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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

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Navigation trials

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Text and photographs by
Antonio Bignami

Nautica Magazine
n. 527, March 2006


SEA RAY 220 SUN SPORT

Fast, easily maneuverable and with workmanlike finish: here is how the Sea Ray 220 Sun Sport can be best described. The boat's cockpit includes adjustable pilot and co-pilot seats, 5 pockets, companionway - molded in the sliding hatchboard - supporting the practical central opening of the windshield for access on deck.

In case of need, the table may be folded and stored in the lower section of the engine room hatch. The Sea Ray 220 Sun Sport offers good habitability and a comfortable layout belowdecks for short cruises: the large double V berth may be converted into a dinette during the day, under the central part of the berth there is a chemical toilet. Above, to port there is a practical and elegant pocket, near the hi-fi system. The latter includes two waterproof loudspeakers in the cockpit. Her most attractive features are stability, maneuverability and excellent performance in consideration of the moderate engine power. The 220 Sun Sport was designed and built for boaters wishing an inexpensive motorboat offering safety and good maneuverability and, last but not least, an interesting quality/price ratio.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Sea Ray
Yard: Sea Ray
Importer: Motomar International; 37019 Peschiera del Garda (Verona, Italy); Piazza Marina, 1; tel.+39 045 6400888; fax +39 045 6401420; Italian website and e-mail address: www.motomar.it; motomar@motomar.it
EC category type: C
L.O.A.: 7.01 m
Beam: 2.55 m
Cockpit inner length: approx. 2.50 m
Cockpit inner width: approx. 2 m
Lightship weight: 1,731 kg
Maximum passengers capacity: 8
Draft (with lifted engine foot): 0.50 m
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 7.9 kg/hp
Test boat power: 1x220 HP 4.3L MPI Alpha I MCM Stern Drive, 4,294 cc at 4,600 rpm's
Engine weight: 365 kg
Maximum declared speed: 39 knots
Cruising speed: 25/26 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 24/25 l/hr
Range at cruising speed: approx. 180 miles
Fuel capacity: 174 l
Hauling and launching: with crane
Road transportation: with boat trailer - Price: Euro 41,500.00 + VAT.

IMPRESSIONS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: none
Lake: calm.

PERFORMANCE (reading done with Magellan 310 GPS, 50% full fuel tank, clean hull)
Time needed to reach planing speed: 3 seconds
Maximum speed at 4,600 rpm's: 38.8 knots.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Construction material: high resistance vinyl resins
Hull: planing hull with 21° deadrise aft
Lockers: 5 pockets in cockpit, under the aft settee and under the berth belowdecks
Helm station: pilot and co-pilot adjustable seats for steering while standing, single-lever engine control with trim and switch, smart-craft diagnostics, engine instruments with alarms and indicators, power-assisted adjustable wheel steering, hydroelectric trim/tab tilt control, compass
Deck materials and characteristics: mooring fittings, centrally opened windscreen with molded companionway in sliding hatchboard, flush fore and aft grabrails, central manhole forward, anchor and anchor chain locker, aft platform with collapsible swimming ladder and grabrail. Settee in cockpit and aft sunpad (with power assisted lifting for engine room access)

INTERIORS

Layout and characteristics: convertible V berth with underneath chemical toilet
Standard fittings: engine room fan, cockpit cover with bag, cockpit table, AM/FM stereo with CD player and 2 waterproof loudspeakers.