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|Std. Power||1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI ECT|
|Tested Power||1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG|
1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT
1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT
The all-new Sea Ray 240 Sundeck has increased her capacity from 12 to 13 people and is offered in two power choices, sterndrive or outboard.
By Captain Steve Larivee
As part of a game plan by Sea Ray, the 240 Sundeck has premium level treatments for a 24’ (7.32 m) boat with multiple power options. Now, buyers can choose from either an outboard-powered boat, a sterndrive-powered boat or even a jet-powered boat. Today we’re going to be looking at the 240 Sundeck, which represents the outboard and sterndrive options, and see how Sea Ray has done.
While the two versions have slightly different overall lengths, naturally the stern is where the main differences between the two conventional power choices will be seen. Let’s look at them individually.
The Sea Ray 240 Sundeck maximizes seating, has a transom gate and large foot well forward so a table can be mounted, giving everyone adequate foot room.
At the stern of the outboard model there are two swim platforms flanking the 300-hp Mercury Verado that was the optional powerplant on our test boat. Other choices are either 200-hp or 250-hp Verados. The swim ladder is located at an angle off the starboard platform.
To starboard is an optional freshwater shower. Surrounding the engine well are steps that can be used as a service platform for daily engine checks. To port is a seat that serves as an excellent staging area for putting on boards. Stainless steel grab handles are a welcome sight to both interior sides of the platforms.
Sea Ray included a molded in service platform ahead of the engine well that also served to transition to the staging area seat to port.
Underneath the port hand staging seat is a hatch held open by a gas-assist strut and the compartment goes well underneath the port hand cockpit seating. The compartment is deep enough to serve as convenient storage for a multitude of items, including wakeboards and skis.
The outboard version of the 240 has this clever stern seat to serve as a staging area for putting boards on. Underneath is storage that runs under the cockpit seating.
The outboard version of our test boat featured a 300-hp Mercury Verado flanked by two good-sized swim platforms.
The sterndrive version has the usual full-beam swim platform with the engine residing under a sun pad behind the aft cockpit seat. There are two drink holders along with a cubby for placing small items to the port end of the sun pad. Releasing an easily accessed latch just above a grab handle under the aft cockpit seat accesses the engine. The whole sun pad lifts and the engine is exposed showing a neat and orderly installation with even the batteries within easy reach for servicing.
Standard propulsion is a 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT Bravo III sterndrive, with options for 300-hp 350 MAG MPI ECT Alpha I outdrive or a BIII drive.
The 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG engine mounted in the stern of our test boat. Note the sound-deadening material in the lid.
The sterndrive version of the 240 features a full beam swim platform with a concealed 3-step reboarding ladder.
A spacious sun pad is just behind the aft seat in the sterndrive version.
The port side of the sun pad has a convenient cubby for holding small items like suntan lotion and glasses, along with two drink holders.
Under the sun pad is a wet storage compartment that is self draining. Heat from the engine will dry out towels and swim suits in short order.
The cockpit has been expanded in this all-new 240 Sundeck to allow for a larger footprint. To the starboard side a small gate allows entry to the walk-through, which consists of two steps down, into the cockpit. Our test boat was fitted with the optional-standard snap in carpet. The entire deck is fully fiberglass lined and draining from the stern into the bilge.
L-shaped seating to the stern includes flip down armrests with a pair of stainless steel drink holders recessed in. The outboard version of the aft seat lifts to reveal storage as well as access to the battery switch and dual batteries. With the sterndrive version, this seat lifts to access the engine compartment. With both versions, an optional filler cushion creates yet another seat in the cockpit.
A center armrest in the aft seat flips out to reveal drink holders.
Cockpit seating features a convertible port observer's seat and a rear bench seat that can accommodate an optional filler cushion. Note the thickness and classy trim treatments on all of the seat cushions.
The port hand seat has a door underneath that opens to reveal dedicated storage to a 25-quart (23.66 L) carry-on cooler. This is convenient, as it’s no longer necessary to have to ask people to get up to access the cooler but simply swing legs to the side.
