Sea Ray 180 Sport
(w/ 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L)

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180 Sport
Sea Ray 180 Sport Test Video

Sea Ray’s new 180 Sport is an 18ft sport boat that packs a lot of punch. She features three seating plans for the interior setup and comes with a MerCruiser engine package. The list of standard features include a swim platform, and plenty of storage for all of your wakeboards and skis. With her sleek styling and convenient arrangements you can spend the whole day on the water in comfort.

Key Features

  • Limited lifetime warranty on hull and deck
  • Finished fiberglass floor and stringer system
  • LCD hourmeter in tachometer
  • Power-assisted steering Clamshell motorbox with two gas-assist lifts
  • Matching trailer with swing-away tongue


Sea Ray 180 Sport Specifications
Length Overall 17' 6'' Dry Weight 2,100 lbs.
Beam 7' 0'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 35'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 21 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom 19 degrees Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open 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 180 Sport Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L
Tested Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L
Opt. Power Not Available

Sea Ray 180 Sport Photo Gallery

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A Fun Package

Handling was excellent during the slalom test as the boat provided a confident, sure-footed grip on the water.

Ergonomic Helm Design

The helm on the 180 Sport features many standard features such as the tilt wheel, large viewable gauges, and LCD hour hourmeter.

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Comfortable Seating

The 180 Sport features comfortable seating for passenger and driver alike. The cockpit is protected by a large dash and windshield. Over to port is where you will also find the stereo and glove box.

Fun Up Forward

The large wrap around seating up front allows for several people to enjoy the wind in their face excitement.

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Watersports Galore

The stern of the 180 Sport is perfect for staging watersports or if you go with the sun pad option just relaxing.

Power To Spare

The 180 Sport is outfitted with a MerCruiser engine and provides all the power you need.

Sea Ray 180 Sport Captain's Report

Tested by Capt. Ron Svoboda

If I had to describe Sea Ray's 180 Sport in three words or less, I would say, fun, fun, fun! Sure, small boats are supposed to be fun. Yet when the right combination of power and handling come together in a package that makes a seasoned captain giggle like a five-year old, then you know that you’ve got something special.

With a name like Sport, you may think that this little boat has a high output engine to propel it into the fun zone. On the contrary, when I lifted the 180’s manual hatch, I was surprised to find a little four-banger coupled to an Alpha one stern drive. This set-up may be a bit antiquated, but it certainly is reliable and efficient.


Acceleration from a dead stop was surprising; as was the punch from cruise speed to wide-open throttle. Handling was excellent during the slalom test as the boat provided a confident, sure-footed grip on the water. The most surprising attributes of this boat was how well she handled crossing the wake of a big boat. To perform this test, I waited until a wide beamed, thirty-something cruiser went by, then I prepared myself by getting up to cruise speed with one hand on the wheel and one hand on my kidneys and then launched off the hefty wake. Most boats under 10 meters rarely do well under this test, yet the 180 not only sliced through the junk, but offered a soft landing.

Pros and Cons

There are some compromises that come from a simple and light weight boat. One of them is noise, and the other space. Since this vessel is built with minimal sound deadening material, you hear the water as it slaps the hull. Additionally, the engine growl is reminiscing of an old Ford pick-up truck. This can be drowned out though, depending on how loud you and your guests laugh as you carve up the waterways. As far as space is concerned, the 180 is best suited to a small group. Moving about the boat can be a bit precarious as with most small crafts. Nonetheless, there is plenty of seating in the cockpit, as well as the bow. Storage is a bit limited, predominately to the aft where you will find space under the aft bench seat along with wet storage bins under the engine hatch on both the port and starboard sides.

Behind the Wheel

At the helm is a simple and straightforward layout of switches and instrumentation. Dual bucket seats make up the seating accommodations for the captain and companion. The seats swivel and adjust for and aft, but people with long legs will find the seated position rather low. On the port side, the companion seat has access to a glove box and a handy, self-draining cooler that is built into the dash. Centrally located in the sole of the cockpit is a self-draining ski locker that is large enough for a wakeboard or two. At the stern of the 180 is a roomy swim platform with folding boarding ladder, and tow eye for pulling skiers and other water toys.

So if you are in the market for an entry level, open bow runabout, we understand how many choices you have to choose from. And even though the task can be mind boggling at times, don’t forget to have fun with it.

Sea Ray 180 Sport Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sea Ray 180 Sport is 43.3 mph (69.7 kph), burning 10.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 38.61 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 180 Sport is 23 mph (37 kph), and the boat gets 5.54 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.36 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 105 miles (168.98 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Sea Ray 180 Sport Standard and Optional Equipment
CD Stereo Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea Ray 180 Sport Warranty

Sea Ray 180 Sport Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While 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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