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The 550DA is the largest Sundancer in the Sea Ray fleet. This yacht combines a two-stateroom, two head layout with an absoulutely cavernous saloon and very exciting performance.

Key Features

    Key features include tremendous separation bewteen the two staterooms, a huge saloon, optional electrically raised swim platform, and an electrically actuated aft bench that slides forward and down to create a sunpad big enough for three adults. View from the helm is virtually unrestricted. The galley is sleek-looking and features an under counter refrigerator/freezer, three-burner cooktop, convection/microwave and good storage space. The master stateroom features a queen-size berth, entertainment system, cedar-lined closets, and private head. The forward VIP stateroom also has a queen-size berth, and private head. Contact Sea Ray Boats, Inc., 2600 Sea Ray Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37914, Phone (866) 244-0862, www.searay.com

Specifications

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Specifications
Length Overall 57' 8'' Dry Weight 39,000 lbs.
Beam 15' 11'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 10'' Fuel Cap 600 gal.
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 150 gal.
Max Headroom 6'8'' Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Engine options
Std. Power 2x630-hp Cummins QSM 11 diesels
Tested Power 2 x 800-hp MAN D2848LE 403 diesels
Opt. Power 2x800-hp MAN D2848 LE 403 inboard diesels

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Line Drawing

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Photo Gallery

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Sea Ray 550 Sundancer

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer

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Sea Ray 550 Sundancer

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer

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Sea Ray 550 Sundancer

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Captain's Report

The Sundancer line of express cruisers is the most popular in the world by far, and the new 550 continues the tradition by taking the two-stateroom, two-head layout almost to the extreme.

The cockpit on the 550DA is so big you can have two totally separate conversation groups going on, while everyone can join in for alfresco dining. There's no need to run down to the galley, either, as the wetbar comes complete with sink, icemaker, and fridge.

We especially liked the aft benchseat that slides forward and down at the push of a button to create a huge sunpad. And, the optional electric swim platform lowers to about 1 foot underwater so its an easy task to ride your PWC right into the chocks, then by using the waterproof handheld controller you can actually raise your PWC up out of the water, all before coming into the cockpit.

Typically, Sundancers are designed to hit a top speed of about 35 mph and generally provide a very stable but unexciting ride for cruising families. But not here. Powered by a pair of 800-hp MAN diesels, the 550DA carves exhilerating turns, and she gets up on plane in just 8 seconds! This is an amazing performance for a yacht of this size.

While we appreciated all the power in the MAN diesels and the fact they provide a cruising range of nearly 400 miles at best cruise, be advised that while engine access is easy through a hatch in the cockpit, the width of the MAN's make the engine room space seem somewhat cramped on the centerline. Against that, all fluid checks are easily reached and the hatch is positioned aft so you can check the status of your bilge in two seconds by simply looking down into the engine space.

Overall, we can see why Sea Ray kept the hull of the 540DA--performance--while at the same time incorporating a number of new features that its customers requested.

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sea Ray 550 Sundancer is 39.5 MPH (63.6 KPH), burning 93.6 gallons per hour (GPH) or 354.28 liters per hour (LPH).

  • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 550 Sundancer is 22.4 MPH (36 KPH), and the boat gets 0.73 miles per gallon (MPG) or 0.31 kilometers per liter (KPL), giving the boat a cruising range of 392 miles (630.86 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 800-hp MAN D2848LE 403 diesels.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Optional
Radar Optional
VHF Radio Standard
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Galley
Coffeemaker Standard
Icemaker Standard
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Arch: Electronics Standard
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Hardtop Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Bow Thruster Standard
Engine Synchronizer Standard
Fuel Transfer Standard
Freezer Standard
Generator Standard
Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
Oil Change System Standard
Vacuum Standard
Washer/Dryer Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Warranty

Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to insure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 2 x 800-hp MAN D2848LE 403 diesels
  Range  
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
600 7.5 6.5 3.2 2.3 2.0 1257 1093 2023 12.10 12.11 0.99 67
1000 10.8 9.3 11.6 0.9 0.8 500 435 805 17.40 43.91 0.40 72
1250 13.5 11.7 23.0 0.6 0.5 317 276 510 21.70 87.06 0.25 78
1500 22.4 19.4 30.8 0.7 0.6 392 341 631 36.00 116.59 0.31 78
1750 28.0 24.3 43.6 0.6 0.6 346 301 557 45.10 165.04 0.27 81
2000 33.0 28.7 56.2 0.6 0.5 317 285 510 53.10 212.74 0.25 85
2250 38.0 33.0 75.4 0.5 0.4 272 236 438 61.20 285.42 0.21 86
2350 39.5 34.3 93.6 0.5 0.4 255 222 410 63.60 354.31 0.20 86

All fuel consumption numbers is the total are for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 2 x 800-hp MAN D2848LE 403 diesels
Time To Plane 8.4 seconds
0 to 30 15.9 seconds
Test Power 2 x 800-hp MAN D2848LE 403 diesels
Transmission ZF
Ratio 1.73:1
Props 28x35 4-blade nibral
Load 6 persons, 1/4 fuel, 3/4 water, min. gear
Climate 63 deg., 69% humid., wind: 10-15 knots; seas: 1-2 feet