Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-)
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Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-)
Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-)

Key Features

  • Standard bridge refrigerator
  • Molded fiberglass bridge stairs
  • Twin thigh-rise helm chairs with up/down feature
  • Sirius Satellite Receiver with antenna
  • High water bilge pump and alert system at helm
  • Master and port staterooms, with 20" LCD flatscreen TVs
  • Wood flooring in galley and dinette
  • Two full heads with separate showers
  • Fiberglass hardtop with 20 x 20 hatch and electronics box
  • Potable water manifold system with individual system shutoff valves
  • Sea Ray Owners Club™ membership
  • Bridge isenglass enclosure with u-zips

Specifications

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Specifications
Length Overall 57'1'' / 17.4 m Dry Weight 40,267 lbs / 18,265 kg
Beam 15'3'' / 4.65 m Tested Weight N/A
Draft 51'' / 130 cm Fuel Cap 500 gal / 1,892 L
Deadrise/Transom 15 deg. Water Cap 140 gal / 530 L
Max Headroom N/A Bridge Clearance 20' 2''
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 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 765-hp Cummins MerCruiser QSM-11 Diesels w/ETS
Tested Power This model has not been tested
Opt. Power 2 x 765-hp MAN T-R6-800 CRM Diesels

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Line Drawing

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Photo Gallery

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Hardtop Isenglass enclosure w/optional bridge AC.

Comfortable 3 stateroom layout with 2 heads.

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Fiberglass hardtop with 20 x 20 hatch.

Cockpit: Self-Bailing, w/Gas-Assisted Engine Hatch

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High-Gloss Veneer, Light Cherry or Dark Cherry

Solid wood dinette tabletop.

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Fully equipped galley with Sub Zero.

Innerspring mattress in port stateroom.

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Good lighting and plenty of storage for gear.

Two full heads with separate showers.

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Captain's Report

With a well-built boat in the 50-foot range most people can go pretty much anywhere they want to go in North America or the Med, and the Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge because of its 300+ mile range is no exception. In fact, owners of “expedition-type” boats in the mid-40-foot size range are now fairly regularly going across the Atlantic. The Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge is not made for that, but it illustrates the point that well-built powerboats in the hands of knowledgeable and experienced yachtsmen, can enjoy fairly adventuresome cruising these days.

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge

Getting three staterooms in a boat this size is not easy, but Sea Ray has done it. The washer/dryer goes in a compartment under the galley sole which is just to starboard of the VIP cabin.

As most people know, Sea Ray is the largest builder of fiberglass power boats in the world. That gives the company a lot of advantages. One of them is that because they build so many more units than any other builder, they get much more owner feedback than any other builder. And Sea Ray changes their models with alacrity, particularly when they discover major improvements can be made.

Many enhancements have been made to this boat over the years and they include enlarging the 3rd stateroom and its bunks to accommodate a 6’ person or larger, walk-in access to the washer and dryer with added storage, enlarged galley with increased storage, and adding 23” to the length of cockpit to add “L” shaped seating, wet bar with grill and refrigerator. You see the larger cockpit in the photo below.

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge

Wood soles come standard in the galley and under the dinette to port. The engine room is accessed through the hatch in the cockpit. This is just one of three optional cockpit layouts available. Check Sea Ray’s website for the other two.

Reader Feedback

We checked our “Owners’ Reports” for Sea Ray to see if we had one on the 52 Sedan Bridge. We did not. However, one reader had taken the time to report on their 48 Sedan Bridge which they had used for over 250 hours before writing us. So while it is not the same boat, it is a near relative and we feel some of the comments are worth passing along. Our reader, W.B. from Lake Forest, Illinois, said in part, “It’s really a dream boat. Just the perfect size for the Great Lakes…it handles well in 6-8-foot seas.”

Evidently this Sea Ray owner had been used to express cruisers and had liked the enhanced visibility that a flying bridge gives the helmsman. Listen: “I’m not sure we will move away from a sedan bridge again because it makes docking easy.” (To see the complete “Owner’s Report” , click here.

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge

We think that this is as nice a layout as you will find in class on a flying bridge. Not only is there comfortable seating for a large party with refer, sink and counter, but there is also a fiberglass stairway to the bridge which is far easier to climb than a vertical ladder seen on most convertibles.

