OMG! Just bought a 2008 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer on eBay!

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by PonteVedra, Aug 9, 2010.

Haul it or pilot (with assistance) from Toms River, NJ to Stamford, CT?

Poll closed Aug 14, 2010.
  1. Have a professional boat hauler take it. Learn later.

  2. Take the opportunity and go for the inaugural trip!

  1. PonteVedra

    PonteVedra New Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Darien, CT
    2008 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    350 Magnum MPI Bravo III MCM Sterndrive 300 Hp
    BTW, I really appreciate everyone's help, tips, advices, and even offers to help me pilot this baby home... it gave me a lot of comfort and security to complete this purchase!

    Regarding transportation, I´m tending to just hire a professional boat hauler... what do you think? Should I accept someone's help and make this beautiful trip over the weekend or early next week, while taking the opportunity to learn more about she?
  2. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    Congrats and glad everything worked out! The trip home would depend on your schedule and if you have the time make the trip. The weather this weekend will be very cooperative. You can get ALL the info you need to make this trip right here on this message board from folks who have made it many times. Beats the heck out of any cruising guide you could purchase. Plenty of guys here who can get you through the intricacies of Barnegat Bay, myself included. From there you've got Turtle to get you up to NYC, which would be a great photo op and trip for you, and then beyond, into the Sound.

    If you want to look at it from a pure cost standpoint, I think Mike said 7 hours for this trip. Figure a fuel burn on avg of 9gph. For easy math expect to burn 70 gallons at $3/gallon. I think the boat hauler guy would pay about that in tolls! (I'm kidding). LHPM does not have a ramp so you're going to incur a charge to pull the boat out with the travellift and drop it on the hauler's trailer. Same cost may be incurred on your end in CT to get the boat OFF the trailer. I had a hauler take my Crownline from my old marina to my house, 35 miles away, on MY trailer, and it cost me $250 (that was back in the fall of 2002). Your trip is going to cost probably more than $500 but you certainly could call around. Then you're likely to get more of that "I'm busy" stuff.

    Take the trip!
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2010
  3. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    North Jersey
    2003 480 Sedan Bridge
    I second that, find a knowledgeable friend to help you and take the trip. Great weather, great way to learn the boat.
  4. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
    Danniel, When would you plan on taking her home to CT? If I were you I would take the trip, to get familar with the boat, and have vacation. The hardest part will be getting to the Manesquan inlet... Depending on when you go, I can lead you out... Once you are out the inlet, it is a straight shot to NYC.. I would stay the night in Liberty Landing, so you can hit Hell's Gate and the LI sound in the morning...
  5. MaddyDean

    MaddyDean New Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Great South Bay, Long Island N.Y.
    280 Sundancer, 1991
    Twin 5.7 Mercruisers w/alpha drives
    My buddy just bought a 40-foot Hatteras and hired a captain to go from Maryland to the LI Sound around Port Jefferson. he said it was the best thing he did and well worth the money. He also said, be careful in the Hudson, there are a lot of obstacles.
  6. 1stSeaRay

    1stSeaRay New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Lake Lanier, GA
    Just wanted to jump in and say congrats as well. I think you should move the boat yourself but you should expect fuel burn to be more like 12-13 gallons per hour.
  7. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    Very cool, I'm excited for your purchase. An EBay deal done good! See...there are some honest people in this world after all! Congratulations!
  8. 320Bob

    320Bob Active Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    2012 Chaparral 267 SSX Sold
    Congrats on your new boat, especially snagging it off of eBay. What's just as impressive is how many folks here, being perfect strangers, have gone out of their way to help you out. I just wish I had been a member of this forum when I bought my first boat a year ago.:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  9. Jimmy Buoy

    Jimmy Buoy Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    340 Amberjack
    twin 8.1S 370 Hp + 4.5 Westerbeke Genset
    Nice deal! I purchased a motorcycle the same way and many thought I was nuts too. As you have found, if you do your homework it can be a great experience.

