Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-)
(w/ 2 x 1150-hp CAT C18 ACERT)

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The L650 Fly was intended to be the "best of the best" of what Sea Ray is capable of. She has premium upholstery, woodwork, and hardware that Sea Ray feels is all state-of-the-art and will allow her to compete directly against top-tier boats in class. Make no mistake about it, Sea Ray management is aiming at the top boats in class in terms of styling, quality, performance and market appeal.

Key Features

  • Foredeck recessed seating with sun pad
  • Aft U-Shaped seating with storage on bridge
  • Aft and forward fiberglass table on bridge
  • Wet bar with sink, faucet and solid-surface countertop on bridge
  • Individual full sized washer and dryer
  • Salon opposing sofa seating with storage
  • Dinette table with high-gloss wood surface
  • Queen-sized innerspring mattress with pillows, sheets, coordinated spreads, and storage
  • Power steering with tilt wheel
  • Standard autopilot, GPS/chartplotter, and VHF radio

Specifications

Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-) Specifications
Length Overall 65' 1''
19.84 m
Dry Weight 78,500 lbs.
35,607 kg
Beam 17' 2''
5.23 m
Tested Weight 86,075 lbs.
39,043 kg
Draft 63''
160 cm
Fuel Cap 1,030 gal.
3,899 L
Deadrise/Transom 16-deg. Water Cap 280 gal.
1,060 L
Max Headroom N/A Bridge Clearance 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 L650 Fly (2015-) Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 1150-hp Caterpillar C-18A 4-stroke
Tested Power 2 x 1150-hp CAT C18 ACERT
Opt. Power Not Available

Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-) Captain's Report

Mission Statement

The L650 Fly was designed to be the "best of the best" of what Sea Ray is capable of. She has premium upholstery, woodwork, and hardware that Sea Ray feels is all state-of-the-art and will allow her to compete directly against top-tier boats in class. Make no mistake about it, Sea Ray management is aiming at the top boats in class in terms of styling, quality, performance and market appeal. The L650 Fly is to serve as a sterling representative the company's new L-Class ("L" for Luxury), a fresh series of premium yacht designs.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Externally, it’s easy to spot the characteristic Sea Ray lines and curves of the L650 Fly.

It Starts With Engineering

The L650 Fly is the first Sea Ray boat to ever be built to a CE Category "A", Ocean, standard. This rating indicates that the vessel should be able to operate in the sea states with wave heights greater than 13’ (4 m +) and winds greater than 8 mph on the Beaufort scale (35-40 kts).

We can see evidence of this engineering in places on deck. For example, the side decks are designed to channel any shipped water directly overboard, rather than back into the aft cockpit. The aft deck has grates separating its deck from that of the main salon as required by CE standards, and underneath, while we couldn’t access them to measure, it appeared that the drains leading overboard were at least 6” (15 cm).

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Multiple lifting strakes and a hard chine lead to a wide flared bow for buoyancy and a dry ride.

Distinguishing Features

SeaKeeper Gyro Stabilizers. Two SeaKeeper Gyro Stabilizers come standard with the L650. In a test conducted by BoatTEST.com several years ago we found that one SeaKeeper gyro dampened roll about 50% in a 50' motoryacht. Two should be even more powerful. This creates a huge difference in the boat's riding comfort both underway and at rest. These two units are probably the second most expensive items of equipment after the main engines.

27.5-kW Generator. Because of the bow draw of the gyros, plus the demands of the 90,000 BTUs of standard air conditioning a larger than normal Onan generator is standard.

NiCad Battery System. The L650 has just four large NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries which have a high discharge rate delivering more power faster than conventional wet batteries. They are also quite expensive.

Stunning Appointments. Even a cursory look at the L650 Fly makes it clear that this yacht has more than a “wow” factor, it’s simply in a whole new level for Sea Ray.

Bow Social Area. Behind the sun pad is an oval seating area with an optional side mount pedestal table that is accessible from both sides of the foredeck. The forward seats have seatbacks that elevate from the sun pad. And the whole area can be protected with the addition of an optional shade system. An optional stereo will add even more to the areas relaxing atmosphere.

Bow and Stern Thrusters. With these two thrusts and the boat's large inboard props, docking, even in a cross-current should be a non-issue.

Washer and Dryer. Individual washer and dryer units come standard and these are much preferable to the combo units on the market.

