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Brief Summary

The new iteration of the 540 Sundancer has evolved both inside and out. She is now standard with a V-drive which provides more room below and with her twin Cummins 715-hp engines in our test boat we recorded a best cruise speed of 20 knots giving her a range of 286 nautical miles with a 10% fuel reserve. Her centerline helm enhances visibility and is one of the few yachts in class that has such a thing.

Key Features

  • 32,000 BTU air conditioning/heating in cabin and cockpit
  • Cherry, walnut, or rift oak interior wood finish in cabin
  • Fiberglass hardtop with retractable sunroof, and electronic dimmer
  • Sony 12V AM/FM stereo with Sirius Satellite Receiver
  • Sun pad with upper and lower conversion and storage below
  • Wet bar with sink, countertop, trash receptacle and cooler
  • Standard electronics include GPS, radar, and VHF radio
  • VacuFlush heads in forward head and master head
  • Queen size island style mattress with pillows, sheets, spread, and storage in master stateroom
  • Standard twin Cummins QSM11 715 with DTS
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 54' 9''
    16.70 m
    Beam 15' 3''
    4.65 m
    Dry Weight 50,000 lbs.
    22,679 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 50''
    127 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 600 gal.
    2,271 L
    Water Capacity 150 gal.
    568 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 684-hp Cummins QSM-11-715 with DTS
    Tested Power 2 x 715-hp Cummins MerCruiser QSM11
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 7.0 6.1 2.6 2.7 2.3 1454 1264
    1000 9.7 8.4 9.1 1.1 0.9 579 503
    1300 10.6 9.2 20.8 0.5 0.4 275 239
    1500 11.7 10.2 29.2 0.4 0.4 216 188
    1800 23.1 20.0 37.8 0.6 0.5 329 286
    2000 27.5 23.9 48.7 0.6 0.5 304 265
    2300 33.9 29.4 63.9 0.5 0.5 286 249
    2500 37.7 32.7 77.0 0.5 0.4 264 230
    600 1264 2340 11.30 9.84 1.14
    1000 503 932 15.60 34.45 0.45
    1300 239 443 17.10 78.74 0.22
    1500 188 348 18.80 110.53 0.17
    1800 286 529 37.20 143.09 0.26
    2000 265 489 44.30 184.35 0.24
    2300 249 460 54.60 241.89 0.23
    2500 230 425 60.70 291.48 0.21

    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 11.3 sec.
    0 to 30 20.3 sec.
    Ratio 1.34 : 1
    Props M4 and M4
    Load 3 persons, 3/4 fuel, 1/3 water, minimal gear
    Climate 82 deg.; 66% humidity; wind: 0-3 mph; seas; calm

    Captain's Report


    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    This is our favorite picture of the Sea Ray 540 Sundancer because it says it all -- this boat is for sunning and funning with friends in a comfortable venue.

    Mission of the Sea Ray 540 Sundancer

    The Sea Ray 540 has two distinct missions --1) The Sea Ray 540 was designed for a person who has made a mark on the world and wants to share his or her good fortune with friends, neighbors, business associates and clients. This vessel is designed for a person who is social and who revels in the good times that a special sea-borne venue engenders. The 540 is a motoryacht that has the entertaining room of a megayacht on two decks without the need for a seven-person crew and a big-six accounting firm to keep track of the bills. She is a boat that is at once large enough for entertaining a crowd but small enough and easy enough for the party's host to command and dock single-handed. 2) The secondary mission is to be a cruising boat for a family or two cruising couples. There is a third stateroom option which might be appropriate for some families. The boat is remarkably fully equipped in its standard configuration.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    View of the main deck where the action takes place. Note all of the seating and the open deck space which is ideal for a cocktail party.

    Distinguishing Features

    Fully equipped

    to leave the dock and go cruising with standard equipment●

    Zeus pod drive

    system with joystick and Skyhook feature●

    Full electronics

    package is standard●

    Cockpit air conditioning

    as standard●

    21-degree deadrise

    at the transom●

    "Centerline" helm

    Helm and companion

    seating on a single base that swivels 180-degrees●

    Seating for 15

    people on the aft and helm deck

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    We like the optional electric grill and folding deck chair. With 3 of these optional chairs the cockpit and helm deck seats 15 guests.

