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Brief Summary

Sea Ray made a bold move last year to step up its game and jump in with both feet and give the luxury yachting market some serious competition in the fly bridge motoryacht market. It started with the L650 Fly which we tested. Then, shortly thereafter Sea Ray introduced a hardtop version of the same boat. Now we have the third model, the L590 Fly. She has the same level of fit-and-finish, materials and styling panache that made her larger sibling so popular that the builder is opening up a new production facility.

Key Features

  • Power steering with tilt wheel
  • Bridge seating with storage
  • Sun pad forward of helm
  • Wet bar with sink, faucet and solid-surface countertop
  • Individual full-size washer and dryer
  • Frameless 4-pane, sliding, lockable entry cabin door
  • Queen size bed in master stateroom
  • Dinette table with high-gloss wood surface
  • Swim platform with concealed ladder and grab handle
  • Salon entertainment center
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 58' 10''
    17.93 m
    Beam 16'
    4.87 m
    Dry Weight 64,000 lbs.
    29,030 kg
    Tested Weight 71,744 lbs.
    32,543 kg
    Draft 57''
    145 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 17.5-deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 1,050 gal.
    3,975 L
    Water Capacity 200 gal.
    757 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 3 x 593-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 Diesel Zeus drives
    Tested Power 3 x 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 6.1 5.3 2.7 2.2 1.9 2118 1841.3 58
    1000 8.9 7.7 5.7 1.6 1.4 1467 1275.9 61
    1250 10.5 9.1 10.8 1.0 0.8 919 798.9 67
    1500 12.1 10.5 20.1 0.6 0.5 570 495.9 69
    1750 12.9 11.2 32.9 0.4 0.3 370 321.4 70
    2000 14.7 12.7 47.2 0.3 0.3 294 255.3 75
    2250 19.1 16.6 58.4 0.3 0.3 309 268.8 75
    2500 24.8 21.5 71.4 0.3 0.3 328 284.8 79
    2750 30.8 26.7 83.4 0.4 0.3 348 303.0 77
    3000 35.5 30.9 96.9 0.4 0.3 346 301.2 81
    3020 35.8 31.1 97.3 0.4 0.3 348 302.5 81
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 1841.3 3409 9.80 10.22 0.94 58
    1000 1275.9 2361 14.30 21.58 0.68 61
    1250 798.9 1479 16.90 40.88 0.43 67
    1500 495.9 917 19.50 76.09 0.26 69
    1750 321.4 595 20.80 124.54 0.17 70
    2000 255.3 473 23.70 178.67 0.13 75
    2250 268.8 497 30.70 221.07 0.13 75
    2500 284.8 528 39.90 270.28 0.13 79
    2750 303.0 560 49.60 315.70 0.17 77
    3000 301.2 557 57.10 366.81 0.17 81
    3020 302.5 560 57.60 368.32 0.17 81

    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.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 11.6 sec.
    0 to 30 13.2 sec. (0 to 20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 6 persons, 97/100 fuel, 29/100 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 62 deg., 58 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: light chop
    Elevation -2

    Captain's Report

    Sea Ray L590 Fly  profile shot
    The Sea Ray L590 Fly has much of the same level of luxury as her larger siblings, but with a more intimate feel.

    Overview

    The Sea Ray brand has the largest "installed base" of boat owners of any brand over 20' (6.10 m) in the world. During its heyday it was building over 15,000 boats a year, and while most of them were small sportboats, its famous, and far larger Sundancer Series represented a significant percentage of all express cruisers sold in the world. Be that as it may, the builder rarely ventured above 50' (15.24 m) with any design that was not a basic express. This phenomenon left the door wide open for dozens of other builders both in the U.S. and around the world to design and offer boats in the 45' to 70' (13.7 m to 21.3 m) range to pick up where Sea Ray left off.Not surprisingly -- since Sea Ray owners accounted for the largest single group of boat owners over 20' as well as the largest group between 30' and 50' (9.14 m to 15.24 m) -- more Sea Ray owners bought other brands in large boat models than those from any other single brand. Further, many of these Sea Ray owners were migrating to flying bridge motoryachts, large hardtop cruisers, big convertibles and sedans, and even long range trawler-type cruisers.Last year Sea Ray decided to do something about that.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly profile drawing
    The Sea Ray L590 Fly comes standard with triple Zeus pods. An optional bow thruster is available.

