On 1 Mar 2005 17:19:19 -0800, rwoodwar DeleteThis @ci.chico.ca.us wrote:
>I am considering buying one of three available 36' Sea Ray boats; a
>1980 sedan, a 1982 aft cabin, and a 1984 aft cabin. Any thoughts on
>problems to look for before purchase (surveys are a given)? What is
>the overall quality of this vintage of Sea Rays?
I have an '86 Weekender 300, which was evidently the last year that
Sea Ray made boats before Brunswick bought the company. My boat is
beautifully constructed, and I have absolutely no stress or spider
cracking anywhere on the boat.
My hull is 100% fiberglass, and while not the thickness of a Hatteras,
it's solid and doesn't flex or shudder. I just put the boat in the
water today after stripping the bottom to the gelcoat for a bottom
job, and I found not a single blister. Sea Ray evidently used some
very high quality resins and gelcoat, because my hull still shines
like a new boat. It's complimented quite frequently due to its
condition, but of course I keep on top of things.
The decks are cored, so look for soft spots, particularly on the
bridge where anything is screwed down. Also check around the windows
for leaks. My stringer system is rock solid, and seems to be
enscapsulated properly, but they of course can be an area of concern
if folks drilled holes without properly sealing them.
My fuel tanks are properly placed to avoid rusting through the bottom,
and there are other signs of higher than average quality. The only
issue my survey turned up was a lack of a fuel shut-off valve,
otherwise everything was structurally sound.
You can usually tell if someone is on top of their boat by the
condition of the bilge. That's where the true boater is set apart in
my opinion!! >> Stay informed about: Possible 36' Sea Ray Purchase