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Sea Ray 610 Sundancer (2011-)
(w/ 2 x 1,051-hp MAN 1100 CRM diesel)

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Brief Summary

Sea Ray builds 37 models ranging from its 185 Sport to flagship you see above. For 2012 Sea Ray has packed this hardtop express cruiser full of amenities, many of which are often optional equipment on boats in her class. The Sea Ray 610 now comes standard with twin 1051-hp MAN CRM diesels with conventional drives, and we recently tested the boat to see exactly how the yacht performed.

Key Features

  • Standard twin MAN 1100 CRM diesel engines
  • Climate-controlled cockpit sunroom
  • Two, large, independently actuated sun roofs
  • Versatile helm seating and companion seating
  • Standard dual Raymarine E120 widescreen units with 4-kW high definition radar
  • Cockpit grill
  • Full-beam master stateroom aft with elongated windows, port and starboard
  • Standard three staterooms
  • Optional crew's quarters
  • Elegant styling
  • Standard bow and stern thrusters
  • Standard hydraulic lift swim platform
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 61' 6''
    18.75 m
    Beam 16' 9''
    5.11 m
    Dry Weight 60,200 lbs.
    27,307 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 57''
    145 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 17 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 900 gal.
    3,406 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)

    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 2 x 1,051-hp MAN 1100 CRM diesel
    Tested Power 2 x 1,051-hp MAN 1100 CRM diesel
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 7.8 6.8 6.8 2.0 1.7 1580 1373
    1000 10.3 8.9 17.0 0.6 0.5 488 425
    1200 10.5 9.1 32.0 0.3 0.3 266 231
    1500 20.4 17.7 46.0 0.4 0.4 358 312
    1800 28.4 24.7 62.0 0.5 0.4 371 323
    2000 33.8 29.4 76.0 0.4 0.4 360 313
    2340 41.2 35.8 111.0 0.4 0.3 300 261
    600 1373 2543 12.60 25.74 0.83
    1000 425 785 16.60 64.35 0.26
    1200 231 428 16.90 121.13 0.14
    1500 312 576 32.80 174.13 0.19
    1800 323 597 45.70 234.69 0.20
    2000 313 579 54.40 287.69 0.19
    2340 261 483 66.30 420.18 0.16

    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 20.6 sec.
    0 to 30 27.4 sec.
    Ratio 1.77 : 1
    Props 39 1/4 5-blade
    Load 2 persons, full fuel, 1/2 water, minimal gear
    Climate 78 deg.; 67% humidity; wind: 0-3 mph; seas; calm

    Captain's Report

    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    The Sea Ray 610 Sundancer has an LOA of 61'6" (18.75 m), a beam of 16'9" (5.11 m), and weighs 60,200 lbs. (27,307 kgs.) which makes her truly a large yacht by anyone's reckoning.

    The Mission

    The Sea Ray 610 Sundancer was designed to be the ultimate yacht for tens of thousands of Sea Ray owners around the world who could make it up to the rarified atmosphere of a 61' boat which would have to cost well over $1 million. Obviously that would be a pretty exclusive group, and one used to luxury and a yacht with top-notch fit-and-finish. Sea Ray has set out to build such a boat, one that can entertain a large party for day trips, and also comfortably cruise three couples or a large family on an extended water-born vacation.

    Major Features

    Sea Ray has tried to make the 610 Sundancer as cruise-ready as possible with its standard boat. It pretty much knows how its customers will use the boat, so to make the 610 Sundancer even more enticing vis a vis its competition, the builder has loaded in lots of equipment normally found on the option list. Here are a few of the items that caught our eye--

    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    Note how wide the aft doors open to bring the outside in.
    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    Looking forward on the main deck toward the helm, note the expanse of windows. The skipper can stand at the helm and see out in all directions. The overhead sunroof panels are standard.

    Hydraulic swim platform

    . This is an expensive item of equipment and it is standard on the 610 Sundancer. Although it is called the swim platform, the hydraulic platform on the stern of the Sea Ray 610 Sundancer is primarily designed to hold the tender for the mother vessel. A second attribute of the large platform is the fact that it can be lowered into the water and used by scuba divers to ease into the water and back aboard.Both kids and their parents will enjoy lowering the platform into the water for some pleasant splashing and swimming at anchor in a quiet cove. The swim platform, when raised, also makes what is known as a "teak beach" where the gals can sunbath to their hearts content.