    Features Inspection

    Sea Ray L590 Fly main deck layout
    On the main deck there are 4 separate social areas. Wide side decks lead to the bow.

    Aft Deck

    A single set of entry stairs from the swim platform to the aft deck are to the port side. By eschewing the double set of port and starboard stairs, Sea Ray designers have created a much larger, and more functional space on the aft deck for cocktail parties and al fresco dining. Teak decking on the swim platform, aft deck, and stairs to the flying bridge are all optional, and well worth the up charge in our book.There is an optional, hi-gloss triangular pedestal table surrounded by an L-shaped settee to starboard. With the addition of two folding chairs it is large enough to comfortably seat six. Under the stairs to the flying bridge is an optional cockpit refrigerator. Some owners are concerned about the small amount of added maintenance required of teak decks and those folks will be happy with the standard fiberglass decks. However, we advise them to have teak treads placed on all exterior fiberglass stairs.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly cockpit table
    L-shaped seating wraps around a hi-gloss table that can be folded to provide more room. To the right of this shot is the cockpit refrigerator. A cockpit grill is also offered as an option.

    Salon

    The theme of combining the outside with the inside is nowhere more evident than at the triple-wide opening salon doors that allow a seamless transition from the cockpit to the salon, all in a single level.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly sliding doors
    The sliding doors open fully to seamlessly blend the inside and the outside.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly sliding table
    Here’s another representative example of how the two areas blend together. This small table slides out from the cockpit seating to serve both the adjacent seats. The grate in the deck is to meet CE drainage requirements. Note the counter is sunk three tracks for the sliding doors which avoids a tripping hazard.

    Once inside a combination entertainment center/credenza is over to the port side that houses wine storage and table settings. A wraparound sofa lies to starboard. This room can be finished in an owner’s choice of Quarter Walnut, Pangar Wenge or White Oak. All hardwood decking was finished in White Washed Black Walnut. There was a 7’ (2.13 m) Zulu Mink area rug on the deck. The overhead clearance adds to the roominess at 6’7” (2.0 m).

    Sea Ray L590 Fly salon
    The salon offers an open and airy layout to welcome guests. Note the amount of visibility through the surrounding windows.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly cabinet
    The cabinet to port houses horizontal wine storage and all of the table settings.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly plates
    The plates are all held securely and each one is embossed with the Sea Ray logo before firing.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly sound system
    Further ahead is the entertainment system with stereo, a Blu-Ray player and surround sound system.

    The hi-gloss table elevates and hinges towards the sofa to provide a snack/dining option in front of the TV. Corner stools were stored under the table. Above the credenza there’s an attractive Alabaster acrylic panel for accent lighting. Underneath the accent panels is a fabricated wood panel called “friendly wall” and we’ll see it again in the headboards behind the berths.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly salon table
    The salon table easily reverts from a coffee table to an eating surface by just lifting. In the elevated position (right) the corner stools can be seen.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly port shelving
    To the port side of the salon is shelving beneath Brookside Quarter Walnut with a satin finish. The shelf is the Syridian colored Silestone.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly decking
    The decking on the L590 Fly is a Whitewashed Black Walnut.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly divider
    An alabaster-tinted acrylic divides the salon from the galley. It’s framed in a chromed railing wrapped in leather. Note the indirect recessed light and the overhead soffit in the background.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly vent
    Overhead, the venting for the heat/ac is recessed in the overhead soffit, thus eliminating unsightly grates. Further, this design means no one person is sitting next to a vent and getting the bulk of the air while others are not. The system also ensures that the climate is controlled more evenly throughout the cabin.

