If you know Sun Ray you will know the iconic Sundancer line.
The Sundancer created the market for Express Cruisers and has been mimicked time and time again by boat builders worldwide.
In many ways, Sea Ray is defined by their Sundancer series and has launched their Sundancer 370 outboard, which is described by them as “the embodiment of elegance, athleticism, and sophistication”, in celebration of their 45th anniversary.
Below we will take a look into what makes the luxury boat so special, and whether the new Sundancer 370 lives up to the Sundancer reputation.
Sundancer 370 Specs
|Length Overall||39’9”/ 12.11 m|
|Beam||12’/ 3.66 m|
|Dry Weight||21,008 lb/ 9529.06 kg|
|Fuel Capacity||250 gal/ 946 L|
|Water Capacity||46 gal/ 174 L|
|Holding Tank||30 gal/ 114 L|
|Transom Deadrise||20 degrees|
|Displacement (fully optioned)||25,567 lb/ 11,597 kg|
|Engine Type||3 x 300-hp Mercury Verado JPS|
|Cruising Speed||34.7 mph / 55.84 kph|
|Wide Open Throttle (WOT)||51.4 mph / 82.72 kph|
|Max Horsepower||900 HP|
|Range||l 175 mi / 281.64 km (cruising speed)
l 158 mi / 254.28 km (WOT)
Sundancer 370 Top Features
The 370 departs from the usual Sundancer family with new lines and outboard propulsion, all while keeping the iconic Sundancer style.
Triple V8 Engines
The only choice of engine for the 370 is the triple 300-hp Mercury Verados. They come in both black and white and make the perfect motor for the boat.
Because they use the new V8 tech from Mercury they run quieter and put out more power than their larger motors.
Socially Ideal Cockpit
The cockpit of the 370 is perfectly designed for everyone on the boat to socialize together.
With a J-shaped sofa on the starboard, an L-shaped sofa on the port, no one will be left out.
A refreshment center including a gas grill, refrigerator, and sink are set on the port side where a removable TV can be mounted.
Tables can be placed in front of each couch to make eating space while allowing traffic to move from the stern to the bow.
Although it makes use of three large outboards, you will not feel as though there is a lack of space with the open but cozy design.
Convertible Aft sunpad
In the aft of the boat, the cockpit seating can be folded down and converted into a sunpad.
This is extended by dropping a cockpit table and using a filler cushion. Do this and raise the cockpit seat to make an aft-facing lounger and you will have the best spot on the boat.
An extendable SureShade awning can be brought over the Sunpad to avoid the mid-day sun, and easily retracted at the touch of a button.
Optional Full Glass Cockpit Windows
One of the best aesthetic features of the Sundancer 370 is its optional full glass cockpit windows.
The entire forward section of the cockpit is surrounded by glass with the sides being half glass standard.
Taking the option of the full glassed sides creates a slick look and the illusion of extra space.
A further optional opening hardtop with a panoramic sunroof will allow those sitting in the lounge area to make the most out of the day’s sun and fresh air.
Bow Shade Cover
The bow of the 370 is spacious, has ample seating, armrests, and music control, but what makes it special is the option of adding a sunshade supported by carbon fiber poles.
With this added shade the Sundancer 370 is almost 100% shaded, which is ideal for those baking summer afternoons.
The bow also features three forward-facing lounge seats that can be raised to form conventional sofa seating.
Below deck, the space is used well with a salon at the bow that can be converted into a berth by simply pushing a button.
The mid-cabin can also be converted between a double bed sleeper and sitting area, but it is the surprisingly spacious head that makes the cabin stand out.
The head features a walk-in shower with a teak seat, as well as a Black Onyx Corian vanity counter which is surprising for such a small boat.
Spacious Bow Berth
The forward, and main berth is spacious and can easily sleep two people (although a couple with a small child could comfortably share).
One of the biggest highlights of this berth is the spacious area about the bed which allows you to sit upright on the sleeper, which is an option that not many small luxury weekend yachts offer.
A flat-screen TV can also be installed on the starboard side of the berth for keeping yourself busy if you happen to find yourself on the water on a rainy day.
Other Worthwhile Mentions
- Custom user face with C-Zone digital switching in the helm.
- A swimming platform that extends 21” (53.34 cm) from the transom ensures that the outboard motors do not sacrifice surface space.
- The Bow walkthrough features a gas strut self-closing windshield and outside closing air dam. Because the door closes from the outside, the wind will keep it shut instead of pushing it open while you drive.
- Fusion integrated audio system.
- SIMRAD Evo 3s displays with full integration of the boat’s systems.
- Mercury motor integration includes VesselView link & VesselVIew mobile, Active Trim, Autopilot, and more.
Sundancer 370 Low Points
According to BoatTest.com, the Sundancer 370 “may be the most well-thought-out” boat on the market and it’s therefore difficult to find fault.
Apart from the already long waiting list, BoatingMag only mentioned that the standard twin 16-inch touchscreens are amazing but they would prefer the boat to still have a compass.
The only other negative mention was that the double helm seats may be better with two separate flip bolsters instead of a single full-length one.
As you can see, the 370 has few faults, and the ones it does have makes little to no impact on the boat’s overall quality and performance.
The Sundancer series is, without doubt, the most iconic range in the Express Cruiser class, as it is the range that defined such boats.
With its first outboard design, the Sundancer 370 does not let the Sundancer family down. With a slick design, responsive handling, and comfort like a five-star hotel, this is the perfect boat for weekend trips, or even longer.