SEA RAY

Boating - - CONTENTS - —Chris Caswell

FLY 400

If asked to pick just one word to de­scribe the Sea Ray Fly 400, I’d choose “vol­ume.” Step into the sa­lon. You’ll be im­pressed by the sheer space and head­room. Sea Ray achieved this canyonesque feel by in­stalling over­size win­dows, keep­ing sight­lines open (no high di­viders), and cre­at­ing a sin­gle-level liv­ing area (no steps) from the tran­som all the way through to the wind­shield. Even bet­ter, it did this while main­tain­ing pleas­antly svelte ex­te­rior styling.

The Sea Ray Fly 400 boasts the sta­ples that cruis­ing boaters ex­pect, and then some. In the sa­lon there are set­tees and a flatscreen TV. In the cockpit there’s a ta­ble and set­tee. In the gal­ley, op­po­site the helm, we found sev­eral chef-pleas­ing ameni­ties.

The mas­ter state­room for­ward is equally spa­cious, of­fer­ing large win­dows and an is­land berth that mea­sures darn close to queen-size.

Our test boat had the op­tional (no-brainer) en suite head for the mas­ter, al­low­ing the stan­dard head to serve the guest cabin tucked un­der the sa­lon. Both heads have tube show­ers and sur­pris­ing space.

The guest cabin is bright and civ­i­lized, with twin berths that slide to­gether to be­come a queen. This makes it as suit­able for an­other cou­ple as it is for a cou­ple of kids. The stan­dard lay­out has a third fore-and-aft berth in the guest cabin, but a builtin bureau is a wise op­tion for weekender stowage space.

The fly­bridge is a panoramic en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter, with an L-shaped set­tee with ta­ble, a pedestal helm seat op­po­site a dou­blewide com­pan­ion seat, and a wet bar with sink and re­frig­er­a­tor so no one is thirsty.

Power is a pair of Cum­mins 480 hp QSB6.7 diesels, with V-drives so the en­gines are placed well-aft and ac­ces­si­ble when the en­tire cockpit sole raises on lifts. The op­tional hy­draulic tran­som plat­form is an easy choice be­cause it can carry/launch a Sea-Doo Spark per­sonal wa­ter­craft.

Un­der­way, the Fly 400 is a nim­ble but solid de­light. The Cum­mins joy­stick makes ma­neu­ver­ing easy, and we topped out at a pleas­ant 34 mph.

Once again, Sea Ray shows why it ranks high in the fly­bridge mar­ket by cre­at­ing a de­light­ful yacht with an im­mense amount of liv­ing space.

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