What are the best boats Sea Ray has built and Why?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MonacoMike, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I think there was a period a few years ago that the Sea Ray design faltered a bit. Looking at boats that have been released in the last couple of years - I think design is right on target.

    For example the newly released L520 that we saw at the Fort Lauderdale show - outstanding design, well thought out.

  2. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    We ended up with a new 32 Tiara open because we were unable to locate a 370 Express in 2004. We still love the boat which is really just an upscale version of the SR 370 wide body.
  3. Blkbird

    Blkbird Active Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    First boat was a 2001 240 Sundeck. Fondly known as the stationwagon since it could do everything well (but not great). Fantastic boat for a family - beachable, tows a wakeboard or a tube, or just a fun day boat.

    Kids lost interest in boating with Mom & Dad so we moved to a 450 DA. Plan to retire and float up and down the Florida coast one day. Great boat, love the torque of the diesels and as a MarineMax sales rep once called it, a great "classic" boat. Funny he didn't even try to show me anything modern.

    Oh, and for the car junkies, a 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. First year with a five speed gearbox in a turbo. Yes, a girlie ragtop car. Yes, modified to 420 HP with 466 ft-lbs of torque. Girlie my ass.
  4. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I bet my golf cart could take it. :D
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  5. cwiert

    cwiert Active Member

    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    ...and handle the corners better!

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  6. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    I've loved everything SeaRay for some time and I can't put my finger on it but every time I look at other makes I find issues and usually think "SeaRay wouldn't have done that."

    I've had 3 boats so far.

    98 180 BR, 11 260 DA, and most the current 98 290 DA.

    I like them all.
  7. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Loved my 260DA enough that we moved up to the 340SDA. Right now I personally think it's a great boat for 4 people plus day guests and with twin 8.1s feels very sporty for a larger boat.

    I agree with others that Sea Ray puts a lot of thought into layout and whenever looked at other boats in this class I almost always felt something was lacking.

    Not that everything is perfect for todays world but looking at it from when it was produced was damn close.

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  8. Jus the two of us

    Jus the two of us Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 7, 2015
    United States Lake Cumberland
    1998 Sundancer 450
    3116 Cats
    We have a 98 450 DA, Was thinking about moving up to a 04 - 08 50 or 52. After we started looking we figured out we had a nicer layout, And would have a lot more money in the bank if we kept what we had.
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  9. Ken Wolkens

    Ken Wolkens Member

    May 22, 2014
    Melbourne, FL.
    This is the same thing we struggle with. We love our layout but the boat is older and has some old boat issues. However, every time we start to look at replacing it common sense tells me to keep the money in the bank.

    We'll see how well I have resisted the urge after the Stuart and Miami Boat Shows over the next few weeks.
  10. ttmott

    ttmott MS/PhD in OCD GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    Ken Wolkens - I keep my boat just North of you at Harbor Town Marina in Merritt Island.
    For you and Jus The Two Of Us - I just stepped up to a 52 Sedan Bridge from my beloved 2000 400 Sundancer. From creature comfort and living space aspects it wasn't a step up but a leap to the moon.
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  11. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    My vote was for the 340DA, I didn't include the 47DB though I prefer it over the 340.

    All about criteria.

    While I love 47DB and think it is a unique boat design in the Sea Ray lineup - the market overall was divided.

    Seems like it came down to people either LOVE the layout - or Hate the layout. No in between on that design. Personally we loved it, the aft Galley, the big Master stateroom. But then we didn't have any interest in 3 staterooms on that size boat.

    With the 340DA (which we also loved) it seems when we bought the boat then a few years later sold the boat - it was the hottest boat in the market. We sold our boat in 1 week. That was 1 week till closing, not just offer.