    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    The aft deck is made to seat six. We like these foldable seats which are easy to stow.
    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    Note that there are two nav screens in front of the skipper and another one in front of the companion as an option.

    Bow and stern thrusters.

    The Sea Ray 610 Sundancer comes with an optional JMS (Joystick Maneuvering System) joystick. Because she has a standard bow and a standard stern thruster, the joystick can operate very much the same as one unconnected to a pod drive system. The JMS device has been employed for several years on yachts and has proven its effectiveness and user-friendliness. Some captains even prefer it to a joystick operating pod drives.

    A complete suite of electronics.

    The Sea Ray 610 Sundancer comes equipped with more standard electronics than we usually see on most vessels. Included are dual Raymarine E120 wide screen navigational systems, GPS and a 4KW HD radar. She also comes with an autopilot and a VHF among other basic electronic gear.

    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    The accommodations deck of the Sea Ray 610 Sundancer.

    General appliances and equipment.

    The 610 comes standard with a separate washer and dryer, a central vac system, and an icemaker and refrigerator units for the wet bar on the bridge. All of the appliances needed in the galley are provided right down to a coffee maker. A teak deck is standard in the "upper sunroom" (the bridge deck/salon) and a raised wood sole is standard in the galley. Sea Ray is rightly proud of its clever helm seat and companion seating arrangement whereby the companion helm seat can be swiveled around to face the salon. Both double companion seat and the helm seat are Stidd. Above on the overhead, are two electrically-actuated sunroof panels that independently open.

    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    The galley of the 610 with standard raised hardwood floor is one of the largest we have seen in this size express. Note the TV screen which faces the settee on the port side of the salon.
    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    We like this picture because it proves that the 610's cabinets can actually hold dinner plates, something consumers of million dollar boats should not take for granted.


    We tested the Sea Ray 610 Sundancer with its standard twin MAN 1051-hp engines with V-drives. On test day the water was flat but we had a full load of fuel and half a tank of water, plus two persons aboard. Our top speed was found at 2340 rpm where we recorded 35.8 knots, burning 111 gallons per hour.Best cruise was found at 1800 rpm where the 610 traveled 24.7 knots burning 62 gallons per hour. This gave the 610 Sundancer a range of 323 nautical miles. While these fuel flow numbers seem relatively high, in fact they are pretty much in line with what we normally find when testing a 60,000-pound boat at these speeds. The MAN 1100 CRM diesel is known for its advantageous weight-to-horsepower ratio.

    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    This sofa is in the salon opposite the galley.
    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    If you have ever used a combo washer and dryer in a boat you know it leaves a bit to be desired. That's why we are pleased that Sea Ray has found room for separate units for each function -- the best way to go.


    Because of her of 16'9" (5.11 m) beam the Sea Ray 610 Sundancer is quite roomy below and on deck. This is perhaps one of her most important attributes. On the aft deck six people can comfortably dine. Below, the master and VIP staterooms are large and their heads have separate shower stalls. The salon below and galley are as big as any we have seen in this size range. Sea Ray is working hard to maintain a high standard of quality of fit-and-finish in the 610. Probably the most important thing for any boat in this size range is reliability. With Sea Ray's renowned engineering staff, the good reputation of the MAN engines, and the alacrity with which the builder's customer service staff operate, we suspect that the Sea Ray 610 Sundancer will be a reliable vessel for an owner who wants hassle-free boating.

    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    Most master staterooms in this class have a love seat under the port lights, but the 610 Sundancer has a full sofa.
    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    The forward VIP stateroom is pretty standard, but has plenty of light.
    Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
    There is an optional small cabin for a crewman aft. The WC is under the bed, sink at right.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Sea Ray 610 Sundancer (2011-) is 41.2 mph (66.3 kph), burning 111.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 420.14 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 610 Sundancer (2011-) is 28.4 mph (45.7 kph), and the boat gets 0.46 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 371 miles (597.07 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 1,051-hp MAN 1100 CRM diesel.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Standard
    VHF Radio Standard


    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    Dripless Shaft Seals 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


    Coffeemaker Standard
    Icemaker Standard
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
    Hardtop Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard


    Full Canvas Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard
    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Standard
    Vacuum Standard
    Washer/Dryer Standard


    Hull Warranty

    Deck Warranty
    Blistering Warranty
    NMMA Certification Yes
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