SEA RAY 400 SEDAN BRIDGE: WHEN POSSESSION BECOMES AN OBSESSION...

A flying bridge increases a boat's living space. It also provides a greater feeling of command while running. You can see what I mean by taking the Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge for a ride. Belowdecks, you'll swear you're in a 50-footer. From the helm, you'll feel your ... ahem! ... chest expand. Modern pharmaceuticals might induce the same effect, but chances are this new cruiser will better impress your friends.

SEA? GEE! For all seagoing vessels -except, of course, for barges and houseboats- ride, handling, and performance determine the where, when, and with what level of confidence you cruise. Climb the stairs -yes, real stairs, not a ladder- and take the controls of the 400 Sedan Bridge. Put the twin 460-bhp Cummins 480C-E diesel inboards in gear and you'll swear you're surfing. The boat lifts, moves forward, and delivers a satisfying sensation of speed- all at once. Getting squashed back into your seat as the digital tachs roll past 1800 is a particularly gratifying experience. Certainly, the electronically controlled Cummins diesel engines, custom Teignbridge props, and the 400 Sedan Bridge's hullform all deserve credit. Sea Ray's design team attributes tank testing, in which scale models of the boat are towed and the results analyzed, for its stellar ability to get up and go. This testing, they say, allowed them to optimize the location of the longitudinal center of gravity, or the pivot point over which the boat seesaws when attaining plane. Simply put: The 400 Sedan Bridge's ride is truly awesome.

Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge Test ResultsOn the cruise, the wheel turns six times lock-to-lock. That's a bit much for a skiboat or go-fast. But unless you like running slalom courses in your cruiser, it's perfect. On long runs, you won't need to make constant adjustments just to stay on your side of the channel. Set a course across the wind. I did on a day when it was blowing 23 mph. The 400 Sedan Bridge doesn't lean excessively to windward- in fact, it hardly leaned at all. Bottom line? I didn't need to rely on the tabs to achieve proper trim-whether I was getting on plane or cruising. When their tabs are up, boats are more efficient and handle more predictably.

Determining a boat's minimum planing speed is a good way to determine how much control you'll have when -and it's always when- you get caught out in steep seas, because let's face it, it happens to everyone eventually. First, deploy the tabs fully. Then from cruise speed, throttle down until the boat falls off plane. I slowed to 11.5 mph in the 400 Sedan Bridge, and even cutting hard turns couldn't shake it off plane. Impressive.

What about docking? Given the gusty breeze, the flying bridge's windage, and a close-passing tug and barge, I would have felt some trepidation in other boats I've tested. But with the torque of twin diesels at my fingertips, the 400 Sedan Bridge backed between the poles neat as a pin. You may order the optional bow thruster-but only as a luxury. It's not a necessity.

NEOCLASSIC. A recent trend in the design of flying bridge cruisers has been toward incorporating raised sidedecks such as those found aboard Carver's 410 Sports Sedan ($471,056 with twin 480-bhp Volvo Penta 75P diesel inboards). The result of these raised walkways is that they allow a builder to increase the interior volume of a boat because the cabin extends beneath the sidedecks. To access the bow on most of these boats, you must first climb the flying bridge stairs, then descend a ramp to the foredeck, which is arguably easier than going forward; alongside the deckhouse.

The 400 Sedan Bridge is constructed similarly to Sealine's F-42/5 ($549,250 powered like our test boat), which means they both retain traditional sidedecks and their macho good looks. These sidedecks parallel the 400 Sedan Bridge's sheer, which rises in a straight line. As a result, it looks like a sprinter at the blocks who's ready, set, and waiting for the gun. Bow access is good, because big steps in the cockpit corners let you gain the sidedecks with ease. The walkways are wide; the rail is sturdy and includes a safety line; and a grabrail is affixed along the deckhouse aft. However, I'd like to see another rail added, along the forward 10' of the house, at the point where there is no grabrail and the bowrail is too low to grab without crouching. Once past the house, the bowrail is high enough.

