1985 searay 260 sundancer... 1000 dollars. Was this a good deal???

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  1. LakerMatt

    LakerMatt New Member

    30
    Sep 9, 2013
    Fresno, CA
    1985 Searay Sundancer 260. TRYING to pull with a 2007 ford Expedition!!
    Mercruiser 260 5.7 litre
    Hello All, I am very excited, as I just bought my first Searay 260 sundancer. Paid 1000 dollars for the boat and trailer. it is missing the original motor, which was a 260 mercruiser. still has the mercruiser outdrive. so eventually I will need to find a new motor. but I am very excited, as I want to take my family of four out to the Delta and bay areas to do some boating and overnighting. I have had many open bow "ski" boats but never have had a LARGE boat with full sleeping capabilities. do you think that I got a good deal at 1000 dollars? I don't know how to check anything to see if it works with out a motor, but I want to see about plugging it in through the shore power hook up to my house. any special things I should know going through the inspection of this new buy?? any tips would 20130831_144939.jpg 20130831_144939.jpg be AWESOME!! thanks!!
     
  2. LakerMatt

    LakerMatt New Member

    30
    Sep 9, 2013
    Fresno, CA
    1985 Searay Sundancer 260. TRYING to pull with a 2007 ford Expedition!!
    Mercruiser 260 5.7 litre
    sorry for the double picture.... I am definitely a "newbie" at this attachments thing!!
     
  3. KC_Sundancer

    KC_Sundancer New Member

    Sep 8, 2009
    Munising, Michigan (Lake Superior) Pictured Rocks
    1985 270DA Sundancer,Simrad 4G Radar,Lowrance Gen2 GPS/Sonar/Structure Scan,F350 7.3l Diesel, tri-ax
    twin Mercruiser 185R's (v6's) w/SE106 drives, "High Five" stainless props, Mercury 280 RIB w/9.9 Mer
    Welcome!
    Browse the classic's for ideas and helpful experiences and be sure share pictures of your progress.
    Oh and ask to join in on the "Hole in the Water Club", I'm sure you now meet the requirements. :smt101
     
  4. LakerMatt

    LakerMatt New Member

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    Sep 9, 2013
    Fresno, CA
    1985 Searay Sundancer 260. TRYING to pull with a 2007 ford Expedition!!
    Mercruiser 260 5.7 litre
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  5. OldSkool

    OldSkool Active Member

    May 8, 2010
    Boating on Raystown Lake, Pa
    restored 1976 SRV200
    188 Mercruiser I/O
    Got trim tabs and everything. Nice purchase. With the motor out take your thumb and push on the transom from the inside. If it's solid and the inner layer of fiberglass has not detached itself from the core then you should be in good shape. If the floor mushy or solid. These are repairable but you need to have a good working knowledge of fiberglass repair to fix them. Motors are not hard to get or install.
     
  6. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    Did you check for rot?
     
  7. KC_Sundancer

    KC_Sundancer New Member

    Sep 8, 2009
    Munising, Michigan (Lake Superior) Pictured Rocks
    1985 270DA Sundancer,Simrad 4G Radar,Lowrance Gen2 GPS/Sonar/Structure Scan,F350 7.3l Diesel, tri-ax
    twin Mercruiser 185R's (v6's) w/SE106 drives, "High Five" stainless props, Mercury 280 RIB w/9.9 Mer
    Like OldSkool said now is a great time to check for transom rot.
    Lightly tapping around on the inside of the transom, floor areas, etc with a small hammer is an easy way to tell if there is any rot.
    DO NOT do that on the gelcoat side of things though.
    With soft spots or rot you can hear a clear change in the tapping sound.
    Moisture meters work too but not in areas that may now be dryrot.
     
  8. LakerMatt

    LakerMatt New Member

    30
    Sep 9, 2013
    Fresno, CA
    1985 Searay Sundancer 260. TRYING to pull with a 2007 ford Expedition!!
    Mercruiser 260 5.7 litre
    I will go out there this weekend to check that transom. But i know the floors are super solid. Its been under cover all its life.
     
