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Sea Ray 205 Sport (2014-)
(w/ 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI)

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Brief Summary

There are several reasons why the Sea Ray 205 Sport is one of the most popular bowriders over 20’. First, she is low and sleek looking. Second, she is fast with a 4.3 L engine turning an Alpha I lower unit. Third, her interior amenities and exterior graphics make her compelling to be aboard or to see when flashing by.

Key Features

  • Available in Rally Red hull color option
  • Stainless steel ski tow eye
  • Premium forward-swept, fold-able water sports tower
  • Sony 12V AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 port
  • Sporty exterior lines with molded details throughout
  • Transom walkway from platform to cockpit with flip-down backrest
  • 2 cockpit layouts; motorbox layout or sun pad layout
  • Limited lifetime structural warranty on hull and deck
  • Stainless steel hardware and premium vinyl throughout
  • Painted tandem-axle trailer
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 21' 0''
    6.40 m
    Beam 8' 0''
    2.43 m
    Dry Weight 3,150 lbs.
    1,429 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 35''
    88.9 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 37 gal.
    140 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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L Alpha 1
    Tested Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI
    Opt. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT
    1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L TKS Alpha I

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    610 3.4 2.9 0.8 4.2 3.6 139 121 70
    1000 4.7 4.1 1.2 3.9 3.4 130 113 71
    1500 6.8 5.9 2.4 2.9 2.5 96 84 78
    2000 9.0 7.8 3.9 2.3 2.0 76 66 78
    2500 18.6 16.1 5.5 3.4 3.0 113 99 82
    3000 28.4 24.7 6.7 4.2 3.7 141 123 84
    3500 34.4 29.9 8.7 4.0 3.4 131 114 87
    4000 39.8 34.6 11.0 3.6 3.2 121 105 90
    4500 45.5 39.5 12.4 3.7 3.2 123 107 93
    4780 50.4 43.8 14.8 3.4 3.0 114 99 94
    610 121 224 5.50 3.03 1.78 70
    1000 113 209 7.60 4.54 1.67 71
    1500 84 154 10.90 9.08 1.23 78
    2000 66 122 14.50 14.76 0.97 78
    2500 99 182 29.90 20.82 1.45 82
    3000 123 227 45.70 25.36 1.80 84
    3500 114 211 55.40 32.93 1.68 87
    4000 105 195 64.10 41.64 1.54 90
    4500 107 198 73.20 46.94 1.56 93
    4780 99 183 81.10 56.02 1.45 94

    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 3.8 sec.
    0 to 30 6.9 sec.
    Ratio 1.62: 1
    Props SS 14 1/2 X 17 3 Blade
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, Water: none, Gear: minimal
    Climate 71 deg., 63 humid, wind: 0-1 mph, seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    We recorded the Sea Ray 205 Sport at 50.4 mph WOT powered by a single MerCruiser 220-hp 4.3 L engine during our test on a river in Tennessee.

    The Mission of the Sea Ray 205 Sport

    Twenty-one feet (6.40 m) is an ideal size for a bowrider on most inland lakes and river systems. She is both big enough to handle the chop on larger lakes, yet small enough to be easily handled and trailered. By making her a low and sleek Sea Ray, she appeals to the nautical eye of the young enthusiasts who will be using her for all sorts of towing sports. By making her functional and giving a choice of standard and optional hullside graphics, she will catch the eye of veteran boaters who want a boat with sizzle.

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    The emphasis of the 205 Sport is on her cockpit, which is designed to be large and easy to negotiate for water sports of all kinds. The snap-in carpet is standard.
    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    Port and starboard recumbent seats are accented in the bow with contrasting vinyl upholstery. Note the arrow-shaped foot well which creates more foot room so guests can face each other when sitting at anchor. The gray padded back rest in the bow makes it more comfortable for a guest sitting there and facing aft.

    Distinguishing Features

    Four gel-coat

    and 2 graphics packages are offered for customization. Colors for the 2014 model year are Rally Red, Seabring Green, Onyx, and Vibrant Blue.•

    There are two cockpit layouts

    from which to choose. •

    Custom-fitted tandem-axle trailer

    with swing-away tongue and surge brakes comes standard.•

    Fiberglass cockpit sole

    with diamond pattern finish and optional snap-in carpet.•

    Hi-Lo aft jump seats.

    Boat and engine built by the same company.

    Cockpit Layout Options

    Standard Seating Plan

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    This layout maximizes the interior room of the cockpit providing plenty of space for occupants to move around when getting ready for watersports. The companion seat swivels to turn aft for the spotter when towing.

    Optional Seating

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    By eliminating the jump seats and pushing the seating forward of the engine box the designers have created a curved bench seat that seats three. There are fold-down arm rests with cup holders. In this way a large sunning pad has been created astern. Port and starboard of the centerline engine are stowage compartments for water toys and gear. These compartments become a place to quickly dry out wet bathing suits and clothing. Even more storage is available in two bins under the bench seat. The companion seat swivels aft for towing.

    As can be seen in the drawings above, both two cockpit layouts have their advantages. Sea Ray offers a choice to consumers so that the best layout can be selected for the intended application.

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    In the Optional Seating Plan there is added storage space under the bench seat for all sorts of gear.