Open the twin lids of the anchor locker and you'll find room for 800' of rode. So big is this locker that an anchor washdown hose is strapped inside. Stick your head in and see that the back plating for the windlass, rails, and cleats are hefty, as is the massive anchor retention system-a ¼" cable onto which is swaged a huge carabiner. God, I love hardware. Having detailed my share of boats over the years, I appreciate that Sea Ray incorporates nonslip all the way to the windshield boss. Too many boats leave this ramped molding slick, placing the windshield and bridge canvas out of reach with even a long-handled mop.

CLOSE THE BOX. Belowdecks, the 400 Sedan Bridge sleeps six people in two staterooms and the convertible sofa in the salon. The cherry-laminated, galley-down layout is light and bright thanks to large, frameless windows and lots of ports, hatches, and skylights. No support pillars intrude thanks to beams hidden in the headliner. Brushed stainless-steel fixtures and black-sparkle counters give the area a fresh, smart look. The master stateroom, with its innerspring mattress, twin hanging lockers, and private head, is wonderful, though the 110-volt outlet is in the medicine cabinet, which means the mirror has to be open and unusable while blow-drying occurs. You' ll welcome the galley pantry and day head's linen closet. But the big news belowdecks concerns the guest stateroom and the dinette positioned atop it.

No afterthought, the guest stateroom has twin berths that convert to a six-foot-square king. Sheets for both configurations are standard. You can stand at its entrance, where there's a locker and changing stool, and easily sit up and read when under the covers deep inside.

Directly above is the dinette, which seats six in a U-shaped arrangement and is served by a high-gloss, burled-wood table. Seen one, seen 'em all, right? Wrong. This table is articulating. It swivels out and locks into position as a buffet when needed. Also, flip the top in half and you won't have to do the butt slide when leaving the table. Its functionality, beauty, and strength are indicative of the 400 Sedan Bridge on the whole.

Extra Point: The 400 Sedan Bridge's fiberglass cabin headliner. is more than just a fashion statement. It "kisses" the whalebone pillars hidden within the window mullions and is bonded to the flying bridge pan overhead, adding strength and rigidity to the deckhouse.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW SEA RAY YACHTS CURRENTLY FOR SALE IN CALIFORNIA

This review/article originally appeared in Boating Magazine, August 2003 and is written by Kevin Falvey. For more great boat reviews, visit their website and subscribe at: https://www.boatingmag.com/subscribe-to-boating-magazine

  • 58' SEA RAY 580 SUPER SUN SPORT (2002)
    Available

    58' SEA RAY 580 SUPER SUN SPORT (2002) "FAN CLUB"

    Few retreats on land or at sea can compare with the serene luxury and galvanizing euphoria afforded by the 580 Super Sun Sport, one of the most stunning achievements in Sea Ray history. By itself, the enormous cockpit contains enough amenities for a total boating experience, with a wet bar, cocktail table, a large U-shaped sofa, and additional electric foldaway seating. The cockpit is so large, in fact, there's room for an optional stowaway...

    Few retreats on land or at sea can compare with the serene luxury and galvanizing...

    Few retreats on land or at sea can compare with the serene luxury and galvanizing euphoria afforded by the 580 Super Sun Sport, one of the most stunning achievements in Sea Ray...

    $259,000.00
    View
  • 56' SEA RAY 560 SEDAN BRIDGE (2001) *LLC* "FAN SEA II"
    Available

    56' SEA RAY 560 SEDAN BRIDGE (2001) *LLC* "NO...

    The Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge will make an exceptional and lasting impression on all who see her, for she unites in harmony the unabashed luxury and highly functional technology sought by discerning yachtsmen around the world. [displayForm id=9] Listed by JW Hall Yacht and Ship Brokerage THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING AGREEMENT WITH THE BROKER LISTED ABOVE AND IS NOT OFFERED FOR SALE BY DICK SIMON YACHTS. Dick Simon Yachts is...

    The Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge will make an exceptional and lasting impression on all who...

    The Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge will make an exceptional and lasting impression on all who see her, for she unites in harmony the unabashed luxury and highly functional technology...

