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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Annapolis
    Boat
    Sundancer
    Details
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    Posts
    728

    2003 340 what to look for

    Hello

    I'm looking at a 2003 340 this weekend. Can someone tell me things to look for when I do a visual inspection. How was this year? Options that this boat should have for convenience. What is the good and bad? It has 8.1 Horizons V-Drives 800 hours, Smartcraft and from original owner. Also its been lift kept.

    Thanks..
    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)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2004 340 Sundancer, 2008 Yamaha VX1100 Jet Ski
    Engine(s)
    8.1 Horizons, V-Drives
    Posts
    1,585

    Re: 2003 340 what to look for

    Is it an early 2003 or late 2003. Reason I'm asking is because I believe SR changed the styling of the boat that year. Earlier model had the more flat bow and later model had a more curved bow. I really don't know about the interior layout on the earlier model because when I bought mine I was focusing on 2004 and newer. After I purchased her I found out about the mid year model change.

    Any Hoot, a generator and a windlass anchor are a must have for a boat this size, IMHO. Also a GPS chart plotter and Radar with Sonar comes in real handy too. Good Luck

    Bruce
    2004 340 Sundancer Knot On Call
    8.1's V Drives

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Annapolis
    Boat
    Sundancer
    Details
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    Posts
    728

    Re: 2003 340 what to look for

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreole Kid View Post
    Is it an early 2003 or late 2003. Reason I'm asking is because I believe SR changed the styling of the boat that year. Earlier model had the more flat bow and later model had a more curved bow. I really don't know about the interior layout on the earlier model because when I bought mine I was focusing on 2004 and newer. After I purchased her I found out about the mid year model change.

    Any Hoot, a generator and a windlass anchor are a must have for a boat this size, IMHO. Also a GPS chart plotter and Radar with Sonar comes in real handy too. Good Luck
    It is the later model style...
    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)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2004 340 Sundancer, 2008 Yamaha VX1100 Jet Ski
    Engine(s)
    8.1 Horizons, V-Drives
    Posts
    1,585

    Re: 2003 340 what to look for

    Villain, I'm no way an expert at this, but that boat sounds like it was used a lot, which can mean good things. See what kind of maintenance records the PO has and ANY other records you can squander up. After all, it IS about the maintenance being done properly. I have heard that the 8.1's do not have the water intrusion problems that the 7.4's had because they came with the stainless steel risers on the engines. You might want to lurk around the thread titled "340 Sundancer Thread" and see what issues some of us may have had in the past. This thread relates to the exact year and model boat you are looking at...

    Bruce
    2004 340 Sundancer Knot On Call
    8.1's V Drives

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Great Mills, MD
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2002 320DA
    Engine(s)
    350MAG Horizons / V-drives
    Posts
    720

    Re: 2003 340 what to look for

    We are nearing 800 hours on our mains and when we splashed yesterday, both engines started right up and ran great. The most important thing is the maintenance history of the boat. I have records of everything ever done to the boat, and all major mechanical work was done by a reputable yard. Get a survey, I highly recommend http://previtimarineconsulting.com/ - Mike Previti has surveyed many SeaRays and knows what he is doing.

    Best of luck, the 340 is a great boat.

    -CJ

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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Chapin, SC
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1999 230BR
    Engine(s)
    5.7 EFI/Alpha
    Posts
    1,076

    Re: 2003 340 what to look for

    Here are a couple of links from Frank Webster regarding the Merc. 8.1, which are well worth reading.

    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php...aust+manifolds

    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php...ht=Fuel+cooler
    Last edited by SeaRide; 04-14-2012 at 06:10 AM.



    SeaRide
    1999 230BR
    5.7 EFI/Alpha

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    West Palm Beach, FL.
    Boat
    sea ray
    Details
    340 sundancer 2004
    Engine(s)
    8.1S ..7.3 kohler gen....Sat Tv
    Posts
    216

    Re: 2003 340 what to look for

    great boat! tight engine space to work on
    [/SIGPIC]2004 340da, 8.1
    smallest boat in the marina
    Steve

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Annapolis
    Boat
    Sundancer
    Details
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    Posts
    728

    Re: 2003 340 what to look for

    Thanks for the tips everyone...
    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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