A cut above.
By Tom Dillon
Boat Test #1622
An automobile ‘coupe’ is defined as being sporty, fully enclosed, with a hard top and sloping rear glass. The Sea Ray Sundancer Coupe 320 comes in pretty close to this, with a hard top and a full glass windshield across the front of the house. The aft side of the cockpit is not enclosed though, and the space is still open and airy. The full windshield runs the entire width and height of the space, making for a very secure and sheltered cockpit area. Access forward is gained by a full-height hinged panel on the port side. On both the port and starboard side of the cockpit there are full height glass panels, closing in three of the four sides. This makes for a quiet ride, but you don’t lose any of the field of vision. The hardtop has a large sunroof in it, supplied standard this is simply a glass panel, but a fully opening sunroof with a canvas cover is available to order as well.
The fore deck is open and wide, thanks to the hull carrying its width further forward than you typically might see for a boat of this design. The bow itself is just as fine an entry as could be wished for, with considerable flare as it rises from the water. This full width is put to good use with a wide lounger, accommodating up to three people across the cushions. The lounger is actually three individual sections, with actuated headrests, armrests and seats – allowing each individual to tailor the seat to their own comfort. There is also a sunshade for the bow, available as an option.
The cockpit is a traditional layout, with the Captain’s Chair to starboard (this one is double-wide to accommodate your partner, or maybe a captain-in-training?). There is a small bench to port of the helm, and then aft of the cockpit, but on the same deck level, is a large wrap-around bench with a table and the all-important beverage fridge over to starboard.
On the port side of the cockpit you gain access to the lower deck, where you will find plenty of space for you and your guests to hide away from a little bad weather, or to make a whole weekend out of your trip. Up to four can sleep comfortably, with a V-berth forward, and an after cabin with two bunks that can push together to form a queen. A fully private head with shower is found on the starboard side of the cabin, and to port there is a galley with fridge and microwave. If you’re looking to have a cookout onboard, a grill for the cockpit is available as an option as well.
The standard model comes with twin outboards, 350 HP each, making for 700 total. This can be upgraded to three 250 HP outboards, making for 750 HP total. Either way, you have plenty of power for a boat that only weighs in a little above 6,000 kg when dry. The use of outboards allows for even more usable space down below, plus the ease of maintenance compared to your typical I/O drive. In addition to your usual wheel and throttles, the 320 Coupe comes with joystick control standard. This is one of the new computer controlled docking systems that you are starting to see around the marinas. All you have to do is move the joystick in the direction you want to go, and the computer figures out what to do next. Forward and reverse, throttle settings and even which direction to point the engines, it’s all figured out, making for smooth and calm dockings all the time.
Sea Ray has been in the game since 1959, and knows how to make a quality product. The Sea Ray Sundancer Coupe 320 is a great example of this multi-generational pedigree, showcasing an original concept, excellent design and solid construction in one great package.
Length Overall: 34’ 11” / 10.64 M
Beam: 10’ 7” / 3.22 M
Draft: 43” / 1.09 M
Weight: 13,681 lbs. / 6206 Kg
Capacity: 4 People (overnight)
Max HP: 750 HP
Approx: $348,847 USD
For more information: www.searay.com
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