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

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185 Sport
Sea Ray 185 Sport Test Video

The 185 Sport is new for 2004 and is an exciting sportboat. The 185 Sport comes standard with a powerful 135-hp MerCruiser engine and sleek sporty lines. Perfect for watersports or just cruising with friends the 185 Sport offers lots of features that are sure to make you smile.

Key Features

  • Integrated swim platform
  • Limited lifetime warranty on hull and deck
  • Finished fiberglass floor
  • Full sun pad with enclosed storage
  • Six thru-bolted stainless steel cleats
  • Sea Ray Owners Club Membership
  • LCD hourmeter


Sea Ray 185 Sport Specifications
Length Overall 18' 6'' Dry Weight 2,650 lbs.
Beam 7' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 1' 6'' 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 19 degrees Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance 4' 8'' 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 Sport Engine options
Std. Power 1x135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L
Tested Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L
Opt. Power 1x190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L

Sea Ray 185 Sport Photo Gallery

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Fun, Fast, Sporty

The 185 Sport from Sea Ray makes a great entry-level boat for the family looking to be more than average.

Clean Setup

All the controls and gauges at the helm are easily viewable and the position offers a great vantage point when underway.

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Plenty of Storage

The large dash on the 185 Sport houses the CD stereo and you will find even more storage under the dash.

Bow Seating

The seating up forward is comfortable and allows the passenger to layout while underway.

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Optional Seating Plans

The 185 Sport can be outfitted with three different seating plans for your individual needs. This is one of the optional layouts with two aft jump seats and motorbox.

Sea Ray 185 Sport Captain's Report

Tested by Capt. Bob Smith

It was nice to return to Sea Ray corporate headquarters again this year. Last year we had the unfortunate situation of it raining cats and dogs when we were supposed to be testing boats. This year, the rain came and went before I arrived. All we had to do was watch out for the mud on the docks and the trees and branches floating down the river, both on top and below the surface.

Sea Ray had the boats all lined up and ready to rock as we arrived. The 185 Sport was docked alongside its sister ships and subtle differences between them mean you have to pay attention. The 185 Sport makes a great entry-level boat for a couple or small family, because she’s got the space you need with the performance you crave. You get a peppy ride that will keep a smile on your face with a price that doesn’t break the budget.

Engine and Sun Pad

The 185 Sport comes standard with a 3L Alpha I MCM sterndrive, but mine had been bumped up to the 4.3L. The engine compartment is separated by snap covers so you can store life jackets on the starboard side keeping them away from the battery that is mounted on the port side. The hatch becomes a sun pad when closed. Getting over to the swim platform out on the water is going to require you to step up on the bench to cross over the sun pad to the integral swim platform with telescoping three step swim ladder with grab handle. The bench seat is a two piece unit that has large storage areas below.


My test boat had the optional snap in carpet that felt cool to bare feet. A non-skid floor beneath the carpet is standard if you choose to forgo the carpet. Four grab handles are in the cockpit for safety underway and plenty of cup holders for cool beverages are scattered around the boat. The companion seat swivels so you can keep an eye on the skiers or face your guests while chatting at anchor. Between the companion seat and helm is floor storage with a vinyl mat for skis and/or wakeboards. The Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo is mounted in the glove box out of the weather, and has two standard weatherproof speakers. Side pocket storage and integrated armrests are also standard on this model.

At the Wheel

Over at the helm you have a swivel and slide helm seat and tilt steering wheel. A 12v-dc outlet is available to keep the cell phone charged or to power hand held electronic gear. Typical Sea Ray instrumentation is easy to read from any angle at the helm and includes fuel, oil pressure, speedometer, tachometer with LCD hour meter, trim and water temperature gauges. Power tilt and trim on the throttle is easy to work with your thumb while powering out of the hole.

Bow Seating

Up front you have two nice forward facing benches with cup holders for each. Padded sides and grab handles improve comfort underway. The anchor locker is padded to protect the finish. The wraparound windshield has a flip over walkthrough to keep the air off the guests in back when underway. This boat also comes standard with a painted single axle trailer with swing away tongue and swivel jack.


You should be able to handle this boat as easy on the trailer as off. She’s 18 feet 6 inches long and has a beam of 7 feet 6 inches. She weighs in at 2,650 lbs dry and carries 26 gallons of fuel. This means she should be easily towed behind most family cars designed to tow and should fit in the garage or carport of the family home when you swing the tongue after parking. Underway, she carries a deadrise of 19 degrees and can carry up to 1,200 lbs or 7 people. If you tend to bring along a lot of gear or a lot of friends, I would suggest the 4.3L engine option.


This boat was very nimble and managed to miss all the junk in the river during testing and video work. There was plenty of opportunity to test its capacity to turn quickly and she responded with ease. The only time she cavitated was in very tight turns at speed.

I found her best cruise at about 3500 rpms or 34 mph. At this speed, she should be expected to burn about 6.7 gph and get a range of 119 miles. Top speed was about 44.7 mph or 4500 rpms, burning 15.2 gph. At top speed you can expect to go about 69 miles before looking for a gas stations. She leaped up on plane in just 3.9 seconds and passed 30 mph in just 8.2 seconds.

The 185 Sport from Sea Ray makes a great entry-level boat for the family looking to be more than average. She is fast enough to keep the smiles whether just cruising or skiing along on a wakeboard, skis or tube. If you’re looking for a family sportboat that’s easy to handle and delivers a full day of fun on the water, you should take a good look at this 185 Sport.

Sea Ray 185 Sport Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sea Ray 185 Sport is 44.7 mph (71.9 kph), burning 15.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 57.53 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 185 Sport is 34 mph (54.7 kph), and the boat gets 5.11 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.17 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 119 miles (191.51 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Sea Ray 185 Sport Standard and Optional Equipment
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea Ray 185 Sport Warranty

Sea Ray 185 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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