Boat Test Videos
Content courtesy ofThe 550DA is the largest Sundancer in the Sea Ray fleet. This yacht combines a two-stateroom, two head layout with an absoulutely cavernous saloon and very exciting performance.
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.
Sea Ray 550 Sundancer Line Drawing
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Sea Ray Sea RayThe Sundancer line of express cruisers is the most popular in the world by far, and the new 550 continues the tradition by taking the two-stateroom, two-head layout almost to the extreme.The cockpit on the 550DA is so big you can have two totally separate conversation groups going on, while everyone can join in for alfresco dining. There's no need to run down to the galley, either, as the wetbar comes complete with sink, icemaker, and fridge.We especially liked the aft benchseat that slides forward and down at the push of a button to create a huge sunpad. And, the optional electric swim platform lowers to about 1 foot underwater so its an easy task to ride your PWC right into the chocks, then by using the waterproof handheld controller you can actually raise your PWC up out of the water, all before coming into the cockpit.Typically, Sundancers are designed to hit a top speed of about 35 mph and generally provide a very stable but unexciting ride for cruising families. But not here. Powered by a pair of 800-hp MAN diesels, the 550DA carves exhilerating turns, and she gets up on plane in just 8 seconds! This is an amazing performance for a yacht of this size. While we appreciated all the power in the MAN diesels and the fact they provide a cruising range of nearly 400 miles at best cruise, be advised that while engine access is easy through a hatch in the cockpit, the width of the MAN's make the engine room space seem somewhat cramped on the centerline. Against that, all fluid checks are easily reached and the hatch is positioned aft so you can check the status of your bilge in two seconds by simply looking down into the engine space.Overall, we can see why Sea Ray kept the hull of the 540DA--performance--while at the same time incorporating a number of new features that its customers requested.
Test Result Highlights
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Price as Tested: Price is available upon requestPrices, 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.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
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. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.