With her large flybridge and open layout that puts the cockpit, galley, and salon on the same level, the Sea Ray Fly 460 is designed and built to entertain a crowd. She sleeps up to six and has convertible berths in the bow stateroom to enhance versatility. The Fly 460 can be powered by the standard Cummins QSB 6.7-550 HO diesel inboards or by Mercury Zeus pod drives with the same motors.
Because it’s such a focal point of the boat, we’ll start on the Fly 460’s flying bridge. Stairs to the port side of the cockpit lead to the upper deck where there’s a large lounge to starboard that wraps around a natural teak wood table supported by two pedestals. There are twin leaves that can allow the table to be expanded for full meals to collapses for less formal functions as well as to allow easier entry and egress. The forward end of the seat slides to allow for more seating at the table, or for expanded forward facing seating. This front seat also converts to a lounge seat, all in close proximity to the captain at the helm and all surrounded by stainless steel rails.
An entertainment center with a refrigerator, grill and a sink is an available option for the space just to port at the top of the stairs.
Overhead is an optional hardtop that provides much needed shade, but when sun is desired, a button at the helm opens the 4’ (1.22 m) of fabric sunroof. An arch is standard equipment.
The flybridge helm has full Mercury SmartCraft instrumentation with a VesselView screen, a Raymarine es12 12.1” (30.73 cm) widescreen with integrated 4 kW radar and power-assist steering on a tilt helm. The captain drives from a single bucket seat and there’s a bench seat to port for companions to keep company.
Descend the stairs from the flybridge to the cockpit and head forward on the symmetrical side decks to port and starboard that are protected by 29” (73.7 cm) high side rails and an additional grab rail along the cabin side increases the safety. The Fly 460’s foredeck is covered by a large sunpad that has adjustable height backrests to convert into chaise lounges, and the leg supports also provide additional comfort. A canvas cover is provided for this standard feature. Stainless steel railings are to both sides in both of these railings have embedded beverage holders.
To the four corners of the sun pad are sockets that will hold stanchions to support a Bimini top to cover the entire bow. This will add some shade for those who wish to enjoy the outstanding views, but not suffer under the onslaught of the sun for the entire day.
There’s a deck hatch for the bow cabin and just ahead, the boat comes standard with a windlass with foot switches and an in-deck rode locker.
At the other end of the Fly 460, the swim platform comes out 4’8” (1.42 m) from the transom. It has a re-boarding ladder beneath and to the center and a handhold is cut into the teak decking.
An optional hydraulic platform with a 650-lb. (295 kg) capacity is available for launching PWCs or a tender and creating a private teak beach. A remote control is in a concealed locker to the starboard transom that also includes the shore power cord reel, city water, and TV hookups. When the platform is lowered, stairs automatically deploy from the deck to allow access to and from the cockpit.
Just Ahead is an Outdoor Galley. A hatch lifts to reveal an eclectic grill with a sink just alongside. Having the grill here is a great way to keep the space open in the cockpit. Below plenty of storage are in two separate compartments. Please note this is an optional feature.
A passageway to port that closes with an acrylic gate framed in stainless steel leads up to the cockpit. There’s a wraparound L-shaped lounge to starboard with a removable seat cushion that reveals a step for boarding from a fixed pier. Filled in, there’s seating across the whole starboard side and across the stern up to the boarding gate to port. All cushions have weatherproof upholstery and diamond stitching. A flip-down armrest is in the aft bench section. Storage is under all seats. An owner can add an optional teak table on a side mount pedestal. A cover is included.
More space or less?
Now the cockpit did seem a bit cramped when we inspected the Fly 460. At first, we thought it was because of the stairs to the flying bridge taking up so much space, but that wasn't quite it. It seemed that the seating was instead moved forward to provide more room at the swim platform for the outdoor galley. That observation made more sense to us, but it also seemed that more time would be spent in the cockpit than the transom galley, so didn't seem fair to be sacrificing the cockpit because of a feature that may be used once in a while.
Apparently, Sea Ray agreed with this logic and instead of making the seating fixed to provide more room to one space or the other the seating is movable. Just a touch of a button allows the entirety of the cockpit seating to slide back 16” (40.6 cm) towards the swim platform providing much more usable space in a much more open gathering area.
The grilling area on the platform has plenty of room for grilling when the seat is moved in the forward or aft positions. When it's time to go to work on cooking, push the button and slide the seat forward or aft to allow more room for cooking at the platform.
Main Deck Features
The multi-panel sliding door that separates the cockpit from the salon has a threshold that’s flush with the deck. Both doors open fully to seamlessly blend the interior with the exterior. Once inside, the feeling of openness is brought about by the 7'2" (2.18 m) overhead and plenty of glass giving unobstructed views to the surroundings.
The L-shaped galley is located aft into port and includes plenty of open counter peace for food prep. A double-burner cooktop and single basin stainless steel sink are both recessed into the solid surface countertop. An acrylic backsplash runs along the forward end of the countertop. Below there is a convection microwave oven and plenty of storage. To the sides, along the companionway, there is a stainless steel grab handle with an optional icemaker just below.
