What are the best boats Sea Ray has built and Why?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MonacoMike, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    The ‘59 Cadillac is revered by many enthusiasts as the best car they ever built. Some folks believe their CTS is the best Cadillac ever. What are the best boats Sea Ray has built and Why?
    MM
     
  2. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2007 Pro-Line 20 Sport
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1 & 135 Honda OB
    2001+ 280 Sundancer. But I'm a bit biased.
     
  3. Big Island Lifer

    Big Island Lifer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2010
    Minnesota
    '96 330 Formula SS
    For Sale '85 255 Amberjack
    Single 5.7
    My favorite is the 92-94 310 amberjack. I love the lines and the WIDE open cockpit! As a day boater you can't get any better.
     
  4. Skuza

    Skuza Active Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Lake St Clair, MI
    400 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizons
    The one that fits it's owners specific needs-physically and financially. The love formed from that match makes it the best boat SR ever made. A loved boat lasts longer than a well built one.
     
  5. billnpat

    billnpat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 15, 2009
    Lindenhurst N.Y.
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Onan 21.5Kw di
    Twin-Zeus-Cummins QSC 600 (T-574 hp - 420 kW) Zeus Propulsion includes Helm joystick, Skyhook® Stati
    Being a new boater, i've been told the 2001-2002 310 Sundancer was very popular
    :huh: Thats what i heard after i bought it from other boaters
     
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  6. garryowen

    garryowen New Member

    689
    Mar 3, 2008
    colorado river
    230 weekender-

    -310 sundancer
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III-

    -twin 7.4 mfi w/Bravo III's
    the white and colored ones with the stylized S R emblems on the side.
    :grin::smt043
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2010
  7. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    This could be an interesting thread! Being new to Sea Ray I would say the 22' Pachanga would be a great choice for a large sport boat with offshore capabilities. When it comes to Cruisers, They need seperated between the IO's and Inboards. A single motor 270/290 DA has a lot to offer and look great on the water....for twins the 300DA would be hard to beat with 350's or 6.2L. When it comes to Inboards...the 340DA and 350DA seem like the staple of Sea Ray's business over the years. Just my thoughts and 6 months as a Sea Ray Owner.....I'll be a 90's owner for a while, Mike.
     
  8. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    The 2001-2009 280DA and the 240SD of the same era are two of the best all around layouts that Sea Ray has ever designed. The early 90's AJ's were great layouts too.
     
  9. Larry&Leisa

    Larry&Leisa Active Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Keystone Lake Oklahoma
    1999 330EC
    454's
    I've gotta go with the 240SD as it was such a great all around boat for us. Handle the roughest lake water, carried a lot of people, great for towables and skiers and if I had of ever gotten around to getting the camper canvas I'm sure we would have slept on it.

    I love my EC for the way we want to boat.... for now. :smt001
     
  10. 1bigjim

    1bigjim New Member

    3
    Apr 27, 2010
    Nebraska
    Pachanga
    Twin 502s Bravo X drives
    PACHANGA - It was ahead of it's times. I started with 22 with a 496 now I have moved up to a 27 with Twin 502's.
    Rides like a dream in rough water and will hit 75 when needed.:grin:
     
  11. Redhook98

    Redhook98 New Member

    893
    Aug 28, 2008
    Potomac River
    2000 Velocity 260
    496 HO, Bravo IX
    Hate to say it, but your not going to get many straight answers on this. Everyone will side with their own boat. After all, thats why they bought it, right? I was partial to my AJ before going to a sedan bridge. And I will tell you that those are the best they ever made. I know I am wrong, but will tell you that anyway.......

    Best all-around may have to be the older 268 though. best comprimise for size, engine and weight. The newer 290/310 are in there as well. Of course we all knwo that the best ever made is the 1983 340 Sedan Bridge though.... ;-)
     
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  12. boltman

    boltman Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 28, 2005
    Flint/Swartz Creek MI, Ported in Whitehall/Montagu
    480 Sedan Bridge
    "Sea Ray's Best Boat Ever Made"
    700 hp MANS Diesels Thundering Cathedrals of Torque!!
    i HAVE TO AGREE, THE PACHANGA WAS INDEED THE BEST BOAT THEY BIULT...DAMN WOULD THAT BOAT FLY. I RODE IN A 22 FROM THE BOX, IT WOULD RUN AT 84MPH T WAS CRASY...I JUST LOOKED AT A FEW ON LINE AS PROJECT BOATS, BUT DAMN THERE'S ONE IN MINT CONDITION STILL FOR 34,000 DOLLARS, ITS A 27 FOOTER, BAD ASS BOAT...
     
  13. Searaybio270

    Searaybio270 Active Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Bush River on the Cheasapeake Bay
    1996 EC, Garmin 3210, Dinghy - Seadoo Jet boat with twin 85 horse. Fun and Fast.
    7.4 MC 360 HP each
    Westerbeke 7KW
    My Sea Ray unless it isn't running right!!!:grin: :smt038
     
  14. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    I would have to go with a 2001-2009 240SD, but I reserve the right to change that as soon as I find my next Sea Ray.:thumbsup:
     
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  15. bblack

    bblack Member

    225
    Jul 23, 2007
    Canton Ohio
    2012 470 DA
    Cummins Diesels QSB 480 Zeus
    I,ve had 11 different SeaRay's but the one that stands out as the most for the money was a 1995 400 express. For what that boat cost and the for the way it ran, with gas motors, that would be my vote. What a great boat. I sold that boat in 97 and bought a 400 DA and knew I made a mistake the first time I drove it. ( winter purchase).
     
  16. wetpaint

    wetpaint New Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 2, 2007
    Cape Cod/Caribbean
    41 Lipari Catamaran
    2 x Volvo 30hp
    I vote for 48 dancer
     
  17. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda

    I am leaning that way too. What a sexy boat! I don't have first hand knowledge on the performance but it seems pretty good for that much boat. I still will like the performance of the 410DA if I get the damn thing!
     
  18. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Can you eloborate?
     
  19. bblack

    bblack Member

    225
    Jul 23, 2007
    Canton Ohio
    2012 470 DA
    Cummins Diesels QSB 480 Zeus
    Yes, The 400 Express had great dock manners. It was not injected so I could set the idle where I wanted it, not where Mercury wanted it to be. The Express was a direct drive so it was a better balanced boat. The layout on the dancer was better but the express was a better "running" boat. Since then I've had a 410, a 420, and a 44 all dancers so I didn't hate the 97 400, I just really liked the 400 express.
     
  20. Searaybio270

    Searaybio270 Active Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Bush River on the Cheasapeake Bay
    1996 EC, Garmin 3210, Dinghy - Seadoo Jet boat with twin 85 horse. Fun and Fast.
    7.4 MC 360 HP each
    Westerbeke 7KW
    BB.........
    I'll let you know during the summer how I feel about my 400EC. My father-in-law has a 37ft Sundancer. Nice boat but he likes my 400EC I think a little bit more.
    :thumbsup:
     

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