Which Sundancer to Buy?

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Need a Bigger Boat, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Need a Bigger Boat

    Need a Bigger Boat New Member

    Apr 13, 2012
    I owned a 19' Sea Ray that I sold last season. I am looking to upgrade to a 25' to 27' Sundancer. I have looked at a couple late 80s 268s with 454s and one mid 90s 250. I hear the 268s are a little underpowered. We live in Chicago and boat on Lake Michigan. Looking for something to do weekend trips on and cruise the city. Would like to stay under $20k. Any intel or recommendations are appreciated.
  2. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Couple things...
    1. Welcome to CSR!
    2. I find it hard to believe the 268 with a 454 would be underpowered. A speedboat? Maybe not, but not underpowered.
    3. With the models you posted, $20k should not be a problem. Search yachtworld & the like, then board as many as you can. There are some significant differences between the models you mention. Use the internet & actual visits to narrow your search & buy the most mechanically sound one you can find. Thats my story & I'm sticking to it.
  3. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Active Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Also, in your search look at late 80s early 90s 280 dancers. Amazing how big those boats are.
  4. just me

    just me New Member

    Apr 19, 2008
    Ozark MO
    268 Sundancer 1988
    twin 4.3 A1
    ........... Check your PM's.
  5. Her Diamond 2

    Her Diamond 2 Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Midland, Ontario, Canada
    2004 300 Sundancer
    5.0L MPI - 260HP - Bravo 3
    I owned a 1989 250 Sundancer with a 350 (260 hp) for 7 years and loved the boat and I had a few friends that had 268 Sundancers. I preferred the 250 since the forward berth was 6 ft long so sleeping was a breeze. It was just me and my wife so converting the forward birth to a table once and awhile was not a big deal. My friends preferred the fixed dinette on the 268 but that dinette came at the cost of a smaller forward berth. Performance wise, I had no problems with the 350 in my 250 sundancer but most people say the 268 needs the 454. Size wise, the dimensions of the 250 and 268 are only 1 1/2 ft difference so the layout may help you decide. The other benefit is the from 1989 up the 250 has an integrated swimplatform/bow pulpit and an updated interior which I preferred a little more. That said, both are great boats and you can't go wrong. Just make sure you get a survey.

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