Composite Research, Inc.

Composite Research, Inc.
Makers of Sundance, Sea Born, and Spyder Boats

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Where can I find a manual for my boat?

We do not provide model-specific owner’s manuals. Instead, we distribute and publish all available documentation for your boat’s installed systems. (i.e. motor, steering, displays, etc.) Clarifying, every vessel that is shipped from the factory to your dealer includes an owner’s pouch, also called “the blue bag”.

Understanding that every dealer may have their own receiving and vessel preparation process, the owner’s pouch shipped with your boat may be broken down, removed, or bundled with other documents such as your buyer’s agreement. If you did not receive system related documents with your boat purchase, please contact your dealer for assistance as we do not have the ability to replace items.

How do I test if my fuel gauge/sender is not working correctly?

The following article is intended to assist owners and or marine service professionals in troubleshooting improper fuel level gauges that may be outside of the accepted 5-10% variance caused by EPA diurnal systems. When troubleshooting fuel gauge anomalies, we recommend starting with the fuel tank’s sender unit as this is most commonly the source of incorrect readings.

Step 1) Test the Sender’s Voltage:

  • The senders can work with both 12V and 24V system. The sender draws power through the gauge connection.


Step 2) Test if the sender is connected correctly:

  1. Check to see if the sending unit is receiving power from the gauge. The reading at the sending unit will be less than the input voltage at the gauge.
  2. Check the sending unit’s ground. The ground wire must be properly grounded to a common ground or to the negative on the battery.


Step 3) How to test if the sender is operating correctly:

  1. Disconnect the sender wires at the sending unit.
  2. Connect the 2 wires to an ohmmeter or multimeter and set signal to resistance.
  3. Take a measurement of the sender at empty and full positions. This can be done by either draining and then re-filling the tank which the sending unit is installed, or remove the sending unit from the tank and then manually operate the float by hand.
  4. For American Standard, the meter will show 240 ohms at empty and 30 ohms at full.


Where can I provide feedback about my recent experience with my dealer?

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Can a trolling motor be installed on an LX Series Center Console?

Yes, a trolling motor can be installed on a Sea Born LX Center Console as all LX boats have a trolling motor “pre-wire”. The wire begins inside the console and runs along the port-side gunwale and then ties off under the forward anchor locker.

Regarding what shaft length trolling motor should be used, in most cases a 72” variant is sufficient.

Where can I purchase a trolling motor bracket for my boat?

Given that each boat and the desired trolling motor may vary considerably in size and shape and manfacturer, we aren’t able to provide specific recommendations for an aftermarket vendor. However, a quick search for “trolling motor bracket” online will yeild mutliple suppliers. Prior to that, we strongly recommend that you reach out to your local CRI dealer for assistance as they may often stock the needed part(s) for your boat.

My Boat Has A Hard Top Without Speakers – Can I Add Them?

Some CRI boats with hardtops ship without speakers for various reasons, but it is possible to add an aftermarket stereo. In almost every case whereby a boat ships without a factory-installed stereo the hardtop will have cover speaker cut outs. Using a screwdriver, an owner can simply remove the covers and run the needed wiring down the legs of the hardtop into the overhead box and/or to the console panel.