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Thoughts on Sea Ray Sedan Bridges

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Jytek, Dec 11, 2021.

  1. Jytek

    Jytek Member

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    I will shortly be ready to purchase a boat in the 40-52 ft. range, and am partial to Hatteras, but there doesn't seem to be many around. At least not close by me. So, I'm still educating myself about the various boats and was wondering about the Sea Ray's. I've looked (online) at the Sedan Bridge and kinda like the layout, but was wondering about how these boats do on the ocean. We're on the East coast, mostly on the ICW, but might want to venture out somewhat.

    I'm just looking at all options, so be nice. But I do want real opinions.;)
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  3. Jytek

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    Thanks, but I did look through there and was hoping to get more of an opinion on SeaRay Sedan Bridges as compared to other boats. But I will take another look, even further back. Thanks again.
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    I have a 2009 52 sedan bridge and have owned it for 4 seasons now. We boat on Lake Michigan. We love the layout of the boat except for the master v berth. Not a huge issue because we only spend 4 to 5 days at time. We are both still working. The boat is extremely easy to captain and has terrific torque with my qsm 11 motors. I would consider this boat to be a middle of the road build to upper middle. The boat does well in anything under 4 from head sea to following. 2-3 beam will make it rocky. We know our limitations and make it work for us. It’s solid with no creaks or popping in any conditions. For the price point I’m very pleased with this boat.
  5. Capt J

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    The mid 2000s Sedan Bridges were good boats. The 52' is a pretty good seaboat, the master of the one I ran was aft not a V berth and had several steps into the head etc. But other than that had a good layout etc.
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    You could use the aft berth for master but that has the day head and smaller shower. There are only three steps from the galley to the 3 staterooms so it’s fairly level. The steps to the bridge are decent to climb up and down IMO.
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    The one I ran was around a 2005 and had 3 staterooms, I remember the day head being forward but honestly can't remember totally. I run so many different yachts a year.
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    Our 58SB is too new-to-us to know yet about ocean handling; we brought it up from Florida but stayed inside all the way.

    That said... it's almost twice as heavy as our previous 42, and that one mostly did fine offshore. We got seriously beat up once on a northbound leg back in Spring 2020, but the boat itself was fine. Given that, I'd expect our current boat to be fine for conditions we're likely to encounter.

    Our choice of 58SB was largely driven by the full-beam aft master, the most significant upgrade we were after compared to the previous boat with an island queen berth in the bow. The rest of the 58SB pretty much has all the other features we usually look for (stairs to bridge, aft-mounted helm, good side decks, etc.). Prices are inflated, just now, and we found several instances where prior owners should never have owned a boat. "Deferred maintenance" makes it sound like deliberate decision-making... whereas reality is often just plain ol' neglect and stupidity.

    My take so far is that Sea Ray (ref their large boats) makes a pretty good Chevy. Typical boat systems: similar engines, ACs, heads, pumps, appliances, etc. that other similarly-positioned makers use. Pretty good documentation (even including a nifty Parts Manual), and pretty good customer support even for earlier models like ours. I'm coming to like our common-rail MAN diesels, even though they did cost an arm and a leg -- and a small boy, a mule, and good hunting dog -- to rehab after the POs neglectful ownership period.

    -Chris
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  9. RER

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    I agree with pretty much everything Chris says in the above post. Whenever I have run the 48’ and larger Sedan Bridge models I find myself being surprised and impressed with how capable they are. I’m speaking of 2000 and newer. They should not be thought of in the same capacity as the smaller Sundancers.
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    The thing that I keep reading about Sea Rays is their use of cored hulls, below water line. What do you owners think of that?? Have you had trouble??
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    Lots of Sea Rays floating around with no particular issues. And there are pros/cons to cored/solid, anyway.

    As I understand it from the layup schedule I have for our hull, our bottom is solid... and that suggests not all Sea Rays are laid up in the same way, some cored, some solid.

    -Chris
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    Ok it was a LONG time ago when I took up fishing, sold the go fast boat and bought a 30 ft. Sea Ray bridge model. Buddy had purchased a 28 Bertram around the same time. Sea Ray was more stable. Bertram was far superior in a head sea. The Bertram had a feel of solidness the Sea Ray was always lacking. Sold it after 5 years and never considered another of the brand but hey that's just me and like I said a long time ago.

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  13. Capt Ralph

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    Hey Criss
    Did you pick up your 58SD in south fl? By chance 2 ACs in the bridge?
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    Yep, near St. Pete. Turns out to be bordering on a "project boat" due to previous neglect, but it's all fixable as far as I can tell.

    Only one bridge AC, 24K BTU, seems to be sufficient.

    -Chris
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    O K, it could of been a SD I used to manage. Understood she was back on the market.
    Those V8-900-CRMs are sweet runners. Just some oil leaks are a bear to fix.
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    Useful to know, and you might have some background info I could benefit from. See PM.

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