Two Sea Ray yachts set to make world debuts at FLIBS

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Among the boats Sea Ray will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the Fly 520.

Among the boats Sea Ray will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the Fly 520.

Sea Ray’s new Fly 520 and Sundancer 510 Signature will make their world debuts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, set for Nov. 1-5, and the company will host a “first look” preview of the SLX 400 Outboard and the Sundancer 320 Outboard.

Sea Ray’s Fly 520 features a glass-enclosed bridge staircase and open risers to allow light through the steps. It has a precision-engineered hull that is manufactured at the company’s Palm Coast, Fla., facility and seeks to provide easier access to engines and mechanical compartments.

The Fly 520 has a flybridge, a hydraulic swim platform with steps that descend into the water and three staterooms. Sea Ray has sought to design the cockpit to allow for versatility — the aft lounge seat has a convertible backrest that travels forward and aft to create multiple seating configurations, facing into the cockpit from the aft position or brought forward to overlook the swim platform.

An optional gourmet center adds a grill and large storage drawer in the transom.

“We’re thrilled to kick off the 2018 model year with a series of fantastic product introductions and special first look previews in Fort Lauderdale,” said Scott Ward, Sea Ray president and general manager of Sea Ray Sport Yachts and Yachts, in a statement. “This important show draws valued customers, media and industry representatives from around the world. It’s the perfect venue in which to celebrate our newest models.”

The Sundance 510 Signature, also making its world premiere, is a limited edition of Sea Ray’s Sundancer 510 that features upgraded materials and select design changes.

Made in America, the 510 Signature features an enhanced bow lounge sunpad, new wood and Silestone finishes, a large hydraulic swim platform with Stairway to the Sea steps and an exclusive “Signature” paint scheme.

Sea Ray will also host a first look of the SLX 400 Outboard and Sundancer 320 Outboard.

The SLX 400 Outboard, an outboard-powered version of what the company calls “the entertainer," will feature Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards, QuietRide, an advanced Digital Dash helm and triple Mercury Verado outboards.

The Sundancer 320 Outboard also will be powered by triple Mercury outboards.

“Sea Ray continues to raise the bar for design, performance and craftsmanship,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager of Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “The coming model year lineup will demonstrate our commitment to elevating the boating experience for our customers.”


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