Vintage Pictures

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  1. Ericinmich

    Ericinmich Active Member

    92
    Dec 12, 2021
    48 Sundancer, 2007... formally PapaG's
    Cummins
    1668615487581-fae5a856-209c-47d7-9654-5f55a5e14d04_.jpg I tried to find a thread showing pictures of old Sea Rays in their prime, decided to start a new one. I came across this picture while showing my 95yr old dad some they had taken when I was a kid. I think it's a 1976 SRV 180 (17.5 ft boat, 188 I/O, 302 ford V8, 18gal tank). It was basically our boat to use as teenagers and boy did we have fun. That thing flew, over 50 mpg if the gauge was right, and if you timed it right you could get it to launch out of the water (get it purposing with engine tilted up and hammer it). It was a beast, but never let us down! Ran it empty on Mullet Lk (northern MI) many times while water skiing, etc.

    Pissed when my parents sold it and didn't tell me, they wanted an open bow. I'd buy it back in a minute if I could find it!

    And yes, that is me at the helm!
     
  2. Wanderer 290

    Wanderer 290 Well-Known Member

    773
    Jul 1, 2019
    Traverse City
    01 sea ray 290 sundancer
    Twin 5.7 b3’s
    That is an awesome picture and story. Quite parallel to my younger days and I live in No. Mi.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    448
    Aug 29, 2011
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    1997 Sea Ray 330DA
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser
    My father's 1976 (I think) SRV240 Hardtop. He spent lots of hours trout/salmon fishing out of Oscoda, MI. Although I was always attracted to Sea Rays this was my first direct experience with the brand. Going to the Detroit Boat Shows as a teenager in the 1960's , I was always dreaming of either a Slickcraft or a Sea Ray. It took me a lot of years to get there, but I'm now on my 4th Sea Ray.

    Dad's Sea Ray.jpg
     
  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    Boatless in WA
    No motor
    Wow, this is great. Keep 'em coming.
     
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  5. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Well-Known Member

    988
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8
    When we were all young ... at least here in Utah it was rare to own a boat. I remember my first time on a boat it was around when I was 6 or 7. My family and three others went to a lake in Idaho
    " Redfish lake" those of you that have been to this small lake know how special it is.
    Anyways one of my dads co workers had a boat... don't know what it was. I do know when I strapped on that big puffy orange life jacket the smell of it , the fiberglass smell of the boat, the smell of that outboard firing up and then a ride on all glass water on the lake I was hooked!

    Then other visits to local lakes over the years and the chance to go out on a friends grand fathers boat... just the smells of the marina and the feel of being on the water was magical.

    I think about it today every time I arrive at our marina and I get a familiar smell it always brings me back and then reminds me how fortunate I have been over the years. It wasn't until I was 15 that I bought my first boat and have enjoyed every boat I have owned.

    I always smile big when I see a good old boat on the water I will always take the time to stop and talk about there boat , where it came from, the history behind it.

    On this day I am thankful for all my boating years!
     
  6. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Well-Known Member

    988
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8
    Here is a good coffee table book.
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  7. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Well-Known Member

    988
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8
  8. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Well-Known Member

    988
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8
  9. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Well-Known Member

    988
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8
  10. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Well-Known Member

    988
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8
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  11. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    And one day our boats will be these vintage pictures...
     
  12. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha I Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
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    While not a picture of our boat, we had one of these; a '76 Carina 18 foot with the Chevy 250CI inline six with the Merc Alpha outdrive behind. It was a hand-me-down from the wife's grandparents. I used to tend to its needs when we'd go visiting them at their cabin. They bought a new boat as the Carina was getting pretty long in the tooth. I tried earnestly to buy it from her grandfather, but he wouldn't accept a dime. "Hell, you're the only one who gives a damn about that boat; you keep her!" We ran that old girl for many years, teaching both friends and family how to waterski, and endlessly towing the kids on their innertubes. What a great boat!
     
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  13. Timeflys

    Timeflys Well-Known Member

    644
    Dec 7, 2013
    Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada
    "Frequent Flyer"
    2002 Sundancer 360
    Merc Horizon 8.1s
    A938BF62-D734-49E0-A0CB-88EA40380B36.jpeg My first Searay… a 1979 SRV 220 with a 228 hp Mercruiser.

    New to me around 1988 …. Grenadier Island beach. A great river boat!
     
  14. rwvw415

    rwvw415 Active Member

    332
    Jul 16, 2007
    Tennessee
    2007 48 Sundancer
    QSC 8.3 V Drives
    E7B6B66B-D473-43C4-8523-869D58EE91EF.jpeg My 1987 all original Pachanga 22 still in its prime.
     
  15. Maybe A Dancer

    Maybe A Dancer Became a Dancer 12/23/21 PLATINUM Sponsor

    817
    Aug 20, 2021
    Florida West Coast
    Started out as MAYBE A DANCER
    Became a Dancer - 12/23/21
    450 DA Sundancer running CAT 3126
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    Thanks for this tip

    Just ordered
     
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  16. OllieC

    OllieC Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 11, 2013
    N.W. ‘Sconnie
    Sara Belle
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    My dad was given that same boat back in 1998. He rebuilt the OMC 350 and had the interior redone. We used it out of Huntington Harbor in CA to fish and cruise when we’d go out to visit. Loved that boat, when it ran. We nicknamed it the Yellow Bomber.
     
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  17. Mauler34Rod

    Mauler34Rod Well-Known Member

    539
    Aug 26, 2020
    Chicago Lake Michigan
    2001 380 Sundancer, Raymarine radar, chart plotter and gps
    454 MPII Mercruiser w/ V Drives
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    My 1984 19’ Seville, bought new from B & E in Michigan City, IN.
    4 banger gas miser, trimmed out with two people she’d do 43mph. Had a blast on that boat for 22 years. Even though it was a Seville (economy edition), I never had any issues with her. IMO she still had the Sea Ray quality built in. Man, sure would be nice to have her now with the fuel prices like they are.
     
  18. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Suncoast of Florida
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    Ahhh, the teak of it all.........
     
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  19. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    You got the last one, was going to order.
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  20. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha I Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    'Thinking of you...
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