|Posted: July 09 2007 at 07:01 | IP Logged
Hi Alan, welcome;
I only paid $8000 for my boat in excellent condition. I have a 1979 26' Sea Ray 260 EX. It has a GM 350 engine (a Merc 260 HP). It has a narrow beam (8'). Moving, it cuts thru the water like a torpedo. But, at anchor it can roll like a drunken sailor in a gale. I have gotten sea sick from sitting inside when even small waves come and start it to rolling. If your wife doesn't like rolling either, get as wide a boat as you can trailer. Wider for stability.
My boat will hit 34 mph by gps. I pull a three person, sit in water toy behind my boat. The toy's drag, with three 50lb kids in it, limits it to about 25 mph. The kids are constantly yelling "GO FASTER" but it wont go any faster. A haven't ever tried to pull a skier with it but I don't think the speed prop would get a skier out of the water very good. But, I've never pulled a skier at all. I know you need to snatch them up out of the water, and my boat doesn't "snatch" very good. I have a prop with less pitch, that came with the boat for skiing, but then the boat will only go @23mph tops. It's really slow with that prop on.
Also, at WOT my engine is consuming over 60 GALLONS per hour by the flow meter. Holding at @20-22 mph I can get it down to about 30 GPH, but still, that's @$90 an hour for gas. I averaged my MPG on a tank. I averaged less than 1.9 MPG. Gas is expected to do nothing but get more expensive.
If you want to ski, why not buy a used run-about that will pull skiers at 4 MPG or better. A boat with a 90-125 HP outboard shoud do nicely. Then buy a party barge or cabin cruiser for laying back. You could buy BOTH boats used for under $15,000-$20,000 and then you could bave the best of both worlds.
I may have to sell my boat just because I can't afford the fuel to run it much anymore.
Just some things to think about.
Summer Time Dream
1979 Sea Ray SRV-260-EX
26' Express Cruiser
260 HP Mercruiser Engine
Cruise 26-27 MPH
Top Speed 34 MPH