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NEW exhaust installed by the professionals at Al Grover's, August 2019. Includes AB dingy. Popular for good reason. Her beam, weight and accommodations provide superior sea keeping and comfort underway and at the dock. Affordable 'bigger' boat cruiser thanks to gas power which also keeps her quieter than diesels. Twin upgraded optional bigger Mercruiser 8.1 Horizon close cooled engines, 375 hp each, 321 hours, NEW EXHAUST, V-drive inboards, generator, air conditioning/heat, full galley, private wet head with shower, and all other standards. Cruise approximately 25-26 knots, 4 blade propellers. Second owner purchased her here years ago. Includes AB 10' dingy with Yamaha 15 hp. Original Ray electronics, SAT TV dome, mid-cabin TV, cockpit fridge, fresh cockpit carpet, foredeck sun pad, underwater lights.
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Simply irresistible. There's no other way to describe this remarkable boat. Its timeless beauty and unmatched elegance make it clearly the best in its class. Powered by your choice of sterndrive or inboard propulsion, this magnificent cruiser features dual bucket helm seats, extra-large control station, cockpit wet bar, awesome sound system, wide open cabin, and optional 32" flatscreen TV.
Test# 071803584 The 340 may be the biggest 34-foot express cruiser on the market today. She maintains all the cruising comforts of a traditional Sundancer, but in a sleeker, newly styled design.
Length Overall 37' 6'' Beam 12' 0'' Dry Weight 15,500 lbs. Tested Weight N/A Draft 37'' drive down - Draft Up N/A - Draft Down N/A - Air Draft N/A Deadrise/Transom 21 degrees Max Headroom 6' 3'' Bridge Clearance N/A Weight Capacity N/A Person Capacity N/A Fuel Capacity 225 gal. Water Capacity 45 gal. Length on Trailer N/A Height on Trailer N/A Trailer Weight N/A Total Weight
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Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Std. Power 2 x 370-hp MerCruiser 8.1S Horizon Tested Power 2 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG Opt. Power 2x306-hp Yanmar 6LP-STP diesel V-drives
2x375-hp 496 Mag BravoIII MCM Weekend Cruiser The 340 makes a great weekend cruiser and she has sleeping accommodations for six if necessary. She’s a beautiful boat with a distinct personality that you’ll never get tired of owning. Spacious cabin with good layout and many features. The dinette has good room for four people to sit for dinner or drinks. The galley comes complete with refrigerator, microwave, two-burner cooktop, and good storage with cabinets and drawers for all yo Comfortable accommodations with privacy curtain. The owner’s stateroom is spacious with a raised pedestal berth and small settee to the side. There’s also a privacy curtain that can be drawn at night. Sea Ray Sea Ray
The Sea Ray 340 Sundancer is Sea Ray’s new flagship in their cruiser line. She comes standard with TVD-MX 6.2 LMPI MercCruiser gasoline v-drives. The Sea Ray 340 delivered a smooth ride and handled nicely. Her length overall hinders her from making tight turns without coming off step. The 340’s helm features a wood accented control station which includes custom back lit instrumentation panel, dual shift and throttle controls, waterproof switch pads and SmartCraft diagnostics. The helm layout has double bucket helm seats with flip up thigh-rise bolsters, a port side bucket companion seat with flip up bolsters and a spacious U-shaped aft seats. You will want to add the new optional SmartCraft system view for at-a-glance monitoring of air and water temperatures, fuel flow range, maintenance records and more. For an added measure of confidence for docking, an optional bow thruster is also available. In the cabin, the new 340 Sundancer is impressive with a bright wide-open salon with deep cherry wood finishes and large mirrors throughout. An unbelievable amount of storage space is found under the cabinets and the salon v-berth. A forward hatch with sky-screen cover and bonded and circular skylights add to the feeling of spaciousness. In keeping with the new exterior styling, sleek