2003 340 what to look for

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  1. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    Hello

    I'm looking at a 2003 340 this weekend. Can someone tell me things to look for when I do a visual inspection. How was this year? Options that this boat should have for convenience. What is the good and bad? It has 8.1 Horizons V-Drives 800 hours, Smartcraft and from original owner. Also its been lift kept.

    Thanks..
     
  2. Kreole Kid

    Kreole Kid Active Member

    May 25, 2009
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    2004 340 Sundancer,
    2008 Yamaha VX1100 Jet Ski
    8.1 Horizons, V-Drives
    Is it an early 2003 or late 2003:huh:. Reason I'm asking is because I believe SR changed the styling of the boat that year. Earlier model had the more flat bow and later model had a more curved bow. I really don't know about the interior layout on the earlier model because when I bought mine I was focusing on 2004 and newer. After I purchased her I found out about the mid year model change.

    Any Hoot, a generator and a windlass anchor are a must have for a boat this size, IMHO. Also a GPS chart plotter and Radar with Sonar comes in real handy too. Good Luck:thumbsup:
     
  3. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    It is the later model style...
     
  4. Kreole Kid

    Kreole Kid Active Member

    May 25, 2009
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    2004 340 Sundancer,
    2008 Yamaha VX1100 Jet Ski
    8.1 Horizons, V-Drives
    Villain, I'm no way an expert at this, but that boat sounds like it was used a lot, which can mean good things. See what kind of maintenance records the PO has and ANY other records you can squander up. After all, it IS about the maintenance being done properly. I have heard that the 8.1's do not have the water intrusion problems that the 7.4's had because they came with the stainless steel risers on the engines. You might want to lurk around the thread titled "340 Sundancer Thread" and see what issues some of us may have had in the past. This thread relates to the exact year and model boat you are looking at...
     
  5. CJ Martin

    CJ Martin Member

    761
    Oct 4, 2006
    Great Mills, MD
    2002 320DA
    350MAG Horizons / V-drives
    We are nearing 800 hours on our mains and when we splashed yesterday, both engines started right up and ran great. The most important thing is the maintenance history of the boat. I have records of everything ever done to the boat, and all major mechanical work was done by a reputable yard. Get a survey, I highly recommend http://previtimarineconsulting.com/ - Mike Previti has surveyed many SeaRays and knows what he is doing.

    Best of luck, the 340 is a great boat.

    -CJ
     
  6. SeaRide

    SeaRide Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Chapin, SC
    1999 230BR
    5.7 EFI/Alpha
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2012
  7. sporters78

    sporters78 Member

    323
    Aug 6, 2010
    Stuart ,FL
    2015 19 SPX
    4.3 merc
    great boat! tight engine space to work on
     
  8. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    Thanks for the tips everyone...
     

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