Cheeseburgers, Brett Favre, and Sea Ray. That’s what America does. Tennessee-based Sea Ray has been churning out functional and aesthetically pleasing boats and yachts since 1959, and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. Hard evidence supports this prediction, namely in the form of Sea Ray’s brand-new 510 Sundancer, which debuted recently near Knoxville, where I will test her shortly.
The boat is notable for her open and airy layout that is perfect for entertaining. In the cockpit, a large, U-shaped settee embraces a stowable dining table. There’s a grill to starboard to help keep that table full, and the whole setup can be kept nice and cool by an optional sun shade.
Triple-pane glass doors open up into a saloon that offers an exceptional place to relax. There’s a wet bar and entertainment center there, as well as a settee to port and a leather bench seat forward that can swivel to face aft. Sea Ray refers to this area as “the sunroom,” and for good reason. Overhead there is a full-width sunroof that allows natural light to cascade in, illuminating the entirety of the space.
On the accommodations deck, the owner will enjoy his own en suite stateroom amidships, while a well-appointed VIP cabin occupies the forepeak. A third stateroom with two convertible twins is also available.
To be sure, this is a boat that’s built for good times just about anywhere, from sea to shining sea.
- Builder: Sea Ray
- Model: Sea Ray 510 Sundancer
- Year: 2012
- Base Price: Upon request
- LOA: 51'0"
- Draft: 4'1"
- Beam: 14'8"
- Standard Power: 2/550-hp Cummins QSC8.3s w/Zeus pods
- Cruise speed: 26 knots
- Top speed: 30 knots
This article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.