Sea Ray 250 SLX: Big Bowrider With Built-In Quiet

The Sea Ray 250 SLX was introduced early in 2012 and promptly won an NMMA Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show. The boat has continued to stir up interest ever since. Not only is it an impressive design and attractive package in the most competitive segment of the powerboat market, but it’s a good example of  Sea Ray’s commitment to eliminating the squeaks, crackles, scrapes, and bangs that can grate on the nerves of boat owners and their guests.

Nice lines, good layout, and quiet ride -- a winning combination in the Sea Ray 250 SLX.

Nice lines, good layout, and quiet ride — a winning combination in the Sea Ray 250 SLX.

Boats aren’t cheap, but they’re often built without the same regard for fit, finish, and integrity of structural detail that the best car manufacturers put into their products. It’s good to see the company bringing that commitment to bear even on the smaller boats in their lineup.

Note the rattle-eliminating gasket on the head compartment door.

Note the rattle-eliminating gasket on the head compartment door.

The program itself is called Quiet Ride Technology. It involves several approaches, some of which aren’t too fancy – like the addition of high-quality gaskets to locker and compartment lids that might otherwise vibrate and clatter with vibration, or acoustic foam to help block engine noise.  More interesting is the attack on vibration itself, with a focus on improving traditional construction techniques. An example is what Sea Ray calls their Tuned Transom. The builder uses a composite of wood sandwich around a rigid sound-deadening material to prevent vibrations from the engine and drive train from working their way forward into the other structures of the boat.

All this attention to detail gives this 26’6″ bowrider a solid, comfortable feel. With the standard MerCruiser 350 engine and Bravo III drive, the boat moves out, with a top speed of 44 mph. It has a big, well-considered cockpit with a galley area, walk-through windshield, plenty of locker space, and even a fairly roomy head compartment in the passenger-side console.

There's lots of living space in the cockpit of the 250 SLX, with easy passage to the bow.

There’s lots of living space in the cockpit of the 250 SLX, with easy passage to the bow.

For a full review of the 250 SLX, read Hear the Hush: Sea Ray 250 SLX With Quiet Ride Technology by Charles Plueddeman at boats.com. And have a closer look at the boat in this YouTube video:

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