curves are the order of the day with a large crescent shaped sofa that converts to a bed for extra guests. The convenient dinette table has its own designated storage compartment for fast, easy stowing if extra floor space is needed. You will find a Clarion single CD stereo system with 6-disc changer and digital cockpit remote control. Another standard feature is the 13” TV/VCR. An optional stereo remote from the transom is also available. You will find extra storage space in the 340 Sundancer’s easy to reach gunwale cabinets and a generous floor compartment. The galley hosts an unbelievable amount of counter space along with a two-burner stove, microwave, and refrigerator. There is also a fully enclosed fiberglass head with a vacu-flush head, shower, sink and vanity. The large cockpit area has everything for relaxing and entertaining which includes a refreshment center with a wet bar and cooler. The portside wet bar has a sink with faucet, icemaker, and plenty of storage space. In the cockpit, you will also find beverage holders, snap-in carpet liner, acrylic transom door, a self-draining fiberglass floor liner, indirect lighting, extra storage below the helm seats, and a cockpit table with sun pad filler cushion with stainless steel handrails. After having spent some time on Sea Ray’s 340 Sundancer for 2003, I found the boat to be very nicely laid out in the cabin and in the cockpit. The helm is what a captain would want a helm to be. The standard instruments and controls are great and the optional electronics are to die for! The boat handled well in close quarter maneuverings without a bow thruster. However, the option of having a bow thruster is recommended. I found the salon to be unbelievably roomy and spacious for a 34-foot boat. Sea Ray has kept their word regarding creating a racy new profile for the 340 Sundancer. I think they may be on to something when they say they are setting new trends in the cockpit area. It was a pleasurable experience to put the 2003 340 Sun Dancer through its paces.By Capt. Kedd Lytton-SmithTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
Marine Electronics Fishfinder Optional Upgrade to Raymarine GPS/Chart Optional Upgrade to Raymarine Radar Optional Upgrade to Raymarine VHF Radio Standard Systems Air Cond./Heat Standard Battery Charger/Converter Standard CD Stereo Standard Clarion Dripless Shaft Seals Standard Head: Fixed Standard Power Steering Standard Shore Power Standard Trim Tabs Standard TV/DVD Standard Washdown: Fresh Water Standard Water Heater Standard Windlass Standard Galley Microwave Standard Refrigerator Standard Stove Standard Exterior Features Carpet: Cockpit Standard Ice Chest Standard Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard Swim Ladder Standard Swim Platform Standard Transom Door Standard Transom Shower Standard Wet bar Standard Canvas Bimini Top Standard Cockpit Cover Optional
THE HIGHSWide-open arrangement both topside and belowdecks is refreshing.Love the ﬁddle rail,the skylight,and the classy island berth.Fuel ﬁlls port and starboard. THE LOWSNeeds trim gauges when stern drives are chosen. Add a step to the boarding ladder,please.Windshield wipers fall short of complete coverage.
SPLIT DECISION Stern drive or V-drive? Hmmm… BY KEVIN FALVEY
With the throttle levers mashed into the helm and the drives trimmed high, I’m humming along at better than 46 mph as Bad Company thumps from the Polk Audio sound system. For me, this is just another day on the job. But what a job! Look at this boat: It’s 37'6" long, sleeps six, displaces seven tons loaded, and is 12' wide. What rocks me more than the subwoofers’ kick is that this boat is an express cruiser, not a go-fast or high-powered runabout. I’m tearing up the water aboard Sea Ray’s new 340 Sundancer powered with a pair of 375-hp MerCruiser Bravo Three stern drives. V-drives typically power express cruisers, although Chaparral’s 350 Signature ($229,654 powered like our test boat) and Formula’s 37PC ($293,590 powered like our test boat) are two other switch hitters. A stern drive express cruiser: Is this a marriage made in heaven or hell? Let’s see.
