SLX vs SDX

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by Bryank, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Bryank

    Bryank Member

    455
    Jul 3, 2008
    Catawba Island, OH
    2001 410DA
    Mercruiser 8.1S Horizons
    Been a long time since I lasted posted here... used to own a 2001 410 Sundancer, then sold it to do the 'lake house & day boat' thing. Well, we're looking to upgrade our day boat and I wanted to see if anyone could share their opinion regarding the SLX vs. SDX line.

    We are looking in the 25 - 27 foot range and I know that the SLX is more of a traditional sportboat, while the SDX is the 'sun-deck' line. We boat on Lake Erie and I wanted to see if anyone had an opinion as to whether or not the hulls ride significantly different from each other.

    The SDX line seems to offer more room and, in most cases, at a lower price. The SLX though just oozes luxury and sport (hence, the SLX name), but I feel like it sacrifices in the layout a bit. That said, if it offers a better ride, I'd rather go the SLX route.

    Thanks!
     
  2. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Welcome back, I always said the SunDeck was like the SUV and bowrider was like the sports car!
     
  3. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_2098.JPG My next door neighbor owned a new SLX for about a year. We are similarly situated with you, homes on a lake. He used his boat as a day boat and ran it out to Lake Michigan with the family to go to the beach. I believe it was 35 feet overall. Anyway, big, nice looking boat that held his big family. His knock on it was it has too much canvas to deal with and there was not enough freeboard for the big lake. He also was not impressed with the overall build quality. The thing I always wondered about was the ground tackle set up. It looked like it would be very easy to tear the anchor off if you dug the bow into a big wave. We have those conditions all the time. When the anchor is fully retracted, it sits very low to the water line. First time I saw it, I told him he needed to secure his anchor, thinking he had forgotten to do so. If you plan on using the boat on Lake Erie, I would look for a boat set up for big water.
     
  4. paulswagelock

    paulswagelock Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    pa
    2018 SDX 270 OB 300 Verado
    Verado 300
    I owned a 27’ SLX for years and now have a new 27’ SDX. In a nutshell, your analysis is accurate. The SLX is sleek and sporty, with a lot of eye bling. The SDX is more reserved in styling, considerably more passenger space, but less expensive.
    I boat on a river so our waves are wakes from others. In that respect, the ride is about the same. The SDX has high freeboard so it would be fine in small to maybe medium chop.

    If you search my posts you will find some reviews I have on the SDX.
     
  5. Bryank

    Bryank Member

    455
    Jul 3, 2008
    Catawba Island, OH
    2001 410DA
    Mercruiser 8.1S Horizons
    Thanks for the replies, guys. Lots to consider here.
     
  6. Jmac572

    Jmac572 Member

    113
    Dec 20, 2016
    Plymouth, MA
    "Freedom"
    2017 Sea Ray 290 SDX
    Twin 225 Verado Outboards
    I love my SDX.... My favorite boat to date BY FAR. And as everyone else is saying, yes the SLX is more blingy than the SDX, but by no means does the SDX feel cheap or undercut. Only issues I've had were a couple electrical problems that will be ironed out over this winter, Sea Ray has a great 5 year stem to stern warranty
     
  7. LawyerMan

    LawyerMan Member

    427
    Jul 12, 2012
    Texas Gulf Coast
    270 SLX w/ Sport Arch
    496 Mag DTS, Bravo III, Corsa
    I picked the SLX over the SDX. It's like this - You go to your your wife's family reunion. You wife is a solid 7. But she never told you about her hot cousin that's a 10. The SDX is the 7, and the SLX is the hot cousin, the 10.
     
  8. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2014 Sea Fox 256 Commander
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1, 300 Yamaha OB
    Any thoughts on a Center Console Boat? Super dry ride, big water capable, high freeboard, deep v, outboard. Might be worth consideration. This is my Florida boat.. IMG_5356.JPG
     
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  9. paulswagelock

    paulswagelock Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    pa
    2018 SDX 270 OB 300 Verado
    Verado 300
    Yep. Started looking at 24-27’ center consoles for our Florida boat as well. There are a few that are more amenity laden and less fish purposed, those are the ones I started researching.

    Sea Fox is one of the 7 on my list.
     
  10. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Nice hull shape and a beautiful boat. Center consoles are the sports cars of boats in my view.
     
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  11. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
     
  12. Jmac572

    Jmac572 Member

    113
    Dec 20, 2016
    Plymouth, MA
    "Freedom"
    2017 Sea Ray 290 SDX
    Twin 225 Verado Outboards
    I've had two Sea Fox's... a 256cc and a 286cc. Both great boats but don't expect the level of fit and finish that's seen on a Sea Ray. Raw/sharp fiberglass behind doors and panels, cheaper hinges, screws backing out and needing to be reset. Definitely a deal for the price, but they're starting to get far more expensive. I paid $74k including all taxes for my brand new 2014 256 with a single 300 yamaha and a trailer, then paid $118k including taxes for my brand new custom ordered 2016 286 with twin 250 yamaha's and a tri-axle trailer and a 10 week build time... Both boats were loaded with every available option, now a 288 will run you over $150k for the identical boat with no change in construction techniques. The other thing is they are LIGHT compared to their more expensive competition from Whaler, Contender, Pursuit, etc... That could be good or bad depending on your preference but Sea Fox does not ride nearly as smooth as the heavier boats.

    I will say this though, every day was a blast on both of my Sea Fox's and they were both trouble free, never had a single issue. Both of my Sea Ray's have been headaches compared to my Sea Fox's. One thing is for certain though, no matter what boat you purchase... Go with outboard motors and don't look back
     
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  13. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Yamaha engines aren't cheap. I wonder how much of the price increase was for the motors? Great engines.
     
  14. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2014 Sea Fox 256 Commander
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1, 300 Yamaha OB
    if the budget supports is by all means go with the Whaler or Pursuit or even a Grady White. My point was to consider a CC regardless of the maker. For the Great Lakes or the Gulf the deep V, high freeboard and "Carolina Flair" are worth a look. I love both of my current Sea Rays and my Sea Fox. Fit and finish are not even in the same ball park though.
     
  15. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2014 Sea Fox 256 Commander
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1, 300 Yamaha OB
    Love my 300 Yamaha
     
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  16. 16 Hemingway

    16 Hemingway New Member

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    Oct 3, 2018
    2013 370 venture
    mercury verado's
    so true!!!
     
  17. Jimbo270

    Jimbo270 New Member

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    Sep 22, 2016
    Lk. St. Clair, MI
    2016 270 SDX
    6.2 ECI DST B3
    This discussion got off track.
    SLX VS SDX
    I have a 2016 SDX and love it. Coming from a cruiser to a day boat was a wise move. Full camper canvas for when the weather goes bad.
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2018
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