Sea Ray Yachts guide

Sea Ray Yachts: The Complete Guide to Sea Ray Yachts

Written by Boatsetter Team
June 23, 2021

Last Updated on June 23, 2021 by Boatsetter Team

An all-American titan in the boating world, Sea Ray Yachts is the world’s largest and arguably best manufacturer of superior quality yachts. Here’s what the critics have to say about these yachts what the critics say.

The History of Sea Ray Yachts

Founded in Detroit, Michigan by the young C. N. Connie, Sea Ray has stood as a beacon of innovation and progress, one that would eventually redefine the face of yachting since 1959. It was the first boat manufacturer in the world to use fiberglass in pleasure boat construction.

In 1972, it opened a state-of-the-art facility at Merit Island, Florida. Over time, this grew into three individual plants at that location, employing more than a thousand workers at its peak. Indeed, this enterprise was so renowned for their quality that they could build over a dozen high-end yachts each week, each retailing from $200,000 to $500,000.

However, while its designers were hard at work, Connie Ray’s had the canniest insight that the key to a boat’s success was charismatic dealers. He built a strong network of dependable dealers that were respected across the US. Sea Ray’s first big break came in 1975 with the Sundancer line, which earned the company a place in yachting history. Its seductive lines and spacious cabin space tempted boaters away from traditional, not to mention stuffy, boxy cabin cruisers that dominated the market at the time.

In 1986, Sea Ray was purchased by the Brunswick Corporation for $350 million. Meanwhile, Brunswick purchased the Bayliner brand, making it the largest pleasure boat producer in the world. The rest, they may say, is history.

Features of a Sea Ray Yacht

Everything Sea Ray does is designed not only to be exceptional but create the exceptional. Indeed, Sea Ray is more than a boat; it is a way of life. There is a reason that Sea Ray has one of the largest networks of boat owners the world over. Get involved. Be a part of it.

Brilliant boats are only possible because of their brilliant design. Fortunately, the naval architects at Sea Ray are some of the best. They strive to make every detail of a Sea Ray distinctive, bold, timeless. When your eyes first gaze upon a Sea Ray, it will be love at first sight. This is because each model is designed with the owner at heart. They will cater to every need or desire.

Nimble. Sporty. Fast. High-octane. Sea Ray Yachts always perform. But this power is at no cost to comfort and security. Sea Ray Yachts are smooth, quiet, and easy to handle. They will not let you down – whatever the weather.

More than most other boatbuilders in the market, Sea Ray cares for their customers. They have an unrivaled reputation for support and commitment that is unmatched by any other manufacturer out there. Such is reflected in the fact that each vessel comes with a 3 – 5 year warranty.

No wonder Sea Ray has won an enviable amount of awards for quality, customer satisfaction, and dealer performance. Connie Ray would be proud.

The Sea Ray Range

We are fortunate enough to present a rich array of Sea Rays for rental. In fact, thanks to our peer-to-peer boat rental network, testing out a Sea Ray yacht is easier than ever before.

Boatsetter rentals typically come with a knowledgeable captain and crew to guide you on an exciting yacht charter adventure. We offer boats to rent from multiple locations across the United States, Europe, and beyond. Many of our rentals can be enhanced with jet skis, electronic surfboards, and sea bobs.

Want to know where to begin? Click here.

The Sundancer Series

For that long weekend, you have been dreaming of

Need a break? Well, the Sundancer Series will allow you to enjoy a much-needed long weekend in sheer comfort and style. Experienced craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, the Sundancer Series provides an idyllic boating experience. Treat your partner, surprise your lover, or take the fishing rods and go it alone. Go on. Do it.

Sundancer 320

The Sundancer 320 is as plentiful as it is functional. It has a spacious bow lounging area and seating area on the deck, complete with wet bar, refrigerator and grill, and comfortable cabin. In short, a space for endless entertaining and reclining in style. And when the sun dips low in the sky, the Sundancers V-berth seating around a solid wood table converts into a sleeping area fit for a king. Four kings, to be precise!

This boat packs a punch on the waves powered by Twin MerCruiser 6.2 L MPI ECT Bravo III engines. Its cutting-edge VesselView Mobile technology allows you to connect your iPhone or Android to the yacht’s onboard management system, where it will monitor all the engines and customize data points. If something isn’t right, it will send you alerts to assist in troubleshooting and keep you and your family safe on the water.

Sundancer 370 Outboard

Measuring in at 39′ 9″, the Sundancer 370 Outboard is an engineering feat. Below deck, it offers sheer relaxation, so much so you won’t want to get off at the port. Sleeping four, there is plenty of room for maneuvering in the cabin. Across the interior, there is a chic yet homely design that emphasizes spaciousness. The galley includes a microwave, refrigerator, and forward V-berth lounge.

Fantastic for the kids, there is a shower, optional smart TV for playing video games, and a u-shaped sofa that converts into a sleeper for two. Don’t worry about the babysitter.

With joystick piloting and an optional dynamic running surface, the Sundancer performs without par. It is propelled by standard triple Mercury 300 Verado outboard engines. These can be commanded intelligently as the helm is equipped with a Digital Dash feature and standard dual 122 Simrad touch screen displays.

The SLX Series

Unleash your inner athlete  

A ground-breaking in every sense. The SLX Series combines high performance with innovative technology. They are perfect for the sports enthusiast out there – or one in the making. All the towers and hardtops in the series include new forward-facing and folding styles. Many towers fold electronically, whereas standard and optional components include:

  • Swivel wakeboard racks.
  • Integrated bimini tops and lights.
  • Rotating nylon ski tows for reduced rope wear.

SLX 280

The SLX 280 is a dream. There is a level of excellence in its design that you will see and feel. You can dazzle your passengers at night by lighting up the ocean with blue underwater LED lights, which help set the mood of spending time with loved ones or friends. Add in soft ambient music or something a bit more high tempo, and you have yourself a party.

When you wish to tear off to a new destination in the morning, the SLX 280 can perform without compromises. Smooth and responsive controls allow you to master its power and agility, while its Mercury SmartCraft Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) system deliver effortless command. Aggression. Power. Performance. Can you tame this beast?

The SDX Series

Raise a glass to the sunshine.

Summers go past in the blink of an eye. This is why it is important to choose carefully who we spend our free time with and how we spend it. Every SDX model is designed to bring you the best moments, be it with family, friends, or business colleagues – they cater to groups of many sizes and needs. An SDX is a tribute to summer.

SDX 290

Do you love water sports? And do you like spending time with your friends? This is where the SDX 290 shines. One of the best in its class, this luxury deck boat has a deep V hull and wide carried forward beam, measuring in 9′ (3m). This handy feature allows you to seat more friends and customize the layout to your group’s individual needs with the convertible portside and helm seats. Sailing or at anchor, the SDX 290 is malleable to your needs.

The SPX Series

Non-stop thrills

This series is built for days to remember. Each sport boat is built to excite and entertain. The heady cocktail of style, performance, and fun. What’s not to love?

Sporty and affordable, the SPX 190 Outboard is an athlete on the water. It glides across the water effortlessly with its comfortable handling, while the stylish design delivers a premium boating experience without an eye-watering price tag. The SPX comes as standard with 2 x Mercury 115 Pro XS outboard engines with power options up to 150 HP.

And for when you feel like taking a break from the thrills, the deck has a spacious sun pad and easy water access from the swim platform. The interior will provide the kind of comfort and performance your family needs and deserves. Take a look for yourself with this walkthrough.

Don’t miss the call of the water. Can you hear it? 


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