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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
The 510 Sundancer’s layout pleased me as much as its handling. It delivers unimpeded pedestrian traffic paths from the cockpit to the helm deck thanks to the sole being a single level. Lines of conversation are also unimpeded fore and aft and down into the sunroom created by the atrium and the multitude of hull-side windows, thanks to the wide, glass aft sliding door. Another boat with a sociable layout and atrium is Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius ($1,022,150 with twin 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesel pods). Also check Beneteau’s Gran Turismo 49 ($792,710, also with IPS 600s).
In fact, though it’s three steps down to the hydraulic swim platform, I was tall enough to make eye contact from there with a crewmate standing in the companionway. Up into the cockpit, I discovered a six-person lounge and stowable table allowing for alfresco entertaining. These convert to a sun pad lickety-split. Stowage within is accessed via hinged cushions riding on gas struts for hands-free access.
Going forward, I noted sturdy grab rails along the side decks. It also warmed this captain’s heart to see a proper chain stop securing the anchor rode. Too many boatbuilders rely on the windlass alone to hold the ground tackle.
Through the slider and under the hardtop you enter what Sea Ray terms “the sunroom.” This enclosed helm deck offers plush Ultraleather seating, a wet bar with ice maker, and a table for dining. With the sunroof and integral glass windshield with venting wing glass, it also offers climate control and a panoramic seascape. I took note of the multitude of stowage cubbies worked into the furnishings.
Step through a centerline companionway down into the cabin. To starboard is the atrium lounge, which slides open and creates a berth. Opposite is the galley, with its bull-nose, faux-stone, L-shaped counter and all the accouterments including a vent fan.
There’s walk-in access to the full-beam master stateroom aft. It’s luxuriously appointed with a private head en suite, cedar-lined lockers, end tables, a full-length mirror and room to mill about.
Forward, the guest stateroom boasts an electrically reclining island berth, private access to the day head and plenty of stowage. The lattice-style headboard is indicative of the designer decor.
If you’re shopping for a big, coupe-style express boat, you owe yourself a look at the new Sea Ray 510 Sundancer.