    So applying the dual logic of our tastes and the market acceptance - that's why I chose the 340DA.
  12. Cherman

    Cherman Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pasadena,MD. Chesapeake Bay
    1999 480 DB
    Cat 3196's
    I love our 48DB, BUT, like many others here have mentioned, The 370EC was and is a great boat
  13. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    I posted my view of the which is best a while ago in another thread, but after running a few of the newer boat, some adjustment my be in order.

    the 1995-1999 450D - Best SR ever
    390EC with 3208 Cats - Close second but now dated
    The wide body 370EC with Cat 3116 power - always a favorite
    the 60/610DA - Will always be one of the best running and handling Sea Rays
    Late 90's -early 2000's 380DA with Cat diesels…extremely popular and always sought after.

    The one I wish they would make would be the 370EC with a 16 ft beam, stretched out to about 48 ft, with a Carolina flare, Hardtop that extends over 1/2 of the cockpit, a raised bridge deck with a stainless steel framed sliding glass door so the helm, No isinglass, but all glass windows (like a 610 DA) and a drop curtain to protect the upholstery from the sun when in the slip, and front passenger area are completely air conditioned/heated. Walk in bilge with a 2'X3' day hatch, and a full width swim platform that is at least 6 feet wide. I'd prefer 1100 hp C-18 Cats but the legal beagles at Brunswick would probably limit them to c-12's.

    This is off the subject, but it was fun to think about the possibilities anyway…………….
  14. Skip

    Skip Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay
    07 52 DB
    Truly Blessed III
    R6800 CRM MANs
    Thundering Towers of Teutonic Torque
    2010 Nautica 12' RIB,
    MAN R6800 CRMs
    My 07 52DB with all the popular options available in 07, including MAN R6 800s. This is the best of the bridge boats. Comfortable, roomy, good sea boat, generally easy to work on. Rocket with the MANs. But it becomes the best bridge boat when my wife and my sons are aboard.
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  15. Cherman

    Cherman Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pasadena,MD. Chesapeake Bay
    1999 480 DB
    Cat 3196's
    Frank, I LIKE your thinking. Let me check my financial accounts and see if you and I can purchase SR :D:D:D
    Love the idea of all glass. And not to have to crawl around in the ER
  16. West32

    West32 Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 24, 2017
    1999 Sea Ray 370 EC Hardtop
    Raymarine Axiom Pro system, AP, Radar, VHF, Fox Marine Engine Monitor
    Twin Mercruiser 454 Horizon 380 hp
    1997 - 2000 370 Express Cruiser. Awesome boat, Amazing ride quality. Entertain, Fish, cruise. Perfect all around boat. FullSizeR.jpg
  17. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 6, 2006
    Cape Canaveral, Florida
    Sea Ray 18CC Laguna
    if it burns, it turns
    Only the fiberglass ones !....I had my favorites over the years but if you're buying the drinks, then yours is by far the best one we ever built !!

    Capt. R
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2018
  18. Ken Wolkens

    Ken Wolkens Member

    May 22, 2014
    Melbourne, FL.
    I used to have my boat on D dock (D25) until a month ago. We went to the port and now are inside on a rack at Bluepoints.

    I remember a 400 DA on the west side of E dock.

    The 52 sounds like something I need to see. A warning though I may not leave. :)

    Like Rusty says, the answer to this thread is the best Sea Ray built is one that is owned by someone else but I still get to hang out on it! LOL!
  19. Jimmy Buoy

    Jimmy Buoy Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    340 Amberjack
    twin 8.1S 370 Hp + 4.5 Westerbeke Genset
    Obviously partial to this design, although mine is the 340 it has the added benefits of a gorgeous cherrywood interior (which was never available on the 370 EC to my knowledge). It's one solid capable boat!
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  20. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2015
    I am a huge fan of the dancers from 2000 to 2004. 32ft to 55ft. Sea Ray got nearly all the bugs worked out, the decks all got diamond none skid and steps to the gunwhale are molded in vs a flip step. The gas versions moved to the new 8.1S platform and are still compatible with today' technologies. The style is still old school yet refined and not looking over Euro. The boats are heavy and run smooth in heavy seas.
    No fancy drive systems that cost an arm and leg to service (At least for me). I can fix anything that goes out and enjoy the room in the bilge. The list goes on and I just love my 2001 410! She is truly better than new.

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