Considering Sea Ray... buying help appreciated!

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by SurfsUp, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Dooley

    Dooley New Member

    109
    Jun 13, 2013
    South Florida
    Boatless
    Boatless
    My wife and I started looking for a boat that would comfortably hold 6 people in the cockpit and sleeps 4, with all (most) of the features or large yachts.
    The only boat we found that fits the bill and then some was the 280.

    We ended up buying a 2002 with twin 4.4s, genset, A/C windlass etc. LOVE IT!!!!

    Regarding where you'll keep it, do you have access to a lift or dry-storage?
    I would not leave an i/o in saltwater regardless of which drives I have.


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  2. JerryS

    JerryS Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 17, 2010
    GA
    '90 270
    454 Bravo1 4KW Kohler, AC
    Outboard power seems to be showing up in the marketplace. It looks like about a 28' boat. Has a cabin and this one is equipped with air conditioning. This is a Yamaha with a 350hp outboard.[​IMG]
     
  3. RonG

    RonG New Member

    178
    Nov 14, 2011
    Cape Cod
    2014 210 CC
    Yamaha 150 4 stroke
    +1 on the 290 coastal. Best of both worlds!
     
  4. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    One thought is maintenance total cost versus purchase price increase to reduce total maintenance cost. For example, we are moving to salt water life in about 6-9 months. We have no need for a larger boat - we love what we have. But, we only plan to boat with a cruiser for 10-15 more years. We have two options we are considering. One is to keep the paid for 2004 300DA with bravoIII and put $20K in a "powertrain refurb" fund. This would pay for new drives if needed down the road (the current ones are 10 years old but have been meticulously maintained every 6 months). The other is to drop another $50K on an exchange to a larger v-drive boat.
     
  5. SurfsUp

    SurfsUp New Member

    5
    Jul 23, 2013
    Long Island, NY
    sans boat - for now...
    no
    Jerry - that is a sick looking boat - what kind of boat is it - yamaha?
     
  6. Dooley

    Dooley New Member

    109
    Jun 13, 2013
    South Florida
    Boatless
    Boatless
    The new Sea Ray 370 Venture has outboards concealed under the transom.
    I wonder if this is a concept that will eventually kill the i/o


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  7. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    That's what he said (Yamaha)... but I don't see anything like it on their website.
     
  8. RonG

    RonG New Member

    178
    Nov 14, 2011
    Cape Cod
    2014 210 CC
    Yamaha 150 4 stroke
    I'd go with the inboards as a general rule but then again you don't know what other issues you may find with another used boat. At least the one you have you know has been meticulously maintained and it seems your boat has been in fresh water all it's life so the first 10 years shouldn't have been as bad compared to it being in salt water.
     
  9. themikehyde

    themikehyde New Member

    629
    Nov 6, 2009
    Potomac River - Colonial Beach
    2001 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3's
    Never knew Yamaha to make anything that big, but it is one "Fugly " boat. Has anyone priced outboards lately? Holy crap!
     
  10. RonG

    RonG New Member

    178
    Nov 14, 2011
    Cape Cod
    2014 210 CC
    Yamaha 150 4 stroke
    Yup...If I had the cash that is the one I would go for. I also heard that GM is going to stop manufacturing marine engines...not sure if that is true or not but if it is I can see boat manufacturers looking towards outboards.
     
  11. JerryS

    JerryS Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 17, 2010
    GA
    '90 270
    454 Bravo1 4KW Kohler, AC
    You are right about that! It does not have a name plate on it anywhere. I have found that it is indeed a Yamaha. The workmanship is terrible and the carpet and the upholstery look really cheap. It does not even have a dealer sticker on it anywhere. I have yet to see the owner.
     
  12. GrandMaster

    GrandMaster New Member

    727
    Mar 27, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    1995 Sundancer 290
    Generator, AC
    Twin Mercruiser 4.3L
    Its my own personal strategy but I will never keep an I/O boat in the water nor will I ever buy one thats been kept in the water for a significant period of time.

    I have nothing against I/O boats as a design though...I do enjoy the I/O maneuverability.

    Still, if my boat was available with twin outboards for a reasonable price I would probably be all over it.
     
  13. JerryS

    JerryS Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 17, 2010
    GA
    '90 270
    454 Bravo1 4KW Kohler, AC
    It is a Yamaha SR310, you can find it thru google:
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  14. JV II

    JV II Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    You will be fine with the 280 and twin BIII, but in order to prevent corrosion, you will need to follow a regimen of detailed and expensive maintenance. If you like the 280 and ypu dont have the budget to maintain BIIIs, look at the 300 Sundancer with inboards and fresh water cooling.
     
  15. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    I agree with JV II. I would also go 300DA with inboards, Mike.
     
  16. trit21

    trit21 New Member

    Dec 16, 2007
    Live, Orlando: Boat, Ft. Pierce
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    GM does not make 'marine' engines. They make blocks which Mercury/Volvo/Crusader then take and marinize them.
     
  17. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Just for clarification, the 2002-2007 300DA was only available in stern drives. 1998-2002 310DA was available in v-drives.
     
  18. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    :thumbsup:
     
  19. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    And this is how you'll end up with a 380 by the time all is said a done. A tiny 2 feet at a time. 260......280.....300......? :grin:
     
  20. RonG

    RonG New Member

    178
    Nov 14, 2011
    Cape Cod
    2014 210 CC
    Yamaha 150 4 stroke
    My understanding is they have a marine division and they do provide engines specifically for the marine industry. Yes mercruiser and others do further marinize them but it is a specific division and product coming out of GM. Check this out....

    http://gmpowertrain.com/MarineEnginesControllers/Introduction.aspx
     

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