Interested in upgrading to a 380 Sundancer in the 2005-2007yr range. Any input on this boat?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by marks737, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. marks737

    marks737 Member

    201
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Mag MPI V-Drives
    Thinking about upgrading from our 310 to a 380 Sundancer. Looking for input from 380 owners? What do you like or dislike? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    737
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    I bet there is a 380 specific thread down in the size-specific rooms?

    If I were in your shoes I'd also be including the 400 in your search. I've convinced myself that when it's time to move up I'm going to want a separate head/shower and I want a "real" door on the master berth. And a hard top. Sea Ray seems to keep the sub-40 crowd in a similar feature set (one head, no door), aside from the hard top.

    The cost between the 380 and 400 doesn't appear to be significant in this age range? Though if you're mostly cruising as a couple or doing very little overnighting the head/shower/door is probably unimportant. That 380 is a great looking boat...
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2018
  3. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Can you clarify which model you're looking for? Is it the 38 Sundancer / 38DA with the centered cockpit door?
     
  4. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    East Coast Florida
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    '06 and up would be the 38DA with the center door - 39'LOA - '05 and down is 42'LOA and a completely different boat.......the '06 and up boat was the replacement for the previous years 360 sundancer.....it is really the biggest boat you want with gassers (very rare with diesels anyway)- handles/rides/uses fuel a lot like the same era 340DA......super nice boats with the half hardtop and separate stateroom and shower......
     
  5. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    621
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    I have an 06 38DA. It does have a separate head and shower, and the master has a door. The triple side windows allow good amount of light into the cabin. Bilge area is reasonably sized and laid out to do most maintenance items without too much trouble. Excellent vision from the helm when driving and backing into your slip.

    We take our annual holidays on the boat and travel to a local island and stay on the boat for approx 10 to 14 days. Water capacity at approx 200 litres is inadequate for these sorts of trips and so we have to top up every so often. Very happy with the ride of the boat during our coastal trips. All in all a great boat and looks great too (in my opinion).
     
  6. marks737

    marks737 Member

    201
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Mag MPI V-Drives
    Thanks! It seems with Sea Ray, you have to get above 38 to get a separate shower and private master berth, which are two of my criteria. I haven't physically been on a 380 yet, just searched a lot of listings. Will get on some in the spring to get a better feel. I think they are a great looking boats. The only thing it doesn't have that the first mate really wants is a walkthrough windshield which you don't find much with Sea Ray unfortunately.
     
  7. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    621
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    As mentioned previously mentioned, the 38 does satisfy your above criteria.

    The walk through windscreen is no big deal. My wife and 8 year old daughter are happy to walk around the sides of the hardtop....no one has fallen in yet :).
     
  8. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    737
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    I'm glad this thread came along. I thought for sure the 40's were the first shot at doors and showers. You learn something every day...

    Good luck in your search!
     
  9. marks737

    marks737 Member

    201
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Mag MPI V-Drives
    Thanks for the info! What's your fuel burn at normal cruise? Do you like the 8.1 engines? Also noticed you have an extended bimini over the cockpit, was that custom made? Beautiful boat!
     
  10. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    621
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    Fuel burn I can't help you with .....I don't look.....and it is what it is :cool:. From memory best cruise is at 3,500 rpm according to Boat Test. Typically I would cruise in the 3,600 to 3,800 rpm range if I'm doing a trip, but my motors are also currently under propped as they will rev to circa 4900 rpm.

    Yes I like the 8.1s and apart from a faulty plug wire, the motors have never let me down and are easy to maintain. The motors have now done over 600 hours and all in salt water. Would it be a better boat with diesels, probably....but they are rare for this boat in my part of the world.

    Yes, I had an extended Bimini custom made to suit our warm conditions, plus new clears, mesh clear cover, etc. The original slant back Bimini didn't offer much headroom towards the rear of the cockpit once the sides and rear curtains were dropped down. Much more usable space now and also much cooler and brighter with the Stamoid material.
     
  11. marks737

    marks737 Member

    201
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Mag MPI V-Drives
    Very nice. Thanks!
     

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