Dual Stidd Helm Seats. Stidd helm chairs are the most expensive on the market, seem to have all the options included, such as arm rests and height adjustments, and are comfortable.

Galley Up and Forward. The trend lately in virtually every large boat we have seen has been to put the galley up and aft. Sea Ray has gone with a more conventional forward location, but has opened up the galley, putting refrigerator and freezer drawers below the counters. By eliminating any galley bulkheads, Sea Ray has kept the whole inside of the main deck unobstructed and open -- just the way more people like it these days. It also lends the galley as a main part of the social zones in this open layout deck.

Standard Lower Helm. Quite often when a boat has a flying bridge, the builder uses that as an excuse to eliminate the lower helm in an attempt to squeeze more features into the main deck. Not so with the L650 Fly. Here we have a standard lower helm station. This frees up the flying bridge from being wrapped in isinglass for all weather operations, which in our opinion, completely destroys the sleek looks of a boat.

European-Style Flying Bridge. Forward of the port-side helm are convertible chaise loungers that can be made into seats or a huge sun pad. This is a departure for an American builder and signals that this boat is also intended for European customers. The aft deck of the flying bridge is used for entertaining, with a wet bar and U-shaped seating. Tender handling has been relegated to the extended stern platform.

Two Tables on Flying Bridge. We rarely see two dining tables on the flying bridge of any size boat, but here it is on the L650. This certainly makes the bridge cocktail party-friendly. Having a second table in the starboard position next to the helm allows the guest to continue to enjoy the ambiance, and meals, while remaining in close proximity to the captain/host.

Four Staterooms. The advantages of four staterooms are obvious for people with large families, or who want to put the boat into the charter trade. But for those customers that plan on having fewer guests, the 4th stateroom can be converted to a pantry or office upon request.

Standard Hydraulic Swim Platform. Most boats in class have this platform as optional equipment. Since Sea Ray thinks its owners will be using the boat for real cruising, it has made a place for the ship's tender standard equipment with a rated capacity of 1,200 lbs. (544 kgs).

Day Head in Lazerette. The L650 Fly is the only boat that we know of that has created a standard day head in the boat's lazerette. We think that this is creative design thinking and will certainly be handy for those on the aft deck and for part-time crew.

Set-Up for Owner/Operator. By making both a bow and a stern thruster standard, the L650 Fly should be as easy to dock as any 65-footer (19.81 m) on the market. A joystick is optional, and with it can come optional docking stations, such as on the aft deck.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The Sea Ray L650 Fly has two dining areas on the flying bridge plus the dining table on the aft deck. A fourth dining table can be put on the bow, making this boat an exceptionally versatile entertaining platform.

Features

Flying Bridge

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The flying bridge on the L650 Fly has an impressive seating capacity. Forward of the helm are chaise loungers that make into sun pads. Teak decking is optional.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The multiple gathering areas of the flying bridge can be easily seen here, as well as the forward seating at the bow.

Entertaining-Friendly. The flying bridge for the L650 Fly can seat 13 people for cocktails or lunch, plus five more for sun bathing. There are two sit-down venues -- aft U-shaped seating that wraps around a fiberglass table, and forward is a second dining/gathering area in the form of booth seating. An outdoor galley that includes a sink, icemaker and refrigerator plus an optional electric grill is just ahead. To port is corner seating that faces the aft seats. A pair of contoured forward facing chaise lounges is fully forward, doublewide to starboard, and single to port, just ahead of the helm.

All of this can be protected by an optional hardtop with opening sunroof. A retractable sunshade system extending aft of the hardtop is also an option.

With so many seating positions up top, the Sea Ray L650 Fly makes an ideal excursion boat or yacht club VIP boat to watch the start of sailboat races.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Plush wrap-around seating and teak decking highlight the features of the flying bridge.

Yacht Electronics

At the helm Sea Ray has gone heavy on standard electronics. The yacht comes with an autopilot, 12” chartplotter, 4 kW HD open array radar, and a VHF radio, among other things. An optional feature that is unique to Sea Ray is available that uses three cameras around the yacht and sophisticated software to stitch together an overhead view with distance rings similar to a radar display. This gives a better overall orientation as to where the L650 Fly is in relation to her surroundings.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

This flying bridge is equipped with the optional Glendinning joystick. Bridge seating and console Sunbrella covers are all standard.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

With the optional hardtop, shade is provided for the captain, adjacent starboard dinette and forward lounges.

