Sea Ray's "SLX" designation signals that the builder has put "luxury" styling and up-graded materials into this model to raise her above the standard offerings on the market. Her helm instrument console is particularly impressive, and we like her slightly retro centerline cockpit access from the stern. But perhaps the boat's most important attribute, is her "Quiet Ride" technology. The 250 SLX at hr "best cruise" setting of 3500 RPMs has a 76 dbA sound level according to our meter. This is extremely quiet by any standard.
- Automotive-style dash with walnut accents, wrapped visor and panel and stainless steel bezels
- Full beam, deep, integral swim platform with walkthrough from platform to cockpit
- Fully finished storage compartments with hinged access
- Quiet Ride technologies with patented Tuned Transom for noise reduction
- Stereo with Wireless Bluetooth™ and media inputs
- Two seating plans (wet bar or added seating) both fully integrated
- Mojave Tan hull color option
- Armrests incorporated into forward facing boat seats
|Length Overall||26' 6'' / 8.07 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||2.3 sec.|
|0 to 30||4.7 sec.|
|Props||22.5 Pitch Prop Set|
|Load||2 persons, 1/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||49 deg.,38 humid.; wind: 15-25 mph; seas: light chop|
1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG
1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT Bravo III with DTS
1 x 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECT Bravo III DTS
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The mission of the 250 SLX is to blow the cobwebs off every mediocre, mid-sized bowrider on the market and give boaters a straight shot of adrenaline. By building a completely new boat the 250 SLX is intended to appeal to sophisticated boaters that have sharpened their visual acuity on the best that the world of design as to offer. Inside the vessel Sea Ray has upgraded its upholstery treatments, as noticed at the helm console, in particular. By building the 250 SLX with its more costly "Quiet Ride" technology, the company has doubled down on quality to trump the competition in an area that can't be seen -- but certainly can be heard. In other words, Sea Ray has decided with the 250 SLX to appeal to a consumer that has increasingly been looking for more sizzle, on-water glamour and class, as well as just functionality, performance and a reasonable price.
The wet bar adds utility to the SLX and a little bit of class. It also has room for an optional cockpit refrigerator and a step to the caprail is integrated into the aft side which guests will appreciate when boarding. •
Average Cockpit Depth (36.4" /92.7 cm).
A deep cockpit means more safety for kids -- and adults -- and a dryer ride. The 250 SLX's average cockpit depth is also 36” (7.6-15 cm) deeper than most in class. •
Quiet Ride Technology.
This is a proprietary Sea Ray feature and reduces sound levels throughout the boat, beginning at the build process.
Take a Seat
The 26’6” (8.1 m) of LOA provides Sea Ray designers with a lot of opportunity in laying out the 250 SLX while keeping the bowrider utility. The forward cockpit is long enough for adults to sprawl in comfort. The bow seats have integrated armrests and comfortable backrests, and there's room left over for an anchor well. (Sometimes designers take over anchor-well space to lengthen the bow seats.)
Note the deep nature of the bow seating which makes the 250 SLX more secure for precious cargo.
The main cockpit
has what one would expect, helm and companion bucket seats and a wraparound lounge aft. The buckets have flip-up bolsters for thigh support while standing and both seats swivel and adjust fore and aft. The lounge sits on a fiberglass base with stowage underneath, and is big enough to fit most families. A table is available ($538). The cockpit sole is fiberglass, with snap-in carpet standard and ski or wakeboard stowage in a lockable compartment underneath.
Like most bowriders, the 250 SLX has twin consoles with the walkthrough between. The boat is large enough to fit an enclosed head compartment under the companion console. Use the standard Porta-Potti, or upgrade to a VacuFlush with holding tank ($1,846).
Sea Ray installs a single 5.7 L 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT Bravo III as standard power, with a 380-hp 8.2 MAG ECT Bravo III as a $13,615 option. We tested the 250 SLX with standard power recently, and recorded a top speed of 46.8 mph, burning 24.2 gph which produced a range of 131 miles. At best cruise, 3500 rpm and 28.3 mph our test boat burned 8.7 gph for a range of 220 miles with a 10% reserve.
The stern features a center walkthrough with removable cushions on the bench seat providing a nonskid surface. When operating, a seat back gets inserted, as well as a center cushion for the aft sun pad creating nearly full beam sun space. The swim platform featured an optional teak deck ($1,577) that adds to the style and elegance of the 250 SLX.
