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Sea Ray Boat Buying Guide: How to Find the Right Model For You

Buying a boat is an exciting process, but it can be overwhelming to consider all the different options you have. Deciding what kind of boat is right for you is a big decision, and you want to make sure the boat you choose will meet your needs for years to come.

Sea Ray is one of the most trusted names in the marine industry. They make a variety of boats for different adventures out on the water - from sport boats for tubing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and waterskiing to cabin cruisers for overnight trips or weekend getaways.

Whether you’re familiar with Sea Ray or are just hearing about them for the first time, this comprehensive buying guide will help you learn more about the brand, the benefits of being a Sea Ray owner, and the differences between Sea Ray models so you can choose which one is right for you.

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A Brief History of Sea Ray Boats

Sea Ray has been one of the most trusted names in the boating industry for 65 years, crafting boats that provide luxury, comfort, and long-lasting fun out on the water. From luxurious cabin cruisers to exciting sport boats, each vessel created by Sea Ray is designed to elevate the boating experience.

All Sea Ray boats follow five principles: Meticulous craftsmanship, inspired design, effortless performance, unrivaled support, and elevated experience. Sea Rays are built with premium materials and feature top-of-the-line technology to make your time on the water extraordinary.

Sea Ray also builds its boats to comply with the highest safety and quality standards in the industry, developed by the non-profit organization American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC.) The safety standards set by the ABYC for design, construction, maintenance, and repair are used by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to certify boat models. NMMA/ABYC standards exceed U.S. Coast Guard regulations and standards set by federal law. 

Sea Ray is a NMMA-certified boat manufacturer and is already in the certification process for 2024.
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    Who owns Sea Ray boats?

    Sea Ray® is one of more than 60 well-known, high-quality brands owned by the Brunswick Corporation®, a leader in the marine recreation industry. Brunswick has been around for nearly 200 years.

    In addition to Sea Ray, Brunswick® owns boat brands like Boston Whaler®, Bayliner, and Harris® Pontoons, marine propulsion brands Mercury Marine®, Mercury Racing, and Mercury MerCruiser®, and several parts, accessories, distribution, and technology brands.
  • Where are Sea Ray boats made?

    Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has manufacturing facilities in both Tennessee and Florida. The company’s Tellico Lake plant, just outside of Knoxville, opened in 1983, while its Merritt Island facility on Florida’s Atlantic coast was established in 1973. Select products are also manufactured internationally in Poland and Mexico.
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Sea Ray Boat Models Past and Present

Sea Ray boats are split up into different series, depending on the style and type of boat they are. Boats in each series are divided into different models with slightly different features, sizes, engine types, and specifications.

As of 2023, Sea Ray is manufacturing boat models in four different series: Sundancer, SLX, SDX, and SPX. Their current models vary in size from 19’ to 40’. 

MarineMax carries more than 25 Sea Ray models. Some of the most popular models include both sterndrive and outboard versions of the SPX 190, SPX 210, and SPX 230, the Sundancer 370 sterndrive and outboard, the SLX 400 outboard, the Sundancer 320 outboard, and the SLX 310 outboard.

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Sea Ray Sundancer® Series

The Sea Ray Sundancer series includes some of the company's most iconic, luxurious boats. Sundancers feature a distinct look and are designed for comfort, convenience, and drivability.

Combining the benefits of a cruiser and a sport boat, Sundancer cabin cruisers are built to provide ultimate livability both inside and out. In addition to a deep swim platform, a spacious lounging area on the bow, and hydraulics that enhance your experience out on the water, Sundancer boats also feature comfortable sleeping and living spaces in the cabin below deck.

*Specs subject to change

Sea Ray SPX® Series

The Sea Ray SPX series offers sporty, affordable boats that are easy to operate and perfect for watersports. SPX models are highly customizable to fit different needs, easy to tow, and built for fun.

Boats in the SPX series are considered entry-level Sea Rays that are perfect for families and new boaters. 

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Sea Ray SDX® Series

Boat models in the Sea Ray SDX series provide the ultimate social space out on the water. SDX models feature a spacious open bow and deep swim platform, so there’s enough room for everyone on board to socialize, jump in the water, and enjoy a thrilling deck boat experience. 