The galley can really be said to occupy both sides of the Fly 460’s main deck. The main galley is to the port hand side while to the starboard side there's plenty of open counter space for buffet serving. Below that is a side-by-side refrigerator freezer with storage alongside that. There's additional storage underneath the counter while above is a swing out 40” (102 cm) flat screen TV. That can be viewed from the cabin or the cockpit.
As we transition to the salon, there's an 8” (20.32 cm) step in the real wood engineered decking. Ahead of the galley to port, there’s a long L-shaped couch with a smaller loveseat-style lounge to starboard. A beautiful freestanding pedestal table can be moved aside to convert the L-shaped sofa into a sleeper. Without the sleeper sofa, the same table is used with or without the sleeper sofa. To the forward side of the galley counter, there's a cabinet housing the entertainment system that includes the optional Bose surround sound system or the standard 4 zone Rockford Fosgate audio system.
All of the woodwork on our test boat was a high-gloss finish cherry veneer. This is an upgraded finish over the French walnut satin veneer that we highly recommend. The look is stunning.
Smart Station. Forward of the salon to starboard, the standard lower helm has side-by-side individual seats so the captain and a companion can individually adjust their riding position. The panel is finished in dark upholstery and it a compass and two Raymarine screens. One displays the GPS interface, depth and water temperature and a trip log. The other engine information including performance and fuel, boost pressure and range. A SmartCraft VesselView screen keeps an eye on engine health.
Stairs adjacent to the lower helm descend to the cabin level of the Fly 460 where we are met with a spacious atrium with plenty of light from the windows of the above. Directly alongside the companionway stairs is a door leading to shelved storage.
Another door right alongside provides access to the day head. This has much the same features as the master head, which we will get to in a moment.
The full-beam master stateroom is aft and as we enter, the light provided by the hull side windows and the 6'2" (1.88 m) overhead clearance, dropping down to 5’8” (1.73 m), eliminates even the most remote feelings of claustrophobia.
The stateroom is laid out stunningly with a queen berth center mounted right in the sweet spot. It includes an innerspring mattress and storage in the base. There's a large storage credenza located along the side bulkhead just underneath the hull side window. Additional storage is in the corner. And of course this is all repeated to the opposite side. There's a full-length cedar closet to port and a shorter closet to starboard. At the forward bulkhead there's a 32” (81 cm) flatscreen TV with an optional combination washer dryer just beneath.
At the entrance to the stateroom is a full-length mirror directly opposite the pocket door leading to the master head. There are mirrored storage cabinets that open garage door style just above the hull side window with an opening port light. A vessel sink is mounted on top of the Corian counter. Storage is below the counter, and behind is a walk-in shower with an acrylic surround.
The VIP is located forward. Nestled into the bow, the queen-sized berth can be split “scissor-fashion” into a V for those evenings when the beds will be occupied by persons who may not be a couple. As expected, there's plenty of light coming in from both hull site windows and an overhead hatch in addition to plenty of LED lighting. There's an upholstered headboard with high-gloss cherry woodwork to both sides. A 24" (61 cm) TV is mounted to the aft bulkhead and just alongside port is a cedar hanging locker. A door to the starboard side of the entrance provides private access to the day head. Another cedar closet is to starboard.
The Sea Ray Fly 460 is powered by twin 550-hp (528-propshaft hp) Cummins QSB 6.7 inline-6 diesel V-drive inboards and Zeus pod drives are available options. We tested with the V-drive version that brought us to a top speed of 27 kn at 3289 rpm. Best cruise seemed to come in at 2750 rpm and 19 kn where the 38.8 gallon per hour fuel burn resulted in .6 miles per gallon and a range of 164.9 nautical miles, all while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat's total fuel supply.
On board Systems. In her engine room, the Fly 460 has an automatic fire-suppression system and 24-volt blowers. The engines are equipped with parallel start systems. Fuel flows to the engines through twin Racor fuel filters. The boat‘s 13.5 kW diesel generator has remote starting and a dedicated fuel fill and raw-water strainer. The freshwater tank holds 140 gallons (529 L) and the water heater has an 11-gallon (42 L) capacity.
Options to Consider
- Raymarine autopilot interfaced with the charplotter
- Assorted Raymarine electronics upgrades
- Flybridge grill
- Flybridge sink
- Flybridge refrigerator
- Flybridge Bimini top
- Flybridge hardtop with or without opening skylight
- Audio system for foredeck seating
- Choice of two audio system upgrades
- Bow and stern thrusters
- KVH digital satellite TV system
- Galley icemaker
- Joystick docking for V-drive or Zeus
- Underwater lights
- Transom passarelle
- Pull-out sofa
- Foredeck sunshade
- 3 years bow to stern
- 10 year Limited Structural hull/deck
- Top speed for the Sea Ray Fly 460 (2017-) is 31.0 mph (49.9 kph), burning 57.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 216.88 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sea Ray Fly 460 (2017-) is 11.7 mph (18.8 kph), and the boat gets 0.6 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.26 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 205 miles (329.92 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 526-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 V drive.
Well clearly Sea Ray was able to continue to offer the level of luxury, fit-and-finish in this latest cruiser. She has a roomy interior, an exceptional comfort level we’ve come to expect from the brand, and a solid build. All in a comfortable boat that also has great handling characteristics.
Test Result Highlights
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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