Lord save me, the hunt continues

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  1. src

    src New Member

    843
    Feb 13, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    2000 310 Sundancer
    1997 175BR
    310: Twin 454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    175: Mercruiser 3.0
    Lord save me, the hunt continues. AND THE HUNT ENDS (I hope)

    Last year we decided to move up the boating scale, adding a cruiser to our "fleet". We finally settled on the 28-29 foot range, and almost bought a '99 Monterey 296. Then stuff happened and we had to put things on hold.

    It's off hold now. I love my wife, and she is just as enthusiastic about getting the boat as I am, and we have the same priorities for the boat. But I'm fighting against "it". As in "I know it when I see it", and "that's not it". I've bounced every reasonable make/model/size combination off of her trying to find "it". Sometimes she will look at two boats of the same make/model/year/features, and say "this one is close", but the other one "is not even close". But no specific reasons why.

    I'm beginning to wonder what a bullet would taste like.

    So today I took her to a broker yard so we can look at a number of boats in the size range, and she could get a feel for them. Guess what she liked. She liked the Bayliner 305. Can I get salt for that bullet? Maybe ketchup?

    We did look at Sea Rays, but most of them were out of our price range, and neither of us is a fan of the 290 layout. But after the Bayliner incident, I figured it was time for a hail-mary pass. I looked around some more, expanded the price criteria a bit, and found several 2000 310's that looked promising. I sent her the info, and waited for the "that's not it".

    "I like it"

    The heavens parted, the angels wept, and a bullet was spared a short but messy trip through my cranium.

    So, we are now officially looking for a 2000 era 310 ('99-'02, if I remember the model breakouts properly). I've started reading the 310 thread, but there's a LOT to chew through. We would prefer outdrives, as I intend to dry-rack the boat when not in use, and like the performance/economy gains.

    What should I be looking out for? What are the pitfalls of the 310's of this era? How prevalent are the head-gasket/water ingestion issues in the 5.7's of that era (most likely what we will end up with). Any relevant advice would be most welcome.

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2013
  2. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    I can't offer you any relevant advice but I had to say that I found your post very entertaining!! Good luck with the hunt! I hope you find "it"!!


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  3. src

    src New Member

    843
    Feb 13, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    2000 310 Sundancer
    1997 175BR
    310: Twin 454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    175: Mercruiser 3.0
    Lord what a weekend. I sent her links to several 310's that seemed decent after I made that post, and around 1 AM she said "This one!". We discussed it, reviewing several other boats just for comparison, and she was certain, and I like the boat too.

    So, bright and early Saturday I get in the car and drive to New Jersey to look at a 310. I like it, discuss it with her, and we make an offer.

    Today I got the call that the offer was (after an obligatory counter-offer) accepted. I don't think it gets any faster than that unless you walk into a showroom with cash.

    Time to line up the survey and sea trial.
     
  4. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    Ditch her! How could you possibly stay with anyone who liked a Bayliner? :grin:
     
  5. pchanson8

    pchanson8 Member

    162
    Apr 16, 2009
    WI
    2000 340 Sundancer
    7.4l mpi
    That is a great boat. Very nice riding and handling. A friend of mine had a 310 and a 340 of the same year and claimed the 310 handled better. I think it has a sharper dead rise. I started looking at the 310 and we ended up at a 340. Went through a similar nightmare when picking our boat out. I have to add though there was never talk of a bayliner
     
  6. src

    src New Member

    843
    Feb 13, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    2000 310 Sundancer
    1997 175BR
    310: Twin 454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    175: Mercruiser 3.0
    The Bayliner was mostly about the cabin layout and use of space. It was one of the few boats where the V berth would sleep both of us comfortably, without overcrowding. Even the 310 we have picked will be tighter.

    But I think we came to a good decision, and can't wait to sea trial her.

    And the boat, too.
     
  7. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    Man, that was fast!! Good luck with the survey & sea trial!


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  8. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Safe Harbor Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    Good one!

     
  9. spikeitaudi

    spikeitaudi Member

    488
    Jun 3, 2011
    Raritan Bay, NJ
    HAD 2006 240 Sundancer
    Merc 5.0L W/ Bravo III
    Please make sure it isn't a Post Sandy restore boat. Just go through it carefully and ask for the history. I have seen some boats that I know where totaled by Sandy up here yet selling as "Almost Perfect Condition".
     
