Wow cruisers are different from high perfpormance

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by wet_rat, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. wet_rat

    wet_rat New Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    99 Velocity 320
    7.4 MPI
    Hello Sea Ray owners. I am not new to the boating world but I am considering the jump from high performance to cruiser. The boat I am looking for will need to accomodate a small family, only 3 and our 4 legged friend. We would like to have a vessel that can support trips from coastal NC to the Bahamas, maybe Canada--we like to travel. I have looked at alot of boats from the Sundancer to the Express Cruiser to a few Sedan Bridge. I am torn between gas and diesel and what size we would need to support our lifestyle. Would really like some opinions. Thanks in advance
  2. katricol

    katricol Active Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    For longtrips gas is not an option. The more you use them, the more diesels make sense.
  3. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Agreed - I think for Northern cruises, Diesel Sedan Bridge - that's the way to go.
  4. Jimmy Buoy

    Jimmy Buoy Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    340 Amberjack
    twin 8.1S 370 Hp + 4.5 Westerbeke Genset
    A 40" SS Formula with twin diesels and Bravo III's would do the trick! :thumbsup:
  5. shinsr

    shinsr Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    Long island / Peconic
    2008 48DA (prior 2007 44DA)
    Wet Rat
    I was in your shoes a few years ago - went from a Formula 29 fas tec then had the family (and the dog!). Went to a 37PC for several years, but as said above, if you really want to cover some ground you really should consider diesels, and give up on the outdrives as they are not as reliable and require additional maintenance (especially if you put alot of hours on it). Once my son grew a little more we wanted the second stateroom so just went to a 44 - dont see myself needing to go bigger for a real long time. Good luck!
  6. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

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

    +1 :thumbsup:
  7. tdappleman

    tdappleman Active Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Kill Devil Hills, NC
    1996 270 Sundancer
    New twin 4.3's - 235hp each with Alpha 1 Gen 2 Drives
    If you're looking for range between stops you are going to want to most likely eliminate gassers. The Sundancer, Express or Sedan Bridge part is really a personal preference. You may want to go out in the models you narrow it down to so you can ensure you and your family like the ride. Where are you in NC?

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