Official 320 Dancer Thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by boltman, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. Todd320

    Todd320 Member

    133
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Vdrive 350 Horizon
    My dog enjoying a trip on the boat on the day after New Year's.
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    Brown Eyed Girl - 2007 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer, 350 MAG MPI V-drive
     
  2. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Member GOLD Sponsor

    594
    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2007 320DA
    Twin 350 Mercs/V-Drives
    If you don't plan to remove the front panels often, get strataglass. I'm on year 8 with them, and still perfectly clear. I did replace the rear panel in Eisenglass again to roll it up. After 7 years, it is shot and needs replaced to look nice, but who really looks through that panel?

     
  3. Todd320

    Todd320 Member

    133
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Vdrive 350 Horizon
    I just don't know how we are going to use the canvas. I would prefer it stay up all year, but then I worry we will be cutting off a main source of breeze during the summer. On the other hand, I want it up during the summer so when the 15 minute thunderstorm pops up, no big deal. No scrambling around trying to get isinglass put up. The windshield is pretty curved, so I am not certain I can put roll up isinglass on each of the panels between the windshield and the arch. Does anyone else have roll up isinglass on a 320 (the u-shaped cutouts)?


    Brown Eyed Girl - 2007 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer, 350 MAG MPI V-drive
     
  4. JoeTPM

    JoeTPM New Member

    10
    Apr 19, 2016
    Rock Hall, MD
    2004 Sea Ray 320 Sumdancer
    Twin VD-MX6.2L MPI MerCruiser (T-320 hp ea.)
    Spikedaddy99 - Does your Soft Top attach to a canvas/awning track, then snap shut? If so, you may have to reseal or replace the track since they can wear over time. If not, they make a huge difference with not letting water in. If you mean where canvas meets canvas, it could be the stitching (zippers or whatever fastener you're using) as they'll also wear over time. Restitching is a cheap fix that any boat canvas shop can do. I always try to keep my enclosure seems taut, but leave a little bit of play to account for weather/temp changes to avoid putting too much stress on the fabric and stitching.
     
  5. scooper321

    scooper321 Member SILVER Sponsor

    302
    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sundancer 320, Simrad NSS9 evo2 w/ P79 in-hull transducer
    Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives
    Not a fan of Woody Wax. Despite what the bottle says, it left my deck super slippery and dangerous to walk on. Al lost my first mate overboard early last season after we used it!


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  6. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    598
    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Scooper:

    I felt the same way until I read and used the bottle exactly like it says. You have to put this on wet and it is VERY slick. Then let it dry and wipe the deck. After that it's not slippery and is amazing at repealing stains and marks. I will admit that is a bit of a pain because you have to wait for the boat to dry before wiping down the deck but the stuff is amazing.




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  7. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Member GOLD Sponsor

    594
    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2007 320DA
    Twin 350 Mercs/V-Drives
    Joe, My problem seems to be getting the top tight against the metal tubing that compromises the hard-top. The top fits into a track on the arch, then a long string like a shoe lace gets weaved through eyelets around the tubing. I can't seem to get that tight enough. Make sense?

     
  8. ericliebman

    ericliebman New Member

    9
    Jan 16, 2017
    Daytona Beach, FL
    320 Sundancer
    Twin Mercruiser 350 Mags
    Hi all

    Trying to decide between 2006 320 and 340. Both with around 450 hours and the same kit on each. Both maintained by fanatics and both surveyed. The 320 is our fave, but the 340 seems to have a pretty good following so I thought I'd check in case anyone else has gone through this and made a decision.

    Also, I can't help but notice how close the engines (8.1 Horizons) are together in the 320s... does that create maintenance issues when being serviced by the dealer? I am not a DIY for boats (yet), so don't want additional cost for smaller repairs due to having to dismantle the engines !

    Any advice for a soon-to-be Searay owner would be much appreciated!
     
  9. Korkie

    Korkie Member

    75
    Feb 2, 2016
    Breton Bay, MD
    2006 Sundancer 340
    Merc 496 Mags, Bravo 3 Drives
    ericliebman, The admiral and I went through making the same decision last year. We ended up with the 340. The 320 would have been sufficient, but the extra 6 inches in the beam and the few extra feet in the length influenced our decision. That and the fact that the 320s and 340s we were looking at were priced pretty equally, considering the differences. Then there was V drives or I/Os, went with the I/Os - we keep the boat at home on a lift which helps to save the drives considerably. Also, a ton of room in the bilge to do maintenance. I work on my brother in laws 320 with V Drives - it is a nightmare compared to mine. Try them all - don't be rushed. You will know which one is right for you. Happy hunting.
     
  10. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    631
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    320 Sundancer 2005, Raymarine C120 and C80
    Highfield 9.6 RIB & Tohatsu 8hp
    Previous boat: 215 expre
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    I love our 320 but I'd probably have to think long and hard between the 2 if we had it to do all over again. For us in salt water v drives were a must. The admiral loved the port side lounger over the forward facing seat in the 340. Personally I like the lower swim platform on the 320. All that being said it would still be a tough call between the 2.
     
