Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-)
(w/ 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT)


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Our recent tests showed that if you're looking for an up-scale bowrider with lots of elbow room, the Sea Ray 250 SLX might be calling your name. Her 26' 6" (8.07 m) of LOA is enough for a sizeable forward cockpit with lounges for full-size adults, room aft for a spacious wraparound bench seat, and a private head compartment. Add the optional watersports tower for skiing or wakeboarding.

Key Features

  • MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT with Bravo III and Digital Throttle & Shift standard
  • Mercury Installation Quality Certification - standard 2-year limited engine warranty
  • Finished fiberglass floor with snap-in carpet
  • 12V Sony AM/FM/CD stereo with digital display remote and iPod connector
  • Chartplotter available as an option
  • Cockpit entertainment center with Corian countertop and optional 12V refrigerator
  • Fully enclosed head with storage
  • Bow seats with integrated armrests
  • Spacious gull winged sun pad with center walk-thru
  • Limited lifetime warranty on hull and deck

Specifications

Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) Specifications
Length Overall 26' 6''
8.07 m
Dry Weight 5,581 lbs.
2,531 kg
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 36''
91.44 cm
Fuel Cap 75 gal.
284 L
Deadrise/Transom 21 deg. Water Cap 21 gal.
79.5 L
Max Headroom open 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 250 SLX (2011-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT
Tested Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT
Opt. Power 1 x 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECT

Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) Captain's Report

Sea Ray 250 SLX

A Bimini top and boot are standard; the fiberglass and aluminum watersports tower shown here is optional – it comes with an integral Bimini.

Take A Seat

Twenty-six feet of LOA provides Sea Ray designers with a lot of opportunity in laying out the 250 SLX while keeping the bowrider utility. The forward cockpit, in smaller boats usually better suited for kids, is in this boat long enough for adults to sprawl in comfort. The bow seats have integrated armrests and comfortable backrests, and there's room left over for an anchor well. (Sometimes designers take over anchor-well space to lengthen the bow seats.)

Sea Ray 250 SLX

There's a head under the companion console to port, a wet bar aft of the helm seat.

The main cockpit has what you expect: Helm and companion bucket seats and a wraparound lounge aft. The buckets have flip-up bolsters for thigh support while standing, and both seats swivel and adjust fore and aft. The lounge sits on a fiberglass base with stowage under, and looks to us to be big enough to fit the whole family, at least within reason. A table is available. The cockpit sole is fiberglass, with snap-in carpet standard and ski or wakeboard stowage in a lockable compartment underneath.

Sea Ray 250 SLX

SmartCraft DTS is standard, with custom instruments and power-assisted steering with a wood-accented tilt wheel. The chartplotter is optional.

Aft of the helm seat is a wet bar with a Corian countertop and stowage for a carry-on cooler; a 12v. refrigerator is optional, as is a portable gas grill. We'd stick with the cooler, even though it means lugging it on and off the boat. But we have to carry our refreshments in something, and when filled with ice cubes a cooler keeps food and drink colder, and gets cold faster, than the fridge.

Like most bowriders, the 250 SLX has twin consoles with the walk-through between. But the boat is large enough to fit an enclosed head compartment under the companion console. Use a Porta-Potti, or upgrade to a VacuFlush with holding tank.

Sea Ray 250 SLX

The transom shower is standard, as is a pressure freshwater system with a 21-gal. (79.5 L) tank.

Under the Hood

Sea Ray installs a single 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT Bravo 3 as standard power, with a 380-hp 8.2 MAG ECT Bravo 3 as an $11,923 option. We tested the 250 SLX with standard power recently, and discovered a top speed of 45.3 mph (72.9 kph), burning 24.0 gph (90.84 lph). At best cruise, 4000 rpm and 33.2 mph (53.4 kph), our test boat burned 12.0 gph (45.4 lph); crunching the numbers gives 2.76 mpg (1.17 kpl) for a cruising range of 186 miles (299.34 kilometers) based on 90% of fuel capacity.

Sea Ray 250 SLX

A walk-through channel under the filler cushion means you don't have to climb over the sunpad to reach the platform. Note the pull-out ladder under the platform to port. The sterndrive is a MerCruiser Bravo 3; trim tabs are standard.

The optional engine would add a few mph to both top speed and cruise, but we can't say how many. Does it matter with a boat like this one? We think the biggest advantage of the larger engine would be to maintain the tested performance with a boat full of family and friends – we tested the boat lightly loaded, with only two people aboard, little gear, no fresh water and only ¾ fuel. Packed up for a full day afloat with a near-capacity crowd, the 250 SLX will be somewhat less sprightly.

Sea Ray 250 SLX

It's not all about speed: Sometimes the most fun on the water comes when the boat's not even moving.

Our Opinion

Base price of the Sea Ray 250 SLX is $85,359; add shipping, prep and a couple of options and you're looking at close to $100 grand; go crazy with extras and you'll break six figures. But for that, you get a big bowrider with room for lots of folks, typical Sea Ray quality and a limited lifetime warranty on the hull and deck. The enclosed head is a valuable feature for families, the walk-through sunpad makes the transom platform more user-friendly and the large forward cockpit will be a perfect venue for enjoying a libation while swinging at anchor and watching the sunset. And at 8' 6" (2.59 m) beam she's still trailerable.

We think the Sea Ray 250 SLX is just right for a lot of people, including many who are shopping for more expensive, more complex cabin models, and recommend giving her a close look.

Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) is 45.3 mph (72.9 kph), burning 24.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 90.84 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) is 33.2 mph (53.4 kph), and the boat gets 2.76 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.17 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 186 miles (299.34 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional
VHF Radio Optional
Systems
Battery Charger/Converter Optional
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Optional
Shore Power Optional
Trailer Optional
Trim Tabs Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Optional
Windlass Optional
Galley
Refrigerator Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) Warranty

Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) 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 Limited lifetime
Deck Warranty
Years Limited lifetime
Engine Warranty
Years 2-year

Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) Price

Sea Ray 250 SLX (2011-) Price
Pricing Range $85,359.00
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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