On the Market for Sundancer 270 - What year do you suggest?

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  1. Kat

    Kat New Member

    6
    Aug 9, 2014
    Warwick RI
    Boat wanted - Sea Ray Sundancer 270
    mercruiser
    Looking at 1998 - 2001. After that the prices sky rocket. I'm finding it difficult to locate anything online that list standard options by year and changes that were made. Are these years basically the same as far as layout and options? Love the added sink/grill on the deck but it looks like that came years later. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. BryanOnTheBay

    BryanOnTheBay Member

    540
    Oct 6, 2013
    Edgewater, MD
    "Havana Crush" - 1998 270 Sundancer
    7.4L Mercruiser MPI Bravo III Outdrive
    You can find all of that info on SeaRay.com at the following link:

    http://www.searay.com/Page.aspx/pageId/10532/Model-Archives.aspx

    Bryan
     
  3. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2014
  4. Kat

    Kat New Member

    6
    Aug 9, 2014
    Warwick RI
    Boat wanted - Sea Ray Sundancer 270
    mercruiser
    Thank you both for the links..... learning more everyday! I didn't realize they stopped making 270 Sundancers 2002-2008. Any advice on whether we should look for twin or single engine? We're told to look for a fresh water cooled engine. Any engine advice would be appreciated!

    I looked through the specs and I'm not seeing any major changes through the 1999-2001 years. If I missed anything of significance, please let me know. I noticed the 1998 doesn't have the stairs and windshield opening to walk up.
     
  5. BryanOnTheBay

    BryanOnTheBay Member

    540
    Oct 6, 2013
    Edgewater, MD
    "Havana Crush" - 1998 270 Sundancer
    7.4L Mercruiser MPI Bravo III Outdrive
    The '98 does have the stairs on the main hatch and a walk through windshield. One thing to consider is a single engine is more economical than twins.

    Bryan
     
  6. boatrboy

    boatrboy Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Orange, CT
    1999 270 Da
    7.4 MPI w/B3
    I can say I am a huge fan of mine. I think the 2000 has two latches on the stern locker door and mine has only one. Two is better.
    I prefer the layout of these vintage boats with more seating rather than the extra sink (the boat already has two). Fresh water cooled is nice, but from my experience most single 7.4"s are raw water cooled. I can sit in my engine room and work on my single, two motors will be tight but there will be much debate about twins vs single. My single was my preference.
    The models are really close to identical from the ones I have been on.
    Its really a good choice in any of the three years you are looking at - try for the newer one 2000.
    Good luck

    Mark
     
  7. Nodrog

    Nodrog New Member

    57
    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern Shore Maryland
    1999 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer Kohler 5kw Genset, Garmin GPSMAP 440s
    2001 Ford F350 Super Duty Super C
    454 Mercruiser MPI w/Bravo III Drive
    I agree with Mark. I have the single 7.4L MPI with BIII and it has plenty of power for this model. Remember, twin engines are twice the service and maintenance cost for engines and outdrives.
    Good luck with your search and welcome to CSR.

    Gordon
     
  8. kevin27

    kevin27 Member

    762
    Aug 8, 2007
    Orlando,FL/Tarpon Springs,FL
    1989 3600 Convertible. 9'6'' AB rib w/ 25hp 2stroke Yamaha. Furuno nav upper and lower helm.
    2002 Cummins 6BTA 330hp diesel straight shaft.
    I agree if you can find a "FWC" of closed cooling system you should have far less trouble. At that age a saltwater raw water cooled engine IS likelly to have issues comming soon. Heads can rot out and cause engine failure. You will not have that issue if the block has coolant in it.
     
  9. Craigalan

    Craigalan New Member

    428
    Sep 15, 2014
    Great Lakes
    2000 Sundancer 270 with all the fixins...
    Merc 7.4, 310 horses
    Dont forget, that the 1999 and 2000 have the 9ft 2in beam. All other years have the 8ft 6in beam. Unless you have a "special edition", which are all 8ft 6in beam.
     
  10. alwhite00

    alwhite00 Active Member

    May 31, 2010
    Michigan
    1997 250 Sundancer
    5.7 EFI/ BIII
    You guys with the wide body and a single engine - How is the performance loaded with fuel & guest? (up to 8 on board)
     
  11. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Boatless
    Boatless
    When I had mine I don't think the boat knew the difference between lightly laded and packed to capacity. Big block torque is king.
     
  12. BryanOnTheBay

    BryanOnTheBay Member

    540
    Oct 6, 2013
    Edgewater, MD
    "Havana Crush" - 1998 270 Sundancer
    7.4L Mercruiser MPI Bravo III Outdrive
    The '98 has a 9'2" beam as well.

    Bryan
     
  13. BryanOnTheBay

    BryanOnTheBay Member

    540
    Oct 6, 2013
    Edgewater, MD
    "Havana Crush" - 1998 270 Sundancer
    7.4L Mercruiser MPI Bravo III Outdrive
    With a new fuel pump, pretty good now.

    Bryan
     

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