    Enjoy the boat!
  10. rusobr2

    rusobr2 New Member

    Jul 13, 2010
    columbia river/oregon coast
    1979 26' searay/wkendr--garmin gps/garmin dephfinder
    mercruiser 350-chev/260
    :smt038congrats. on the boat ! i bought mine on e-bay also "80" 26'-i live in oregon,and the boat was in la cross wi. ya--2000 mi. away--they had receit's for 3500 new bunk trl. and receit's for 3200 in outdrive,and engine work--took me a day 1/2 to get their.they wanted me to go out for seatrials,but i declined--it was the first wk. of nov. i wanted to get back home before the snow flew--put the boat in the water in march of 06-other then maint. and complete buff,and wood work i'v done nothing else--this year i noticed it running a little warmer then norm. so i checked everything out,and found the mnflds. to be a little rough--so now it was a good time to change over to ct. rize--took a little plumbing , but alls good---now i'll bet ya wanna no the price--weeeeeeeeell-- i paid 5000,and 360 for fuel to go get it ! i'm still pumped over this--:thumbsup:

  11. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Get an experienced hand to go with you and the experience will be priceless!

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Alaska Summer/Columbia River winter
    1988 Yacht Fisher
    Twin 375hp Cat 3208 T/A
    Congrats! Welcome!:thumbsup::smt038

    When you get her home you will have to re-name her and here is the proper procedures:
  13. SevenTeas

    SevenTeas New Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Akron Ohio
    '77 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    Twin 165 Mercs
    Shes a sweet looking lady.

    As for renaming, well its frowned upon to sacrifice a virgin in this day and age.
  14. beernutz

    beernutz Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    Mobile, AL
    2000 190 Signature BR
    5.0L EFI 240 hp Mercruiser
    That is a sweet ride, congratulations! It is also nice to see the community spirit on this forum.
  15. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    If you take a virgin on board, along with other people, and a virgin never leaves alive, then haven't you met the criteria? If so, there's more than one way to keep a virgin from leaving your boat alive, and one isn't illegal or even frowned upon, depending on age, marital status...

    Anyway, there's more than one way to sacrifice a virgin.
  16. PonteVedra

    PonteVedra New Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Darien, CT
    2008 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    350 Magnum MPI Bravo III MCM Sterndrive 300 Hp
    Fellow CSR friends,

    I'm still laughing my a$$ off on the virgin's sacrifice, it almost sounds legal... so we'll see what can be done on that regard! ;)

    Now my apologies for dissapearing for a few days. Mainly Seller and I were waiting for almost 10 days (an eternity, I fell...) for the bank to ship us the clean title of the vessel, after balance was paid off. But finally we got the document this am. So money was finally transfered and bill of sale and title executed! Hurray!

    Lastly, poll results were overwhelmingly in favor (84%) of taking the boat by water to its new home, and I'd love more than anyone to deliver on my commitment as promised here. However, it will take a few days to register the boat in CT (lots of paperwork they require) and I'm taking some vacations starting Friday.... therefore, and for a greater good, I've decided to have the lady hauled safely to her new home. Uship was a great tool to request a quote, get some bids fast and check feedback on the contractor prior to closing a deal.

    I wish you all the best for the remainder of the 2010 season, and safe cruisin' wherever you are.

  17. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    Don't be a stranger here on CSR. If you've got a problem, you'll find an answer here.

    Best of luck!
  18. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    Congrats on your new purchase and welcome to CSR!! What a great story! I bought my boat in February 2009 off Craiglist. It was located in Forked River , NJ. I was going to ship it until the mechanic there warned me of when he shipped his boat up from Maryland. He ended up with some gelcoat damage due to debris kicked up from the hauling vehicle. Nothing serious, just cosmetic but frustrating none the less! I hope you have better luck. I decided to drive the boat back and the PO was awesome with help getting it ready and launching it. He even took the ride back to NY with me. I can't say enough about how that boosted my confidence in this purchase. Best of luck with her!!
  19. PonteVedra

    PonteVedra New Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Darien, CT
    2008 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    350 Magnum MPI Bravo III MCM Sterndrive 300 Hp
    I sadly call this picture the big "Easy Way Out"...
  20. Larry&Leisa

    Larry&Leisa Active Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Keystone Lake Oklahoma
    1999 330EC
    Glad everything worked out! There will be lots of great days ahead for you.

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