December, 2015 (Updated April, 2017)
As the economy continues to recover from the effects of the Great Recession — and as wealth is further concentrated in the hands of the top one percent — the number of brokerage listings with asking prices in the $1 million range (or more) is greater than ever. Largely unnoticed, however, are all the Sea Rays creeping up into that price bracket. Unless you’re a Sea Ray dealer or a broker who specializes in pre-owned Sea Rays, the idea that there are several Sea Ray models selling today in the $1 million range might come as a surprise.
After some reseach on Yachtworld we came up with a list of six Sea Ray models populating the brokerage market with asking prices of $1 million or more. With the way Sea Ray is growing these days in the large yacht segment, this list will only grow in the near-term future. Quite an impressive growth story for a company that began life in 1959 building small runabouts from a shop near Detroit, Michigan.
Sea Ray 680 Sun Sport
At a Glance: Largest Sea Ray model ever built — designed to compete in the international market against European sport yachts of similar size and luxury. The Sun Sport’s elegant three-stateroom interior features a fully enclosed pilothouse with retractable sunroof, teak and holly flooring, power helm seats, and Ultraleather lounge seating. The lower salon includes a pullout sofa with dinette opposite a galley with SubZero refrigeration, cherry cabinets, and granite counters. The master stateroom with ensuite head is forward, and the VIP stateroom with private head is aft. A smaller stateroom with over/under berths is adjacent to the VIP. Crew quarters for two are aft, accessed from the cockpit. Note that the Sun Sport lacks the transom garage of many European competitors. (A hydraulic swim platform for PWC storage was optional.) Cat 1400hp 3412 diesels cruise at 24–26 knots (30+ knots top).
Price Range: Mid/high $700s to just over $1 million.
Brokerage Shootout: Today's Million Dollar Sea Ray Market
At a Glance: Sea Ray's most impressive yacht — designed to compete with the best European imports. Offered in two versions, with flybridge or electrically operated sunroof. The upper level layout consists of facing settees to port and starboard as you enter, with a massive galley forward to port and a dinette to starboard, behind the lower helm. There are four staterooms and three heads on the lower level — the VIP cabin is forward, guest cabins are to port and starboard, and a full-beam master with queen bed, his and hers sinks is amidships. Crew quarters are aft, and a day head is accessed from the swim platform. Above, there are two dining areas on the flybridge. A hydraulic swim platform, hardwood salon flooring, recessed foredeck seating, bow/stern thrusters, and gyro stabilizers are standard. The L650 Fly will cruise in the mid 20s with Cat 1150hp C18 engines (30+ knots top).
Price Range: From $2 million up.
Sea Ray L650 FLY
Sea Ray 60/610 Sundancer
At a Glance: Super-popular express yacht with opulent three-stateroom interior — the top-selling boat in her class. The feature list is endless. Prominent among them is a fully enclosed pilothouse with twin overhead sunroofs, facing leather settees, and panoramic views of the water. Below, the Sundancer’s lower salon — with nearly seven feet of headroom— features an curved settee to port and hardwood flooring throughout. The huge galley includes a serving country, high-gloss cherry cabinets, and granite counters. The master stateroom with settee, queen berth, and private head is amidships, and the VIP stateroom with island queen berth and private acces s to the day head is forward. A smaller stateroom with over/under berths is forward of the galley. Crew quarters for two are aft. A hydraulic swim platform stows a tender or PWC. MAN 1100hp V-drive diesels cruise at 26–28 knots (low 30s top).
Price Range: From the mid $600s to $1 million-plus.
At a Glance: Sea Ray elegance at it's best — a match for the finest European yachts. The Sundancer's features are impressive, beginning with a semi-enclosed helm deck with teak flooring, panoramic views, and two retractable sunroofs. Below, the salon features an L-shaped leather sofa across from a well-appointed galley with stainless steel appliances and serving counter. The forward VIP stateroom has an island queen berth with private access to the day head. The full-beam master suite features a walkaround queen berth, dresser, and ensuite head with a stall shower. The huge cockpit has an innovative twin-section lounge that slides around a table on tracks. A cockpit galley with grill, thrusters, and hydraulic swim platform are standard. In 2013 the 580 received a styling update with the addition of large hull windows. MAN 900hp V-drive diesels cruise at 25–26 knots (about 30 knots top).
Price Range: From the low $900s to $1 million-plus.
Sea Ray 580 Sundancer
At a Glance: One of the new generation Sea Ray boats to employ Zeus pod drives. The Sundancer’s palatial two-stateroom interior includes a full-beam amidships master suite, an impeccably-appointed salon with sofa and hideaway bed, two full heads, and huge galley with Corian counters and under-counter refrigeration. The helm is on the centerline (almost), and both helm seats swivel 180 degrees to face the cockpit. The focal point of the 540 Sundancer is her party-time cockpit with seating for eight and deluxe wet bar with grill and refrigerator. The back seat of the cockpit lounge folds down to create a sun pad. Additional highlights include a sleek hardtop with retractable sunroof, washer/dryer, and hardwood flooring in the galley and salon. The hull windows were restyled in 2013. Cruise at 20 knots with 715hp Cummins V-drive inboards. Cummins/Zeus 574hp pod drives cruise in the mid 20s.
Price Range: From the mid $600s to over $1 million.
Sea Ray 540 Sundancer
At a Glance: Dramatic styling makes this Sea Ray motor yacht look like a purebred Italian import. Entering through triple-pane sliding glass doors, the salon offers facing leather sofas, a fixed dining table, hardwood flooring, and an entertainment center in the starboard corner. The 510’s large galley is up two steps from the salon, and the lower helm station features a single Stidd captain’s chair and opening side window. There are three staterooms and two heads below including a full-beam master with hull windows, and a spacious VIP stateroom forward with private access to the day head. The cockpit has an L-shaped lounge to port (with crew quarters entry under) and an electric grill opposite, tucked under the bridge stairs. The flybridge is huge for a boat this size. Standard 684hp Cummins V-drive diesels cruise at 24–26 knots. Cummins 600hp diesels with Zeus pod drives and joystick controls are optional.
Price Range: From $1 million-plus.
Sea Ray 510 Fly