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stebbie
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Posted: August 18 2007 at 22:16 | IP Logged Quote stebbie

We own a 2005 260 DA and have used it here in FL around the ICW and all
the bays. No overnights, and usually use it to spend the day at the beach and
head home before dark. The kids really got into wakeboarding/skiing this past
summer and we have considered something more specific for that. What are
opinions on the 270 SD? I feel like I am giving up a lot to get boat with more
power and faster planing, but we really don't sleep onboard or use the stove
and microwave. I did a demo and the SD and felt like it was a "stiffer" ride out
in open water and felt the chop more, but in protected waters where we ski it
was awesome.
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WinnipesaukeeSD240
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Posted: August 19 2007 at 20:56 | IP Logged Quote WinnipesaukeeSD240

Stebbie,

I went from a 250 Sundancer to a 240 Sundeck last month and have been very pleased with the Sundeck's performance.  I wasn't overnighting on the boat, and find the Sundeck gives us much more useable space and comfort for how we actually use our boat.  I boat in a very large lake in New Hampshire.

The Sundeck has a much sportier feel, is quicker on plane, and feels better balanced.  It's soft riding, but has less freeboard and weight than the DA.  The Sundeck takes choppy water very well, but it takes in more spray because it's so much lower to the water.  I also felt that the DA could cruise comfortably 5 mph faster in a heavy chop than the Sundeck, due to more weight.  We have the full canvas option on the SD, and that does a great job keeping us dry.  The DA also had a tendency to list to one side, and I really like the SD's lower center of gravity. 

The 260 is a deeper boat than the 240, I don't know if it's also deeper than a 270?  The 260's draft is longer than the 270.  There's a new 290 for 2008.  My only complaint about the SD is the horribly designed anchor hatch that opens rearward.  The 260 opens to the side, like most other boats.  

Good luck with your boat search.   

 



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stebbie
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Posted: August 19 2007 at 23:15 | IP Logged Quote stebbie

Thanks Mike,
I appreciate the input. I agree with the SD anchor hatch as the test boats
blew open on the ride.
Steve
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Dave SR
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Posted: August 24 2007 at 19:20 | IP Logged Quote Dave SR

I went in the other direction. I owned a 240SD prior to purchasing my 260DA. The 260DA is not well suited (in my opinion) to water sports. We used to pull tubes regularly with our 240SD and it did a fantastic job. The 270SD will work well also for water sports plus with the big block engine the torque of the motor will give you a real nice hole shot as well. And you can really load the boat up with people too. We regularly had 12 people on our 240SD (mixture of adults and kids) and everyone was comfortable and the boat performed well even with the extra weight. You might say we really miss our 240SD.

Dave



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STIHLBOLTS
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Posted: August 25 2007 at 08:54 | IP Logged Quote STIHLBOLTS

It is just about impossible to try and compare the two boats side by side since they were designed for two different functions.

From the stand point of a sundeck owner I like the utility of my boat for daytime use. The head, it's loungers, easy to clean and keep clean (A whole lot less fiberglass to polish than a 260DA) and no where near the electrical componants. 

The 270SD with the 496 B3 combo will take you upwards of the 55 mph mark so you have a serioius sport factor there.  If you really are not planning on doing a lot of gulf trips anymore but planning on more lake, river and bay rides then the 270SD will be a great boat for you.

Best of luck.

 

 

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stebbie
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Posted: August 28 2007 at 20:45 | IP Logged Quote stebbie

Thanks all. I appreciate the input. I felt like the dealership and the sales guys
were all looking at me like I was crazy. Why would I want to "downgrade" to
an SD from a DA? They didn't seem to listen to my changing boating needs. I
guess I just wanted to hear from all the SD people telling me how much they
love their boats.
Steve
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Tampa Bay Sea Ray 240SD
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Posted: August 28 2007 at 21:27 | IP Logged Quote Tampa Bay Sea Ray 240SD

I recently purchased my 2007  Sea Ray 240 SD for the same reasons that you stated which were:

I did not have a desire to spend overnights on the boat, but wanted enough room to be able to carry family & friends and all the toys and coolers and bags that go along with this. This is the perfect boat for having a great day on the water and having plenty of room so nothing is underfoot. Good luck with your decision as I have absolutly no regrets with mine.

Best Regards.

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Dave SR
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Posted: September 02 2007 at 13:08 | IP Logged Quote Dave SR

I just noticed the 270SD has been dropped from Sea Ray's 2008 line up. It no longer appears on their web site.

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mshafe01
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Posted: November 04 2007 at 23:55 | IP Logged Quote mshafe01

I am a newbie to this site and too am wondering the pro's and con's of the Sea Ray 260 vs 270.  Why has it been dropped from the line for 2008?  I plan to use it for my family on Tablerock lake in Branson, MO only.  thanks alot
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Posted: November 05 2007 at 06:00 | IP Logged Quote Dave SR

Quote: mshafe01
I am a newbie to this site and too am wondering the pro's and con's of the Sea Ray 260 vs 270.  Why has it been dropped from the line for 2008?  I plan to use it for my family on Tablerock lake in Branson, MO only.  thanks alot

I am not sure why Sea Ray dropped the 270SD. The 260SD has been out for pver a year and is a smaller boat than the 270SD. In fact if you look at the specs for the 260SD and the 240SD you will see the dimensions of those two boats are identical. However, the 260SD does offer big block power whereas the 240SD does not and the 260SD has a deeper freeboard as compared to the 240SD. But Sea Ray did introduce the 290SD this year as a choice for a much bigger boat. I have seen one myself and I think Sea Ray has done an outstanding job on this one.



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