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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Boat
    Rinker
    Details
    265 Fiesta Vee
    Engine(s)
    350 Merc, Bravo II
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    3

    Sundeck 270 Questions

    I have narrowed down the Sea Ray Sundeck 270 as my next family boat but have a few questions I hope some existing owners can asnwer.

    I am looking for a truly versatile boat. I have 2 children that I will be introducing to tubing and wakeboarding, but we also love to just hang out in a cove and swim. It appears that this boat is a great all day boat that can be used for wakeboarding and all day fun. Is that the case? The other part of this questions is that we boat at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, it is vary rough choppy water with waves nearing the 6' foot mark. Is this boat going to handle it okay?

    I currently have a 265 Rinker that measure 28', but it is a lighter boat, and a cruiser (no worry about open bow taking water, and I can trim tab the front end down to handle the rough water)

    Last question. I have an 8000# Hyrda Hoist Lift, will it be okay with the 270? It has a dry weight of 5800# I think, so add fuel, water, and possibly 1 person (me cleaning, etc..) and you are probably near the 7000# mark. Does anyone have their boat on an 8000# lift.

    Sorry for rambling. Thanks in advance for the advice.

    Best,

    Rob

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Cartersville, GA
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    2003 380DA, RL80C+, ST7001, Kohl 7.3,4kw o/array
    Engine(s)
    8.1S V-Drives
    Posts
    1,365

    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    Sounds like you have thought this through well. We have the 240 Sundeck, and four kids aged 7 to 23. We hang in coves and raft up as well. Ours seems to handle wake fine, is reasonably powered and seems fun for the kids to play and hang out on. Get a grill.

    After having ours for six months though, we are moving to a bigger cruiser (although there is considerable internal debate whether we are going to trade ours in at a loss or just keep it).

    Good luck, and when you get it, post pictures!
    "A Little Nauti" 03 380, 8.1s, MMSI 338098774
    Licensed USCG Master Captain
    GL450 Tow/Georgia, Lakes Allatoona and Lanier

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
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    St. Louis, MO
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    Rinker
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    265 Fiesta Vee
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    350 Merc, Bravo II
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    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    The 240 was a close second, as I thought it would be more nimble for wakeboarding, but it may be a bit small for the lake of the ozarks as an all day boat.

    I have already looked up grills and reviewed some posts on this thread about mounting them!

    Hopefully by next spring I will have the pictures up, unless I can talk my other half into getting one sooner!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Lake of the Ozarks
    Boat
    Ser Ray
    Details
    2003 270 Sundeck
    Engine(s)
    6.2 Bravo III
    Posts
    3

    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    Hello Rob. I just purchased a 2003 270SD 3 weeks ago. It is also at the Lake of the Ozarks. I put about 100 miles of both smooth and rough water and I am glad I bought the 270 instead of the 240. The extra width and weight really make for a nice ride. Only got splashed once all week. Buy it you will not be sorry.
    Tim

    2003 270SD

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Lake of the Ozarks
    Boat
    Ser Ray
    Details
    2003 270 Sundeck
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    6.2 Bravo III
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    3

    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    Rob, My boat is on a 8000lb galvalift and works great! That is the right lift for that boat.

    2003 270SD

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Cape Cod, MA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    270 Select EX 2009
    Engine(s)
    496 Mag DTS 375 Horsepower Bravo III
    Posts
    498

    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    Rob,
    The 270 SD is a great boat. We upgraded to a 270 SLX, from a 220SD. The Select has a sharper bow and deeper hull, so it handles a bit better in rougher conditions. This is really the only major difference between the two series. I'm sure you'll love the Sundeck (it was a GREAT first boat for us)!!!
    LEGAL LIMIT
    2009 270 Select EX 496 MAG Bravo III

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    North GA Mountains
    Boat
    Sea Ray (Everything else is Just a Boat)
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    Looking For Next One
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    Looking For Next One
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    7,594

    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bushway9172 View Post
    Rob,
    The 270 SD is a great boat. We upgraded to a 270 SLX, from a 220SD. The Select has a sharper bow and deeper hull, so it handles a bit better in rougher conditions. This is really the only major difference between the two series. I'm sure you'll love the Sundeck (it was a GREAT first boat for us)!!!
    Ok, I've got a dumb question. Who told you the SLX would handle better in the rougher conditions? Did you test both boats in rough seas? Based on the specs, both have a 21 dead rise and the Sundeck is a bit narrower, but heaver so the SD should slice through the waves just a bit cleaner
    I've taken a 270SD in rough seas and was surprised how it handled. I've never had the opportunity to take a SLX in rough seas.

    Previous Boat:
    2006 240 SunDeck, MS Judy, 350 MAG BR3
    North GA Mountains http://www.ssg-i.com

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Cape Cod, MA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    270 Select EX 2009
    Engine(s)
    496 Mag DTS 375 Horsepower Bravo III
    Posts
    498

    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by chuck1 View Post
    Ok, I've got a dumb question. Who told you the SLX would handle better in the rougher conditions? Did you test both boats in rough seas? Based on the specs, both have a 21 dead rise and the Sundeck is a bit narrower, but heaver so the SD should slice through the waves just a bit cleaner
    I've taken a 270SD in rough seas and was surprised how it handled. I've never had the opportunity to take a SLX in rough seas.
    Dont worry chuck1, I am not dissin' your boat

    The two biggest differences I've noticed between the Selects and the Sundecks is the shape of the bow, as well as the depth of the bow seats. I drive 99.9% of the time, but passengers feel more comfortable in the front of our Select, because it is so much deeper than that of the Sundeck.

    Also, to elaborate on the shape of the bow that I'm talking about ... it seems that the sharper bow of the Select pierces through the waves better than the Sundeck. Just an observation. However, I will admit that because of the fact that it cuts right into waves, we get pretty damn wet in rough waters

    Take a look at what I mean...

    http://images04.olx.com/ui/2/99/14/f_35389514_1.jpeg

    http://images03.olx.com/ui/2/62/55/f_16385755_1.jpeg

    The first one is a 270 SLX. The second one is a 270 SD.
    LEGAL LIMIT
    2009 270 Select EX 496 MAG Bravo III

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    North GA Mountains
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    Sea Ray (Everything else is Just a Boat)
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    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bushway9172 View Post
    Dont worry chuck1, I am not dissin' your boat ....
    Did not even cross my mind. I was just asking since I've never had the opportunity to take a SLX in rough seas. (Hint, Hint) You're now suppose to invite me to drive you boat some day

    Yes I was not sure about the SunDecks to start with. I'd driven some other makes of Sundeck boats and boy what a world of differance in the Sea Ray Sundeck line.

    Previous Boat:
    2006 240 SunDeck, MS Judy, 350 MAG BR3
    North GA Mountains http://www.ssg-i.com

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Alpharetta GA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    270 SD 2005 -
    Engine(s)
    496 I/O
    Posts
    91

    Re: Sundeck 270 Questions

    This is my second Sea RAy. I had a 1991 230 OV. Loved the boat for the LI Sounds 6 foot sea. Now that I am a lake boater, I really love the 270SD. It has a lot more room for family and the power to run the lake and water ski. I have not gone for the hydro hoist route so I can not comment if 8,000 pound would work. But I did use my old trailer several times that was rated for 8,000 lbs and it worked great.
    This is the best lake boat for the money and I bought it new. It sold for around $75 K
    2004 Sun Deck 270
    496 HO w/ Brovo III sold 2011
    Land Locked and boatless for now!

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