  10. CV-23

    CV-23 Active Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    350 Mags and 6.2L smallblocks are great motors. I have a 350 in my CV-23. My 454 in the 270DA is a very thirsty motor. Both fired up perfect yesterday on the hose, Mike.
     
  11. src

    src New Member

    843
    Feb 13, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    2000 310 Sundancer
    1997 175BR
    310: Twin 454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    175: Mercruiser 3.0
    It's not a Sandy boat - they have stated that explicitly. It was on blocks at the boatyard last year, 20+ miles from the coast and 118' above sea level. There's no visible damage or repairs to the hull/exterior/canvas, and it has old bottom paint (will have to renew ASAP), so there's no "cover-up" of hull repairs.

    Of course, the Surveyor and Mechanic will be ensuring the claims are true.
     
  12. spikeitaudi

    spikeitaudi Member

    488
    Jun 3, 2011
    Raritan Bay, NJ
    HAD 2006 240 Sundancer
    Merc 5.0L W/ Bravo III
    Ok cool. Just wanted to make sure you specifically looked out for that. Just as an example here is my brother-in-laws boat that was submerged. http://cnj.craigslist.org/boa/3730239676.html. I know the history and called the guy to get the story he was telling. Complete fabrication.
     
  13. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Wasn't there something with the late 90s early 00s 310s about water ingestion with the exhaust system???
     
  14. src

    src New Member

    843
    Feb 13, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    2000 310 Sundancer
    1997 175BR
    310: Twin 454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    175: Mercruiser 3.0
    I've seen some reports on that, but only in regards to the 5.0's or 5.7's. I haven't seen anyone report it on 7.4's yet. I also saw another series of posts that said it was V-drives only, not outdrives.

    But so far the gist of what I've seen is that it has happened more than expected, and everything else is indeterminate. I would love to find solid info on it. I will be having the compression checked in any case.
     
  15. Jetgod

    Jetgod Member

    150
    Dec 14, 2012
    Victoria,BC
    310 Sundancer 2000
    5.7 Mag MPI V-drives
    The 1999-2002 310's are awesome boats imo. I recently purchased a 2000-310 after months of research about them. The water ingestion problem is not so common as you might think.As long as the past owners addressed the issue immediately,mods could be done to fix the potential issue. I just finished a haul-out and 2 weeks of washing ,polishing ,painting ,etc and the boat is pristine. All maintenance has been complete and up to date. The layout is very user friendly and the reason I bought it. I looked at newer 310,320's and found the cockpit flow more restrictive. Less beam equals more of a crampy feeling. imo.and that's why I bought the 2000. I think you will love your boat.
     
  16. alwhite00

    alwhite00 Active Member

    May 31, 2010
    Michigan
    1997 250 Sundancer
    5.7 EFI/ BIII
    That's a funny post, My wife's criteria was that it have the "eye shaped windows" - You just never know what's going on in there.

    LK
     
  17. tobrie7

    tobrie7 New Member

    21
    Oct 22, 2009
    Catawba Island, OH
    2014 260 Sundancer
    350 MAG
    Congrats! Enjoy one of the "two best days" of your life!
     
  18. src

    src New Member

    843
    Feb 13, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    2000 310 Sundancer
    1997 175BR
    310: Twin 454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    175: Mercruiser 3.0
    Everyone gave me the "two best days" line when I bought the 175. Yeah, it was a MUCH smaller check, but I haven't regretted it for a minute, and still plan to get plenty of enjoyment out of it. But this new boat, knock on wood, is a life choice. This is where we want to be in 5, 10, 20 years and beyond.
     
  19. src

    src New Member

    843
    Feb 13, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    2000 310 Sundancer
    1997 175BR
    310: Twin 454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    175: Mercruiser 3.0
    Closed on the boat today. They are taking care of a few service items, and then it will be shipped down to me within the next 2/3 weeks. Thanks to everyone for all the advice!
     
  20. 1956olds

    1956olds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 31, 2009
    michigan,saginaw bay
    1992 370 ec
    twin cummins 6bta's 300 hp
    Rl80 pathfinder radar/chartplotter,SH 2150 matrix vhf w/ais
    quicksilver 8
    Congrats and happy boating.
     

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