Looks like Sea Ray is offering the 255 Sundancer in the USA for 2010

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Dave S, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Sea Ray has finally updated their web site to show all the 2010 models.

    As expected, most of the existing Sport Cruiser models carry over for 2010 with new model number designations based on actual LOA. Unless the web site is wrong, I noticed they are offering the 255 which has only been sold in Europe up until now as well as the 305 Sundancer (which appears to be a variant of the former 280DA) that I thought was a European only model.

    The 255 appears to be built on the older (2004) 260DA hull (or a variant therof) and has a cabin layout similar to that particular model (but significantly updated). The big feature of this boat is the foldown rear seat in the cockpit. No prices are given so I don't know how much it will sell for.

    Take a look on Sea Ray's site for more information. http://www.searay.com/Page.aspx/pageId/10231/pmid/171321/255-Sundancer.aspx

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2009
  2. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    Nice alternative to the 240DA...wonder what the price will be?
    .
     
  3. Rebounder

    Rebounder Banned

    39
    Dec 13, 2009
    Grand Junction/ Lake Powell
    2005 Signature Cruiser
    8.1 Liter Volvo Penta, Duo Prop
    Wow, so they are going to have a 230, 240, 255 and a 260 in their lineup? That is a lot of small cruisers in close proximity, isn't it? All sharp looking boats though.
     
  4. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    At this point I am wondering if the web site is showing European models in error because I also see what used to be European only models in the sport boat section as well (220 and 240 Sunsport).

    :huh::huh:
     
  5. SeaRide

    SeaRide Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Chapin, SC
    1999 230BR
    5.7 EFI/Alpha
    Dave,

    I think you are right on the money. I believe we will be seeing some deletions of the models you mentioned in the coming days/weeks.
     
  6. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Interesting... I always wondered why they did not offer the 220/240SS in the US?
     
  7. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    That chick sittin' on the back better find something to hang on to. One good "bump in the road" & ...Yikes!
     
  8. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    Dunno ... when I look at Sea Ray's current line up I think they have lost their bearings ...at least as far as I am concerned. I am sure they know what they are doing and all ... but to get something comparable to the old 340 you have to go to a 370 now and that boat is 4,000 lbs. heavier than mine.
    In the Sport Yachts section they discontinued the 43 which was the only dual state room boat in that size and I always thought that a dual state room boat in the 40-42 foot range was a major volume boat for them (410/420 dancers). I don't know how the 45 dancer with its "ball room" layout can fill that.

    This confirms that for me the newer the Dancers get the less likely would they fit the bill for me. I still think that the 410/420 Dancers were the best combo of size and utility Sea Ray ever made. I actually still like the 410 better even though it is not as modern as the 420.
     
  9. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    RI
    Flybridge
    Volvo V-Drive
    What's T-ECT for $8,000 more? Is that that catalytic converter? Keep it. Nice to hear they are offering the QSM4 as an option.
     
  10. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    RI
    Flybridge
    Volvo V-Drive
    You missed the memo about rebadging. Also, you missed the fact that the 43 was 47'3" LOA. The 43 is now the 47. Same exact boat, different name.
     
  11. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Wow. I don't like them.

    The cockpit seating in the new 260 appears to be lacking. I have seats for 7 people (8 if 2 of them are small). It looks like there is room for 4-5 in the new layout.

    The cabinets in the galley look like a cheap Ikea store display.

    The helm is a boxy looking kludge.

    The boat looks horrible without the oval portlites on the sides, and the 2 rectangular windows in the sides of the hull don't cut it.

    Those vents in the back aren't the prettiest design that I have ever seen. Black is the wrong color. Makes them jump out at you. Highlites the lack of portlites in my opinion.

    Is it just me, or does the blue hull with the white bottom just look bad?

    BUT... I wouldn't mind taking one with the Yanmar® 6LPA-STZP Bravo® III (307 hp - 229 kW) option for a sea trial. The idea of a diesel sterndrive just appeals to me. I wonder if you can order this in a boat for US delivery.

    And I do believe that you are correct, Dave. The 255 must be a European model. All of the AC specs show 240v/50 Hz. It needs an arch. Just doesn't look like a SR without it.
     
  12. SeaRide

    SeaRide Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Chapin, SC
    1999 230BR
    5.7 EFI/Alpha
    Skibum,

    I like the lines of the current 260, last year's 250, for the most part. However, I agree with you on several points including the oddly placed rectangular portlites. I prefer the oval shaped portlites above the rubrail. As far as seating capacity is concerned, I really don't see how you are going to get more than five to six people in a 24' Dancer. I would be willing to bet your 260 has every bit of 26' under the rubrail (bow to transom). The diesel option would be nice in my opinion as well.

    Several have complained about the new 450 DA's layout. It would be interesting to compare the 450's layout with the 390/40DA's layout. I bet these two models have share similar dimmensions with respect to hull size.
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2009
  13. tobnpr

    tobnpr New Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    New Port Richey, Florida
    1988 300 DA
    tw 350's w/ Alphas
    Is the aft cabin big enough for anything other than storage?
    The one picture on the website makes it look like you've crawled into a coffin.
     
  14. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    After 2004 Sea Ray really has gone done hill on a lot of their models. :smt009 The new 290 I rode in with the side saddle seat and fold up bed couch thing...I think their engineers are going away from week,weekend live aboard to more day boat entertainment types. I agree with the idea that 40 ft boat should have 2 cabins and yet the new 45 has only one with a TV room? That is really strange. :huh: But hey, if SR sells them, it means marketing, engineering got it right.
     
  15. rktktpaul

    rktktpaul New Member

    189
    Oct 4, 2006
    Chicago, Illinois
    185 Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3l TKS w/ Alpha I Gen II
    If you look at the pictures for the 220 Sun Deck, its actually a 210; look at the transom pictures.
     
  16. msd58

    msd58 Member

    90
    Oct 3, 2007
    Delaware
    17' whaler for one
    90hp yamaha
    The 305 looks interesting. I wonder what the US version will look like. Available with single diesel option. I wonder if we'll see a single 496 option like the last edition of the 290
     
  17. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Missed that, SeaRide. If you click the link for the 280 you see a boat with the same specs as my 260, but the pictures of the boat (1st pic, 2nd row) clearly show it labelled as a 270 on the transom.

    Is that really gonna be a 280? It's only 2" longer than my 260 using the "Overall Length w/Std. Integral Swim Platform" measurement. Looks like the current 280 is no more. Closest would be a 305?

    Damn. This is getting wierd. I don't do wierd, I only do strange.
     
  18. Moose

    Moose New Member

    363
    Oct 23, 2006
    Lake Lanier, GA
    2004 260 SunDancer, GenSet, Lowrance GPS/Fish Combo
    350 Magnum w/B3
    OK guys. All those funky model numbers are all european models, 240 volt. SR website has some tweaking to do.
     
  19. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    You missed the price hike as the boat went "up" in LOA on the paper :grin::wink:
     
  20. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    BIG +1 on that one too sfergson !!!

    If I ever upgrade it will be a 410DA ... of that I am pretty sure. A great cabin with what we need (Great seating, a big galley and a big, separate shower stall) and the biggest cockpit in its class by far. In my book the 410 just can't be beat ... but that's really just me for our likings. I Love the 420DA too but it already has some features and changes that reduce utility over the 410 for us (smaller cockpit due to more seating, smaller shower stall, less cabin space, better galley though!).
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2009

Share This Page

Show Sidebar