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

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

  1. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Okay, okay I'm in. The 1992 290 DA is the best ever...period.
     
  2. JimG

    JimG Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    This is easy for us seasonal boaters... The one that is safely in your slip come spring! :smt038
     
  3. Kreole Kid

    Kreole Kid Active Member

    May 25, 2009
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    2004 340 Sundancer,
    2008 Yamaha VX1100 Jet Ski
    8.1 Horizons, V-Drives
    I don't know Mike, it kinda looked a little Girlie to me. But I will say that if that car had been Navy Blue or Black, I wouldn't be living in the house that I'm in now.

    I guess I made the right decision cuz I'm really happy with the house and all.
     
  4. FINN-ality

    FINN-ality New Member

    2
    Sep 16, 2010
    Eastern Long Island
    1998 330 EC
    7.4L Mercruiser Horizon 380 HP
    No doubt the 1998- 2000 330 EC. Huge cockpit with the 13.5 beam. Best "hybrid" can be cruised or fished. Ride is unbelievable with the 2.78 L/B ratio and still has a 23 knt cruise.
     
  5. TonyQSC500

    TonyQSC500 New Member

    10
    Jan 7, 2018
    2007 44 sundancer. White hull with black stripe and canvas.
    Cummins QSC 500’s V-drives.
    I love our 44 Da but if there was any boat I wish SR would build again I’d have to say the 97-99 370 EC. It was imo the perfect all around boat. They where great looking also.
     
  6. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    We may just have a resurrection!
     
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  7. TonyQSC500

    TonyQSC500 New Member

    10
    Jan 7, 2018
    2007 44 sundancer. White hull with black stripe and canvas.
    Cummins QSC 500’s V-drives.

    I did not realize how old this was. I’m sorry for resurrecting this old thread.
     
  8. Bridog

    Bridog Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    Previous 220SD, 260DA, 300DA
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    Tony, don't apologize. I'm glad you did. Always a good topic. Hopefully others will chime in. I'm partial to the 2003-2009 340DA.
     
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  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
    Just kidding...post away.
     
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  10. Gary B

    Gary B Member

    139
    May 20, 2015
    Long Island
    2007 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM 11
    230 Weekender (late 80's)
    225 Weekender (2000's)
    240 Sundeck (2000's)
    34 Dancerand 34 AJ (2000's)
    390 Express/Sundancer (late 80's)
    400 Express Cruiser
    48 Sedan Bridge
     
  11. Gimme Time

    Gimme Time Member GOLD Sponsor

    707
    Jan 7, 2007
    Charlottesville, VA./ Deltaville, VA
    2006 52SB, Ray Marine E120, Garmin 7612 through BOE site sponsor,
    QSM11s
    52DB, sweet ride, great styling, love lots of things about her. Must admit the 420AC we sold and had for 10 years was a great boat and extremely user friendly with great space. Like everything in life there are always trade offs. The perfect Boat is weigh over my pay grade and even if I could afford to custom build one it’s only a matter of time before I’d say, I wished I’d a done this a little bit differently!
     
  12. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Agree with the comments about the 2000 era 330 EC, never owned one, but heard nothing but good about it. My all time favorite is the 1999-2002 340DA. Really for me all the Sundancers from 1997 to 2006 or so, they started putting the forward swept arch on them, all of them had similar lines - whether it was 18ft or 50ft, you new it was a SeaRay.
     
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  13. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    The 370EC is a great boat. Those of with older 390ECs would stake our claim as well.
     
  14. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Best all around, all market boat?

    I would put the 03-08 340 DA at or near the top.
     
  15. Ken Wolkens

    Ken Wolkens Member

    103
    May 22, 2014
    Melbourne, FL.
    1988 390 EC
    Gas
    I can't just vote on one. :)

    First, I agree on the 370 Express. Never understood why they discontinued that boat and the smaller 330/340EC version. I was on a 370 this past summer and really like the cockpit and the lines are gorgeous.

    Second, I do love the lines and size of the 390 EC. For us we ended up with a 390EC because it was huge, had bunk beds and was a great value. If I could get this boat completely refitted (diesels, paint refreshed cabin, updated dash...) by a professional that would actually do the job right, I'd consider keeping it.
     
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  16. TonyQSC500

    TonyQSC500 New Member

    10
    Jan 7, 2018
    2007 44 sundancer. White hull with black stripe and canvas.
    Cummins QSC 500’s V-drives.
    We had a 01 340 Aj but we out grew it. If they still made the 370 ec we would have gotten that. We went with the 07 44 da because of the room and we got a good deal on it new in 07 and we for a lot for trade in from the 340.
    They quit making it because it did not sell in Florida. You see them all over the Great Lakes but unfortunately the Great Lake is a small market to Sea Ray. I do not understand how because I would say 70% of the boats you see on the Great Lakes are Sea Rays.
     
  17. ttmott

    ttmott Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    97-2000 400 Sundancer with the Cat's. Well balanced, great handling, and dry machine. I got just less than 1MPG at 22 knots and all in a great stable ride. The engines were mechanical so to run all that was needed fuel and a capability to turn them over. Probably the best hull bottom Sea Ray ever made; wide stable and tracks like on rails. I love my 52DB but my 400DA was simply a wonderful boat. I ran that boat to the Bahamas probably ten times and never questioned it's capability including the times we saw blue water over the boat....
     
  18. gerryb

    gerryb Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 12, 2006
    Somers Point, NJ
    "On Vacation"
    2006 40 Sundancer
    E120 Radar & Garmin 5208
    QSB5.9 380 Cummins
    In no particular order...

    03-08 340
    2001-2008 280
    2000's 225 Weekender
    2004-2008 390/40 DA

    I think the 280 and 340 would be close for their best boat ever built, dollar for dollar.
     
  19. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Add 5 feet... And you are absolutely correct !!!
     
  20. Last Dollar

    Last Dollar Member

    177
    May 10, 2011
    Huntington WV boating the Ohio River and lakes in
    Sea Ray 225
    5.0 Mercruiser
    Anyone notice how so many have liked the 90's model Sea Ray's? I find the aft section of new Sea Rays to be horribly ugly. If I were in the market for a brand new boat it would not be Sea Ray ! In my opinion by 2004 or so things went South with Sea Ray design.
     
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