|Posted: August 19 2007 at 20:56 | IP Logged
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.
2007 Sundeck 240, 350 MAG MPI, DTS, BIII, "Sun Drenched", Lake Winnipesaukee, NH