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Posted: July 28 2008 at 17:59 | IP Logged Quote gcameron

Hi
I'm just closing on a 27' Sea Ray Weekender 1985. I'm very happy with the purchase and am interested in hearing about other folks' experiences with the mid 20 feet Sea Rays, what I can expect in maintenance or repairs, what burn rates at cruising RPM's, what upgrades you found useful ... anything.
Thanks in advance!

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Equinox
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Posted: July 29 2008 at 10:27 | IP Logged Quote Equinox

I have a 1986 270  DA.  Very happy with over all fit and finish.  Excellent in rough seas.  Underpowered with T170s
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Posted: July 30 2008 at 09:00 | IP Logged Quote Secondbesttoy

we have a 1999 270DA, SecondBestToy.  WE use it as a weekender, and often do whole weeks on it in Charleston, The Keys or other locations along the Atlantic ICW.  Some places we trailer to some we motor.  We are not heavy footed with the throttle and usually run just up on plane or just idle along.  We average abpout 8 gal/hr.  Charleston to Hilton Head about 67 gal last trip. Love it but wish we would have gotten the generator.  Just replaced the Hot water tank and Power Converter AC/DC battery Charger after 9 years, still original canvas but new is needed soon.  E-mail for specific questions.

Second BestToy, dsisler@comproium.net

 

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Posted: August 04 2008 at 10:58 | IP Logged Quote gcameron

Thanks

The boat runs nice, but she doesn't want to hold a course at slow speed. I'm used to twin inboards and this feels like the tail is wagging the dog. I tried the drive trim and it didn't help much.
Second, the engine won't rev over 3200 and tops out at 17kn. I know she's heavy for a single, but this sound like a prop fix.

Any suggestions?

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Rock Hall
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Posted: August 04 2008 at 14:26 | IP Logged Quote Rock Hall

I dont see a mention of what engine package you have. I have a single 260 and I think WOT is about 4600. Might be more than a prop issue.

As far as slow speed handling. I have a 24' with a single and I will say it's terrible out in open water with any wind or current. But I've always had singles, so it is normal for me. I boat in the Chesapeake so there is always plenty of wind and current. I wouldnt know if twins would handle better at slow speed..

 

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midway
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Posted: August 04 2008 at 14:48 | IP Logged Quote midway

I think all single prop/single drive boats do the wander thing at slow speed, dual drive or dual prop do not have that problem. If you have trim tabs tab down a little and see if that helps. I put Smart Tabs on my 185 and among other things it stopped the low speed wander. Also. don't fight it, make a small correction and give the boat time to react to the correction before you make another, you may find you are not sawing the wheel back and forth constantly.


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gcameron
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Posted: August 04 2008 at 15:04 | IP Logged Quote gcameron

Its the 260 Mercruiser. Has a stainless prop... not sure of the pitch or dia. Does ss have any advantage? I would think that if I ever hit something with a ss prop, I might end up with more damage to the lower unit than with a more bendy aluminum prop.
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midway
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Posted: August 04 2008 at 15:25 | IP Logged Quote midway

There is more danger of outdrive damage with the stainless prop than aluminum. The stainless prop performs better, faster planing, more speed due to thinner blades and less blade flex as compared to the aluminum, so far as the low speed wander problem I don't think there is a difference there.

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