    $325,000.00
    View
  • 55' SEA RAY 55 SUNDANCER
    Available

    55' SEA RAY 55 SUNDANCER (2008) *LLC*

    *LLC, SALES TAX INCENTIVES* It has it all - power, speed, and a revolutionary configuration. [displayForm id=12] Listed by Valkyrie Yacht Sales THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING AGREEMENT WITH THE BROKER LISTED ABOVE AND IS NOT OFFERED FOR SALE BY DICK SIMON YACHTS. Dick Simon Yachts is merely providing this information in an effort to represent you as a buyer in the purchase of this vessel. Photos and description courtesy: Sea...

    *LLC, SALES TAX INCENTIVES* It has it all - power, speed, and a revolutionary...

    *LLC, SALES TAX INCENTIVES* It has it all - power, speed, and a revolutionary configuration. [displayForm id=12] Listed by Valkyrie Yacht Sales THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO AN...

    $789,000.00
    View
  • 54' SEA RAY 540 SUNDANCER (2001)
    Available

    54' SEA RAY 540 SUNDANCER (2000) *LLC*

    The 540 Sundancer represents the latest in timeless elegance from Sea Ray, inventors and perfecters of the world-famous Sundancer mid-cabin design, and she carries herself with the air of luxury and seaworthiness that is inherent in every Sea Ray yacht. The lavish cockpit is fully equipped for entertaining, complete with wet bar and sink, Clarion® five-speaker stereo with remote, U-shaped seating with electric sun pad and much more...

    The 540 Sundancer represents the latest in timeless elegance from Sea Ray, inventors...

    The 540 Sundancer represents the latest in timeless elegance from Sea Ray, inventors and perfecters of the world-famous Sundancer mid-cabin design, and she carries herself with...

    $299,000.00
    View
  • 54' SEA RAY 540 SUNDANCER (2001)
    Available

    54' SEA RAY 540 SUNDANCER (2000) "LIQUID ASSET"

    The 540 Sundancer represents the latest in timeless elegance from Sea Ray, inventors and perfecters of the world-famous Sundancer mid-cabin design, and she carries herself with the air of luxury and seaworthiness that is inherent in every Sea Ray yacht. The lavish cockpit is fully equipped for entertaining, complete with wet bar and sink, Clarion® five-speaker stereo with remote, U-shaped seating with electric sun pad and much more...

    The 540 Sundancer represents the latest in timeless elegance from Sea Ray, inventors...

    The 540 Sundancer represents the latest in timeless elegance from Sea Ray, inventors and perfecters of the world-famous Sundancer mid-cabin design, and she carries herself with...

    $289,000.00
    View
  • 52' SEA RAY FLY 520 (2018) "SECOND CHANCE"
    Available

    52' SEA RAY FLY 520 (2018)

    *SEAKEEPER GYRO STABILIZATION, JOYSTICK CONTROL* Sea Ray's new Fly 520 leverages the power of light through design choices that maximize views and minimize obstruction. Evolutionary styling and contemporary materials feel bright and airy, while wide-open, blended-purpose spaces with ample windows invite the outside in. From the glass-enclosed bridge staircase, to the hydraulic "Stairway to the Sea" swim platform, to the ingenious convertible...

    *SEAKEEPER GYRO STABILIZATION, JOYSTICK CONTROL* Sea Ray's new Fly 520 leverages the...

    *SEAKEEPER GYRO STABILIZATION, JOYSTICK CONTROL* Sea Ray's new Fly 520 leverages the power of light through design choices that maximize views and minimize obstruction....

    $1,750,000.00
    View
  • 52' SEA RAY 52 SUNDANCER (2006)
    Available

    52' SEA RAY 52 SUNDANCER (2006) "FOREVER YAR"

    Contoured lines and dramatic styling reveal a refined and powerful presence that will take your breath away. New graceful lines and a distinctive bow provide improved function with enhanced visibility. Beneath her appealing style are the technological advancements and conveniences you've come to expect from Sea Ray. [displayForm id=6] Listed by Alexander Marine USA THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING AGREEMENT WITH THE BROKER...