    Entertaining Venues

    The primary gathering place of the 540, of course, is her aft deck that is up three steps from the swim platform and down two steps from the helm deck. The L-shaped plush seating can handle seven adults. Add three deck chairs and 10 people can be comfortably accommodated on the aft deck.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    Under the grill is a standard ice maker. Note the counter space and trash container hidden at left.

    Massive Cockpit Seating.

    Sea Ray has figured out a way to expand its entertaining seating even more by placing the helm and companion seat of a fiberglass base that swivels 180-degrees from facing forward to facing aft. To starboard is a bench seat that can seat another three adults. Add it all up and 15 adults can all be seated on the cockpit space of the Sea Ray 540. This is one of the most important attributes of the yacht, in our opinion.

    Entertainment Console.

    Across from the L-shaped seating is the cockpit entertaining console/wet bar with standard icemaker, sink and pressure water. Those folks who like grilling will want to check off the optional grill, and perhaps get a refrigerator, too, for this console.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    The back seat of the cockpit easily folds down and opens up a large sun pad that will be hard for some people to resist.
    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    Some people have all of the fun in the sun. The Sea Ray 540 Sundancer was made for it.

    For Sun Worshipers Only

    For some people the sun god is still as popular as in ancient Egypt and the 540 Sundancer was made for those people. After all, entertaining means more than parties, food and cocktails. Laying out on beautiful summer day can also be just as entertaining. Look at the pictures above. The 540 has both the stern sun pad and an even larger one at the bow.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    Below the Sea Ray 540 has a large salon with sofa and hide-away bed. Note the Shoji screens at right which brighten the space.

    The Salon.

    The second entertaining venue is below in the 540's salon. An L-shaped sofa is large and plush and can easily seat seven adults. Add three director's chairs and nine people can be seated here. There is a hi-lo table that can serve as a cocktail table or a dining table when raised. Opposite is the galley, and opaque Shoji screens are aft which bring in light from the master stateroom. The salon is richly swathed in cherry wood paneling outboard and has wainscoting on the forward bulkhead. The sole which stretches across the salon to the galley can be built in light or dark maple. Much-needed storage space is in cabinets above the portlights behind the sofa. Sconces on cherry paneling frame the window of light coming in from outside.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    A new iteration of the same space shows the new portlight design, sectional sofa with a hide-a-bed and a large screen TV. The Bose cubes hung from the overhead are standard.

    The salon has its own dedicated Bose Lifestyle 48 5.1 Home Theater System which includes a Bose media center, 4 cube speakers, a 32" flatscreen LCD TV. Below it, is a tasteful cabinet for the CD and DVD player and some storage.

    The Foredeck for Parties.

    Taken together, 19 adults can be accommodated seated on the 540 in both locations. During cocktail parties most guests like to mix and mingle so many will not be seated, which opens up even more room -- and places to roam. The foredeck is large and has railings that are at least 24" (60 cm) high.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    This is the standard two stateroom layout for the Sea Ray 540. Note that both heads have a separate shower stall.

    Sleeping Accommodations

    The Sea Ray 540 is fairly versatile when it comes to sleeping arrangements. First, it offers a three-stateroom version than tucks a third stateroom behind the starboard master head. Most people will probably stick with the standard two stateroom layout and if they need another bed they can simply pull out the hide-a-bed in the salon sofa. Hide-a-beds, by-the-way, can be wonderfully comfortable these days.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    The master stateroom is full beam and amidships. There is storage in the cabinet under the standard TV. The mirror in the background shows the Shoji screens that separate this space from the salon.

    Master Stateroom

    Taken together, the master and its head are full-beam and lay right in the center of the boat, which is always the most comfortable place to be. The bed itself is queen-sized and has an innerspring mattress, something that is a rarity aboard boats in class. The bed comes with pillows, sheets, and a coordinated spread. Below the bed are drawers.

