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Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by Underway, May 21, 2017.

  1. All's Well

    All's Well Member GOLD Sponsor

    466
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '03 460DA
    6CTA's
    There are lots of options of older boats and a 10 year old will likely not require a re-power unless you're looking for one in rough shape.

    Thank you for your service and welcome aboard.
     
  2. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Welcome! You mentioned 10yr old boats, boat's don't really age like a car, so 10yrs on a boat is really not old. However, unlike a car, even a new boat requires upkeep, especially a larger boat that sits in the water year around. There is an old saying that goes "The only think that works on an old boat is it's owner". In some ways it is very true. I have had old boats(my current bowrider is a 1999 that still looks and runs great), even older boats (a 1948 Chris Craft - now that was work!) and brand new boats (1979 Correct Craft, 2000 SeaRay 290), they all were great boats, but non were completely work / worry free, that is just part of the boating experience. Some of us actually enjoy "messing with boats", granted there comes a point where it is not fun, but I like the satisfaction of know that for the most part if it breaks on my boat I can fix it.
     
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  3. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I know you can cast off to a beautiful day and the weather can change in a heartbeat. I rely on help here to make the right choice the first time as far as size. Is Is sitting in the drink a good idea with the bigger Boats? Mentioning the boat lifts in the canals of the Cape Coral...
     
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  4. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Thank you sir, I will have questions I'm shore....
     
  5. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    maybe i got lucky but this is the 3rd year for us and our 31 year old boat and i had to change a fuse last week and a light bulb 2 years ago. thats about it for any mandatory repairs. i have made many mods and tune ups, normal stuff. but i wouldn't be afraid of a well cared for used boat
     
  6. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Thanks again,, your views on the water clarity that beautiful turquoise water ... the lake they drain to the river...hoping for a solution..
     
  7. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    I would go with a style that you like the most, and ignore the age factor. Layout, style, and function should work for how you plan on using the boat. Our new boat is 17 years old!

    I would also balance all that with budget. Include slip, insurance, annual maint, and of course fuel. The more you can use the boat the better. Let that guide you and keep an open mind, spend lots of time on yachtworld.com and look at all the major brands. New/Old does not matter they all need work.

    For me I would prefer something a bit larger than a 260 unless I was planning on trailering it around Florida. I think 320/340 is a better size for some nice cruising around the state.

    Good Luck and Welcome!!
     
  8. Southern Cross

    Southern Cross New Member

    14
    Jul 29, 2013
    Washington DC
    2005 320DA
    Twin 350 Mag, V Drives
    Welcome aboard and Semper Fi!

    Sea Ray makes great boats and a ten year or older model with a maintenance history and thorough survey should not be cause for concern. Our current boat is a 2005 320 and my sister's family bought my 2002 220. Both have been very reliable and still look great at 12 and 15 years respectively.

    There is great information on this site regarding the 260-340 line of sundancers. Enjoy the search and again, welcome!
     
  9. rmlsll

    rmlsll Member

    138
    Oct 11, 2009
    Saugatuck MI / Cape Coral FL
    340 Sundancer 2004 /
    240 Sundeck 2007 /
    10' Zodiac
    Twin 8.1 merc,. V-Drive /
    5.0 merc., bravo 3
    I have a 07 240 Sundeck in the Cape. It is kept on a lift in the canal behind the house. I can get to all the restaurants, beaches, and haul a pretty good load. Wife likes open front and enclosed head. Would opt for outboard if it were in the cards.
     
  10. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Good point ,, as I read i don't see many with failed engines . Also didn't know you could fresh water flush an straight inboard.
     
  11. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Semper Fi , figuring in a boat as part of the finances of retirement at the cape... I know as you all have been on the water there would be some would have, could have but didn't...much appreciated
     
  12. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    They do have that in outboard I believe, is your reasoning if the outboard fails just replace and your done ?
     
  13. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    As of now my plan is not to do much off shore fishing of trips to Key West.. But may change as time gets closer ...
     
  14. GCHOG

    GCHOG Member GOLD Sponsor

    101
    Mar 25, 2016
    Bass River, Viking Marina, South Jersey
    2006 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    6.2 Bravo III
    Welcome Underway, I'm sure you will find the boat you're looking for soon. The Admiral (wife) and I currently run a '06 260 'Dancer and love it. Easy to maneuver, easy on fuel, just right for us. If you need any tips on the Mullica River,Great Bay, LBI, to AC area, give me a pm. Been boating the area for over 25 yrs, would be glad to share any knowledge I can. Good luck with the search. Take care.

    Garry
     
  15. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    That's the boat I have my heart set on, or as large as I can go with a single drive..
     
  16. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    Welcome to CSR! Thank you for your service!

    "a 10 year old boat"... I resemble that remark!

    350 hours and still going strong!
     
  17. Underway

    Underway New Member SILVER Sponsor

    23
    May 21, 2017
    New Jersey
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Hello thank you sir, ha ha grin.. was going to figure in for a new one but now going to look for well taken care of older...
     

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