2018 Sea Ray SLX 400 OB
2018 Sea Ray SLX 400 OB Sea Ray looked fit to enter the new SLX 400 in the competition “Innovation awards ” At this year’s (2017) Miami International Boat Show, and as I walked right in front of the show aboard the sleek, multidimensional ship, along with the rest of the prize judge Committee, I quickly saw why. ‘ The Entertainer ‘, as Sea Ray calls the boat, has more fun in things than on an impromptu weekend at Disney.
To the front there is, for example, a “social bow, ” with a U-shaped, convertible table-equipped lounge and, only Abaft, a series of three chaise lounge “Touring seats, ” complete with armrests, beverage holders and a oh-so-contemporary, albeit Optional overhead “Sail Shadow”. Hey — if you can’t enjoy a cool, harbor Gabfest with friends and family or a relaxed, fast zoom to the distant summer horizons, you may want to switch to croquet as a primary pastime.
And back to back? We are talkin’ Swiss Army knife versatility, with a lush swimming platform complemented by a fold-out ‘ terrace wing ‘, to starboard that cantilevers inviting over the water — cannonball anyone? A lounge connects the area with the spacious ‘ social zone ‘ of the cockpit and offers, among other things, a simple storage for two full-fledged paddle boards. And the cockpit promises pure, around the swimming pool satisfaction, thanks to a wet bar (with refrigerator, sink, a solid surface and a few optional grills), a huge L-shaped lounge and a variety of cool canvas options, including a Retractable screen in the hardtop and an electrically betälierte hardtop extension to shade the festivities backwards.
There is a lot more on the 400 than your beachy, funny outfit, though. The helmet sports two, no-nonsense, 12-inch Raymarine-MFPs, an ergonomically located SmartCraft Binnacle-type motor control for convenient open-water running, a Axius-drive joystick to facilitate nahquartier maneuvers, and “cloud Connectivity” to Monitoring or even diagnosis of the ship remotely via smartphone.
Apart from everything else, there is also a large, air-conditioned cabin those belowdecks, which offers a queen-sized berth and a dinette, which turns into a V-berth (with filling pillow), as well as a closed head compartment and a shower.
I would say it is the QuietRIDE system, which rounds the whole thing down. In order to ensure minimal distractions on board the 400, it combines the virtues of the sonic and vibration damping material laminated in the fuselage, the strategic application of acoustic isolation elsewhere and the inclusion of a so-called ” Tuned Transom of Omni products to further reduce vibrations and noise associated with the boat’s engines and the Bravo III drive system. A quiet ride with QuietRIDE? Oh yes!
2018 Sea Ray SLX 400 OB
Unfortunately we did not have a chance to see the SLX 400, so we do not have to report any of our own service numbers. However, the Sea Ray rep on the stage of the Miami show claimed an impressive top finish. And given the rousing nature of the claim, as well as all the modern opportunities to have fun that the 400 offers, is it a wonder that it has actually cracked an innovation award?
- Builder: Sea Ray
- Model: Sea Ray SLX 400
- Year: 2018
- Base Price: Upon request
- LOA: 39’6″
- Beam: 12’1″
- Displacement: 18,000 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 250 gal.
- Water Capacity: 50 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECT Bravo III gasoline inboard
- Optional Power: 2/430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECT Bravo III gasoline inboard or 2/364-hp Mercury 370 TDI 4.2L T3
- SeaCore Bravo III diesel inboard