Official 370 Sundancer thread

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  1. Sea Ray Mark

    Sea Ray Mark Member

    583
    Jun 11, 2008
    Wildwood, N.J.
    1999 33 Sundancer

    2005 Mercury Amanzi
    40 HP Super Dinghy

    1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    It seems like every model has an "official thread" except for the 370 DA. What an awesome boat! Not to big, not to small, moves okay with gas motors. What's not to like? Any 370 owners with me on this? I'd like to hear from you guys. With a few changes I made to my boat (camper canvas, flat screen TV, & custom bar) my cockpit area is an incredible place to hang out with friends, have a few drinks, or a cup of coffee in the morning. I'm pretty happy I accidently found this boat. What do you think? Mark
     
  2. J Levine

    J Levine New Member

    753
    Oct 5, 2006
    New Jersey
    1995 Sea Ray 370 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4L Blue Water inboard V Drives
    I'm with you. I was just a few years out of college in 1995 when the 370 came out. I was recently married, had been a home owner for just a few years and was on the second season with my first boat, a 22' Four Winns. I loved the boat when I first saw it, but at the time it was so far out of my reach financially that it was just pipe dream. I cut out the two page add Sea Ray ran for the boat in all the magazines with the tag line "therapy for your soul" and pinned it up on the wall of my cubical. 5 years ago, after about 5 promotions, three relocations, three kids and two other boats I finally bought a 1995 370. After 5 seasons I still love it and dont have any plans to part with it any time soon. I have spent the last 5 years tinkering with it and have probably serviced just about every system aboard at least once. It has a great balance of size and functionallity and even at 14 years old still looks very current.
     
  3. RubberDuckeeToo2

    RubberDuckeeToo2 Member

    435
    Oct 21, 2006
    Connecticut
    '98 370 Sundancer
    '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14'
    9.5' Caribe RIB
    7.4 Mercuisers
    Finally! I suggested this on several occasions, but had no takers.

    I've learned a lot about this boat over the past couple of years. When it was time to move up, this model seemed to have all the right features. Coming from a bridge boat, the cockpit and helm are roomy and everyone can socialize while at anchor or underway. Accommodations are just right for us, heat, a/c, nice open salon, 2 tvs, icemaker, and galley that the admiral can prepare the meals she likes to cook. Plenty of power, fair economy and easy access for maintenance.

    The hardest part for me once I settled on the model was which year. I created a database of every 370 that was listed on Yacht World for a year before I picked one. (And I maintained that list for about two years afterwards to see if I really did get that steal.) When you do that kind of research, you become acutely aware of the subtle differences. Gas or diesel, carbs or EFI, 7.4 or 8.1's, which electronics package, which color interior, high arch or low arch. And interestingly enough the pre-95 models are very similar in layout to the 95-98 models.

    Ultimately, I settled on the '98 for the higher arch, the revised exhaust system, and a relatively rare maple interior. It also helped that the boat was a dock queen with only 150 hours on it and in perfect mechanical shape.

    I could go on, but how many or us are here? There certainly are enough of these models around, we should have a good group.

    Gene
     
  4. SCFinch

    SCFinch Member

    78
    Sep 18, 2007
    La Crosse, WI
    1995 370 Sundancer
    Bluewater 7.4
    We purchased our 95 last year after looking at several different boats over a few months trying to decide what did we want next...4 hours after viewing we sea trialed and handed over the check. The boat handles very well, plenty of room for our family, and great layout for entertaining. My wife had 2 requirements when we were looking, generator and AC/Heat, guess this fits the bill nicely. I also agree that the style of this model will look great for years to come. Always interested in pictures of upgrades that people have done. Thanks for starting the official thread!
     
  5. Sea Ray Mark

    Sea Ray Mark Member

    583
    Jun 11, 2008
    Wildwood, N.J.
    1999 33 Sundancer

    2005 Mercury Amanzi
    40 HP Super Dinghy

    1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    Gene, I also have a 98' with a Maple interior. I didn't do any research before I bought the boat because I had my sight set on a 1992 44DA with diesels. When I found out during the survey that the 44' had termites (yes I said termites) I stumbled upon the 37' and my wife and I fell in love with it. I would also be interested in seeing or hearing about any modifications others have made to their boats. I try to post some pics of what I've done to mine. Mark
     