    Important Standard Features

    The Sea Ray 205 Sport is a relatively small bowrider but that does not mean that the builder has skimped on the fabrication and hardware that should be on a well-found boat. For example the 205 has six ss cleats for tying up, has a ss insert in the PVC rubrail, and the prop is stainless steel for higher performance. Other standard features of this boat which we like are— •

    Proper Anchor Stowage

    in the bow with hatch and ss latch. (Some boats in class don’t have a dedicated anchor locker.) •

    Integrated Swim Platform.

    The boat was obviously designed from the beginning to be 21’ overall including her swim platform. It is not a tacked-on after thought as seen on some boats in class. There are several advantages to this integral design including a longer waterline, more buoyancy aft and the absence of under-platform struts. The platform does not extend past the lower unit when it is in the down position. •

    Gel-coated Engine Room.

    This is an important feature because it not only makes it easy to keep the engine room clean, but it also allows thorough clean-up if oil is spilled inadvertently.

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    The 205 has a small insulated ice chest for drinks forward of the companion seat. The hidden glove box is lockable and contains the Sony stereo controls.
    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    The cockpit sole locker has an extra-wide hatch making it possible to fit in a wakeboard as well as conventional skis.

    Cockpit Sole Storage.

    Cockpit sole storage is typical in this class of boat. What is not so usual, however, is the extra wide hatch between the seats, wide enough to permit a wakeboard or to be stored there. •

    20-degree Deadrise at the Transom.

    This is a fairly deep deadrise – it qualifies as being “deep-V” – for a boat of this length. The advantage of this bottom shape is that it provides a comfortable ride in a chop. If the boat catches air it will come down with the deep-V cushioning effect rather than with the jarring typical of a flatish bottom. The disadvantage of a deep-V is often a penalty in speed and fuel consumption, but as we will see below, the 20-degree deadrise does not seem to have hampered this boat’s performance.•

    32” (80 cm) Average Cockpit Depth.

    Cockpit depth is important because it helps keep everyone where they belong – inside the boat. This is particularly important with small children aboard. 32” is on the deep side for this size and type of boat. A deep cockpit also usually means a higher freeboard which usually also means a drier boat.

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    Both the helm and companion seat in the model tested have flip-up bolsters that allow vision over the windshield frame. Note the three-tone upholstery, piping and “Sport” log stitched into the seat back.
    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    The instrument panel of the Sea Ray 205 Sport is simple and easy to read at a glance. The steering wheel has tilt and power-assist features.

    Performance and Handling

    Powered by a 220-hp Mercury 4.3 L engine with an Alpha I drive and with a dry weight of 3,150 lbs. (1,429 kgs.), half fuel, and two men aboard, we recorded a WOT speed of 50.4 mph in the Sea Ray 205 Sport.

    Best cruise

    came at 3000 rpm where the boat traveled 28.4 mph, burned 6.7 gallons per hour for an endurance of nearly 5 hours with a 10% fuel reserve.

    At a towing speed

    of 18.6 mph (2500 rpm) the 205 had a fuel burn of 5.5 gph and an endurance of 6 hours with a 10% fuel reserve. The 205 Sport got on plane in 3.8 seconds and went from 0-to-30 mph in 6.9 seconds during our test runs, on average.


    When it comes to handling, our test captain reported no bad habits. In hard-over turns at speed he found no prop ventilation which is noteworthy on this size boat. All turns were reported to be smooth with no buffeting or grabbing. The power assist steering was effective and our captain reported that he could easily steer with just his finger tips.

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    The low engine box of the 205 Sport is designed to make putting on boards easy. Note that the waterline extends beyond the transom providing added buoyancy aft.
    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    The optional towing arch allows the tow line to be elevated for easier jumps and acrobatics.

    Power Option

    Sea Ray offers the 5.0 L 260-hp Mercury engine as an option. While our test captain urges consumers to upgrade to this engine which will make the boat a “monster” in his words, we’re not sure that is necessary in all applications. For those planning on having a full load of people aboard and pulling a heavy skier, then we think the 5.0 L engine is probably the way to go. Check out our performance tables by clicking on the “Test Results” tab at the top of this page.

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    This photo illustrates sightlines forward with and without the bolster. The captain is sitting on the bolster and looking over the black anodized windshield frame; the companion is sitting on the seat with the bolster down and is looking through the windshield. This is good design.

    Other Options

    As we look down the extensive list of options that Sea Ray offers we see a couple of things that are necessary: a Bimini top and a canvas cover. While these two items can be bought in the aftermarket for less money, we don’t advise it. The builder or dealer can best affix the Bimini to the boat, and factory-made canvas is guaranteed to fit right out of the box. Anyone planning on doing serious towing should consider the black towing tower with integrated Bimini top. We also would opt for the automatic fire suppression system in the engine room. Otherwise the boat is fully equipped and ready to use right from the dealer’s showroom.

    Sea Ray 205 Sport
    The 205 Sport has a running angle of a 5-degree bow rise which is the industry norm. The wake tower and boards attached will slow the boat several mph due to weight and windage.


    We think the Sea Ray 205 Sport is not only a good boat for people moving up, but it should also be a good ''entry level'' boat for many people in the first place. At 21’ (6.40 m) she is large enough to avoid the mistake of buying too small and having to buy twice.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Sea Ray 205 Sport (2014-) is 50.4 mph (81.1 kph), burning 14.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 56.02 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 205 Sport (2014-) is 28.4 mph (45.7 kph), and the boat gets 4.23 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.8 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 141 miles (226.92 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI.

    Standard and Optional Features


    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

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


    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional


    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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