280SS/290SS Thread

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by comsnark, May 19, 2009.

  1. Monroe Boater

    Monroe Boater New Member

    115
    Jun 30, 2010
    Sarasota, FL
    1999 280 Sun Sport
    Twin 5.7 Mercs Alpha drives
    On a trailer, ours would not fit in a garage with a 9ft door. It did however fit into my brother in laws garage. He has one bay with a tall opening garage door installed by the previous owner. I think it was to accommodate a small RV.
     
  2. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Damn. That would've been so simple. Thanks for the info guys.
     
  3. nauti medic

    nauti medic New Member

    43
    Sep 6, 2009
    Chain o' Lakes IL
    280 ss
    T 350 mags w/Bravo I's
    Has anyone ever opened up the area under the "jump seat" in a '99 (or earlier I believe) 280ss? I am wondering if there is a good way to get under there? What is located in there? Would it be a good place to put an a/c / heat unit? I attached a couple pics of the area with the cushion removed. This is the way we actually prefer to have the cabin set up since it allows for the head door to open freely. It also allows our 5 year old to traverse from the cockpit to the v-berth easily. We would need to maintain the rigidity of the top and understand I would have to put a louvered grate on the front. My breaker panel has an opening labeled A/C however have never found a '99 (or before) with this option. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014
  4. David Snell

    David Snell New Member

    17
    Sep 15, 2014
    Frisco Texas
    1991 Baja but looking to add ar 27-30 ft Sundancer 1994-2002. Like to learn as much as possible pro
    454 HO in Baja
    I may be soon buying a 2003 290 SS with low 400 hours on twin 6.2s Bravo 3 out drives (good outdrives I hear). I read entire thread. Concerns about "water ingestion" is this common problem with this SS model of boat with captain call exhaust?? Inverter info: what is best way to conserve/have power to run AC? Best to get suit case generator?? I have surveyor and engine guy set up to do thorough inspection on boat. In/on water test including compression as well as dry dock it and let it dry and check out drives and hull moisture content etc etc. ANY key things to check on this model of boat?

    Is a sales price in the low 40's a "deal" on a 2003 in great shape with 6.2s with 400ish hours? Thoughts on bottom paint for this boat? Anyone know of loss of speed (what loss) on a boat like this IF bottom paint is applied. Leaning towards normal horse shoe rear seating configuration anyone have the "sun pad" option? SEEMS like it chews up lots of deck space? ANY major known issue(s) to check on to see if it exist etc before inspection? Looked at SDs but want more deck space so this SS looks like great option. LOVE feedback from those who own them glad I found thread. Is 40-43k ok price for loaded 2003. I had to dig to find it. Thanks David (dsnell@grandecom.net)
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2014
  5. nauti medic

    nauti medic New Member

    43
    Sep 6, 2009
    Chain o' Lakes IL
    280 ss
    T 350 mags w/Bravo I's
    SS is a a great boat, since your talking about A/C I'm assuming cuddy. If your throwing round a sundeck you are comparing apples and oranges. Even the 290ss open bow is completely different to the sundeck. The ss is definitely a day boat with "crashing" availability. If your looking to spend a bunch of nights sleeping aboard, you might want to look up to a dancer.

     
  6. David Snell

    David Snell New Member

    17
    Sep 15, 2014
    Frisco Texas
    1991 Baja but looking to add ar 27-30 ft Sundancer 1994-2002. Like to learn as much as possible pro
    454 HO in Baja
    Thanks re great info from all. I went to Chicago and had boat inspected this weekend so $1100 later I know everything we culd uncover/find was I think! 412 hours on twin mercs 6.2s all had 150 psi in all cylinders with one at 145! Solid....... Struck deal with owner and with all options and cleanliness of boat feel great about sale price settling in at 45k. With all options happy..... at 4300 rpms we hit 45 so WOT light on fuel easily hit low 50s I am sure supporting what he said it would do. Now to transport to Dallas.........let the spending begin!

    Amazingly clean boat for a 2003 could not be more happy and think I got a great boat at a great fair price based on nada values with all options added in.

    Thanks again to those who helped me out..........lots to learn when it gets back to Dallas can't wait. Thanks......

    David Snell
     
  7. magstang1

    magstang1 Active Member

    May 30, 2010
    Lake St.Clair
    1998 31 Sedan Bridge
    Twin 350 Marine Power
    Congrats. I loved my 280ss. Sounds like you found a good one.

    Post some pictures when you can.
     
  8. David Snell

    David Snell New Member

    17
    Sep 15, 2014
    Frisco Texas
    1991 Baja but looking to add ar 27-30 ft Sundancer 1994-2002. Like to learn as much as possible pro
    454 HO in Baja
    Having trouble pulling jpegs.......any help here for the technically challenged pilot would be great! used the browse feature clicking on jpegs but cant get them to post I must be missing something when able any direction here would be great!

    Thanks

    David
     
  9. magstang1

    magstang1 Active Member

    May 30, 2010
    Lake St.Clair
    1998 31 Sedan Bridge
    Twin 350 Marine Power
    Host the photos through photobucket then click on the image links button. Copy the link that says "[image]xxx[image]" and paste it here and your image should appear.
     
