail repair place that will travel? Milwaukee / Racine / Chicago area.. I need to get a quote from someone to get the insurance to take care of it.


Help!

Having Cameras watching the boat helps! Makes me sick, but helps. Still looking for someone in the Midwest to get me a quote on the repairs

Here are videos of the incident and pics of the damage

https://photos.app.goo.gl/N8MtER6wuJ8939wk8
 
Having Cameras watching the boat helps! Makes me sick, but helps. Still looking for someone in the Midwest to get me a quote on the repairs

Here are videos of the incident and pics of the damage

https://photos.app.goo.gl/N8MtER6wuJ8939wk8
WTF. It's like he didn't even try to slow down. All power.

Sucks that you may have some problems finding someone to fix, but shouldn't be that bad. Maybe someone who does aluminum welding and such??? In the meantime, I would squeeze some sealant in there to keep water out of the core.
 
WTF. It's like he didn't even try to slow down. All power.

Sucks that you may have some problems finding someone to fix, but shouldn't be that bad. Maybe someone who does aluminum welding and such??? In the meantime, I would squeeze some sealant in there to keep water out of the core.
I already did! Thanks
 
Having Cameras watching the boat helps! Makes me sick, but helps. Still looking for someone in the Midwest to get me a quote on the repairs

Here are videos of the incident and pics of the damage

https://photos.app.goo.gl/N8MtER6wuJ8939wk8
I was going to ask/suggest this. I have a Blink camera at the base of my windshield facing forward and one facing stern. I did this over the winter to see if anyone boards the boat. It's nice though to have the added benefit of seeing boat traffic go back & forth in front of the bow, for this very reason, if someone hits the boat.

I assume you know who did this, and they/their insurance is paying?

EDIT: I just saw/watched the video, ouch, that was a hard it - that gives me anxiety as we have all, to some degree, been that sailboat before trying to dock. Check for hidden damage inside the boat/hull. Regarding the squeeze sealant comment - agreed. When I was in the insurance world folks would try to come back and get us to pay for damage after the incident, from rain usually. That is up to you as the owner to prevent.

I really think a canvas shop could do the repair for you. I had a similar bend/damage on one of my stern rails from a hit (my stern hit the anchor of another boat); canvas guy took it off, repaired it and reinstalled it for me, $300 total with some other work added in.
 
I was going to ask/suggest this. I have a Blink camera at the base of my windshield facing forward and one facing stern. I did this over the winter to see if anyone boards the boat. It's nice though to have the added benefit of seeing boat traffic go back & forth in front of the bow, for this very reason, if someone hits the boat.

I assume you know who did this, and they/their insurance is paying?

Yes, he tried to run, but I got his information and the Sheriff tracked him down. His insurance is already working on it, but I need to get 2 quotes.... Not having any luck in getting one place to give me an overall number.
 
Yes, he tried to run, but I got his information and the Sheriff tracked him down. His insurance is already working on it, but I need to get 2 quotes.... Not having any luck in getting one place to give me an overall number.
who was on your boat trying to fend off? How do you run from that? Phucker.
 
EDIT: I just saw/watched the video, ouch, that was a hard it - that gives me anxiety as we have all, to some degree, been that sailboat before trying to dock.

IDK that most of us have been to that level. :) Sure, I have been blown sideways down the fairway. Misjudged a few approaches. But that guy was all throttle, all the time, completely oblivious to what was around him.
 
who was on your boat trying to fend off? How do you run from that? Phucker.
That was ME!!!

I was "Working Remote" down in the cabin on my laptop. I heard the throttle up and down and peaked out to see what's up. Then I tried to fend off the boat.... The Sherriff was sure glad I had the cameras...
 
Hello Everyone,

I’m looking for some guidance regarding the salon door trucks. It seems one of trucks on the bottom of the door came loose today while I was having A/C replaced.

Has anyone replaced the trucks? Do you need to remove the door? Where do find replacements?

Picture of the truck is attached. Thanks
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Hello Everyone,

I’m looking for some guidance regarding the salon door trucks. It seems one of trucks on the bottom of the door came loose today while I was having A/C replaced.

Has anyone replaced the trucks? Do you need to remove the door? Where do find replacements?
https://fpmarine.com/collections/door-hatch-track

Flounder Pounder. You'll have to take a caliper measurement to order the right size. I have not done this job myself so I don't know much more about how to go about removal. Let us know how!
 
https://fpmarine.com/collections/door-hatch-track

Flounder Pounder. You'll have to take a caliper measurement to order the right size. I have not done this job myself so I don't know much more about how to go about removal. Let us know how!
Thanks for the direction!

I actually did a search on the site and found a link to information and parts in this thread. If you look on roughly page 11 (at least on my screen), there is a full description on how to remove the door and replace the trucks as well as the size of the 370 EC truck's size.

I plan on confirming the size, just to be safe, and then ordering 4 from FP and tackling the job either in the next couple weeks or when I go into storage later this fall.
 
A different topic that I haven't seen covered in the 370EC conversations. Did a short haul this week at my long-time boatyard for some bottom work prior to going inside for the winter. The guys called me after lifting the boat to tell me they saw some flexing of the gunnels at the forward labeled lifting point. I had noticed some minor gelcoat stress cracking around that area on the stbd side, nothing on the port side. I had assumed this was from prior owner banging the dock at some point, as I had done a minor repair near that spot after purchase prior to launch. My surveyor didn't note it, and the gel coat stress marks were not noticeable by either of us inside the barn during the survey. Anyone experience this? My boat is a 1999 two-owner, freshwater boat with very light use, stored inside heated its whole life. On a prior note, not sure if West has had any luck with his railing repairs. There is a great SS fabricator affiliated with Lake Shore Boat Top in St Clair Shores, MI. They made a custom flybridge ladder for me on my last boat. The guy knows how to bend and weld stainless. Their # is 586-465-1731. They could copy the same piece from my boat if necessary. Thanks guys!
 
Hi all.
Looking for some info regarding the windshield screw covers. I have the original foam covers and would like to replace the middle section cover with the same material. The rest is still in good shape but that middle section has shrunk. Is that material still available and what would be the part # and where to purchase? FP seems to only have the rubber replacement cover. Thanks
 
Hi all.
Looking for some info regarding the windshield screw covers. I have the original foam covers and would like to replace the middle section cover with the same material. The rest is still in good shape but that middle section has shrunk. Is that material still available and what would be the part # and where to purchase? FP seems to only have the rubber replacement cover. Thanks
A lot of guys have sourced it from here:https://www.steelerubber.com/camper-rv/insert-trim
 

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