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Sea Ray 260 Sundancer (2013-)
(w/ 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI)

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Brief Summary

Although she carries just 75 gal. (284 L) of fuel, Sea Ray's 260 Sundancer will take you almost anywhere you want to cruise, or at least anywhere you can drive: With 8' 6" (2.59 m) beam, the 26' 7" (8.10 m) LOA Sundancer can be towed behind a full-size pickup or SUV, making it possible to explore new waters on two- or three-day adventures. But can you live aboard comfortably?

Key Features

  • Mercury Installation Quality Certification - standard 2-year limited engine warranty
  • MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT with Bravo III sterndrive is standard engine
  • SmartCraft instrumentation standard
  • Entertaining cockpit design with designated conversation area
  • Full function helm with designated surface for optional Raymarine C70 GPS/chartplotter
  • 12V AM/FM single CD Sony stereo
  • Fully enclosed fiberglass head
  • Standard 110V-30 amp shore power for battery charger, receptacles, and optional 7,000 BTU air conditioning/heating
  • Convertible V-berth and dinette with dedicated storage for table and filler cushions
  • Cherry or maple wood-finish interior cabinetry.
  • Standard microwave and dual voltage refrigerator in galley
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 7''
    8.1 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 6,950 lbs.
    3,152 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 41''
    104 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 19 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 75 gal.
    283.9 L
    Water Capacity 20 gal.
    75.7 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT
    Tested Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI
    Opt. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT
    1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT
    1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT SeaCore
    1 x 260-hp Yanmar 6BY-260Z
    1 x 260-hp Yanmar 6BY-260Z SeaCore

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    610 3.1 2.7 0.8 4.1 3.5 275 239 75
    1000 5.2 4.5 1.4 3.8 3.3 258 224 75
    1500 7.1 6.2 2.4 3.0 2.6 204 177 76
    2000 8.6 7.4 3.9 2.2 1.9 150 130 77
    2500 10.2 8.8 6.3 1.6 1.4 110 95 78
    3000 15.7 13.6 8.6 1.8 1.6 123 107 80
    3500 24.8 21.5 9.6 2.6 2.3 175 152 87
    4000 30.7 26.7 11.8 2.6 2.3 176 153 87
    4500 36.1 31.4 15.7 2.3 2.0 155 135 88
    5180 42.7 37.1 23.5 1.8 1.6 123 107 90
    610 239 443 5.00 3.03 1.73 75
    1000 224 415 8.40 5.30 1.62 75
    1500 177 328 11.40 9.08 1.28 76
    2000 130 241 13.80 14.76 0.94 77
    2500 95 177 16.40 23.85 0.69 78
    3000 107 198 25.30 32.55 0.77 80
    3500 152 282 39.90 36.34 1.10 87
    4000 153 283 49.40 44.67 1.11 87
    4500 135 249 58.10 59.43 0.98 88
    5180 107 198 68.70 88.96 0.77 90

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 6.8 sec.
    0 to 30 11.9 sec.
    Ratio 2.20 : 1
    Props SS RH 14.25'' X 21'' B3 GEN2 3 Blade <br>SS LH 15.25''X 21'' B3 GEN2 4 Blade
    Load 2 persons, 1/4 fuel, no water, minimal gear
    Climate 65 deg.; 78% humidity; wind: 0 mph; seas; calm

    Captain's Report

    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    Aboard a boat this size, it's nice to stay outdoors. The 260 Sundancer has a cockpit designed for living, with an L-lounge and refreshment center with cooler.

    By Capt. Steve

    Mission Statement

    The Sea Ray 260 Sundancer was designed as a pocket cruiser that can be trailered to extend the cruising grounds and areas of exploration. She can easily accommodate 2 adults and with modifications to the dinette can sleep four in relative comfort.

    Distinguishing Features

    SmartCraft instrumentation standard.

    This includes a digital display inside an analog gauge allow you to customize the information you'd like to see at a glance.•

    Standard shore power.

    Typically an option on boats in this class, and a great feature to have if you plan on camping out at the dock.

    Features We Like

    • Dual-voltage drawer-style refrigerator in galley.• Double-wide helm seat that swivels to face aft.• Gel coated engine room.• Standard trim tabs.• 19-degree deadrise at the transom. Cruising different places every long weekend is an exciting prospect for most boaters, and it sure beats having to go back to the same lake all the time. With a “pocket cruiser” such as the Sea Ray 260 Sundancer, you don’t really need a big, expensive cruising boat to get you to some of the world’s best cruising grounds. I think trailerable cruisers are one of the best values in boating where most people are only limited by their time off and imagination.

    Comfortable cabin.

    The cabin of the 260 Sundancer may be considered Spartan by some, but I think that's part of the appeal of a boat this size. For cruising couple it's an ideal arrangement where you can be relaxing and chatting up the night in the forward settee, and then turn in for the night in the mid cabin without having to "convert" anything. To me, on a rainy night it's even better.