Swim Platform

Sea Ray went with a hydraulic swim platform with a 1,200 lb. (544 kg) capacity as standard. Not only can this be used for carrying and launching the ship's tender but it can also be used as a private beach wherever the boat happens to be anchored at the time. Both children and adults will love the "teak beach" features when the platform is partially submerged.

Day Head. An option is available for crew quarters in the stern. If this is not selected, then the standard arrangement calls for the lazarette with transom, pantograph door access and a day head. A great feature for when the party is centered around the swim platform.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The swim platform comes standard as a hydraulic lift. At the transom is a standard pantograph door to the lazarrette and standard day head.

Aft Deck

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The main deck features an open layout with the inside blending in well with the outside. The hard wood interior decking is standard.

The main deck is accessible from stairs at the swim platform to both port and starboard. With the salon on the same level as the aft deck, along with a flush entrance, the two areas can really be thought of as one continuous space that spans the inside and the outside.

Seating. The cockpit has a four-across aft seat surrounding a solid wood table. Pull up four director's chairs and there will be seating for eight. Sunbrella covering is supplied as standard. Side decks to both sides allow reasonably wide access to the bow. Heavy cleats with rollers and warping winches are to either side.

Big Boat Attributes. In many ways, the L650 Fly has the aft deck of a much larger megayacht. To starboard she has a wet bar which can be fitted out with a grill, icemaker, fridge, etc. To port there are molded-in stairs to the flying bridge which makes access easy. As always, we advise consumers to put teak treads on all exterior fiberglass stairs for sure footing and safety.

Because the flying bridge overhangs the entire aft deck, it is easy to enclose this space with isinglass to create a three-season venue or to brace against a chilly breeze in the summer time. This can become welcome "interior" space and can be had for very little money.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The cockpit takes advantage of the protection provided by the extended overhead. The salon is on the same level as the cockpit deck and with the wide doors opened, the area encompasses both indoors and out.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

A wet bar is to starboard of the cockpit and can be fitted with an optional grill. Just behind is a flip-up panel to expose the cockpit control station.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Storage is under the stairs leading to the flying bridge. It is a good place for mops and brooms. The railing provides security while not impeding on the cockpit space itself.

The Salon

Entertaining-Friendly. By situating the large salon in the aft section of the house, and by having four-panel glass doors that open up the salon to the aft deck, a very large entertainment space is created. The aft deck and the salon are flush, so an evening cocktail party can seamlessly move from outside in and then outside again as guests mix and mingle.

An L-shaped sofa to starboard faces a three-across sofa to port. This opposing seating creates a comfortable conversational atmosphere and the quality materials, and soft toned color scheme enhance this living space. Leather stitching can be seen everywhere including the upholstery and drawer handles. Amenities include a Harman/Kardon home theater with a 50” (127 cm) flatscreen TV. Decks are hardwood.

Interior bulkheads, paneling and joinery can be made of Dark Walnut or Light or Dark Cherry.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The salon is richly appointed and is on the same level as the cockpit. The galley and dinette are a step up from this level. Plenty of glass surrounds the heavy mullions supporting the deck above.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Hardwood decking is laid out in a bracelet pattern. The L-shaped sofa is built in and works well with the elevated deck just ahead.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The flatscreen TV being corner mounted is now a theme that we’ve seen in many of Sea Ray’s models. The ottomans are movable and features dual purpose tops.

Galley/Dinette

The galley is slightly elevated on the main deck, portside and forward, opposite the helm and dinette. It’s clearly an example of a stylish interior but beyond that, Sea Ray also exemplifies the functionality in the design. One of the most unique features of this particular galley is the electrically-actuated china cabinet that rises from the counter.

Under the sink is a cabinet with a clever storage unit that utilizes what would otherwise be dead space that is out of reach. Sea Ray provided a well-equipped galley with an under counter freezer with icemaker, under counter refrigerator, three-burner ceramic stove and a microwave/convection oven. A dishwasher and wine chiller are optional.

The aft counter has bar stools that allow this to be used as an eating space for light lunches or snacks. A beautiful back-lit art piece is in-laid into the aft side of the cabinetry adding to the stunning looks of the area.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The galley expertly combines form and function in a well-designed layout. Being on the same level as the helm, provides exceptional views.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The dinette is to starboard just behind the helm. U-shaped seating wraps around the hardwood table mounted to a base that includes storage. Note that the table is set for five.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Functionality is always at the forefront of the design. In this shot alone there are four different storage compartments. China place settings for eight are optional.

