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  1. Danvilletim

    Danvilletim Senior Member

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    Would love to get some opinions on the newer SLX 350s. We are getting a place in Ft Lauderdale this winter ( so excited! ) and the wife thinks the 33 hydra sport is too fishy. She also wants something she can drive and thus looking for a day boat option that is stylish with well though out layouts. These all come with joystick steering which would be good for her.

    https://www.boattrader.com/listing/2016-sea-ray-350-slx-103397215/?refSource=standard listing

    Is this bow rider going to be able to go outside for an occasional fish? Is the outdrives a deal killer? I like the hydraulic swim platform for San bars. ( Haven’t been to a sand Bar but very excited to make it a habit lol ). I know in the last year they have added outboard models which is more robust and expensive. We would be lift kept.

    I like some of the dual console options from pursuit and i think they have better offshore capabilities but the layout isn’t nearly as nice. Other options?
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    How is the access for maintenance on twin inboards crammed into a smallish hull? It s not like sea rays are good in that department.
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    I don’t know. There is a hydraulic access under rear seats. They do have an outboard version for $60k more on the used market, but you give up hydralic swim platform.

    Maybe i need to watch more Miami sand bar videos.
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    Something like the Boston Whaler 350 Realm is much more capable and pricey. Likely will last for ever, but that sea ray layout looks a lot more fun to chill on.

    From a design perspective all the seating for the Boston is design for under way and facing forward where the sea ray seating is more designed to be at rest. Reminds more of aft deck of a larger boat. The SLX 400:has respectable cabin but not sure this would get used much?
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    With stern drives you probably won’t be as close to sandbars as an outboard so I m not sure how the hydraulic platform will be a plus. More weight. More maintenance

    With outboards you get really close or over the sand bar tide permitting and just stand in waste deep water, pun intended :(

    There is a reason stern drives have replaced the Manattee on the endangered species list :)
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    Lol. I guess OB version would be winner. I still wonder the ride difference bet a 33 hydrasport,would be in 2-3’. I would assume not as good as different purpose, but how much worse?

    Is this just a bay boat or w 3x Yamaha 350s can this make a Bimini run on a 2-3’ day?
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    By design a bow rider is more of an inland water boat... the CCs on the other hand are designed for fishing offshore. I see them crossing all the time, all the way to the Exumas
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    The SR 350 is plenty capable, going over to Bimini should be fine, watching weather like you normally do.

    It comes done to OB v SD. Service schedules, flushing, limiting the impacts of salt corrosion. sD boats run well in my opinion, less prone to cooling failures than an OB. Have to be conscious of picking up silt in shallow water on both.

    The SD setup is pretty cool, especially with the swim platform. Access will be just fine SR does as great job as any builder in getting access to 2 x 6.2l in the stern, will not be an issue. Lots of bang for the buck.
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    Every sea ray I ve been on had the worst maintenance access in class. Bilge pumps buried under engines or couches so you can only reach them with one hand... engines too close together.... generators you had to hire a midget to work on... fresh water pump you needed someone with extra long arms to replace... the list goes on

    I don’t love to se a picture of the engine bay of that boat

    Cooling issues on modern 4 strokes Yamaha’s, Honda’s and Suzuki’s are very rare
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    Go on line there are plenty of videos and you will see a hydraulic hatch lift that gives you wide open access to the engines. What more do you want in a 10’-6” beam with twins? The stern drives are as close as the competition, these are not wide set diesels on a MY. Were do you think you are going to find 2’ between engines on a SD in 35’?

    You have mentioned your displeasure with SR before on various threads on this forum but never clearly state year/model. Being specific helps when making an assessment for posters.
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    No need to be specific by model, drawing attention to potential issues help buyers. Too many people lol at the glitz and gadgets, until they re away for a few days have to replace an impeller on the genny

    Indeed You can’t expect a lot of space between engines on that size boat, this is why outboards have become so popular.
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    The installation space between stern drives is not the reason outboards have become so popular. It has been the increase in horsepower, more reliability and the popularity of the CC market.

    But still, ask your OB dealer what is their biggest unscheduled repair item and it will come back to the cooling system.

    Multi- outboard installations are tight as well and kill the utility of the stern, this is where the SD installation on the 35 slx shines, great use of the boat layout from bow to stern, the aft lounging area is really nice on the anchor and the ease of getting in and out of the water with the hydraulic steps can’t be beat and you won’t find that on the OB model.
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    Cooling system issues are the nr issue with pretty much every type of engines incl diesels.

    In all these years using tenders with 50 to 90 hp outboard, I ve never had a cooling system issue. Always get years and hundred of hours out of the pumps and I usually replace them out of precaution.

    Maybe many outboard owners try to get away with extreme shallow water ops
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    Yeah except a lot of the stuff on the inboards is on or near the bottom of the motor and can't get there with exhaust manifolds and everything else in the way. They SUCK to work on and outdrives suck period. Outboards are much more reliable, have less to go wrong, and easy to work on. The biggest issue with either outboards or stern drives is the fuel filters. The next biggest issue with stern drives is also the cooling system, then quickly followed by the spark/electrical system, then quickly followed by the fuel system. If you do your scheduled maintenance when you are supposed to, you won't have a cooling issue with an outboard, period. I've maintained a set of 225 verados since 2006 and a set of 300hp verado's since 2010 and have never had a cooling issue on either set, not once. But I follow the mercury maintenance schedule and change thermostats, poppet valves and impellors on schedule (time).

    As for the boat, I wouldn't for this area. I do have a customer that had one of those in the stern drive version and loved it, but kept it in NJ. With the stern drives, your draft is too much to get to the sandbars here and therefore making the hydraulic platform (which is just something else to go wrong), useless for your intended use. So if you go in that direction I'd go outboard. But, the usage of that boat is very limited for this area. You're better off, either keeping what you have and buying a used $10-20k pontoon boat for ICW and sandbar duty. Or selling what you have and buying a 34/39' Nortech, 32-37' whaler or Scout (these can be picked up reasonably on the used market) or similar that has really nice bow seating and stern seating, a dive door in the side, a really nice head, slide out sun shades and amenities. Center consoles and pontoon boats are very popular here, bow riders are not for many reasons.
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    Maybe I need both! Lol. It started in the fact that the wife is too intimated to drive 33 hydrasport w triples. The axis joy stick seemed appealing. Getting in and out of the hydrasport on a small dive ladder is not super easy.

    I think 8-10 trips are going to be evening cruise or dock and dine. So that day boat layout is interesting. Also once the big boat is sold we are looking at something like a 58 Tiara so that's a fine platform to fish on snotty days.


    Btw the wife just googled Ft Lauderdale sand bar and saw a bunch of girls twerking. LOL. She's now not as excited. Maybe the hydrasport will be fine for me to go alone! Either way I'm still excited. Lol.
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    The sandbar thing is going to get old real fast but in case that s your mid life crisis thing :) you can do it in a center console. Personally I stay away... been there done that... tattooed pierced and silicone isn’t my thing especially when they all compete to see who can play the loudest and worst possible “music”.

    Get a boat for day trips restaurant hoping it well ends in the Keys or Bahamas staying at waterfront hotel or rental.

    As to access, it doesn’t get easier than a side door.
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    It really comes down as to what compromise you can accept at the stern, a functional useable space with a SD or give it up and let it be dominated by OB’ s and their propellers.
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