Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by Nektopoli, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. Nektopoli

    Nektopoli New Member

    Sep 29, 2016
    Mid-Atlantic, USA
    Look for a SR300DA, SR310DA or SR320DA
    Trying to decide between I/O or V-Drives
    Hello everyone,

    I'm Chris (AKA Nektopoli) and I've convinced myself that I need to get back into boating, and decided I want a Sea Ray this time around.
    While I'm 18 to 24 months out from a purchase (I'm in the market for a new house 1st). I'm doing my homework. This has my narrowing
    it down to a 300DA, 320DA or 340DA if I can swing it. One of the thing I've noticed shopping the online want ads is the updated interiors
    and the addition of the Conversation Pit that converts to a bed under the helm (the main reason I'm going with a 300DA and not a smaller).
    I'm also trying to get into a Sea Ray with the updated dinette and cushions like the 2002+ 300DA have.

    I've done a fair share of boating in the mid 90's including cutting my teeth in a 86' Bayliner and spending time on a Fountain 10M 33 Executioner,
    which was an honest 100+ MPH boat and choking on 2 stoke fumes from 4 Evinrude 300XP V8 hanging off the back of a Sutphen.

    Now I just want to relax....

  2. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    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
    Welcome to csr! You will find lots of great information and even more opinions.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Welcome to CSR! Enjoy the hunt!
  4. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    Welcome aboard and good luck with your search.

    My two cents from the FWIW Dep't.

    1. Don't rule out older boats. A well maintained 20 year boat is better than a "meh" maintained 5 year old boat.
    2. Don't get sucked in by Marketeers.

    1998 SeaRay 330 Sundancer specs;


    2000 SeaRay 340 Sundancer specs (from SR)

    Overall length 33'6" 10.21 m
    w/Std. swim platform 36' 2 1/2" 11.04 m

    Beam 11'5" 3.48 m

    Draft (inboards) 36" 91.4 cm

    Dry weight 13,000 lbs 5,897 kg

    Fuel capacity 225 gal 851.6 L

    Water capacity 40 gal 151.4 L

    Holding tank 28 gal 106 L

    Dead rise 17º 17º


    Basically the same boat. Two years more technologically advanced and updated interior. I'm willing to bet the prices are miles apart.

    MHO and worth exactly what you paid for it.

    Again welcome and good luck.

  5. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Welcome. I still love the older 88's they were built by SeaRay before they sold out to Brunswick. The 80's hulls were thick and well built. Enjoy the hunt
  6. Nektopoli

    Nektopoli New Member

    Sep 29, 2016
    Mid-Atlantic, USA
    Look for a SR300DA, SR310DA or SR320DA
    Trying to decide between I/O or V-Drives
    The Axius System is looking really attractive and this will push my into a 2008 or newer. Also the interior styling on newer boats (like the 2002+ 300DA) is a must have. I love all the updating being done by the members, the upgrading flooring and the re-upholstering can save an 80s boat (I LOVE the 80s but not that much).

    I'll be around "lurking" the forums.

    Last edited: Oct 4, 2016
  7. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    My recommendation would be to save your money and not get Axius, but instead get V-drive inboards, and a bow thruster. Low maintenance on the transmission, no outdrive maintenance, and really easy to maneuver. You pay more for gas on the v-drive inboards, though. I think when buying used, simplicity is better, but that is just one opinion.

    Brown Eyed Girl - Sea Ray 320DA 350 MAG MPI V-drive
  8. BigBoysToys

    BigBoysToys New Member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Hudson River/NY Harbor/LI Sound
    2009 Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht
    Twin Volvo Penta IPS600
    I had an 08 330 with v-drives. I highly recommend the 08 & 09 330's in this size. Extremely well designed boat in every aspect. A bow thruster is completely unnecessary with this boat. Handles very well around the docks even with wind and current. Put polycarbonate windshield pieces in this boat and it feels like a much larger vessel.

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