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new to Market Priced to Sell
- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / Gas/Petrol
- Located In:
- Key West, FL
- Hull Material:
- Current Price:
- US$ 45,000
It’s no secret that Sea Ray practically invented the express cruiser in its ever-popular Sundancer line. All Sundancers feature sleeping accommodations for two in the forepeak, two more in the pull-out saloon sofa, and two more in the mid-cabin located directly beneath the raised bridge-deck helm, and the new 280 is no exception. It fills an important niche between the 240 and 300 Sundancers with the option to have single- or twin-screw power.
The 280 shows it’s a real cruiser right in the transom, where a small trunk has shore-tie connections for phone, TV, and city water. Though the swim platform is not integral with the hull, it is 2 ½’ long—plenty big to handle swimmers, skiers, and wakeboarders of any age.
Once you walk forward through the transom door, you’re greeted with a nearly full-beam aft bench seat, and a neat rear-facing seat that flattens down manually yet easily to create a big sunpad for two. Across to starboard there’s a compact wetbar with sink and hidden Igloo cooler, and fully forward an L-shaped lounge sits across from the starboard side helm. While this lounge is only 3’6” long, if you extend the sunpad out even Shaq could stretch out his legs with no problem.
As you’d expect on a cruiser this size there are no sidedecks leading forward, but rather two wide steps molded into the companionway door that lead through the windshield and on up to the foredeck and standard Martin electric anchor windlass ( a big plus). Like many pocket cruisers, however, the 280 Sundancer does have a sunken footwell cut into the bridge deck that guests need to pay attention to while walking about.
Once they do come through the companionway, they’ll be impressed by the sheer luxury of the 280’s interior. The forward berth is easily big enough for Mom and Dad, while the dinette has a drop-down table that creates a 5’2”-long berth for a youngster. Another child or even adult can sack out in the midcabin aft, which is 6’9” long by 4’0” wide.
Out on the test track, we found the 280DA had very sensitive power steering that requires almost no pressure to make big carving turns. When you’re running hard with the drive trimmed out there’s very little hull in the water which means she’s fast—better than 46 mph at WOT—but also tender. Against that, throttle back to best cruise of 3500 RPM and you’re still skimming along at 33.3 mph but with a lot more tracking hull in the water. You also get 31.1% better fuel economy at this throttle setting for a range of nearly 140 miles—plenty for long weekends aboard with family and friends.
- Top speed for the Sea Ray 280 Sundancer (2002- ) is 46.6 mph (75 kph), burning 38.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 144.59 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sea Ray 280 Sundancer (2002- ) is 33.3 mph (53.6 kph), and the boat gets 1.77 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.75 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 159 miles (255.89 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 240-hp MerCruiser 5.0L EFI (Bravo III).
For more information call David Whidden@ 305-394-4266
Please contact David Whidden at 800-537-0050
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Hull Shape: Deep Vee
Beam: 9 ft 5 in
Minimum Draft: 1 ft 10 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 3 in
Deadrise: 21 ° at Transom
Dry Weight: 8000 lbs
Total Power: 375 HP
Engine Brand: MerCruiser
Engine Model: 496 Magnum Bravo III
Engine/Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol
Drive Type: Stern drive
Engine Power: 375 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: (28 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (100 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (28 Gallons)
Number of single berths: 6
Number of heads: 1
Manufacturer Provided Description
The Sea Ray 280 Sundancer is beautiful, sleek and comfortable. With room to sleep six, she?s just right for families who hate to leave the water when darkness falls. Standard power is a 496 Magnum Bravo III MCM stern drive.
Volvo diesel stern drives also available.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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