Seeking Opinions on 210 SLX

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by NorCalGlenn, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    Help me here, how big and thick is the knee board?
     
  2. mbw

    mbw New Member

    81
    Sep 15, 2013
    Dubuque, Iowa
    2005 240 Select
    350 mag w/ bravo 3

    At least you had a boat before this one. I had only ever had experience with my dads 18 foot lund, and I get home with a 240 select which is actually ~26' long and 28' on the trailer. I definitely had that moment. wtf did I get myself into here.
     
  3. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    MBW, I grew up boating on an 18' Boston Whaler Sakonnet which my Dad bought new back in 1966. Even with the mahogany console and wood fishing platform, that thing probably doesn't weigh more than 1800 lbs (including the aluminum trailer) and could be pulled by a motorcycle. So when I started boating again back in 2010, the idea of trailering was no big deal. If I had jumped right in to the 230, I think there would have been a wet (or stinky) spot on my driver's seat cushion!

    Edited to add: We still have this boat in the family! Trinity Lake, Summer of 2012!

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  4. dburne

    dburne New Member

    590
    Jun 8, 2012
    Nashville TN
    2013 Sea Ray 190 Sport
    4.3 MPI Mercruiser Alpha One
    Neat story Glenn.
    So when are we going to get to see some more pics?? :smt038

    Back when I was very young, my dad had a fiberglass Norris Craft Boat. It was a hot rod, my brother who was 11 years older than me, sure got to enjoy it. If I recall correctly, it was probably about a 16ft boat. About the time I got to the age where I could maybe have some fun with it, my dad sold it and bought a new pickup truck. Rude!

    Then as I became an adult, married and had kids, life got in the way - I grew up on the lake, and had always wanted a boat. Well buying home, moving , buying another home, moving, while raising two girls, well I just never seemed to be able to make it happen.

    Then, later in life after kids were grown, had gone through a divorce, and a few years later got life back in order pretty good, met and married my wonderful wife ( who absolutely loves being on the water), finally got to get our first boat couple years ago, 1990 180 that we paid cash for, just to check it out and make sure we enjoyed it and would stick with it.
    Well you know the rest of the story. Finally at the age of 55 ( almost 56), I have a new boat! May be small by a lot of folks standards, but to me it is immense! :smt001
     
  5. 2xsl_1998

    2xsl_1998 Member

    85
    Jul 4, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    2012 Sea Ray 230 SLX

    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport - sold
    5.7 L EFI Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 Drive
    It's hard to get a precise measurement, but it appears to be 4.5" to 4.75" thick. The top is foam covered, so it may compress a bit.

    I sure would appreciate it if you could take a measurement when you get a chance. And more pictures is always good!
     
  6. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    But the knee board isn't FLAT, right? Doesn't it have an arc to it? If so, when you factor in the width between the two prongs I would guess it needs an addtitional inch or so?
     
  7. blaster

    blaster Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    It's not the size of the boat that counts, its the motion of the Ocean.
     
  8. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    I concur!
    LOL
     
  9. 2xsl_1998

    2xsl_1998 Member

    85
    Jul 4, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    2012 Sea Ray 230 SLX

    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport - sold
    5.7 L EFI Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 Drive
    Yeah, the edges are curved up slightly so I guess that might add some thickness. The only aftermarket one that I have been able to find says the opening is 4.15".
     
  10. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    Well, I will be up at the storage unit the weekend of the 22nd and will take some measurments. With that being said, my gut feeling is that it will be too small for the kneeboard. :-( But I will check! As far as pics, of the few I took the lighting was either too dark - or the colors don't look right. I'll see if there are a few to post when I get home...
     
  11. 2xsl_1998

    2xsl_1998 Member

    85
    Jul 4, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    2012 Sea Ray 230 SLX

    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport - sold
    5.7 L EFI Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 Drive
    That's my guess too. :( It looks like since kneeboarding isn't as popular these days there are fewer options, and the only reason I want a rack is that our board is a little too wide to easily get in and out of the floor locker.

    But please take some measurements of the width and depth of the opening when you get a chance. I'd really appreciate it............and did anybody mention post more pics, lol!!

