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.

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"Once you step up to the 460, you're in another league entirely ... real live-aboard capabilities for extended periods ... Even with all these amenities, our 460 still planed in just seven seconds."

Sea Ray scores a hat trick by rolling out three new midcabin cruisers.

Sea Ray 460 Sundancer for sale

   A few years ago BMW ran a series of TV commercials featuring a salesman for the competition. During his pitch to a customer, he kept saying things like, "BMW would do it like this," or "It's the same thing you'd find on a BMW." Consumers got the message.

   You may well have heard a similar line at a boat dealership when a salesman was talking about midcabin cruisers. But rather than BMW, he would use Sea Ray as the yardstick. For with more models than any other boatbuilder in the world, it is arguably king of midcabin cruisers. This year, to that considerable stable of what it calls Sundancers, Sea Ray has added three new models. They replace earlier Sundancers, so the total line, which ranges from 24 to 63 feet, remains at 13 models, but these three were designated to take the concept into the next millennium. They are the 340380, and 460 Sundancers (known as DAs in Sea Ray-speak). We tested all three to see how they're different and, surprisingly, how in many ways they're the same.

2000 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer rear profile

   Choosing from among these three Sundancers is a little like buying an automobile. Your final choice may not be dependent so much on the layout or design, since one model is basically a larger version of the others. Rather, you'll choose based on how you'll use it, your specific requirements, and which model best matches your budget.


   Across the board these three Sundancers are designed to provide comfortable cruising accommodations for six. The owner's stateroom is in the forepeak, while the guest stateroom (midcabin) is beneath the raised bridge deck. The saloon lounge converts to a double berth to accommodate the other two guests. Outside, the cockpit is dedicated almost exclusively to sunning and casual entertaining, while the hull is matched to a selection of power packages to yield a top speed in the mid- to upper-30-mph range. The foredeck can also be used for sunning, and the standard extended swim platform makes a perfect staging area for swimmers, divers, and - on the 460 DA - a PWC. In addition, all Sundancers feature a straight, port-side walkway that leads from transom door to companionway door to make it easy to load gear, and each has a wetbar along the walkway for cockpit refreshment. And thanks to the raised bridge deck, visibility from a Sundancer helm is always unrestricted.

   Being 1999 models, these three display a new look for the Sundancers. Gone are the boxy, squarish transoms and the narrow, integral swim platforms, replaced by sweeping curves that keep the transom lockers part of the aftersection's flowing lines. Engine room vents near the stern are now eyebrow-shaped for a sporty look.

2000 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Windshield

   Another new feature not related to style: All DAs now employ a quieter exhaust system. At low speeds, exhaust water and gases exit the hull in the aft quarters just above the waterline. At speed, a low-pressure area pulls the exhaust out through a fitting in the bottom of the hull, where it mixes quietly with the water rushing past.

   Look around any Sundancer, and you're bound to notice familiar quality equipment: U-Line icemakers, Norcold dual-voltage refrigerator/freezers, Cruisair air conditioning, Westerbeke gensets, Clarion stereos, Panasonic TV/VCRs, and Raytheon electronics. But much of the quality in a Sundancer is less apparent. The hull is so fair because the molds begin with blocks of polystyrene precisely cut to shape using the company's five-axis router. There are no unfinished lockers or exposed raw fiberglass on a Sundancer; interior lockers are either carpeted, gelcoated, or finished off in cedar, and almost all have lights that turn on when you open the door. Engine hatches lift electrically with the push of a button, engine rooms are finished in gray gelcoat, wiring is wrapped and neatly run, and engine mounts are bolted atop - not alongside - the stringers for extra strength.

2000 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Cockpit

   There's one more quality item buried deep within a Sundancer's engine room: Strong dripless shaft seals. These are especially important in these three Sundancers, as the boats have V-drives to position the engines farther aft. This provides extra room for the midcabin and enhances on-plane performance but also places the engines directly atop the shaft logs, making them very hard to reach. Dripless seals are a no-maintenance item under normal conditions.

