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Old 10-09-2020, 01:03 PM   #21
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Like others have said the Hatteras is probably better suited. I used to sell new sea rays and they are production boats and great for a day trip or weekend fun. Many use them hard but I like the ruggedness of hatteras much better. I would look at a 61 hatteras MY, without side walkways. Itís the only boat Iíve been on for an extended period that gets larger the more you are on it. Just so many places to go and have solitude....and people look when you pull into a marina. No one does a double take to a sea ray!

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Old 10-10-2020, 11:59 AM   #22
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Frankly you are comparing Apples and Turnips, what I mean there is little comparison. The Sea Ray from curb appeal will certainly catch your eye - but as for function storage, longevity, construction there is really no comparison in my humble opinion.

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Old 10-15-2020, 06:21 PM   #23
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Comparing 2 boats

Originally Posted by nmcafee View Post
We are putting together our master plan and researching the punch list we need in our boat. The two that have the most of our items are a Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge and a Hatteras 56 motor yacht.

Our main criteria
Appx year 2000 to get the price range in the 250K range
Dual motors, 1500 hours or less on them
At least 3 cabins
Stand up engine room, or access for a 6'2 275 pound fellow to work
Would like room for dinghy and jet ski
Steps instead of ladders
swim platform
full size washer/dryer
Enclosable fly bridge

Do you have opinions on which boat is better? We like the styling of the Sea Ray but like the larger rooms and engine room of the Hatteras.

What other boats should we condider?

Personal preference is the Hatteras. Iv'e never owned one but I've had friends that did.
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Old 10-16-2020, 10:36 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by nmcafee View Post
I appreciate the time that so many of you have put into responses. I can't say I appreciate the 1 a-hole response, however, the guidance many of you have given me will help me in my search.


There is no need to for 'name calling'. You might not like the advice you get, but it doesn't make it inaccurate.

We take the 'be nice' rule seriously, and it applies to everyone.
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Old 10-16-2020, 10:57 AM   #25
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Like someone said..... Kiwis and Kumquats......

Two completely different boats that provide different values. Completely different maintenance requirements, seakeeping properties and economics.

The fact that you ask the question indicates that you don't know what you don't know. (Not a dig, we've all been there). I strongly suggest you figure a way to get some sea time on both, and sign up on the specific fora.

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