Lower Helm

The lower helm is non-glare and laid out with a pair of 12" (30.5 cm) displays to either side of a digital depth gauge. Above is a pair of CAT engine displays to either side of a center-mounted compass. Sea Ray includes a set of Raymarine E125 displays showing radar and chartplotter. Bow and stern thrusters are also standard.

Stidd Chairs. The helm itself is over to starboard and dual Stidd seats are individually adjustable. The observer has easy access to one of the displays to aid in the navigation, in addition to the control for the remote spotlight and the dash-mounted VHF. Visibility is excellent through large windows with relatively narrow mullions. As an option, a watertight pantograph door can be installed by the captain's seat that leads to the starboard side deck.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

High-end Stidd helm seats are fully adjustable, including for height. The layout of the helm allows the observer to take an active role in the navigation and operation.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The electronics displays are mounted to a brushed aluminum panel. The lower panel is soft touch with leather stitching. Note that the navigation screens do not rise up high and obscure forward visibility. This is a good design.

Options for both the lower and upper helms include a GS 165 upgrade for the displays, a widescreen choice, a fishfinder module, and network interface cameras. We would also consider a weather module, and perhaps the T300 thermal night vision camera.

Bow

The bow isn’t without its unique characteristics. Rather than just plop a sun pad at the bow and call it a day, Sea Ray instead added curved seating accessed from both side decks. These forward-facing seats can also be augmented with a pedestal table to create a unique dining experience, or to just enjoy cocktails. As a social area, the space is enhanced by the sun pad forward, which of course couldn’t be left out of the equation, with seatbacks that lift from the pads to form opposing seating and a warm conversational area.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The bow seating is sure to be one of the most popular spots on the L650 Fly. Sunbrella covering is supplied as standard.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The seating consists of fabric upholstery. An optional stereo system provides two speakers facing forward and two more facing aft. Drink holders are to either side of the seats.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

To either side of the bow seating access are storage compartments. No space on the L650 Fly is without purpose.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

There’s also storage under the bow seats, accessed from hinged cushions. We’d add a support underneath the cushion so that it could also be used as a side facing chaise.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The forward sunpad also converts to aft facing seats to join the crowd, and enjoy a meal at the table.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The ground tackle is handled through an on-deck windlass and stainless anchor roller. The standard anchor is galvanized, stainless is optional. Two hatches provide access to the rode storage and a washdown spigot with hose.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

A shade system can provide protection from the elements at the bow allowing full use during the heat of the day.

Accommodations Deck

The accommodations deck consists of four staterooms, all with 55-oz. 100% Stainmaster carpeting. Wood doors provide privacy. Sea Ray went with LED lighting throughout. Outlets are chrome plated. A standard central vacuum system has a dual inlet. A full-size washer and dryer are standard.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

With the accommodations deck, Sea Ray went with a four-stateroom/three-head layout. The master head is behind the berth providing another level of noise reduction from the engine room bulkhead.

Master Stateroom

The mid-ship master stateroom is full beam and well appointed. The berth is queen-sized with an innerspring mattress, and pillows, sheets and coordinated spreads are all included. Natural light streams in from hull-side windows to port and starboard. Optional seating is available such as dinette seating for face-to-face time or a lounger providing a place to relax and contemplate the surroundings out the hull side windows.

Entertainment is standard and consists of a Harmon/Kardon receiver, Bose module and cube speakers and a 40” (102 cm) TV.

The master head is strategically located behind the berth providing a secondary level of noise reduction from the engine room on the other side of the aft bulkhead. (FYI -- The engine room is insulated with 2” of noise reduction and a loaded vinyl barrier.) The head has twin vessel sinks on top of the counter, and just beneath, the drawer has compartments that flank the sides of the sink drain.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Under the head sinks, Sea Ray went ahead and made a drawer just under the counter. The two compartments run along either side of the sink drain. Virtually all other builders just leave this space blank.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The lights to the sides of the medicine cabinet are projected from the back of the mirror itself. When the door is opened the lights illuminate the interior of the cabinet.

The walk-in shower has a rain forest showerhead. A bidet is offered as optional.

