2003 260DA & Mercruiser 230hp Diesel

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  1. pandelis

    pandelis New Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    Athens Greece
    240 Sundancer 2001
    5.0 EFI 240hp w/Bravo III Drive
    Hello to all Sea Ray lovers from Greece,

    I would highly appreciate if you can help me with the following : I am interested on buying a 2003 260DA with a Mercruiser 230hp Diesel. The problem is that I know nothing regarding the performance of this particular engine :huh: nor can I find any boat test in the net :smt024
    Does anyone of you guys know anything about this engine??? is its horsepower enough for this boat's weight? is it going to plane good enough? is it going to maintain a steady and adequate cruising speed or I would constantly have to increase / decrease speed all the time in order to maintain cruising speed? What are your opinions upon these worries I have?:smt100:smt100:smt100:smt100:smt100
    Keep in mind that we are talking for two adults with two small children plus baggages and full tanks.
    Thank you all in advance for your valuable help!!!

  2. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Since that boat was made for the European market, you are going to have to wait for someone from the other side of the pond to reply. Myguess is it will do very well, due to the additional torque generated by diesels.
  3. pandelis

    pandelis New Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    Athens Greece
    240 Sundancer 2001
    5.0 EFI 240hp w/Bravo III Drive
    Thank you very much for your prompt reply!
  4. Joel_MD

    Joel_MD Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    Chesapeake Bay
    390 Motor Yacht, 2005
    Cummins 480 CE
    This thread is a bit old, but if you're still interested in this boat with the Mercruiser diesel you should be very careful. The support and parts availability for these engines should be your biggest concern. Before you buy, find a reputable diesel service technician in your area who has worked on these engines (you'll likely find none), and then check the price and availability of spare parts such as a complete seawater pump, fuel injector, injector line, exhaust riser, thermostat, or coolant pump. Personally I would not buy a marine diesel other than Cummins, Caterpillar, or Detroit. Maybe Yanmar or Volvo if I was desperate.

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