A solution more than five years in the making, Quiet Ride tackles the problem of what can often be a tiresome byproduct of boating—engine noise and vibration. Says J. Cliff Denson, director of engineering at Sea Ray PD&E, “We wanted to develop something that could dramatically change how our vessels sound. We were already the quietest on the market, but we knew there were ways we could achieve more than that.”
The Sea Ray team labored to pinpoint and eliminate every source of noise pollution on the boat. The result is a comprehensive new approach to sound reduction, featuring cutting-edge components and design strategies, including the patented Tuned Transom® system. High-tech hull laminates convert vibrational energy to heat, which is then whisked away by the water beneath the boat. The engine compartment is sealed and lined with baffling to stop much of the engine’s noise before it escapes.
“Through various techniques of noise reduction and acoustics, our goal was to enable you to speak easily while underway, without aversive noises to interrupt you,” Denson says. “We’re excited to be able to say that Quiet Ride means a huge improvement in the ability to hold a good conversation even at full throttle.”