Who runs a 320 or smaller Dancer in open water?

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by scooper321, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    That’s a great trip. I remember when you were talking about making it last season.
    Keep in mind though that the South Shore of Long Island is very different than the North Shore.
    I’ve got no experience with Shinnecock inlet, or east of the Great South Bay for that matter. The furthest east I ever go is Fire Island.
    But if you make that trip and decide to run inside because of weather or the need for fuel just beware that the bays between the barrier Islands and Long Island itself are very shallow with narrow channels and zero room for error. It’s well known that Moriches Bay requires local knowledge to pass through without running aground. One of the big reasons I don’t go there. Well that, and I like the city better. Lol! Most people I know that regularly head east avoid Moriches Bay altogether, or call either Boat US or Seatow to talk or guide them through it before they go.
    I’m very familiar with the 3 most West inlets (East Rockaway, Jones, Fire Island) and go in and out of them fishing on a 22’ boat. But if you’re unfamiliar with inlets in general and need to go in or out of them, just be sure to give them some respect. They can be like going through a whirlpool at times. Slack tide would be best for a first timer. Once you do it a few times it will be no problem at all in your boat.
    BTW: If you do make the trip, you should do at least an overnight somewhere on Fire Island if you’ve never done it before. Both Sailor’s Haven and Watch Hill are Federal Parks so no problem with not being a resident of a particular town in order to use their town Marina.
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  2. Vince_nj1

    Vince_nj1 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 25, 2008
    North Barnegat Bay
    2006 320 V-Drives 6.2s, Bow Thruster, Generator, Raymarine C80, Radar, Fish Finder
    6.2 Horizons 320HP
    If you are going in the ocean and it is a little rough make sure your store your coffee pot in a safe place. Next to impossible to find a replacement if it bounces out and breaks. You will usually have a following sea in the summer going up the coast of NJ and a head sea coming back so expect a longer trip south.
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  3. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    Practical advice! Like it! And no worries on the coffee pot:
  4. Siboatguy

    Siboatguy Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 28, 2016
    1999 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer
    2005 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer
    2005 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer
    Twins V-Drives
    8.1 Mercruiser
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  5. Todd320

    Todd320 Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    My wife moved the coffee pot to a “safer” space, the sink. One bump and it smashed into pieces. At least it wasn’t on the floor, I guess.
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