Official 370 Sundancer thread

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  1. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    668
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    New subject: sliding cabin entry door

    Time to redo the track, cars, and bottom glide. Has anyone done the removal, refurb of the door tracks recently?
    Pics about the removal? I believe you have to cut the port console/cup holder out, and there are likely some screws somewhere that have to be removed to expose the door and the rest of the track.
     
  2. belliswood

    belliswood Member SILVER Sponsor

    281
    Nov 21, 2011
    Colonial Beach, VA
    1996 370 SUNDANCER
    NAME: DAWG HAUS 3
    7.4 EFI 454
    V-DRIVES
    Thank you for the response. The Icemaker was removed before I got the boat so that space I wish to use again. Didn't realize the icemaker could be used as a freezer. will have to explore that option more. I do want to replace the frig with an AC/DC unit. I am only on AC power at the dock so DC is a must when out on the hook.
     
  3. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    668
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    Good luck figuring out how to keep a freezer on 12v DC. Might start looking into engine driven cold plates (look around in cruising and sailboat forums). The 370 is not really meant to be a long range cruiser. But hey, there's one that drove from Ft. Lauderdale to Trinidad, and then back to St. Thomas.
     
  4. Nauti-Kal

    Nauti-Kal Member GOLD Sponsor

    66
    Jan 29, 2016
    LK St. Clair, St. Clair River, Lake Huron, LK Erie
    1996 370 Sundancer
    Raymarine C120 Multifunction
    Twin Mercruiser 7.4 V Drive
    No need to remove the cup holder on that, i've taken the cup holder off before, wifey dropped her wedding ring and we couldn't fish it out. Just cut the caulk all around and remove the four screws on the bottom and thats it. if you do a search I've seen a post on here that had pictures of the same thing....good luck
     
  5. belliswood

    belliswood Member SILVER Sponsor

    281
    Nov 21, 2011
    Colonial Beach, VA
    1996 370 SUNDANCER
    NAME: DAWG HAUS 3
    7.4 EFI 454
    V-DRIVES
    I understand the 370 would be an ideal boat to do the Great Loop. that being said I was looking at the Norcold frig/freezer units where you can remove the freezer door and shelf and it turns into a frig only or freezer only. Anyone have any experience with them?
     
  6. jzanthony

    jzanthony Member

    73
    Aug 17, 2015
    Canada
    99 Sea Ray 380 DA
    90 Sea Ray 350 DA Sold
    90 Doral Monticello 270 Sold
    90 Bayliner 19BR Sold
    twins 7.4 twin merc engines
    Hi
    Looking at Changing from a 1990 Searay 350 Sundancer to a 98/99 DA
    What year did they start using the 8.1Ls in
     
  7. kap2

    kap2 Member SILVER Sponsor

    143
    Oct 28, 2013
    Rhode Island
    370 Sundancer 1998
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser V-drive
    I believe is was 2002.

    For gas in 98/99 the options were 7.4L and 8.2L Horizon.
     
  8. dorrwalter

    dorrwalter New Member

    9
    Jul 7, 2015
    United States
    1996 370DA
    7.4 L MPI MerCruiser
    Hoping someone can help me out that has a little more experience then I have. About half way through the summer I noticed a very small amount of water in my bilge. I did some investigating and noticed the rudder shaft on the port side was slowly dripping so I put it on my list to fix this winter. I wasn't even enough to make my bilge pump to go off so I wasn't really worried about fixing it in the middle of the summer. I had my boat pulled out of the water a couple weeks ago and I just noticed a few drips of water leaking out of this vent on the starboard side of the bottom of the hull. I have no idea what these vents are for (there is one on each side of the hull) and why water might be leaking out of one of them. Could it be because I have a little puddle of water in the bilge still? Can someone give me some input what this vent is for, if it is normal to have a small amount of water leaking out of it and if not what might be wrong to have water leaking out of it? It has been in dry storage a couple of weeks and noticed it leaking this last weekend. I have attached a couple pictures. Thank you in advance for your help.
    IMG-0221.JPG IMG-0220.JPG
     
  9. RubberDuckeeToo2

    RubberDuckeeToo2 Member

    422
    Oct 21, 2006
    Connecticut
    '98 370 Sundancer
    '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14'
    9.5' Caribe RIB
    7.4 Mercuisers
    Those two are your raw water intakes for the cooling system on the engines. They lead to your sea cocks and filters before going to your raw water pumps and heat exchangers on the engine before going through your manifolds and out the exhaust.

    If you didn’t close the sea cocks after flushing the engines b=when winterizing the engines, this would be sea water draining out of the system. Totally harmless.
     
  10. dorrwalter

    dorrwalter New Member

    9
    Jul 7, 2015
    United States
    1996 370DA
    7.4 L MPI MerCruiser
    I was wondering if those were the raw water intakes. Thank you!
     