  6. xravenx

    xravenx Member

    858
    Oct 5, 2006
    Baltimore, Md.
    370 Sundancer 1995
    8.1s (2013) w/ V drives
    Great thread, better then those political and financial threads. It seems most of us know what our next boat will be, when I had my '90 310DA, I knew my next boat would be a 370. Last year I started looking at 450DAs until a medical issue stopped that. I'm fine health wise now and started thinking about a 450 again.......... It would take my boat plus 100K or more, so for now I'm keeping it and plan on doing lots of upgrades to it. Some that I've done already are: new GPS, replaced the original TVs with flat screens, replaced the cockpit ice maker with a refrigerator, replaced the plastic cup holders and latches with stainless ones, new canvas (extended the rear canvas 2', so it does not have that goofy squared off look), new cockpit carpet with the upgraded backing, and of course all the regular maintenance stuff...........that's all I can think of right now. Project this winter is to replace the cabin carpet. I really like the 370DA, does not look outdated, yet, it has a big boat feel to it and can really handle the rough stuff well. I often take it out by myself and it is real easy to handle, sometimes around the dock it needs a little throttle. Engine access is great, I can maintain and fix just about everything on this boat myself. The arch is the correct height compared to the ones on the newer Sea Rays, they are entirley to high. I have no problem with this being a gas boat, however anything larger need diesels. Looking forward to seeing more posts on this thred.

    John
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2008
  7. Sea Ray Mark

    Sea Ray Mark Member

    583
    Jun 11, 2008
    Wildwood, N.J.
    1999 33 Sundancer

    2005 Mercury Amanzi
    40 HP Super Dinghy

    1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    John, be careful, I have one of those "goofy squared off look" camper canvas. I do agree with you that it takes away from the look of the boat but I spend so much time in the cockpit that the trade off I get with the space and headroom is worth it. I think my boat looks like a Hummer H2 from the back! Not good. Mark
     
  8. Aarrhh & Aarrhh

    Aarrhh & Aarrhh New Member

    426
    Nov 1, 2006
    Panama City FL
    1998 370 Sundancer,
    2004 110 Whaler
    Cat 3116 300hp
    We love our 370! Frank W. turned me onto it after a friend of his traded it in to our dealership. We have been VERY happy with everything about it. The Cats are great and make docking a breeze. Now if diesel prices would drop down life would be good.

    We have a camper package on ours also. To avoid the station wagon look ours is more like an extended back cover. We also added 40mm windows from the windshield up. I think our next big upgrade will be new TV’s but I still haven’t made a decision on what type and where to put them.
     

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  9. Pseudomind

    Pseudomind Active Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    2011 Hurricane with Magic Tilt Trailer
    115 HP Yamaha Four Stroke

    Could you perhaps supply me with a few details about this?

    Is this some type of plastic or did you just do a complete enclosure. I currently have the isonglass, but I ran across a thread once where someone mentioned enclosing with something else. I have been looking since then, but ot no avail., probably because I do not know the correct name to look for?

    Thanks
     
  10. Sea Ray Mark

    Sea Ray Mark Member

    583
    Jun 11, 2008
    Wildwood, N.J.
    1999 33 Sundancer

    2005 Mercury Amanzi
    40 HP Super Dinghy

    1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    Jason, that boat must run great with those Cats in it. You don't see to many of them with diesels. Someone posted a response earlier that said they put a fridge in place of the ice maker, has anyone figured out a way to fit a fridge and an ice maker? I was looking at the possiblity of trying to fit a small fridge under the bar sink but I didn't want to go through the hassle of moving the battery switches. I removed my port side front seat to extend my bar area which worked out really nice but I still would like to add a fridge somehow.
     
  11. Aarrhh & Aarrhh

    Aarrhh & Aarrhh New Member

    426
    Nov 1, 2006
    Panama City FL
    1998 370 Sundancer,
    2004 110 Whaler
    Cat 3116 300hp
    Pseudomind,

    The 40mm front windows are a polycarbonate called Makrolon. It's more clear than the windshield, but you can’t roll it up. To allow for ventilation in the cockpit we had the front center panel made so that it folds back and attaches to the arch while remaining zipped to the front arch bar on the canvas top. The rear factory canvas cover only extends 2 or 3 feet ours extends 7 feet and then there is a support bar that goes down to the hand rail across the transom locker. The angle of the support bar ends up the same at the as the arch so it looks more "factory."
     
  12. Big Al

    Big Al New Member

    293
    Oct 13, 2006
    Canada
    370 Sundancer
    Twin 454 Mercruiser
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke genny
    Agree with all said before. Got our 1995 370 DA in June 2006 replacing a 91 310 DA (another great boat). I had a look at a 1996 370 in 2004 but we were not ready to spend that kind of money on a boat. May 2006 was a rainy month so we spent sometime looking at used boats. There were only two used 370 DA for sale(both with Merc 7.4) in our area at that time and one of them was in showroom condition. The admiral fell in love with it (..me too....). The owner had the cockpit icemaker replaced with a fridge and added a bow thruster just before winterizing the boat the year before. He fell in love with a 1999 400 DA in October 2005 and bought it, so he wanted to sell his 370 fast. I met him during summer 2006 and he admitted that even if he really liked his 400 DA he should have stayed with his 370 since the difference in size/equipment/sea experience was not that different VS the added $$$ he had to spend.