Boats in the Sea Ray SDX series are also known for their durability and easy maintenance. SDX boats are classified as sport boats and deck boats.

*Specs subject to change

Sea Ray SLX® Series

Boats in the Sea Ray SLX series combine comfort and style to provide a luxurious boating experience. High-tech SLX sport boats are designed for performance, effortless operation, and enjoyment. 

The SLX 260, was named a top product for 2023 by Boating Industry magazine. The SLX 260 features an ergonomic design, smart technology, and ample storage space

*Specs subject to change

Other Sea Ray Boats

While there are some series and models that have been discontinued by the company, old Sea Ray boats are still available to purchase used from dealers like MarineMax. 

For example, Sea Ray Sundeck and Sedan Bridge models are still available even though both series have been discontinued.

You can check out our inventory to see all the used boats that are currently for sale and can filter the Sea Ray models by year, length, price, and more.

 

What Kind of Sea Ray is Right For You?

While all Sea Ray boats are built for comfort and style, some boat styles are designed to better accommodate different lifestyles or water activities. 

For example, if you’re looking for a boat where you can sleep overnight or stay for the weekend, you would want a Sea Ray cabin cruiser. On the other hand, if you’re docking your boat at a cottage or only plan on using it for daytime cruising and watersports, you’d want a Sea Ray bowrider or deck boat.

You should also consider whether you plan on trailering your boat, if there are any size restrictions where you’ll be docking, and how many passengers you plan to carry on average.

Once you have the answers to those questions, you’ll want to check the specs on each boat to see which model best suits what you’re looking for.

Here are some of the specs you’ll want to pay attention to:

Most Sea Ray boats feature either outboard or sterndrive engines from Mercury Marine®.

Sea Ray outboard boats can be used for a wide range of water activities, from cruising to offshore fishing. Because outboard engines mount to the transom, it’s easier to provide service and maintenance. They also don’t take up any room inside the boat.

Sterndrive boats are designed for swimming, watersports, and other water activities. Sterndrive engines mount inside a compartment and provide power to a trimmable, steerable drive behind the boat. Because they’re enclosed, sterndrive engines don’t obstruct access to the stern of the boat, which allows space for swim platforms.

 

A boat’s length is measured from the outside of the bow to the outside of the stern. The length doesn’t include swim platforms or any other attachments unless noted. Boat length is an important measurement to consider when looking at trailers, storage, docks, and more.

The beam width is another measurement you’ll want to know for similar purposes. The beam width is the distance between the port and starboard side at the widest part of the boat.

 

The fuel capacity of a boat is important to consider based on the activities you’re planning for your boat. If you want to take your boat offshore or on longer trips, you’ll want a model with a higher fuel capacity. You can settle for a smaller fuel capacity if you just plan to cruise around close to shore or anchor at the sandbar.

Before you buy a boat, it’s essential to know the maximum capacity - especially if you plan to take groups of passengers out on your vessel often. The capacity is the maximum number of passengers a boat can safely have onboard at a time. 

For some boats, capacity can be measured based on the length and width of the vessel. But most Sea Ray boats have capacity plates that clearly display how many passengers the boat can hold. Some of Sea Ray's larger models have “Yacht Certified” plates, indicating no strict capacity limits.

 

One of the biggest choices you’ll have to consider when purchasing a Sea Ray is the type of boat you want. Sea Ray makes sport boats, deck boats, and cabin cruisers. Some models, like boats in the SDX series, can technically fit under two categories, but most fall under just one. 

The type of boat you choose depends heavily on what kind of boating you’re interested in. We have charts below to compare Sea Ray models for each type of boat.

Sport Boats

Sea Ray sport boats feature a dual-console design with a walk-through windshield to get to the bow. Sport boats from Sea Ray include models in the SDX, SLX, and SPX series.

