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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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. •
For sterndrives engines, go with the standard 350 MAGs but Axius can be added to the package ($25,417). •
The same 350 MAG engines with SeaCore anti-corrosion and Axius is also available ($28,333) and this boosts the output to 320-hp. •
Trade up in horsepower again with the 8.2 MAGs ($25,417). Add Axius ($45,417) or Axius and SeaCore ($52,083). •
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).
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.
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.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sea Ray 350 Sundancer (2014-) is 39.1 mph (62.9 kph), burning 63.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 238.83 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sea Ray 350 Sundancer (2014-) is 29.4 mph (47.3 kph), and the boat gets 0.95 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 193 miles (310.6 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 375-hp MerCruiser 8.2 L Horizon DTS.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Carpet: Cockpit||Standard Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet