We chose the brand-spanking-new Sea Ray L590 as one of our Five Fantasy Boats from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, and in all honesty, this pick was a no-brainer. Take a look at our Sea Ray L590 First Look Video to get an eyeball on it for yourself, and we’re sure you’ll agree.
Of course, there’s more to this boat than we can possibly show you in a minute and 18 seconds of video—so let’s dig a bit deeper.
While many cruisers have trended towards single-level entertainment areas combining the cockpit and saloon, the L590 takes the concept to a new level. Nearly the entire aft cabin bulkhead—glass, glass, and more glass to provide panoramic views of the water from inside the cabin—slides open. Giant side windows stretch all the way to the helm, where they meet the windshield.
And in front of that windshield, the foredeck is also a functional entertaining area. Yes, you will have to navigate a few steps and a sidedeck to get up there so it’s not part of the single-level equation, but there’s a full-sized sunpad for three plus a forward-facing settee.
Want even more easy-to-access entertainment area? You get it on the flybridge. Don’t worry, a stairway built into the port side of the cockpit makes getting up there easy. Once up top, you’ll find a pair of forward facing loungers plus a dinette, in addition to the upper station with full controls. Yes, of course there’s also a wet bar. Fresh air and salty breezes, here we come.
The one downside to this design is that you lose the opening overhead sunroof common on many of today’s luxury cruisers. But considering how much space you gain with the flybridge, I call the trade a no-brainer. What about the other common flybridge complaint, that it ruins the boat’s sleek, sexy lines? You make the call for yourself; I say fuhgeddaboudit!
In the cabin, I found a few more design tweaks worthy of note. In the video you get a glimpse of the built-in jewelry and accessory cabinetry and the extra elbow room in the master stateroom entry (gained by splitting the head and vanity areas). What we didn’t have time to show you was the fact that Sea Ray also placed an emphasis on easy stowage in the guest stateroom, which has two large hanging lockers instead of the usual single locker. Even the smaller twin-berth stateroom gets its own hanging locker. And the guest head is also larger than expected, with a lot more space than commonly found on a boat under 60’.
|Fuel capacity||1,050 gal.|
|Water capacity||200 gal.|
Another thing you need to know about this boat, in case you didn’t notice in the tag line, is that it runs on triple pod drives. The Mercury Zeus pods are powered by Cummins QCS 600 diesels, and although I haven’t yet had the ability to sea trial this boat (it was locked at the dock at the Lauderdale show), one thing I’m sure about is how easy the pod rig will make it to handle the 590L when it comes to docking and close-quarters maneuvering. The joystick controls that come with pods, in case you haven’t experienced them yet, are light-years ahead of opposing the engines and spinning the wheel.
The good news: We have a sea trial scheduled next month and will bring you a triple pod Sea Ray L590 performance report ASAP. Until then, you can keep on fantasizing. Or in the meantime, you can try visiting Sea Ray for more information. But don't be disappointed if you can't find out much about this boat, because it's so dang new there's very little info about it on Sea Ray's (or anyone else's) web sites at this point. Stay tuned...
Other Choices: Those interested in the L590 will also want to take a look at the Cranchi Fifty 8 Fly, and the Prestige 620 S.