Sea Ray has been touting the recent news that, according to Statistical Surveys, Inc., its 205 Sport is the best-selling bowrider over 20 feet. That’s a pretty impressive claim to fame. It’s also, however, just the latest in a series of recognitions for the popular 21-foot bowrider. The boat’s received seven consecutive Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. It was also deemed a Consumer’s Digest “Best Buy” in 2008.
I asked Sea Ray VP of Marketing Rob Noyes to sum up the reason for the boat’s multi-year success. “The 205 has been a very popular premium boat due to its versatility, great styling, and great value to the consumer,” Noyes told me. “It’s ideal for lakes and waterways throughout the United States and in many countries outside the US. Without question, it’s the standard in its class.”
I think the Sea Ray name also has something to do with the boat’s success, but I agree with Noyes on the versatility, styling, and value. The 205 has good power options, from the economical 190-hp MerCruiser base engine that tops out between 45 and 48 mph, to the optional 260-hp 5.0 MPI that will run in the mid 50s. Sea Ray also offers a choice of three cockpit layouts, optional watersports tower, and a full cockpit liner to make maintenance simple—not to mention standard Sony CD stereo, power steering, and a tilt wheel. And yes, Sea Ray also has one of the strongest dealer networks around.
That’s a tough package to beat, and evidently consumers agree. According to Noyes, Sea Ray’s Tellico, Tennessee plant has cranked out approximately 4,500 units of the current model.
For more information, visit the Sea Ray 205 Sport web page.