Upgrades (exterior and interior) on 2007 260 Sundancer

Discussion in 'Installation Photos/Specs' started by marc421, May 8, 2015.

  1. marc421

    marc421 New Member

    Oct 31, 2013
    2007 260 Sundancer. 6.2 320 HP, Bravo III.
    MX6.2 MPI 320hp Bravo III
    So this was my second season with my 2007 260 SDA and I decided to do a few upgrades this year.


    Last year I added a custom teak step and grate from http://goodalemarine.com/steps/ he does incredible work.



    Together this was about $550, but very well made and adds a great touch, may require supplying him a template - like I did.

    I changed out the OEM black steering wheel with a woodgrain model from: http://greatlakesskipper.com/dino-1...-woodgrain-aluminum-boat-steering-wheel-w-hub


    The center Sea Ray piece I found on ebay.

    I like knowing where my trim tabs are when I'm operating the boat, so with some help from my mechanic I installed the Bennett Control Indicator Kit, its not insanely hard but the boat has to be pulled and it can have its issues.


    Inside, I also upgraded both the galley and head faucets (head faucet still acts as sprayer shower) neither worked when i got the boat, and in the galley I wanted something more modern and lower profile.



    This season I went a little further with the upgrades in the cabin -

    I struggled with having enough storage so I discovered these netting setups from http://www.organizedobie.com/products.php?product_id=3160

    I installed a large one in the aft-birth ceiling which allows me to stow the v-berth cushion somewhere out of the way.


    Mid-Cabin Closet:
    I also installed two in the mid cabin closet for charts and odds and ends.

    Interior side of closet door:

    Inside wall:

    Head Floor:
    Over the winter I created a template of the head floor and sent it over to a local Flexiteak dealer - http://apfmarine.com

    For about $118 they constructed me a Flexiteak custom mat, I easily installed it with the included epoxy.


    Adds a great touch to the head that the simple all white floor didn’t have, completely waterproof as well.

    Stereo Panel:
    I don’t own a single CD anymore, let alone many CDs to necessitate a 6-disc changer - so I removed the factory installed one (the Clarion still has a CD slot). To cover the cut-out I had a solid black seaboard faceplate created here: http://www.boatoutfitters.com/cut-to-size-black-king-starboard including a one-sided beveled edge.


    Onto the face-plate I installed a RAM mount http://www.rammount.com/ and mounted an iPad Mini 4G/Wifi 64GB that i picked up for $210 on http://buy.gazelle.com/gazelle-certified-electronics

    Through a neat grommet the iPad connects to the stereo’s aux input giving me Pandora, a music juke box and second video player. The aux cord is still accessible to other devices.


    I also installed a dual USB DC power port for an additional charging station.


    Considering all the movies I’ve acquired in the last 2+ years are either digital or Blu-Ray it just made sense to upgrade the Boyo OEM DVD player to a Blu-Ray model while the panel was out.

    I had a local plastic shop fabricate a custom seaboard bezel around the Blu-Ray player to finish off the install (helps to give them a detailed diagram).


    Lastly my 260 came with the factory ≤10” TV which aside from being small had terrible sound (single separate speaker).

    First I took down the TV then the vinyl unit that Sea Ray had created:


    Originally I was attempting to figure out how to retro fit the previous set up with another automotive drop-down TV - but in the end I realized that required way too much redesign, rebuilding and even vinyl work.


    I decided to lose the entire vinyl/plywood setup and once i confirmed there was enough heft in the ceiling to accommodate the screw depth (there is) - I decided to use a traditional ceiling mount with 1/2” self tapping screws and some epoxy:

    This allowed me to upgrade to a 12V 15.6” Slim LED. with built-in speakers, much larger screen and better sound. And at less than 2” thick it clears the open closet door easily and at less than 4lbs it doesn’t add a lot of weight to the mount. It even allows me to connect my iPad through HDMI. http://www.majestic-global.us/led-tv/30-15-led-tv-with-usb-mmmi.html

    It took a little customizing to the back plate due to the slope of the ceiling to get the TV to sit close to straight.



    This mount is substantial, and has its own locking mechanism.


    Using the original power wire I installed a marine grade DC socket in the closet for the TV


    The TV has no big brick for 12V just a simple lighter plug and all that hides up in the ceiling of the closet.

    I also drilled a hole and added a grommet in the ceiling panel of the closet to run an HDMI cable for connecting any other device, like an iPad to the TV easily.


