need to identify this vessel before we buy it 1979 model

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  1. JeffreyC

    JeffreyC New Member

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    Jul 26, 2016
    Port O'Connor
    1979 26 ft Sea Ray with sedan ...maybe...we are buying it this week but need to ask everyone here wh
    350 merc
    we have been told it is a 1979 sea ray...but that is all we know.... we went out for a quick spin on it over the weekend and are seriously considering buying it. He wants 5500 for it. says it is a brand new rebuilt engine with less than 100 hrs on it. 20160725_180408 - Copy.jpg . We have been burned on a previous purchase so we are trying to avoid that same mistake if possible. Just thought we would come to the experts here!!

    Is it a sedan? is it sundancer? i have no idea
     
  2. eweise

    eweise Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    463
    Aug 23, 2013
    Jacksonville, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L 220 HP, Alpha 1 Drives, 5E Genny, AC
    Looks like one of the old Weekender models. Check the Sea Ray website.
     
  3. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Pull the hull identification number and find out exactly what it is, where it was built, year it was built, etc. interesting boat!
     
  4. JeffreyC

    JeffreyC New Member

    14
    Jul 26, 2016
    Port O'Connor
    1979 26 ft Sea Ray with sedan ...maybe...we are buying it this week but need to ask everyone here wh
    350 merc
    20160725_180427.jpg this is the best picture of the back i found....
     
  5. JeffreyC

    JeffreyC New Member

    14
    Jul 26, 2016
    Port O'Connor
    1979 26 ft Sea Ray with sedan ...maybe...we are buying it this week but need to ask everyone here wh
    350 merc
    i will call the owner tonight and ask for that information....thank you
     
  6. JeffreyC

    JeffreyC New Member

    14
    Jul 26, 2016
    Port O'Connor
    1979 26 ft Sea Ray with sedan ...maybe...we are buying it this week but need to ask everyone here wh
    350 merc
    btw...just from the size of it...26-28 ft. would you consider it sea worthy? we want to go out and fish off the texas coast
     
  7. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    It is called a "Sedancruiser." Many were SRV240s and it was introduced around 1978-79. I believe they made a SRV260 version as well. The model with a helm on top of the hardtop was called a "Bridgecruiser" if memory serves. My neighbor had one on a lift for more than 20 years. At the time we owned a brand new SRV260 Express Cruiser and his was new about that time and I believe it was a 260. It may still be around west Michigan. It was called the Becky J.
    One thing to keep in mind about these old SRs. The stringers were heavy duty plywood painted grey. They were tabbed to the hull and the tabs let loose. It was not uncommon to see the stringer not attached to the hull in places with gaps of 2 or more inches. Our boat came from the factory with that condition but I knew nothing about boats back in those days. We owned that boat for seven years and never had a problem related to the structural support. It did however leak like a sieve through the forward hatch and we would get soaked when it rained. It went through the water well, cost $19,800 and we sold it in 1986 for $17,000. Times have changed!
     
  8. JeffreyC

    JeffreyC New Member

    14
    Jul 26, 2016
    Port O'Connor
    1979 26 ft Sea Ray with sedan ...maybe...we are buying it this week but need to ask everyone here wh
    350 merc
    THANK YOU!!! so do you think it would be better for us to pass on this one? we are wanting to go offshore some....i just dont know if it is big enough and sound enough.
     
  9. Vince_nj1

    Vince_nj1 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 25, 2008
    North Barnegat Bay
    2006 320 V-Drives 6.2s, Bow Thruster, Generator, Raymarine C80, Radar, Fish Finder
    6.2 Horizons 320HP
    I had 1979 26ft sundancer with a single Merc 260 (350 cubic inch) and a alpha 1 drive. The boat had 100 gallon fuel tank and 40 gallon water. It weighed around 7,000 lbs and was severely under powered. I had constant overheating issues. I lost the first engine due to pinging, 2nd engine when oil blew out of filter and then did a complete re-power (stern drive, transom and engine) and it still ran hot. I sold it and was happy to say good bye. My advice would be to pass on that boat.
     
  10. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    I would not want to take it offshore or some place along the coast where help was slow to arrive. I suppose the comment about it being underpowered is probably true. We cruised at 21-23 mph at 3250 and never pushed it beyond its limits. We did cross Lake Michigan and cruised it extensively and it handled open water well, even big following seas. In its day, it was pretty standard fare and modern. As I said, times change.
     
  11. JeffreyC

    JeffreyC New Member

    14
    Jul 26, 2016
    Port O'Connor
    1979 26 ft Sea Ray with sedan ...maybe...we are buying it this week but need to ask everyone here wh
    350 merc
    Can you decode this for me? We bought the boat yesterday and had our maiden voyage....I am in love!


    SER4061A1078-2400H753-9
     
  12. irrelevant

    irrelevant New Member

    15
    Jul 12, 2016
    Cincinnati Area
    Window Shopping 400DB, 440DB, 450EB
    boatless
    Congratulations!
     
  13. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    orrville,ohio
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7 vdrives






















    n/a
    twin 5.7 300 Hp. V drives
    built in October 1978 may have been sold in 1979
     

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