Need your opinions on this boat, buying today.

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by 1978 SRV240, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. chris41483

    chris41483 New Member

    Jul 23, 2008
    Selma, Alabama
    2000 Sundancer 270
    twin 4.3 efi, Alpha 1
    I have been through this before, and believe me, restoring a boat is a far cry from restoring a car. I know it seems like they are both just mechanical machines, but it will take you a long time to find out that there are some things that will not work on your new boat that would in a car. You'll go shopping for a part, the auto one is $50, the marine one is $650, and you'll look over the two parts and go the cheaper route because you can't tell the difference. GET A SEATOW MEMBERSHIP, because 15 miles off the coast you'll find out what the difference is! Anytime you want to restore a boat, strip it down to nothing but fiberglass, and add new EVERYTHING. If you don't, you'll be needing a tow more often than not, and if you do you'll realize buying a new boat would've been more cost efficient! Good Luck!!!
  2. tobnpr

    tobnpr New Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    New Port Richey, Florida
    1988 300 DA
    tw 350's w/ Alphas

    Did you buy it?

    Personally, I'd have passed on this one. Although it's hard to see it all because of the forest in there, that's a pretty rough boat. You could easily need to spend thousands just to make it seaworthy. If you're prepared for that so be it, but you said you didn't want to buy a boat that wouldn't see the water- and I see that being a real possiblity (at least for a while).
    I've redone much of my '85 Searay, and rebuilt my 1972, 28' Chris-Craft from the bottom up and I've learned one thing- figure the most you think it's gonna cost, and double it. That'll get you close. For real...

    I understand the boating "bug"- but I think you'd be better off waiting until you can plunk down 5 grand or so. In this market, you can probably find yourself a pretty turnkey boat in that price range- and save a lot of the headaches. In the end, it'll probably save you money too.

    Good luck with whatever you decided.
  3. BillyT0020

    BillyT0020 New Member

    Apr 11, 2008
    Catawba Island
    1980 260 DA
    Merc 260
    Im going to go against the grain here and say go for it. You could probably talk the guy down to like 400 and you would have yourself a decent project ahead of you. As long as you know going in that it will take a lot of time and money to bring this old girl back to life. Like some have said, be prepared to replace everything and consider anything you don't have to replace a bonus.

    I'm not really one to talk I bought my boat for 1000 bucks, sight unseen, 400 miles away, on a gamble after only seeing this picture.


    I got lucky and it was in a lot better shape then I expected but have still spent a lot of money fixing her up to my standards and still have a long way to go. I was in the position of a lot of other people that couldnt afford to drop a lot of money at once on really nice boat and a little at a time while I am able to enjoy the boat is the way to go for me.

    Anyway, its your decision, if you go for it keep us posted on your progress!

    Good Luck.
  4. Anacapafish

    Anacapafish New Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    channel islands ca
    225 Express Cruiser 1980
    Mercruiser 260 MR Drive
    Hello, I like the boat and the enthusiasm! Take a good look around E-bay and Craigslist and see some of the deals that are out there. I would definitely look for another Sea Ray, thats the best first step. This one however is ALOT of work. I encourage anyone to "project" simply because you will learn more about boats and boating in general than any other way. If this is a task you are willing to tackle, do it. It would make a great start to finish documented project. If your lookin' to get in the water and boating, I'd look around, It's a great time to do it. Take your time and make good decisions, it'll result in a great endeavor. I'm currently in the project of a 80 225 express cruiser and it's a blast. I don't care when it gets done or if it will ever be "done" enough! This is a great forum group and you will learn alot.

    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
    I am no rebuild it kind of guy, and after looking the pictures over I would vote; move on. But if you don't take that advice keep all of us skeptic's posted and up dated with pictures, and maybe a web cam so we can drop in and watch you work would be nice too.

    Best of luck. :thumbsup:
  6. jons79searay

    jons79searay New Member

    Mar 30, 2009
    Delaware City, Delaware
    1979 SeaRay SRV 24ft Cuddy
    Mercrusier 5.7
    Alpha1 Gen 1
    I bought my 1979 SRV that needed work but it is in a lot better condition thin this one. This is my
    2nd boat project and I will say that it took me 2 years to get the 1st project up and running. I did enjoy
    working on it and spending money on it also. I bought it for 500 and put about 2500 into it. I ended
    up selling it for 5000 and bought my current 1979 SRV for ***(2400)*** and used it all last season
    until my lower outdrive locked up. Like I said I enjoy working on it as it's a hobby. My family also gets
    to enjoy it also as we took it out many times last year and had a great time.

    I think the boat your looking at buying is in really bad shape. You need to look for a project that is in
    a little better shape. I also believe you should walk away and find a better deal.

    Here is a few pics of mine in before shape for you to judge and to get an idea what $2400 buys. I
    included a few after pics that I did after I did some reconstruction. This is the shape of a
    project I think you should look for.









  7. KRB64

    KRB64 New Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    Central Kentucky or Dale Hollow Lake
    '76 SRV195 (our first) -> moved up to
    '78 240 WE (now 4 sale because ->)
    '82 260 DA shared
    A Ford 351, a couple GM 350s and a Cummins 6BT to pull it all (W250)
    I think y'all scared him off (the site that is).

    I can see both sides of the argument. I think it depends on WHY he wants the boat. Is the purpose to have a boat or a project?

    If you want a boat then there are better ways to get a good deal and a better boat, especially now, as was already mentioned.

    If you want a project then this is a good start but is is different than a car. When you restore a car and something breaks or doesn't function right a test run will leave you on the side of the road. On a boat you may sink or be adrift for awhile...

    And they are right about parts. Some are marine specific and pricey.

    As for me, I'd buy it for the trailer and parts to finish off our 240 before we try to sell it...
  8. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    I agree I just picked up an 89 268 Sundance with 600 hrs a single 454 bravo drive and a ton of gear like a 435 Raytheon plotter loads of line etc the boat is close to mint and at 7000 Canadian loons it's around 5000 greenbacks. I'm happy about it and am less money than I would have to put into our other boat an 89 22ft Cooper prowler that needs mostly cosmetics like upholstery. I can pretty much sell that old hull for the value of the drive and motor had come out ahead. Good hunting and don't waste your bullets on the longshots

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    You do realize this thread is 9 years old?!
  10. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    Nope I sure did
    not thanks .I'll have to look at things a little closer
  11. 75torino

    75torino Member

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brogue Pa
    1989 340 Sport Fisherman 1982 270 Sea Ray Sundancer 330 TRS drive
    Twin FWC 454 Mercruisers
    Your money your time If you like this boat go for it

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