SDX Series

Standard Propulsion Engine

Length/Beam Width

Fuel Capacity
Passenger Capacity Overnight

SDX 250

Sterndrive:
Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three® with DTS (300 hp / 224 kW)

Length: 25' 2"

Beam Width:
8' 6"

63 gal

14

No

SDX 250 Outboard

Outboard:
Mercury® 200HP FourStroke Outboard Engine (200 hp - 149 kW)

Length:27' 6"

Beam Width:
8' 6"

 

63 gal

 

14

No

SDX 270

Sterndrive:
Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three® with DTS (300 hp / 224 kW)

Length:
27' 2"

Beam Width:
8' 6"

60 gal

Yacht Certified

No

SDX 270 Outboard

Outboard:
Mercury® 250HP Verado® Outboard Engine (250 hp - 187 kW)

Length:29'3"

Beam Width:
8' 6"

60 gal

Yacht Certified

No

SDX 290 Sterndrive: Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three® with DTS (300 hp / 224 kW) Length:29' 2"

Beam Width:
9'
81 gal Yacht Certified No
SDX 290 Outboard Outboard: Twin Mercury® 200 FourStroke Outboards (T-200 hp / 149 kW) Length:31' 2"

Beam Width:
9'
181 gal Yacht Certified No

 

SLX Series

Standard Propulsion Engine

Length/Beam Width

Fuel Capacity
Passenger Capacity Overnight

SLX 260

Sterndrive: MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three® with DTS (350 hp - 261 kW)

Length: 
25'9"

Beam Width: 
8' 6" 

75 gal

15

No

SLX 260 Outboard

Outboard:
Mercury® 300 Verado® Outboard (300 hp / 224 kW)

Length: 
28'7"

Beam Width:
8' 6" 

75 gal

15

No

SLX 260 Surf  Sterndrive:
Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Four S® with DTS (350 hp / 261 kW) 
Length: 
25' 9" 

Beam Width: 
8' 6" 
 75 gal 12  No 
SLX 280  Sterndrive:  MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo® III w/DTS Sterndrive (350 hp - 261 kW)  Length: 
28' 6"

Beam Width:
9' 1" 
 90 gal  Yacht Certified No
 SLX 280 Outboard Outboard:
Twin Mercury® 250 Verado® Outboards (250 hp / 186 kW)
 Length: 
31' 5"

Beam Width:
9'
 135 gal  Yacht Certified No 
SLX 310  Sterndrive: Twin Mercury® MerCruiser® 4.5L MPI ECT Bravo Three® with Joystick Piloting (T-250 hp / 186 kW)  Length: 
31' 6"  

Beam Width:
10'3" 
130 gal   Yacht Certified No 
 SLX 310 Outboard Outboard: Twin 300 Mercury® Verados® w/JPO (T-300 hp - 224 kW) Length: 
33' 10"

Beam Width: 
10'3" 
158 gal   Yacht Certified No 
 SLX 350 Sterndrive: Twin Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three X® with Joystick Piloting (T-300 hp / 224 kW)   Length: 
36'0" 

Beam Width:
10' 6"
 
160 gal   Yacht Certified  No
 SLX 350 Outboard Outboard: Twin Mercury® 350 Verado® V10 Outboards with Joystick Piloting (T-350 hp / 261 kW)   Length: 
38'0"

Beam Width:
10' 6"
 
160 gal   Yacht Certified  No 
 SLX 400 Sterndrive:
Twin MerCruiser® 8.2L MAG ECT Bravo Three X® SeaCore® (T-430 hp / 321 kW) 
Length: 
39'9"

Beam Width: 
12' 1" 
 50 gal Yacht Certified   Yes
SLX 400 Outboard  
Outboard: Twin Mercury® 350 Verado® Outboards w/Joystick Piloting (T-350 hp - 261 kW

Length: 42'2"

Beam Width:
12' 1"

 
 375 gal  Yacht Certified Yes 

 

 

SPX Series Model

Standard Propulsion Engine

Length/Beam Width

Fuel Capacity
Passenger Capacity Overnight

SPX 190

Sterndrive:
Mercury® MerCruiser® 4.5L MPI ECT Alpha One® (200 hp / 149 kW)

 

Length: 
19' 6"

Beam Width:
8' 4" 

 

29 gal

10

No

SPX 190 Outboard

Outboard:
Mercury® 115 Pro XS® Outboard (115 hp / 86 kW)

Length:  
21' 9"

Beam Width: 
8' 4"

 

30 gal

 

10

No

SPX 210

Sterndrive: 
MerCruiser® 4.5L MPI ECT Alpha I (200 hp - 149 kW)
 

