Differences from 260 to 290 for Family of 4

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  1. WannaBSeaRayOwners

    WannaBSeaRayOwners New Member

    27
    Feb 9, 2011
    Southeast Michigan (Lake St. Clair)
    280 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercs with Bravo III Drives
    Well, thanks to the great advice from everybody here, and LOTS of looking, we are about 2 days from owning a 2005 280DA with twin 5.0's. She's stunning, we're REALLY excited, but this Spring has been TERRIBLE in Michigan. I hope it's not a sign of things to come for the summer!
     
  2. floriduramax1

    floriduramax1 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 19, 2010
    Florida
    280DA, Magic Tilt triple axle, 2006 GMC 2500 D/A
    T4.3/ Alpha
    Good Luck! I am jealous, I would love to have the extra horse power!!
     
  3. Big Island Lifer

    Big Island Lifer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2010
    Minnesota
    '96 330 Formula SS
    For Sale '85 255 Amberjack
    Single 5.7
    Congrats! Of course we expect to see some pics!
     
  4. WannaBSeaRayOwners

    WannaBSeaRayOwners New Member

    27
    Feb 9, 2011
    Southeast Michigan (Lake St. Clair)
    280 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercs with Bravo III Drives
    You put us over the top on that decision. Gotta trust the advice from a fellow Duramax driver - if there's one thing we understand, it's the fun of having more power than you almost ever need! I don't call the captain "Captain Overkill" for nothing!
     
  5. floriduramax1

    floriduramax1 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 19, 2010
    Florida
    280DA, Magic Tilt triple axle, 2006 GMC 2500 D/A
    T4.3/ Alpha
    :smt038:thumbsup:
     
  6. 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.
    WannaB, I just sent you a PM.

    GFC
     
  7. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    May I welcome you to the "280DA Owners with 2500HD Duramax Tow Vehicles" club. I think there are several of us!

    Did you get a generator with this one? How about a trailer? I know you were considering both.

    Let me just say, that I recently towed my 280 for the very first time. And I've towed lots of smaller trailers... But this is BIG! It's nice to have a truck that has no issues with it (actually, kinda like a water dog...loves to work and retrieve instead of just walk around) :grin:
     
  8. ch435

    ch435 New Member

    240
    Sep 23, 2010
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    2005 Sundancer 280
    Tow with 97 F250 7.3 diesel
    Twin 4.3 mercruisers, with Bravo III Drives
    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your '05 280 as much as we enjoy ours!
     
  9. WannaBSeaRayOwners

    WannaBSeaRayOwners New Member

    27
    Feb 9, 2011
    Southeast Michigan (Lake St. Clair)
    280 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Mercs with Bravo III Drives
    Thanks, very excited to be in the club! The Captain is actually stretching the Duramax legs this weekend picking up a friend's boat "up north". Not only true that people like friends with boats, they also love friends with tough trucks!

    No trailer in the deal, we're going to try the marina setup for this year and figure out if we want to just do that or get a trailer. We used to pull a Formula 272 but that's nowhere near as bulky as this one! No generator either, we'll see, again, how we use the boat and decide if we want to get the generator later once the savings account is fattened back up!
     
  10. Scanlans Pride

    Scanlans Pride New Member

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    May 23, 2008
    Nassau County, NY
    340 Sundancer 2008 Raymarine E80 GPS
    8.1S
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    look for a 280 sundancer....one of the best boats made.









    QUOTE=WannaBSeaRayOwners;442893]Hi! We're looking for a used Sea Ray somewhere between a 260 and 290 probably, and something probably between 1995 and 2005, considering our budget. This is our situation:
    - 2 young kids (3 yrs and 6 months)
    - don't want to upgrade again for 10 years
    - mostly dayboating, but may do some overnight/weekend camping
    - want something fairly conveniently trailerable (very skilled at trailering)
    - I think we want a single engine due to gas prices, but open to opinions...
    - Freshwater boaters in the Great Lakes

    So, I'm looking for advice from all you veterans on the following:
    - Size - is the 260 enough to be pretty comfortable?
    - Power - is the 290 with the single underpowered?
    - How mcuh does going from single to twins effect fuel use?
    - How about going from 260 to 290?
    - What do we need to watch out for? any particular years or models we should be wary of?
    - Must haves?

    Thanks so much for your help! We've done a ton of research which has only confused us more, so looking for real-life advice![/QUOTE]
     

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