Boat of the Year 2012: Sea Ray 370 Venture

The 370 Venture changes the game and is worthy of our top prize.

Sea Ray 370 Venture
LOA: 37'2"
Beam: 11'3"
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
More Information: searay.com
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler
Sea Ray 370 Venture
Ryan Streveler

Boating's Tech Team tested more than 100 boats in 2012.

In addition to performance data and commentary, Boating boat tests assess how a given boat compares to others in the same category. Robust construction, crisp handling and adherence to American Boat and Yacht Council standards represent important qualities in any boat. But a coastal fishing boat doesn't need a ski boat's hole shot any more than a trailerable runabout needs a generator. When we discover a boat that achieves excellence in construction and design, and also exceeds the mission demands of its class, we have a winner.

Sea Ray's 370 Venture is powered by outboards, cleverly hidden and ingeniously installed. The express cruiser hallmarks of a full-width swim platform, aft lounge and streamlined profile are retained. It offers a quieter ride, more stowage and larger accommodations than similar cruisers do. It possesses better shoal-water ability and diminished corrosion concerns. In short, Sea Ray's 370 Venture represents a category of one. As such, we proclaim it Boating's Boat of the Year.