  11. DaleyLife14

    DaleyLife14 New Member

    7
    Aug 18, 2014
    United States - Lake Ontario
    1993 Larson Cabrio 270
    twin 4.3LX Mercruiser w/ Alpha 1 drives
    All,

    I'm now seriously in the hunt for a 370 and while in a perfect world the 98 model with horizons engines would be best it might not be as realistic for my wallet.
    With that being said im trying to get some information on the performance of the 95/96/97 with either 7.4L 340HP engines and the 7.4L 310HP engines. I'm really looking for the average cruise speeds and WOT.

    any info would be greatly appreciated
     
  12. Diebroke1

    Diebroke1 New Member

    10
    Sep 25, 2017
    Chesapeake Bay, Land of Pleasent Living
    1998 37' Sundancer. Original RayMarine electronics. Ipad with Garmin, Navionics apps.
    Horizon [2] 380hp--V drives

    I have a '98 with the Horizon's. I have 4 blade props and cruise at 22 knots 3250rpms. WOT is 4400. it burns about 32 GPH at cruise.
    I know others with same boat but less HP. Takes more time to plane with 310's with a load of people/junk. 340's better. More Hp is usually for top end, and you really don't want to run them at high rpm's----32gph is enough.
     
  13. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Cabrio
    Volvo Drivetrain
    I would seriously look at eliminating the older 370's. After looking this past summer, I couldn't even stand at the helm of the older 370's due to the arch which pretty much took it out of the running (I'm 6'2"). Although you can redesign the top to go over your head, it's another cost. The finishes on the newer 370 are also much nicer than the older one. I would also look at the 380 as well... years 2000+ if you can swing it. The 1999 had a wet head. The 2000 went to the separate one. Pricing is all over the map, so see what you can find. The market has dropped but asking prices are still astronomical. This previous summer I had deposits on a 1998 370 at around $60k and the 2001 380 for $75k.
     
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  14. DaleyLife14

    DaleyLife14 New Member

    7
    Aug 18, 2014
    United States - Lake Ontario
    1993 Larson Cabrio 270
    twin 4.3LX Mercruiser w/ Alpha 1 drives

    I agree no need for a boat that size to cruise that fast unless you don t care about gas. Thanks for the info.. like I said that he 98 is the way to go but the ones on the market are asking way to much
     
  15. DaleyLife14

    DaleyLife14 New Member

    7
    Aug 18, 2014
    United States - Lake Ontario
    1993 Larson Cabrio 270
    twin 4.3LX Mercruiser w/ Alpha 1 drives
    I'm 6'1" and and like to stand and drive so the arch has been a concern...but no boat is worse lol... and I agree my dream boat would be the380 but has to be at least a 00 cause of the wet head .. but like you said the price tag from a 370to 380 is crazy ...
     
  16. DaleyLife14

    DaleyLife14 New Member

    7
    Aug 18, 2014
    United States - Lake Ontario
    1993 Larson Cabrio 270
    twin 4.3LX Mercruiser w/ Alpha 1 drives
    What places were you searching or finding them when you were searching? I check yachtworld and boat trader weekly and then I occasionally search some of the other brokers out there like marine max or skipper buds ... not sure where else to search or if they are accurate on say boat trader or yacht world really are
     
  17. RubberDuckeeToo2

    RubberDuckeeToo2 Member

    422
    Oct 21, 2006
    Connecticut
    '98 370 Sundancer
    '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14'
    9.5' Caribe RIB
    7.4 Mercuisers
    Going with a ‘98 is the answer for sure. Fuel injured engines and the other extras that Sea Ray threw into that last year of the model is worth every penny. And getting there faster is really over-rated. Whatever happened to “the journey is the reward”?


    Gene
     
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  18. All's Well

    All's Well Member GOLD Sponsor

    461
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '03 460DA
    6CTA's

    I agree -
    I had a '97 and can't count the number of days that I wished I had a higher arch design and FI
     
  19. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    668
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    Care to share the specs on your props?
    Factory is 3 blade
     
  20. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Cabrio
    Volvo Drivetrain
    I cruise Craigslist (also try Searchtempest to look in multiple areas), Offerup, Facebook Sea Ray Owner's Group, Yachtworld, Boat Trader, all local marinas within say a 3-4 hour window (sometimes they advertise on their website - just google marinas on google maps and start bringing up their webpages), Boats.com, marinemax.com, Popyachts, etc. One things about Popyachts... they will take take 'for sale by owner' ads and duplicate their post typically with better pictures to make it more appealing to buyers. From my understanding the sellers can legally still sell their boat even if they are under some 'loose contract' with Popyachts. What Popyachts does is present you with the ability to click into their pictures AFTER you log into their site. That's how they track you and ultimately how they hold the sellers accountable for the sale of their vessel. Just be aware that if PopYachts advertises it, you can usually find it elsewhere cheaper.
     
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