240 sundeck vs 260 sundeck

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by toddh, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. toddh

    toddh Member

    47
    Jun 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    260 Sundeck
    350 MAG
    We currently own a 210 select. Great boat. Some 150 mile river trips taken on it. We also do a lot of tubing and knee boarding with our two boys. We are wanting to upgrade. We really want a 240 sundeck, but finding a good used one has been hard. I have found some 260's in really good condition. My concern is that they would be too big to tube behind. Thoughts?
     
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Depending on what year 240 and 260 you are comparing, they are the same size. But, neither are anywhere near too big to do watersports.
     
  3. toddh

    toddh Member

    47
    Jun 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    260 Sundeck
    350 MAG
    Looking at 2007-2012
     
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Up to '09, the 240SD is the same size as the 260SD.
     
  5. GoFastr

    GoFastr Cool Runnings

    148
    Jan 20, 2016
    Cayman Islands
    2003 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    Tow: 2012 Ford F150 Raptor SVT
    Mercruiser MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    I started with the 210 Sundeck and now have the 270 Sundeck.

    The 270 can carry a lot more gear and people and gets a 3-4 person tube up on plane quicker whilst doing everything with ease. The extra weight and wider beam is so much nicer without having to worry about people all moving to one side to look at the pretty fish. Plus I love all the extra storage to keep the gear out of site too.

    The 210 is a bit nimbler in tight docking corners and it prefers more perfect weather scenarios.
    The 270 can go out in a lot more less than perfect weather conditions and people don't feel as if they are going to get tossed overboard.

    Bigger is usually better!
     
  6. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    Probably why the older ( 2002-2009) 240 SD is harder to find. Dennis, If I remember correctly, wasn't that SR's best selling boat for awhile?
     
  7. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    907
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Both of these are the perfect day boat... For all water sports and cruising with a ton of your friends. I have had 4 240SD and 1 260SD.... All of them had the 350mag Bravo 3.. This is the perfect engine combo.
    I would buy a 260SD if I had to choose between the two only because of the rear facing transon seat... But you can't go wrong with either boat.... Good luck !!
     
  8. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Yeah, the thing was a home run, for sure. It's like the SUV of boats. Sea Ray tried to kill it off in 2007 and redesign it, but the new model (designated a 260SD) was not as nice. So they kept both in the lineup until the 2010 model year when they redesigned it yet again and came out with ANOTHER 260SD. That one was good, so the 'ol 240SD was finally retired. The newer 260SD stayed in the lineup until the new 270SD came on the scene around 2015/16.
     
  9. randmhall

    randmhall Member SILVER Sponsor

    220
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    We have had our 2006 240 for several years. We absolutely love it. It is the perfect day boat, with tons of storage, and room for all of our kids friends. We use if for tubing, skiing, and general cruising. It has enough power to pull me up on a slalom ski even with guests, and I'm old and fat.

    There are usually a couple for sale on craigslist in our area. Good luck with your search.
     
  10. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    408
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    We went from a Crownline 206LS
    To our current 2007 240 Sundeck at the end of 2016

    The amount of room and storage on the 240 is unbelievable. I’ve had 10 people on it and there was room for everyone, pulled a tube with everyone aboard too. No problem with the 350 MAG.

    I averaged 6.5 gph over 50 hours of use for the 2017 season.

    Maybe that’s why they’re hard to find.......great boats for their purpose and people don’t want to part with them.
     
  11. toddh

    toddh Member

    47
    Jun 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    260 Sundeck
    350 MAG
    Wow, I looked that up. They are the same size. Well that changes things for me.
     
  12. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Can't go wrong with older 240SD or was that the 240SD they told I was turning into a DA. :)
     
  13. randmhall

    randmhall Member SILVER Sponsor

    220
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    The confusing thing in the 2000's is that the model number used to refer to the hub length without bolt ons. a 240 Sundeck was 24' plus a 2'6" got on swim platform. The 220 sundeck for a few years had a platform molded as part of the hull, so it was only 22' overall, a MUCH smaller boat. Newer models include overall length of the boat including the swim platform, which is why the newer 260SD is the same size as the older 240SD

    If you check the specs on a 2007 240 and 260 you will see they are almost the same. The 260 was trimmed out a little nicer topside, but the big difference was the 240 came with 5.0 engines standard, with a popular option of a 350 mag. The 260SD had the option for a 320hp 6.2L or the 375hp 496.

    Don't limit yourself to no older than 2007. There are some really nice 2005-6 240SD out there.
     
  14. toddh

    toddh Member

    47
    Jun 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    260 Sundeck
    350 MAG
    One more question. Would a 2011 that measures 24' overall not count the swim deck or does it count the swim deck. Looks like the 2007 has a lot more interior room than a 2011.
     
  15. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    408
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    The 2011 240SD is 24'1" LOA, that is total length including the swim platform.

    A 2007 240SD is 26'4" LOA, thats 24'6" for the boat plus 22" for the swim platform
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2018
  16. Blkbird

    Blkbird Active Member

    231
    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    We had a 2001 240 SD with the 350 and Bravo III. Great family boat, I used to call it the station wagon of boats. It will do most everything well but there are boats that will do particular things better. But for general boating, a great choice.

    As noted the older 240 and 260 had the same dimensions over all. The 240 had a bolt on swim platform, the 260 was molded into the hull. Back into the dock too hard and you can remove the 240 swim platform for repair. Fortunately never had to do this but possible.
     
  17. Bojangles

    Bojangles New Member

    2
    Oct 29, 2017
    2010 Sea Ray Sundeck
    350 Mercruiser w/Bravo III drive
     
  18. Bojangles

    Bojangles New Member

    2
    Oct 29, 2017
    2010 Sea Ray Sundeck
    350 Mercruiser w/Bravo III drive
    We own a 2010 260SD with a 350mag Brovo 3. We pull skiers and do tubing all the time. Great boat and the performance is outstanding
     

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