DRIVE THIS.Where the river paralleled the Alcoa Highway, I got a thumbs-up from travelers who noted I was making better time than they were. Plus, they couldn’t lean their vehicles over into a series of linked S-turns and leave a furrow of glistening asphalt in their wake. With stern drive power, the 340 Sundancer is not only fast—it’s fun. The trimmable drives provide greater control during maneuvers, a ﬂatter shaft angle, and minimized drag for maximized speed. And it’s quick out of the hole. You’ll need to warn your crew before pushing the levers forward. Water conditions during my test were ﬂat calm, so I can only surmise how this boat will perform when the bay or lake is percolating with wakes. The 340 Sundancer’s new hullform features a deep-V that terminates in 21 degrees of deadrise at the transom. The hull’s entry is also sharp and steeply raked. These features are indicative of a boat that enters waves more smoothly and re-enters the water after cresting a wave more softly than boats
with fuller entries and ﬂatter aft sections. So I wouldn’t be too concerned about whether the boat slammed in rough water. Instead, I’d focus on the degree to which the boat pitched—moved up and down longitudinally—and what effect trimming the drives and applying the trim tabs had on that pitching motion. Any boat’s tendency to pitch can be exacerbated by higher speeds. In the conditions tested, I had a blast, though at full throttle and trimmed out fully, the boat wobbled almost imperceptibly on its “keel.” But no sensible owner is going to be redlining the tachs in the rough stuff. Instead, if the wind is kicking up, that owner would want to stay on plane at a speed that would provide control and stability without slamming and pounding. I kept the 340 Sundancer planing at just 13 mph, the drives
and tabs at full negative and the engines turning 2300 rpm. Of the boats I’ve tested that could stay on step at 15 mph or slower, the 340 Sundancer earned the highest mark in terms of comfort. I had expected to see trim gauges, but the test boat lacked them. They prove helpful when operating stern drives. Also, the windshield wipers leave a 6" swath of glass uncleared throughout their sweep. Now that completely clear, curved glass windshields are the norm, someone needs to invent a wiper that can keep them clear of spray and rain.
SEE THIS. The 340 Sundancer is one of thenew breed from Sea Ray, set apart by sexier lines, colored hulls, and the aforementioned hullform. This model features a reverse sheer, a high forward-curving radar arch (Sea Ray calls it a Sport Spoiler), and engine air intakes that are not only integral but, with their elliptical shape punctuated by vertical bafﬂes, provide a punchy visual accent. Oohsand aahsfrom passersby are guaranteed. Also integral is the large extended swim platform that stretches the boat visually, making it look racier. It also features a three-step ladder, but I prefer four. The 340 Sundancer’s cockpit arrangement is remarkable. Rather than a split bench at the helm, there’s a pair of sliding ﬁberglass-shelled bucket seats with ﬂip-up bolsters. To port is a similar companion seat beneath which is a neat sliding stowage unit. By opting for a companion bucket seat instead of the longer companion lounge common to many express cruisers, Sea Ray didn’t have to use a shoehorn when positioning the wetbar. The module housing the sink, carryon cooler, and stowage is directly abaft the portside bucket seat, yet there’s still about six feet between it and the boarding door. Enter the cockpit from the platform and you won’t have to sidle past someone using the wetbar. And besides, if you’re going to recline while underway aboard a midsize boat, you’ll be more comfortable farther aft. So kick back in the U-lounge—be sure to use the table and ﬁller cushions to create a sunpad for maximum comfort. Two deck-ﬁtting innovations grabbed my attention. One is the telescopic canvas support poles. Push the button and slide the tube until it locks into the next hole. Voilà! The wrinkles are gone from your connector curtains. What’s more, fuel ﬁll plates are installed port and starboard, eliminating the need to drag a greasy hose over your boat, regardless of which side you’re tied to. It’s also a tricky bit of plumbing, given the size of the boat and the amount of standard mechanical equipment installed. Belowdecks, the 340 Sundancer features the best of the trendy and the traditional. The ﬂoor plan is open, yet the ﬁberglass faux-granite galley counter has a ﬁddle rail. There’s a vent fan in the galley plus a large, stainless-steel opening port. A ﬁxed portlight above adds natural light. The head is large for this size boat, but it’s spare. It won’t win any decorator accolades, but this completely ﬁberglass module will be easy to keep clean. Throughout the interior, the air-conditioning vent grates are wood. There’s a ﬂat-screen TV in the salon that’s viewable from anywhere in the forward cabin. And a ﬂip-down, airlinestyle TV/DVD player graces the midcabin’s headliner. Sleeping accommodations are provided by the forward island berth, which is privatized by a curtain, and the midcabin, which doubles as a conversation pit during waking hours. The dinette also converts to a berth for an unexpected guest. Frankly, the layout is best suited for the cruising couple or those who entertain, rather than for six people spending the weekend together.
