Which 2000/2001 Sea Ray 310 do I buy?

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  1. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Richmond, Virginia
    Boatless
    2006 Monterey 302
    2000 Monterey 302
    2001 Regal 3780
    1995 Sea Ray 330DA
    2000 Maxum 2400 SCR
    N/A
    I looked at a 2000 310 today, carburated 5.7s, I think 260HP, with outdrives, 650 hours on the engines.

    https://www.affordableoutdoorsinc.c...-ray-310-sundancer-stafford-va-22554-2557944i

    I also looked at a 2001 310, 350 Mag MPI Horizon 300 hp, V Drives, engines are new remans from Mercury.

    https://www.pwmarina.com/inventory/2001-sea-ray-310-sundancer-woodbridge-va-22192-2308652i

    Both show well. 2000 has the white cabinets, 2001 has the cherry. No real big difference between the 2 except V drives versus outdrives, carburated 5.7s versus MPI, and cherry interior versus the white.

    2001 is listed $12k more than the 2000.

    I am a fresh water river boater so outdrives are ok. Not sure about carburated having had those in previous boats.

    Decisions, decisions...

    Thoughts, opinions?
     
  2. JC3

    JC3 Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
    N/A
    N/A
    The 2001 looks nice. I like the v drives. When you decide to sell this boat the v drive could open more doors. Also The extra horse power maybe nice. Good luck. JC
     
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  3. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
     
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  4. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Richmond, Virginia
    Boatless
    2006 Monterey 302
    2000 Monterey 302
    2001 Regal 3780
    1995 Sea Ray 330DA
    2000 Maxum 2400 SCR
    N/A
    I thought about the V Drives versus outdrives for resale as well. the outdrive one has been on the market for a while, I'm guessing that is why.

    Mitch, did you mean to reply?
     
  5. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's

    2001 Cherry cabinets, MPI and V drives are very big differences IMO
     
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  6. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    531
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    Door number 2
     
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  7. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I would much prefer the v-drive boat. Having owned a v-drive 330 and driven both types there's no way I would go with the I/O boat. The handling difference is huge.
     
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  8. MiLoII

    MiLoII Member

    59
    Jul 14, 2017
    Southern Lake Michigan
    320 Sundancer 2005
    Previously 300 Doral 1999
    350 Mag MPI Inboard V Drives
    310 with v drives and practically new engines. That's my choice
     
  9. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    969
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    300 hp MPI, cherry cabinets and V-drives. Do you really have to ask?
     
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  10. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's

    After a thread reread and viewing both links, I have 3 more points.

    1. A year newer makes a good difference in price.
    2. The 01 has fresh "Mercury" reman engines.
    (as to why is yet a question but point #3 may reveal that info.)
    3. PWM has a pretty serious reputation.

    Edit to change make to makes
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2019
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  11. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Richmond, Virginia
    Boatless
    2006 Monterey 302
    2000 Monterey 302
    2001 Regal 3780
    1995 Sea Ray 330DA
    2000 Maxum 2400 SCR
    N/A
    The votes are in, it's unanimous, 2001 with V Drives. That was my choice as well.

    Thanks!
     
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  12. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    969
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Pictures will be mandatory.
     
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  13. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Richmond, Virginia
    Boatless
    2006 Monterey 302
    2000 Monterey 302
    2001 Regal 3780
    1995 Sea Ray 330DA
    2000 Maxum 2400 SCR
    N/A
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2019
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  14. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Richmond, Virginia
    Boatless
    2006 Monterey 302
    2000 Monterey 302
    2001 Regal 3780
    1995 Sea Ray 330DA
    2000 Maxum 2400 SCR
    N/A
    Seller rejected my offer, countered in the middle, I rejected and held firm to my original offer. 2 hours later the broker called, seller accepted. Woo Hoo!!
     
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  15. Turkj40

    Turkj40 Member

    74
    Sep 17, 2014
    Plymouth Ma
    320 sundancer
    Twin inboard 350s
    Neither buy my 2002 320
     
  16. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Very nice. Hope the survey and sea trial works out well too.

    -Kevin
     
  17. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Richmond, Virginia
    Boatless
    2006 Monterey 302
    2000 Monterey 302
    2001 Regal 3780
    1995 Sea Ray 330DA
    2000 Maxum 2400 SCR
    N/A
    So, a twist to the plot. I know the broker on the 2000 310, he sold me my last two boats. Good, honest guy who I trust. He has shared enough with me to let me know I can probably get the 2000 for $10k less than the 2001. Owner has 2 boats now and needs to sell.

    When I asked why the 2001 has long block remans when I first looked at the boat I got fuzzy answers from the PWM broker. One said "bad gas affected one engine, seller decided to replace both". I've seen the service records since the seller accepted my offer. It reads "boat could not get on plane, compression tested engines, both tested badly" and then all the details on removing and replacing the engines. Since then I see service records where an engine would not start, replaced this, replaced that. Oil in the bilge, replaced oil lines. I asked if the risers/manifolds had ever been replaced answer was "No, it's a fresh water boat". There's recent service where the seller "slammed into a pole/anchor while docking" doing significant gelcoat damage, which was repaired. "Both engines no start" - replaced slave solenoid. "Starboard engine died and will not restart" - replaced coil.

    Remans are nice, but you get all the old parts reattached to them.

    The 2000 is up to date on all service, including manifolds/risers, outdrive service, etc.

    Are V-Drives, a cherry interior and 40HP more per engine worth $10k? Also, with the 2000 having overdrives I can store it in the boatel, which is my preference. Rhetorical question, would love to hear opinions
     
  18. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's

    Do the engines have a warranty that is transferable?
     
  19. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Richmond, Virginia
    Boatless
    2006 Monterey 302
    2000 Monterey 302
    2001 Regal 3780
    1995 Sea Ray 330DA
    2000 Maxum 2400 SCR
    N/A
    Yes, 1 year from the date of install 01/19. The 01/19 date was verbal from the broker, the ad reads "Fall 2018" the service records read 06/15/2018. Again, fuzzy, doesn't line up.

    I had remans in my Sea Ray 330 with a 12 month warranty (I purchased the boat with 1 hour on the remans). The blocks and heads never had an issue, it was all of the failing reattached parts I was stuck replacing one by one as they failed. The 2001 has 750+ hours on the boat, and all of the reinstalled parts. I question why the seller did not replace the risers/manifolds while the engines were out and the old ones were detached.
     
  20. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    969
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Subject to survey and sea trial I think I'd still go with the 2001. I believe that 2000 has carbs as opposed to fuel injection. That's worth something over and above the extra HP.
     
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