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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

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Text and photographs by
Antonio Bignami

Nautica Magazine
n. 521, September 2005


SEA RAY BOATS 240 SUN SPORT

 

This Sun Sport version of the Sea Ray 240 is a sports boat par excellance and is totally different from the other "240" models as regards type of construction and design philosophy. The target clients of this model are those yacht buyers who, without giving up high speed, want comfortable accommodation for two. The outside of the 240 Sun Sport impresses for the imposing aft platform - a real bridge on the water - and for the cockpit, which seems to have been intentionally designed for suntan aficionados. Most cockpit solutions were conceived with an eye to ergonomic design and specific applications: a supporting element positioned above the propeller serves as storage space for the outside dinette table and the aft sunbathing area covers the engine room pistons and makes good use of space. The cockpit is limited aft by the L-shaped settee and forward by the helm station, which includes two adjustable seats and the top-quality and fully fitted dashboard. Fore-and-aft passage is guaranteed by a walk-through in the central part of the windshield. The bow area is finely finished with two flush rails, the central hatch and the anchor locker with mooring fittings concealed when not in use. Belowdecks, the 240 Sun Sport offers essential yet comfortable habitability for two: a V-shaped double bed with filler cushions, storage underneath it and a small central comfortable compartment with chemical toilet. At sea, the 240 Sun Sport is a real sport boat with excellent maneuverability. The stern drive definitely plays a fundamental role in the boat's excellent performance and astonishing seakeeping abilities, in particular because it is combined with perfect balance of weights and a hull shape resulting from precise calculations and experience.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Sea Ray Boats
Yard: Sea Ray Boats; 2600 Sea Ray Blvd Knoxville, TN 37914 USA
Imported in Italy by: Motomar International; Piazza Marina 1; 37019 Peschiera Del Garda (Verona); tel. +39 045 6400888; fax +39 045 6401420; website and email address for Italian clients www.motomar.it; motomar@motomar.it
CE category type: C
LOA: 7.75 m
Beam: 2.55 m
Draft: 0.51/0.89 m (stern drive up/down)
Depth: approx. 1.40 m
Light displacement: 1,724 kg; full load: 1,970 kg
Maximum passengers capacity: 8
Test boat power: one 260hp 5.0 LMPI Bravo 3B Mercruiser stern drive
Total installed power: 260hp
Engine weight: 403 kg
Type of transmission: stern drive
Maximum declared speed: 39.6 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed (19.4 knots and 3,000 rpm's): 22 liters/hr
Fuel capacity: 216 liters
Freshwater capacity: 30 liters
Road transportation: with four-wheel trailer- Haulage and launching: with lifting crane
Price with standard fittings and test boat power: Euro 49,000.00 VAT excluded.

IMPRESSIONS

LAKE AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
No wind and calm waters.

PERFORMANCE (with a Magellan 310 GPS and two passengers on board)
Time needed to reach planing speed: 2.5 seconds
Stop time from cruising speed: 5 seconds
Crash stop time: 6 seconds
Maximum speed: 39.6 knots
Cruising speed: 19.4 knots
Minimum planing speed at 2,300 rpm's: 9.4 knots.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Construction material: fiberglass meeting USCG e ABYC standards with injected expanded polyurethane- Lockers: 2 in the cockpit, 3 in the cabin under the double bed mattress
Helm station in cockpit: wheel steering, trim and engine control lever, engine instruments and indicators
Layout and characteristics belowdecks: V-shaped double bed with cushions and fittings, chemical toilet under the double bed with sewage tank and vent
Deck and cockpit arrangements and fittings: bow area: hatch, two flush handrails, mooring fittings, anchor and anchor chain locker with custom bow fitting. Cockpit with windshield offering central fore-and-aft passage, dashboard with two adjustable seats, sink and icebox included in the multifunctional cabinet, L-shaped settee with table (that can be stored in the engine room), aft sunbathing area with underlying engine room accessible through a hatch that can be opened with a lifting mechanism. Aft platform with folding swimming ladder and integral ski tow eye
Standard fittings: integrated aft platform with folding swimming ladder, engine compartment blower, Bimini top, cockpit cover and storage bag, icebox in the cockpit, hi-fi CD player stereo with two waterproof loudspeakers and dashboard controls, SmartCraft Diagnostics e-system, power-assisted steering
Optional fittings: anchor windlass with two control stations.