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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Flint/Swartz Creek MI, Ported in Whitehall/Montague
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    480 Sedan Bridge "Sea Ray's Best Boat Ever Made"
    Engine(s)
    700 hp MANS Diesels Thundering Cathedrals of Torque!!
    Posts
    1,506

    Official 320 Dancer Thread

    Where have all the 320 dancer owners went too, there used to be alot of us on SRO. Come on people shout out and be heard!!!

    Robert and Maryanne Chapman
    "Ambiance"
    Lake Michigan Chillaxin....

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Great Mills, MD
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2002 320DA
    Engine(s)
    350MAG Horizons / V-drives
    Posts
    753
    Here!

    -CJ

    "Full Circle II"
    2002 320DA
    5.7L Horizons/V-drives
    West Basin Marina, Patuxent River MD

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Flint/Swartz Creek MI, Ported in Whitehall/Montague
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    480 Sedan Bridge "Sea Ray's Best Boat Ever Made"
    Engine(s)
    700 hp MANS Diesels Thundering Cathedrals of Torque!!
    Posts
    1,506

    Its about time

    Gheez, I didn't think anyone else had made it except me, Good to know your here with me CJ

    Robert and Maryanne Chapman
    "Ambiance"
    Lake Michigan Chillaxin....

  4. #4
    Got one.
    I actually posted for some info on SRO when we were looking.
    Mark Buckwalter
    320 Sundancer
    "Never Enough"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Jersey Shore
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2005 390 Sundancer thruster, ST7001 autopilot, tracvision M3, Raymarine Dual E120, 7.3 Kw Kohler
    Engine(s)
    8.1sHO with V-Drives
    Posts
    204
    Here as well.

    2005 390 Sundancer "Lucky Dog II"
    Previous Boat - 2003 320 Sundancer

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    Engine(s)
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    Posts
    3,372
    Currently negotiating on a new 320 a used 340 and a used 310. Leaning toward the new 320. Share the good bad and the ugly.

    What would you change on the 320? Any regrets?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Flint/Swartz Creek MI, Ported in Whitehall/Montague
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    480 Sedan Bridge "Sea Ray's Best Boat Ever Made"
    Engine(s)
    700 hp MANS Diesels Thundering Cathedrals of Torque!!
    Posts
    1,506

    I love it, but its always two small

    Well there's only one thing I'd like to change about my 320 and that's the engine, I should have spent the extra douh to have the 496's in her, I have the 350's with Bravo three's now and it runs just fine, but it wouls cruise easier witht the big blocks and use about the same amount of fuel. I've looked into Suoercharging them Nah way to hard on the Motors, so, I've excepted what I have as being what I need, and besides she was built for comfort not speed...
    We've only done one modifacation and that's hiinging the arch,oh and the Kicker speaker system as well.
    Besides that I will have her for a very long time, it fits our needs and wants perfectly.....

    Robert and Maryanne Chapman
    "Ambiance"
    Lake Michigan Chillaxin....

  8. #8


    Here is the only decent picture I have of the boat. The sales manager from Marine Max in Connecticut actually sent this along with a few of the interior.
    The story goes, we drove from PA to CT to look at this boat. Spent a while on it and drove home. The next day I took a trip down to Maryland to meet with our sales person, negotiated the sale, transfer of the boat to Maryland, winterization ect...
    The rest,as they say, is history.
    The only time we spent on the boat was in Connecticut with the sales manager. The boat is now at Marine Max in Maryland under shrink wrap.
    March 31st is not going to come quick enough!

    (Sorry about the size of the pic)
    Mark Buckwalter
    320 Sundancer
    "Never Enough"

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Great Mills, MD
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2002 320DA
    Engine(s)
    350MAG Horizons / V-drives
    Posts
    753
    Mark, she's a beauty!

    Skolbe,

    The 320 has a few minor quirks, but nothing that makes me wish we hadn't made the jump from the 260. With v-drives, access is fair to poor in the engine room. Some things are very easy - checking the oil on the mains is cake. Cleaning the A/C & genset strainers is a pain. Changing the fuel filters isn't too bad once you get in there. It does get a bit easier once you get comfortable with where everything is in the engine compartment.

    She's no speed demon, and the bow tends to rise more than I'd like coming up on plane, but the tabs work well and she is very stable in the water. Coming into the slip is vastly easier with twins (Skip was a good teacher )

    The genset is a godsend on the hook when it is blazing hot outside - also it is great to be able to cook a real breakfast the next morning.

    A big diesel 'dancer would sure be nice, but one of those is out of our price range right now. We're very happy with Full Circle II. Also, daddy needed a new 50" plasma...

    -CJ

    "Full Circle II"
    2002 320DA
    5.7L Horizons/V-drives
    West Basin Marina, Patuxent River MD

  10. #10
    We still love our 2004 320DA. Bought it last spring. Have spent the last few months getting everything just the way I like it. Upgraded the stereo system, installed a bigger TV with an HDTV tuner, cockpit TV, swim platform lights, newer GPS, genset soundshield, etc.

    There are very few things we dislike, and all of them are nitpicking, so here goes:

    - The front berth is a bit too short and firm. A mattress topper helped a lot though.

    - I'd like a better rear canvas. When its closed up, the aft seating is cramped. Does anyone have either an extended camper style canvas, or the Taylor Fastback canvas? If so, how do you like it?

    - I wish the head sink was bigger. Its hard to lean over it in order to keep water in the sink when you're brushing your teeth or washing your face.

    - I wish the sliding door had a screen. Come to think of it, the port window screens are pretty useless as you have to take them out to close.

    - Engine room is cramped, although all the regular maintenance is easy to get to. And I can crawl around to get to the strainers and seacocks fine enough. My shop replaced all the impellers recently and didn't complain. They've seen much worse. So its not a big deal to me.


    Thats about it.

    I did not compare it to the new 310, but did look at used 340s. The 340 seems very similar except for the port lounge seat is replaced by another captains seat. The wife liked the lounger better, and I couldn't see the spending another $40K for the extra space (at the time). But to me the differences are very slim. The 320 is like a 7/8ths scale 340. I did like the slightly bigger v-berth, but don't like the split level galley counter.

    The 310 I saw last week at the boat show. Spent quite a bit of time on it. I like the cockpit grill. The rest...well, not so much. The shape is ok, but I *really* disliked the two tone gold/white vinyl seating. Reminded me of the gold vinyl in my folks 69 Caprice wagon with the woodgrain sides. Ugh. Its got this metallic sheen to it? WTF were they thinking? Also do not like the jump seat as it eliminates most of the transom storage, and shortens the cockpit seating a LOT. Fine if you sit at the dock all day, but we spend a lot more time out on the water where its useless for cruising. The interior was ok, but definitely smaller than my 320s.

    So, to sum up, I'd choose the 320 again over either of them, regardless of price.

    -Dave
    '04 320DA T-350Mag V-drives

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