    Galley/Dining

    One step up takes us to the galley to port and the dining area to starboard. With the galley located on the main deck, the chef/host never has to be far from the center of the gathering when preparing meals or putting out hors d'oeuvres at a cocktail party. Directly across, there’s an L-shaped settee wrapping around yet another hi-gloss table.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly galley
    With a galley up layout, the host is never far from the gathering as it’s centrally located.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly quality materials
    Quality materials are used throughout. Notice the differing textured panels with Chocolate Leather pull-tabs. Below is Quarter Walnut, above is Peppercorn fascia.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly faucet
    There is a single faucet for the sink and another right alongside dispensing filtered water.

    The galley countertop is the same Silestone Quartz with a Siridium tone that we saw in the salon. Only the best appliances are present including two refrigerated drawers and two freezer drawers, all under the counter. The two-burner stove is an induction type that only generates heat through special pots and will always remain cool to the touch. A vent is in the backsplash just behind.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly refrigerated drawers
    There are two refrigerated drawers and two freezer drawers. And the use of drawers is appreciated, as contents won’t come spilling out when a door is opened.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly dinette
    The dinette is just across from the galley making meal service short work.

    Directly Across From the Galley is the Dinette.

    It’s an L-shape and wraps around another triangular hi-gloss table that folds out when more surface is needed. The quality of workmanship throughout is impressive with black inlays running the perimeter of the table’s two sections.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly wood table
    The dinette table is solid wood, is collapsible and includes black inlay accents.

    Cabin Deck

    Sea Ray L590 Fly accomodations layout
    The accommodations deck has a three-stateroom/two head layout. The full beam master has an offset berth to add a bit more space. The master head is “split” at the entrance to the stateroom.

    Accommodations Deck

    The lower deck is accessed from a centerline companionway. The L590 Fly is a three stateroom/ two head boat with the full beam master located aft, a VIP nested in the bow and a guest berth to starboard, opposite the heads.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly doors
    The wood below is a continuation of the quality we saw in the main deck. Here, the doors are fabricated from Quarter Walnut with Peppercorn highlighting.

    VIP

    The VIP stateroom forward is based around an island berth nested into the bow. Storage is both below and above. Hull side windows to port and starboard provide natural light along with the overhead skylight but that can be blocked by the sun pad above if it is deployed. The berth is queen-sized with an innerspring mattress. The headboard is a framed section of the “friendly wall” material that we saw in the salon. There are two reading lights on goosenecks to either side.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly vip stateroom
    The VIP stateroom features a well laid out island berth. Notice the friendly wall headboard. We like the unusual overhead treatment and indirect lighting.

    Sea Ray includes all bedding, color coordinated with the stateroom. All decking is carpeted providing a soft feel for bare feet. There’s the usual cedar hanging locker. Sea Ray includes a 32” (81 cm) LED TV with a Blu-Ray player as standard. There’s a private door to the ensuite head and this head has another door to the companionway so it can serve double duty as a head for the guest quarters just across as well as a day head.

    The head features

    a VacuFlush toilet, an opening portlight along with a power vent and a separate walk-in shower. As with the staterooms, Sea Ray provides all towels needed on the standards list. As with the upper deck, the counterwork is Silestone Quartz but now the tone is changed to Stellar Night. One interesting feature is the mirror over the vanity. It is quite high to accommodate the opening portlight below. For that reason the mirror is angled downward but still gives a bit of an elevated self view.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly guest head
    The guest head features a separate walk-in shower and notice the color of the quartz counter has changed from the same material up on the main deck. This is the Stella Night Silestone.

    Guest Stateroom

    The mid stateroom features twin berths that can easily be converted to a queen berth. The same level of fit and finish that we’ve seen elsewhere onboard is repeated here. In this stateroom the TV and Blu-Ray player are now optional.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly guest stateroom
    The guest stateroom also allows for the enjoyment of a waterfront view out of the hullside windows.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly closet
    The closet in the guest stateroom is fashioned with drawers and interior shelves in addition to the cedar lining.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly washer dryer
    To the entrance of the guest stateroom are the optional stacked washer and dryer that gets concealed behind closed doors. The two control panels between are for the lights and climate. Note the large window at right.