The head is accessed through the walk-in closet to port. This is one of the most space-efficient and practical master head design that we have ever seen.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The master includes a pullout vanity as part of the credenza to port.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Notice how there’s no need to use the old trick of adding a mirrored headboard to create the illusion of space. There’s already plenty of it.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

To the opposite side is a romantic option that creates booth-style seating. A lounger is an alternate option and standard is a bank of dresser drawers.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Naturally there’s storage underneath the berth.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

High overheads and luxury soffits surround, accentuate and mirror the overall design of the master stateroom.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The master shower is walk-in with a rain shower faucet. Backsplashes behind the shelves match the patters from the main deck.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

His and hers sinks rest atop the solid surface counters with dual mirrors just above. This is one of the most practical master head layouts we have seen in class. The toilet is a VacuFlush unit.

VIP Stateroom

The VIP is equally well appointed and also includes an ensuite head. As with the master, the berth is queen-sized with an innerspring mattress. The same bedding is offered as standard as is the entertainment system including a TV. Here the 50” (127 cm) is replaced with a 32” (81 cm).

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Hull side windows allow natural light to pour into the VIP stateroom. And in a first that we’ve seen in the industry, the climate control panel is accessible from the berth as opposed to being on a wall near the entrance.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The usual hanging lockers are to either side of the berth, both with mirrored doors. To the right of this shot we can see the entrance to the ensuite head.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The unique decking looks great in the VIP head. Even in the shower there’s matching decking.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The glass door of the shower is surrounded by even more glass. Inside is a seat and grab handle. An opening portlight provides ventilation.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The glass basin sink provides more storage underneath. The backsplash complements the solid surface counter.

Guest Staterooms

Twin guest staterooms mirror each other and flank the entry companionway to the accommodations deck. Both have twin berths and the starboard stateroom twin berths are convertible to a queen.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Even the guest staterooms have huge hull side windows. A filler converts the two berths into a single.

Operations

Engines. The L650 Fly is powered by a pair of Cat C-18A 1150-hp engines and Sea Ray tells us that these engines allow her to cruise comfortably at 30-32 mph and achieve a WOT speed of 37 mph. Seakeeper gyrostabilizers are standard. Glendinning joystick controls are offered to ease the transition to a larger class for operators that may feel they aren’t up to handling something such as the L650 Fly in close quarters. The engines themselves are fresh water cooled, lighting is 24V and a fire suppression system is installed. Bilge pumps are all 24V and high-water alarms are included.

Inboard Propulsion? This may be one of the most interesting decisions of all that the Sea Ray engineers made when designing the L650 Fly. Why not pod drives? There are some very good reasons why not. First, straight inboard drives are simple, very low maintenance, systems. What they may lack in some cruising speed efficiency they make up for in initial cost and elimination of annual service needs.

Docking? When it comes to boat handling and docking, the large pitch and diameter props are quite responsive just pulsing them into and out of gear. Add to that the standard bow and stern thrusters, and docking should be no more difficult than with any other system. For those of little faith, Sea Ray offers an optional software system that coordinates the main engines and the thrusters for joystick control.

Does it work?

It works remarkably well. We were able to maneuver around the dock with exacting precision. And when we did it, we decided that almost anyone can use a joystick so we didn’t touch it. We used the push buttons that activated the thrusters, and gentle nudges of the control sticks to do all of our maneuvers at the dock and it worked flawlessly. We gently laid against the dock, pulled away, rotated, backed the stern to, and then rotated again to lay gently against the dock again on the other side, all with the just the thrusters and pulsing the engine controls.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

While there was a joystick, we instead used the activation buttons at the rear of the stick panel to control the thrusters in addition to the control sticks just ahead.

Systems. The fuel tanks total 1,030-gallons (3,899 L) total and electric transfer pumps balance the load. There is an option for an additional 120 gallons (456 L) of fuel and we would go for this in any case. There are three Racor filters provided, two for the mains and one for the generator.

Generators. Sea Ray includes a Onan genset inside a sound shield with a remote start, muffler, closed cooling, and a separate seawater strainer.

Deck Hardware. 10 stainless steel cleats provide easy secure points for dock lines. All handrails are 316 stainless steel. Storage for fenders and lines, plus the optional foredeck shade system is in large compartments flanking the bow storage. Additional fender and line storage is in the transom.

