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

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

  1. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 4, 2008
    LONG ISLAND SOUND
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    The 450 da of course !!!!
     
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  2. comsnark

    comsnark New Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    NJ Shore
    SeaRay SunSport
    5.7LX
    and that would be the 2000 290SS, correct?

    Clearly. . it don't get better than that.
     
  3. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's

    Very close, but one year off..... 1998 450 Dancer....:smt038
     
  4. floriduramax1

    floriduramax1 Active Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Florida
    280DA, Magic Tilt triple axle, 2006 GMC 2500 D/A
    T4.3/ Alpha
    x2 on the 280DA... Lol
     
  5. jason78

    jason78 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Sep 3, 2008
    Fort Mill, SC / Lake Wylie
    1997 20 Outrage
    200 Merc Offshore
    I would tend to agree with the comments on the 2001-2009 280DA. Obviously I am a little biased but unless I am mistaken, (and I am almost sure I am not on this one), this hull design had the longest production run of any other Sport Cruiser in the 2000s (with same hull and only cosmetic changes year to year). I believe that says alot.

    Maybe even the longest model run SR has ever had of a Single hull. Not positive of that though, don't know enough about pre-2000 Sea Rays to be sure.

    If I could have any Sport Cruiser though it would be the 03and 1/2-08 340DA, hands down. I plan to own one some day.

    Now if I could have any Sport Yacht, hard choice........
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2010
  6. Zorba

    Zorba Active Member

    May 21, 2008
    East Harbor, Lake Erie
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Mercruiser
    Hands down the 1998-2002 330/370 EC's/Amberjacks. Those beauties had a fat ass and plenty of muscle behind tem with the Diesels.
     
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  7. Pietro

    Pietro Active Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Rome, Italy
    1990 390 EC
    3208 375HP CAT
    As biased as you..:grin: I know, but I believe that the 390EC has one clean design that is the best expression of the classic SRs of the eighties. Its lay out is just perfect.
    Great use of the space available with the convertible guest stateroom that becomes a part of the salon. (the 400EC lay out was wrong, in my opinion, because the convertible cabin was on the same side of the salon sofa) and having double bunks makes easier to host friends that do not want to share the same bed.

    A more modern SR I love, is the 52DA.
     
  8. melida

    melida Member

    849
    Apr 1, 2009
    Istanbul-TURKEY
    Sea Ray 2007 375 DA
    Sea Ray 2005 315 DA Sold
    2xYANMAR 6LPA-STP 315 HP V-drives, 4kw Onan gen, radar, gps, autopilot, bow&stern thrusters, sat tv
    680SS/705 the biggest SeaRay ever made.
    Best regards.
    Melida
     
  9. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I bet this girl, the circa 1992 650 Cockpit Motoryacht, would rival the 680 in size, particularly since she was made during the peak of SeaRay's conservative nomenclature: (over 72' loa)
    [​IMG]

    As far as quality/best goes, I have no idea. The only one I've ever seen was a 30" model in a showcase at a SeaRay dealer.

    She was a little stubby at the stern imo, and probably would've benefitted from another 3-5' in length, but otherwise a good-looking motoryacht.
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2010
  10. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    What year and model is it?
     
  11. melida

    melida Member

    849
    Apr 1, 2009
    Istanbul-TURKEY
    Sea Ray 2007 375 DA
    Sea Ray 2005 315 DA Sold
    2xYANMAR 6LPA-STP 315 HP V-drives, 4kw Onan gen, radar, gps, autopilot, bow&stern thrusters, sat tv
    680SS/705 produced between 2001-2006
    Best regards.
    Melida
     
  12. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Oops - should've mentioned the model of the boat I posted. That's a 650 Cockpit Motoryacht. Production began in '92. Apparently only a dozen of them were produced.
     
  13. KatzNDogs

    KatzNDogs New Member

    79
    Apr 26, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    2001 310 Sundancer (current)
    1988 300 Weekender(Sold)
    1987 268 Sundancer (sold)
    Twin 350 MIE Horizon's
    IMO, some of the best build SR's ranged from the late 70's to early 80's 260's.

