Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The Sundancer® model has been a stalwart as an overnighter, weekender, mini-cruiser, full cruiser, and yacht over the almost 50 years of its existence. It is a model known to and respected by almost every boater, and is arguably one of the most recognized models in boating. It helped pioneer mid-cabin designs in the 1970’s and has prospered ever since under Sea Ray’s guidance.
For 2023, Sea Ray Offers two sizes of Sundancers -- the 370 with outboard power and the 320 with either outboard or sterndrive power. Even the base power on this 370, with triple Mercury® 300 Verado® outboards in black with standard Joystick Piloting, provides an optimum cruising speed of 33 to 35 mph and a top speed over 50 mph.
For the latest in technology and dockside attention, choose the stunning optional twin Mercury 7.6L, V-12 600 hp Verado outboards in your choice of black or white, with Joystick Piloting, steerable gearcases, dual contra-rotating propellers, Mercury’s Next Gen Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS), and an almost unheard of maintenance interval of 200 hours.
This Sea Ray 370 Sundancer Outboard is so well equipped out of the gate that it could be ordered as a standard boat with no additional options and satisfy almost every family boating need. Let’s take a look at the boat in depth:
Today, almost every mid-cabin express cruiser offers bow seating. In this case, Sea Ray calls it “C” shaped, or what I normally would call “U” shaped. Whatever you call it, it seats plenty with three stretch-out forward-facing lounging seats with flip-down armrests. Storage is found under all seat cushions. Of course, you may add the optional teak table and filler cushions to satisfy snacking or a sunpad. You may also add a portable sunshade.
The cockpit is weather protected by a standard fiberglass hardtop fused to a huge single-piece curved windshield with a standard wiper and washer. The port side opens with gas strut assist for access to the bow seating area. Side and aft curtains as well as a tonneau cover are all standard.
If you feel the need, you may order the “Coupe Enclosure” which gives you side windows with electrically opening vents. You may also add forward glass, pop-up vent, and opening panoramic skylight to the hardtop. An electric SureShade® cockpit sunshade is available. You may also choose to have the hardtop in black.
Given the Sundancer’s full 12’ beam, there is lots of seating, convenience, socializing and entertaining room in the cockpit. Both the helm and its portside forward-facing companion seat are large single or double-bench seats, and both have forward flip-up bolsters. The helm seat is on sliders. Aft of the companion seat is a standard wetbar with stainless steel sink with hot and cold water, a pull-out trash receptacle, and some storage. You may choose to add a refrigerator and a Kenyon grill.
Aft of the wetbar is L-shaped lounge seating, the backrest portion of which flips down to form an aft-facing seat, and with an optional cushion can become a stern sunpad. Opposite the lounge on the starboard side is another U-shaped lounge. These two lounge seats provide ample conversation/social seating while a standard teak table for the portside lounge provides entertainment and dining opportunities. A similar table is available for the starboard side lounge as well. Storage is available beneath all lounge cushions.
A starboard side transom door leads to the molded-in, U-shaped swim platform, complete with a concealed four-step telescoping boarding ladder. A port side transom storage locker is great for lines and fenders, while a starboard side locker contains electrical and mechanical niceties like shore power. An aft cockpit in-floor hatch provides easy access to large-scale electrical and mechanical necessities such as batteries, switches, and charger, tankage, the standard 7.5 kW generator, and lots more storage.
A sliding, lockable cabin entry door to the left of the helm leads three teak open-mounted steps down to the cabin. Immediately to starboard is the head compartment with lots of storage, a vessel sink, vanity, mirror, VacuFlush® head, and separate shower stall with acrylic door, teak bench and teak flooring.
Immediately to port is the galley with plenty of storage, stainless steel sink with faucet, microwave, refrigerator, and pull-out trash receptacle. Forward of the galley is an L-shaped lounge, the forward backrest of which flips up to form part of the 88”x72” bed complete with supplied bedding. There is storage beneath the lounge cushions and a separate hanging locker.