    D├ęcor Details.

    Sea Ray has paneled the stateroom with either dark or light cherry (gloss or matte) wainscoting that rises from the deck to the padded, vinyl chair rail. Also, light rift oak is available. Overhead lighting is all 120V LED, as is the indirect lighting around the perimeter of the overhead. Please note that Halogen lights are not used, which means that there will be little heat build-up due to the lighting and LED lights are much more durable. The forward bulkhead is an opaque Shoji screen made from a synthetic material rather than from paper. This gives the stateroom both a classy and modern look. Light filters in through the Shoji screen into the stateroom as well as the reverse. Shoji screens are often used on large motoryachts but rarely have we seen them on a boat in this size and class.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    The master head is one of the largest in class. The sink is extra wide and modern and the shower is big. The cabin's hanging locker can be seen at left.


    The carpet is 55-oz. Masland 100% Stainmaster BFC nylon by DuPont. Doors are all solid wood and there is a phone by the bed that serves as an intercom and also can be used to make calls beyond the boat. There is a Bose Lifestyle entertainment system here along with a 32" flatscreen LCD TV. Roman shades cover the large portlights.

    Master Head.

    Opposite is the head which is as large as we find on this size boat. The under-mounted sink is extra wide. As can be seen in the images, the counter top is solid-surface simulated granite with backsplash and there is ceramic tile on the sole. The blinds above the sink are wood and they come standard. The toilet is a VacuFlush and is plumbed to a 68-gal. (258 L) holding tank. In the aft end of the head compartment is the fully-enclosed shower stall. Forward in the head there is a cedar-lined hanging locker with drawer storage below. This is the only hanging locker in the master. Every boat is a compromise, and this is one of them on the 540. However, it is important to remember that this boat's primary mission is entertaining around home and not taking a three-month cruise to the Galapagos.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    The forward stateroom is conventional but Sea Ray has made the most of it with storage bins in the counters to port and starboard of the bed. There are large hanging lockers behind the Shoji screens to the left and right of the picture.

    VIP Stateroom

    The forward stateroom is truly a VIP cabin and actually has more hanging locker space than the master. While the basic layout with an island queen bed is standard in this size boat, Sea Ray has worked hard to differentiate this forward cabin from all of the others on the market. The builder has done that chiefly through the extensive use of wood. In the three-stateroom layout this is the master.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    An alternative view of the forward cabin with the Roman shades partially drawn and a different color spread. The cherry paneling comes in light and dark stains.

    Let There be Wood.

    Not only is their wood paneling along the sides of the cabin, the deck is also wood, and that includes the step up to the island berth. The hanging lockers have a Shoji screen treatment framed in wood and there is wood trim around the headboard and framing out the portlights port and starboard. The valances are wood with Roman shades behind. The solid wood counters under the portlights contain bins for added storage. Like the master, the VIP stateroom has a Bose sound system with a DVD player as well as a 19" flatscreen LCD TV. Virtually all lights in the boat are LED.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    The forward head is used as both a day head and a VIP head. The ceramic tile, teak seat in the shower stall and solid -surface counter top are of the same materials used in the master head.

    The Head.

    The forward head carries on the theme of the master with tile decking, solid-surface counters and under mount sink. There is a separate shower stall. As usual, this water closet serves as the vessel's day head.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    The optional third cabin is tucked behind what was the master head. In this layout the forward stateroom becomes the master.

    2 or 3 Staterooms?

    Sea Ray makes available a third stateroom option for people with large families who plan to use the boat for cruising. The task is accomplished by shrinking the master head and taking space out of the master stateroom to create passageway to the cabin. The result is a lower single bed with a Pullman over it with room to change clothes in the passage way.

    A Better Alternative.

