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Sea Ray 510 Sundancer
Draft (max): 4'1"
Displacement (approx.): 43,700 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 19 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 14' 3/4" (top of mast)
Max Cabin Headroom: 12'0"
Fuel Capacity: 400 gal.
Max Horsepower: 1,186
Available Power: Twin Cummins QSC diesel V-drives up to 1,186 hp; twin Zeus pod drives up to 1,086 hp
I tested the 510 Sundancer loaded with full tanks and a crew of nine. The DTS controls offer effortless shifting, protection against high-rpm gear reversals and single-lever operation. Clearing the no-wake zone, I put the lever down. The boat responded briskly, attaining plane without undue inclination, and delivered a satisfying surge as the turbos kicked in.
Visibility from the helm is outstanding, even close aboard the starboard side aft, where the hardtops of many coupes create a blind spot. The 510 maneuvers with no detectable lag between input at the wheel and the bow coming around. Back at the dock, I spun and backed the 510 ’Dancer into her slip, the large props providing the torque required for confident control. Pod drives get loads of accolades but a shaft-driven boat like the 510 Sundancer I tested proves for certain that inboards are far from dead.
The 510 Sundancer is available with twin 543 hp Zeus pods for an additional $75,000, which may net you a faster, more efficient boat and joystick control, and cost you an inch more draft. The boat weighs 400 pounds less with Zeus.