Trailering a Sundancer 240 around

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by Biks, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Biks

    Biks New Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    I was thinking of buying a Sundancer 240 or Sundeck 240 and trailering it around everywhere.

    What's the consensus? How fast will it become old to put a 24' boat in and out of the water every weekend? I've wrangled a 32' RV trailer around for a few years, so it seems (to me) that I'll "merely" be dealing with a 24' thingy.

    Who here has a 24' boat and has kept it mostly on a trailer? What would you have done differently? Any regrets?

    Thanks for any feedback!
  2. tcason

    tcason Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    240 Sundeck
    5.0L 260 HP
    There are two things that I know my marriage is not strong enough to handle:
    1. towing a boat
    2. wallpapering a bathroom
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  3. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    I trailered my 270 for 3 years. We went to the lake every weekend in the summer. No big deal. :thumbsup:
  4. Biks

    Biks New Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    With you on that one brother. :) Read: me and my wife have pulled into RV spots by ourselves late at night. (Wasn't a good outcome.)

    That's why this boat will be (mostly) a buddy thing.
  5. flarepoman

    flarepoman Banned

    Jul 18, 2008
    More idiots here to
    I'm from mass where will you do your boating??

  6. garryowen

    garryowen New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    colorado river
    230 weekender-

    -310 sundancer
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III-

    -twin 7.4 mfi w/Bravo III's
    biks; i have trailed both our boats. i kept the 230 just for that reason. i have mostly trailered it from one end of the colorado river drainage to the other. quite a few time in fact. i have launched and retrieved many time my self.

    not sure what conditions you have there in mass. but here in the west its no big deal. once you get the hang of launching and retrieving, you can on and off the water in minutes.

    go slow at first yow will do fine.
  7. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    I do it with my 260DA all the time. As a matter of fact we have taken it out of saltwater in one afternoon and dumped it right back in a fresh water lake near our house to finish the day on several occasions. It's a piece of cake.

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Alaska Summer/Columbia River winter
    1988 Yacht Fisher
    Twin 375hp Cat 3208 T/A
  9. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Easy. I trailered our 29DA every weekend the first year we had it. Loaded and unloaded by myself....simple if you have the right tow vehicle and trailer.
  10. Jack F

    Jack F Active Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    Cape Cod
    2008 240DA,
    Garmin 545s,
    North Star NS100ss.
    350 Mag Seacore BR3
    A lot of good points, think about how often you want to use it and how easy it would be for you to get to the water.

    I use our boat much more than I would if I trailered it, I work 1+ hrs away from home and its nice to go right from work to the marina and get a couple of hrs on the boat during the week.

    On weekends if its to windy or rough, I'll hang out at the dock with neighbors, read or take a nap..

    On Cape Cod, for me it would be a nightmare to trailer on weekends and I wouldn't use it during the week.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2010
  11. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1

    I am at a different point in my boating than most responders. I am in the early learning stages of launching and retrieving. I hope to get more efficient as I get more practice next season. With that said we are very happy with our decision to trailer.

    We would get bored in the same place all the time and I like to be on the move. Trailering gives us the option to do many varied ports on Lake Michigan, smaller lakes around Indiana and lakes in KY and TN regularly. I believe we will like the challenges of the big water, company of dockmates as well as enjoy relaxing in the sun time on smooth smaller lakes. While still offering exploration of the other Great Lakes, Midwest rivers and lakes with a longer drive. With all the weather worries of the Great Lakes long travels on weekends have some risk of not being able to return when you need to. We can explore areas in our trailerable pocket cruiser and still stay close to our transportation home.

    Another plus is fuel costs. On one of our early jaunts we traveled 100 miles round trip to go out to lunch. This made me think, fuel cost for 100 mi on the boat is very different from the fuel cost of towing the boat there. I am not saying I won’t use the boat to travel, just that it is more economical both in time and fuel costs to trailer where you want to visit and explore rather than travel there by boat. Given time I would always prefer to travel leisurely by boat but under pressure to return to get to work is no fun.

    I also get discounts on insurance as our boats are in indoor dry storage when not in use. The risk of leaks is nil when you are not in the water, a little peace of mind.

    Someday I may enjoy a “big” boat in a marina on the coast, but for now this is where it’s at.

