First Time Buyer

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by Rxjoe, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We had a 28 footer at the water line, beam was 10.5 feet with upper and lower helm. Boat was small but was OK we had it for 5 years. It was a go fast boat as we both worked and we went some distance to boat. If all you have off for time is 1 to 2 weeks and you want to go places small boat is better. We are retired now and we have time to go slow. We have gone 70 knots in a day but the water was perfect and there was no wind. In the go fast boat we did 22 knots and could do 80 knots in 4 hours. Fuel burn at 22 knots was 15 gallons an hour. If we go fast in the present boat it can be 50 gallons an hour at 18 knots. but at 6 knots it is 6 gallons an hour.
    Rent a few small boats and see what you like. A big boat when you retire is nice as you need (In my opinion) a floating home.
  2. WDCboater

    WDCboater Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Washington, DC
    2010 350 Sundancer
    Raymarine c95 GPS
    KVH Satellite
    Twin Mercury 8.1 Horizon V-Drives
    I'm 38, just me and one other person and two dogs. The 260 will begin to feel tight, but if you spend a little more and go with a 280 or 310 you'll enjoy it longer without feeling cramped. Space is a premium on a boat and the 260 just doesn't have much of it.

    Plus, I like a head that I can stand up in and has a proper shower head. This is more of the 310.
    We like to make meals on the boat, so having a little extra elbow room for cooking, etc is nice.

    If you're going to spend a long weekend on the boat.. 2-3 nights.. also keep in mind you'll want enough space in the cabin to ride out bad weather, watch a movie in the evening, etc.

    When determining your budget, also factor in cost of ownership. You pay for a slip by the foot at most marinas. So there's a price difference between 26 and 31'. Insurance rates are often based on the agreed upon value of the boat. How much fuel will it take to fill up? I have a professional detailer wax my boat twice a season and he charges by the foot.
  3. Sprint7TW

    Sprint7TW Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    1998 310DA / Vintage 1976 StarCraft Montego.
    5.7 Mercruiser 260HP v drives
  4. WDCboater

    WDCboater Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Washington, DC
    2010 350 Sundancer
    Raymarine c95 GPS
    KVH Satellite
    Twin Mercury 8.1 Horizon V-Drives

    This is a great boat for the price. It's basically the 2008 version of my boat and I have the same engine configuration. V Drives are far less maintenance than a stern drive boat. The 8.1's are gas guzzlers, but you definitely won't be short on power. There are transport companies that can ship it accros the country for you.
  5. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7 vdrives

    twin 5.7 300 Hp. V drives
    One thing that is a factor is where are you going to use the boat.If your going to be on the Ohio river then any size boat can handle the river but if you are going to use on Lake Erie then bigger is better.Currently my wife small dog and I are going to move up to a 290 Da. We have a 1988 230 wk that we've used for long weekend on Erie for the last 4 years.Now a newer 260 is not that much bigger then a older 230 and we have managed to make the best of it .and it is doable.When you step up to a 290 you gain width and that makes a big difference.If it is just always going to be the two of you and you are not wanting to go bigger you might want to look at a weekender over a sundancer you lose the mid cabin but pick up a lot of space.
  6. Rxjoe

    Rxjoe New Member

    Oct 12, 2016
    Cincinnati, OH
    2015 Sundancer 280
    Mag 350 Bravo 3
    So i may have found a 2015 280. It was sold new at beginning of this summer and was stored in salt water for 5 months. It is not bottom painted. Is 5 months in saltwater without bottom paint terrible for the boat?
  7. SmilingMonkey

    SmilingMonkey Member

    Oct 12, 2015
    Narragansett Bay
    2016 Sundancer 350
    8.2L, Bravo 3x, DTS, Axius
    5 months is nothing. If you're going to have the bottom painted, just make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and prepped.

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