Sea Rays big bowrider gets outboards: 2016

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This fall Sea Ray debuts an outboard version of the sterndrive-powered SLX 350, its largest bowrider. The SLX 350 Outboard will be powered with triple 300-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes, with its Joystick Piloting as standard equipment. (Triple 350 Verados are optional.)

“The technology advancements in Mercury’s outboard propulsion have resulted in improved performance, efficiency and a significant reduction in engine noise versus older outboard engines,” Sea Ray president Tim Schiek says. “This is very exciting, as the SLX 350 Outboard will bring new consumers into the Sea Ray family.”

The boat rides a hard-chined vee-hull with a 21-degree deadrise, and features include a fiberglass hardtop with optional extended sunshade and a submersible swim platform. She holds 160 gallons of fuel and 30 gallons of water. Performance numbers had not been finalized at press time.

There are helm and companion bucket seats at the walkthrough windshield, an L-shaped cockpit settee and a pair of raised padded lounges between the cockpit and outboard platform. The head compartment, to port, has a sink, shower, a VacuFlush head (27-gallon holding tank) and an opening portlight with a screen.

The SLX 350 Outboard’s estimated base price is $315,000 with Verado 300s. The boat debuts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs Nov. 3-7.

When the sterndrive SLX 350 was introduced in late 2013, Sea Ray’s Ron Berman said the builder had “redefined” the big luxury bowrider. The SLX fleet includes four other models from 23 to 31 feet. Contact: Sea Ray Boats, Knoxville, Tennessee, (865) 582-2200.