  12. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    We've trailered boats for 25 years and I can't imagine being in the SAME lake next to the SAME dockmates every weekend. I like the flexibility to head to Priest Lake, Lake Pend Oreille, the San Juans, Columbia River, Snake River or Flathead Lake in Montana. We have friends that tag along or we'll meet them at their cabin on the lake. I like the variety and the fact that I can get gas for the boat cheaper too! I also like loading the boat in the driveway instead of loading the car and then unloading the car and taking it to the boat down on the dock. If I had to fight lines at a ramp I might reconsider. I'm lucky and rarely ever have to wait. That might make me reconsider however. I also like having the boat available to work on in the driveway. I even have a mechanic that lives nearby that will stop by to check things if I need assistance!
  13. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    The main reason I trailer is so that my outdrive doesn't rot off. I won't own a boat that stays in the water that has a $9000 sacrificial hunk 'o metal hanging off of it.
  14. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    I had mine for 3 years. Towed it for about 1.5-2 years before we started looking at having it in a marina. I should add that prior to that I was trailering my other boat for about 6 years. The transition was from trailering 240 was renting slips for weekends in different places to see how it works and still travelling to places. One of the biggest drivers was our new born son. After he was born, our travelling slowed down big time and it didn't make sense any longer to be cramped up in small boat, which we trailered rarely. So, 3 years later we got 320DA.

    We have no regrets. We had a blast and been in beautifull places (1000 Islands, Lake George, Naples/Marco Island, Ft. Lauderdale, Sanibel Island, etc.) with our trailored boats. If our little one was a bit older, we might have kept 240 a bit longer. But, eventually it would still be a time to travel by water in a bigger boat.

    Every boat is a different experience, but the key is to know how you will use your boat, so you make a proper choice on the model.
  15. ch435

    ch435 New Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    2005 Sundancer 280
    Tow with 97 F250 7.3 diesel
    Twin 4.3 mercruisers, with Bravo III Drives
    I trailered my 240da the entire time I had it with no regrets. Like others have said, it offers you flexibility and your boat will stay cleaner with no slimy build up etc. Plus, you don't have to pay for a slip, and buying gas on land is a lot cheaper than on water.
  16. Loose Cannon

    Loose Cannon Member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Havre de Grace, MD
    Between boats
    There have been a lot of advantages mentioned with regard to trailering. While they all make sense, one's situation can make a big difference. I used to trailer a runabout years ago without issue. My job keeps me pretty busy these days so having my 240da in a slip gives me the flexibility to show up after work for an hour long "de-stressing" cruise anytime during the week (only thing that keeps me going some days). This would be difficult to pull off with a trailer due to the extra time involved, plus I don't want to deal with it after a long day. If I want to stay out past dark, no big deal, I tie up at the marina and drive home. That's just my situation and I wouldn't have it any other way.
  17. ch435

    ch435 New Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    2005 Sundancer 280
    Tow with 97 F250 7.3 diesel
    Twin 4.3 mercruisers, with Bravo III Drives
    Curious as to the age of those boats with the ethanol issues. From what I've read, most of the newer marine engines are OK with up to 10%, but ya, 15% would be an issue.

    In my part of town, gas is about $1.50 per gallon more at marinas, not sure if that's more or less of a difference than most.

    Regarding trailering vs a slip, a good point was just made about the convenience of a slip. It does make it easier to go for a quick run in the evening.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010
  18. ysidive

    ysidive Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Cumming, Ga. Lake Lanier
    2006 Sundancer 240, 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD
    5.0 MPI Bravo III
    Just bought a 2006 Sundancer 240 and plan on trailering. Previously trailered a 22 Wellcraft and on many occasions launched and retrieved alone.......will be towing with a Chevy Avalanche.....:thumbsup:
  19. annie

    annie New Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    New Zealand
    1997 Genesis 320 Euro, 8120 Navman GPS,
    twin 150hp Volvos on DP legs
    We treat ours like an RV trailer when on the road. Great being able to keep all your food in the fridge and having a loo handy when nature calls..... You just have to remember not to dive over the side when parked up at camping spots... Ouch!
  20. Darylle

    Darylle Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    1994 230 DA '03 f250
    5.0 mercruiser alpha1
    Hull maintenance, marina fees (and some dodgy associated mechanics) corroding/deteriating components but yes there is the convenience. The beauty of a trailerable cruiser, other than above is the ability to trailer to differant destinations at a reasonable speed and not having to worry about the weather turning on us. We've towed ours to the Whitsundays twice (about a 2500km round trip) without any drama. I think also the "older" 230da 's according to the spec sheet are about 2000 kgs plus the trailer (about 700kgs) giving us a tow weight of under 3000kgs. I am curious what the later model 240 sundancers hull weight is, I'm guessing 3 t plus?

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