    For people considering the three-stateroom version, our advice is to stick with the two stateroom layout which has been carefully designed to maximize comfort. If sleeping accommodations are needed for a third or fourth person, remember that the sofa in the salon contains a hide-a-bed. In a pinch, someone can sleep topside on the couch with the aft weather curtain installed. While some privacy might have to be given up, remember this is family, and it is a boating experience, not a stay at the Ritz.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    Hardwood floors tie the galley together with the salon. The counter space is large so that prep work can be done here for the party topside.

    The Galley

    Like the cockpit, the galley was designed with entertaining and large groups in mind, but not producing a five-course gourmet meal. That is not the mission of this boat. Rather, the galley is more of a "staging area" where catered or pre-prepared food can be assembled and plated. When cruising, the galley is sufficient for the basic necessities of breakfast and lunch. Dinner will usually be taken ashore.


    There is a long solid-surface counter top with the freezer and refrigerator underneath in two separate units. Drawers for flatware, utensils and a couple of pans are found at the forward end of the galley. Under the sink is a trash hamper. A small microwave/convection is above the counter forward. There is a two-burner stove top in the center of the counter under the portlights. A power vent is standard. All fresh water to all sinks goes through a standard charcoal filter system.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    There are standard under-counter refrigerator and freezer drawers, behind the stainless steel doors which are behind the cherry wood doors.

    Galley Storage is King.

    Sea Ray hasn't forgotten storage. Dry goods will find a home behind the cherry doors for overhead lockers above the counter. Abaft the counter there is a full-height cupboard behind Shoji screens and cherry door panels. This is the place for stemware and china. There are also several bins in the cabin sole that are ideal for storing things such as packs of soda, beer, wine bottles and the like.


    We caution all new boat buyers of motoryachts and other vessels -- no matter what the brand -- to measure all galley and dining storage compartments. Make sure that they are deep enough to hold the plates, cups and bowls that will be employed. Boat builders are famous for building in beautiful etageres which are only 5" (12 cm) deep. Sea Ray makes a 6-person place setting available as an option, including bowls, rocks and highball glasses, stemware as well as a 45-piece flatware set. We are happy to see this option which means there is a place for everything.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    There is a lot to see here, including the leather-wrapped wheel. SmartCraft and Vessel View read-outs are on the overhead. The four air vents pump out A/C (or heat). Windshield wipers and washers are standard. Defoggers are optional.

    The Helm

    "Centerline" Helm.

    "Centerline" is in quotes because that is the concept but it is actually not quite on the centerline and is offset to starboard a few inches. No matter, the helm is almost on the centerline and this is a departure from what we generally see in class where the helm is hard to starboard. There are a number of advantages to this design, the most paramount of which is better visibility. All hardtops have to have window mullions and strong side supports to hold the weight of the hardtop and the G-forces exerted by it as the boat comes slamming down in choppy conditions. Often those forward corner mullions are quite thick. The closer the skipper is to them, the greater is the loss of visibility in that quadrant.

    Other Advantages.

    Because the helm is nearly on the centerline a companion seat can be placed by it to port and both the skipper and the companion can change seats without having to climb over each other. A second advantage is that a bench seat can be placed to starboard so still more people can communicate with the skipper when underway. When docking, since the skipper is on the centerline the port parallax angle is reduced.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    Here the helm and companion seats are turned into their third position to be apart of the action.

    Swiveling Seats.

    Now we come to the reason that the helm is not exactly on the centerline -- so the two seats which are attached to one fiberglass base can swivel 180 degrees and face the guests in the cockpit. The skipper and his navigator can sit here like a king and queen holding court. Remember that the primary mission of the vessel is entertaining and the swiveling seats allow more people to be involved -- along with the bench seat to starboard.

    Premium Seats.

    In fact, the two helm seats are indeed made for a king and queen as they are fully adjustable, including up and down, have reclining back rests, arm rests, and are made with plush multi-density foam cushions. They also have teak foot rests. The fiberglass base for these two seats has three lock-in positions -- forward, facing to starboard, and facing aft.

    Instrument Console.