    Contoured lines and dramatic styling reveal a refined and powerful presence that will...

    Contoured lines and dramatic styling reveal a refined and powerful presence that will take your breath away. New graceful lines and a distinctive bow provide improved function...

    $439,900.00
    View
  • 51' SEA RAY 510 SUNDANCER (2015) *LLC* "RUNNIN' UTE"
    Available

    51' SEA RAY 510 SUNDANCER (2015) *LLC*...

    Wow did Sea Ray get it right with the 510 Sundancer, a world-class Sportcruiser designed for cruising and entertaining in unsurpassed luxury. With distinctive hull windows and a enclosed salon, the 510 is a big styling step forward from the earlier Sea Ray express yachts with their open main decks and fiberglass arches. The Sundancers oversized salon windows, big windshield, and large sunroof flood the main deck living area with tons of...

    Wow did Sea Ray get it right with the 510 Sundancer, a world-class Sportcruiser...

    Wow did Sea Ray get it right with the 510 Sundancer, a world-class Sportcruiser designed for cruising and entertaining in unsurpassed luxury. With distinctive hull windows and a...

    $749,900.00
    View
  • 51' SEA RAY 510 FLY (2015)
    Available

    51' SEA RAY 510 FLY (2015) *LLC*

    *LLC, SALES TAX INCENTIVES* *SEAKEEPER GYRO STABILIZATION, JOYSTICK CONTROL* Think of consummate hosts you've met. They support social interaction with beautiful settings and all the right amenities and offerings to bring life to the party, keeping the mood bright, lively and happy. You've just imagined the 510 Fly, with its highly functional social zones and crowd-pleasing features to keep you and your guests at full-smile. SkyFlow Design...

    *LLC, SALES TAX INCENTIVES* *SEAKEEPER GYRO STABILIZATION, JOYSTICK CONTROL* Think of...

    *LLC, SALES TAX INCENTIVES* *SEAKEEPER GYRO STABILIZATION, JOYSTICK CONTROL* Think of consummate hosts you've met. They support social interaction with beautiful settings and...

    $950,000.00
    View
  • 50' SEA RAY 500 SUNDANCER (1997)
    Available

    50' SEA RAY 500 SUNDANCER (1996) "GOLDEN EAGLE"

    *TWIN 8V92 DETROIT DIESELS* The distinctive Sea Ray 500 Sundancer mid-cabin combines impeccable lines, luxurious comfort, and unconditional seaworthiness. The 500 Sundancer is designed for serious cruising in uncompromised comfort. At the helm station, an adjustable captain's chair faces a wrap-around instrument console. Adjacent to the swivel helm seat is a large padded bench. The large, open cockpit provides a wet bar for refreshments,...

    *TWIN 8V92 DETROIT DIESELS* The distinctive Sea Ray 500 Sundancer mid-cabin combines...

    *TWIN 8V92 DETROIT DIESELS* The distinctive Sea Ray 500 Sundancer mid-cabin combines impeccable lines, luxurious comfort, and unconditional seaworthiness. The 500 Sundancer is...

    $129,000.00
    View
  • 48' SEA RAY 480 SEDAN BRIDGE (2001) "ELLEAIRE"
    Available

    48' SEA RAY 480 SEDAN BRIDGE (2000) "JEWEL OF THE SEA"

    Her beautiful lines may be the first thing you notice about the 480 Sedan Bridge. But under that elegant demeanor beats the heart of a large beast — or rather, two large beasts — twin 640 hp CAT3196TA Caterpillar® engines. She’s equally impressive inside, with three private staterooms, two full heads, two entertainment centers and sleeping accommodations for many people. [displayForm id=6] Listed by Denison Yachting THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO...

    Her beautiful lines may be the first thing you notice about the 480 Sedan Bridge. But...

    Her beautiful lines may be the first thing you notice about the 480 Sedan Bridge. But under that elegant demeanor beats the heart of a large beast — or rather, two large beasts...

