Trailering a Sundancer 240 around

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  1. islandhopper00

    islandhopper00 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Lake Norman (Denver) NC
    240 Sundancer
    5.0L 260hp, BIII outdrive
    That's funny right there!

    I have slept in the boat at a rest area while towing, wake up in the middle of the night confused, and go top sides and not remember I was on the trailer. Startling when a truck pulls in next to you.
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
  2. D-Sill-D

    D-Sill-D New Member

    290
    Aug 9, 2010
    Seattle
    2007 215 Weekender
    1988 Seville BR
    2002 7.2 F-350
    5.0 Mercruiser Alpha
    1988 100 HP Sea Ray OB (Mercury)
    :smt043.........thanks.....I laughed out loud....:smt043
     
  3. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    We've done it a couple of times. We've taken the boat on the trailer to a friend or relative's party. We call it the boaterhome. No DUIs and we have all of our stuff. It's worked well.
     
  4. D-Sill-D

    D-Sill-D New Member

    290
    Aug 9, 2010
    Seattle
    2007 215 Weekender
    1988 Seville BR
    2002 7.2 F-350
    5.0 Mercruiser Alpha
    1988 100 HP Sea Ray OB (Mercury)
    We have a small boat......We have done both, alot......trailered, and, wet slipped for the summer.....both options are desirable for all of the reasons aforementioned....even if you wet slip for the summer you can pull out and go somewhere else for a long weekend or vacation.....I strongly recommend doing both if you can.....we added a very nice camper 3 years ago, that we haul with the F-350...love it all...if we get somewhere and the weather isn't cooperating, we leave the boat on the trailer and "site-see" with the truck....its all fun....I think the big boats are very cool....but you're very versatile with a trailer-able set up....particularly if you can avoid "rush hour" traffic....(keep that in mind)....not to fun, sitting in traffic for hours,....carefully evaluate your logistical situation......and go for it....short term wet slip, full time trailer, either way, when its hot (the weather) boating is the greatest..:grin:
     
  5. Itlldo

    Itlldo New Member

    11
    Jan 30, 2011
    Victoria, BC
    260 Sundancer 1984
    350 Mercruiser w/Alpha 1 leg
    Interesting topic. I've just bought an '84 Searay 260 Sundancer with a trailer. I've trailered my previous vintage '57 Bellboy and kept it in a marina. This boat has a bunk tailer whereas the former had rollers. I'm wondering, of those who found it easy to trailer, were they bunks or rollers?
     
  6. D-Sill-D

    D-Sill-D New Member

    290
    Aug 9, 2010
    Seattle
    2007 215 Weekender
    1988 Seville BR
    2002 7.2 F-350
    5.0 Mercruiser Alpha
    1988 100 HP Sea Ray OB (Mercury)
    I have the original rollers.....but my boat is relatively tiny and easily muscled, pulled, or pushed....I see alot of boaters power right on to the trailer with guides and bunks....they seem very easy to me.....
     
  7. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    We trailered a 250 for 2 months, using an expedition the truck was fine but i'll never do it again!!!! waiting online at the ramp. loading it after a long day on the water ,etc, driving home and un-hooking.
    It was a lot of work now we clean the boat en route to the slip and wash it down close it up and go home.....PRICELESS
     
  8. mermaid

    mermaid New Member

    26
    Mar 31, 2011
    miami
    v260 1984
    350 i/0 mercruiser
    what kind of vehicle is towing it? I have a dodge ram pickup 1500 2 wheel drive. v8. I have the 1984 v260 and have a terrible trailer that someone rigged. I need a new trailer. do you use a double axel or triple? I'm new to this and not sure. the previous b/o cut the front of the trailer to lengthen it. what a mess.
     
  9. mermaid

    mermaid New Member

    26
    Mar 31, 2011
    miami
    v260 1984
    350 i/0 mercruiser
    the guy at the trailer place said I need a 28foot trailer for my boat.??
     