Cablemaster. We're happy to see that Sea Ray has installed as standard a remote-control Glendinning Cablemaster system with 85' (25.9 m) of 50 Amp cord.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The aft end of the engine room has a 27.5 kW genset as standard. Why such a big unit? Among other things, because a pair of SeaKeeper gyro’s are supplied as standard equipment. To the left of the shot are the four orange NiCad batteries. That’s right, NiCad. Those four are the only batteries on this boat.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Looking forward there’s 4’10" (2.4 cm) of overhead clearance in the engine room and plenty of working room between the twin C-18 ACERTs.

Performance

The Sea Ray L650 has a LOA of 65’1” (19.9m), a beam of 17’2” (5.2 m), and a draft of 63” (160 cm). With an empty weight of 78,500 lbs (35,607 kg), full fuel and 5 people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 86,075 lbs. (39,043 kg).

With the twin 1150-hp CAT C18 ACERTs turning 34x75 5-bladed Veem props, we reached a top speed of 30.7 kts at 2300 rpm. At that speed fuel burn was measured at 118 gph.

Best cruise came in at the recommended CAT high cruise setting of 80% load and 1960 rpm. That setting had us running at 23 kts with a 90 gph fuel burn.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

Large hullside windows add a highlighting feature to the staterooms below-decks. High side rails allow a safe transition to the bow even when underway. Note the bow seating and sun pad.

Handling

Upon arrival to the test boat, Sea Ray’s delivery captain was quick to tell us of the virtues of the L650 and how it “was the best boat he’s been on”…. blah blah blah. Sorry, Captain, but we’ve heard that song before and we’ll make our own determination, thank you.

But the thing is, as it turns out, he was speaking the truth. This is among the best handling boats we’ve tested in class. It had a solid feel, but also had a marked measure of "sprightly" responsiveness. It handled sea conditions well too, cutting through waves instead of launching over them. She did throw water but all boats do, so no points taken away. But as good as she was handling for us she had more to give.

As it turns out, Sea Ray equips this boat with a pair of SeaKeeper gyro-stabilizers as standard equipment. Since they’re on every L650, we saw no need to leave them turned off. Once on, the already stable ride became even more so. That’s when we were convinced that their captain knew what he was talking about and it’s also when we agreed with his assessment. Any prospective customers need only to take a test ride to be convinced that this is the boat for them.

Just the Facts

Ok so enough high praise. Suffice it to say we were duly impressed. She has automatic trim tabs so there was minimal bow rise on acceleration. At cruise she has a natural 6-degree bow high attitude.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The L650 cruises with a 6-degree bow high attitude.

In turns she leans 10-degrees until her weight takes over from the momentum of the turn and she’ll settle in at 8-degrees. She does tend to “drop her shoulder” a bit in hard turns but that seems to enhance the visibility in the turn and allow a clear view of the water that much closer to the bow.

She’ll come around a full circle in 50 seconds and take up roughly 2-3 boats lengths to do it while at cruise speed.

Options to Consider

Each owner will use the L650 Fly differently, so options will be different as well. For long distance cruising (which is how we'd use the boat), in addition to the extra fuel tankage, we'd add a few more things that would increase the utility of the L650 Fly. Here is what we would consider--

Electrical Retracting Awning. This extends from the hardtop on the flying bridge over to the aft settee. This will keep guests out of the sun. Likewise, we would go for the optional fiberglass hardtop with opening electric sunroof. This is the most expensive of the options, but undoubtedly will look the best.

Crew Quarters. While we like the L650 Fly as a easy-to-handle owner/operator boat, we do not look forward to washing her down in the evening, to say nothing about compounding her hull a couple of times a year. We would have a young person on as a mate to clean the boat and facilitate yard work, as well as to toss lines and fenders when docking. The crew cabin on the L650 works well for a mate or even a captain.

Dishwasher and Watermaker. Every boat this size whether used for family cruising or entertaining needs a dishwasher. Trouble is that it along with a washing machine and a couple of teenagers will go through the ship's 280 gallons (1,060 L) of fresh water quickly. While water is available most anywhere these days, we'd want a watermaker for times anchored in places like the Bahamas or in the far north away from marinas.

Side Helm Door. We like the fact that Sea Ray is offering an optional pantograph side door just behind the lower helm. Most boats in class don't offer this option.

Teak Cockpit and Steps. People and a boat only get one chance to make a good first impression and we think teak is the best way to do it. Plus teak treads need to be on all fiberglass stairs for sure footing.

Grills. Either the one for the aft deck or the one for the flying bridge.

