Doing the Happy Dance

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 45Gunner, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. 45Gunner

    45Gunner Member

    53
    Sep 22, 2019
    Boynton Beach, FL
    2000 460 Sundancer. Raymarine E120. Raymarine Open Array Radar. Autopilot. Raytheon RN300 GPS.
    Twin 450 Diamond Series 6CTA 8.3M Cummins.
    Been searching for the right boat for nearly 6 months which included flying up and down the east coast, renting countless cars, staying in countless hotel rooms and putting over 12,000 miles on my car driving around Florida. We actually had contracts on 4 boats. The first boat had an engine problem prior to survey. The second boat was a bait and switch as the pictures were very deceiving as was the case for some boats we looked at. (One of the conditions on the contract was subject to visual inspection and that's where it ended.) Yet a third boat looked great and after several rounds of negotiations, a deal was reached and it got to the survey stage where the surveyor discovered major structural damage due to a termite infestation. About three weeks ago we found a 2000 460 Sundancer that looked like a new boat. A quick round of negotiation and we had a signed contract. Today was the survey and sea trial. We tried not to get excited making the 3 1/2 hour drive to where the boat was docked as we had been excited before only to suffer great disappointment. Today, we are happy and proud to say we are doing the Happy Dance as there were no major problems or issues with the boat and what was found was miniscue. We expect to close next week and move our new to us boat from the West Coast of Florida to the East Coast. I don't know what makes us happier, the fact that there were no problems with the boat or that I do not have to sit in front of my computer searching Boat Trader, More Boats, Craigslist, eBay, or other listings. Remember Steve Martin doing the "Happy Feet" routine? That's us.

    As a side note, we met the current owners for the first time today and they are just the nicest people. Not only did we gain a boat, but we also gained new friends. We had to promise them we would take care their "baby" the same as they did. And they did a splendid job.
     
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  2. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Congrats! You were smart. Often people will allow emotions push them into a bad deal and on this forum many of us advise to move on if it doesn't feel right. There are plenty of good boats out there. Sometimes you need to show patience and wade through the turds. Your tenacity paid off.
    Shawn
     
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  3. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I love hearing stories like this. We usually only hear the tales of whoa. Congrats and enjoy the props off that thing.
     
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  4. rlynch03

    rlynch03 Member

    116
    May 16, 2019
    Annapolis, MD
    07 52 Sedan Bridge, 2019 Brig Falcon 360HT-30HP Honda, 2008 Regal 3760-Sold, 2003 16' Dauntless
    Cummins QSM 11 660 HP w/ ZF 325-1A
    So fun buying a new boat although it can be a test of our patience. Sounds like you made the right choice.

    congrats!!!
     
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  5. Chip S

    Chip S Member

    44
    Jun 17, 2019
    Bordentown, NJ
    1993 Sea Ray 200 Overnighter
    1993 Mercury 150 hp Black Max Outboard
    Congratulations! We had to look at 11 boats before we finally found this one. I don't understand how people can pay good money for a boat and then totally neglect it. Well maintained boats do exist, but it takes a lot of effort to find them!
     
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  6. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    You’ll still troll the boat broker and other sites. But now it will be to reinforce how well you did with this one. Congrats.
    FYI without pictures, it didn’t happen!
     
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  7. endless seas

    endless seas Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 13, 2008
    Baltimore,Maryland
    1997 450 DA
    Cat 420
    Very good news congratulations!!!
     
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  8. 45Gunner

    45Gunner Member

    53
    Sep 22, 2019
    Boynton Beach, FL
    2000 460 Sundancer. Raymarine E120. Raymarine Open Array Radar. Autopilot. Raytheon RN300 GPS.
    Twin 450 Diamond Series 6CTA 8.3M Cummins.
     

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  9. All's Well

    All's Well Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    697
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '12 58 Sundancer
    900 MAN
    Admire your patience and glad it paid off.
    The 460DA is an awesome boat with a lot of room and cool features
     
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  10. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
    2007 Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge
    8.1 mercruisers
    Congrats!!!
     
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  11. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Congrats. Patience pays off in the end.

    Have a safe trip getting the new boat home.
     
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  12. 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 job on doing your homework before you made a buying decision. Persistence pays big dividends as you found out.
     
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  13. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    When will you be leaving Ft. Myers for the trip home?
     
  14. BOB TYSON

    BOB TYSON Active Member

    260
    Oct 5, 2017
    sarasota, fl
    2005 460 Sundancer
    Cummins 480 CE
    460's are great boats ! Welcome to the club!
     
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  15. Jaws

    Jaws Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    637
    Nov 13, 2007
    Sarnia, Ontario
    460 Sundancer 2002
    Cummins 8.3 6CTA
    Congratulations! Best of all you picked a great owners group, haha..:D
     
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  16. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars

    My wife calls this "looking at boat porn" .......she doesn't miss many chances to jerk my chain.
     
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  17. 45Gunner

    45Gunner Member

    53
    Sep 22, 2019
    Boynton Beach, FL
    2000 460 Sundancer. Raymarine E120. Raymarine Open Array Radar. Autopilot. Raytheon RN300 GPS.
    Twin 450 Diamond Series 6CTA 8.3M Cummins.
    Pushing to have closing as soon as possible after the bank and insurance company receive a copy of the survey...hopefully by the end of next week. Current owners have volunteered to spend a day going over the boat with my bride and myself. Going to launch for the OWW after that so we are looking at the end of next week or the beginning of the week after.
     
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  18. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
    2007 Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge
    8.1 mercruisers
    Frank, your getting too old to look a porn LOL Like me...…..NEVER surrender!!!!!!
     
  19. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’ve felt your frustration, but the good news is that the right boat is worth holding out for.
    Congratulations!
     
  20. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    We will be back from Thanksgiving mid next week - hope we can see you off!!
     

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