    My father had a 79' 260 SRV with a yellow hull. I mean the boat was nice, at the time it really must have bean a piece of ass boat. Small block with an 8' beam it really was a go everywhere boat.

    I don't know how others feel but I grew up on these boats and own one now. I love all SR's like like I love my kids. I love them for all that they are the good and the bad.

    Like you love America, your home town, or your favorite breed of dog. It's hard to describe.

    Man the winter sucks...I miss my boat!
     
  14. KRB64

    KRB64 New Member

    782
    Oct 12, 2006
    Central Kentucky or Dale Hollow Lake
    '76 SRV195 (our first) -> moved up to
    '78 240 WE (now 4 sale because ->)
    '82 260 DA shared
    A Ford 351, a couple GM 350s and a Cummins 6BT to pull it all (W250)
    And that seems to be how the thread is running...

    I think what the OP was getting at is can't everyone get or afford a '59 Caddy but the majority agree and respect it for one of the best ever built. Granted the '59 had lines and quality to covet but wouldn't be very practical today for everyday use. Same goes for the lifestyle of most boaters, although older models can be refitted with electronics and repowers.

    So when was the pinnacle of Sea Ray's prestige as a boat to be respected and revered? And of that era (or eras), what model within?
     
  15. skillz48047

    skillz48047 Member

    125
    Jun 3, 2009
    Anchor Bay, Lk St Clair
    1987 390 Express Cruiser, furno radar, humminbird 958c, auto-pilot, extended swim platform, nautley
    Twin 454's
    i would have to say the late 80's 390 express cruiser. i am biased because i own one, but i do have reasons for my choice: it can sleep 6 adults, it has a seperate stand up shower, lots of room inside and out, it only drafts a little over 3 feet, a 14' beam makes it ride nice and smooth....its the perfect choice for a day on the lake or a serious trip for an extended period of time
    but like they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    that being said i was a owner of a 85 250 sundancer for 10 years and it will definitley not get my vote!!!!!! 5 lbs of crap in a 2 lb sack, too many atempted ammenities for such a small boat, under under under (did i mention under) Powered!!!!!
     
  16. BlewByYou88

    BlewByYou88 Member

    954
    Jul 24, 2010
    Arizona
    268 Sea Ray Sundancer 1988
    2X 4.3L 4bbl Mercs w/ Alphas
    The 268 is deffinatley something special! One of the only boats Sea Ray made with an odd ball number :grin:
     
  17. 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
    Interesting, I own a 400EC and a 1988 270 Sundancer. The 270 was my first boat, bought it in 2001. Lost both engines the next year and another two years later as a result of a bad mechanic. But I love my 270. Twin 4.3L engines. Only 350 horse. Wish it had the 260 instead of the 175 horse. But the boat rides nice. Looks good. Loves to get up and run. Sleeps 6. Has a 10ft 3inch beam. Great lines. Now with the new canvas and the engines running tremendously good - I buy the 400EC. But the 270 is a great boat. :smt038
     
  18. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    3
    Jun 11, 2009
    ma
    2700 conti
    2-350's
    the 268 and 270da 1983 untill 1988 as well as the 340's da @ ec 1984 untill 1988 are the boats that made sea ray what they are now
     
  19. Marcus E

    Marcus E New Member

    97
    Dec 14, 2010
    Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer
    8.1 Mercruisers
    I'm purchasing a 2002 34 with 8.1L engines. I've read countless articles on water ingestion, so it's clear I need to have a good survey, mechanics check -up, and detailed maintenance records. Any further insight regarding this model/year...boat characteristics?

    Thanks
     
  20. jason78

    jason78 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Sep 3, 2008
    Fort Mill, SC / Lake Wylie
    1997 20 Outrage
    200 Merc Offshore
    Marcus, welcome to the forum. Just a tip- It is considered bad forum etiquitte to post the same question in multiple threads, especially when you end up "hijacking" existing threads that have nothing to do with the queston you asked.

    Part of the theme here is we *try* the best we can to keep topics within a thread so it is easier for people to see the information later on when looking up the same issue. Multiple threads will spread your prospective answers all over the place and you might miss some good info. The thread you started in the Gas Engine section should do the trick.

    Happy New Year!
     

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