    We really like our 370. We are two adults and a small dog and the cockpit and cabin size/equipment are very convenient for us. We replaced the camper canvas (we spend a lot of time in the cockpit, event when the weather is bad), the GPS/Radar (Raymarine C80), and we are planning to replace the old TV set in the cabin and add a plasma TV in the cockpit next year. The 370 DA looks so current that when I got it in 2006, many people on my dock though this was a new boat or a 2-3 years old one.
     
  13. AndersonAcres

    AndersonAcres Member

    725
    Oct 30, 2006
    Iowa
    This is a great thread, guys. We sold our boat at the beginning of the summer and thought we'd get at 310 DA, then the Admiral settled on a 340 DA. Now I'm lusting after the 370 DA (~1998 vintage) solely because of the increased room around the engines. We had a 250 DA with 7.4L and it was a bruiser to work on -- literally.

    Now we just need to have the economy turn upwards a bit and we'll join you!
     
  14. Carver370

    Carver370 Active Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Buffalo Michigan
    1994 Carver 370 Motoryacht
    Twin Crusader 454 - 350 HP Each.
    If anybody is in the market for a very low hour 1996 370 DA that has always been in freshwater at a steal of a price, let me know. The boat belonged to a close friend of mine who recently passed due to cancer and the family says the boat has to go. Sad situation but somebody is going to get a great very clean boat.
     
  15. Sea Ray Mark

    Sea Ray Mark Member

    583
    Jun 11, 2008
    Wildwood, N.J.
    1999 33 Sundancer

    2005 Mercury Amanzi
    40 HP Super Dinghy

    1997 Wellcraft 190 CCF
    Mercruiser 310 HP MPI
    I heard a couple of you guys mention how much room the 370 has around the engines and I couldn't agree more. My last boat was a 370 Sedan Bridge and the engines where so close together I could bearly fit my arm in between them. My 370DA has enough room to stand between them. I even put snap in carpet on the engine room floor on the flat area between the engines so I don't leave any footprints down there. The guys on the dock are impressed! Mark
     
  16. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    696
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    I was really close to starting this! Thanks

    I used to have a bunch of pix up in the "marina" gallery on all the mods I've done to mine, but it appears that we don't have much room anymore here.
    Perhaps we can set up a pix site and just put link references to them here.

    I've learned more from this board about my boat than the dealer would ever let go of.

    One of my more radical moves was to remove the exhaust vent covers from the rear of the hull, and put non-skid on the moulded in "step". I can't tell you how comfortable it is to board from mid high docks without having to step over the coaming and usually onto the cockpit upholstry. The exhaust covers are the same cover as the vent for the cockpit ice maker in front of the passenger seat. I bent them around a piling for a perfect match of the radius !


    Jon knows all about it!
     
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  17. J Levine

    J Levine New Member

    753
    Oct 5, 2006
    New Jersey
    1995 Sea Ray 370 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4L Blue Water inboard V Drives
    Jon knows all about it!...

    sure do, that was almost 5 years ago!
     
  18. 37 Dancer

    37 Dancer New Member

    351
    Oct 6, 2006
    South Shore , Long Island
    1995 Sea Ray 370DA
    7.4 EFI's
    GREAT thread........ This is our 4th season with our 1995 370DA....and we love it. Just the right size for the two of us. Handles great on plane and around the docks with gas motors. We've had a 280DA...310DA....330DA....but the 370DA is our favorite

    Heres a few mods I've done over the years.

    ....added a cockpit flat screen TV/DVD player.

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    .....installed a Taylor Made FASTBACK camper.

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    .....new bar faucet and s/s cup holders.

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    along with a few other goodies.....like central vac system.......new cockpit carpet....all new canvas.


    This winter project will be to upgrade both old TV's with new flat screen units.
     
  19. ANGEL ANNE

    ANGEL ANNE New Member

    29
    Mar 10, 2007
    Chesapeake Bay
    1995 Sea Ray Sundancer 370,
    twin 454s
    Can't agree more about the 370. The sliding door for the v-berth and seperate shower was the deal closer for us. This is our third Sea Ray and the four of us fit just right. We enjoyed the first summer with her so much, we kept her in the water all winter in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. We were there more than we originally planned and had a great time.

    I upgraded the tv recently and am in the process of making a door to cover the closet where the tv used to be. It is now mounted on a swing arm on the wall as you enter the mid cabin. Now we can all see it when we are at the dinette. Even when the curtain is closed, you can position it to be seen. When we travel, the screen faces the wall for protection and is secured with a strap. The other modifcation was adding shelves to the one closet in the v-berth.

    Again, thanks for all the great knowledge shared on this thread.
     
  20. SearayPaul

    SearayPaul Member

    875
    Oct 11, 2006
    Simpsonville, South Carolina
    34 Downeaster
    Cummins 5.9 480hp
    AARRhh

    What kind of fuel burn do you get with the cats?
     

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