Length:  
21' 6"

Beam Width: 8' 6"

40 gal

12

No

SPX 210 Outboard

Outboard:
Mercury® 150 FourStroke Outboard (150 hp - 110 kW)
 

Length:  
23' 9"

Beam Width: 
8' 6"

40 gal

12

No

SPX 230 Sterndrive:
Mercury® MerCruiser® 4.5L MPI ECT Alpha One® (250 hp / 186 kW)
 
Length:  
23' 6"

Beam Width: 
8' 6"
 
47 gal 13 No
SPX 230 Outboard Outboard: Mercury® 150HP FourStroke Outboard (150 hp - 130 kW) Length: 
26' 1"

Beam Width: 
8' 6"
 
47 gal  13 No

Deck Boats

Sea Ray deck boats are designed to maximize space so everyone on the boat can fit comfortably. Deck boats from Sea Ray include models in the SDX series.

SDX Series

Standard Propulsion Engine

Length/   Beam Width

 Fuel Capacity
 Passenger Capacity  Overnight

SDX 250

Sterndrive:
Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three® with DTS (300 hp / 224 kW)

Length: 25' 2"

Beam Width: 
8' 6"

63 gal

14

No

SDX 250 Outboard

Outboard:
Mercury® 200HP FourStroke Outboard Engine (200 hp - 149 kW)

Length: 27' 6"

Beam Width: 
8' 6" 

 

63 gal 

 

14

No

SDX 270

Sterndrive:
Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three® with DTS (300 hp / 224 kW)

Length: 
27' 2"

Beam Width:
8' 6"

60 gal

Yacht Certified

No

SDX 270 Outboard

Outboard:
Mercury® 250HP Verado® Outboard Engine (250 hp - 187 kW)

Length: 29'3"

Beam Width:
8' 6"

60 gal 

Yacht Certified

No

 SDX 290 Sterndrive: Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three® with DTS (300 hp / 224 kW) Length: 29' 2" 

Beam Width: 
9' 
81 gal   Yacht Certified No 
SDX 290 Outboard   Outboard: Twin Mercury® 200 FourStroke Outboards (T-200 hp / 149 kW) Length: 31' 2"

Beam Width: 
9' 
181 gal  Yacht Certified  No 

Cabin Cruisers

Sea Ray cabin cruisers are designed for more than just daytime fun on the water. These cruisers feature cabins below deck where you can sleep, eat, and relax. Cabin cruisers from Sea Ray include models in the Sundancer and SLX series.

Sundancer Series

Standard Propulsion Engine 

Length/   Beam Width

 Fuel Capacity
 Passenger Capacity  Overnight

Sundancer 320

Sterndrive: Twin Mercury® MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three X® with Joystick Piloting (T-300 hp / 224 kW)

Length: 32'10"

Beam Width 10'7" 

158 gal

Yacht Certified

 

Yes

Sundancer 320 Outboard

Outboard:
Twin Mercury® 350 Verado® Outboards w/Joystick Piloting (T-350 hp - 261 kW

Length: 34'9" 

Beam Width: 10' 7"

158 gal 

 

Yacht Certified

 

Yes

Sundancer 370

Sterndrive: Twin Mercury® MerCruiser® 8.2L MAG HO ECT Bravo Three X® SeaCore® with Joystick Piloting (T-430 hp / 321 kW)
 

Length: 27' 2"

Beam Width 8' 6"

250 gal

Yacht Certified

Yes

Sundancer 370 Outboard

Outboard:
Triple Mercury® 300 Verado® Outboards with Joystick Piloting (Tri-300 hp /224 kW)

Length: 39' 9" 

Beam Width: 12' 

250 gal 

Yacht Certified

Yes

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Benefits of Becoming a Sea Ray Owner

In addition to getting a great boat, becoming a Sea Ray owner also includes many other benefits. When you own a Sea Ray, you’re embracing the lifestyle that comes along with it.

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    Sea Ray Owners Club

    When you purchase a Sea Ray, you get to join the official Sea Ray Owners Club. Joining the club gives you access to exclusive discounts and promotions, an online community of Sea Ray owners with discussion forums, and dealer information so you can find and contact certified dealers wherever you go. You can also keep information on your boat, like manuals and warranty information, right at your fingertips.