    Master Stateroom

    The master stateroom is located aft. It’s full beam and well laid out to make it seem larger and Romantic. At the entrance, a sink/vanity is just to the right with an enclosed head and shower located just beyond. This “split head” arrangement allows two people to get ready for a night out on the town at the same time.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly sink
    Just inside the entrance to the master stateroom is the vanity. The door leads to the toilet and shower.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly toilet
    The water closet has the toilet and separate walk-in shower. We like the separate water closet design, something rarely seen on any size yacht.

    The stateroom itself has the berth offset on the diagonal to provide the appearance of more room and to gain headroom by dropping the center part of the deck below the stringers to the ship's floor. The entire aft bulkhead is the same “friendly wall” material we’ve seen now throughout the yacht. An unusual L-shaped settee lies to port. The hullside windows are large and have an opening port.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly master stateroom
    The full beam master stateroom wraps the owners in luxury.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly vanity
    Just ahead of the settee is a counter with a built in vanity that included a flip-up mirror and compartmentalized storage. This counter can also be used as a work station.

    A 40” (102 cm) flat screen is standard. Behind the headboard is a hidden safe for “secret” storage. The forward cabinets feature his and hers storage and a unique feature… purposed storage for jewelry with pin lighting just above.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly refrigerated drawer
    The hanging locker to the left has a refrigerated drawer to the bottom. This is a thoughtful idea that we rarely see on yachts of any size.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly shelves
    Here is the purposed storage in the cabinet to the front of the stateroom which appears to be made to order for a fashionista. All shelves are illuminated with pinlights.

    Flying Bridge

    Sea Ray L590 Fly flying bridge layout
    The flying bridge offers another three social areas and something for everyone -- sunning in the dual sun lounge forward of the helm, helping the captain pilot the boat amidships or lunching, and comfortably seated for drinks, dinner, or general sight-seeing at the table aft. Another two venues are on the bow -- two facing bench seats, and sunbathing forward.

    The flying bridge

    has three separate and distinct social areas, two with tables to include dining and/or cocktails. The two dining areas are separated with a split entertainment center. Forward of this center is booth seating with a high gloss solid wood table on a hi-lo pedestal to allow for conversion to a sun pad. The aft dining area consists of U-seating around another solid wood table, also convertible to a sun pad.

    Ahead of the helm station

    is a pair of sun pads that, depending on the occupants, may or may not provide an interesting distraction for the operator. Overhead is a hardtop with a canvas center that opens electrically to let the sunshine in.The split entertainment center is a functional design, we think. To the left is an electric grill and sink. Below that is a refrigerator. To the right is a drink/food prep counter with an icemaker below.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly sun pads
    Ahead of the helm is a pair of chaise lounges/sun pads with armrests and drink holders.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly flying bridge
    The flying bridge will surely be the most popular place on this yacht during warm and sunny days. There are two sun pads forward, booth seating across from the helm, a split entertainment center, and then U-seating surrounding another solid wood table.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly tables
    Two high gloss tables make up the bridge’s social areas. Both areas are separated by the refreshment centers.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly u shaped seating
    At the aft end of the flying bridge, U-shaped seating wraps around a solid wood table.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly ice maker
    To the right side of the bridge deck is a prep counter with an icemaker underneath.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly grill
    To the left side is an outdoor grill and sink.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly refrigerator
    Under the sink is a refrigerator.

    The Bow

    The last gathering area of our inspection is at the bow. This consists of four across bench seating and a massive sun pad just ahead. The area is reached by wide sidedecks that offer excellent protection making the bow accessible even under the worst of conditions, if that’s what suits those who may want to be up here.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly bow
    There are two entries to the bow seating, one to either side. Just ahead is a huge sun pad. In the center of the sun pad is a removable cushion that can allow light to enter the forward stateroom through its overhead hatch. A table can be installed for dining at anchor.

