Not an owner yet but hoping to be one by the spring. I've gotten through 9 pages of 61 after typing in the "280" in the search window. Dig the passion around here for boating and your Rinkers.
There are two boats I'm looking at: boat "A" is an 08 with a 6.2 Merc listed at 350hp ( I thought this engine was 320hp?). It's got low hours, somewhere in the 200's and a generator. The other one, "B", is listed with an 8.1 Volvo with no gen and 500 + hours. It's actually 8k more on the asking price than boat "A". Most of the multi day cruising would only have 2-4 adults. At first blush, the Merc seems enough. What do you guys think ?
One sticking point about vessel "A" is that it doesn't have a radar arch. Rinker doesn't make them anymore either. Great Lakes Skipper looks like they have the last 2 in stock and I have a used one I can source for a decent price. Based on what I've gleaned from this forum, the camper top on boat "A" will not be compatible if I add the arch. Is that right ?
A general question: what do you guys love and dislike about this model ? I started looking at bigger models like the 320,312,342 etc and have decided that since this our first foray into cruiser world, I don't want to bight off too much at first. I expect we'll love it but if we are swamped with a too high an upkeep bill, it could be a turn off.
Thanks in advance. Looking forward to the expert opinion. Tom