The 370 Venture from Sea Ray is getting a jump on the competition with what might coyly be termed a hidden gem. Or gems, as the case may be, since the 370 has a somewhat revolutionary set of 300-horsepower Mercury Verado four-stroke outboards concealed beneath fiberglass hoods on either side of the transom. Sea Ray was able to do this because they installed a high-tech air intake system to keep the engines functional. The result is a boat that is easy to maintain and draws very little, and also has the benefit of extra space, since the hoods covering the engines have sunpads on top of them.
The cockpit just forward of those pads is replete with bench seating, and even an outdoor galley so you can cook and entertain in the fresh air. The effect of all of this seating, along with the galley, is that the cockpit feels like it belongs on a boat that is much larger, perhaps a 45-footer.
That sense of space extends to the accommodations below. Thanks to the outboard motors, the boat’s aft bulkhead has been pushed back considerably, which allows for a full-size amidships master, with an amazing amount of headroom for a 37-footer. The accommodations level also has a head and an interior galley, so you can grab a snack or a cold drink at night without having to go outside. And that’s a detail that anybody staying onboard will be glad Sea Ray made no attempt to hide.
This article originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.