Considering a 93' 550 Sedan Bridge

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  1. C_Ray

    C_Ray New Member

    5
    Apr 22, 2017
    NY
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Hello all,

    So I have been looking for a boat for 5 years now. I've seen about 50 boats or so since then. I finally found a 93 550 SB with twin DD 6v-92ta with a 1000 hours on them that I like.

    Seems that info on these boats is scarce or I am not looking in the right places. I was wondering if anyone knows of the type of hull construction used on these boats? Is this model Balsa cored like the newer ones? Anything I should pay close attention to even before the survey? I'm using Blackstone oil sample kits to survey the engine internals, clean and dry on the outside, haven't heard them run yet as she is still on the hard. I've heard that at cruise she will burn about 50gal/hr, what about at hull/trawl speeds?

    Overall from a first look she seems sturdy and well taken care of by a knowledgeable owner and is located in a nice pricey marina.
    Since I started my search for a boat I seem to keep coming back to the Sea Ray brand in the end.
     
  2. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    You can call Searay customer service and they can verify the core material. You will need the HIN. Others will have to answer the rest of your questions.


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  3. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    494
    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler
    GoFirstClass will probably be a wealth of information for you as he has this model, but doesn't have the Detroit diesels in his.
     
  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Good Morning C-Ray. I can't answer your question about hull material except to say I THINK the hull is solid below the waterline and cored above it. Best bet is to call SR Customer Service to get the full details on that.

    We have owned our 550 since April, 2010 and love the boat. Plenty of room for entertaining (we've had as many as 22 guests on board) without feeling crowded. It's a very comfortable boat, very sea kindly and easy to get to like. We have dual helms but I've only used the lower helm twice, and that was more to see what it was like to skipper from down there. Doesn't matter if it's summer or winter, I drive from up top and that's where our guests like to congregate.

    I don't know what your fuel burn rate will be because I have Cats. I do know that the fuel is one of the lowest costs of owning a boat unless you're doing a LOT of long distance cruising. I've never calculated closely my fuel burn rate. I didn't buy the boat for fuel economy and about the closest I can tell you is that I'm guessing we're getting somewhere around 1mpg at a slow cruise. The signature photo shows us at about 5-6kts and that's a very efficient speed.

    If I'm running at WOT (30.3kts) I'm supposedly burning 65gph (~.5mpg) but I never run at that speed for obvious reasons.

    Our boat is in the water year around, with our last cruise of the year usually being the Christmas boat parade in early December, and our first cruise of the year is usually New Year's Day unless the weather sucks.

    If you want to see how she does in windy weather, go to YouTube and search for "Umatilla Days 1". Follow that short video with "Umatilla Days 2" then 3 and 4. #4 is interesting.

    Get a pair of good surveyors to thoroughly check out the boat before you buy her. One to do the hull and equipment, one to do the engines. When I had my boat surveyed I met with the surveyors over breakfast and shared my expectations with them. I was new to diesels and new to a boat this size so I wanted them to make sure they told me what they were doing and keep me out of trouble. It apparently worked because Beachcomber has been a great, trouble free boat to own.

    If you have any specific questions, fire away!
     
  5. C_Ray

    C_Ray New Member

    5
    Apr 22, 2017
    NY
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Gofirstclass,

    First off, that's a beautiful vessel you got there! I like the videos, shows she handles the water really well.
    Hopefully, she will be a liveaboard for me and my wife if my offer finally goes through. I have surveyors on standby and friends who have been mariners for the last 20 years helping me out.
    The few owners I have spoken to have gave me confidence in these vessels. I'll keep this post updated if my offer goes through.

    Thanks for the info guys.
     
  6. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    If the boat is a SERP (first 4 of he HIN), then it was built in the Palm Coast facility, which means it has a cored bottom. Boat's of that era with SERF HIN were built in Merrit Island and are solid bottom. My understanding is that Palm Coast only made boats with cored bottoms.
     
  7. C_Ray

    C_Ray New Member

    5
    Apr 22, 2017
    NY
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I'll check out the HIN as soon as I get an answer for my offer. Thanks rondds.
     
  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    According to the Documentation Certification mine was built at Merritt Island, FL.
     
  9. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    GFC, ck your HIN. That never lies. Documentation might just be using the "main headquarters" address.

    We need a Websterian Consult.
     
  10. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    The Merritt Island plant, PD&E, the Sykes Creek plant and the never opened high bay yacht factory that was later sold are all physically located on Merritt Island in Florida. The "place built" box on the USCG doc for is for the location the boat was built, not the name of the factory. All Sea Rays built at the Merritt Island plant, the Syles Creek plant or PD&E, and even the few Bertrams built in the factory building Brunswick sold will say "Merritt Island" for the "place built" if the boats are documented.

    Ron is correct….the 4th letter of the HIN # will tell you the factory that built your boat.
     
  11. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Thanks, Frank.

    My HIN starts with SERY. Was that built somewhere else?
     
  12. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Y is the factory identifier for the yacht factory at Sykes Creek ….which is physically located on Merritt Island FL.
     
  13. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Thanks a bunch. I appreciate your reply.
     
  14. C_Ray

    C_Ray New Member

    5
    Apr 22, 2017
    NY
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I just got an e-mail that my offer was accepted! I'm excited!
    Now just a survey and oil analysis and I'll be a proud Sea Ray owner!
     
  15. JC3

    JC3 Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
    N/A
    N/A
    Congratulations C-RAY! That boat will make many memories for you and your family. JC
     
  16. Johnny1954

    Johnny1954 New Member

    29
    Jan 15, 2017
    Great Lakes
    2005 Sea Ray 420 Sedan Bridge
    Twin Cummins 480 CE
    Congratulations CRay! Good luck with the inspection & tests.
     
  17. C_Ray

    C_Ray New Member

    5
    Apr 22, 2017
    NY
    Boatless
    Boatless
    My HIN also starts with a SERY. So these are solid below the water line?
     
  18. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Probably not. You will need to contact Sea Ray customer service with your HIN# and ask.

    I don't think it matters at this point because you have a contract accepted to buy the boat. You do need to instruct your hull surveyor to do moisture readings on the complete hull, deck, deck house, cockpit and bridge floor.
     

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