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Sea Ray 185 Bowrider
(w/ 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI)

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Sea Ray 185 Bowrider
Sea Ray 185 Bowrider
The 185 BR is the quintessential bowrider design. Though her layout is traditional with twin jump seats in the cockpit, her styling and lines are very much contemporary.

Key Features

    The most notable feature of the 185 is its choice of three seating plans: retro with twin back-to-back fold down lounges and jumpseats on either side of the engine box; semi-retro with one lounge and one pedestal helm seat; or contemporary with twin pedestal seats and an aft bench seat. Other key features include a huge insole locker for skis and boards, high-end burl dash, and integral (not bolted on) swim platform. See Detailed Info for more.


Sea Ray 185 Bowrider Specifications
Length Overall 18' 6'' Dry Weight 2,800 lbs.
Beam 7' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 1'' (max) Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 26 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open boat Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) 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 185 Bowrider Engine options
Std. Power 1x190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MCM gas sterndrive
Tested Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI
Opt. Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruise 4.3L MPI

Sea Ray 185 Bowrider Line Drawing


Sea Ray 185 Bowrider Photo Gallery

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Sleek and Sporty

All in all the 185 BR is a class act with enough heft to show your passengers a smooth ride and a great time even in rough lake conditions.

Flexible Seating Plan

Like most bowriders in this class, the 185 has forward-facing lounge seats in the bow for sunning or riding underway.

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Comfortable Helm Seat

Standard is the more contemporary plan featuring two pedestal helm chairs forward of an aft benchseat for three.

Integral Swim Platform

In all cases, we found the integral—not add-on—swim platform plenty long to serve as a good staging area for skiers and boarders, and the three-rung stainless steel ladder makes it easy to get back in

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Bring along family and friends.

The traditional layout gives you three sunlounges in the cockpit, seating for six, and more usable floor space, while the contemporary layout gets you one big sunpad and seating for five.

Good Layout

Sea Ray 185 Bowrider Captain's Report is archived.

Sea Ray 185 Bowrider Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sea Ray 185 Bowrider is 45.6 mph (73.4 kph), burning 15.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 57.15 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 185 Bowrider is 27.7 mph (44.6 kph), and the boat gets 4.85 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.06 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 114 miles (183.47 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Sea Ray 185 Bowrider Standard and Optional Equipment
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea Ray 185 Bowrider Warranty

Sea Ray 185 Bowrider Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure 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.

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Test numbers for this model are archived.