Advice on 280 purchase

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  1. Mcole1170

    Mcole1170 Member

    74
    Jul 24, 2017
    Long island
    2006 sundancer 280
    4.3 alpha
    hi all need some advice on purchasing a 280 and which would you suggest. Both have same basic standard options and canvas.

    2003 280 with 5.0 bravo 3 530 hours no smartcraft gauges. One owner has all documented maint records. Mint and Meticulous maintained

    Or 2007 280 4.3 alphas 200 hours. Maintained no records. Has bow thruster.

    Without knowing all features may be hard to compare but am i better off with the newer 2007 than the older 2003.

    Thanks
     
  2. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    471
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Smart craft on the 2007?

    That is a nice feature. How about the condition of the canvas and upholstery.
     
  3. Mcole1170

    Mcole1170 Member

    74
    Jul 24, 2017
    Long island
    2006 sundancer 280
    4.3 alpha
    Yes smartcraft on 2007. Upholstery nice on both but mint on 2003. 03 has mooring cover as well. Both have camper top, 2003 also brand new carpet.

    Thanks
     
  4. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    price difference? as a newbie you'll love the thruster.....4.3 alphas are plenty on that boat (i owned one) and alpa drives are way cheaper to repair/replace......dont be hung up on smartcrap though.....just somthing else to add to the complexity...how is the canvas on each boat? electronics? does either have a colored hull?
     
  5. floriduramax1

    floriduramax1 Active Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Florida
    280DA, Magic Tilt triple axle, 2006 GMC 2500 D/A
    T4.3/ Alpha
    Hello, I haven't posted here for a while as life's circumstances have been hitting me hard! I now have custody of my Grandchildren and wife no longer wishes to spend nights on the 280 with the kids..lol. I have done so much to to this wonderful vessel and it really pains me to get rid of her. The 280 does fine with the 4.3's and does even better when they are brand new! I just installed 2 new Jasper engines and everything else I could replace while engines out including replacing water heater with stainless steel marine unit as well as fresh white gel coat in bilge. If you look back at my threads and posts you can track my progress with her. There is not a cleaner 280 ANYWHERE, I guarantee it or I will give it to you! Trailer has new Maxxis tires load range E and new surge brake actuator! Brand new Lumitec Sea Blaze full spectrum color changing under water LED's and so much more!
    https://orlando.craigslist.org/boa/d/cleanest-2005-sea-ray-280da/6261123277.html
    I am a little negotiable on price. She has been kept inside for last 5 years. I don't use much and engines have less than 10 hours on them as they were just recently installed. They carry a 2 year warranty and are still in the period where the warranty can be extended! My canvas are mostly new, front isenglass changes to stratoglass for clarity and the list just keeps going. She is the most turn key out there including almost full of marina non ethanol gas.
     
  6. Mcole1170

    Mcole1170 Member

    74
    Jul 24, 2017
    Long island
    2006 sundancer 280
    4.3 alpha
    both white hull-10k price difference. the 03 has mint canvas and new carpet. 07 front panel needs replacing. 500 hours on 03, 220 on 07,

    I like the 03 more but ive heard the bravo 3's dont do well in salt and they are quite a bit more to maintain when repairs are needed/? tremendously more?
     
  7. Mcole1170

    Mcole1170 Member

    74
    Jul 24, 2017
    Long island
    2006 sundancer 280
    4.3 alpha
    beautiful looking boat but over my budget for my first boat and im in NYC so getting it here would be another issue
     
  8. floriduramax1

    floriduramax1 Active Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Florida
    280DA, Magic Tilt triple axle, 2006 GMC 2500 D/A
    T4.3/ Alpha
    I'll bring it to you!
     
  9. Mcole1170

    Mcole1170 Member

    74
    Jul 24, 2017
    Long island
    2006 sundancer 280
    4.3 alpha
    Oh yeah? Send me a message with your contact if you are serious
     
  10. floriduramax1

    floriduramax1 Active Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Florida
    280DA, Magic Tilt triple axle, 2006 GMC 2500 D/A
    T4.3/ Alpha
    I replied to your email
     
  11. cfd95

    cfd95 Member

    288
    Nov 5, 2013
    Northport Long Island
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Horizons
    V Drives
    The 03 with V8's and Bravo 3's will have a lot of power and handle better.
    The corrosion issues were resolved by 03.
    Bravo 3's bite the water better and back down better with the duo props.
    If it was me V8's and Bravo 3's definitely.
    I had a 290 with 4.3's and Alphas it was definitely underpowered.
    Maintenance that can be proven with records is definitely a plus.
    Theres a lot of junk out there.
    Of course a survey from a reputable surveyor should be done.
    There's a member in my club selling an 05 280 with a generator and camper back canvas
    located in Northport Long Island PM me If you would like me to get info for you.
     
  12. saopm

    saopm Member

    721
    Oct 6, 2010
    North Fork - Long Island, NY
    2007 340 Sundancer
    Mercury 8.1s Inboards
    Do the V8s have a closed cooling system? To me that would be a big plus for a 2003 boat. I heard there are steering pin issues with the bravos. You may want to research that issue.
    Otherwise, I had an '04 with 4.3 and alphas. She performed great and left some room to work in the bilge. Also the drives are relatively cheap if you needed to replace one.

    Good luck...
     

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