  10. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    You need the trailer that is rated to hold the weight of your boat with water, fuel and gear in it. In my case I have a triple axle King Trailer. It's galvanized with stainless steel disc brakes rated for 8600 lbs.
    http://www.kingtrailers.com/trailers_i3807320.html?catId=158084

    The trailer is 32'-4" and I hang off the back with the transom and outdrive about ~2' .
    May garage is 34' deep and I have 3" to spare with the door closed. Yes it's tight, but it's worth it keeping it indoors, with power and she'd 15 minutes to go get her from the garage & back home to pack.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    240
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    I was wondering what size truck are you guys using to trailer your boats. I have a 77 240sda and have yet to trailer it the 20 or so miles to Lake Mead with my 94 f150 4x4 351 v8. It pulls my bayliner 175 cutty without any problem at all. I towed the Bayliner 3700 miles from Alaska to Las Vegas with no problems. The 240 SDA trailer has brakes on one axle and dual axles.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017
  12. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    I pull my 250 with a 2013 Ram 1500 hemi 4x4 no problem. weighs about 8000lbs with the tri-axle trailer. barely know its back there. with a 351 i wouldn't think you would have issues just make sure your brakes are up to snuff
     
  13. Dez

    Dez New Member

    28
    Sep 27, 2014
    Bradenton, Florida
    2008 240 Sundancer
    2013 Ram Hemi 4X4
    5.0 Mercruiser/Bravo III
    We also tow our 240DA with Ram 1500 4x4 Hemi. No problems at all.
     
  14. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    240
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    Towed my 18 ft Bayliner cutty back to the house from dry storage today and I think that I need to add some octane booster to this crappy fuel we are getting out of California poor girl seems she has a lack of power pulling the boat. Will get the 240SDA out to the lake soon and see how the truck does. Good think I'm retired the projects never seem to end lol.
     
  15. Bryan Hall

    Bryan Hall New Member

    15
    Sep 6, 2017
    South Holsten lake, VA.
    260 express 1978, Garmin 330s gps, hummingbird fish finder/chart plotter
    350 Mercruiser 325hp w/alpha 1 drive
    I'm with you on that one. I do the same thing with my 260. Takes all the stress out of the end of the day. 3 ropes and done!!!!
     
  16. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    240
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    I would really love to have my 240 SDA moored at the marina but theres a mussel infestation at Lake Mead and they get into everything including your heat risers. Then theres the issue of the charges, a 24 footer cost $240.00 a month way out of my retirement income for sure. When I lived in Homer Alaska I use to moor my little Bayliner in the harbor and it cost around $400.00 for the summer. Your right it was great to just go down to the boat hop in and go fishing at a moments notice. Down fall on that was even with the bottom treated the boat use to get barnicles, 2 ft. long seaweed and moss. Clean it all off on Wednesday and it was back by Sunday. It was in the end easier and cheaper to haul the boat down and launch.
     
  17. Bryan Hall

    Bryan Hall New Member

    15
    Sep 6, 2017
    South Holsten lake, VA.
    260 express 1978, Garmin 330s gps, hummingbird fish finder/chart plotter
    350 Mercruiser 325hp w/alpha 1 drive
    I can certainly understand from just the maintenance side....I've pulled my 260 500 miles when I moved from MD to VA and she pulled nice. Safe travels my friend!!!!
     
  18. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Before you can answer that question you need to know....1. That's the weight of the boat and trailer. 2. What's the tow rating of your truck.

    1. Take your boat on the trailer to a truck scale and get it weighed and then be sure and consider the weight of fuel and water on board as well as all the other crap that seems to find it's way on board as well. I used to live in Las Vegas, I know there are a number of scales where you can get it weighed.
    2. Do an online search for Ford Truck Tow Ratings. You will need to know your rear axle ratio.

    That should answer your questions. BTW brakes on one axle is fine.

    Shawn
     
  19. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    240
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    The weight capacity for the truck with it's equipment is 5900lbs I will have to check on the scale locations, I am considering getting another truck or van that will be 3/4 ton or more, almost have the wife talked into it as she knows I want to haul the boat to Oxnard Ca to do some salt fishing.
     
  20. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Not sure what you want to spend but 3 years ago I bought an '06 Ford F250 Lariat Crew Cab. It has the 6.0 Diesel and only 68,000 miles when I bought it. I paid $25,500. It was a 1 owner and it tows my 5800 lbs. like it's not there.
    F250 sm.jpg
     

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