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Rick1954
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Posted: May 21 2008 at 09:12 | IP Logged Quote Rick1954

Ok I am looking for some wisdom. I am a Trojan E26 owner and love the boat, However, she is a little too small for what we have planed in the future. In my marina, I have a chance to purchase a 1987 340 sun dancer for the sum of $15000. I went over this boat the best I could, other than being dirty she is in very good shape The twin 454s have just under 740 hours on them, the bulge is very clean, she comes with heat, air, gen-set, and everything else known to man (except the three foot blond with the flat head)

What are the bad things to look for, me not knowing much about Sea rays



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Jeff Evans
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Posted: May 21 2008 at 10:10 | IP Logged Quote Jeff Evans

Quote: Rick1954

What are the bad things to look for, me not knowing much about Sea Rays

Nothing to do specifically with Sea Ray but get a professional survey done to any larger boat (especially an older one).  Besides mechanical and electrical systems, the surveyor will examine the hull condition for delamination, blisters and moisture.

You want to know the condition of the transom (if you have stern drives) and the stringers.

Given the age of the boat, your insurance company will probably require a survey anyway. 

Hire your own surveyor and don't use a vendor supplied survey.  The surveyor needs to work for you not the seller.  Make sure the surveyor is recommended and recognized and don't get the cheapest survey you can find as it may be a waste of money and misleading.

$15,000 is a bargain but not if major repairs are required.

My two cents.

 



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fwebster
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Posted: May 31 2008 at 15:45 | IP Logged Quote fwebster

What to watch out for?..........

1.Interior cabin leaks around the side windows -look below the
windows.

2. The limber holes were plugged with PCV and silicone and were
known to let water into the stringers and they can rot. This is usually
a problem on poorly maintained boats where the packing nuts have
not been maintained.

3. Deck hardware bedding probably gave up long ago, so check the
entire deck around the windshield, windlass, rail mounts and
stanchions for moisture. The deck is cored on this boat, so this one is
critical.

4. This is a v-drive boat so there are no transom cutouts to worry
about. The transon is plywood cored in some places so have the
moisture level checked anywhere a hole was drilled in the transom
for anything.

The money is cheap, but the 7.4's in this one are gas hogs.....count
on about 34 gph at cruise which is 3200 rpm.

Good luck.......


Frank

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Rick1954
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Posted: June 03 2008 at 07:36 | IP Logged Quote Rick1954

Frank,

Thank you for the input,

The cabin windows have been leaking, you can see the stain on the side walls. The heads up on the deck hardware is appreciate, did not get a chance to go over the deck as of yet. The limber holes are in the bilge yes ? IS there any other place to check the stringers for rot in the cabin and such. This boat was owned by a slob and I can say it was not maintained proper. It is still sitting there going no where, no one wants a hog like that here in upstate NY. I will wait till the end of the summer and give him 10 and he will take it, it is the price he will pay for being a pig with such a nice boat.

I have a 1976 E26 Trojan that I found in the weeds that I totally restored . Single screw 351 ford enforcer engin that can burn around 18gph. If this boat is sound, I will refit with twin diesels over the winter and make her like new. We need a bigger boat so we can start taking trips. As for the price of fuel , I worked hard and I will not let a bunch of greedy future traders change that.

Rick



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Posted: June 04 2008 at 19:51 | IP Logged Quote fwebster

Since the boat has been neglected, there is one other thing on earlier
Sea Rays to check........

The area under the floor in the cabin storage compartments and
under the flat part of the bilge floor, i.e. the area between the hull
and the floor, ifs illed with closed cell expandable foam. It is put
there as a sound deadener and if it is saturated it will soak up water.
Once that area gets wet, it is impossible to ever get dry unless you
remove all the foam which is a real job. Hole saw test holes in
several spots in front of the main bulkhead and 2-3 in the engine
room between the engines to see what you have.

There are a hundred ways the water can get there, but most likely
the windows or stanchions are leaking and water is running down the
inside of the hull.

Unless the boat were a real steal and you were up for a ton of
expense and work, I'd take a pass on one with water under the floor.
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Rick1954
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Posted: June 05 2008 at 07:08 | IP Logged Quote Rick1954

Thankís again,

I have already passed on this one. I have gone that road with the Trojan E26 I have , donít want to do this again. I am sure that I would have to own the boat to brill test holes. I know what you mean, I had a Four-Winds that I picked up that the foam was saturated, Oh yeah, that was fun!!



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