Sea Ray - 230WE
An island with cypress tree on J. Percy Priest Lake 11/1/04.
Have boat, will travel
This is a 1987 23' Sea Ray Weekender. An express cruiser that's big enough to live on, fast enough to ski behind and small enough to tow.
This boat has all the amenities of a liveaboard: a comfy cabin, hot water, shower, 2 burner stove, fridge, TV/VCR, and a large water, fuel and battery capacity.
The Chevy 350 V-8 will push this boat to a top speed of about 45 mph. A custom order boat, it has the unusual feature of 3 deck hatches and two long tinted windows
on the sides of the cabin - 5 openable hatches in the cabin for plenty of ventilation. It's a comfy little cabin with standing headroom. The interior is trimmed in teak, a nice touch. The bow rails leave room for a walk around (unlike most
of the newer model boats in this class). There is a large teak bow pulpit with oversize anchor that can hold the boat in place in the severest of storms.
Being able to trailer a boat like this gives me options to take this boat anywhere. For 11 years I towed this boat with my 1983 Bronco (351).
Now I'm riding in a bit more quiet comfort in a '99 Expedition. With the newer truck, cruising down thehighway at 75 mph with the boat in tow is no problem and makes long trips a breeze.
The boat has been on the following lakes: Centerhill, Dale Hollow, Percy Priest,
Normandy, Tims Ford, and the majestic Fontana Lake in NC. Also, the Tennessee, Cumberland, and Stones Rivers. Centerhill Lake is my close to
home favorite while nothing beats Fontana Lake for it's shear beauty and solitude. I purchased this boat in 1991 from the original owners.
This was my first boat and likely will be my last. Thanks Sea Ray for making such a great craft, a perfect boat for me. - Bill
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