WHY V? If you have a shallow slip behind your house, then the 5" difference in draft between the V-drives and stern drives will make your powering decision that much easier. Ditto if you love exploring backwater creeks and coves. If top speed is your hot button, the stern drive wins by 10 mph. With stern drives, you’ll also jump out of the hole, be able to maintain a ﬂatter running angle, and enjoy a sportier feel at the helm.
Efﬁciency? Compare the boats at similar speeds rather than rpm to rpm. They use the same hull after all and everything else is pretty much equal, so boat speed is going to be the factor that determines your level of comfort on any given day, not rpm. You’re going to run at higher cruising speeds on calm days and slower speeds on rough days. Plus, since the propping, gearing, and coefﬁcients of drag of the two disparate drive systems are different, rpm is an irrelevant comparison in this case. As an example, the stern drive– powered 340 Sundancer at 3500 rpm runs 30.3 mph; the V-drive at 4000 rpm runs 31.1 mph (0.8 mph means diddly unless you’re racing). With stern drives, the engines burn 12.7 gph less. Even taking different loads, conditions, and drivers into account, the trimmable drives beat the shafts hands down. Close-quarters manueverability should also be considered. Although I didn’t run both boats on the same day, my experience is that boats with rudders, like the V-drive-powered 340 Sundancer, are easier to twist into a tight slip. Of course, a bow thruster can be added to either boat. Then there’s price. With the Bravo Threes, the 340 Sundancer costs $187,500 compared to $176,000 for the same boat with V-drives—not a big difference if you’re ﬁnancing the deal instead of paying cash. Finally, V-drives have a better record of reliability in salt water than stern drives. Big chunks of aluminum don’t fare as well as bronze, stainless steel, or Nibral in an electrolyte, especially if the boat is plugged into shorepower at a marina instead of swinging on a mooring or docked at a private residence. Plugged in at the yacht club, your boat is subject to corrosion from ﬂaws in the electrical systems of the other boats. So what’s the right choice? Stern drive or V-drive? The only person who knows the answer to that is you. A
STANDARD EQUIPMENT (major items) Electric windshield vent; Bimini top;front,side,aft curtains; aft sunshade;windlass;snap-in carpet;cockpit shower;icemaker; 12v outlet;radar arch;AM/FM stereo w/6-disc changer,8 speakers,remote;ﬂat-screen TV/DVD; microwave;refrigerator/freezer; 2-burner recessed cooktop;head w/vacuum-ﬂush commode;SmartCraft engine-monitoring system; VHF radio;Tridata instrument; 12,000-Btu a/c/heat;battery charger;2 galvanic isolators;dual 30a shorepower w/50' cords and adapters;6-gal.water heater;11⁄2" ss propshafts (V-drives);Nibral props (V-drives);ss props (stern drives);trim tabs.
96 BOATING MAGAZINE JANUARY 2004
SPEED EFFICIENCY OPERATION naut. stat. n. mi. s. mi. run sound rpm knots mph gph mpg mpg range range angle level 1000 5.2 6.0 4.1 1.3 1.5 258 296 0 69 1500 7.8 9.0 6.4 1.2 1.4 247 285 1 71 2000 9.5 10.9 11.4 0.8 1.0 168 194 3 74 2500 12.3 14.1 17.4 0.7 0.8 143 164 5 78 3000 21.3 24.5 23.6 0.9 1.0 183 210 4 78 3500 26.3 30.3 25.9 1.0 1.2 206 237 3 81 4000 31.7 36.5 33.5 0.9 1.1 192 221 3 81 4500 37.5 43.1 46.9 0.8 0.9 162 186 2 82 4840 40.1 46.1 59.1 0.7 0.8 137 158 2 85