Sea Ray 176 Bowrider
(w/ 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L)


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The 176 is the smallest bowrider in the Sea Ray family. She’s a fast and nimble sportboat that boaters of all ages will have fun with.

Key Features

    The 176 bowrider features a roomy cockpit with dual swiveling bucket seats and dual aft jump seats, and features good in floor storage for waterskis or wakeboards. The helm is comfortable and offers high visibility gauges and illuminated rocker switches. The walkthrough tempered glass windshield is curved for greater protection against the elements. Contact: Sea Ray Boats, Inc., 2600 Sea Ray Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37914, Phone: (866) 244-0862, www.searay.com.

Specifications

Sea Ray 176 Bowrider Specifications
Length Overall 17'6'' Dry Weight 2,100 lbs.
Beam 7'0'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 1'7'' Fuel Cap 21 gal.
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 4'0''
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 176 Bowrider Engine options
Std. Power 1x135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L sterndrive
Tested Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L
Opt. Power Not Available

Sea Ray 176 Bowrider Photo Gallery

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Attractive Bowrider

While it’s the shortest boat in the Sea Ray product line, it is long on quality and features. And with an attractive price, the 176 Bow Rider will allow more people to experience the bow rider lifesty

Easy to handle

The helm boasts a sharp new look with high visibility gauges and illuminated rocker switches.

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Good storage forward

The bow seating is in a molded wrap around design and is very comfortable for your passengers.

Fun to drive and very nimble.

There’s also a unique access port into the engine compartment designed for a fire extinguisher nozzle to spray fire retardant into the engine compartment without lifting the access hatch.

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Sea Ray 176 Bowrider

Sea Ray 176 Bowrider Captain's Report




A Sporty and Economical Ride

Tested by Capt. Matt Barkley

If you’ve been looking for a way to get out on the water without spending a fortune, this boat may be the answer. The new Sea Ray 176 Bow Rider is inexpensive, economical, and it’s a blast to drive!

The Sea Ray 176 Bow Rider is Sea Ray’s newest boat in the Bow Rider family. While it’s the shortest boat in the Sea Ray product line, it is long on quality and features. And with an attractive price, the 176 Bow Rider will allow more people to experience the bowrider lifestyle.

And a fun lifestyle is zipping around the waterways in this sporty little boat. Its size gives it the nimbleness of a jet ski while providing the size and storage of a day boat. And with such nimble steering, even kids can handle this boat with ease.

Seating and Storage

The bow seating is in a molded wraparound design and is very comfortable for your passengers. The curved walk-through tempered glass windshield provides easy access to the cockpit while blocking out the elements. Beneath the seats are storage compartments for gear, towels, or dry clothes. There’s also a canvas cover available for chilly days that encloses the front seating area. Other standard features include a JVC AM/FM/CD player with two speakers, custom steering wheel, power trim and tilt, and full dash instrumentation.

Behind the Wheel

The helm boasts a sharp new look with high visibility gauges and illuminated rocker switches. Dual swiveling buckets seats come standard and there’s a locking glove box just in front of the observer’s seat just above the molded drink holder.

The cockpit is very roomy thanks to the dual swiveling bucket seats and dual aft jump seats. There’s also a huge floor storage compartment that easily holds skis, wakeboards, and other large, bulky items that are essential for a fun day on the water.

The Engine

MerCruiser really puts a lot of thought into the placement of key engine maintenance items like the oil fill, dipstick, and the coolant reservoir. You do it yourselfers will appreciate the ease of access. The 3.0L MerCruiser also features a T-handle for flushing and draining the exhaust manifold….something that should significantly extend the life of the motor. There’s also a unique access port into the engine compartment designed for a fire extinguisher nozzle to spray fire retardant into the engine compartment without lifting the access hatch.

Our test vessel featured a MerCruiser 3.0 liter 135-hp engine coupled to an Alpha 1 outdrive. That’s plenty of power to pull a skier out of the water and the performance is impressive as well.

Performance and Ride

The boat really jumps up on plane with little or no cavitation. This is a fun boat to drive with very nimble power assisted steering and great agility through tight turns and rough water. Her 17’6” length and 7’0” beam enhance the ride while keeping the boat compact and easy to handle.

Out on the test track the 176 produced some pretty good numbers. We got a top speed of 44.3 mph turning 4900 RPM and a best cruise of 17.2 mph at 2500 rpm. At that speed we got a range of 180 miles on a single tank. The 176 is powerful as well with a time to plane of only 3.4 seconds and a 0-30 time of 7.9 seconds.

The Sea Ray 176 Bow Rider is a fun peppy little bow rider, that’s inexpensive, and easy to run. Don’t be surprised to see more and more of these great entry level boats speeding around your local waters.

For more information visit www.searay.com.

Sea Ray 176 Bowrider Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sea Ray 176 Bowrider is 44.3 mph (71.3 kph), burning 10.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 41.26 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 176 Bowrider is 17.2 mph (27.7 kph), and the boat gets 9.53 miles per gallon (mpg) or 4.05 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 180 miles (289.68 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 176 Bowrider Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Camper Back Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea Ray 176 Bowrider Warranty

Sea Ray 176 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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