Just ahead is a convertible lounger that serves as a comfortable aft-facing place to recline with legs extended while watching either the wake shrinking in the distance or the action at the end of the towline. With the seatback flipped aft it becomes an over-wide forward facing seat, creating a second set of eyes looking forward. A spacious armrest in the port bulwarks has a stainless grab handle and the combination provides excellent ergonomics. Dual waterproof speakers are facing the cockpit and they're mounted on the beveled pieces that are molded into the deck liner.
The portside observer’s seat has a flip-back seatback that converts from forward facing to aft facing with minimal effort.
Sea Ray added dedicated storage for a cooler under the seats. A lip on the deck keeps the cooler from sliding out underway.
And parents will certainly find safety in the cockpit depth and the roominess of this cockpit will ensure that even when the 240 Sundeck is loaded with friends, everyone will remain friends.
The quality of the upholstery has to be felt to be appreciated. Multiple tones with piping and custom embroidery are used throughout the boat.
The port console head compartment features a re-styled door that is curved like the older doors but smaller so that it's much less obtrusive in the open position. A small tray in the top of the door serves as a quick spot to place the sunscreen or glasses and the curved bolster adds a raised edge to keep items in place. A strap at the hinge point keeps the door from opening into the helm console. The opening is gasketed all the way around to eliminate vibration. All hardware is stainless steel.
The port storage compartment door is curved and surrounded with a padded bolster that also creates a raised edge to hold small items in the recessed area at the top of the door.
The head compartment itself is a bit cramped, but certainly for a boat in this size and class it serves its purpose. A pump-out head is standard. The bulkheads are all padded with the exception of the forward bulkhead, which as part of the optional trim package is wood veneer with two storage compartments. And the compartment can easily be washed down as it is self-draining into the bilge. Cargo netting is mounted to the portside bulkhead for magazines, storage and incidentals. An interior light is mounted to the aft bulkhead.
The pump-out head is standard. The optional trim package, that includes the forward bulkhead storage shelves, is seen here.
The helm features a wraparound seat that swivels, slides and includes a flip-up bolster. The bolster is well padded and in the lowered position the seat feels comfortable and snug. To starboard is a pair of drink holders and a storage compartment as well as a 12-V power supply. Interestingly, Sea Ray relocated the ignition to this recessed area in the starboard bulwarks removing the key from the knee-strike zone. An armrest is located just behind the engine control and a second armrest at the cap rail allows for small power corrections.
The helm is simple and uncluttered with a SmartCraft gauge providing selectable information while also reducing clutter. Notice the deep cubby to the right of the wheel.
Fashionable treatments such as this carbon fiber panel are evidence of the attention to detail throughout the 240 Sundeck.
One of our test boats was fitted with the DTS, Digital Throttle and Shift system that includes a single pushbutton start and stop, a feature that I found convenient on more than one occasion. A footrest is beveled into the molded console and I found the ergonomics to be spot on, which is an unusual feature for a captain of my height. The three-spoke steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base. A stereo remote control is over to the port side. Toggle switches are lighted to show when activated. A horn button is located well to the outside in a conveniently located position and in plain sight, plus it is red to separate it from other switches.
The helm seat is a premium bucket version with thick padding, added lumbar padding, custom embroidery, two-tones of material, and a flip-up bolster.
A small cubby is located to the starboard side of the panel, and Sea Ray nailed the ergonomics of this simple item by angling it downward so items won’t spill out when the throttle is advanced. The upscale features start coming through again with the two-tone vinyl trim work on the dash panel embroidered with the 240 designation. All gauges are anti-fog with chrome bezels and include a SmartCraft gauge, providing selectable information.
A SmartCraft gauge is included to provide selectable information and reduce clutter. The dark dash reduces reflections in the windshield.
Above, a vinyl dash panel provides more of the classy look to the 240 as well as adding a small eyebrow for sun protection so the gauges can be read even on sunny days. Our test boat included an optional compass, which was mounted to the port side of the curved eyebrow, and while not directly in line with the captain’s sightlines, since this is hardly a boat that will be used for hardcore navigation we can’t take away any points.
The digital throttle features a convenient single push start/stop button. Notice the ignition key next to the red kill switch lanyard.
