Trailer for Sea Ray Sundancer 268 1988

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by GenneyO, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. GenneyO

    GenneyO New Member

    2
    Nov 25, 2018
    1988 268 Sundance
    Volvo Penta
    Does anyone know where to find, or know, the length from the bow eye to transom? This boat was recently 'gifted' to my son, and we need a trailer to get it out of the marina.

    We called one dealer, they said that we needed to be prepared to trailer up to 9,000lbs.

    Talked to another dealer, and they said 6,500 would be fine. They have a a Loadrite for sale, but i just want to make sure that we are getting the right thing.

    It originally had a 1999 Maxum 2800 SCR with a beam of 9' 8" on her that weighed 7000 lbs. Carrying capacity: 7100 lbs
    Fits a 27-29' Boat
     
  2. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater Member

    137
    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
  3. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    The two dealers are likely talking about two different things - or you got the information crossed/confused. Your "trailering weight" will most likely be in the 9K weight range. However that includes the weight of the trailer and a "loaded up" boat. The measurement that CNY kindly provided for you is from the tip of the bow to the transom. "Typically", the bow eye is going to be 4' or 5' back from the tip of the boat. So if you want to guesstimate the length you need to know (bow eye to garboard drain plug), subtract that from the overall (w/o platform). That is the measurement you'll need to use to see if the trailer you are considering can be adjusted to fit. The carrying capacity should be fine - but you can double check by adding up the various things... fuel, water, batteries, gear, optional equipment... and adding that to the dry weight of the boat.

    If you can get to the boat, just measure from the bow eye to the drain plug (straight line) to be sure. Then compare to the trailer and how it can be adjusted.
     
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  4. GenneyO

    GenneyO New Member

    2
    Nov 25, 2018
    1988 268 Sundance
    Volvo Penta
    Thank you! My husband is pretty good with towing, we have a center console, and a fifth wheel we trailer, so I was surprised when they told him that although the Sea Ray GVW was 5500lbs, we needed to be prepared to tow 9k. Maybe the sales guy was confused?

    I think we are going with the latter. I really appreciate your help!

    Be prepared to for lots of other questions from me as we try to refurbish this Sundancer :)
     
  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    You're welcome.

    What I meant, above, though, is that the 9K trailering weight is just about right. You have to add the weight of the trailer (2K lbs, if galvanized, give or take) plus fuel, batteries, fresh water, black water, hot water, gear and any things on the boat that were not standard when built (options).
     
  6. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    Not implying you will not be fine with the latter trailer but keep this in mind about boat weights vs "dry weight".

    Dry weight does not include the following. (Not intended to be a complete list, based on likely for the 268, some are estimated.)

    Fuel: up to 600 pounds
    Batteries: 125 pounds for 2, + if there are more
    Fluids: 100 pounds
    Fresh water: up to 200 pounds
    Pump out head + waste: 200 pounds
    Camper canvas: 50 pounds

    You get the idea. Other items not included you may have on you boat
    Air conditioning
    Generator
    Twin engines
    Optional seats

    That 5425 "dry weight" can be over 6000 pretty quickly.

    I would also factor in that a boat that old has some part that is wet and it is heavier than a new boat at "dry weight".

    Good luck
     
  7. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    I also wanted to welcome you to CSR!

    MM
     

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