Loved the 270 SunDeck but it's time to sell (I think)

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by SeaNile, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. SeaNile

    SeaNile Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    West Chester, PA
    2005 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck w/496
    Mercruiser 496 MAG
    Seriously considering selling my 270 SunDeck with 496. Love the boat but really have zero time to use the boat. Nothing worse than owning a boat and juts having it sit...

    Do you guys go through the same thoughts or do you use your boats often?
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  2. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    Yep. That's why I sold my 300DA when I lived in Jersey. Not getting enough use, especially with the relatively short season. I felt extremely guilty if I couldn't get down to the boat at least once a week. Sometimes I'd go a whole month because of work and/or weather and not even use it! Just didn't make sense. But then again, when does it when it comes to boats? Did something change for you to re-evaluate it? Kids grown, job, etc? Good luck with your decision but judging by your signature will be back.... just like me. ;)
  3. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Have you though of moving?
  4. WV 320 Dancer

    WV 320 Dancer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 28, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 320
    Twin 350 MAG - V Drive
    My wife was very ill last year and the boat was out of the slip one time. We are boaters so we just moved up... We love boating and I am two years from retirement. I plan on spending as much time as I can once the opportunity presents itself. Have you considered changing your boat to see if you would use it more? I know all about life and work getting in the way believe me. We are on boat number 7 in almost 36 years of boating...
  5. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Seanisle and WV.... I was in the same situation....not with an ill wife or non use but Kids went to college (3 at the same time) and they hated the boat a 260 Sundeck at the time... I sold it and bought a pontoon by mistake at the Chicago boat show that winter. The idea was no wax..hose down the whole thing and leave it on the lift year around... Use it to go to lunch with my wife or hang out in a cove. That lasted one year sold it and bought our current boat and put it on a Great Lake instead of an inland lake in now are up every weekend they can... We love it like a second home.. Things change ...find something you might like and change how you boat... And if that doesn't work change again.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
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  6. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    I have always said I would sell the boat if I didn't use it regularly. Last year usage was down but that was due to the unprecedented rain we had. I expect this year we will be out every nice weekend and many nice days during the week.
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  7. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Member

    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    When I was 54 my company closed my office and moved it down south. I lived in a house that was custom built for my boat, and the launch ramp was 2 miles away. The new office location would have put me hours away from a ramp, and even then it would have been salt water.

    Faced with the dilemma, I figured there was only one reasonable thing to do, since regular boating would not have been happening. Also, trying to find a good job at my age was not going to be easy.

    I quit my job.

    I did some consulting and it took years to get back up to my previous salary. But I went boating every week in the interim.

    It's all about priorities.
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  8. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    I agree ..change your boating. We had a Bayliner 245 that we never used because we hated it. I would take it out fishing occasionally, but my wife couldn’t stand being on it. Just too many bad experiences. Sold it and bought the 340 and now we use it virtually every weekend ..not to mention summer vacations are now boating vacations. (150 hrs last season) It’s the perfect boat for us and we can’t get enough.
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  9. WV 320 Dancer

    WV 320 Dancer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 28, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 320
    Twin 350 MAG - V Drive
    That is impressive considering where you live...hats off to you sir...
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  10. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    I think this is part of the ebb and flow of boating for those of us who have water in our veins. Situations change, kids/grandkids grow up or lose interest, you get older, it gets harder to maintain because of your knees, back, __fill in the blank____, health problems, etc. All of that has happened to us in one form or another. However, one thing in our lives has remained a constant........the boat and love of being out on the water. My wife took a serious fall on a boat that required shoulder surgery and 16 weeks of re-hab 3 years ago at about the same time our grandkids reached the stage that is wasn't cool to be with your parents/grandparents. We couldn't and nobody else wanted to go to Florida. I considered selling the boat, but I could never replace it with another one in anywhere near the same condition for the money I could get out of mine. So, we just hung on a dealt with a couple of years of low useage and higher overhead costs since we had to have the marina do occasional washing and detailing. Now, my daughter is heavy into paddle boarding, the grandkids are in college and my son and his wife are almost empty nesters and he is constantly looking for cheap flights to Panama City Beach on Southwest. Life and boating has about entered another phase....the boat? Still in the same slip and still rewarding us with wonderful days on the water.

    My advice is to decide if you have water in your veins like me, then take a long term view before selling a perfectly good boat.
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