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(w/ 1 x 200-hp MerCruiser 4.5L)

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Brief Summary

The SPX line from Sea Ray focuses on a new level of affordability, but ensures that the build doesn’t lose sight of the Sea Ray heritage. The 19 SPX is the smallest in this new lineup and the “Select” version we tested had the optional package that added luxury to the mix. Now, those just starting out, or restricted in size by lake limits or towing weight, don’t have to compromise on. Entry-level no longer means bare bones, and this boat proves it. But to us, the real attraction is in the ability to customize to the heart’s content, starting with choosing between outboard or sterndrive power.

Key Features

  • 4 optional functional and convenience packages: Captain's, All Sport, Elevation and Select
  • Edgier, sporty style with molded hullside accents
  • Standard single-axle painted trailer with disc brakes and swing-away tongue with LED lighting
  • Expanded cockpit design
  • Stereo, 12V AM/FM with Wireless Bluetooth and 2 weatherproof speakers
  • Sun pad with port transom walkthrough
  • Stainless steel ski tow eye
  • Aft Bench Seat with sun pad and insulated cooler
  • Bow seats with cushions and storage below
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 19' 6''
    5.94 m
    Beam 8' 4''
    2.54 m
    Dry Weight 2,728 lbs.
    1,237 kg
    Tested Weight 3,283 lbs.
    1,489 kg
    Draft 34''
    0.86 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 19-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity 1,550 lbs.
    703 kg
    Person Capacity 11
    Fuel Capacity 30 gal.
    113 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    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 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L ECT Alpha I sterndrive
    Tested Power 1 x 200-hp MerCruiser 4.5L
    Opt. Power 1 x 180-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI ECT Alpha I sterndrive
    1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI ECT Alpha I sterndrive
    1 x 200-hp MerCruiser 4.5L MPI ECT Alpha I sterndrive

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    650 3.7 3.2 0.8 4.9 4.2 131 114 65
    1000 5.6 4.8 1.3 4.3 3.7 115 100 71
    1500 7.1 6.1 2.0 3.6 3.1 98 85 76
    2000 8.5 7.3 3.9 2.2 1.9 59 52 77
    2500 24.2 21.0 4.6 5.3 4.6 142 124 80
    3000 28.9 25.1 6.1 4.7 4.1 128 111 82
    3500 34.1 29.7 7.9 4.3 3.8 117 102 84
    4000 39.8 34.6 11.0 3.6 3.1 98 85 89
    4500 44.1 38.3 15.6 2.8 2.5 76 67 95
    4800 47.5 41.3 16.3 2.9 2.5 79 68 96
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    650 114 211 6.00 2.84 2.07 65
    1000 100 185 9.00 4.92 1.82 71
    1500 85 158 11.40 7.38 1.54 76
    2000 52 95 13.70 14.57 0.93 77
    2500 124 229 38.90 17.41 2.24 80
    3000 111 206 46.50 23.09 2.01 82
    3500 102 188 54.90 29.72 1.85 84
    4000 85 158 64.10 41.64 1.53 89
    4500 67 122 71.00 58.86 1.20 95
    4800 68 127 76.40 61.70 1.24 96

    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 3.7 sec.
    0 to 30 8.7 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 19" Black Max
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of fuel
    Climate 52 deg., 82 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 817

    Captain's Report

    Sea Ray 19 SPX running shot
    The Sea Ray SPX 190 has a LOA of 19’6” (5.94 m), a beam of 8’4” (2.54 m) and a draft of 34” (.86 m).

    Overview

    The SPX 190 is the smallest player in Sea Ray’s new line of family affordable runabouts, offering good looks, a relatively high freeboard, and a large swim platform. This sporty bowrider was designed for a wide range of customers with her many levels of customization, from power to luxury, and even her layout offers a host of versatility features to please everyone. The base package is powered with a cost conscious four-cylinder sterndrive propulsion set-up from MerCruiser.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX floor plan
    This overhead view shows the massive amount of seating afforded by the SPX 190. Notice the entry from the swim platform is angled providing more space for seating.

    Lots of Options

    Because the SPX line is intended to be affordable, it comes standard with all the basics for a good time. However, it can be optioned out to meet the needs and desires of practically anyone. It starts with hull color. We’re big fans of anything but white on any boat and with the SPX 190, color can be added for only $1,226. Considering that most often, the boat will be financed, this ends up being short money in the long run. For that matter, it’s short money even without the financing.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX hull color
    Adding color to any boat enhances the looks. Here, we see the “Rally Red” choice. Onyx, Blue, or Mojave Tan are other choices.

