|Deadrise/Transom||18 deg.||Water Cap||
|Max Headroom||N/A||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
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|Std. Power||1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT|
|Tested Power||1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 L|
1 x 300-hp MerCruiser MAG ECT
1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT SeaCore
1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT SeaCore
1 x 260-hp Yanmar 6BY-260Z
1 x 260-hp Yanmar 6BY-260Z SeaCore
You don't need to roam far from home to enjoy the 240 Sundancer. A quick trip to a nearby cove, drop the hook and jump overboard, and you'll wonder why you waited so long to buy a boat. And with power options up to 300-hp, getting there might be half the fun.
You Can Stay Out All Night – Or Not
Twenty-four foot boats don't have much room to spare when the designers fit in usable belowdecks accommodations and a cockpit big enough for daytime boating. Is it better to sacrifice the cabin for a bigger cockpit, or vice-versa? Sea Ray handles this dilemma as well as any company we think: In the 240 Sundancer, they've combined a comfortable cockpit with a cabin adequate for weekending – or longer, with an adventurous crew. And there's a mid-cabin with a double berth; yes, it's roll-in, roll-out, but we prefer that to sleeping on the V-berths.
The V-berths will be fine for taking an afternoon cat-nap while swinging on the hook, but overnight we'll sleep in the mid-cabin, located behind the camera position. A dinette table with filler cushions is optional, converts the V-berths to a double. Joinery can be cherry or maple finish.
Builders of boats like the 240 Sundancer often trim items from the standard equipment list – the cabin table, for example – since many people buying these boats don't intend to cruise aboard: The cabin will be used primarily to catch a nap after lunch, change out of wet bathing suits, or maybe brew a pot of coffee before heading out on a brisk morning. Why should folks have to pay for cruising gear they'll never use?
The galley is basic but adequate, with a sink and single-burner butane stove standard, but can be upgraded with a microwave oven and a dual-voltage refrigerator. Carpet is standard.
But with a full options list, Sea Ray lets buyers who want more accommodations add them. A table, microwave oven, VacuFlush head, shore power – even air conditioning is available. We think that, really tricked out, she'd make a neat pocket cruiser for two people, and at reasonable cost.
The one-piece molded fiberglass wet head compartment should be easy to clean. A pull-out faucet serves as a shower head, although we'd shower at the marina when cruising. A portable toilet is standard, pump-out model with holding tank optional.
This Cockpit's Made for Sitting
Companion seating to the helm is this lounge with a raised backrest. Padded all around, it can also serve as a conventional bench seat. (See below.)
On deck, the 240 'Dancer's cockpit has a lounge/companion helm seat and an aft bench seat – swivel the helm seat to face aft and the whole cockpit turns into a conversation pit. There is no sunpad, a feature we've come to expect on almost every boat, but the portside lounge will let one tan-aholic stretch out for browning. Sunpads take up a lot of space -- space that, in a boat this size, can be put to better use.
Regular readers know that we always like two seats facing forward on all boats so there is an extra pair of eyes facing forward, and for companionship for the skipper. This, however, is problematic in most express cruisers under 40’ with a mid cabin. In 24’ with an 8’ 6’’ (2.59 m) beam it is almost impossible. Every boat has a compromise, and here it is in the 240.
The handrail under the edge of the lounge is a nice touch – the only other handhold is the windshield frame. It might also be helpful to people coming on deck from below if it were longer.
An aft lounge completes the cockpit seating ensemble; there is stowage below, drink holders port and starboard. The transom door leads onto a platform with a four-step stainless swim ladder. (Hooray! Not 3 steps.) A ski-tow eye is standard; all deck hardware is stainless steel.
Standard power is a single 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT with Bravo I sterndrive – a good, reliable package, but we'd spend the extra $1,250 to upgrade to a twin-prop Bravo III drive. Other choices are the popular 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT Bravo III ($3,667) or a 248-hp Yanmar 6BY-260Z Bravo Three diesel, for an extra $39,583.
Either gas engine is available with MerCruiser's SeaCore upgrade for added corrosion resistance, important for saltwater service if you don't flush out your engine after each use, and store her on a rack or trailer.
The neatly arranged helm has room to flush-mount a chartplotter to the left of the wheel. Steering is power-assisted, and the leather-wrapped tilt wheel is standard. SmartCraft instruments are standard, too.
We haven't tested the 240 Sundancer, and don't have definite performance data. However, we did test her bigger sister, the 260 Sundancer, with the 350 MAG MPI; she ran 42.7 mph (68.7 kph) top end. The 240 has a similar hull but is 1,357 lbs. (615 kg.) lighter, so would be faster with the same power. With the standard 260-hp MerCruiser, we couldn't say for sure – but, off the record, we expect she'd be plenty fast for the kind of people who'd be interested in a boat like this.
Whether you want to set her up as a dayboat with a cabin that's more a refuge than a home, or add options to create a mini-cruiser that will take you and a companion far and wide, the 240 Sundancer is, in our opinion, a boat that should be on your short list if you are looking for a boat in this size range. Base price is $77,506 FOB the factory – not the cheapest boat in a crowded field of competitors, but you get the Sea Ray reputation for no extra charge.
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