Oil Changing System. We are for anything that makes work easier or faster, and an oil changing system for the three or four engines on the boats is a must as far as we're concerned.

Spare Props. With overnight parcel services being what they are these days, spare props can always be mailed in most anywhere in one or two days -- if they are available. Trouble is, with boats this size, typically a set of props that are exactly what is needed are not sitting on a parts shelf, or to find that shelf will take time.

Teak Tables. The standard tables supplied are durable, low-maintenance fiberglass. But we like the feel and look of wood. It properly reflects the character of the rest of the boat much more than fiberglass.

Sea Ray L650 Fly

The new Sea Ray L650 Fly is intended to be used by a cruising family and really go some places, unlike some of her competition that are more at home tied up at a marina or behind a house.

Observations

Sea Ray has been quite pointed about stressing the fact that its new L650 Fly will not only be luxurious, but also practical. Indeed, by making the hydraulic stern platform standard for the ship's tender, putting two Stidd chairs at the lower helm for the owner and companion, by putting the salon and aft deck adjacent for a large party, and by powering the boat with inboard drives with bow and stern thrusters, Sea Ray has designed a boat that is immensely practical.

When we compare the L650 Fly with the premier yachts in class we see that being Johnny-come-lately has its advantages. The Sea Ray designers were able to survey all of the other boats in class, pick and choose among the best attributes and then come up with some of its own to produce a very competitive vessel.

Things we like about the boat other than those details mentioned above--

The Master Head. A superb use of space in our opinion, combined with the walk-in closet.

Day Head in the Lazerette. This is exceedingly practical and rarely seen.

Bow Table and Seating. While this idea has been around awhile, it is usually seen on larger boats. We are glad Sea Ray could incorporate it in 65' (19.81 m).

Inboard Engines and Thrusters. For those who have never had the joy of commanding an large inboard yacht, let us say there is something to be said for the large pitch and diameter props that by just putting them in gear can move the boat easily. Add to that bow and stern thrusters and docking is a piece of cake.

Washer/Dryer. This is a small, inexpensive thing, but the fact that they are added as standard equipment indicates to us the mind-set of Sea Ray engineers when they created the boat. She is intended to be used, and not just be an expensive ferry to get from marina to marina.

Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-) is 35.4 mph (57 kph), burning 118.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 446.63 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-) is 26.5 mph (42.6 kph), and the boat gets 0.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.13 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 273 miles (439.35 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 1150-hp CAT C18 ACERT.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Standard
Fishfinder Optional
GPS/Chart Standard
VHF Radio Standard
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
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
Icemaker Standard
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Hardtop Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Bow Thruster Standard
Freezer Standard
Generator Standard
Oil Change System Optional
Vacuum Standard
Washer/Dryer Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-) Warranty

Sea Ray L650 Fly (2015-) 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.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!



Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 2 x 1150-hp CAT C18 ACERT
  Range  
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
600 7.6 6.6 4.0 1.9 1.6 1750 1521.5 2816 12.20 15.14 0.81 61
1000 10.9 9.4 15.0 0.7 0.6 671 583.1 1080 17.50 56.78 0.30 62
1250 13.5 11.7 34.0 0.4 0.3 367 318.9 591 21.70 128.70 0.17 71
1500 16.3 14.1 54.0 0.3 0.3 279 242.6 449 26.20 204.41 0.13 76
1750 21.6 18.8 79.0 0.3 0.2 253 220.4 407 34.80 299.05 0.13 73
1960 26.5 23.0 90.0 0.3 0.3 273 237.3 439 42.60 340.69 0.13 76
2000 28.2 24.5 96.0 0.3 0.3 272 236.8 438 45.40 363.40 0.13 76
2250 34.0 29.6 118.0 0.3 0.3 267 232.3 430 54.70 446.68 0.13 83
2300 35.4 30.7 118.0 0.3 0.3 278 241.5 447 57.00 446.68 0.13 83

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 2 x 1150-hp CAT C18 ACERT
Time To Plane 11.9 sec.
0 to 30 7.9 sec. (0 to 20)
Test Power 2 x 1150-hp CAT C18 ACERT
Transmission ZF 510-14
Ratio 2:01
Props 34x37x5 Veem Interceptor
Load 5 persons, 97/100 fuel, 3/10 water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 72 deg., 65 humid.; wind: 10-12 mph; seas: 1-2
Elevation 10