2004 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
- Stock #066750 -
The Sea Ray 260 is an excellent boat and this one is no exception. The owner reports the boat to be in excellent condition and ready for this years season.
The boat is equipped with Mercruiser 5.0 L Bravo III which moves this boat nicely across the water. The hull design of the 260 Sundancer makes it a great boat for the lake and to get out of the bay if you are a saltwater boater.
These things create enough confidence in the 260 Sundancer's long-term durability to put a smile on any skipper's face. To get your crew grinning, check out the accommodations. A section of the cockpit lounge converts to a sunpad simply by pulling it out-no cushion to store. Remove another section to reveal a cockpit step, so boarding from the side is easy. The gunwale tops are covered with nonslip for the same reason. The wetbar features a sink, stowage, a cooler, and a grabrail that a sumo wrestler couldn't budge. But I'd rather see this rail mounted along the counter edge instead of below it, so it could serve double duty as a grabrail and searail, holding people and gear in place.
The helm features more five-axis magic, with flats for electronics molded in. It's a white helm though, which creates glare. A tan helm, like the one aboard Regal's 2665 ($79,139 powered like our test boat), is optional on the Sea Ray. Furthermore, the accessory switches are toggles, rather than the multiplexed, waterproof touchpads that were a Sea Ray staple until now. Sea Ray says consumers demanded the change back to toggles. However, toggle switches break too easily. There's plenty of room between the helm and the companion lounge, which seats three or allows a single passenger to recline against the helm.
The companionway hatch is a slider with wide bow steps molded in. This is superior to the small pedestals other builders put on their helms under the dubious name of steps.
Belowdecks, the 260 Sundancer boasts big-boat style, with a parchment-colored headliner and wood laminate cabinetry with searails. There's access to the V-berth stowage from the berth base and by lifting the cushions. There's a butane stove in the galley, or use the microwave while plugged into the shorepower at the dock. The head is molded as a single unit and has a frosted port for privacy and a drain for easy cleanup. But there's no 110-volt outlet here.
The 12-volt ground wires aboard the 260 Sundancer are black. The ABYC recommends using yellow for 12-volt ground aboard boats that also have 110-volt shorepower installed because black is the color of a "hot" 110 wire. With yellow low-voltage grounds, you're less likely to confuse a "harmless" wire with one carrying enough current to kill.
The midberth is wide enough for two, features good sitting headroom, and has great ventilation due to the large sliding port. But its 17"-wide entry makes getting in tight. The midberth on Rinker's Fiesta Vee 250 ($60,129 with a 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2 Bravo Three stern drive) is better suited for adult entry. ****
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