Sea Ray announced a trio of new sport boats for 2011, just before the holidays, so I asked Jeff Hemmel for a quick take on what the company was up to with these new models. Jeff follows Sea Ray for Boats.com, and is likely to write a review of one or more of these boats, so this won't be the last word from him.
Jeff Hemmell writes: The 200 Sundeck is the newest member of Sea Ray’s popular Sundeck line, models that follow the automotive “crossover” idea by blending elements of traditional deck boats with the comfort features, style, and ride of a bowrider. This 21 footer can haul up to eight people and 1,400 pounds, yet its deep-V hull has the type of sporty manners few boxy deck boats provide. It also comes standard with some impressive extras, including SmartCraft instrumentation and keyless ignition.
If the 200 is more like a bowrider on steroids, the 250 and 270 SLX are bowriders on luxury overload. For 2011, both have been redesigned from the waterline up to look, as Sea Ray puts it, equally at home on the Great Lakes or French Riviera. Eye-catching upgrades include a leather dash with contrasting double stitching; backlit SmartCraft gauges with glass lenses; and backlit, weatherproof chrome toggle switches. Vinyls are done in rich, contrasting tones of chocolate, taupe, and white. Similar two-tone options in gelcoat and graphics further personalize each boat to its owner.
Function follows all that form. The head compartment doors now open far wider than before to increase access. Porta-potties are standard, and a VacuFlush system with holding tank is available as an option. The center walk-thrus on each model have also been widened for improved cockpit entry and egress.
Each model features no shortage of power. The base engine is a 300hp MerCruiser 350 MAG Bravo III; upgrades are available all the way to 430hp.
For more information, visit the Sea Ray website.