Sea Ray SLX 350

Barry 2019-09-23

Looking for a huge day boat, then look no further than the all new Sea Ray SLX 350. A premium level day boat if you have a lot of friends.

One of the ten boat SLX range which starts with the SLX 230 and goes through to the SLX 400, the SLX 350 (10.5m) is the ultimate bowrider. However, this is not just a bowrider as we know it and with the space available Sea Ray have transformed it into a lot more.

Firstly, there is a full head/shower unit to port ahead of the drivers console and it’s surprising just how big this area is. There is even a foldout step to assist access and you could throw a soft curtain around for privacy.

Opposite is a small cabin which seats a couple of adults as well as offers a berth capable of taking two people. This area can be air conditioned via an invertor so no need for a generator.

The Sea Ray SLX 350 was released in 2015 and made a huge impact on the sports boat market and has proven one of Sea Ray’s most popular models in that style. However, the latest edition of the SLX 350 is a much improved and changed model. There is a lot more than just a refresh, it is all new from stem to stern.

For example, the hydraulic swim step is a great feature and a change from the under-mount swim step. This drops well below the surface and is great to use when swimming or diving. The extra-large boarding platform comes with tie-downs for a small tender or kayak. The rear lounge can be used as a staging area for water toys or folds out to form another large sun lounger.

The cockpit is all about entertaining with seating in wrap around loungers and double seats forward. There is storage in e very available space and Sea Ray have once again made sure that the helm is exceptional. It’s twin bolster helm seat means you have three driving positions, seated, bolstered or standing and the dash is centred with a pair of the latest Garmin MFDs that link into the MerCruiser system. This boat has everything in auto mode, from the self-levelling trim tabs to the touch screens for everything from lights to bilge pumps.

The SLX 350 is constructed with Sea Ray’s, Quiet Ride, which starts with a composite laminated which is applied onto the hull deck and liner which is designed to convert vibration energy into heat. Also, an insulated engine box with acoustical foam. In fact, Sea Ray have paid extra attention to any area of the boat that may result in any noise potential and insulated everything from the screws in the cap rail to the shape of corner of the windscreen.

The SLX 350 comes standard with a GRP hardtop and clears, with a retractable Sure Shade and sunroof. This allows you to completely cover the cockpit right through to the transom. There is an optional wet bar with hand wash, fridge and trash bin.

Sea Ray have made sure that the bow area is as social as the cockpit with plenty of seating, including a full width forward bench seat and twin detachable tables. There is also a full cover should you want to have the entire space covered in bad weather.

The boat is available in outboard or sterndrive, with the first boat into New Zealand running a pair of twin MerCruiser 350hp, 6.2L engines, with a joystick Axius System.

Overall, the Sea Ray SLX 350 is the ultimate day boat with some concessions for overnighting. If you have a load of friends who want to get out on the water and enjoy the boating experience with you, then the SLX 350 is going to do it.

Look for a full review in a future issue of Pacific PowerBoat magazine.


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