Sea Ray designed the 310 SLX to be a big day boat and a replacement for the popular 300 SLX. Like all models in the SLX Series, the 310 is designed to be as luxurious as any boat in class, and more than most. She is also equipped with amenities that are usually on the options list for many boats. Some of those amenities include as standard a watersports tower that folds down electrically, a wet bar and a private head compartment with sink with running water and a VacuFlush toilet.
More than Swimming.
So many boats in this size range have an activity area in the stern that is much more than a swim platform and the 310 SLX is a good example of one. The platform itself has enough depth that a rider can sit down to strap on a wakeboard and it has a ladder beneath a hatch to starboard. To port of the cockpit passageway, there’s a sunlounge with a backrest that clicks into place to create a variety of seating positions. The seat-bottom cushion has a latch and lifts up on hinges to access storage.
From the swim platform, to starboard, the 310 SLX has a walkway into the cockpit. In this passageway we found a retractable shower and Sea Ray offers a transom door as an option. Beneath two hatches in the nonskid decking are separate lockers. The aft one raises on a gas strut.
Take a Seat.
The 310 SLX’s cockpit has a lounge that wraps from the stern passageway around to port, ending just abaft a doublewide seat at the port console. It swivels so that passengers can turn around and join the conversation. A cockpit table that stores in a dedicated rack just ahead of the engines installs in the aft port corner. To starboard ahead of the wet bar, there’s a jump seat that would probably be best for kids.
Bar and Grill.
To starboard in the 310 SLX’s cockpit, the wet bar comes standard with a stainless steel sink, a solid surface lid, trash receptacle and storage. An owner can upgrade it with an optional electric grill (it requires an inverter) and a refrigerator.
At the 310 SLX’s helm, the dash is absent of analog gauges. Instead it’s equipped with the automotive-style Dynamic Display that provides all information for operational systems as well as navigation on 12” (30 cm) and 7” (17.8 cm) touchscreens. The panel is finished in dark gray fiberglass and upholstery. Beside navigation, the displays provide connectivity and control of multiple systems in the boat: stereo, engine, lighting, tower, etc. A separate rotary knob provides easy access to basic functions. Outboard to starboard are the digital shift and throttle controls and there’s a small glovebox aft.
Across from the helm to port, the console opens to provide entry into the 310 SLX’s private head compartment. The hatch locks for privacy and inside are a stainless-steel sink with a pull-up faucet, shower clip and a VacuFlush toilet with a 20-gallon (76 L) holding tank. There’s a screened port light that opens. Outboard of the head entry hatch is a glovebox that has a soft rubber mat and a 12-volt plug.
An in-sole hatch between the helm and port console seats opens on gas struts to access the large locker that would be best for skis, boards, boat hooks and other long items. The compartment is lined with soft rubber mat to protect the contents. Additionally, the hatch opens on gas struts and it locks for security.
Sea Ray builds the 310 SLX’s optional hardtop with carbon-fiber and Kevlar reinforcement, which eliminates the need for additional supports. This improves sightlines for the captain and gives all of the passengers a better panoramic view.
Like most bowriders, the 310 SLX’s windshield has an opening center section to make it easy to walk forward to the bow. Below, a door folds out from the starboard console to close off the passageway. Close the windshield and the door to keep onrushing air from entering the cockpit. Outboard of the passageway door, another hatch opens to reveal the boat’s electrical distribution panel.
Long Legs Welcome.
The 310 SLX’s bow seating area has angled backrests and fold-down armrests on the front of the consoles. There’s enough space on each side that an adult can sit facing forward and another one could sit forward without compromising space for either one. An owner can customize the bow with an optional cockpit table or an optional filler cushion.
Each side lounge in the bow rises on scissor-style hinges to unveil storage. On the starboard side, the backrest on the console also picks up and inside the compartment are a series of removable panels to access the helm rigging. There’s enough space that a technician can crawl into the area. A hatch in the sole opens another locker and the forward center cushion in the bow lifts on a gas strut to provide access to the anchor rode or windlass if the boat is so equipped. In the foredeck, we found the anchor locker with a pull-up shower to starboard.
Power and Performance
We tested the Sea Ray 310 SLX with the base engine package, twin MerCruiser 4.5L MPI ECT Bravo IIIs turning 22.5” pitch stainless-steel propsets. In wind-blown, choppy conditions and at a test weight of 8,833 lbs. (4,006 kg), we hit a top speed of 44.1 mph (38.3 knots) at 4820 rpm.
was at 3500 rpm where we ran 28.9 mph (25.1 knots) and burned 17.8 gph (67.4 lph), giving the boat a range of 190 statute miles (305.8 km) with 10% in reserve. In acceleration tests, the boat planed in 5.3 seconds and ran out to 20 mph in 7.8 seconds and to 30 mph in 12.1 seconds.
Even though we tested in less-than-ideal conditions, the 310 SLX acquitted itself well in our maneuverability tests. She carved cleanly through slalom and circle turns and rode smoothly through the chop. The deep-V design has 21-degrees of deadrise at the transom and has six lifting strakes that run the length of the bottom.
Sea Ray’s Quiet Ride and its Tuned Transom are part of a system that the manufacturer designed to reduce noise and vibration in all its boats. A boat without the system averages 86.2 decibels, while a boat equipped with Quiet Ride averages 79.4, according to Sea Ray.
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