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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Mid-Atlantic, USA
    Boat
    Between Boats [Set on a Sea Ray 30' to 34']
    Details
    Look for a SR300DA, SR310DA or SR320DA
    Engine(s)
    Trying to decide between I/O or V-Drives
    Posts
    6

    Hellooooooooooo........

    Hello everyone,

    I'm Chris (AKA Nektopoli) and I've convinced myself that I need to get back into boating, and decided I want a Sea Ray this time around.
    While I'm 18 to 24 months out from a purchase (I'm in the market for a new house 1st). I'm doing my homework. This has my narrowing
    it down to a 300DA, 320DA or 340DA if I can swing it. One of the thing I've noticed shopping the online want ads is the updated interiors
    and the addition of the Conversation Pit that converts to a bed under the helm (the main reason I'm going with a 300DA and not a smaller).
    I'm also trying to get into a Sea Ray with the updated dinette and cushions like the 2002+ 300DA have.

    I've done a fair share of boating in the mid 90's including cutting my teeth in a 86' Bayliner and spending time on a Fountain 10M 33 Executioner,
    which was an honest 100+ MPH boat and choking on 2 stoke fumes from 4 Evinrude 300XP V8 hanging off the back of a Sutphen.

    Now I just want to relax....

    NP
    Previous Boat: 1986 Bayliner 2850 Contessa [Cutting my teeth]

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer 2014 Seadoo 155 LTD 2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    Engine(s)
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Posts
    172

    Hellooooooooooo........

    Welcome to csr! You will find lots of great information and even more opinions.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Clearwater, FL
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    1997 330 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    7.4 Mercuruser w/ V-Drives
    Posts
    456

    Re: Hellooooooooooo........

    Welcome to CSR! Enjoy the hunt!


    Kevin & Melissa
    Clearwater, FL
    "About Time"

    What a long strange trip its been!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    Engine(s)
    6.2 Merc Horixons 1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    Posts
    4,176

    Re: Hellooooooooooo........

    Welcome aboard and good luck with your search.

    My two cents from the FWIW Dep't.


    1. Don't rule out older boats. A well maintained 20 year boat is better than a "meh" maintained 5 year old boat.
    2. Don't get sucked in by Marketeers.


    1998 SeaRay 330 Sundancer specs;

    http://www.searay.com/boat_graphics/electronic_brochure/company1729/1C1_27_74DERNWPJ956.pdf

    2000 SeaRay 340 Sundancer specs (from SR)

    Overall length 33'6" 10.21 m
    w/Std. swim platform 36' 2 1/2" 11.04 m

    Beam 11'5" 3.48 m

    Draft (inboards) 36" 91.4 cm

    Dry weight 13,000 lbs 5,897 kg

    Fuel capacity 225 gal 851.6 L

    Water capacity 40 gal 151.4 L

    Holding tank 28 gal 106 L

    Dead rise 17 17

    =========================================

    Basically the same boat. Two years more technologically advanced and updated interior. I'm willing to bet the prices are miles apart.

    MHO and worth exactly what you paid for it.

    Again welcome and good luck.

    Best Regards,
    David

    "Saint Max", '99 330 Dancer
    2007 6.2L Mercruiser Horizons; 1.5:1 Velvet V5000 "V" Drives

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    James River
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Engine(s)
    Twins 350
    Posts
    3,686

    Re: Hellooooooooooo........

    Welcome. I still love the older 88's they were built by SeaRay before they sold out to Brunswick. The 80's hulls were thick and well built. Enjoy the hunt

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Mid-Atlantic, USA
    Boat
    Between Boats [Set on a Sea Ray 30' to 34']
    Details
    Look for a SR300DA, SR310DA or SR320DA
    Engine(s)
    Trying to decide between I/O or V-Drives
    Posts
    6

    Re: Hellooooooooooo........

    The Axius System is looking really attractive and this will push my into a 2008 or newer. Also the interior styling on newer boats (like the 2002+ 300DA) is a must have. I love all the updating being done by the members, the upgrading flooring and the re-upholstering can save an 80s boat (I LOVE the 80s but not that much).

    I'll be around "lurking" the forums.

    NP
    Last edited by Nektopoli; 10-04-2016 at 02:01 PM.
    Previous Boat: 1986 Bayliner 2850 Contessa [Cutting my teeth]

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Engine(s)
    Vdrive 350 Horizon
    Posts
    39

    Hellooooooooooo........

    My recommendation would be to save your money and not get Axius, but instead get V-drive inboards, and a bow thruster. Low maintenance on the transmission, no outdrive maintenance, and really easy to maneuver. You pay more for gas on the v-drive inboards, though. I think when buying used, simplicity is better, but that is just one opinion.


    Brown Eyed Girl - Sea Ray 320DA 350 MAG MPI V-drive
    Todd

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Hudson River/NY Harbor/LI Sound
    Boat
    Riviera
    Details
    2009 Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht
    Engine(s)
    Twin Volvo Penta IPS600
    Posts
    401
    I had an 08 330 with v-drives. I highly recommend the 08 & 09 330's in this size. Extremely well designed boat in every aspect. A bow thruster is completely unnecessary with this boat. Handles very well around the docks even with wind and current. Put polycarbonate windshield pieces in this boat and it feels like a much larger vessel.

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