Back to the Basics

As we always point out, the basic specs of a boat should be checked and, often, the most defining one is the boat’s displacement. In the case of the 52, it is 42,000 lbs. Her beam is 15’3”, which is also an important number as it will help better define the interior space, stability, as well as speed and fuel consumption. Most 50’ sportfishing convertibles are from 48,000 lbs. to 65,000 lbs. displacement because of their beam, heft and heavy, high-horsepower diesel engines designed to make them go over 40 knots.

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge

Sea Ray offers three different cockpit variations to fit your lifestyle and needs. This one has wet bar, grill and “L” seating. Note courtesy lights on the steps to the bridge and canvas awning on the aft end of the bridge deck. Hey, there are even rod holders! We recommend putting teak treads or some other nonskid on the fiberglass steps.

By comparison, the Sea Ray 52 is relatively light. She has a solid fiberglass bottom and balsa core is used in the superstructure to save weight. Because she doesn’t have to reach the arbitrary 40 knots required by tournament fishermen who want bragging rights, her engines can be smaller and turn in a respectable speed. Also, because the Sea Ray 52 is descended from a long line of express cruisers (the famous Sundancers) her beam is anywhere from 3” to a foot narrower than most convertibles in the same size range. This saves a lot of weight and makes the boat easier to push.

The 52 Sedan Bridge is powered by CMD QSM-11 ETS 765-hp diesels as standard. We have not tested the boat, nor have we put one of our captains on the boat for a thorough inspection and Captain’s Report with video.

Cruising Boat Types

These days when buying a cruising boat in this size range consumers have four basic types, for the most part, from which to choose: express cruisers, convertibles, sedans, and long range cruisers. The primary difference between convertibles and sedans is in the cockpit. A sedan’s cockpit is relatively short fore-and-aft because it is not made to accommodate a fighting chair, nor any of the attendant equipment like bait wells, fish boxes, bait prep counters, bait freezers, etc.

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge

Sea Ray has gotten a lot in this 52’ boat. There is a strong emphasis on entertaining venues and comfortable seating. This cabin is bright and airy, unlike many convertibles.

It is interesting that Sea Ray does offer an optional fish box. If you are intent on making this boat a little more fishy it can probably be done with some dealer modifications. Interestingly, we are seeing more and more convertibles along the dock these days without fighting chairs, which must mean they are used for light tackle fishing or primarily for cruising.

Go For the Bridge

By having a flying bridge, the helm can be eliminated from the main cabin, as Sea Ray has done, which opens this area up for a large galley, settee and entertaining area. On the flying bridge you have yet another entertaining area as well as plenty of room for all of the electronics needed and a companion seat next to the helmsman. The 52 comes standard with cruising canvas for the bridge which means that this boat can be used both early and late in the seasons as well as in driving rain. The builder also offers optional air conditioning on the bridge. (We suggest you have it installed as it also becomes a heating system.)

Also, the incremental cost of a flying bridge over a hardtop express is well-worth the up charge when you figure in the incredible increase in utility and living space.

Bite the Bullet

As everyone knows now is the time to buy nearly any big ticket item, including new boats. Sea Ray is famous for not being shy about discounts and now is probably the best time to find out just how generous it can be.

As we have said before, once the current inventory overhang is sold off, competition will be reduced and prices will rise. In the case of large boats like the 52 Sedan Bridge, in the future many builders will only be building large boats to order. What do you think your chances will be to get a deep discount then?



Standard and Optional Equipment

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Standard
Fishfinder Optional
GPS/Chart Standard
Radar Standard
VHF Radio Standard
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard Sony: 12V AM/FM Single CD
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 Optional
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Hardtop Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Camper Back Standard Aft Curtain
Full Canvas Optional Hardtop Enclosure
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Bow Thruster Standard
Fuel Transfer Standard
Freezer Standard
Generator Standard
Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
Oil Change System Standard
Vacuum Optional
Washer/Dryer Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Warranty

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) 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.
Hull Warranty
Years 5-Year
Transferable Yes
Deck Warranty
Years 5-Year
Transferable Yes
Engine Warranty
Years Per Engine Manufacturer
Powertrain Warranty
Years Per Engine Manufacturer
Accessories Warranty
Years 1-Year or per Manufacturer's Warranty
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes
Other Certification USCG Certified

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Price

Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Price
Pricing Range $1,271,223.00
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.


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