Aimed towards European tastes, can the Sea Ray L650 take the fight to the big names on this side of the pond?
When we think of Sea Ray we tend to think of cuddy cabin sportsboats and sub-40ft sportscruisers, at least in Europe anyway. Which is odd, given that Sea Ray have been building big flybridge cruisers as long as anyone.
They had a 500 Sedan Bridge at the Earls Court Boat Show quarter of a century ago so they have been building boats of this ilk at least as long as Princess or Fairline. Europeans have never quite taken to them though.
Big and spacious they might be, and the quality has always been there, but in the past they’ve lacked the sophistication of Europes finest inside and out, whilst the on-water performance tended to suffer in favour of providing space for a fridge the size of a double garage.
But with American tastes getting ever more sophisticated and a need to expand its big boat market far beyond its own shores, Sea Ray has been quietly upping its game, and this, the first of a brand new breed of Europeanised Sea Ray flybridge motor yachts, is the result.
In fact technically it’s two boats, given that Sea Ray are also releasing a sportsyacht version sans flybridge and with a large opening saloon roof instead. Either way the styling is sharp and the profile low, this is a good looking boat.
And it’s the same story on board, where tasteful muted interior joinery and fabrics offer a far more inviting interior ambience than anything we’ve seen from this builder before.