Contents of Report
- Major Features
- Boat Inspection
- The Stern
- The Engine Room
- The Bow
- Below Decks
- Master Berth
- Guest Accommodations
- Optional Equipment to Consider
The Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe gives owners of smaller Sea Rays something to aspire to. By making this boat a large dayboat entertaining platform that can be used for watersports, Sea Ray is appealing to a wide audience. Also, she fills a niche between large bowriders and bigger express cruisers that have a dearth of competitors.
• Hardtop with retractable sunroof
• Mechanized retractable canvas cover over aft salon
• Swim platform galley/grille
• Quiet Ride sound control
• Swivel helm seat
• 16,000 BTU A/C
• Electric windlass and ground tackle
The Sundancer 350 Coupe has a LOA of 37’6” (11.43 m), a beam of 11’4” (3.45 m), and a draft of 40” (102 cm). With an empty weight of 18,792 lbs. (8,525 kg), 107 gallons (405 L) of fuel aboard and no water in the 40-gallon (151 L) tank, plus three people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 20,039 lbs. (9,090 kg).
With the optional upgrade to twin gas-powered 380-hp Mercury 8.2 MAG ECT Seacore Bravo IIIx with Axius control, we reached our top speed of 36.8 mph at 4750 rpm.
Best cruise came in at 4000 rpm and 31 mph. It was at that speed that the 40.5 gph fuel burn translated into 0.8 mpg and a range of 128.2 nautical miles, all while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat’s 214-gallon (810 L) total fuel capacity.
We had an average time to plane of 6.7 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 11.2 and 30 in 22.3 seconds.
Maneuvering around the dock, the Sundancer 350 Coupe fitted with an optional bow thruster and Axius propulsion system joystick was spot on. For those stepping up to a bigger boat like this and are concerned about maneuvering, this package should eliminate those concerns. More experienced boaters may only need the bow thruster, or no aid at all.
We had mild conditions on test day, so little chance to comment on how she handles chop, but crossing wakes showed how her bow presents a dry ride by dispersing spray. We did put the boat through its paces for turn angles, etc…and at speed the Sundancer 350 Coupe does ride high with a bowrise of approximately 11-degrees, and visibility is still fine.
The flexibility of this boat begins at the stern swim platform. An optional electric grill is built into the transom and is accessed from the swim platform. However, an extended swim platform, with or without teak decking, or even one that lowers into the water, is optional.
The grill enclosure has a small stainless steel sink with cover to match the solid countertop. The grill backs the L-shaped aft salon seating area. The whole structure is hinged, and doubles as the hydraulically-controlled engine cover.
The Engine Room
Once the engine hatch is open, it reveals the optional power plant in our test boat: twin gas-powered MerCruiser V-8, 380-hp (8.2 L) engines with SeaCore Bravo III sterndrives. 350-hp engines are standard, but bigger engines, inboard drives, or even twin 354-hp MerCruiser V-drive diesels are available. All in all, there are eight engine/propulsion packages to choose from.
Our test boat had the optional Axius Propulsion system that includes joystick and SmartCraft Digital throttle and shift. Forward of the engines is a shelf that holds an optional generator that matches the fuel type (gas or diesel), and electrical options (120v/60 or 220v/50) chosen.
Enter the cockpit from the swim platform via a plexi door-gate on the starboard side. The first thing we noticed were the molded-in steps that access the starboard side deck for going forward.
Just to the left is an L-shaped settee surrounding a solid wood table on a double pedestal.
Over the starboard settee is an optional flatscreen TV on a swivel mount.
The bow of the Sundancer 350 Coupe has a welcome sun pad to relax on. To get there, follow the molded-in steps from the aft deck, up to the side deck.
Just forward of the sun pad is the recessed anchor station. The standard electric windlass has a cover on a gas shock to protect it when not in use. The anchor is a galvanized plow, with foot pedal controls just to the side. This boat has a cleat to take the standing load off the windlass.
We enter the cabin through a sliding hatch next to the helm and step down four wooden steps with non-skid inserts.