    I enclosed the wires in a plastic loom to run from the wall neatly.


    I also patched any small holes in the vinyl with a vinyl repair kit from the previous install.

    That's it!


    I hope that was all at least entertaining - I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find the upgrades everyone has done to their 260 - So I thought I’d share mine and put them all together here. A lot of pre-planning helped make a lot this all pretty painless.

    Last edited: May 8, 2015
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  2. rcmafgny

    rcmafgny Active Member

    Oct 10, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    2008 33 Sundancer; Kohler Gen set; Simrad electronics
    Twin 8.1 Horizons w/ V Drives
    Thanks for sharing.
  3. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
  4. Beach71bum

    Beach71bum Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    Moriches Bay
    2008 260 DA
    350 Horizon B3
    Great job! I really like the 'teak' touches and the storage ideas. Thanks for sharing.
  5. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Very well done and a great post.
  6. Scuma

    Scuma Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Long Island
    2007 320 DA

    1997 250 DA
    2007 260 DA
    6.2L V-Drives
    Very nice!

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Looks very good...nice work
  8. thegotoguyr

    thegotoguyr New Member

    Mar 6, 2014
    Kelowna B.C.
    2003 220SD
    5.0 mpi Alpha 1
    Nice workmanship, well done. Inspiring. Thanks.
  9. almostenuff

    almostenuff Member

    Sep 18, 2010
    Cape Coral, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 390 Sundancer
    2002 SeaSwirl 2301 WA
    T-380 Cummins
    F225 Yamaha
    You've inspired me to make some improvements as well. Great job. Thanks!
  10. Dez

    Dez New Member

    Sep 27, 2014
    Bradenton, Florida
    2008 240 Sundancer
    2013 Ram Hemi 4X4
    5.0 Mercruiser/Bravo III
    Great Job! I'm always hesitant drilling and cutting into factory stuff, but your work looks awesome, like factory!
  11. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    A lot of nice upgrades. Thanks for sharing.
  12. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Those are great upgrades that you should be proud of and enjoy for a while. Now it's time to look for a bigger boat! :)
  13. marc421

    marc421 New Member

    Oct 31, 2013
    2007 260 Sundancer. 6.2 320 HP, Bravo III.
    MX6.2 MPI 320hp Bravo III
    Thanks for the kind words. I really enjoy fiddling with the boat despite knowing I'll never see a return on these "upgrades" - it makes me happy to do.
  14. wesbstcroix

    wesbstcroix New Member

    Aug 14, 2014
    2003 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer
    350 Merc w/ Bravo III
    Looks great! Where did you get the head faucet?
  15. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    Well done.

  16. Irie308

    Irie308 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    Boatless and currently in search of 420 DA or 480 DB
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    Great upgrades, thanks for the links as well! I was thinking about replacing a similar pop down tv in the aft cabin of our 320 and you just gave me some great ideas.
  17. marc421

    marc421 New Member

    Oct 31, 2013
    2007 260 Sundancer. 6.2 320 HP, Bravo III.
    MX6.2 MPI 320hp Bravo III
    Honestly, Home Depot, sorry i cannot find the link.

    I converted both the head and galley sinks fittings to standard home plumbing sizes so that I'd have more flexibility in faucet options and can swap them out later easily.

    It is slightly longer than I'd like, reaching the far edge of the sink, I'd suggest a shorter "throw" - also you'll want to confirm the sprayer will fit in the holder (this model does).
  18. Carpedmman

    Carpedmman Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Portland, OR
    2003 460 Sundancer
    Custom Cockpit interior, Cockpit AC/Heat & Thruster.
    Cummings 480CE,
    Very nice work! It appears as though nothing you did was done without thought and research .
  19. Blow me down

    Blow me down Member

    Feb 13, 2014
    Moriches bay NY
    2007 260 DA
    350 Mag MPI
    Love the all the ideas very nice of you
    is it possible to modify existing TV enclosure for mounting your new setup?
    return on investment is the enjoyment you receive!!
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2015
  20. AFD

    AFD Active Member

    Jul 29, 2012
    Boston Harbor/Falmouth Ma
    1997 Sundancer 290 The fat beam version
    Starboard 5.0 alpha 220HP
    Port 357 alpha 275hp
    4HP Yamaha for Dinghy
    where did you get the t.v. ?

    very nicely done btw, i am stealing the cargo net idea in my aft cabin as it is just a place for the kids to nap right now and a storage hole,

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