  9. LakerMatt

    LakerMatt New Member

    30
    Sep 9, 2013
    Fresno, CA
    1985 Searay Sundancer 260. TRYING to pull with a 2007 ford Expedition!!
    Mercruiser 260 5.7 litre
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  10. Bigal6030

    Bigal6030 New Member

    6
    Oct 19, 2013
    Chicago
    2006 270 Express Cruiser Loaded
    5.7 Mag Bravo 3
    Nice project! I love restoring stuff like that. Have fun.
     
  11. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I think you got a heck of a deal. Drop a new engine in there and you're ready to rock n roll.
     
  12. manny4608

    manny4608 New Member

    39
    Aug 28, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    1984 260 SUNDANCER
    260Hp MerCruiser V8 350
    Looks like a very nice score...
    Your getting great advice, have the transom and stringers checked out before you invest any further monies.

    Good luck!
     
  13. LakerMatt

    LakerMatt New Member

    30
    Sep 9, 2013
    Fresno, CA
    1985 Searay Sundancer 260. TRYING to pull with a 2007 ford Expedition!!
    Mercruiser 260 5.7 litre
    Pulled all the interior recently. Having it all redone!! Pics to follow

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  14. OldSkool

    OldSkool Active Member

    May 8, 2010
    Boating on Raystown Lake, Pa
    restored 1976 SRV200
    188 Mercruiser I/O
    What a cool project and at a great price! How did the transom and floor look?
     
  15. LakerMatt

    LakerMatt New Member

    30
    Sep 9, 2013
    Fresno, CA
    1985 Searay Sundancer 260. TRYING to pull with a 2007 ford Expedition!!
    Mercruiser 260 5.7 litre
    The floors and transom are solid as a rock... just found out though that they put on a " pre alpha drive". So i am now in the market for a motor AND outdrive.... big $$$$$$..... not looking forward to that. Been talking with a marine shop in missouri though, and he seems to get some good used motors. We will see.... anybody out there in my area selling a motor package!!! Give me a shout!
     
  16. keokie

    keokie Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Arizona
    2002 310 Sundancer, Westerbeke 4.5 Genset
    496's, Bravo III's, 2.2:1 Gears
    I would very highly recommend a fuel injected big block and bravo III. At the point you are at, it is a simple conversion that will make it perform beautifully. That boat is GREATLY enhanced by the big block... see my sig...
     
  17. keokie

    keokie Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Arizona
    2002 310 Sundancer, Westerbeke 4.5 Genset
    496's, Bravo III's, 2.2:1 Gears
    Oh, and you will NOT use more fuel with the big block, and yes, it should bolt in. You have to drill two holes in the transom for a BIII transom plate. The wiring harness to all of your gauges will plug in, and they will work. An 8.1 MIGHT require moving the gas tank forward an inch or two.

    You will get a boat that will handle much better at every speed including docking, be quieter, plane much, MUCH easier, and cruise faster at lower RPM's.
     
  18. OldSkool

    OldSkool Active Member

    May 8, 2010
    Boating on Raystown Lake, Pa
    restored 1976 SRV200
    188 Mercruiser I/O
    I have a 5.0 on my pre alpha drive with no issues. Wouldn't want to go much more than that though.
     
  19. LakerMatt

    LakerMatt New Member

    30
    Sep 9, 2013
    Fresno, CA
    1985 Searay Sundancer 260. TRYING to pull with a 2007 ford Expedition!!
    Mercruiser 260 5.7 litre
    I would LOVE to put in a big block... I don't think my budget would allow it though... LOL. I think it is going to be a 5.7 and a alpha drive for me. I have seen some big block drop ins that are carbureted for around 3-5000 around California. but then you need to get a bravo drive, and those are 2-3k as well. my dream is a 7.4 mpi with a bravo III !!!
     
  20. wakeup 19

    wakeup 19 Member

    600
    Nov 14, 2008
    (Medford)Boston Harbor to Cape Ann to Cape Cod and
    1992 300 Sundancer, Quicksilver ding w/ 6hp merc 4 stroke, anchorlift windlass, extended swim platfo
    t/ 350 merc's (carburated) alpha drives gen II
    The newer 5.7 are same setup and have 300hp, that works with an Alpha Drive and much better performance than older stock 5.7. Vortec in my opinion is the way to go. You will def need the HP with a decent load. Thoughts on this welcome. Just my 2 cents, rob
     

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