|Length Overall||35' 6''
76 cm w/ sterndrives
|Draft Up||N/A||Person Capacity||N/A|
|Draft Down||N/A||Fuel Capacity||
|Air Draft||N/A||Water Capacity||
|Deadrise/Transom||21 deg.||Length on Trailer||N/A|
|Max Headroom||N/A||Height on Trailer||N/A|
|Bridge Clearance||N/A||Trailer Weight||N/A|
|Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine)||N/A|
|Std. Power||2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT with DTS|
|Tested Power||2 x 375-hp MerCruiser 8.2 L Horizon DTS|
Various twin MerCruiser 8.2L engines up to 375-hp
2 x 350-hp Cummins QSD4 Axius Seacore
2 x 283-hp Yanmar 6LPA-STZP
Various twin MerCruiser 350 MAG engines up to 320-hp
The Sea Ray 350 Sundancer is built specifically for the boater who wants to entertain friends and/or take the family on short weekend cruises. She also lends herself to the possibility of occasional longer cruises each season.
The 350 Sundancer is part of a classic lineup of mid-cabin cruisers that has been the staple of Sea Ray for years.
• Multiple Power and Drive Choices. Choose from twin MerCruiser sterndrives, V-drive inboards, or even add Axius for joystick control at the dock.
• More Functional Transom Space. Use of space is a recurring theme on this latest 350 Sundancer. One of the ways that this is highlighted on the 350 is the optional transom gourmet space. When combined with the extended swim platform it creates a more ventilated grilling area away from the Bimini overhang.
• Swivel Double Wide Helm Seat. The helm bench swivels around to face the crowd in the cockpit and truly makes the area into a large social platform. It has a bolster.
• Choice of Interior Layouts. Choose from a forward berth, a forward convertible dinette, or an enclosed mid-cabin.
The Sea Ray 350 Sundancer is available in a variety of power and drive options.
Far and away one of the most popular features of the 350 Sundancer is her ability to entertain her guests in style. Let’s take a look at how she handles the task as we move about the boat--
Certainly we could opt for the cockpit grill ($2,500), but Sea Ray has made an even more attractive option available in the form of the transom gourmet space. This moves the cooking area away from the guests in the cockpit and relocates it to the more ventilated and removed, transom. Of course, the scenario certainly works best when coupled with the extended swim platform ($4,250), and thus it is required. And all this while still remaining within conversation range of the guests just ahead in the cockpit.
The transom gourmet center brings the cooking station out of the cockpit and onto the swim platform.
All hands on-deck as the 350 Sundancer creates an inviting cockpit deck.
The cockpit will be the first, and likely the most popular, gathering area on the 350 Sundancer. Large wraparound seating is to starboard, surrounding a standard fiberglass table. An optional teak table ($1,250) is available, and if that option is chosen, then why not add the teak decking as well ($5,667) that extends on to the swim platform.
Across from the seating area there is a popular addition to any cockpit space… the wet bar. This one includes a stainless steel sink, drink holders, a solid surface countertop, trash receptacle and storage below. We would absolutely add the cockpit refrigerator ($1,333) to the equation. For boaters in the northern latitudes, a canvas cockpit enclosure is standard, and then the climate control of the auxiliary blower for the cockpit heat and air conditioner ($825) will ensure that everyone remains cozy.
There are no sidedecks on the 350 Sundancer and the bow is accessed from a walkthrough windshield.
And while seeing people on a bright and sunny day sitting in a cockpit watching TV makes us want to slap some foreheads, some people just can’t seem to live without watching their favorite teams regardless of where they may be at the moment. So Sea Ray makes a cockpit TV/DVD available ($2,042).
While this gathering area is certainly big enough, it gets even bigger when the doublewide helm seat is swiveled around, creating two more seats to join the crowd. And the port-side lounger is also within earshot making the entire cockpit deck into a virtual open air salon.
At the bow, Sea Ray offers an optional foredeck sun pad ($3,500) that includes a folding backrest, stainless steel deck runners, integrated iPod speakers and beverage holders.
Choose from alternate layouts for the lower deck depending on whether the main use for the 350 Sundancer will be day-time gatherings or overnighting guests.
Of course, not every day is bright and sunny and when we’re away from the dock and it starts to rain, we can either enclose the cockpit deck, or have another place to gather and still enjoy each other’s company. On the 350 Sundancer, that means moving below to the inviting lower deck.
2 Layouts. Sea Ray went with offering a choice of two layouts. In the standard configuration, there’s V-seating forward that wraps around a table and L-shaped seating aft. Both areas flank the well-equipped galley and make the lower deck into an intimate gathering area. Naturally both of these seating areas convert to sleeping areas.
Of course, there are those customers that intend to use the 350 Sundancer as a dedicated “home away from home” and need the focus to be more on the sleep-ability. For that reason, Sea Ray offers an optional layout ($4,167) that consists of a V-berth angled into the bow, convertible U-shaped seating in the mid-berth, and L-shaped seating in the salon proper, with a separate sofa just across.
In this optional layout, the focus is on the berths fore and aft with living area in between. Note that there is a privacy curtain for the forward berth. Avoiding a bulkhead here makes the boat look and feel bigger.