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  12. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    Okay, here are a few phone pics that turned out alright. Some (ah....many?) might think I was crazy to purchase from afar, but I really am impressed and pleased with the level of design and craftsmanship on this boat!

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  13. dburne

    dburne New Member

    590
    Jun 8, 2012
    Nashville TN
    2013 Sea Ray 190 Sport
    4.3 MPI Mercruiser Alpha One
    Looks great so far Glenn - really like those LED's!
     
  14. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    Hey Folks!

    For those who might be keeping track of my 230 saga, I am happy to report that things are almost wrapped up and ready for summer. I ened up getting a chemical extinguisher (of the size and type to meet USCG requirements for a 26' and under, nothing fancy), new fenders and lines (I managed to score a berth at my marina this year, likely due to concerns about drought and needed longer lines), *gallons* of gelcoat and vinyl cleaner and wax (from the "Hot Sauce" company), microfiber towels (for all the cleaning stuff), battery termininal cleaner and sealer, and trailer wheels locks from BoatMate. I still want to get an anchor for the locker, and will take some measurments this weekend - I'm not sure what size will fit. When all was said and done, the tab was close to $500, and uh...that's enough as I need be prepared for the increased gas costs!

    2xls, I will take measurements this weekend - but after seeing some kneeboards at West Marine the other day...I'm sticking to my earlier prediction that they won't fit. :-(
     
  15. 2xsl_1998

    2xsl_1998 Member

    85
    Jul 4, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    2012 Sea Ray 230 SLX

    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport - sold
    5.7 L EFI Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 Drive
    Thanks for the update....looking forward to the info. I suspect that you're right about the racks though.

    My boat came with an on-board fire suppression system, and it came with an anchor also. I guess that the dealer added them. I can go take a look at the anchor for measurements/model/brand and let you know what I have if you'd like.
     
  16. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    Hey, measurements and info on the anchor would be great - but only if it's convenient and/or you were already going to head over to the boat! Does your glovebox have the little gas strut to keep the lid open? Mine doesn't trying to track down that part information, which has taken a little more effort than expected.
     
  17. 2xsl_1998

    2xsl_1998 Member

    85
    Jul 4, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    2012 Sea Ray 230 SLX

    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport - sold
    5.7 L EFI Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 Drive
    Lol, all I had to do was walk out to the shop in the back and take a look. I'm lucky in that I have a nice 30'x30' shop in the back yard to store my boat in.

    The anchor that I have is a Seachoice Products 8 pound, model 41720. Fortunately, the dealer didn't remove the label on it, lol. This is the exact one that I have: http://www.amazon.com/SEACHOICE-41720-DELUXE-ANCHOR-pounds/dp/B000HACRU4 It fits in the anchor locker perfectly, and I don't think that anything bigger would work.

    My glovebox does not have that little gas strut, and I would love to have one too. Let me know if you find a part number.
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2014
  18. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    Hey, thanks so much for the quick check (jealous of that garage!) and the link! Much appreciated. About the gas strut, a Sea Ray "lead product specialist" informed me that the strut I've seen in photos (Sea Ray's website) and on video (Boattest.com) were installed on that/those particular boats, and never put into production. So...case closed. :-(
     
  19. NorCalGlenn

    NorCalGlenn New Member

    402
    Feb 20, 2012
    Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA
    230 SLX
    350 MAG / Bravo Three
    Hey Folks! So, I made it back up to my boat, and was able to pull it out into the sun and give it a coat of "hot sauce" and then McGuire's quick wax. (It had gotten a little dirty on the tow up from LA). So here she is, as well as some pics a few of you might find interesting regarding the placement lf the subwoofer, the amp, and the JL speakers. I've been told this is where the factory upgrade package components are mounted. Oh, and for 2xls the measurements on the swivel racks!

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  20. dburne

    dburne New Member

    590
    Jun 8, 2012
    Nashville TN
    2013 Sea Ray 190 Sport
    4.3 MPI Mercruiser Alpha One
    Sweet boat there Glenn, very very nice!
    I know you must be really excited with that one!
     

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