The Sea Ray SLX 280 is the latest addition to the SLX lineup and it brings with it a new level of luxury and performance. Our test boat was powered by the standard 350-hp Mercury Mercruiser 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo III sterndrive with DTS, providing smooth and effortless handling. The SLX 280 also features a spacious layout with plenty of seating and storage space, making it a perfect choice for a day on the water with friends and family.
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||13.0 seconds|
|0 to 30||20.6 seconds|
1 x 350-hp Mercury MerCruiser 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three w/ DTS
1 x 350-hp Mercury MerCruiser 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three with DTS
1 x 350-hp Mercury MerCruiser 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three SeaCore
1 x 380-hp Mercury MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECT Bravo Three X with DTS
1 x 430-hp Mercury MerCruiser 8.2 MAG HO ECT Bravo Three X with DTS
The SLX 280 delivers a higher level of excellence that you'll see and feel. Upscale styling and a gorgeously sculpted hull make an instant impression while slicing through the water. Craftsmanship is apparent down to the last stitch. Cutting-edge technology makes a statement at every turn, thanks to innovations like Quiet Ride™. Captain and passengers alike are treated to smooth, responsive performance and ample amenities, like the optional wetbar, to extend day into evening. After all, luxury loves company.
The Sea Ray SLX series is known for its luxurious amenities and innovative features, and the SLX 280 is no exception. This boat is bigger and better than ever before, with a sleek hull and redesigned lines making it both eye-catching and functional.
- Upmarket upholstery and stitchwork
- Extra wide captain’s chair
- Swiveling captains and companion seats
- Deployable swim ladder
- Upgraded storage
- Indirect mood lighting
- Hidden speakers
- Dedicated soft-sided cooler storage
- Five-year factory warranty
- Ample storage under the aft sun pad
- Dual Multi-function displays
- Large changing room or an optional head
Sea Ray is calling the SLX 280 the "next generation of sport boats." It features a new modern and athletic hull-side sculpting that looks crisp and clean on the water. The hull is also designed to be more efficient, which means better fuel economy and a smoother ride.
The new design language is seen in the SLX 280 as it lends a striking profile to her exterior.
Flirting with almost 50 mph, our 280 SLX test boat delivered an exhilarating ride.
Our test boat was equipped with the optional 430-hp Mercury Mercruiser 8.2L MPI ECT Bravo III sterndrive with DTS and during our tests, we achieved a top speed of 49.7 mph. The best cruise came in at 3500 RPM and 32.7 MPH. At that speed, the 15.7-GPH fuel burn translated into 2.1 MPG and a range of 219 statute miles, all while holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 117-gallon (442.9 L) total fuel capacity.
With a wide-open throttle, we reached full plane speed in 13 seconds, accelerated to 30 MPH in 20.6 and 40 in 29.1.
The Sea Ray SLX 280's deep-V hull design and stern drive propulsion provide quick acceleration and precise turning. Even at high speeds, the boat handles smoothly and steadily. The 43-inch freeboard gives a sense of security and safety, and it also helps to keep the boat stable and balanced in choppy waters. This results in a smooth ride for passengers, even in rough conditions.
The SLX 280's high freeboard does not impede visibility from both standing and seated operating positions. This makes it easy for the captain to see ahead and around the boat, which is important for safety and maneuvering.
Overall, the Sea Ray SLX 280 is a pleasure to handle. It's a responsive and stable boat that's sure to provide a smooth and enjoyable ride.
Sea Ray SLX models are known for their luxurious finishes. The intricate diamond stitching in the upholstery is both rich and durable, and the complementary accents add a touch of style. The cockpit seating is deeper than on other boats, and it has been ergonomically designed for comfort.
A 12v refrigerator is located below the captain's seat, and an optional end table can be added aft. A two-person bench seat doubles as storage, and the optional SeaDeck decking provides a comfortable and non-slip surface.
Throughout the cockpit, there are smartly placed grab handles and with a maximum cockpit depth of 39 inches, everyone is going to feel secure in this area.