The forward berth has a Visco elastic foam mattress with storage below. A hideaway curtain provides privacy when needed. A mirrored bulkhead forward conceals the bow rode locker. The usual hanging locker is to the side and Sea Ray includes bedding in a neutral color.
Execution and Attention to Detail
In either layout, Sea Ray’s attention to detail is at the forefront of the execution of the interior. Chestnut finished wood cabinets are all fabricated in-house from Sea Ray’s own cabinetmakers. Only fine textiles and carpeting are used, and the appreciation for the skill of the craftsmen becomes more apparent as the eye moves closer to the individual pieces.
Here’s another example of Sea Ray’s execution and choice of materials. Simulated teak flooring is low maintenance and carries the classy look of the real thing. A VacuFlush head is standard. A full-length mirror is attached to the door. A power vent and opening portlight provides ventilation. The wood toned solid-surface counter complements the rest of the 350 Sundancer’s layout.
Amenities. Sea Ray also includes a large amount of comfort features as standard. For example, here we have a 12,000 BTU reverse cycle heat/air conditioner. The area is bathed in natural light from the hull-side windows and overhead hatches and pleated shades close off the area at night. The windows can be optioned out for opening versions ($1,833). Entertainment is provided by including a stereo with Bluetooth functionality and a flatscreen TV with DVD player.
Sea Ray didn’t go through so much of a re-design of the helm but a re-styling that adds functionality while at the same time reduces clutter. The analog gauges are still present across the top of the panel, and includes the SmartCraft instrumentation. If digital readouts are preferred, then Sea Ray makes this available in the optional VesselView display ($1,333). The entire dash is in soft earth tones that eliminate glare and brushed aluminum with stitched vinyl adds an eye-pleasing complement.
The remote for the 5” (13 cm) spotlight ($1,025) is next to the left drink holder. Just ahead of the controls are the single push engine start/stop buttons. All of the electrical switches are guarded against accidental activation.
Steering is Power Assisted. Engine controls are via the Digital Throttle and Shift System (DTS) that offers a host of features including single lever operations, cruise mode, and engine sync.
Options to the helm panel include the Axius joystick for easier maneuverability around the dock. An autopilot ($4,833) will only be available with V-drives, and 9” (23 cm) Raymarine chartplotters with either a widescreen ($6,167) or a closed-dome radar ($9,167).
Ground tackle is handled through a standard windlass managing the rope/chain rode. A stainless anchor roller secures the galvanized anchor. Access to manage the rode is via a hatch next to the windlass and foot control switches activate the windlass. We’d recommend the optional anchor washdown system ($317), which taps into the 350 Sundancer’s 40-gallon (151.4 L) water capacity.
The extended swim platform ($4,250) adds to the functionality, especially when the transom gourmet center is chosen.
Pricing and Engine Choices
The Sea Ray 350 Sundancer carries a base MSRP of $358,581 when powered with a pair of 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAGs with B3 outdrives. Fully loaded with top end propulsion and Axius will have her up to $477,325. Promotions will likely discount roughly $10k from that price, we are told.
Sea Ray offers six optional engine packages and also options for drive systems. This makes the 350 Sundancer much more attractive for those looking to trade up as they can either stay with a system that is familiar, or switch to one that will ease the transition further.
• 300-hp Sterndrives
For sterndrives engines, go with the standard 350 MAGs but Axius can be added to the package ($25,417).
• 320-hp Sterndrives
The same 350 MAG engines with SeaCore anti-corrosion and Axius is also available ($28,333) and this boosts the output to 320-hp.
• 375-hp Sterndrives
Trade up in horsepower again with the 8.2 MAGs ($25,417). Add Axius ($45,417) or Axius and SeaCore ($52,083).
• V-Drive Inboard
For those who are fans of conventional inboards, only one choice is available in the twin 8.2 L Horizon engines ($30,417) but this will also permit an optional autopilot ($4,833).
Another option to save money is to go without the Axius joystick software and controls and simply add the bow thruster ($6,333), which will add the maneuverability needed at a fraction of the upcharge that Axius commands. Of course this sort of combination requires a little more finesse but it’s a viable alternative.
The Bimini extends the protected area to the aft end of the cockpit. A full cockpit enclosure is offered as standard.
Sea Ray is positioned as a premium brand and for that consideration, the price is reflective of the product and the pride of ownership that the 350 Sundancer should bring. Her fit-and-finish and execution of useful space all combine with the use of materials to bring about a compelling express cruiser in the Sundancer tradition.
|Dripless Shaft Seals|
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Washdown: Raw Water|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
|Boats More Than 30 Feet|
= Standard = Optional
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|RPM||MPH||Knots||Total GPH||MPG||NMPG||Stat. Mile||NM||KM||KPH||LPH||KPL||dBA|
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.
|Time To Plane||8.4 sec.|
|0 to 30||11.7 sec.|
|Test Power||2 x 375-hp MerCruiser 8.2 L Horizon DTS|
|Ratio||2.00 : 1|
|Load||2 persons, 1/4 fuel, no water, minimal gear|
|Climate||68 deg.; 65% humidity; wind: 0 mph; seas; calm|