Bow Walkthrough Area
The separation of the consoles allows for plenty of room for walking through while still maximizing the available storage inside. A door leading into the helm console reveals dedicated storage for the cockpit pedestal table. And this is also where the stereo is located, mounted to a separate module that includes a USB port and a 12V power adapter conveniently positioned above a separate tray to hold the MP3 player. A bi-fold door will close off the walkthrough blocking the wind on chilly mornings. Two in-deck storage compartments, as opposed to a single, maximize the additional storage space made available underneath the deck. These are ideal for skis.
Sea Ray went beyond the simple task of dropping a stereo into a secluded space to protect it from the elements. Here the premium stereo is mounted to a dedicated console that includes a 12V power supply, a USB and MP3 port, and even a padded, non-skid storage shelf for a MP3 player.
An air dam closes off the winds on chilly morning and stows flush against the port console when not in use.
Dual deck hatches can be seen over the twin in-deck storage compartments. Note how the two-tone upholstery treatments make a more attractive cockpit.
At the Bow
The bow seating has also been upgraded on this latest addition of the 240 Sundeck allowing for more occupants. Lounge seats to both port and starboard have flip-down armrests. Frequent readers of our reports will recall that we appreciate the ergonomics of flip-down armrests as opposed to flip-up armrests, which have to be latched into position and then released to stow.
The bow has a roomy footwell to accommodate feet from both sides of the bow. An optional filler cushion creates a forward sun pad. Notice the two deck storage hatches.
Redesigned seating at the bow accommodates three-across aft-facing seats.
There are the usual accommodations for storage underneath the lounge seats but with the cushions hinged from the aft end, the storage is not only easier to access but more of it is accessible. The forward seat includes an enclosed storage compartment with the lid creating a non-skid step to the foredeck.
Aft Facing Seats.Two additional speakers are located in this forward area. The bow seating also accommodates aft-facing seating much more appropriately than models we have seen in the past. The bolster/seatback along the bow is the key to this as it runs all the way across, easily allowing for three-across, aft-facing seating.
We not only love the flip-down armrests, but the fact that they’re double padded shows the premium treatments seen in the 240 Sundeck.
Fully forward is a nonskid foredeck providing a launching point for swimming from the bow or an easy egress from a bow in docking, aided by the non-skid step of the forward seat hatch cover. Our test boat was equipped with a washdown shower to starboard and dual navigational the lights to either side.
The forward seat includes a non-skid hatch cover over the storage so it can serve as a step to the foredeck.
In the center is a hatch that is held open by a gas-assist strut and the storage compartment is able to accommodate both an anchor and the four-step beach re-boarding ladder. Normally we see this as an either/or arrangement but here Sea Ray managed to combine the two quite effectively.
With the hatch in the closed, position the latch needs to be turned in order to lock, and we’d like to see these latches abandoned industry wide. They’re inevitably turned the wrong way leaving the hatch free to flap open once the throttle is advanced, and the latches that unlock when lifting are seen elsewhere on the boat, so why not here? Cleats to both sides of the bow bring the total number of cleats on the 240 Sundeck to 6.
The foredeck is treated with non-skid. Navigational lights are separated to the sides. An optional fresh water shower is just to the left of the hatch.
The anchor locker accommodates both an anchor keeper system and the four-step beach reboarding ladder.
Sea Ray correctly configured the 240 Sundeck to be accommodating for watersports. An optional ski-tow pylon can be fitted to the caprail at the transom, but our test boat was fitted with the much more popular optional wakeboard tower. It's a well-executed tower fabricated from powder-coated tubular aluminum rails. A single switch at the helm illuminates both the cockpit lights and tower courtesy lights, all colored white. However, the cockpit switches in two positions and the first detent illuminates blue accent lighting inside the port and starboard bulwarks.
The optional tower has courtesy lights and a custom made bimini top. The powder coating is color matched to the topside color. The tower is easy to collapse.
The Bimini top is curved like the wing of an airplane to reduce wind resistance. It’s also mounted drum tight and produced no flapping during our tests.
The tower is also collapsible. By removing two pins the tower folds forward, allowing more clearance for the boat to be stowed in a garage. It can also be lowered and raised with one hand thanks to clever balancing of the components.
