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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Chicago
    Boat
    On the Market
    Details
    NEED A NEW ONE BADLY
    Engine(s)
    Boatless
    Posts
    3

    Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    I owned a 19' Sea Ray that I sold last season. I am looking to upgrade to a 25' to 27' Sundancer. I have looked at a couple late 80s 268s with 454s and one mid 90s 250. I hear the 268s are a little underpowered. I don't need something that flies but just something that we can cruise in comfortably. We live in Chicago and boat on Lake Michigan. Looking for something to do weekend trips on and cruise the city. Any intel or recommendations are appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Anchor Bay, Lk St Clair
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1987 390 Express Cruiser, furno radar, humminbird 958c, auto-pilot, extended swim platform, nautley
    Engine(s)
    Twin 454's
    Posts
    121

    Re: Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    I had a 1985 250 sundancer with a single 350
    way!!!!!!! Underpowered
    Twin Big Blocks, What was i thinking!!
    "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
    Previous boats:
    1988 bayliner 18'11" cuddy cabin ( HUGE POS)
    1985 searay 250 sundancer (single 350, talk about under-powered....!!)
    1995 seadoo HX

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Live in Neenah, WI- Boat in Sheboygan and Sturgeon Bay
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1989 300 Sundancer 1981 245 Sundancer Sold)
    Engine(s)
    260's
    Posts
    87

    Re: Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    I have an 81 245 that's for sale just north of you in Wisconsin. It sounds like that might be a little older than what you are looking for but it's a great clean boat with a newer 260 in it. The boat cruises pretty well unless it is loaded down heavy in the stern with 5 or 6 people, then you have to use a little tab to get it on plane sometimes. Once it's on plane, it stays there well and cruises fairly efficiently.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Ozark MO
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    268 Sundancer 1988
    Engine(s)
    twin 4.3 A1
    Posts
    831

    Re: Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    Mine is not under powered , and it can be had,

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Lake Pend Orielle, Idaho
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    89 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    2 350's Mercruiser drives
    Posts
    102

    Re: Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    We just had our first weekend on our 89 280 Sundancer, first weekend ever on a boat, first time waking up looking out over the water as the sun was comming up. I loved it!!!! I think we could have bought a newer boat but we both really like the look of the 89. My wife had her "Thats the one" moment. The first one that had me sold on the 89 was a 268 we looked at. It was in nice condition but did seem a little underpowered during a test drive and this was my first time on a boat bigger than a 19'. We didnt quite have enough money for it last fall so it went into storage. We figured we would buy it in the spring when it came out. Over the winter we ended up almost saving up twice what they wanted for the 268 and bought the 280 which was a lot better equiped. BTW I can sure see the value in a heat/Ac pump, generator, plenty of batteries, inverter and being "well cared for". We are going from a 16' Sea Swirl. Just my opinion from a very limited experiance. Good luck

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Chicago
    Boat
    On the Market
    Details
    NEED A NEW ONE BADLY
    Engine(s)
    Boatless
    Posts
    3

    Re: Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    Thanks for the feedback. How do you guys feel about twins vs just the single engine big block?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Ozark MO
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    268 Sundancer 1988
    Engine(s)
    twin 4.3 A1
    Posts
    831

    Re: Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    Twins are great power, they pop up on plane faster and you dont have to change props for elevation or weight. but a single gives you more room to work on the motor , and maintance is double on twins , i owned two boats with twins and like em.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    270 Sundancer 1988
    Engine(s)
    twin 4.3L
    Posts
    355

    Re: Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    I'd say get the biggest boat that your budget will allow. 268's are great boats, definatley one of the largest "trailerable" boats you can buy for the money, great layout, very versatile, typically optioned out very well, and there's lots of them to choose from, and even some real gems (like Just me's!!).
    if you don't care about it being trailerable and don't mind twins then I'd hunt for a 270 or the early 90's 280. I'm obviously bias but the extra 1.5' of beam really makes a difference in providing more room and great stability while underway. that said what you gain in stability you loose in speed. I cruise around 27 mph and probably top out around 34 mph although I've never actually tried. My wife, dog and I spend almost every other weekend on the boat and feel we have plenty of room. which ever model you look at I'd say if you plan on spending weekends things like standing headroom in the cabin, vacu-flush or pumpout head, and A/C are must have's.
    -Greg
    1988 Sundancer 270 SOLD!
    1991 Pachanga 22 SOLD!
    1997 Edgewater 155CC
    1999 Concept 27

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Annapolis
    Boat
    Sundancer
    Details
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    Posts
    779

    Re: Looking to Buy a late 80s or early 90s Sundancer

    If you're still looking mine is for sale.. Details in the "Used Searays" tab above...
    Mark

    Previous Boats ...95 300 Sundancer
    1990 Chaparral Villain IV Twin 454's
    Wellcraft Nova, Chris Craft Scorpion, Stingray
    Glaspar (WooHoo where the fun began)

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