    Power Choices

    Next comes power. We can decide between outboard and sterndrive but since our test boat was sterndrive, we’ll focus on that. Base engine is the 3.0L 135-hp MerCruiser. This should provide enough power for simple joyrides around the base dock, or to the cove for beaching. But loading her up and/or adding watersports will take more. Choose from a 4.3L 180-hp ($2,667), a 4.5L 200-hp ($3,933) that we tested with, or a 4.3L 220-hp ($5,000) engine, all from MerCruiser.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX engine
    Our test boat was powered with a 200-hp MerCruiser 4.5L sterndrive.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX utility shelf
    We’d always add the fixed fire extinguisher ($333) and check out the utility shelf just behind.

    Usability Packages

    The SPX 190 is also smartly optioned to include four packages available from the factory, two of which will really increase the boats usability. The ‘Elevation Package’ ($4,400) is geared for wake and ski sport enthusiasts with a wakeboard tower with built-in racks, and a rearview mirror. Another good choice is the ‘All Sport package’ ($2,593) that turns the SPX into a weekend fishing rig with casting chairs for the bow and cockpit, some rod storage, a livewell system and of course a trolling motor.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX tower
    The tower can be ordered separately ($3,933) or as part of the Elevation Package ($4,400). It comes with racks, which aren’t yet installed here. The towpoint is 6’6” (1.98 m) off the deck.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX helm seat
    The upgraded helm seat really adds to the premium looks of the SPX 190.

    Upgrade the Looks

    Then we come to the ability to add to the looks and trim level of the SPX 190. The “Captain’s Package” ($780) is a no-brainer. It adds some essentials such as a battery switch, depth finder and premium-level helm seat. The stainless package ($333) adds trim to the rubrail insert, drink holders and all latches and grab handles. Then we come to the focus of our test boat…. The “Select Package” ($4,267). This is the meat and potatoes of adding luxury to the build with LED lighting, a premium-level dash at the helm, and upgraded upholstery. This package also comes with the stainless steel upgrade and the upholstery is available in two colors, Sahara or Cognac.

    The upgraded upholstery

    is most noticeable. It consists of multiple tones, multiple materials and custom embroidery. One of the materials, Ultravinyl, has the soft touch and feel of Ultraleather but it’s much more resistant to the elements.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX upholstery
    Here we can see the upgraded upholstery. The brown is Ultravinyl, recently introduced by Sea Ray.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX led lighting
    LED lighting adds to the allure after dusk.

    Performance

    Now let’s get her on the water and see how she does. The Sea Ray SPX 190 has a LOA of 19’6” (5.94 m), a beam of 8’4” (2.54 m) and a draft of 34” (.86 m). With an empty weight of 2,728 lbs. (1,237 kg, three-quarter fuel and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 3,283 lbs. (1,489 kg). With the optional 200-hp 4.5L MerCruiser turning a 19” (48.3 cm) black max prop, we topped out at 47.5 mph. Best economy, however, we measured at 2500 rpm and 24.2 mph. That speed produced a 4.6 gph fuel burn, allowing us to keep going for nearly 6 hours and 142 miles, all while holding back a 10% reserve.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX running shot
    Top speed with the 200-hp 4.5L MerCruiser was 47.5 mph. We measured 29” (73.7 cm) of freeboard at the bow and 33” (84 cm) at the stern.

    We reached planing speed in 3.7 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 5.8 seconds and continued through to 30 mph in 8.7 seconds.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX running shot
    We found the best economy to be at 24.2 mph where the fuel burn was 4.5 gph.

    Handling

    The SPX 190’s 19-degree deadrise running surface and 2,728 lb. (1,237 kg) dry weight gave a confident and stable ride with good handling response from the sterndrive propulsion set-up. Like all Sea Rays, the boat is NMMA certified.We weren’t surprised to find excellent handling qualities. She takes aggressive handing with no adverse effects such as chine walk. In fact, she’s remained quite comfortable, rolling 19-degrees into the turns and not having so much grip that one can’t stay in their seat. She’s got nice control authority and responds quickly to inputs, both steering and throttle. If we crossed the wake of the camera boat at full speed we could get her to hit hard, but dialed back to more normal operations, she sliced cleanly through the waves with minimal spray.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX running shot
    Regardless of how heavy handed we got, the SPX 190 just kept coming back for more, and the ride was dry throughout.

    The freeboard runs from 29” (73.7 cm) at the bow to 33” (84 cm) aft. Basically, not only a classy boat, but a safe and fun boat to be on.

