240 Sundeck Thread - Questions and Answers

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by chuck1, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Since Stihlbolts started at 220 Thread, I figured I would start a 240 one. Mines a 2006 with a bunch of options. Some people said I was trying to make a cruiser out of it :lol: First SeaRay, but not first boat. Been boating for more years than I want to think about. Started skiing at 4, boy was that a long time ago. :lol:
    If your interested I'll post some pictures of the mods I've had done. Even if I can't answer your questions I'm sure some of our fellow SRO members will chime in and help :D [/b]
     

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  2. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    Chuck, your boat is sweet! I don't think I ever mentioned that on the SRO forum, but.... I had downloaded that first pic above, sent it to my wife and told her to check that out. That boat is our future goal.

    Have the 175 we just purchased this year as our first boat. Stayed on the small and inexpensive side to see if we'd use it as much as we thought we wanted to. If we didn't we could sell and not be out much. As it turns out, the boat is now near mint condition and I think I could make a profit out of it (gasp!). It is undersized for where we use it to be comfortable. Thinking of going to a 210 or so maybe end of next year or '08. I got this 175 all cleaned up, I hate to sell her so quickly! But i can't get enough of it... :D

    Anyway, that 240 would be great. The brochure doesn't make the boat look as huge as your pictures do. Looks like a serious speedboat! Did I read somewhere on the SRO forum where you said it'll do 50+?!

    Later,

    Tom

    PS> Nice forum here; very similiar organization to SRO; hopefully more familiar faces will show up! I'm over at the boatus.com forums, hooking up with a lot of people there too...
     
  3. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Tom,
    Thanks for the nice comment. Yes it looks bigger on land than in the water! :eek: :shock: :grin: Made the jump to it after being on the TN river with 3-5' seas in our 18 footer, and told the crew we need a biger boat :idea: :eek: :shock: The seas just seemed to come out of nowhere, had to do with the wind, current and the lay of the river/mountains.

    As to the speed not sure about the 50+ I think the most I've got on it was 48 GPS, but I've got it pretty loaded most of the time. I'm sure with the biger engine(I've got the 350Mag) you could easly hit the 50+ range. Somebody else with the biger engine should chime in soon.
     
  4. SeaRide

    SeaRide Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Chapin, SC
    1999 230BR
    5.7 EFI/Alpha
    Gunn,

    Brent Jones will probably chime in. As I remember, his will break 50 mph. I think he has the 6.2 liter engine.
     
  5. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
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    If I start talking about the top speed I was able to get on my 5.0 240SD, everyone will shoot me down again. :lol: But I can back it up with GPS now for all the doubters. :wink:

    In all seriousness though 240SDs are one of Sea Rays nicest boats. Even though I have owned my 260 Sundancer for only three weeks now I really do miss the Sundeck. If I don't sell it in the next month, I am going to spend a day on the water with her again. I really can't afford both boats as much as I would like to have both but it will be a sad day when I sell her.
     
  6. SeaRide

    SeaRide Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Chapin, SC
    1999 230BR
    5.7 EFI/Alpha
    So Dave, Did you remove the speedometer from your SD and install it in your DA in order to preserve your top speed readings from your SD :lol: .
     
  7. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    That's funny I just posted the same thing in another topic...ok you came up with it first...
     
  8. SeaRide

    SeaRide Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Chapin, SC
    1999 230BR
    5.7 EFI/Alpha
    Well Wesley he will probably combine both speedometers and have the world's only 85 mph 260 DA :lol: :lol: !
     
  9. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    No guys.............I now belong to the Cruiser club where top speed isn't as important anymore. But I am asking a premium for my 240SD speedometer in case any of you are interested in buying it. :lol:
     
  10. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    No Dave the 185 could not handle going that fast :lol:
     
  11. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Ok Dave I'll bite, what was that top speed on your special :wink: 240SD
     
  12. brandnewtoboating

    brandnewtoboating New Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I have a 06 240 as well. I just bought it Labor Day weekend. It's my 1st boat and I love it. A friend of mine works at MarineMax and he suggested it. We are a family of 5 (6 if you count the dog) and we have plenty of room. Mine looks just like yours Chuck (except for all the extras). I've only gotten mine up to 40 MPH, but like I said I'm new to this and I'm not comfortable opening it up yet.