Pleated shades offer privacy from the large hullside fixed windows which provide lots of natural lighting while a standard 32” smart TV provides entertainment. Aft of the stairs, the U-shaped mid-berth sitting area converts to an 82”x52” sleeper for two and comes complete with bedding and accent pillows. Storage cabinets and lockers are provided in here as well.
I have left the helm of the Sea Ray 370 Sundancer Outboard for last, as it is special and impactful. Facing the driver behind an Isotta Pachu power assisted tilting steering wheel is a modern dual level dash that is straightforward and easy to comprehend. Immediately in front of the driver on the upper dash level are the standard dual 16” Simrad® NSO evo3 touchscreens of Mercury’s Digital Dash™.
Included in this is Mercury Marine® VesselView® Link and Mobile, SmartCraft® Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS), automatic Active Trim speed-based engine trim and monitoring system with integrated GPS, CZone® digital switching, chartplotter with updating chart capability, transducer with depth, water temperature, and fishfinder, plus a DP50 remote control for the touchscreen displays.
You also get standard a Simrad® RS100 VHF radio, a parallel engine start system, and trim tab controls which are referred to as “Variable Running Surface.” To the right of the steering wheel is a flat surface with the binnacle engine controls, and aft of which is the very handy Joystick Piloting control. To the left of the wheel on the lower dash panel is the very logically laid out DC switch panel and to the left of that, the head unit for the standard Fusion® Apollo™ RA770 AM/FM stereo with amplifier, Bluetooth™ capability, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Wi-Fi audio streaming with Apple AirPlay® 2, three pairs of XS series speakers, and an SRX400 remote control unit for the cabin.
Additional notable standard equipment includes separate cockpit and cabin air conditioning/heating systems, thru-hull anchor with rope, chain, windlass, and washdown spigot, a total of seventeen stainless steel cupholders and eleven USB outlets in the bow and cockpit alone with more in the cabin below. An automatic fire suppression system is also standard.
Standard exterior colour scheme is Arctic White throughout. You may optionally choose from five colours for the hull sides and/or the boot stripe. Vinyl upholstery standard colour is Ivory or you may instead want Dune (Tan with Brown) or Stone (Gray with Dark Gray). Standard bow and cockpit flooring is non-skid fiberglass. You most probably want SeaDek® in Dune or Moonrock, or snap-in Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl™ in Brown or Gray. Choose SeaDek in Dune or Moonrock for your swim platform too. The standard cabin interior accenting of various gray-based combinations is called Driftwood and may be upgraded to the Arbor Package of more brown/wood-toned accents.
Notable additional available options for the fashionable and comfortable Sea Ray 370 Sundancer Outboard include a transom pull-out sprayer, hot and cold transom shower, polished stainless steel anchor, portable air compressor for water toys, quick connect fender clips, windshield defroster, mid-berth opening portlights, 12-volt inverter, 1st Mate™ Marine Safety and Security System, radar, TV antenna, SiriusXM® marine weather and/or satellite receiver, and a 32” smart TV for the mid-berth.
You may also want to upgrade the helm stereo to a Premier Fusion® Apollo™ RA770 with bigger amplifiers, woofers, tweeters and lots more. You can also get a separate Apollo™ stereo for the salon/V-berth area and another for the mid-berth area. You may want a Key Fob controller for the battery switches and courtesy lighting, a colour-changing lighting package, underwater lights, docking lights, remote-controlled spotlight, and last but certainly not least, Dynamic Running Surface™ which automatically optimizes trim and vessel running attitude, and a Seakeeper® 3 gyroscopic vessel stabilizer.
There you have it. The Sundancer for today. The Sea Ray 370 Sundancer Outboard. Modern, stylistic, accommodating, fast and efficient. A fitting tribute to a model name with decades of history, admiration, and respect. Well done, Sea Ray.
|Dry weight:||21,008 lbs||9,529 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||250 US gal||946 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Twin 600, Triple 300 Mercury Outboards|
|Engine HP:||Total 900 or 1200|