The optional engine offer by Sea Ray for the 250 SLX is the 8.2 L 380-hp sterndrive with Bravo II lower unit. The optional engine may add a few mph to both top speed and cruise, but does it matter with a boat like this one? We think the biggest advantage of the larger engine would be to maintain the tested performance with a boat full of family and friends, or when towing a beginning skier with a boat full of people. We tested the boat lightly loaded, with only two people aboard, little gear, no fresh water and only ¾ fuel. Packed up for a full day afloat with a near-capacity crowd, the 250 SLX will be somewhat less sprightly.
For Max WOT Speed.
Having said that, the 380-hp option will easily break the 50-mph barrier with the 250 SLX that the 300-hp just can't quite get her to. For folks wanting to strut their stuff there is no substitute for the 8.2 L bad boy. Hot dogs should plan on spending an extra $13,615.
The 250 SLX is not only good looking but a good handling boat. She has a 12-degree bow rise that keeps the horizon in view throughout the acceleration curve. There's no need to be aggressive with the trim, just a couple of shots of the throttle mounted trim control will bring the bow up to a 5-degree cruise attitude giving a slight boost in speed. She rolled 16-degrees into the turns and remained solid throughout any maneuvers showing no tendency to fall off the turn or presented chine walking. When taking power off she settles back into the water stern first while still leaving the horizon uninterrupted.
Quiet Ride Technology.
At cruise we measured a top sound level of only 82 dbA meaning we could easily have a normal conversation without yelling to be heard over the engine. It should be noted that we tested this boat in 20-degree F weather. In fact, when we hauled the boat, drops of water were freezing on contact with the concrete launch ramp. We have also tested a sistership in 85-degree conditions and recorded a sound reading at best cruise of 76 dbA. That's big and noticeable difference, reminding us of high school physics class where we learned that molecules contract in cold, and evidently so does the sound-deadening foam. Thankfully most boaters are out on the water in warm weather.
Options to Consider
First, let's trick out the 250 SLX to be the cock of the walk. Here are the options we would add--
2-Tone Color Gel Coat.
This is a must for that SLX look and Sea Ray offers it at a very reasonable up-charge. $1,231. For an extra 1%, the boat will look like a million dollars.
Stainless Steel Windshield Header.
Don't ask us why this makes so much of an aesthetic difference, but it just does. $1,538.
Teak Swim Platform.
There are two ways to go with this, but if one is looking for max good-looks, then go for the teak option. $1,577. (Sea Ray offers a SeaDek band on the swim platform which watersports enthusiasts should consider. $462.)
The arch is constructed to be a relatively thin, single fiberglass piece supported by a thinner aluminum brace. It looks more pleasing to the eye, and handles a number of functions such as towing, and has an integral Bimini top. $5,846.
Those four options will make the 250 SLX look as good as any boat on the lake. They add to $10,192, or roughly 10% more than the base boat MSRP.
And, there are other options we would consider as well. They are--
Crescent-shaped Aft Bench Seat.
This seat configuration can be seen in the photos above and is recommended for boaters who want to maximize their boat's seating capacity, such as towing enthusiasts, or perhaps for those who want to keep the aft filler cushions out of the way. This replaces the wet bar at no extra charge.
This option comes with two bases, one forward, one aft, and we think is a "must" for anyone planning on using the boat for entertaining. It has dedicated storage. $538.
Cockpit Cover with Tonneau Cover.
Again we consider covers a "must" and while they are sold in the aftermarket we'd always go for those supplied by the builder for best fit and finish. $1,077.
Automatic Fire Suppression.
This is just prudent to have and we recommend it for every boat. $538. We'd also add an engine room fume detector.
Depending on how the boat is planned to be used, this could be a "must" or a luxury. It comes with a 10 gallon (38 L) holding tank. $1,846.
Submersible Swim Platform.
Coming under the heading of options where "cost is no object", we would add the cool submersible swim platform. Sea Ray is one of the few brands that has it and both kids and adults will love sitting on it, half submerged in cool water during the hot days of summer. It is just something that makes the 250 SLX a little bit more exciting. $4,923.
Base price of the Sea Ray 250 SLX is $107,834; add shipping, prep and the price will be over $100 grand. As noted above, another 10k will make her one of the hottest-looking boats on the lake. Another 4k for items we consider "must haves" and we have a 25' (7.62 m) that will have an MSRP of about $121,000 that will leave little more to be desired. We should emphasize that the exterior lines of the 250 SLX with a colored hull are perhaps her most stunning feature. That along with the Quiet Ride technology make her a boat worth considering by most anyone in the market for a sportboat in this size range.