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Sea Ray 38 Sundancer — By Elizabeth Ginns Britten
— January 2006
A New-Old Lady
Although the sleek-looking 2006 38 Sundancer has many features that today’s cruiser is looking for, like sleeping quarters for six and plenty of space to entertain, she’s actually a time-proven design. Indeed, her roots date back some three decades, at which time she was a much humbler boat, with far less space and amenities.
The first Sundancer, the SRV 240, resulted from Sea Ray’s goal of integrating two separate sleeping areas into a 24-foot package—certainly not an easy task. To accomplish this, engineers raised the bridge deck to provide enough vertical clearance to accommodate a mid-cabin stateroom beneath it, a design that has been found on every Sundancer since.
Since that first 24-footer was powered by a stern drive, there was plenty of room ahead of the engine for the midcabin. But on larger inboard-powered models, a V-drive configuration was employed to keep the engines as far aft as possible, another feature that has been carried forward over time.
The SRV 240 and the Sundancers that debuted in the mid-1970’s and early 1980’s all featured rectangular cockpit seating with fore and aft jump- and benchseats, a design reminiscent of contemporary waterski boats. By 1985 this design gave way to a gradually sloping foredeck, a styling cue that also carries through to today’s Sundancers. —E.G.B
This article originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.