Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

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  1. Need a Bigger Boat

    Need a Bigger Boat New Member

    3
    Apr 13, 2012
    Chicago
    NEED A NEW ONE BADLY
    Boatless
    I owned a 19' Sea Ray that I sold last season. I am looking to upgrade to a 25' to 27' Sundancer. I have looked at a couple late 80s 268s with 454s and one mid 90s 250. I hear the 268s are a little underpowered. I don't need something that flies but just something that we can cruise in comfortably. We live in Chicago and boat on Lake Michigan. Looking for something to do weekend trips on and cruise the city. Any intel or recommendations are appreciated.
     
  2. skillz48047

    skillz48047 New Member

    125
    Jun 3, 2009
    Anchor Bay, Lk St Clair
    1987 390 Express Cruiser, furno radar, humminbird 958c, auto-pilot, extended swim platform, nautley
    Twin 454's
    I had a 1985 250 sundancer with a single 350
    way!!!!!!! Underpowered
     
  3. worzy1014

    worzy1014 New Member

    97
    May 12, 2011
    Live in Neenah, WI- Boat in Sheboygan and Sturgeon
    1989 300 Sundancer
    1981 245 Sundancer Sold)
    260's
    I have an 81 245 that's for sale just north of you in Wisconsin. It sounds like that might be a little older than what you are looking for but it's a great clean boat with a newer 260 in it. The boat cruises pretty well unless it is loaded down heavy in the stern with 5 or 6 people, then you have to use a little tab to get it on plane sometimes. Once it's on plane, it stays there well and cruises fairly efficiently.
     
  4. just me

    just me New Member

    833
    Apr 19, 2008
    Ozark MO
    268 Sundancer 1988
    twin 4.3 A1
    Mine is not under powered , and it can be had,
     
  5. hillsideshortleg

    hillsideshortleg Member

    118
    Feb 5, 2012
    Lake Pend Orielle, Idaho
    89 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    2 350's Mercruiser drives
    We just had our first weekend on our 89 280 Sundancer, first weekend ever on a boat, first time waking up looking out over the water as the sun was comming up. I loved it!!!! I think we could have bought a newer boat but we both really like the look of the 89. My wife had her "Thats the one" moment. The first one that had me sold on the 89 was a 268 we looked at. It was in nice condition but did seem a little underpowered during a test drive and this was my first time on a boat bigger than a 19'. We didnt quite have enough money for it last fall so it went into storage. We figured we would buy it in the spring when it came out. Over the winter we ended up almost saving up twice what they wanted for the 268 and bought the 280 which was a lot better equiped. BTW I can sure see the value in a heat/Ac pump, generator, plenty of batteries, inverter and being "well cared for". We are going from a 16' Sea Swirl. Just my opinion from a very limited experiance. Good luck
     
  6. Need a Bigger Boat

    Need a Bigger Boat New Member

    3
    Apr 13, 2012
    Chicago
    NEED A NEW ONE BADLY
    Boatless
    Thanks for the feedback. How do you guys feel about twins vs just the single engine big block?
     
  7. just me

    just me New Member

    833
    Apr 19, 2008
    Ozark MO
    268 Sundancer 1988
    twin 4.3 A1
    Twins are great power, they pop up on plane faster and you dont have to change props for elevation or weight. but a single gives you more room to work on the motor , and maintance is double on twins , i owned two boats with twins and like em.
     
  8. Pachanga Boy

    Pachanga Boy New Member

    358
    Aug 25, 2011
    Cincinnati
    270 Sundancer 1988
    twin 4.3L
    I'd say get the biggest boat that your budget will allow. 268's are great boats, definatley one of the largest "trailerable" boats you can buy for the money, great layout, very versatile, typically optioned out very well, and there's lots of them to choose from, and even some real gems (like Just me's!!).
    if you don't care about it being trailerable and don't mind twins then I'd hunt for a 270 or the early 90's 280. I'm obviously bias but the extra 1.5' of beam really makes a difference in providing more room and great stability while underway. that said what you gain in stability you loose in speed. I cruise around 27 mph and probably top out around 34 mph although I've never actually tried.:grin: My wife, dog and I spend almost every other weekend on the boat and feel we have plenty of room. which ever model you look at I'd say if you plan on spending weekends things like standing headroom in the cabin, vacu-flush or pumpout head, and A/C are must have's.
     
  9. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    If you're still looking mine is for sale.. Details in the "Used Searays" tab above...
     

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