The galley is immediately to starboard with microwave, two-burner induction cooktop, solid surface counters, and a refrigerator below. Side windows in the cabin do not open but there is an option to add more opening ports, such as the one in the galley.
Forward are settees to port and starboard flanking a removable dining table. The dining table drops down and the settees convert into bunks for additional sleeping accommodations.
In the bow, forward of the settees, is the master with the berth angled for easy access. At the entrance, there are a few steps up where the headroom is adequate over the berth. There are overhead storage lockers around the bunk and a hatch for natural light and ventilation. A hanging locker to port separates the master berth from the port settee.
Just aft of the port settee is a 32” (81.3 cm) flat screen TV mounted on an adjustable bracket. The cabin’s hanging locker has the Fusion stereo system controls inside.
The head compartment is to port of the accommodation ladder. It’s a VacuFlush head with a separate shower stall behind a glass door. In addition to the power vent, there’s an opening port light for ventilation and a hull side window for natural light. Teak-simulated flooring, medicine cabinet, a full length mirror on the back of the head door, vessel sink, and a wood surface countertop complete the space.
The standard cabin layout has a separate guest cabin next to the accommodation ladder with a lockable privacy door. When entering there is a small settee on the right with a hanging locker next to it and storage lockers above and below the settee.
On the left are twin bunks, each measuring 6’4” (1.93 m) long and 1’9” (.53 m) wide.
There is also an optional guest cabin layout where the twin berths are replaced by an L-shaped seat that converts to a sleeper.
Opening ports on both sides of the cabin let in light and fresh air. The bunks have 2’10” (.86 m) overhead clearance above them. A 24” (60.95 cm) flatscreen TV graces the forward bulkhead.
One of the main features of the Sundancer 350 Coupe is that the helm is an enclosed space with a solid windshield and side windows under the hardtop. This feature is welcome when the weather kicks up or when there is a need for the optional cockpit air conditioner/heater. A comfortable bench seat is to port.
The helm area has a fresh air vent and a retractable sunroof in the hardtop as well as vent side windows. The helm chair is a double-wide bench with a flip-up bolster if you choose to stand while driving.
The magnetic compass sits atop the center of the instrument panel. There are cup holders over the 9” (22.86 cm) touchscreen chart plotter on the left, not the ideal location for a drink to slosh around, but we found it perfect for stowing a cell phone and handheld VHF.
Fusion stereo controls are to the left of the wheel. There are gauges up and to the right, and a tilt wheel in the center.
Sea Ray uses robots to cut hull openings, leading to more consistent quality construction. They also employ “Quiet Ride” technology to sound insulate their boats. WOT decibel levels never exceeded 88 dBa during our test. We were not running the unshielded genset at the time.
Base price is $412,990.
Optional Equipment to Consider
• Painted hull ($4,200)
• Teak decking ($5,388)
• 380-hp engine & Axius propulsion ($36,154)
• Swim platform extension ($4,042)
• Teak decking for swim extension ($1,823)
• Grill ($7,765)
• Opening portlights ($1,743)
• Retractable canvas sun shade ($8,385)
• Cockpit refrigerator ($1,585)
• Generator ($17,035)
• Cockpit A/C ($5,942)
The Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe doesn’t feel crowded because many features are dual purpose. We think Sea Ray has done a good job combining storage and functionality on this boat.
There are a lot of options available on this boat, which can be a good thing. However, this many options can be confusing, particularly when some options require prerequisite options. A good example of this is joystick control, which requires the bow thruster option as well.
When powered by twin gas engines she is less expensive to operate than with diesels, which get better mileage, but, in our view, not enough to pay for their price differential.
The coupe design makes a cozy refuge when it is cool or rainy. The Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe should attract move-up boaters wanting a boat that they can cruise in three seasons.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe (2019-) is 36.8 mph (59.2 kph), burning 63.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 240.35 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe (2019-) is 31.0 mph (49.9 kph), and the boat gets 0.8 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.34 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 147 miles (236.57 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG Axius SeaCore.
Standard and Optional Features
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Boats More Than 30 Feet
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