Putting on the Ritz
I could write prosaically about the ease with which service can be performed in the 47 Sedan Bridge's engine room. Type enthusiastically about the serviceability of the shower sumps. I could offer kudos for excellent chafe protection and electrical bonding. I could suggest you note that all hardware-latches, catches, drawer pulls, door handles, hi-hat trim rings, and so forth-match and are custom-made for Sea Ray by Southco. But to discover the beating heart of this boat's mission, I direct you to the master stateroom. One of three staterooms and containing one of the boat's two heads, it truly tells this boat's tale.
Stroke the solid hardwood, raised-panel door, feel the heft of its handle, and step through. The berth, a residential-height queen, installed catty-corner, is bathed in indirect violet, the light filtering through the colored, radiused, opaque panels that serve as a headboard. There's a full-length, chisel-edged mirror. Deep gloss is the cabinetry's signature. Feel the deep pile carpet beneath your feet and appreciate the real tile tickling your toes in the private head. In the shower stall, a faux-stone shield serves as a mounting board for the designer faucet and knobs.
Comparison shopping the 47 Sedan Bridge, with its combination of luxury and function, is tough. One contender? Fairline's Phantom 48 ($1,248,000 with twin 575-bhp Volvo Penta D9 diesels) comes with a standard lower helm, and, being lighter, tops out at 36 mph. Take 'em both for a ride.
Extra Point: A clip, located beside the head discharge seacock, makes it easy to secure the fitting closed and comply with Coast Guard regulations.