1984 walkaround?

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  1. Boywelder

    Boywelder New Member

    4
    Feb 12, 2018
    1989 Chris craft
    4.3 liter mercruiser
    Hello
    I am looking at buying a 1984 24' sea ray walkaround With a 350 mercruiser
    Is there anything I should know about theses boat or any common problems I should look For?
    How does it ride/handle swells and how is it for ocean fishing?

    Thanks
    Carter
     
  2. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
  3. Boywelder

    Boywelder New Member

    4
    Feb 12, 2018
    1989 Chris craft
    4.3 liter mercruiser
  4. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    That is a pretty rare model. I have never seen one. It's a 34 year old boat....what kind of condition is it in? I've been on this forum for 10 years and I have never seen this model referenced. However, I'm sure the hull is the same for all of the SRV 245 models that year. There are several guys that have one of the other models so someone will get back to you. I did own a 1987 S-24 Sorrento (Cuddy) with the same engine package as the one you are looking at. I suspect the hulls were pretty similar. We liked the boat a lot and took it to Catalina Island from Long Beach, CA (26 miles) several times and we never felt nervous. That said, you do have to pick your days on a boat that size on the open ocean.

    With a boat that old it is imperative to get a professional marine survey done prior to purchase with a focus on the integrity of the transom and , stringers and floor/deck. You don't want to deal with any rot. Do you have any pictures?

    Shawn
     
  5. Boywelder

    Boywelder New Member

    4
    Feb 12, 2018
    1989 Chris craft
    4.3 liter mercruiser
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  6. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Interesting.... I don't fish so I can't offer anything there but, from the looks of the outdrive and the throttle/shifter it appears that someone has done some updating. The drive appears to be an Alpha I which I don't think came out until '85 but it looks newer than that.

    Get the survey, make sure the structure is sound before proceeding. Good Luck
    Shawn
     
  7. Boywelder

    Boywelder New Member

    4
    Feb 12, 2018
    1989 Chris craft
    4.3 liter mercruiser
    Ya it has a rebuilt 350

    Thanks for the info
     
  8. alanber

    alanber New Member

    9
    Apr 17, 2015
    Florida
    2000 28 ft sundancer
    454 mercruiser with bravo drive
    Walk around cuddy fisherman Sea Ray is rare . They are around
    I have a 1984 SRV 21 . Owning one 20 years . Live in Central Fl.
    Original engine was 4 cylinder Mercruiser 488 . 188 HP Frugal on fuel burn
    Lots of fishing room all sides, and a plus walking up front too fish .
    Small cuddy with head under seat . Adult cant stand , 2 can lay out over night and ruff it .
    Always thought I maintained boat but now I am faced with transom work . Discovered a soft transom when I was swapping engine . Never had any indication , no surface cracks
    As a boater all my life ( now a young 70 ) I am faced with a common problem with older boats . FIX OR NOT TOO FIX .
    Few years ago I purchased a 31 ft twin gas guzzling fancy cruiser, My water condo . Leave at a marina at ocean . Cant compare boats, both boats offer different features , but with a smaller fishing boat you are really mobile. Not tied too marina .
    Striping engine room, removed gimbal , Wood is rotted . Water intrusion . Big job
    Doing more searching discovered some of the floor stringers around gas tank cavity is also soft . Feeling foam that too felt wet .
    DAMN . what does one do . Rip floor re- do everything .
    Sending out too a shop labor cost is way too much
    Collector car its an investment . A boat , is not
    I have been trying too sell with a vg trailer ., Hoping a young person wants too roll up their sleeves and salvage this fun boat .
    I have a 3.7 165 HP with 17 hours , Truly a drop & go ,. new old inventory
    Its a old boat . There will be problems . If boat has a 4 cylinder those engines are aluminum blocks . Prone too issues . Cheap fuel burn , easy too work on but parts are scarce , expensive . Manifold & risers costly .
    My biggest enjoyment at boat ramp
    Fellow boaters say, Never knew Sea Ray made a walk around cuddy cabin
    From what I understand Sea Ray made the fisherman model then shifted too Laguna
    Early Laguna had similar body style , with bit larger & higher cuddy cabin . IO
    Within few years same body with OB . Eventually center consoles , OB
    Your forum post was a few months ago . Hope my response helps
    Curious did you find a nice fisherman
     

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