With the tower lowered the clearance of the 240 is reduced allowing for storage in most garages.
240 Sundeck OB Performance
The Sea Ray 240 Sundeck OB has a length overall of 23'10" (7.26 m), a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m) and a draft of 3'1" (.94 m). With an empty weight of 4,011 lbs. (1819 kgs.), 3/4 fuel and two people onboard we had a test weight of 4,679 lbs. (2,122 kgs.).
With a single 300-hp Mercury Verado four-stroke turning a 19” (48.3 cm) Enertia propeller we reached top speed at 6000 rpm of 58.9 mph. At that speed fuel burn was 29.8 gph giving us a range of 98 miles.
Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 29.3 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 7.65 gph giving us a range of 189 miles and an endurance of 6 hours and 30 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve.
We had a time to plane of 3.1 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 5.1 seconds, 30 mph in 8 seconds, 40 in 10.1 seconds and continued accelerating through 50 mph in 14.1 seconds.
The 240 Sundeck leans a comfortable 12-degrees into the turns and shows no tendency to fall off.
240 Sundeck OB Handling
The 240 Sundeck OB exhibits a 10-degree bow rise upon acceleration, which leaves clear sightlines to the horizon. Once up on cruise, bring the trim up to about the 1/4 mark on the gauge and that will put her into a proper cruising attitude. She seems to handle quite well, much like the rest of the Sea Ray line in that she stays solid on the water during turns with no tendency to fall off the turn and just a minimal amount of chine walk as the turn gets aggressive.
In hard turns she tends to bleed off speed at a fairly consistent level but that can be countered by adding throttle. Also, be sure to bring the trim down fully if any aggressive maneuvers are planned, otherwise (as when towing) the trim can be left in the cruise position. When taking power off she settles back into the water stern first.
It took some doing but we managed to catch a little air as the 240 zigzagged across the wake of the camera boat.
240 Sundeck I/O Performance
The Sea Ray 240 Sundeck I/O (simply known as 240 Sundeck) has a length overall of 24'1" (7.34 m), a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m) and a draft of 3.1'' (.94 m). With an empty weight of 4,740 lbs. (2,150 kgs.) 35 gallons (132 L) of fuel and three people onboard we had a test weight of 5,555 lbs. (2,520 kgs.).
With a single 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT with a B III outdrive we reached top speed at 5200 rpm and 48.7 mph. At that speed fuel burn was 23.15 gph giving us a range of 104 miles.
Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 23.5 mph. At that speed fuel burn was reduced to 6.85 gph giving us a range of 169 miles and an endurance of 7 hours 12 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve. I found her to be most comfortable at 3500 rpm where we had a speed of 30.4 mph and a fuel burn of 9.1 gph. That only caused a 4-mile penalty in range so feel free to advance the throttle a little bit.
We had a quick time to plane of 4 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 6.7 seconds, 30 mph in 9.6 seconds and continued accelerating through 40 mph in 13.6 seconds.
240 Sundeck I/O Handling
The 240 Sundeck I/O was a comfortable boat to handle. She presents a 14-degree bow rise upon acceleration, which produces no loss of visibility to the horizon. Much like her outboard counterpart, she clings to the water when making hard turns but in high-performance turns, much as a test captain would do, she does tend to bleed off a lot of speed. It's also best to lower the drive before entering performance turns as the propeller will tend to ventilate. However, with regular maneuvers such as those one might experience while towing a water skier or wake boarder, there's no need to lower the drive. In high-performance turns she had just a hint of a chine walk but no tendency to slide off the turn or fall off the turn. When taking power off she settles back into the water stern first.
While the 240 Sundeck may not be a new model, this completely redesigned version certainly offers plenty of benefits over previous models. Her large cockpit floor plan, and expansive bow seating has served to increase capacity to 13 people. There is convertible oversized port seating. The port compartment includes a standard pump-out head and upgraded treatments. There’s an innovative aft-facing seat at the swim platform and as noted the upholstery treatment is striking. Altogether it appears that Sea Ray intends to compete seriously in the upscale sportboat arena and is doing so with a vengeance.
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