The new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer is the first Sea Ray to come standard with the revolutionary Zeus propulsion system and intuitive helm joystick.

The new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer is the first Sea Ray to come standard with the revolutionary Zeus propulsion system and intuitive helm joystick.

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The new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer is the first Sea Ray to come standard with the revolutionary Zeus propulsion system and intuitive helm joystick, according to a press release from the company. Thanks to joy stick control, the system makes docking easy. All the driver has to do is move the joystick in the direction he or she wants to go, or twist it to turn the boat in its own length.

The 43 Sundancer comes standard with twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 425 diesels (425 hp - 313 kW) mated to Zeus drives — individually articulating pods that reportedly offer up to 15 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent faster top speeds than regular inboards. In addition, the 43 Sundancer provides a more comfortable ride because gear noise and vibration are significantly reduced. Optional power includes twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 480 diesels (474 hp - 353 kW) with Zeus drives.

Above the waterline, the 43 Sundancer features a trademark reverse sheer line, below which are two oversize hull windows and 10 portlights. A hardtop integrates seamlessly with the windshield for the ultimate in weather protection and climate control (16,000-BTU helm air conditioning/heating is optional), yet owners can still let the sun shine in thanks to two retractable skylights.

The helm station is equipped with a double-wide seat with flip-up bolster and armrests. The seat slides and adjusts vertically in front of the gel-coated dash with SmartCraft® VesselView Display and MerCruiser digital throttle and shift. To port, guests can lounge on the large L-shaped bench. The seating options continue in the cockpit, which boasts a U-shaped lounge flanking a convenient fiberglass table; a wet bar opposite features a solid-surface countertop, sink and icemaker — or buyer can opt up to the removable flatscreen TV, stainless-steel barbecue grill and refrigerator.

Below deck, the 43 Sundancer features a functional split staterooms, each with a wood privacy door. The forward boasts an island-style bed and a flatscreen HDTV with remote DVD player. Cruising couples will appreciate the generous stowage spaces — under the berth, in gunwale cabinets, in two hanging lockers, in the floor — and they'll also enjoy the individual head and shower compartments, port and starboard, both with tile flooring.

The mid-stateroom has two twin beds that convert to a queen, so it's perfect for kids or grown-up guests. Along with a hanging locker, overnighters here will appreciate a private head and shower compartment; the vanity is separate and includes a solid-surface countertop, mirror, sink and storage.

Between the staterooms, the salon and galley have all the modern indulgences of a refined seaside condominium. There's optional wood flooring and Ultraleather seating; a 26-inch flatscreen HDTV with DVD player and stereo with six-disk CD changer; wood blinds and high-gloss cherry interior (either regular or dark). The galley is designed to make life as easy as possible for the onboard chef, sporting designated storage for cutlery, plates, and glasses. Full stainless-steel appliances add more than a touch of luxury.

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