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ContinuousWave: The Whaler GAM or General Area
|Author||Topic: Searay Quality|
posted 01-30-2001 09:55 AM ET (US)
I was at a fiberglass shop yesterday afternoon, and saw a 25 searay offshore boat that was in the shop. I started talking with the owner who has been doing warranty work for 30 years on different boats. The sea ray transom was cracked and flexing so bad you could pull the motors back and stick your hand in the transom. Also the hull near the keel was flexing and cracking from no support. He showed me the filler he pulled out of the transom and it was chips of resin. Makes you wonder about the quality. He also had a 17' scout that had banged against a dock and ripped the hull open. I looked inside of it and the hole had foam only about 3 inches above the water line. The rest of the way up to the gunnel was empty. The foam that I did see was cracked and in pieces. I guess it helps to talk to a experinced fiberglass guy before buying a boat new or used. Maybe everyone should just buy a classic whaler and not have to worry about the qualtiy!!!
posted 01-30-2001 01:02 PM ET (US)
I have a 74 Sea Ray SRV 200 with a 302/225 hp I/O. In my opinion this boat has classic good looks, deep vee for a dry comfortable ride, high free board, and is well built. I would have no problem putting my older Sea Ray against other boats. I love my BW 13 and I can't agrue with the quality, but I see alot of postings for water logged foam and cracked gel coat in older BW's, my Sea Ray is as dry as a bone and still has beautiful gelcoat without cracks. I agree that newer Sea Rays make good anchors though. Regarding the transom, this can happen to any boat when an owner starts drilling into the transon and doesn't seal the holes properly. I have seen a lot of quality boats that were not cared for properly. Don't mistake poor quality by poor maintenance.
posted 01-30-2001 01:41 PM ET (US)
The sea ray I saw was an 94. It had twin 200 mercs on it. I dont know much about the older ones, but you are right about one thing, the better you maintain something the longer it will last.
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