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Content courtesy ofThere are several reasons why the Sea Ray 205 Sport is one of the most popular bowriders over 20’. First, she is low and sleek looking. Second, she is fast with a 4.3 L engine turning an Alpha I lower unit. Third, her interior amenities and exterior graphics make her compelling to be aboard or to see when flashing by.
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.
The Mission of the Sea Ray 205 Sport
Twenty-one feet (6.40 m) is an ideal size for a bowrider on most inland lakes and river systems. She is both big enough to handle the chop on larger lakes, yet small enough to be easily handled and trailered. By making her a low and sleek Sea Ray, she appeals to the nautical eye of the young enthusiasts who will be using her for all sorts of towing sports. By making her functional and giving a choice of standard and optional hullside graphics, she will catch the eye of veteran boaters who want a boat with sizzle.
and 2 graphics packages are offered for customization. Colors for the 2014 model year are Rally Red, Seabring Green, Onyx, and Vibrant Blue.•
There are two cockpit layouts
from which to choose. •
Custom-fitted tandem-axle trailer
with swing-away tongue and surge brakes comes standard.•
Fiberglass cockpit sole
with diamond pattern finish and optional snap-in carpet.•
Hi-Lo aft jump seats.
Boat and engine built by the same company.
Cockpit Layout Options
Standard Seating Plan
As can be seen in the drawings above, both two cockpit layouts have their advantages. Sea Ray offers a choice to consumers so that the best layout can be selected for the intended application.
Important Standard Features
The Sea Ray 205 Sport is a relatively small bowrider but that does not mean that the builder has skimped on the fabrication and hardware that should be on a well-found boat. For example the 205 has six ss cleats for tying up, has a ss insert in the PVC rubrail, and the prop is stainless steel for higher performance. Other standard features of this boat which we like are— •
Proper Anchor Stowage
in the bow with hatch and ss latch. (Some boats in class don’t have a dedicated anchor locker.) •
Integrated Swim Platform.
The boat was obviously designed from the beginning to be 21’ overall including her swim platform. It is not a tacked-on after thought as seen on some boats in class. There are several advantages to this integral design including a longer waterline, more buoyancy aft and the absence of under-platform struts. The platform does not extend past the lower unit when it is in the down position. •
Gel-coated Engine Room.
This is an important feature because it not only makes it easy to keep the engine room clean, but it also allows thorough clean-up if oil is spilled inadvertently.
Cockpit Sole Storage.
Cockpit sole storage is typical in this class of boat. What is not so usual, however, is the extra wide hatch between the seats, wide enough to permit a wakeboard or to be stored there. •
20-degree Deadrise at the Transom.
This is a fairly deep deadrise – it qualifies as being “deep-V” – for a boat of this length. The advantage of this bottom shape is that it provides a comfortable ride in a chop. If the boat catches air it will come down with the deep-V cushioning effect rather than with the jarring typical of a flatish bottom. The disadvantage of a deep-V is often a penalty in speed and fuel consumption, but as we will see below, the 20-degree deadrise does not seem to have hampered this boat’s performance.•
32” (80 cm) Average Cockpit Depth.
Cockpit depth is important because it helps keep everyone where they belong – inside the boat. This is particularly important with small children aboard. 32” is on the deep side for this size and type of boat. A deep cockpit also usually means a higher freeboard which usually also means a drier boat.
Performance and Handling
Powered by a 220-hp Mercury 4.3 L engine with an Alpha I drive and with a dry weight of 3,150 lbs. (1,429 kgs.), half fuel, and two men aboard, we recorded a WOT speed of 50.4 mph in the Sea Ray 205 Sport.
came at 3000 rpm where the boat traveled 28.4 mph, burned 6.7 gallons per hour for an endurance of nearly 5 hours with a 10% fuel reserve.
At a towing speed
of 18.6 mph (2500 rpm) the 205 had a fuel burn of 5.5 gph and an endurance of 6 hours with a 10% fuel reserve. The 205 Sport got on plane in 3.8 seconds and went from 0-to-30 mph in 6.9 seconds during our test runs, on average.
When it comes to handling, our test captain reported no bad habits. In hard-over turns at speed he found no prop ventilation which is noteworthy on this size boat. All turns were reported to be smooth with no buffeting or grabbing. The power assist steering was effective and our captain reported that he could easily steer with just his finger tips.
Sea Ray offers the 5.0 L 260-hp Mercury engine as an option. While our test captain urges consumers to upgrade to this engine which will make the boat a “monster” in his words, we’re not sure that is necessary in all applications. For those planning on having a full load of people aboard and pulling a heavy skier, then we think the 5.0 L engine is probably the way to go. Check out our performance tables by clicking on the “Test Results” tab at the top of this page.
As we look down the extensive list of options that Sea Ray offers we see a couple of things that are necessary: a Bimini top and a canvas cover. While these two items can be bought in the aftermarket for less money, we don’t advise it. The builder or dealer can best affix the Bimini to the boat, and factory-made canvas is guaranteed to fit right out of the box. Anyone planning on doing serious towing should consider the black towing tower with integrated Bimini top. We also would opt for the automatic fire suppression system in the engine room. Otherwise the boat is fully equipped and ready to use right from the dealer’s showroom.
We think the Sea Ray 205 Sport is not only a good boat for people moving up, but it should also be a good ''entry level'' boat for many people in the first place. At 21’ (6.40 m) she is large enough to avoid the mistake of buying too small and having to buy twice.
Test Result Highlights
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!
Pricing Range: $45,057.00Prices, 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.