Please come back tomorrow and vote again
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Draft (max): 3'0"
Displacement (approx.): 15,432 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 18 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 12'9"
Max Cabin Headroom (when applicable): 6'5"
Fuel Capacity: 200 gal.
Max Horsepower: 600
Available Power: Twin Verado 300 hp outboard motors
As surely as wind dictates sea state, propulsion drives a boat’s layout and utility. That’s one reason some boaters decry many boats as being the same. In any given category, most boats utilize the same type of engines: Center-consoles have outboards, go-fasts have sterndrives, and midsize express cruisers feature some iteration of inboard power plant, be it V-drive, pod, sterndrive or straight shaft. But some boats break the mold.
Check out this test of Sea Ray’s 370 Venture. It’s an express cruiser powered by twin Mercury Verado 300 hp outboards. This seemingly incongruous marriage results in a cruiser with some remarkable traits and abilities.
Outboard engines represent the quietest marine propulsion available, and under way, the 370 Venture proved to be the quietest express cruiser I’ve been aboard during more than two decades of testing boats. At 30 mph, it delivered a hushed 74 decibels (dbA), about 10 dbA quieter than other express cruisers of its size — including other Sea Rays, according to our database. For reference, the human ear perceives an increase of 10 dbA as twice as loud.
Outboard power also dramatically affected the 370 Venture’s accommodation plan. Belowdecks, Sea Ray incorporated a master stateroom that extends for the full beam width of the boat. Topside, the cockpit is some five feet longer, as measured between the helm and the aft lounge, than you’ll find aboard traditionally powered cruisers of similar size. Without a pair of V-8s residing below, as aboard inboard-powered craft, and without engines beneath the cockpit sole, as they’d be aboard sterndrives, V-drives or pod-powered craft, the “engine room” bulkhead could be moved aft a bit, increasing the space available in the cabin. And of course, since the engines don’t require access from inside the cockpit, it was a no-brainer to push the aft lounge back and create the wide-open spaces the 370 Venture delivers topside.
With the space under the cockpit devoid of heavy iron, access to equipment like the water heater, generator ($16,500) and standard reverse-cycle air conditioning is wonderful. Mechanics at your yard will fight over the work order to service or winterize this boat’s systems.