Official 400EC thread

Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by Air O'Nautical, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Krazzeeddie

    Krazzeeddie Member

    42
    Sep 21, 2017
    Michigan, Lake Saint Clair
    370 Sundancer, 1993
    Avon Rib, Merc 15hp
    Baja 240 Sport, For fun.
    454 Merc... V Drives
    I will give you a call tomorrow is there any certain time that is better for you?

    Ed
     
  2. jonsm114

    jonsm114 Member

    123
    Sep 4, 2015
    Defiance, Mo
    1996 400 Express Cruiser
    7.4 MPI Mercruisers
     
  3. jonsm114

    jonsm114 Member

    123
    Sep 4, 2015
    Defiance, Mo
    1996 400 Express Cruiser
    7.4 MPI Mercruisers
    anytime is good......

    Jon
     
  4. jonsm114

    jonsm114 Member

    123
    Sep 4, 2015
    Defiance, Mo
    1996 400 Express Cruiser
    7.4 MPI Mercruisers
     
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  5. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    Hey Jonsm114 and Krazzeeddie - if you look in the top right area of this web page there is an INBOX link. You can use this to have one-on-one, or even small group conversations. The discussion thread here is intended for questions, answers, and messages that are for everyones' benefit. Thanks.
     
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  6. TALON

    TALON Member GOLD Sponsor

    143
    Sep 3, 2014
    NorCal
    '95 400 Express Cruiser,
    2003 C10X Caribe
    Twin 454 Mercuisers,
    15 HP Yamaha
    When my wife and I bought our 400 EC last May we new the canvas was shot! So we bought a Sailrite LS-1 sewing machine, black Sunbrella, vinyl backing, 40 gauge isinglass, zippers, thread, and lots of snaps then went to work.

    This was a huge new undertaking for us, but my wife said that see could sew anything having a pattern to sew from. I think the canvas project turned out great, and looks awesome. Not counting the cost of the sewing machine($800), we saved around $3,500.

    Old canvas
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    Last edited: Mar 1, 2018
  7. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    Excellent work! Gives you a new appreciation for upholsterers, doesn't it?
     
  8. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    That is quite an undertaking, and the results look great. The thing I like about doing it yourself is that you can more easily tackle some extras that you wouldn't normally pay someone else to do. You've got a lot of canvas on that boat and it looks great. Congrats.
     
  9. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    177
    May 25, 2016
    Houston
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 MPI
    Not sure about upholsterers, but it does affirm how much profit the boat canvas shops build into their product.

    I did the same thing on my 400EC, I already had the camper frame and I bought the sunbrella and materials and built my own. My savings were around $4,000 over what the local canvas shops quoted. And there was not $4,000 of labor involved.
     
  10. h_gerry

    h_gerry Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 19, 2013
    Oceanside, NY
    400 Express Cruiser - 1994 with
    Raytheon 41xx Radar, Northstar 6000i GPS
    Kohler 5E
    454 Mercruiser Inboards
    Nice Job. I like the black out panels for privacy.

    Any screens in the rear section?

    By the way, did you do a renaming ceremony when you changed her name??
     
  11. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    Nice savings!
     
  12. TALON

    TALON Member GOLD Sponsor

    143
    Sep 3, 2014
    NorCal
    '95 400 Express Cruiser,
    2003 C10X Caribe
    Twin 454 Mercuisers,
    15 HP Yamaha
    Thanks everyone, and yes we had a renaming ceremony to the god's!

    Rear screens are next on the list after the new carpet!
     
  13. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    Speaking of projects. I just put Infinity woven vinyl on the floor in my cockpit. This photo was taken before the edges were surged.

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  14. TALON

    TALON Member GOLD Sponsor

    143
    Sep 3, 2014
    NorCal
    '95 400 Express Cruiser,
    2003 C10X Caribe
    Twin 454 Mercuisers,
    15 HP Yamaha
    Looks great, looking forward to more photos. How did you deal with seams if there were any?
     
  15. TALON

    TALON Member GOLD Sponsor

    143
    Sep 3, 2014
    NorCal
    '95 400 Express Cruiser,
    2003 C10X Caribe
    Twin 454 Mercuisers,
    15 HP Yamaha
    Not being happy with the looks of my 23 year old OEM four spoke steering wheel...

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    ... I picked up a used newer style three spoke steering wheel off ebay with some repairing needed...

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    ... I then took it to Wheelskins and had them wrap the wheel with a two color leather wrap...

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    ...and here's my newly leather wrapped steering wheel installed.

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  16. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    Nice steering wheel mod. I'm going to try to remember that one for later on.

    I did have a seam in the middle of the floor as you can see in the following pics.

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  17. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    And here is my new dash. New panels, chart plotter, VHF, and behind the scenes is a new NMEA2000 network that is linked to my old SeaTalk.

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    Last edited: Mar 10, 2018
  18. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    Clean looking.
     
  19. h_gerry

    h_gerry Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 19, 2013
    Oceanside, NY
    400 Express Cruiser - 1994 with
    Raytheon 41xx Radar, Northstar 6000i GPS
    Kohler 5E
    454 Mercruiser Inboards
    Looks great Titan! I am envious.

    I can't tell from the picture, did you do the switch panels too?
     
  20. TitanTn

    TitanTn Member

    274
    Jul 12, 2015
    Chattanooga, TN
    1986 Saltare, 1998 400 Express
    454 direct drive; twin 3116TA
    No, I didn't. They aren't that bad and I don't know how I would cut all of those small switch holes. They have to be more precise than anything else. I wasn't actually intending on replacing the main panels at this time either, but when I took the dash apart to work on my electronics, I could see that there wasn't much I could do to install the new electronics and use the old panel. So one thing just let to another. I've stopped at this point for now. I think I'd need some kind of CNC to cut the holes for the switches.
     

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