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We have been testing new versions of the Sea Ray 185 Sport for nearly 10 years now, and each new version has been a step forward thanks to Sea Ray's professional engineering and design staff. The builder takes aboard owner feedback so a good boat has just gotten better. Today's 185 Sport incorporates a deep cockpit and bow area which we like for safety, especially for a family.

Key Features

  • Mercury Installation Quality Certification – standard 2-year limited engine warranty
  • MerCruiser 3.0L MPI Alpha I with ECT is standard (US only)
  • Fully complemented dash instrument panel with glass gauges for improved visibility and durability
  • Sleek design, low-profile windshield
  • Gull-wing sun pads for storage and engine access from cockpit and swim platform
  • Innovative bow rider seating
  • Sony 12V AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 port
  • Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty on hull and deck
  • Standard extended swim platform
  • Stainless-steel thru-hull fittings
  • Three exciting graphics and gel-coat color package options for extreme customization
  • Standard painted trailer with disc brakes and swing-away tongue for convenient storage
Length Overall 19' 8''
5.99 m
Beam 7' 3''
2.21 m
Dry Weight 2,600 lbs.
1,179 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 34''
86 cm
- 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 N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 26 gal.
98 L
Water Capacity none
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

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.

Std. Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L MPI
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L
1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L

Sea Ray 185 Sport (2011-) Line Drawing

The 185 Sport offers a solid, entry-level platform for the active family.

By Capt. Bill Hudson

On test day Sea Ray had the 3.0L and the 4.3L version of the 185 Sport at the docks. One boat had the optional wakeboard tower installed, otherwise, they were identical.


The first noticeable difference on this boat from past models is the new bow seating arrangement. Rather than wrapping a bench around in a small bow, Sea Ray designed two comfortable corner seats. Up front there was also a sea facing aft -- making the bow a comfortable place for three people.

Sea Ray 185 Sport 2012
The low profile windshield not only adds to the sporty lines on this model, but allows unobstructed visibility at the helm when leaning on the seat bolster.

Sea Ray uses Taylor Made windshields. In some windshields you can see imperfections, but these were crystal clear. The cockpit includes a huge center locker in the floor for gear brought aboard. Even without the wakeboard tower, you should have no problem sliding wakeboards and boogie boards in this padded compartment.

Sea Ray 185 Sport 2011
The deep bow seating area has more than enough room for three adults. Note the grab handles directly in front of each seat. keeping the handles low makes then practical to use and allows for easy installation of the snap on cover.
Sea Ray 185 Sport 2012
The bucket seats are very comfortable and add to the overall style of the boat. Note the grab handle for the passenger sitting to the aft of the driver.

Functional Helm Station

The companion pod has a glove box which houses the main stereo. Our boat came equipped with an optional Sirius Satellite installed with AM/FM/CD stereo. The helm has high-backed bucket seats, which are ventilated in the back for comfort in the heat, and have slide and swivel adjustments for easy positioning underway or at anchor. The helm has the instruments arranged for easy view, and a digital depth gauge prominently positioned in the center to keep an eye as you approach your favorite beach or shore. Switches on the 185 are aircraft style stainless steel with lights, so you can quickly identify what is on after dark. Under the dash is a 12-volt socket for your portable gear.

Sea Ray 185 Sport 2012
The layout of the helm is something you would expect to see in a sports car. Gauges are mounted on a brushed finish black metal dash. Notice how the gauges are positioned above the wheel so the driver has unobstructed site lines to all of them. Also note how the switches are positioned to port and starboard of the wheel, easily accessible in a flash.
Sea Ray 185 Sport 2012
The gauges are backlit, have glass lenses, and are easy to read at a glance, a must for a sportboat.

Transom Features

The gull wing sun pad on this model really stood out. I have seen it on some larger high-end boats, but never on an entry-level runabout. This style opening also makes it very easy to get to the engine check points from the swim platform or from the cockpit. There are large spaces on either side for storing damp items, which can use the heat of the engine to dry.

Sea Ray 185 Sport 2012
The sun-pad/engine hatch open in a gull wing configuration. We especially like this feature since it will allow a boaters to access the engine compartment and the storage areas safely from the cockpit while they are on the water.


The 185 Sport is 19’8” (5.99 m) length overall with a standard swim platform and has a 7’3” (2.21 m) beam. This model weighs in at 2,600 lbs. (1,179 kg.) and has a fuel capacity of 26 gallons. Draft on the 185 Sport is 34'' (86 cm) with the outdrive down, and 17'' (43 cm) with the outdrive up.

Sea Ray 185 Sport 2012
Since this is a sport boat, and safety comes first, the companion seat swivels to face aft making it a comfortable and practical observers position.

If you are in the market for a bowrider with a lot of thought in its design and also stands out from its competition, Sea Ray has the 185 Sport waiting for your test.


CD Stereo Standard
Shore Power Standard

Exterior Features

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


Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional


Hull Warranty
Lifetime Limited

NMMA Certification Yes


Pricing Range: $26,466.00

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.