    Propulsion System -- Three Diesels with Zeus Pods

    The L590 Fly comes standard with only one power option and that’s a triple set of Cummins QSC 8.3s putting out 600-hp each and driving Zeus pods. We’ll get to whether that’s an economical choice or not in a moment, but for now, let’s focus on the engines and the operational aspects first.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly profile shot
    Every stateroom gets hull side windows with the master getting the bulk of them, of course.

    At the Helm There are Only Two Control Levers for the Three Engines.

    When the throttles are advanced, first the two outboard engines kick in, and then lastly, the center engine comes up to power. When taking power off, that center engine comes off line first, and then the two outer engines drop down. Here’s the phrase that summarizes… the center engine is the last to kick in, and the first to kick out.

    Redundancy is a Good Thing.

    If an operator is having a particularly bad day and loses an engine, say the port engine, then the center engine automatically becomes a primary, taking over the duties of the failed engine. Handling around close quarters and at the dock becomes seamless and the boat handles just the same, we are told by the builder. In theory anyway, we didn’t test that aspect but the concept is a sound one.Of course if the center engine goes out, then the two outboard engines behave normally and again, nothing changes with the handling. In other words, the redundancy is built in and requires no interaction from the operator whatsoever. The boat will handle the same on three engines, or any combination of the two.

    Performance

    The Sea Ray L590 Fly has a LOA of 58’10” (17.93 m), a beam of 16’ (4.87 m), and a draft of 57” (145 cm). She has an empty weight of 64,000 lbs. (29,030 kg) and with nearly full tanks and 6 people onboard, we estimated her test weight to be 71,744 lbs. (32,543 kg). No matter how one views it, that is a lot of boat.

    We reached our top speed

    of 31.1 knots at 3020 rpm. At that speed she was burning 97.3 gph for a range of 302.5 nm and an endurance of 9 hours and 42 minutes while still holding back a 10% reserve of fuel in the tanks.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly running shot
    During our tests we reached a top speed of 31.1 knots. Note her running angle which is nearly horizontal, about 5-degrees bow high as it should be.

    Best planing-speed economy

    is quite interesting and exceedingly hard to pin down. That’s because the efficiency of the triple Zeus drives is so well matched to the hull. From 2750 rpms and 26.7 knots on up to her top speed she’ll get .32 nmpg right across that range of speeds. Below that it gets only slightly worse until she drops off plane where it picks up again. So basically this is a boat that we can forget about the throttle setting if we’re going for distance, and instead focus on the sea conditions and comfort level. But with that said, it’s foolish to continually push any engine at 100% load.

    At Displacement Speeds.

    When it comes to motoryachts we like to point out that there is nothing wrong with operating at displacement speeds. With the L590 Fly we would recommend 1250 rpm, going 9.1 knots and getting .85 nmpg. That is 63% more fuel efficient than nudging her up to 1500 rpm and 10 knots, an urge that should be resisted. At 9 knots she has a range of 798 nm with a 10% reserve. Not only is it a good idea to slow down and smell the roses, when the boat is being repositioned for the owner by a delivery crew it may pay to go slow. Our experience in the Caribbean is that the islands are so close together there is no need to rush and burn loads of fuel.High-speed motoryachts are a relatively recent concept, say the last 35 years or so, and before that 14 knots was considered fast.

    Why 3 Engines?

    One may ask why there are three engines instead of the more conventional two, and the answer comes down to top speed, weight and fuel consumption at best cruise. The Cummins QSC 8.3 diesels are relatively light weight which means three of them can actually weigh less than two far bigger engines turning out a similar amount of horsepower, thus gaining an edge in fuel efficiency. They cost about the same or less than two larger engines and redundancy becomes an added bonus.It takes so much energy to move a 71,000-lb. boat at any given speed and there is exactly the same amount of energy in each gallon of diesel whether it is run through two engines or three.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly running shot
    Wave penetration was one of her best features as she cuts right through anything we encounter. That is thanks to her sharp entry and considerable displacement.