    In addition to the official owners club, there are also unofficial Sea Ray forums, like Club Sea Ray, online where owners can connect, ask and answer questions, and share their experiences.
     
  • Stay Connected

    Sea Ray has an app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store with resources to help keep you connected and informed out on the water. The Sea Ray+ app lets you track your boating adventures, check weather forecasts, store your boat and marina information, and more. If you have a boat with factory-installed remote monitoring hardware, the app can also provide real-time information on the health of your engine, battery, and other crucial systems.

    If you purchase your Sea Ray from MarineMax, you can also download the MarineMax App to stay connected with our team - no matter where you are. Our app lets you explore our services, schedule an appointment with us, chat with our boating experts, and more.
  • Accessories to Enhance Your Sea Ray

    While all models come with top-of-the-line features, you can also upgrade your boat with different Sea Ray boat accessories to make it more comfortable or suitable for you and your family. 

    Whether you’re looking to upgrade the technology features, add extra storage, or change out your engine for one with more power, MarineMax can help you customize your Sea Ray to enhance your boating experience.

    You can also choose between a variety of different tops for your Sea Ray. From canvas tops, like sports arches and bimini tops, to hard tops and boat covers, there’s a wide range of accessories available to help provide the right shade and protection out on the water.
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    Sea Ray Accessories & Apparel

    In addition to boat accessories, a huge variety of Sea Ray apparel is available so you can rep your boat even when you’re not out on the water. 

    From Sea Ray shirts, hats, and other clothing you can wear to Sea Ray decals, trailer hitch covers, and license plate covers you can place on your (land) vehicles, there’s plenty of merchandise you can buy to show you’re part of the Sea Ray club. You can explore the full Sea Ray collection on the Sea Ray website.
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Sea Ray Boat Maintenance and Care

All boats, no matter the brand or model, require some maintenance to make sure they stay in top shape and ready for your next adventure on the water, and Sea Ray boats are no exception. But even though they’re premium products, Sea Ray boat maintenance doesn’t require any additional work compared to other boat brands.

Here are some regular maintenance tasks that will keep your Sea Ray running properly and looking great:

While most routine maintenance is easy enough for boat owners to take care of, some more demanding maintenance or seasonal maintenance - like winterization, is best left to professionals. At MarineMax, we’re staffed with factory-trained, certified technicians who offer a wide range of maintenance and restoration services that will ensure your boat stays in mint condition.

Our expert technicians can also handle a range of repair services for your engine, hydraulic system, HVAC, plumbing, electrical systems, and more. If anything on your boat needs to be replaced, we have a wide inventory of Sea Ray parts and accessories so we can get you back out on the water faster. And we always use genuine Sea Ray OEM parts when servicing your boat.

Where to Buy Sea Ray Boats

Sea Ray boats - both new and used - can be purchased through MarineMax. We’ve been a proud Sea Ray dealer for over 25 years!

Sea Ray dealerships like MarineMax can work with you to find the right boat for you, explain financing options, provide service and maintenance on your boat, and more. Some of our locations also offer storage and winterization services to keep your boat protected in the off-season.

You can check out all the current Sea Ray boats for sale from MarineMax on our inventory page. To find new and used Sea Rays for sale near you, just type your zip code. 

You can also contact us to request more information or ask questions about Sea Rays.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for a sport boat to take out on the lake for tubing and water skiing, a deck boat to keep at a cottage, or a cabin cruiser for weekend getaways on the water, Sea Ray has a quality boat for you that will keep you and your family entertained for years to come.

When you purchase a Sea Ray boat through MarineMax, you join two exclusive, exciting, supportive communities. In addition to the benefits of being a Sea Ray owner, you join the MarineMax community. 

At MarineMax, we regularly host Sea Ray sales events and demo days, and bring our Sea Ray boats to boat shows across the country. Once you have your Sea Ray, you can also get out on the water with our exciting Getaways!®, MarineMax Vacations, and exclusive classes.

If you’re interested in buying a Sea Ray, you can find your closest MarineMax Sea Ray dealer or contact us for more information.

 
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