  10. nauti medic

    nauti medic New Member

    43
    Sep 6, 2009
    Chain o' Lakes IL
    280 ss
    T 350 mags w/Bravo I's
    David,
    Great to hear it all worked out. You got a perfect weekend to come on up. Best of luck to you and your new girl.
     
  11. David Snell

    David Snell New Member

    17
    Sep 15, 2014
    Frisco Texas
    1991 Baja but looking to add ar 27-30 ft Sundancer 1994-2002. Like to learn as much as possible pro
    454 HO in Baja
    http://s1347.photobucket.com/user/cajuncrawfishco1/slideshow/

    HOPE this works out! I fly planes but moving pics around different story! Think this shall work! I really got lucky it is as clean as the pics depict cant wait to get it to my lake although back drop not as good as down town Chicago! Thanks again to those who helped me with some rather key pieces of info to take in to consideration when shopping this model of boat. Being on the boat for just one day while inspections took place made me see why those I spoke to who have owned one or currently do love it! Thanks again.......
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2014
  12. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Wow - she's beautiful. Congrats.
     
  13. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    Very nice David....that would be my ideal boat also. Time to start shopping, Mike.
     
  14. David Snell

    David Snell New Member

    17
    Sep 15, 2014
    Frisco Texas
    1991 Baja but looking to add ar 27-30 ft Sundancer 1994-2002. Like to learn as much as possible pro
    454 HO in Baja
    Thanks........I got really lucky! For a 2003 boat I do not think I could have found a better well kept boat! Set to ship to me end of next week let the spending begin!! Boat lifts in Texas lakes a must so that's a nice little slap in the face to start off with but well worth it to try to uphold the care the previous owner gave to his boat! Feels like an open adoption! Told the guy any time he makes it to Dallas to look me up to take his boat out as I know he is having a tough time parting with it which I understand! Now time to unload an older model Baja thinking I will not miss my other boat once I start using the SS. Just surprised it is not such a sought after boat down here I have been told. Nothing against Dancers that is what got me looking at Sea rays after going on a few BUT for those wanting a hybrid go fast/cruiser type boat........looked at Formula's/Montery's but the SS won me over!

    Thanks again to those who offered helpful advise in my research/quest. I feel like I have made a very informed and wise boat buying decision now!

    David
     
  15. BOATER JOHN

    BOATER JOHN Member SILVER Sponsor

    279
    Oct 4, 2007
    STREETSBORO,OH
    2016 350 SUNDANCER
    TWIN 8.1 BRAVO 3
    David that boat brings back some great memories. Had one just like yours only tan canvas. Black canvas looks better. We traded for the 340 but sometimes I wish I still had the 290. Hope you got the captains call exhaust I realy liked that feature. Good luck with it.
     
  16. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    Very nice indeed. Good luck to all aboard!
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2014
  17. David Snell

    David Snell New Member

    17
    Sep 15, 2014
    Frisco Texas
    1991 Baja but looking to add ar 27-30 ft Sundancer 1994-2002. Like to learn as much as possible pro
    454 HO in Baja
    Yes Corsa exhaust with captain call cool feature have it on my 2008 vette and people are amazed you go from race car sound to sleeper! When we test drove it out in Lake Michigan out of Chicago at 4300 not even WOT it sounds MEAN steaming across the lake and we only hit 45 at 4300. More to go but that will change watching fuel gauges sink by the minute at WOT! Boat should top out with light fuel/pass on board in low 50s if trimmed up right etc!! Plenty fast enough for this boat and I imagine I will quickly forget about the Baja I have had for like 18 years!

    Cant wait to get it here.........Columbus day would be nice to have boat for first day!! Kind of weird in this area (Dallas) it (280/290 SS was NOT a big seller due to smaller cabin! For me it will be a great transition from the go fast Baja with minimal space to a in-between go fast/cruiser. Can't wait!!

    Thanks.......

    David Snell
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2014
  18. BOATER JOHN

    BOATER JOHN Member SILVER Sponsor

    279
    Oct 4, 2007
    STREETSBORO,OH
    2016 350 SUNDANCER
    TWIN 8.1 BRAVO 3
    Mine topped out at 53 mph with bottom paint.That was by gps not dream meter
     
  19. David Snell

    David Snell New Member

    17
    Sep 15, 2014
    Frisco Texas
    1991 Baja but looking to add ar 27-30 ft Sundancer 1994-2002. Like to learn as much as possible pro
    454 HO in Baja
    SWEET NO bottom paint clean hull so trimmed out hope for 50 plus should be easy!! COOL........go to Chicago tomorrow to finalize paperwork/pay off boat to Dallas by Friday transporter says!
     
  20. nauti medic

    nauti medic New Member

    43
    Sep 6, 2009
    Chain o' Lakes IL
    280 ss
    T 350 mags w/Bravo I's
    Sorry to resurrect my own thread but kinda got side tracked with Dave's new girl but with the cold finally setting in I'm starting to think of projects for the upcoming year. So first question again.... Anyone get under the "jump" seat in a 280ss???
     

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