Sea Ray 250 Sundancer

Your countdown to fun.

Open space is always at a premium on single-engine cruisers, particularly in the cockpit, so Sea Ray essentially enlarged the new 250 Sundancer's cockpit by reducing the size of the wetbar. Smart move. By making the refreshment center more compact, Sea Ray vastly improved the flow from the transom gate to the helm compared to the old 240 Sundancer.

The cockpit in the 250 Sundancer is less cluttered overall, too. Sea Ray did away with the small jump seats on each side and the table that swung out of the lounge backrest. Even though I have two small kids, I applaud the change-I'd rather have more passenger space on a real lounge. I also appreciated the long portside lounge with its adjustable backrest that lets you recline. There's plenty of stowage in the base, plus a dedicated spot for a cooler. And the helm seat swivels, so the skipper can get in on the fun.

With the seat in the forward position, the skipper will have plenty of fun driving the 250 Sundancer, too. The boat is versatile with plenty of punch out of the hole for skiing or boarding as well as the agility you need to quickly retrieve fallen tubers. The driver's position is comfortable and the helm has a tanned-out finish to reduce glare, plus there's a space-saving multifunction cluster gauge.

Once you've backed into the slip at the end of the day and want to relax, all the utility hookups and freshwater connections are in a handy transom locker. Then you can head belowdecks, where you'll find a surprisingly inviting midcabin (I'm a bit claustrophobic and I felt comfortable). As in the cockpit, Sea Ray took a less-is-more approach in the head, which had a smaller sink cabinet to provide more move-around space. Forward in the bow, the V-shaped lounge converts to a large berth that's more than 6' down the center. Hey, the 250 Sundancer even has space for all your toes.

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