The port console has a storage compartment that is secured to the helm console with a strong magnet. The compartment can be upgraded to include a head, vanity with a sink, and a trash can.
The dual 9-inch multi-function displays on our demo vessel showed digital switching Mercury engine data, active trim control and monitoring, a chart plotter, a depth finder, and other onboard systems. There were also illuminated stainless toggle switches by the steering wheel for redundancy. You can upgrade to dual 12-inch displays.
The main Apollo controller for the high-end entertainment system made by Fusion, a Garmin-owned product, is located inboard of the steering wheel. Sea Ray told us that the SLX designers worked with Fusion to determine the optimal placement of all 9 Signature Series Speakers and Subwoofer. Their efforts resulted in the best possible sound from the boat and virtually eliminated the distortion often heard on lesser systems.
The captain's chair has a flip-up bolster and measures 39 inches wide, making it wide enough for two people. There is an option for an inductive charger hidden within the bulwarks on both port and starboard so that your phone stays out of the sun while charging.
Stainless steel toggle buttons control the tower and there is additional options to add port and starboard-mounted Fusion Signature Series tower speakers as well as swiveling wakeboard racks.
The bow is accessible through a hinged windshield with a locking air dam and when you pass by the helm console there is a concealed trash can and remote key switches within.
Both loungers in the bow have storage underneath. The starboard lounger has a larger storage space that has dedicated storage for the Comforts Bundle’s bow filler cushion, as well as the bow and cockpit tables.
At the very front of the boat, there are several options available. You can choose to install a bow boarding ladder, or you can opt for the anchor bundle which includes a stainless steel delta-style anchor
For those sunset cruises add the lighting bundle that includes illumination for all cupholders as well as ambient lighting throughout the bow and cockpit. With the touch of a button, you can adjust the RBGW LED lights both above and below the water line. The Sea Ray logo shines on the cockpit floor from the power tower and on the exterior of the boat, there are docking lights and an illuminated Sea Ray badge on the hull.
A section of the aft bench seat raises on two gas-assisted struts to provide access to the engine and to the fuel tank just ahead.
Moving aft there is a single 10-inch step-up where a solid wood boarding step is mounted to the starboard bulwarks to aid in boarding from a fixed dock. Opposite the bulwarks are a swinging transom gate that locks into place, a stern shower, and a smartly placed shore power port.
The large sun pad is another social zone and measures 68in x 42in and there are cup holders on both sides of the pad. Under the pad on the port side is that large storage compartment which is easy to access with a gas-assisted strut.
- Anchor Bundle - Stainless steel anchor, windlass with rope and chain
- Comfort Bundle - Bow filler cushion, bow table and cockpit table
- Entertainment Bundle - Fusion head unit and remote on sun pad, 9 Signature series speakers, Subwoofer, 2 inductive chargers
- Essentials Bundle - Quick connect fender clips, flag pole with flag, SeaDeck Flooring on platform
- Lighting Bundle - LED RGB-W color-changing & white accent lighting package Lighting for bow & cockpit. Lighting for cup holders Underwater thru-hull (3 lights), docking lights,• Sea Ray badge, illuminated (hull), Sea Ray logo light projected onto cockpit floor
- Water System Bundle - Bow washdown, Freshwater pressure system with 12V pump and filtration, Pullout transom sprayer
- Power Tower - electrically actuated with deployable shade
Pricing of Sea Ray boats is typically competitive with other boats in class. But at our release time, the builder had not yet released the for-sale price of the Sea Ray SLX 280.
The SLX 280 is designed to maximize space and functionality, so you can focus on enjoying the water. This vessel is geared towards boaters who want upscale amenities, powerful propulsion, and innovative features. With a variety of bundles available to customize the boat to your needs, the SLX 280 can easily complement many boating lifestyles.
Like most Sea Rays, the SLX 280 comes with a five-year factory warranty, "bow to stern." This is a testament to Brunswick Corporation's commitment to its products.