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Sea Ray Boats 280 Sundancer - Cruiser Boat

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2009 Sea Ray Boats 280 Sundancer Description

For a classic combination of beauty and power, just step aboard this dynamic 280 Sundancer. It is powered by a 375-horsepower 496 Magnum® Bravo® III MCM sterndrive and features a sporty, molded-fiberglass spoiler with overhead lighting, plus an extended swim platform with concealed swim ladder. Additional amenities include AM/FM/CD stereo, removable carry-on cooler, optional flatscreen TV/DVD player, and hot and cold transom shower.
2009 Sea Ray Boats 280 Sundancer Specifications
  • Length Over All: 31 Feet and 1 inches.
  • Draft: 3 Feet and 3 inches.
  • Beam: 9 Feet and 5 inches.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 100
  • Water Tank Capacity: 28
  • Holding Tank Capacity: 28
  • Dry Weight: 8630

2009 Sea Ray Boats 280 Sundancer Standard Features

Cabin Features
* Carbon Monoxide Monitor
* Carpet: Deep-Pile BCF, 44-Ounce, 100% Nylon.29
* Lighting: 12V
* Outlets: 120V GFI Protected
* Stereo: Sony® 12V AM/FM Single CD, 6-Disc Changer, iPod Connector, Speakers (2 Coax -Cabin & 2 Component - Cockpit) & Digital Cockpit Remote Control
* Wood Interior Package: Cherry or Maple Wood Cabinets

Canvas (Sunbrella)
* Aft Curtain: with Bungee Straps
* Ball & Socket Fittings
* Bimini Top: with Boot and Vertical Storage
* Canvas Storage Bag
* Front Curtains
* Side Curtains

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The 280DA with 496 Seacore with DTS is an excellent cruiser that is well thought out and performs brilliantly. I have had one season with the boat and put almost 100 hours on the power plant and 50 hours on the gen set. My boat has all the options and is also equipped with a Raymarine C90W installed flush mount directly above the steering wheel. The boat is used on the Ohio River around Cincinnati. As far as performance, it seems to cruise best about 33 mph at about 1.7 MPG and 3700RPM. However, you can encounter some large wakes and great wave action on the Ohio River and sometimes it is best to drop down to about 25MPH at 3200 RPM. This is about the slowest you can go and say on plane. I have had the speed as high as 47MPH. All speeds are GPS speeds. The fuel flow, however, is calculated via Smartcraft and is based on parameters, not actual fuel flow as I understand. I actually seem to get about 10% better actual fuel flow than Smartcraft indicates. The single engine with the counter rotating props of the Bravo III and Digital Throttle System is a pleasure to handle in the docks and the open. The boat is easy to maneuver IF you take it slow. I thought DTS was a unnecessary feature, but shifting is so effortless, it makes docking, even in wind, doable. There is no grinding between shifts. The biggest compromise during docking is that I have had to occasionally nose into the slip or dock rather than back-in as I prefer. I prefer to back into the dock because the easiest way (almost the only way) to embark/disembark is from the swim platform. The single engine leaves LOTS of room in the engine compartment for storage. I am using some big plastic bins, but will design some custom bins for next season. I keep a dinghy down there with a trolling motor and some extra supplies. The interior is FANTASTIC. The berths are very comfortable. Many passengers seem to move to the V-Berth and enjoy DVD while underway. Airflow underway is excellent in the front cabin and adequate in the V-Berth. The interior is standard but we did have the TV replaced with an HDTV. As the boat was built before HDTV , the console does not fit the newer flatscreens. However, the dealer selected an LG that fits flush and looks appropriate. In fact, it is far nicer than the old model TV. The cabin has both tables in the dinette area and in the V-Berth. However, we found that you might as well leave the V-Berth in the bed configuration as it is a popular place to lounge. We spent one night anchored out with the generator running. It has adequate sound shielding for a good night’s rest. The AC has some great features that allow you to really blast the air around and help drown out all sounds. The cockpit area is large and comfortable. This is of great importance as the Cincinnati area is a great area for boating with many, many waterside activities. For instance, over-water fireworks abound and many waterside festivals. The various boating clubs have every weekend occupied. In fact, we make just a small fraction of those events as there is so much going on. River cruises with family and co-workers turned out to be a popular activity. I have had as many as 11 people on board and all were comfortable. At these activities, the anchor is usually deployed. The windless anchor system with dual controls is great for this purpose. I do suggest you carry an additional anchor for two reasons. First, at spring, the river current can easily drag your anchor. Second, at these massive river events, you usually need to drop a stern anchor to battle the wind. After anchoring, the massive foredeck is a popular place. We found that rollup pads work great on the textured fiberglass. We keep those rollup pads in that massive engine compartment when not on the foredeck. While you can wakeboard and tube behind this boat, I prefer a dedicated boat for that purpose. This cruiser is a perfect companion to the ski boat/runabout I keep at the same marina. They make quite a pair for a summer’s weekend outing! You can transfer passengers to and from the cruiser and everyone has a great time. However, be careful! This cruiser is a big and heavy boat. I once transferred and some heavy wakes hit and I almost ended up between the two boats. This could be deadly! There are/were two disappointments. One is the wet bar cooler. It is just difficult to use. You have to pull it over a ledge to use it. I intend to turn that space, one day, into a custom refrigerator. The second disappointment is the canvas – as most canvas is. The front Eisenglass is just a bear to take up and put down. It seemed I was spending 5 minutes to get underway and 10 to 15 minutes back at the slip putting it up on a cold night. However, towards the end of the season, I had some smiley zippers put in the front glass and the rear curtains. This worked out very well and now takes no time to enjoy the boat in early spring and late fall. The drawback is that the glass has some small leaks through the zippers. I just coat with heavy zipper wax and that mitigates the leaks. Once the glass and curtains come down for summer, the cockpit cover is easy to remove and put on. That modification aside, the canvas package is really fantastic. There is one person that lived in his 280DA year around in our marina. I can see that it is possible to leave the boat in all winter and enjoy all seasons. In fact, I really didn’t want to store the boat this winter – but the Admiral insisted. While Sea Ray uses top materials and construction, there were many delivery issues. The dealer, Sea Ray of Cincinnati, continually impressed me with their response, effective mitigation/repair. They are also the most knowledgeable dealer I have ever met. I would only buy a big cruiser from them.

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