HOME MATTERS. The cornerstone of the 500 Sundancer's accommodation plan is open, common areas with undefined traffic patterns. This negates cutting the boat into areas of specific purpose. Thus, the helm deck and cockpit meld but can be distinguished by a crescent-shaped pedestal for serving snacks. Two settees, one aft and one along the starboard side, are plush and deep, include stowage, and seat 8 to 10 people. A movable, high-low table is standard. The wetbar, stretched along the inwale leading to the companionway, is signature Sea Ray. It has a grabrail, icemaker, and the genset gauges. Boarding steps aid in gaining the sidedecks. Girded by a thigh-high railing, the otherwise wide walkways are pinched to 6" in width at the windshield. Use the sturdy grabrail provided. Forward, stick your head in the anchor locker. Note the back plating for deck hardware. Unfortunately, I also spied windlass electrical terminations that weren't sealed and in which exposed wire was visible behind the sleeve. Anchor lockers are wet, and exposed wire in them is unacceptable.