Sea Ray designed the SLX 250 to be a luxurious, well-appointed family bowrider with plenty of seating and a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including high-end amenities such as digital instrumentation and engine controls, an enclosed head and aft-facing transom seating with a convertible backrest.For performance to match the luxury, the boat comes standard with a 300-hp MerCruiser 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo III sterndrive with digital throttle and shift and options up to 430-hp are available.
Room to Move.
The SLX 250’s swim platform is 2’1” (.64 m) fore and aft and has the space for a rider to put on a wakeboard before slipping into the water.
The transom lounge
can accommodate a couple of people and the convertible ratcheting backrest adjusts to multiple positions for sunning or just plain added comfort. There are two cup holders on each side of the lounge and a stainless-steel ski tow pulls up from out of the backrest for the bench seat.
A passageway to starboard provides direct access to the SLX 250’s cockpit. In the gunwale, is a pull-out shower and an optional fold-down step for boarding from a higher dock. A hatch in the walkway opens on a gas strut to access draining storage.
A large lounge with storage in the base wraps around from the forward end of the cockpit passage to port and to starboard is a two-person seat with dedicated space for the carry-on cooler and for a wastebasket beneath the removable bottom cushion. Forward is a pair of bucket seats and in between is the ski and board locker in the deck.
The Port Console
Forward of the port bucket seat, the console opens to reveal the step-down head compartment. It has a locking hatch and comes standard with a portable head. Owners can upgrade to a VacuFlush toilet with a 10-gallon (30-L) holding tank.
The SLX 250’s helm is finished in dark colors to reduce windshield glare. Gauges including the multi-function tachometer and speedometer are in a single row above the tilt steering wheel. The stereo is to port on the lower panel adjacent to the wheel with push-button-style accessory switches on each separated on each side. The digital shift and throttle control is comfortably positioned on the starboard inwale. The dash can be upgraded to a 12" multi-functional digital switching display ("Dymanic Display").
Moving forward from the cockpit, the bow passageway closes off with the open-able center section of the windshield and a hinged door that folds out from the starboard console to protect passengers from the onrushing air. Behind the door is a storage locker.
Recline In Style.
In the SLX 250’s bow there are angled backrests with fold-down armrests on the front of the consoles. Outboard on each side are cutouts in the gunwales with small-item storage, 12-volt power plugs (unusual) and stainless steel grab rails wrapped in leather. Cup holders are forward beneath a small removable cushion. There’s an anchor locker in the forepeak and a windlass and stainless steel anchor as available options.
Most bowriders have the bottom cushions hinged on the inboard side or not at all. Sea Ray hinged the port side bottom cushion at the aft end with scissor-style hardware while the starboard cushion is hinged at the front. The bow locker is carpeted and has the expected amount of capacity. To starboard, the compartment is extra-large and could be customized to carry items such as SCUBA diving tanks.
Power and Performance
We tested the Sea Ray SLX 250 with three different engines – each with both light and heavy loads. As a result we have some of the most exhaustive test data we have ever presented on a boat in this class.
With the MerCruiser 8.2L MAG H.O. ETC – 430-HP
for the SLX 250 powered by the 430-hp 8.2L HO V-8 with a “light load” – test weight 7,445 lbs. (3,377 kg) – was 53.7 mph. The lower unit was a Bravo IIIx with a 2.0:1 gear ratio. Loaded up with 1,200-lbs. (544 kg) of passengers, she had a WOT speed of 53.2 mph – just .5 mph off her top speed with two people aboard.
was found to be at 3000 rpm where with just two people aboard, she went 31.0 mph, burning 12.0 gph for a range of 174 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve. With the 1,200-lb. (544 kg) load at 3000 rpm, we found that she dropped just .7 mph, getting 13.3 gph for a range of 153 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve.
MerCruiser 8.2L MAG ETC – 380-HP
for the SLX 250 powered by the 380-hp 8.2L V-8 and the same Bravo IIIx 2.0:1 drive with a “light load” – test weight 7,445-lbs. (3,377 kg) – was 52.2 mph. Then loaded up with 1,200-lbs. (544 kg) of passengers, she had a WOT speed of 51.6 mph – just .5 mph off her top speed with two people aboard.
was found to be at 2750 rpm where with just two people aboard, she went 24.6.mph, burning 10.4 gph for a range of slightly over 159 miles. With the 1,200-lb. load at 3250 rpm, we found that she went 32.2 mph, burning 13.6 gph for a range of virtually the same – 159 statute miles – so, we say with this engine, just let her rip at the higher cruise setting for no loss in efficiency. These ranges are with a 10% fuel reserve.
MerCruiser 6.2L ECT – 350-HP
for the SLX 250 powered by the 350-hp 6.2L V-8 with two people aboard – test weight 7,183-lbs. (3,258 kg) – was 50.2 mph. The lower unit was a Bravo III with a 2.2:1 gear ratio. Loaded up with 1,200-lbs. (544 kg) of passengers, she had a test weight of 7,983-lbs. (3,621 kg) and a WOT speed of 48.8 mph – 2.4 mph off her top speed with two people aboard.
was found to be at 3500 rpm where with just two people aboard, she went 30.1 mph, burning 9.9 gph for a range of 205 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve. With the 1,200-lb. load at 3500 rpm we found that she dropped to 28.9 mph, getting 10.6 gph for a range of 184 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve.
Perhaps the most remarkable difference among the performance comparisons was in the 0 to 20 mph timed runs. It was no surprise that the light boats were quickest, but interestingly, the 380-hp 8.2L MAG and the 350-hp 6.2L ECT both hit 20 mph in 6.2 seconds. The other combinations of engines and weight varied from 8.2 seconds to 11.3 seconds going 0-to-20 mph. Fastest to 30 mph, again were the two “light” boats that won the 0-to-20 mph contest and the other engines and loads ranged from 12.0 seconds to 15.8 seconds from 0-to-30 mph.
All 6 strakes run the length of the hull, providing additional lift, which enhances efficiency and provides for a more level ride. Deadrise at the transom measures 21-degrees. Part of the design is that the trim tabs are integrated into the hull bottom and conform to the shape of the chines.
The Science of Silence
Sea Ray’s Quiet Ride and its Tuned Transom are part of a system that the manufacturer designed to reduce noise and vibration in all its boats. A boat without the system averages 86.2 decibels, while a boat equipped with Quiet Ride averages 79.4, according to Sea Ray. We have visited the company’s factory and inspected the procedures that they employ to make their boats quieter – and then we have tested them. They are, in fact, quieter.
Engine and Equipment Access
A section of the aft bench seat raises on a power ram to provide access to the engine and to the polyethylene fuel tank just ahead. The bottom cushion in the corner of the L-shaped cockpit lounge is removable and beneath it the two batteries are secured in plastic trays.
Options to Consider and Pricing
The Sea Ray SLX 250 is a luxury bowrider that should be attractive to a family that likes to bring along friends and stay active during a day on the water. She has passenger capacity that is greater than most deck boats of similar lengths but rides on a V-bottom design that should handle rough water much better when the wind kicks up at the end of the day.She comes at a luxury price with some of the amenities that most owners would want and has available a number of options they can add to complete the package.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sea Ray SLX 250 (2016-) is 52.2 mph (84 kph), burning 32.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 121.12 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sea Ray SLX 250 (2016-) is 28.6 mph (46 kph), and the boat gets 2.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.98 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 0 miles (0 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 380-hp MerCruiser ECT 8.2L MAG.
Standard and Optional Features
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