    Generally, one strives to run a cruising boat at 80% load

    , and in the case of our L590 Fly, that comes in at 2600 rpm and 22.5 knots. That speed drops the fuel burn down to 71.7 gph (.31 nmpg), providing a range of 341 nm. At that speed it will take 13 hours and 12 minutes to exhaust the tanks of all but the 10% reserve of fuel.So in short, yes, the economy of the triple Zeus Cummins engines is excellent and well matched to the hull design.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly chart
    This chart shows the performance results of the L590 Fly. Notice the nautical miles per gallon (NMPG) vary only slightly as we advance the throttles. The data in yellow highlight represents the power setting at an 80% engine load cruise speed.

    Helm

    The lower helm is a big deal for Sea Ray as it’s a new design but one has to look closely to fully appreciate it. It’s a dash that shows no fasteners. The displays are connected with a “fast mount” system. This is a socket and pin system that’s attached to the back of the panel. The twin 16” (40.6 cm) displays are flush mounted to the Ebony panel and there’s standard helm air conditioning. Above is a stitched leather visor cutting down on the reflective glare. Stidd seats are standard and the fact that there are two of these high-end seats is not lost on us.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly lower helm
    The lower helm is a work of art in its simplicity and functionality. We like the companion seat next to the captain's chair -- and so will cruising couples. Both seats are by Stidd.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly mounted cameras
    Here’s an interesting feature. Cameras mounted around the boat are fed into software that then present a bird’s eye view of the boat. Notice the dashed lines surrounding the stern representing 5’, 10’ and 15’ distances. It’s called CommandView and it is offered here as an option.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly joystick
    To the right side is the Zeus joystick, a touch panel to control the dash displays, and the digital engine controls just ahead.

    High-Level Electronics.

    For all intents and purposes, this lower helm station is the primary, the flying bridge being secondary. The level of electronics being offered as options is better than on the commercial vessels that some of our captains pilot. The autopilot is integrated into the Zeus system. The twin displays are providing visuals for the color radar, GPS and chartplotter, all integrated to a 4 kW open array antenna. In the center is the VesselView engine analyzer with its selectable information readout.

    The flying bridge helm

    is wide open to the elements, and with the lower being the primary, there’s no need to have this level wrapped in isinglass. It is fully intended that this is a fair weather deck. The helm station is a pod style with dual 12” (30.5 cm) displays. On this deck the helm is to the port side, opposite the lower helm. This allows for clear sightlines from whichever side the L590 Fly is docked on. Of course a third optional station at the cockpit makes backing into a slip even easier.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly flying bridge upper helm
    The flying bridge helm is to port and is a pod style. Notice the insulated cooler to the right side, right within reach of the operator.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly control system
    A third control station can be located in the cockpit.

    Handling.

    Along with her superb economy, this is an outstanding boat to drive. First, let’s discuss turning. Pods reduce their turn of arc at increased speeds, and this in and of itself will make for more relaxed operations. Cranking the wheel hard over will not cause the wine glasses to go flying off the cocktail table. At cruise, we did exactly that and she came around 360-degrees in 35 seconds, and roughly 4 boat lengths. It’s a characteristic that no one onboard will find uncomfortable no matter how heavy handed the operator gets. She will roll roughly 18-degrees into the turns before her weight takes over and levels her out again.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly turns
    Turning is something that doesn’t happen quickly on the L590 Fly, even with the wheel cranked over hard. She remains comfortable regardless of how “heavy handed” the driver. The slower the speed, the tighter the turning radius -- all of which is controlled by the Zeus software for safe and comfortable operation of the L590 Fly.

    She’s Also a Relatively Dry Boat.

