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

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

  1. Brett H

    Brett H Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 12, 2009
    Lake Lanier, GA
    2004 550 Sundancer w/ MAN's - Unleashed
    Raymarine e127's; KVH HD7; Xantrex 3024 Inverter
    T-800 MAN's (D2848LE403)
    My parents mid '70s Sea Ray 17' Bowrider that hooked me on boating in the first place (other than just skiing prior).

    Then their mid 90's 330DA, which expanded my horizons to overnight boating on the hook w/ the comforts of home.

    A friends late 90's 400 Express that exposed me to a wider beam, larger cockpit, and open salon.

    My 2000 410DA that taught me the value of diesels (handling & efficiency) and a 2nd head when boating with 3 girls (wife & two small daughters at the time).

    My '04 550DA w/ large cockpit, straight drives, hard top, a mid-ship master and the lines are just striking.
    Each was the bomb diggity at that time (still loving the 550DA, especially w/ the MAN's).

    Started with nothing. Worked hard, dreamed big, and closed a few deals along the way. "Man, one day I'm gonna get me one of those...". Thankful for the opportunity to progress through the vast Sea Ray product line that has something for everyone.

    I still can't believe how lucky I have been to get the opportunity to enjoy all these fine rides.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2018
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  2. velooce

    velooce Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    Pacific Northwest
    1977 30' Weekender
    Twin Merc 454's, Hurth straight inboards
  3. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 6, 2006
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    Good to see you Brett!...and yes, I can attest to your 550 being a cool one...been on it myself! That boat looks like an ocean liner on the lake! In lieu of being an ocean going yacht, your Sea Ray is the mobile mega party unit for Lanier!!

  4. ttmott

    ttmott Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    That was my 400; It has a home with some great people and they keep it down by Sebastian. The 52 is down on the end of E dock now; you are welcome any time to visit!
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  5. Brett H

    Brett H Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 12, 2009
    Lake Lanier, GA
    2004 550 Sundancer w/ MAN's - Unleashed
    Raymarine e127's; KVH HD7; Xantrex 3024 Inverter
    T-800 MAN's (D2848LE403)
    What's up Capt.? Thanks for the compliments Rusty. We are hoping to take it to big water in the next few years... time will tell. It was good to see you again at the Palm Beach show last year, hopefully Kimberly and I will make it back again this year.

    There have been a lot of upgrades since you saw it in 2013 at the Dealer Meeting. I had just purchased it at that point. Check out the upgrades on the cockpit and helm (below). These areas are part of what sold me on this model.

    This is the era when Sea Ray (and the entire marine industry) really started figuring everything out. From creature comforts to electronics. Rock solid construction. Not cutting corners. Before the crash, when they unfortunately had to let go of too many of their true craftsmen. Really would have liked to see Merritt Island Yacht Plant back then.

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  6. bmac

    bmac Active Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Holbrook, NY
    2006 58 Sedan Bridge, Walker Bay Generation 390 RIB w/40hp Yamaha, 2014 Wellcraft 232 CC w/Yamaha
    MAN 900 CRM
    Soooo.....having owned Sea Ray Sundancers and Sedan Bridges, I am partial to the DB's as Sea Ray's best boats. Unlike many on here, I am not a fan of the pre-2003/4/5 iterations of either DA's or DB's, regardless of size. To me they always looked overly square with dated interiors, even when some of them were fairly new in the mid to late 2000's. Just my personal preference. I am particularly fond of what is by now the just previous generation of Sea Rays, 2004ish to 2012ish. I think the looks, quality, performance and value of that generation is by far the best overall packages produced by Sea Ray. In that era, I would say the 58DB was the best boat Sea Ray built (I may have a bias there), but cost of ownership is high. It's big, it's comfortable, it entertains a crowd and it's fast. Same thing for the 60DA, just a different style. But, when taking cost of ownership into account I think the 52DB is the better boat than either of those two (I think Frank Webster once referred to it as a 48DB on steroids). So, putting aside cost of ownership, go with the 2005-2012 58DB or 60DA. Of course, if money is really no object then I'd say the L650FLY is Sea Ray's best boat ever...it's got it all for those that cruise their boats over any distance. I can't think of any flaws in that boat.
  7. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Sea Ray’s Sundancers were beautiful. I loved the ones from the late 80’s, wasn’t a fan of the early and mid 90’s, but for me they got beautiful again in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, particularly after the white cabinetry went away.
    The generation right after mine (mid 2000 390/420/440) with the hardtops are my favorite.
    Not a fan of the current Euro styling at all.
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  8. Leardriver

    Leardriver Member

    May 24, 2016
    Denver, CO
    2004 270 Sundeck 8.1 Bravo III
    5.0, 5.7, 6.2 8.1 Bravo III over the years
    For those of us who live inland, you can't give away a cruiser. The big open bows, like the 240 Sundeck, are hugely popular.
  9. West32

    West32 New Member

    May 24, 2017
    1999 Sea Ray 370 EC Hardtop
    Mercruiser Horizon 380 hp
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    I have the Cherry Wood interior in mine.. I'm replacing the carpeting in the cabin with Teal and Holly Lonseal.
  10. cdog

    cdog Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    Lake Michigan, racine
    2005 353 fastech, 94 440 Express Bridge, zodiac yl340
    496HO's, cummins 6BTA's, Yamaha F40
    West32, nice boat and love the teak holly floors. We are on dock w8, Racine.

  11. gerrpicc

    gerrpicc New Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Lake Erie
    97 370 EC
    T 7.4L MPI
    Is this the one that came out of Luddington by any chance?
  12. West32

    West32 New Member

    May 24, 2017
    1999 Sea Ray 370 EC Hardtop
    Mercruiser Horizon 380 hp
    It is. She was in tough shape, but I new I could make it nice for the right price.... I rebuilt the port motor and the boat runs great now! Over the winter, I put in a new cabin sole and new electronics. Should be ready for the 2018 season

    Why do you ask?

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  13. Mark Schallip

    Mark Schallip New Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Trenton Ohio/Barbeau Michigan
    240 Sundancer 1999. Tow vehicle Ford f150
    305 fuel injected Mercruiser w/ Alpha 1 outdrive
    I am partial to my 240SD. It is large enough to go cruising on, small enough to maneuver easily. It also tows well. A good party boat.:)
  14. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    This question is sort of like a similar one I learned...

    What is the best wine to drink with xxx (steak, chicken, fish).

    Answer : The one you like to drink.

    What’s the best Sea Ray boat? The one you own or Captain!
  15. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Sage advice from a wise man!!

    I had two 96 330's and loved both of them. They were fast, easy and fun to drive and economical for a boat that size (I had the 350's).

    There is a LOT to like about the 550 that I now have. Tons of room for entertaining, quiet, planes nicely and a very comfortable boat to own. I'm sure this will be my last boat and I'm enjoying the heck out of her.
  16. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    Cat 3196
    Sea Ray 480 SD. Very easy to maneuver in tight spaces, 3 staterooms and can't beat a bridge view when watching a storm roll in over the Great Lakes.
  17. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    DB. But I otherwise agree 100%

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