    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    A basic arrangement, but ideal for a boat in this size range. The forward dinette converts to a berth but doesn't allow much privacy.

    There is not a lot any builder can do in just 26’(7.92 m) other than execute the basic layout with style and as much utility as possible. We think Sea Ray has done that in the 260. Her wraparound seating forward is comfortable and the table is large enough to have four for dinner. The galley is well styled and is equipped with everything you need.

    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    A dual-voltage refrigerator and microwave oven are standard, but for cruising away from shore power you'll want the alcohol/electric single-burner cooktop ($875).
    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    With the table set up, the port and starboard cabin lounges turn into dinette seating. If you need more sleeping space, use the table and cushion to form conventional V-berths.
    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    We'd sleep in the mid cabin and leave the table rigged most of the time. Air conditioning is optional ($3,333), and welcome if you prefer overnighting in a marina, or add the optional 5-kW genset to be cool at anchor ($16,500). Shore power is standard, and an inverter is available also ($1,058)
    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    The 260 Sundancer has a fully enclosed wet head. We think it is particularly well-designed and ergonomically correct as possible given the boat’s size. Shown here is the optional toilet, as a portable one comes standard.

    Cockpit deck.

    The cockpit deck has the usual layout for boats in this class with L-shaped seating opposing a wet bar. I like the feature that Sea Ray has been adding as of late where the double-wide helm seat is able to swivel around to face the action. This is so much more effective than having a reversible helm seat especially with the proximity of the wet bar just behind.

    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer

    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    When it's time for gathering, this swivel helm seat is a very effective way of maximizing the seating in a confined space.

    A refreshment center is standard and consists of a counter with a designated storage space for carry-on cooler underneath. If you want to go one step better, the wet bar is an option ($650) that includes the stainless steel sink, faucet, stainless steel handrail, plus the trash receptacle and storage.

    Power and Performance

    The 260 Sundancer is small and handy enough to take out for a spin on a nice afternoon. In fact, most owners will use her as a day boat for cruising and entertaining. With 23" (58 cm) draft with the drives up, she can sneak into shallow coves or nuzzle up to a secluded sandy beach. Her modified-V hull (19-deg. deadrise aft) will keep her comfortable while running fast in choppy waters. With a 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT Bravo III as standard power, she should have enough top and cruising speed for most folks, although I haven't tested the boat with standard power.

    Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    Sea Ray installs Mercury SmartCraft instruments as standard, with low-glare blue lights for night use. Along with the usual readouts, fuel consumption and water depth/temp are included. There's room for an optional Raymarine C70 GPS/chartplotter ($2,958).

    I have, however, tested the 260 with an optional 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI, also with Bravo III (adds $3,750). Top speed was 42.7 mph (68.7 kph), burning 23.5 gph (88.95 lph). Best cruise was 30.7 mph (49.4 kph) – at that speed the 260 Sundancer managed 2.60 mpg (1.11 kpl), for a cruising range of 176 miles (283.24 km).


    Base price for the 260 Sundancer is $101,853. With an engine upgrade and loaded up with options, you'll easily bump the price to the $166,000 range. And you'll need a trailer if you want to tow the 'Dancer to new cruising grounds.


    Perhaps the most compelling thing of all is the fact that a cruiser with an 8'6" (2.59 m) beam can be trailered without a special permit. That means people with only two weeks vacation can explore some of the best cruising grounds in North America or Europe. That 8'6" beam is also the major drawback to a pocket cruiser -- space is limited in the cockpit and below. All boats are a compromise and this is the one on the 260 Sundancer or any other pocket cruiser with 8'6" beam. For people thinking about the cruising lifestyle but are not quite sure, then a pocket cruiser is a good first step. At around $100,000 you can get started and if you like what you find, trade on up. If you don't cruising, then your financial exposure has been minimized.For those who live on a tight budget but are sure they would like to enhance the quality of life by cruising, then I can't think of a better way to do it. Dollar-for-dollar, in my opinion, a pocket cruiser will pay the best dividends in on-the-water cruising fun for a couple or a young family.Sea Ray has been making pocket cruisers for a long time so they have ironed out most of the wrinkles. If you are in the market for a pocket cruiser, then I suggest you use the Sea Ray 260 Sundancer as your benchmark.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Sea Ray 260 Sundancer (2013-) is 42.7 mph (68.7 kph), burning 23.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 88.95 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 260 Sundancer (2013-) is 30.7 mph (49.4 kph), and the boat gets 2.60 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.11 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 176 miles (283.24 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Power Steering Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Optional
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Optional


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Wet bar Standard


    Bimini Top Standard
    Camper Back Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Generator Optional


    Hull Warranty

    Deck Warranty
    Engine Warranty
    Blistering Warranty
    NMMA Certification Yes
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