    We had to work at it to get spray on the windshield, and the way we did it was to take the chop just off the bow where it would be most affected by the wind. For the most part, when underway she tends to ride about 5-degrees bow high which puts the spray about half way back on the hull, certainly well past the windshield. This is what serves to give her such a dry ride.

    Wave Penetration is Another Huge Plus.

    When a large wave approached while underway, we found ourselves bracing for a hit that would never come. She slices cleanly through the waves, her weight keeping the feeling of the wave to an absolute minimum. There was no pounding as we have encountered on some boats this size because of their more blunt bow sections and large, low chines taken too far forward. Even on our choppy day she remained stable throughout the cruise and that bodes well, especially for those guests that may not be accustomed to the feeling of being offshore.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly lower helm
    When operating from the lower helm she has a feel of being in a living room on the water.

    She’s an Extremely Quiet Boat.

    Driving from the lower station is like driving in a typical living room. Sound levels started out at 58 dbA (less than conversational level) and increased to only 81 dbA at top speed. At no time did anyone have to shout to be heard above the engines, right below the salon deck.It is also hard to be onboard this boat and not compare her to the larger version, the L650 Fly that we previously tested. Wrong as it may seem, our captain reports that the L590 Fly seems to be more enjoyable to drive, from an owner/operator’s perspective. She is 20% lighter, has about 1' less beam, and has a slightly deeper deadrise at the transom -- 17.5-degrees instead of 16-degrees for the L650. All of this certainly makes her more nimble. She seems to have a "more intimate feel" to her handling.Indeed, with the L650 Fly’s included crew cabin, that boat seems to project a boat to be enjoyed by her owner and operated, or at least maintained, by a professional crew. On the other hand, the L590 Fly can be easily handled by an owner/operator with a reasonable amount of experience.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly upper helm
    From the upper helm, there’s certainly no shortage of fresh air and sunshine, especially with the sunroof opened up.
    Sea Ray L590 Fly view
    There’s also a commanding view from the flying bridge that will make it one of the best seats in the house.

    As for her close quarters maneuvering

    , she’s also an outstanding performer. We had some tight maneuvering to do when coming into the marina and only once did we pull an engine out of gear to tighten a turn. Another tactic would have been to simply use the joystick steering, which would have produced even better results, but we wanted to test the low speed maneuvering in this manner.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly performer
    Handling in tight areas shows the best and worst of any boat. Here, the L590 Fly was a real performer.

    Once we were established at the basin we then went to the joystick for the rotation and maneuvering into the dock and she performed exactly as expected. We were able to lay her up alongside with exacting precision, and just a gentle “kiss” against the pier. Just as intended.Small pulses of control start her moving and additional pulses of the stick were used to direct the momentum, rather than drive her to the dock. And it worked flawlessly with no “clunking” in and out of gear. In fact, there was no sound at all. The only way we knew the systems were working was the simple fact that the boat was responding to the touch. That’s it.

    Sea Ray L590 Fly docking
    When maneuvering up to the dock, the flying bridge station offers a view of the whole length of the L590 Fly.

    Pricing

    Unfortunately, Sea Ray doesn't publish pricing for the L-Class Series. However, based on historical Sea Ray pricing and the other boats we've seen in the segment, we estimate that the boat will have a base retail price around $2.4 to $2.5 million.

    Observations

    The goal of the L590 Fly was to load up on the luxury, it’s what the “L” stands for. In our opinion, Sea Ray met that goal. For the lucky owner that also happens to be the operator, this yacht will also provide an experience that is hard to achieve. She’s simply a joy to drive and even without having written a check for the boat, we felt pride at just being onboard. She’s that kind of a boat.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Sea Ray L590 Fly (2016-) is 35.8 mph (57.6 kph), burning 97.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 368.28 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Sea Ray L590 Fly (2016-) is 30.8 mph (49.6 kph), and the boat gets 0.4 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.17 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 348 miles (560.05 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 3 x 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Standard
    Radar Standard
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Icemaker Standard
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
    Vacuum Standard
    Washer/Dryer Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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