    There is enough real estate on the instrument panel for two 12.1" Raymarine screens which come standard with the boat. Evidently there is not enough room for the two SmartCraft VesselView digital diagnostic screens on the instrument panel as they are placed on the overhead. (We would prefer to look down on them instead of up.) The DTS drive-by-wire sticks are on a diagonal angle to the right, and the joystick is just forward.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    Here we see the helm and guest seats in their second position. (A) Narrow mullions increase visibility. (B) Teak foot rests for the two seats. (C) Raise and lower the two seats independently. The bench seat at left can seat three or be used as a chaise lounge.

    Electronics Galore.

    Raymarine and Sea Ray have obviously struck a bargain as the boat comes standard with loads of Raymarine electronics. Two 12.1" screens, a chartplotter, autopilot, 2 kW radar with open array antenna, VHF radio with remote speaker and 8' (2.43 m) fiberglass antenna. The system reads water depth and temperature, gives depth alerts and fuel left to waypoints, among other things.

    Skyhook Feature.

    Every powerboat this size should have an autopilot and we're glad to see that the 540 has one. It is interfaced with the Zeus black box so that the Skyhook feature can be used. This is a convenient feature as it means that while waiting for a bridge to open or a spot at the fuel dock to open up Skyhook will keep the boat in position automatically. We have tested the system on other boats and have found that it keeps the boat remarkably close to the intended position.


    Having said how much we like Skyhook, now let us warn operators of any boat not to plug in a bunch of waypoints and let the autopilot do the driving. Too many examples of commercial vessels running on autopilot and running down yachtsmen have come across our desk over the years, not to be wary of this function. Having an autopilot is like having an extra hand on board, which is a good thing. But skippers must remember that autopilots can't see.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    The 540 has a WOT speed of over 30 knots, according to the factory, with the twin 576-hp engines.

    Engine Room

    Thanks to the fact that the Sea Ray 540 is powered by a Zeus pod drive propulsion system the engines can be moved farther back than conventional inboards. The engine room is accessed by a four-step ladder in the aft deck which alights just in front of the engines and behind two banks of 8-D batteries. The engine room is insulated with 2" of foam to keep the noise down above. Sea Ray's successful "Quiet Ride" technology, while started in the small boats, has gotten everyone's attention at Sea Ray.

    Electrical Equipment.

    Of course there is more in the engine rooms than just engines. Here is where the heavy-duty electrical equipment is housed, things like the transformer and shore-power isolator. Also found here are the battery charger/converter, the battery equalizer and the big drum for the Glendenning Cablemaster, which is a must on any boat this size. The 540 has two 50 Amp connections, both with 75' (22.8 m) of cable, only one of which is hooked up to the Cablemaster. The second Cablemaster is an option. The boat is equipped with aluminum fuel tanks with a 600 gal. (2,271 L) capacity. An oil change system is connected to the two engines and the generator.

    Fire Suppression.

    The engine room is gel coated and in the bilge there is a drip pan under the engine with a sump. An automatic and manual fire suppression system is standard and it has an auto engine shutdown feature.

    The Engines.

    Standard propulsion is provided by twin Cummins QSC 8.3-600 diesel engines. Sea Ray rates these engines at 576-hp. Cummins states on its website that the QSC8.3-600 will generate 593-hp at 3000 RPMs and 573-hp at 2800 RPMs.


    Sea Ray makes available an optional Cummins engine QSM11-715. Its horsepower rating is at 2500 RPMS, 715 metric horsepower and 705 bhp according to Cummins.


    Both the standard and optional engines drive through Zeus pods that spin aft-facing, counter-rotating props. A joystick comes standard with both engines. The joystick is designed for docking and close board maneuvers where the RPMs are below 1500.


    An Onan 21.5 kW generator comes standard with the boat and has a sound shield. Onan was selected because it uses a slower turning diesel engine and is a division of Cummins making it a one stop for service. Interestingly, Sea Ray offers a smaller Onan, the 17.5 kW, as an option. It is usually the other way around. But generators need to be loaded all the time to their capacity for optimum performance and longer life, and boaters who will be going light on the A/C may not need the larger unit.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    The window styling of the Sea Ray 540 can be seen here. Each year incremental changes are made of this vessel to keep her competitive.