  11. scooper321

    scooper321 Member SILVER Sponsor

    302
    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sundancer 320, Simrad NSS9 evo2 w/ P79 in-hull transducer
    Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives
    I can't imagine leaving canvas on if I lived in Florida. Just on the chance that you get a t-storm to crop up? No way. Around here (Chesapeake Bay), as soon as it warms up enough, ALL of the canvas and glass come off every time out. You sacrifice too much breeze if you leave it up. And trust me. You and the first mate will get really skilled at putting it up quickly after a while.

    I just got new canvas last year. The one I replaced DID have the U-zipperin the front glass and even on the side windows. And yes. they can be rolled up easily. But... I hated it. For every U-zipper you have, you have a seam that is about 2-3" wide. So that's about 4-6" in every window that blocks your vision (only 2-3" total if you roll them up). When I got new canvas this year, I opted for no U-zippers (figuring if I wanted them, I could always get the added later). Best decision I made. It's like going from walking around in a SCUBA mask to walking around without one on. I didn't realize how many blind spots and sight blockage the U-zippers added until I didn't have them any more. So that's my recommendation: DON'T get them. Like I said, you can always get a local shop to add them later, if you decide you truly do want them.
     
  12. ericliebman

    ericliebman New Member

    9
    Jan 16, 2017
    Daytona Beach, FL
    320 Sundancer
    Twin Mercruiser 350 Mags
    thanks for the replies! Going to show my wife the 340 and let her decide. Both gorgeous boats and I'm sure neither is a "wrong" decision.., only issue is the '06 340 we are looking at has over 800 hours and 4 owners vs the '06 320 which has 1 owner and just over 450 hours.. should that matter??
     
  13. HeyBigb

    HeyBigb New Member

    48
    Jun 10, 2016
    Catawba Island
    2004 320 Sundancer Green Hull with Black Canvas, Radar, twin 350 Mags
    2011 260 Sundancer single 350
    twin 350 Mag Inboards
    Thanks for the advise I will certainly male sure I purchase them I boat in Lake Erie

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  14. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    I like my 320 a lot. I have owned it for 10 years. A 1 owner boat with 450 hours is a little more predictable on how it was maintained and used. That being said the 340 is a nice boat. But pretty much each one that is larger is always better. Right... You always know when you found the right boat.
     
  15. garmett

    garmett Member

    156
    Aug 23, 2013
    Dale Hollow Lake, Kentucky/Tennessee
    BOATLESS!
    Twin 6.2 Mercury Horizons, w/Bravo III Drives
    Just sold my 320,
    I enjoyed it the entire time we owned it.
    Good luck!
     
  16. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    Congratulation on the sale Garmett. So what is next?

    Curious on how long it took to sell it?
     
  17. Todd320

    Todd320 Member

    133
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Vdrive 350 Horizon
    I am going to follow this advice. Put glass up front only in winter, or rainy days, leave shade up year round, no u zippers on front. Now I just need to get my port engine working again!! Low block PSI fault #3... when RPMs go above 1k. I have the cockpit cover, I will use that if storing for > week to keep soot out of the cockpit. How many pieces do you have in between windshield and Bimini, 5 like the mfg, or something less with a custom cut?


    Brown Eyed Girl - 2007 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer, 350 MAG MPI V-drive
     
  18. Todd320

    Todd320 Member

    133
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Vdrive 350 Horizon
    I looked at quite a few 340s as well. I am new to cruisers (14 years owned a 23' deck boat, 200 Yamaha), and was pretty intimidated by the size of the 340, and my wife was not thrilled with the fact we would have to keep in water (with our 320, we at least have the option between dry stack/wet slip). Most of the 340s were more expensive in my search, so that swayed me. Wife definitely liked the 320 layout better than the 340. I wanted the option of wet storage, so chose the v-drives, fuel expense is a bit higher, but maintenance should be lower. I am trying to do some maintenance on my own, but getting to the non engine items I want to service is damn near impossible. Rudder needs to be adjusted, need to get the seacocks working again, these are all extremely hard to reach on my boat.

    Now, I am fine with the 320 I chose, but would be happier with a 42-45, diesel, plus a bow thruster or pod drives. Talked to someone this weekend, they said the larger boats (42-60) are going away from pod drives back to v-drives. Anyone else heard of this? I am shooting for 5 years, I will have enough experience/maintenance then, plus the newer boats will a bit older, a bit cheaper, and we will be in full empty nest mode, minus a couple of years of college...


    Brown Eyed Girl - 2007 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer, 350 MAG MPI V-drive
     
  19. St.SomewhereII

    St.SomewhereII New Member GOLD Sponsor

    8
    Sep 3, 2015
    Charleston, SC
    320 Sundancer 2006, Garmin Chartplotter
    Twin 6.2 Liter V-drives, heat exchange system.
    Generator
    We looked at both but went with 2006 320. Primary reason, of the boats available, 320 was in primo condition, low hours, mainly fresh water and option we wanted. Color, V-Drive, heat exchange and flush out for manifolds and risers. Couldn't tell that much different in over space for the difference in price. Really love our 320. Great boat to have in the Low Country of South Carolina.
     
  20. scooper321

    scooper321 Member SILVER Sponsor

    302
    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sundancer 320, Simrad NSS9 evo2 w/ P79 in-hull transducer
    Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives
    Three front windshield pieces, two side panels of glass and the standard aft 3 pc curtain. I don't have a camper canvas. Wanted the sunlight. Btw, Those three aft pieces always come off.


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