FLIBS 2014: Sea Ray debuts new SPX series

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Sea Ray’s SPX series is available in the 19-foot model above and a 21-footer.

Sea Ray’s SPX series is available in the 19-foot model above and a 21-footer.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Sea Ray brought its A-game to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show again this year, displaying 11 boats new to the show in four categories, including the new L Class 650 Fly and the first model in the builder’s new SPX series, the SPX 19.

Sea Ray introduced the SPX series Thursday at the Broward County Convention Center, touting the “customizability” of the line.

The modern designs optimize the use of space and the boats have a base price below $26,000, said Matt Guilford, the builder’s vice president of marketing. “This is a phenomenal price point.”

The SPX series is available in 19 and 21 feet, with the choice of sterndrive or outboard power. The new Sea Ray 270 Sundeck is also available as a sterndrive or an outboard boat, and the 29-foot Sundeck is due out any day.

Sea Ray president Tim Schiek said the builder has seen momentum and growth in the boating market and the market continues to pick up.

“Sea Ray has boats in the 19- to 65-foot [boat] markets and in many of these markets we are No. 1,” Schiek said.

He said Sea Ray’s success in these markets can be attributed to three things: investment in new products; top-of-the-line manufacturing processes and facilities; and the company’s investment in the people who work for it.

Sea Ray president Tim Schiek

Sea Ray president Tim Schiek

“We will continue to invest in new products, the best possible manufacturing processes and in our people. We have the best people in the industry,” he said.

The new 2015 190 SPX weighs 2,739 pounds and has a generous beam of slightly more than 8 feet.

“The new designs optimize the use of space,” said Bill Gowan, Brunswick’s director of engineering. “The Sundeck boats come standard with a bimini and can be customized with a sports tower for wakeboarding and water skiing. The L series also have a T-top option.”

The 190 SPX has a deadrise of 19 degrees, a fuel capacity of 30 gallons and a minimum draft of 35 inches. The seating capacity is 11. The display boat at the show is priced at $34,900.

Sea Ray’s 2015 Sundeck is available in 27 and 29 feet; both sizes have the option of a sterndrive or an outboard engine. The 270 Sundeck at the show was on display with a Mercury 300 Pro outboard. The 27-foot Sundeck weighs 5,925 pounds and has a fuel capacity of 65 gallons and a minimum draft of 3.17 feet. It also has a 20-gallon water tank and a 10-gallon holding tank. The Sundeck series ranges in price from $84,995 to $97,700.

The SPX line of boats and the Sundecks are targeted at a boating family of four and their guests, said Sea Ray’s Shane Gest. “The boats have 300 to 400 options, allowing the buyer to customize their boat,” he said. “[The SPX line] is a do-everything boat. A boating family of four can sit around and relax or take everyone out to watch the fireworks.”

Sea Ray also introduced the new 470 Sundancer and 590 Fly Thursday evening at the show. All of the Sea Ray boats will be available for in-water reviews at Sea Ray’s media event Dec. 7 and 8 at the South Seas Resort on Florida’s Captiva Island.

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