    We have not tested the 540 so we can make no comment on performance. When we talk to the folks at Sea Ray they tell us that with the 576-hp Cummins engines she can go slightly faster than 30 knots. That seems respectable. We're not sure going for the larger engines is worth what small increase in speed may be available, given the added cost and fuel consumption.

    Well Equipped

    We have tried to mention in this report the major standard equipment that is incorporated in the 540. But there are many more important items we have failed to mention, including-- ●

    4-step swim ladder

    Extended swim platform

    Electric anchor windlass with ground tackle

    Freshwater washdown at anchor locker, engine room and transom

    Electric sunroof

    Side window vents on helm deck

    Accommodations A/C, 32,000 BTUs

    Cockpit A/C, 32,000 BTUs

    Hot and cold cockpit shower

    Aft weather curtain for cockpit

    Full intercom system

    When we compare the Sea Ray 540 with other boats in class we see a surprising similarity in some basic specs. For example, the beam and displacement of the better brands are pretty tightly clumped right around the 540's specs. There is no substitute for displacement when it comes to a solid ride, stability, and comfort. The 540's displacement together with her 21-degree deadrise at the transom should make her about as comfortable as any in class. As far as entertaining space and amenities go, the 540 speaks for herself.

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    (A) Sea Ray has placed four large cleats on the stern so that the boat can be tied up any number of ways depending on what the occasion requires. An optional passerelle is available. (B) A hatch for the locker where there are two 50 Amp connections and 75' of cable, one with a Cablemaster. (C) The cockpit seat backrest swivels around for alternative seating/lounging.

    Options for Entertaining

    As well equipped as the Sea Ray 540 is, those people wanting to party-hearty might want to look at a couple of options -- but not many. Here are about the only things we can think to add-- ●

    Built-in electric grill ●Refrigerator in the cockpit console ●Teak table for the cockpit ●Three teak folding chairs or directors' chairs ●Upholstery upgrade to Promessa outdoor Ultraleather

    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    Every serious cruising boat should have a washer/dryer and the 540 has one on the option list.

    Options for Cruising

    Here we find a few more things to add. Perhaps the largest item is the yacht's tender. With the boat's 15'3" beam we think that she could handle a 12' tender. The big question is whether to go for a relatively low-cost davit device such as those made by Weaver Industries, or buy the hydraulic option that Sea Ray makes available. Other cruising items we would spec-- ●

    Colored Hull,

    two-tone blue or black are offered. ●


    with Y-valve ●

    Central vacuum system

    Windshield defroster


    Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-)
    With a 21-degree deadrise at the transom the 540 Sundancer has one of the deepest V-shaped bottoms in class. That will cushion her right in choppy conditions at speed.

    Comparison In Class

    When we compare the Sea Ray 540 with other boats in class we see a surprising similarity in some basic specs. For example, the beam and displacement of the better brands are pretty tightly clumped right around the 540's specs. There is no substitute for displacement when it comes to a solid ride, stability, and comfort. The 540's displacement together with her 21-degree deadrise at the transom should make her about as comfortable as any in class. As far as entertaining space and amenities go, the 540 speaks for herself.


    The Sea Ray 540 Sundancer has been in the Sundancer Series for several years and virtually every year the boat has been upgraded in its newest iteration. The result is that the boat has been improved and refined and seems to us to be capable of doing a good job of its intended missions.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-) is 37.7 mph (60.7 kph), burning 77.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 291.44 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 540 Sundancer (2014-) is 23.1 mph (37.2 kph), and the boat gets 0.61 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.26 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 329 miles (529.47 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 715-hp Cummins MerCruiser QSM11.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Standard
    Radar Standard
    VHF Radio Standard


    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed 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
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

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

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
    Oil Change System Standard
    Vacuum Optional
    Washer/Dryer Optional


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