    $279,777.00
    View
  • 48' SEA RAY 48 SUNDANCER (2006)
    Available

    48' SEA RAY 48 SUNDANCER (2006) *LLC* "ALIMONEY"

    The gorgeous curves and aerodynamic profile of the 48 Sundancer are sure to attract attention. Outfitted with a unique, electric windshield vent system that allows for an unbroken line from deck to roof plus a sleek hardtop with two extra-large sunroof hatches, this ingeniously designed beauty is nothing short of inspired. [displayForm id=7] Listed by Denison Yachting THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING AGREEMENT WITH THE BROKER...

    The gorgeous curves and aerodynamic profile of the 48 Sundancer are sure to attract...

    The gorgeous curves and aerodynamic profile of the 48 Sundancer are sure to attract attention. Outfitted with a unique, electric windshield vent system that allows for an...

    $325,000.00
    View
  • 47' SEA RAY 470 SUNDANCER (2012)
    Available

    47' SEA RAY 470 SUNDANCER (2012) "RANGO"

    The 470 Sundancer is an instant classic, packed stem to stern with winning design features and innovations, including standard Zeus® pod drives with an intuitive helm joystick for stress-free docking. Plus, there’s an enclosed bridge with two independently retractable sunroofs, offering the ultimate in weather protection and climate control. This luxurious Sundancer will change the way its owners boat forever, guaranteed. [displayForm id=7]...

    The 470 Sundancer is an instant classic, packed stem to stern with winning design...

    The 470 Sundancer is an instant classic, packed stem to stern with winning design features and innovations, including standard Zeus® pod drives with an intuitive helm joystick...

    $439,000.00
    View
  • 46' SEA RAY 460 SUNDANCER (2006) "BAHAMA PAPA"
    Available

    46' SEA RAY 460 SUNDANCER (2003) "BELLA VITA"

    The closer you look, the more you find to like about the 460 Sundancer. To begin with, she's easy-handling and superbly seaworthy. Go below, and you find a luxurious interior with two private staterooms, two full heads and room to sleep many friends. Not only that, but two big Cummins lurk in the engine compartment. No doubt about it, the 460 Sundancer is a sport yacht that goes to the head of the class. [displayForm id=13] Listed by Blue...

    The closer you look, the more you find to like about the 460 Sundancer. To begin with,...

    The closer you look, the more you find to like about the 460 Sundancer. To begin with, she's easy-handling and superbly seaworthy. Go below, and you find a luxurious interior...

    $219,000.00
    View
  • 46' SEA RAY 460 SUNDANCER (1999) *LLC* "AWOL"
    Available

    46' SEA RAY 460 SUNDANCER (2001) "CARPE DIEM II"

    The closer you look, the more you find to like about the 460 Sundancer. To begin with, she's easy-handling and superbly seaworthy. Go below, and you find a luxurious interior with two private staterooms, two full heads and room to sleep six. No doubt about it, the new 460 Sundancer is a sport yacht that goes to the head of the class. [displayForm id=6] Listed by Ensign Yachts THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING AGREEMENT WITH THE...

    The closer you look, the more you find to like about the 460 Sundancer. To begin with,...

    The closer you look, the more you find to like about the 460 Sundancer. To begin with, she's easy-handling and superbly seaworthy. Go below, and you find a luxurious interior...

    $159,500.00
    View
  • 45' SEA RAY 450 EXPRESS BRIDGE (2000)
    Available

    45' SEA RAY 450 EXPRESS BRIDGE (2003) "LEGAL TENDER"

    The 450 Express Bridge gives you more seating, more entertaining and more sleeping accommodations than you ever dreamed of. In fact, with three staterooms and two full heads, space abounds in this superbly designed 45-foot sport yacht. Twin Caterpillar® engines take you to your destination quickly and smoothly. And three entertainment centers ensure a comfortable passage for everyone on board. [displayForm id=3] Listed by Crow's Nest Yachts...

    The 450 Express Bridge gives you more seating, more entertaining and more sleeping...

    The 450 Express Bridge gives you more seating, more entertaining and more sleeping accommodations than you ever dreamed of. In fact, with three staterooms and two full heads,...

    $219,900.00
    View