    Other than that, all I can say is that this is my new addiction. I can't wait to get out on the boat. It's all we think about.

    Harry
     
  13. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Harry,

    Yes the 240 is a great boat, I understand it one of SeaRays best sellers. Would like to see some pictures of yours if you got any. Have you named her yet? How many hours do you have on her so far?
     
  14. brandnewtoboating

    brandnewtoboating New Member

    Hi Chuck,

    We are planning on going out Saturday and taking some pictures, though the weather looks bad. As soon as I take some I will post them. We're still figuring out the name, I said we would give it until next season since we will be having it winterized in a few weeks. I'm thinking about getting a canopy cover so we can extend the season. What do you think?
     
  15. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Harry,

    Looking forward to see the pictures. I got the full camping Canvas for just that reason. Works great easy to put up after you do it a couple times. I leave mine up in the winter since I slip it. Rest of the year have it on the boat just in case on I need it on a trip. I've sleep on the 240 with it up. I've added the inverter and have a small heater, plug it in and run it for a short time and heats it it right up.

    ps: I've just started a web site with pictures of the boat and some of the trips at http://ssg-i.com/boattrips/boattrips.htm let me know what you think about it. I'll be adding more pictures ASAP.

    Chuck.
     
  16. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    Chuck, nice website! Love those pictures of the boat. I'd sure like to see more...like some of the cockpit area and helm. I kind of can get a sneak peak from the lower-left photo on the second page and it looks really nice.

    Tom
     
  17. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    Dave, I'd like to hear more about this. If I were to go to a cruiser, the 260 would be it. We're torn though; the bow-rider boats have a lot of room for a lot of people. We think the 260 would be a better Chesapeake boat and enable us to overnight if we wanted. But the 240 sundeck is just so nice looking.... So I'd like to here what you'll miss from the 240 and why you went to the 260.

    Tom
     
  18. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Tom Thank you. I'll try and get some more cockpit area and helm shoots for you. Was not sure what kind of pictures I should put on the site.

    I know how you feel Dave. I just could not give up my open bow at this time. We looked real hard at the 260 and 280. Was leaning toward the 260 was going to be easier to trailer. Now what would be sweet is a 340 with the 240 in tow. You have to have a dream :wink:
     
  19. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    We went to the 260 mainly because we wanted a Cruiser and wanted to be able to boat year round. Here in Charlotte if you have a sport boat like our 240SD you wind up not being able to use it (on a practical basis anyway) for 3-4 months out of the year. With the 260, we have camper canvas and are wet slipped so we can be out on the water anytime we choose in the winter.

    The thing we will miss with the 240 is the nimbleness of the boat and people carrying capacity (12) we had when we took out the family (kids, grandkids, and their friends). We already had a few moans from the grandkids about the cruiser. I know they will be able to tube off the 260 but it won't be as much fun for them. And we won't be able to take along as many people as before either because there isn't as much cockpit seating on the 260DA as we had on the 240SD. Then there is the fuel bill......consumption looks to be about double that of the 240SD. You mention that you boat on the Chesapeake as well and I will assure you the 240SD will give you a much better ride than your current boat. We would always be out with the family on the weekend with ours and this boat really handled the chop that's created by so many weekend boaters on an inland lake. You can also get camper canvas for the SD so you can turn it into a mini-cruiser of sorts too. I think chuck1 is our expert on that!

    If you are into water sports I would stick with a Sport Boat or a Sundeck. If you think that overnighting is what you want to do then a Cruiser may be an acceptable compromise. So far we really like our 260DA. But being slipped between a 300 and a 320, we can see why people always want to go "larger". I don't have "ITIS" yet and even if I show signs of it, we will not move up because my wallet isn't big enough. :grin: But if you do consider a cruiser take the advice that many folks have given and get the biggest one you can afford.
     
  20. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
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    Hey Dave I'm still looking for a way to add AC to my 240, let me know if you found out how it can be done.:grin:
    Be careful I've heard that slipping between bigger boat can be a major problem on the wallet :grin:
    But seriously your 260 looks great :thumbsup:
     

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