280DA advice for newbie

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by Mcole1170, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Mcole1170

    Mcole1170 Member

    74
    Jul 24, 2017
    Long island
    2006 sundancer 280
    4.3 alpha
    Hello All
    Great forum!. Totally new to boating-All my friends are in sea ray so I have decided to join the club. Need advice on my purchase. Looking at a 2005 (325) with a generator kohler and a 2006 (280 hours) no generator. Basically same price, same featurs low 50s. Everyone says Ill want a genertor but Ive heard a 10+ kohler generator is problematic so should I avoid this one?

    Thanks
     
  2. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    get the boat with the gennie, assuming everything else checks out......
     
  3. PMC

    PMC Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    2001 40 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 6CTA
    Right, but of those 10+ with issues.....if they had a do over, would the opt for a no genny boat? To me , a generator is more desirable. Our last boat was a 2005 280 without a genny and we anchored enough to learn I wanted one.

    My only caution is to use it. It's the low hr engines that seem to be the first to break down.
     
  4. Mcole1170

    Mcole1170 Member

    74
    Jul 24, 2017
    Long island
    2006 sundancer 280
    4.3 alpha
    Thanks for the replies and advice.
     
  5. mjoplin

    mjoplin Member

    117
    Oct 10, 2016
    Houston, TX
    2005 Sundancer 280
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
    You mentioned a 10+ Kohler. If you are talking kW, the genset that comes on 280's of that vintage is a Kohler 5E. Get the boat with a genset, you'll be sorry if you don't! Outside of a tuneup, replacing the zinc, and oil changes, the only work we've done to ours is replace the carb and anti-dieseling solenoid. It was "hunting" and wouldn't hold RPMs steady. I use it constantly
     
  6. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member

    907
    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    I read it as 10+ years old/original to the boat....but agree with the rest of your statement, regardless.
    My gen was original, also, so 24-ish when I bought the boat, and most likely hadn't been well maintained, yet treated us well for two seasons after we did some basic maintenance/repairs playing catch-up. If parts weren't so hard to come by--not to mention a mechanic who's willing to work with such a beast--it probably would be running still today!!
     
  7. bracketracer

    bracketracer Member

    289
    Aug 23, 2016
    Wilson, NY
    2001 380DA
    Twin 454 Horizons
    Couldn't imagine not having a generator.
     

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