Sea Ray Makes Surprise Release with Two New Models
By: BoatBlurb Staff
The Models Are the First Sport Boats to Showcase New Sea Ray Design Elements
In a surprise move, Sea Ray has dropped two new models -- the all-new SLX 260 and SLX 260 Outboard.
The new models utilize Sea Ray's new design language, which the company announced would be incorporated on all new models back in 2021 when they dropped the revamped Sundancer 370 to rave reviews.
“Last year the launch of our Sundancer 370 Outboard was met with waves of positive feedback from the boating industry and consumers,” said Keith Yunger, Sea Ray president. “Now, we’re excited to announce the SLX 260 and SLX 260 Outboard, representing an evolution of Sea Ray’s SLX line and also our dedication to delivering best-in-class new boats to the market.”
Sea Ray's new premium runabouts offer outstanding luxury for their size range, and design aesthetics are a notable departure from their previous forays into midsize runabouts. Both models will be available in both sterndrive or outboard propulsion from Mercury Marine. The sterndrive model is powered by a Mercury MerCruiser® 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo Three® engine with SmartCraft® Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS). The outboard model is propelled by a Mercury 300 Verado® engine with SmartCraft DTS.
Designed as an ideal platform for coastal or inland day boaters, the SLX 260 offers exactly what you'd expect from Sea Ray -- quality, performance, and smart design.
“The SLX 260, from bow to stern, was designed to give boaters an ideal day on the water, making it easy to relax and focus on what matters most – like cruising with friends and enjoying time with family. This model represents the future of our SLX line and creates the most premium experience on the water,” said Carrie Fodor, Senior Manager of Design Engineering.
“The SLX 260 is the first sport boat crafted with the new Sea Ray design language. The goal is to create models that are instantly recognizable, with elements such as the S-sheer line, dynamic center crease, elongated bow and integrated Sea Ray badge,” added Fodor.
Other notable features include improved seating for ergonomics and comfort, which includes deeper seat configurations for a smoother ride under difficult conditions. A cockpit L-shaped bench seat is well placed and offers cooler storage below. The bow boasts lounge-style seating with foldable armrests, and as part of the Comfort bundle a teak table and filler cushion can be added. The filler cushion can also be converted into a large sunpad.
The helm is equipped with a Dual Digital Dash™ featuring 9″ Simrad® touchscreen displays with Mercury Marine® VesselView® Mobile, Active Trim control & monitoring and CZone® digital switching. As part of the Entertainment bundle, the helm can be enhanced to add an inductive charging station. For optimal stability and performance, the SLX models can also be enhanced with optional Dynamic Running Surface™.
At the transom, an expanded sunpad presents offers great relaxation right at the water’s edge. Storage has been incorporated throughout to create 24 more cubic feet of storage space than previous models, including a cooler or dry storage spot under the transom sunpad, and a transom locker for stowing gear or water toys.
An optional next-generation Power Tower with extended sunshade can provide protection from the elements. The tower can be raised or lowered with the touch of a button, and removable canvas sections can be unzipped to reveal a T-top opening. The Power Tower can also be upgraded with Fusion® Signature Series speakers, part of the Entertainment bundle’s Premier Audio package, and LED RGB-W color changing lighting with a Sea Ray logo projection is available with the Lighting bundle.
You can get complete walkthroughs of both new models in the videos below: