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||Posted - May 03 2011 : 05:52:33
We have been looking for some time for our next boat an have made an offer on a 1996 Sundancer. It has a clean hull survey and we are having a compression check before we do the final sea trial.
Are there current owners here who have can give us any additional recommendations on what to look for.
Engines have 750 hrs on 454 big blocks.
Genny has 1050 hrs.
Electronics need updating.
needs a good cleaning but otherwise not in bad shape for a 15 year old boat.
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||Posted - May 10 2011 : 07:50:38
That changes a lot. ER access is a lot easier on an OD version. Also, because you can trim the drives, the tab issue becomes less of an issue. However, the OD version does place the engines a bit further aft to she will sit a bit lower in the stern. Your fuel consumption won't differ much. Your cruise speed will be much higher.
||Posted - May 10 2011 : 06:07:37
Thanks for the input all. We made an offer and have included trading in our 1988 268 in for this boat. The boat has Bravo 2 outdrives which are both new re-manufactured with 2 years of warranty.
Figured out it was originally a Florida boat, but the last owner had it in Lake Ontario.
Guess we will see what the compression tests and the sea trials result in.
||Posted - May 05 2011 : 14:57:31
Easy to handle. Good in all seas. A nice bay boat. Too deep a "V" IMO for an inland river boat resulting in more fuel consumption than say a similar sized Bayliner (construction differenced not withstanding). Easy to dock especially with 4 blade props. HUGE forward berth. Plenty of storage under. As a matter of fact, great storage throughout. Nice anchor rode locker. Windlass switches forward and at the helm on mine. Don't know if that was an option or not. Nice touch in the wind when single handing. Nice size hanging lockers throughout. Good size head and galley for a 33. The A/C is plenty big and plenty cold. The overhead hatches remove a great deal of the "cave effect".
How tall are you. I'm 6'4". I have numerous lumps on my head from smacking the hardtop while stepping to the helm. If you are tall you will grow to hate the height of the canvas. Every tall person I know who owns a 330 does. The helm seat is too low. Easily rectified by putting it on blocks. It's under tabbed. Again easily fixed. They often were mis-propped from the dealer. Make sure you reach manufacturers recommended WOT for the engine. Also, the standard prop was 16" diameter. For some reason, a lot of them came with 17's. It puts the blades too close to the hull causing a lot of noise. The engine room is tight unless you are 7 years old or a midget. The designer should be shot. Water heater replacement requires riser removal. The generator is about the easiest thing to get to. The 7.4 was notorious for water injestion. The exhaust flappers did not necessarily solve the problem. The hinge on the "trunk" is secured with screws to wood. It will rot. The outside shower rinse down is a bear to change out. If the spot light lights but does not rotate, that is oftentimes corrosion on the switch. Easy fix. It is very expensive to repair/replace the rollers and tracks on the entry door. I wish the entry door had a screen hatch. The porthole most likely to leak is portside aft in the galley. On the 99, it requires removing the microwave to adjust the dogs. The PO did not. I have a lot of cosmetic damage back there to tend to. OH...that is where the galvanic isolaters are located as well. The boat only came with one CO detector. They should be replaced every 4-5 years. Due to the cost (~$100 each) most don't. Factor that into the purchase and figure on 2-3 for the boat if you intent to weekend on her. The galley refer is not coming out of the galley without a fight.
If I think of more, I'll let you know. I've gotta go cut the lawn. Good luck.
||Posted - May 05 2011 : 13:22:39
I have the 1995 version of same boat. I looked at a couple before i purchased mine. things to look for, are definitely get an oil analysis, 2 of the boats i looked at failed due main bearing wear and high iron content in oil. the overlap issue, i believe aonly applied to the MPI models, not carb models of the 7.4. all in all this is a great boat
||Posted - May 03 2011 : 11:41:25
I have the 1997 version of the same boat. The only major issue I had after purchasing the boat was water ingestion in the engines (had to have them replaced). Despite the issue of water ingestion that is caused by some sort of valve timing overlap, my mechanic thought mine was caused by failure of the gaskets on the exhaust manifolds. So you may want to look into that. I am not positive, but I think evidence of the water ingestion was rust in the valve area (when the valve cover was removed).
I have had the fuel cooler rust out on one engine. The symptom was some fuel in the exhaust. That caused the impeller on the water pump to fall apart. Try to get a good view of the underside of the engine with a mirror to look for rust on the fuel cooler.
I had the hydraulic steering fail. Look real close at the stainless steel ram rod and make sure you do not see seepage of hydraulic fluid.
I think that the 330SD is an excellent boat, and very well built. Good luck with it.