Although the Sea Ray 47 Sedan Bridge has a pair of 578-hp Cummins QSC-600 diesels tucked inside for thrills, the boat appears more dedicated to enclaves for relaxing.
Beginning on the sedan bridge, the place to sit is forward of the wheel, in a four-person, diner-style booth that offers a great locale for the captain to monitor small children. (And at night, there's red lighting so he can keep an eye on the sea as well.) To stay fed and hydrated without going below, a wet bar complete with 12-volt 'fridge and stainless steel sink is within arm's reach.
Keeping one hand on the 316 stainless steel handrails as you head down the molded stairs into the cockpit, you'll find a convenient—if unconventional—window on the port side that opens outward. When the sliding door (with optional screen) is open, it creates a space from the cockpit forward through the saloon.
If you decide that you prefer the cool air from the zone-controlled, 46,000-Btu air conditioning, walk into the galley, past the thin, L-shape counter to port. Here you can step up to the raised, C-shape dining settee upholstered in stain-resistant Ultraleather. It would be a bit precarious for someone to pull a chair up to the crescent table, since stairs drop down on either side, but Sea Ray has provided a two-person benchseat across, still in good view of the 26-inch flat-panel LCD TV that rises out of the adjacent table. You can opt for the C-shape settee that converts into a berth, perfect for two overnight guests.
For sleeping arrangements below, there are two layouts: either a VIP with queen island berth forward and full-beam master with queen aft or a master forward and two staterooms aft—one with a queen berth and the other with right-angled twin berths. You can sleep soundly with either layout, especially while easing back to the sounds of the Sirius satellite radio.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.