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Sea Ray vs Rinker

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by Mojo Risin, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Mojo Risin

    Mojo Risin New Member

    12
    Jun 22, 2010
    Georgian Bay
    21 foot Cuddy
    305 GM Block
    5.0L
    Hello All,
    I am trying to decide to buy a 1999 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer or a 2006 Rinker 342 Fiesta Vee.
    1999 Searay 340
    Dual 5.7L
    V-drives
    800 hours
    2006 Rinker 342
    Dual 5.7s
    300 hours
    Outdrives B3- rebuilt 2016 - insurance claim- brand new.

    Both are in the same price range which is $90000 Canadian or $65800 USD. We like the quality of SeaRay. We liked the layout better on the Searay. The Rinker has some neat items such as ice maker, built in blender, teak flooring in the interior. I just have a hard time because the Rinker is 7 years newer and has only 300 hours(500 less than the Sea Ray). As well, the lower units on the Rinker are new in 2016. He hit rock.
    Top on Rinker is new in 2015. Top on Sea Ray was new in 2018.

    Is the Sea Ray that much better of a boat that the hours and year isn't a big deal.
    Your opinions are appreciated.
     
  2. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    I’ve owned two Rinkers, 2004 270 Volvo powered with the ocean X drive and 2008 350 with twin Volvo with Ocean X.
    I’ve owned three SeaRays over the years.
    As to over all quality and fitment I don’t think there is a huge difference. Since the Rinker has the B3s and they are newer I don’t think you can go wrong but I would personally stay with the Direct or V drives over IO for a boat the lives in the water.
    That said, I’d be tempted to go with the newer boat as even the best made boats can’t beat Father Time.
    Good luck with your decision and enjoy which ever way you go!
    Welcome to CSR
    CD
     
  3. DanW

    DanW Active Member

    241
    Apr 3, 2013
    Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Isleton, CA
    Former boat: 1988 340 Sundancer - "Nautical Smiles"
    2002 Rinker 342 FV
    1998 Regal 2100 LSR
    Sea Ray - Mercruiser 454
    Regal - Volvo 5.0Gi w/ Volvo-Penta outdrive
    I used to have a 1988 340 Sundancer and now have a 2002 Rinker 342. I like them both and wouldn’t pick one over the other based on name. They both seem to be well-made boats. But it sounds like you like the layout of the sea ray better which is pretty important. It’s one of the reasons I went with Rinker - I liked the layout better. V-drives might be a little easier to maintain, but if you’re in fresh water, it’s probably not a big deal.

    good luck with whatever you choose!

    Dan
     
  4. Robf

    Robf Active Member

    359
    Apr 17, 2013
    Winfield, WV
    2006 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC 500s
    Walker Bay Center Console Dinghy
    Twin Cummins QSC 500s
    I have also owned Rinker and Sea Ray. While I do believe Sea Rays are better built boats overall, there is nothing wrong with the Rinker, as I enjoyed mine very much and it is still good quality. Given the hour difference, I would probably go with the Rinker. 800 hours is a little high for a small block gas engine.
    ROb
     
  5. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    380 Sundancer 2000
    454 Horizon w/V drives
    I wouldn’t buy a 340 or 342 with small blocks, keep looking, need at least the 7.4’s
    V drives are awesome compared to out drives

    Owned 2 rinkers, better than bayliner, but the quality isn’t as good as a sea ray, imo

    I have 2 friends with the 342 rinkers, I do not like the layout at all, love the 99-2002 sea ray 340 layout....
     
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  6. Mojo Risin

    Mojo Risin New Member

    12
    Jun 22, 2010
    Georgian Bay
    21 foot Cuddy
    305 GM Block
    5.0L
     
  7. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    I agree with Chris, the small blocks are great but I wouldn't like it so much and a boat. As for the hours done be worried about those but so much. Mine has almost 2000hrs and yes my 350's are tired but they are highly maintained. Both are also FWC motors.

    Also I will never go back to I/O's again!

    What has the surver said?
     
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  8. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    My Rinker 350 had the 350s with the electronic fuel injection and I never thought it lacked power. I really think its best to buy the boat that you like the most in terms of layout and utility. We move up and out of the Rinker to get away from IOs as we are year round in the brackish water that r
    really tore them up. We really wanted to get into a boat with cabin doors and a fly bridge. That said we really enjoyed the 350 when we had it on the lake though.
    Carpe Diem
     
  9. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    Might want to consider that Rinker has went out of business as far as I know. Might not matter to you but just something to think about.
     
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  10. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member

    810
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    Have had both. Rinker is a good boat for the money. Not in SR league though. I prefer v drive over outdrive in larger boats. My vote goes to the SR. Good luck with your decision.
     
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  11. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    380 Sundancer 2000
    454 Horizon w/V drives
    Perfect description, “good boat for the money”
     
  12. Snapon24

    Snapon24 Member

    90
    Sep 16, 2018
    Long Island, NY
    1988 340 Express Cruiser
    Twin FWC 7.4L Mercruisers w/straight drives
    I've never owned a Rinker but I would go with the Sea Ray just because the Rinker has outdrives, especially for a boat that stays in the water.
     

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