|Posted: August 16 2006 at 08:05 | IP Logged
Do you own or are you considering the 340?
I owned a 1996 330DA for a while, basically same boat, and very nicely thought out. We liked it a lot and had no problems whatsoever. But we eventually found it too small for Lake Michigan, and kind of stern heavy with the 454 inboards. I was much happier with an older but larger boat (1994 440DA). Even the 370/380 rides much better on bigger water.
Also, somewhere around 1995 Sea Ray started using balsa coring for the bottoms of some models, like the 450DA, but I'm not sure about the 330/340. Altho most have been fine, I would be very careful with an older boat if it had this since any water intrusion can be a disaster. Like avoid it altogether, or consider a bottom moisture meter check at yearly haul out maybe?
Doc, yes we bought a 340 in June. We had (still for sale!!) a 2004 Four Winns 248 Vista. A great boat all around, we just wanted to get a bigger one we can stay on for a week or so.
We looked at the 340 adn 380, but decided on the 340. Our lake is not that large, only 25000 acres and the 340 is quite a bit sportier with the 8.1 than the 380. I would not get gas engines on anything larger than the 340. It is true she's tail heavy for a dancer. We decided that when it will be time to move up we will probably look at a late 90s 500 dancer. We don't do the two-footitis.
Hau'Oli - 2002 340 Sundancer 8.1S - BoatUS Member 04986433