Thinking of upgrading and looking for advice (opinion) - Regal 350SY vs. Monterey 360SY vs Sea Ray 350SD - all thoughts (opinions) welcome!
Like the retractable roof on the Regal, like the cabin and rear seat layout of the Monterey, and currently have a Sea Ray. Wife likes the Monterey, but I dont see that many of them. Fresh water only, South East climate. Thanks!
Thats a toughy ,the only advice I can give is to weigh all the options and standard features and then look at the quality and build of the vessel, check all holes you can get into too see the quality and finish of the vessel,really good builders will label everything, one of the builders I know for sure who does this is Cruisers Yachts, have you thought of this manufacturer, I have worked on these and they are top notch for labels,quality,fit ,and finish,and the diesels with the pod drives and real fuel sippers, and they don't smell, my advice as far as engines goes is go big or go home, don't skimp here in this department, and as far as fuel goes you don't buy a boat to save fuel, so have fun and good luck :-)
Also, a big point to consider when buying any boat is the availability in your boating area of service for both the boat and the engines you select.
The other thing to think of is where you are going to boat, now the pods limit your depth as they do hang under the boat, where as drives you can tuck them up and go into shallower water, also think of fuel, not all places sell diesel and if some of them don't sell enough then the diesel goes BAD ,and if you don't use enough then you have to be careful of the fuel in the tank, diesels only love CLEAN fuel and trust me I have worked on enough where the boat owners got a bad tank of fuel, and fuel filters are expensive and so is the labour to get rid of the bad fuel,i'm trying not to scare you but to inform of some of the things to look for and think of, as a new boat is a big purchase and you hate to get one you don't like good luck and have fun :-)
Great advice Myles. ( Though we dont see pods offered in boats as small as 35 LOA
No problem Kevin, in my experience I think you are going to see manufacturers start to offer them in the 30+ ft range ,as soon as people who boat in deeper water see the fuel savings they can get with pods it will soon take off, when you have a 35+ft cruiser you really are pushing the reliablilty of the stern drive, that is a lot of weight to push, and with a fully loaded boat then look out weight wise,fuel,water,gear,people,and then you have other factors like wind,current,that all takes a toll on stern drives, thats why they invented shafts, for the bigger heavy cruisers, and I find the pods are the best of both worlds, and with fuel going through the roof pods offer greater savings without breaking the bank at the fuel dock, I have people who ask how come they don't have them in smaller boats I say it's the cost, people just need to start demanding them then manufactures will start offering them, it's like anything else ASK and you shall recieve, anyways hope this helps out Cheers Myles :-)
The Regal by far. Regal really uses a lot of customer input, they have a lot of little things that are added in that other brands don't have. I had a Regal 3560, my wife appreciated the built in hair dryer and the little pull out clothes line in the shower. The dry storage under the cockpit sole was especially handy and the huge amount of storage space was nice for extended cruises. The fit and finish was top notch as well as the dealer support, Sundance Marine, Fort lauderdale. Given the same power I am sure the Regal will perform and handle as well or better than the competition. The available cockpit air and heat will also extend your boating season. I now have a Cruisers 390 Sport Coupe and I can tell you first hand that not having to try to put up weather curtains when you run into a rain storm is really a great feeling. You can just push a button on the dash and weather proof your Regal 35SY