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Doral 270

Cost (no trailer): 42,900 (free first winterization and indoor storage included) (free initial tune up including all fluid / filter replacement, new bottom paint, impellar replacement, and a brand new canvas camper top and plastic)

Power (here’s a stumper):

7.4L MPI (Rating stamp says 360hp) — Only thing that was a bit odd, as both I and the surveyor thought this only came in 310 (base 454 MPI) or 385hp (454 Mag). But there on the stamp big as day is 360hp (you can see it stamped over the old 310. surveyor and I were both a bit stumped. Not sure if the previous owner replaced the old Bravo 3 outdrive with a new one and did some modification or what. the engine is a 1999, but it has the new Bravo 3 drive, with MerCathode, and the zinc in the cavitation plate (it looks brand new, not one bubble of corrosion). Perhaps the HP difference is due to a non-Brunswick installation?

Options / Standard Items:

Dual Fridge

Anchor Winch

CD Changer

Deluxe Package (Corian)

A/C Installed this winter!

Opinion: I grew up on Bayliner’s (great value for the money), but got spoiled on Tiara’s doing ALOT of fishing in Lake Erie. Knowing the difference in ride during 3’+ seas I was tentative to going back to a true family cruiser style boat. Our broker and others with Doral’s repeatedly told me these boats ride much better than a traditional lift hull.

Taking the plunge I ended up very pleased, we had it out the first time on Lake Michigan in 3-4′ seas last weekend in a storm that blew up. While it doesn’t ride like a Tiara (that’s like comparing a Ford to a Mercedes), it does ride very nice, not the kidney busting ride I’ve experienced on some designs.

The layout was what drew us the most to the boat (It is a bit different on the new ones I believe the Prestancia is about the closest one, not sure what year it changed). Also, beginning in 2001, the pull-out extendable rear seat started. This is a great feature for entertaining, but makes fishing even harder out of the back. depends on what you want. 2000 and prior the seats don’t extend over the swim platform, but rather can fold up. We wanted a design that had a separate dinette area from the forward berth. While this results in a smaller twin size forward berth, its perfect for our daughter, while we can sleep in the full size aft cabin. We couldn’t find this layout in other boats till you got to the 28-30 foot range, and we wanted something a little more ski/tube friendly with more performance ooomph. The one amazing thing you come away with is that you would never guess the boat has a 8’6 beam, it feels at least like a 9′-9’6 beam.

The upper deck is laid out good for entertaining, I would of like to had the back deck more open for dual purpose fishing, and the rear seats don’t stow away, they just raise and snap up via a tether, but hey it’s supposed to be a family boat, not a tiara open.

The fit and finish of the boat is superb, Corian Countertops below, Corian trim on the dinette. The fabric and carpet have held up and are in like new condition. The Vinyl is excellent quality material and great stitching no ripped seams and still looks new. The cockpit chair could use some more room away from the wheel for us big fellas, anyone over 6’2 will feel just a bit cramped when standing, but not too bad. The instrument layout is good, but they didn’t leave any room to mount aftermarket GPS/Sonar without blocking the gauges from a sitting perspective.

Only fit/finish issue I had was that the anchor locker latch is vinyl and has broken, replaced with a stainless version.

The only thing i would of liked to see is less non-skid on the top deck, and more glossy gel coat for ease of maintenance, but again family cruiser is designed for people stomping aroudn up there.

The gelcoat has held up great over 5 years of inattention to waxing and is now blinding and looks great with the chrome railing reflecting in it!

Doral 270

Here is a great link to a couple of professional reviews:

PM or email me if you have any questions. I am sure the boat would be fine with the 5.7, but I’m a believer in getting the most power in a boat as possible.

Not to upset the mass of Bayliner / SeaRay Owners as this is just my opinion but as 5 yrs Navy Coxswain SBU! / NSWU-4 Roosevelt Roads PR I’ve piloted alot of boats, but must say that for the money this one beats Bayliner/Searay hand’s down of the same year/length. I just wish it had twin drives for redundancy! But that is a whole different class of boat, hopefully that will be the next one. the Prestancia went and looked at a new one and it felt twice as big as a new 280 Sea Ray. 28′ Bayliner seemed better. another Just My Opinion, but as we looked at ALOT of boats, and I had not been around the mid size family cruisers in a while, BUT seems like SeaRay has slipped a bit in the last few years and Bayliner has gotten a little nicer?

Boating since the age of 8 on the following:


2450 Bayliner (live aboard)

2650 Bayliner (live aboard) — 460 King Cobra (boy was that fun)

SeaRay 280

2550? Can’t remember. Bayliner Trophy

39′ Chris Craft

28′ Boston Whaler 50Cal BMG, M60 Up Front (every day for 5 years in the Carribbean)

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