460 DA - The 460 DA offers 6'9" headroom in her spacious saloon.

Once you step up to the 460, you're in another league entirely. Electrically powered everything is the name of the game here, as demonstrated by the aft cockpit benchseat that slides forward with the push of a button to create a huge sunpad (no more bulky filler cushions to haul around) plus the saloon and midcabin sofas that also slide down and out to create spacious double berths.

Sea Ray 460 Sundancer for sale

To give you an idea of how much bigger this boat is than the 380, the main saloon (more like a living room) has 6'9" headroom, a plush reclining chair, and a movable dining table, which eliminates the inconvenience of fumbling around with cushions. There's even 6'5" of standing headroom in the midcabin, which is really a full guest cabin.

   In addition to its own head/shower combination, the 460's midcabin has complete privacy between two sliding wood doors and boasts its own TV/VCR and Splendide 2000 washer/dryer as standard equipment. This gives you real live-aboard capabilities for extended periods. Not only that, but the midcabin TV, combined with the big one over the fridge and a third TV in the owner's stateroom, means guests can watch their favorite program no matter where they are.

Sea Ray 460 Sundancer for sale

Naturally the biggest Dancer has the biggest helm. And she has the best cruising range: 340 miles

Other additions on the 460 include a large sunpad on the foredeck, a much larger instrument panel (which should be tinted gray, not white) that can hold a full complement of cruising electronics, and the optional bow thruster and Glendinning Cablemaster with remote control for easy docking and shoreside hookups.

Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Yacht for sale

   Even with all these amenities, our 460 still planed in just seven seconds, although she shouldered down into turns a bit more than either the 340 or 380. She also exhibited a nice, level running attitude, and her Volvo Penta electronic controls made for smooth, predictable shifting.

Sea Ray 460 Sundancer for sale

   Obviously, you get a lot more than just four or six feet when you move up the Sundancer line from the 340 to the 460. You get more room, power, tankage, features, and amenities for longer-term cruising. And you get the kind of midcabin expertise that only comes when you've been doing it longer than anyone else. Maybe that's why you'll still hear the competition saying things like "They'd do it like that on a Sea Ray."

Sea Ray 460 Sundancer for sale


Base price: $499,900 with 2/340-hp Caterpillar 3116TA diesel inboards

Optional power: 2/407-hp Caterpillar 3126TA, 2/411-hp Volvo Penta TAMD 73P, and 2/430-hp Cummins 6CTA-8.3M diesel inboards

Standard Equipment: Lofrans rope/chain windlass; 8.2-kW Westerbeke genset; 25,000-BTU Cruisair A/C; foredeck sunpad; U-line icemaker; electrically actuated cockpit lounge/sunpad and sofa/berth in midcabin and saloon; Clarion AM/FM stereo/cassette w/6-CD changer; Sharp microwave, Black & Decker coffee maker; Raytheon GPS/Loran 398, 210 VHF Radio, Raydata instrument

Construction: Hand-laid FRP w/vinylester resin; machine-sprayed white gelcoat; 316 s/s bowrail and deck hardware; gelcoat in engine room


LOA: 51'4" w/pulpit and swim platform; Beam:14'8"; Draft: 3'7"; Maximum headroom: 6'5"; Weight: 28,000 lbs. dry Fuel capacity: 400 gal.; Water capacity: 100 gal.; Test engines: 2/411-hp Volvo Penta TAMD 73P diesel inboards; Transmission: ZF V-drives; Ratio: 1.77:1; Props:24x25 Nibral 4-blade cup; Steering: Teleflex Sea Star hydraulic; Controls: Volvo Penta electronic; Trim Tabs: Bennett; Optional equipment on test boat: Glendinning Cablemaster; bow thruster; windshield washer; Splendide 2000 washer/dryer; Panasonic TV/VCR in midcabin

Conditions: temperature: 60; humidity: 60%; wind: 10 mph; seas: 1 foot; load: 1/8 fuel, 1/8 water, 2 persons, minimum gear. Speeds are two-way averages measured w/Stalker radar gun. GPH measured with Caterpillar fuel flow meters. Range: 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Decibels measured on A scale. 65 dB is the level of normal conversation.

From the article THREE DANCERS 
By Capt. Chris Kelly 
Power & Motoryacht, February 1999, p. 100

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