    Ergonomics

    At the stern, a port side transom walkthrough makes getting to the water much easier. The full-beam width swim platform comes out 1’10” (.56 m) from the transom and offers room for hanging-out and for getting in and out of the water. There is a recessed four-rung, boarding ladder molded in to the platform’s deck and the sole in the stern area can be fitted with plush SeaDek flooring as an option ($487). Next to the 1’5” (.43 m) wide walkthrough is a padded engine box with enough room to enjoy as a sun pad for one person or an aft facing, water front bench seat for three.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX swim platform
    The swim platform on our Select model was covered in the SeaDek non-skid that resists heat build-up, even on the sunniest days.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX sun pad
    The sun pad measures 27” (68 m) x 5’6” (1.68 m).
    Sea Ray 19 SPX cockpit
    With the helm seat swiveled around to join the cockpit seating, a large social area welcomes the 19 SPX’s guests.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX port seat
    With the portside filler cushion installed a lounge is created that can be used as forward or aft facing.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX observers seat
    With the filler cushion removed, a standard observer’s seat is created. Notice the filler cushion stores under the standard seat cushion.

    The cockpit

    seating offers a 4’11” (1.5 m) wide bench seat for three at the stern and a convertible bench to port. This portside arrangement has a removable seat bottom cushion and seat back to transform it into a companion seat or mini lounger. A wraparound bolster adds to the comfort level and allows the seat to be used in just about any configuration. With the forward seat bottom removed, storage is just under the seat behind. This means no searching for where to stow the cushion and it doesn’t take up space that could be used for other items. That’s a big theme for Sea Ray nowadays. It doesn’t allow its items to impede on the customers’ storage needs.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX cooler
    A built-in cooler is just under the aft bench seat. It’s self-draining overboard.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX carry on cooler
    A carry-on cooler is at the entrance to the cockpit. The hatch is back-gelled, held open by a gas strut, and there is a channel running around the perimeter, leading water to a drain that runs overboard.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX cockpit depth
    We measured 3’ (.91 m) of cockpit depth for safety.

    Just forward, the console houses the stereo unit and a large locking glove box. Upgrade to the premium-level stereo ($1,233) that includes a transom remote, Amp and subwoofer, and a second pair of speakers. The aft seat provides a removable beverage cooler below one of its cushions, as well as an L-shaped bolster pad for guests to recline on.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX glove box
    The lid to the glove storage is upholstered. The panel adjacent has faux wood that matches the helm.

    In order to maximize seating, Sea Ray angled the entry to the cockpit just a bit to prevent that entry from impeding on the seating. It’s a clever idea and certainly adds to the roominess of the cockpit. There’s been no sacrificing storage, but even still there is a large centerline board locker measuring 47” (119 cm) x 17” (43.2 cm) x 9” (22.86cm) in the deck for toys and the bow seating is removable to provide added space for items.

    At the front of the bowrider

    is room for two to enjoy the ride and get some sun, or up to three with the aft facing center section seat and padded bolster cushions for the seat backs. We measured 18” (45.7 cm) between the consoles.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX bow
    The bolsters wraparound the bow, providing comfort regardless of the seating position.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX step
    Under the forward cushion is a non-skid step leading to the foredeck for bow-in boarding.
    Sea Ray 19 SPX bow storage
    The usual accommodations for storage are under the bow cushions.

    For the captain

    , our test boat had the upgraded premium level seat that swivels, slides and includes a flip up bolster. It also had the upgraded upholstery that was evident at first glance. A flat panel, tinted-glass windshield provides wind protection for pilot and companion and includes a folding center walkthrough. Sea Ray went with a more angular windshield reminiscent of the old days and to our eye it looks much better than the blasé, rounded windshield.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX windshield
    The angles of the windshield add significantly to the good looks of the SPX 190.

    The dash has an analog gauge pod with all the needed engine instrumentation and is accompanied by a power assisted tilt steering wheel and easy to use side mount engine controls.

    Sea Ray 19 SPX helm
    The trim at the helm is a faux wood seen elsewhere on the SPX 190. It adds class but not maintenance.

    Pricing

    The base price for the SPX 190 with a 135 horsepower MerCruiser 3.0L ECT and Alpha I sterndrive is $29,226 and includes a painted trailer. The most popular upgrades, including the Select package on our test boat, will add another $10k to the bottom line and the result will be a boat that adds dock appeal to what others consider an entry-level boat.

    Observations

    Certainly there are less costly boats to be had in the entry-level category, but in our opinion, the SPX line bridges the gap between affordable and luxury and that puts it into a category of its own. It’s better than the “Sport” category but not as pricey as the SLX models. It’s right in-between and that’s where the SPX was meant to be.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Sea Ray SPX 190 (2016-) is 47.5 mph (76.4 kph), burning 16.30 gallons per hour (gph) or 61.7 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Sea Ray SPX 190 (2016-) is 28.9 mph (46.5 kph), and the boat gets 4.73 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.01 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 128 miles (206 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 200-hp MerCruiser 4.5L.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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