Sea Ray Boat Evaluation: By W. B. in Lake Forest, IL

City Lake Forest
State IL
Brand Sea Ray
Model 480 Sedan Bridge
Length 53
Year 2002
Engine Brand Cummins
Number of Engines 2
Engine Model QMS 11
Engine HP 630
Prop material
Prop Dia x Pitch
Did you buy the boat... New
How many hours have you put on the boat? 250
Have you used the boat in... Freshwater
Which type of body of water have you primarily used your boat? Large Lake (more than a 10-mile fetch)
For which purpose did you primarily use the boat? Day Cruising, Entertaining, Overnight Cruising
How would you assess the boat’s performance given its intended use? Outstanding. We love our boat. It is everything we could have asked for, and then some
How would you characterize the engine(s) and drive units? Excellent. We have had no problems with them. Do smoke on start-up. Good fuel mileage.
Was the helm comfortable and did it provide you with good visibility? Better than we could have ever dreamed. I'm not sure we will ever move away from a sedan bridge again. It makes docking easy!
Was the cockpit large enough and seating ample for your activities? Yes. It has never proven to be a limitation.
Were the accommodations suitable for your use of the boat? Yes. But there are some areas where we would like better. Having a master stateroom amid-ship, with a full walk around bed would be great. Also, the third stateroom is really too small for sleeping, at least for our kids.
How would you characterize access to your engine and equipment in your engine room? Very good, although I can't stand up next to the engines. It hasn't been a problem, though.
What design features on deck did you appreciate most? The front sun pads are great. We use them more than I thought we would.
What design features below deck do you most appreciate? The kitchen in the salon is terrific. Makes the cook feel a part of the rest of the action even when their is stuff to do in there.
How did the boat handle? Excellent. We have been through 6-8 footers without problems (although that is not how we like to cruise).
Are there any features or design aspects of the boat that you feel need changing? Much has already been changed on the new 52 Sedan Bridge. We would do the dinette differently. Already mentioned the bedrooms.
What options do you wish you had specified to be installed which you didn’t have? None. We maxed it out.
What other comments do you think should be made about the boat? It is really a dream boat. Just the perfect size for the Great Lakes.
What was the name of the dealer who sold you the boat? SkipperBuds
Were you happy with your dealer's service? Absolutely! There is a reason they are rated among the best in the country!
If you had any contact with the personnel at the factory, how would you characterize those contacts? Excellent. Any time I have questions I send an e-mail and it is answered within a day. They are very responsive.