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Topic: Sea Ray vs. Four Winns
H2OADDICT
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Posted: 31 May 2003 at 10:23am | IP Logged
My father is looking at a 2003 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer w/twin 4.3's loaded with genset, a/c heat, winlass and all the goodies. They also looked at a 30 foot Four Winns with a 10.5 beam, with twin Volvo power.The boat had the same options as the Sea Ray, but no winlass. I'm not sure which Volvo's, because I didn't go with him to look at the Four Winns. The Sea Ray is 110K and the Four Winns is 122K. I think that 10.5 beam is too much for that boat, it's only a little longer than the Sea Ray. what does everyone think of these two boats. both are 2003
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Posted: 31 May 2003 at 11:43am | IP Logged
I would think the wider beam would be a good thing?
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I was under the impression that length of boat is crucial in importance of beam. Too wide and short means rough ride etc.?
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Wide is better. My 32 foot has a 12 foot beam, so it's not unlikely to have 10.5 on a 30. The Volvo power would settle it for me, it's much more reliable than Merc.

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Posted: 31 May 2003 at 4:33pm | IP Logged
The rule of thumb is to divide length by beam, (not including bow pulpit and the swim platform -- those things have no running surface) by the beam. A ratio of 3:1 length to beam, or so, is good. Less than that say 2.5:1 is too much beam for the hull's length.

Just Ducky is 33½ in length and 11½ in beam. That's 2.9:1, a good ratio.

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I have an '02 280 with the same engine setup you described. The Alpha drives have none of the "problems" associated with the Bravo III drives. That said, Mercury is the way to go just based on sevicability alone.
Overall, IMHO Sea Ray is the hands down winner between these two boats. I looked at numerous brands at three large boat shows before deciding and Sea Ray won on every account.
Lastly, If you can find a 280 with one season under it's belt, you will save a ton. I did.
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I have to agree with Andy here. I have the same boat (2002-280) except that I have 5.0L engines and BIII drives andsaved a ton by buying the year old boat. I also compared others and thought the Sea Ray was the better boat. Andy and I have compared notes on the performance of our 2 boats and they are very similar in rpm/speed and performance so there is no disadvantage to the 4.3/Alpha 1 setup. Actually that is what I wish I had so that I wouldn't have to be so vigilant with the BIII corrosion issue.
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I would go with the Sea Ray. But it seems like fourwinns and Sea Ray are coming close in this years market. Basically between these two boats it all comes down to what you want and how you like the setup, ride, etc..... GOOD LUCK!

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Posted: 01 June 2003 at 12:44pm | IP Logged
Powerboat Reports tested a Four Winns in this months issue. They ran the 298. They found it to be good, but hard riding and very wet. You need to subscribe to read the entire article, but you can read the first few paragraphs.

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Frank C.

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