“Without a doubt, this is one of the most innovative boats introduced in years. It marks the first time a boat of this size and type has been built with totally concealed outboard power.”
That’s Sea Ray’s V.P. of Product Development and Engineering, Ron Berman, describing the all-new 370 Venture, a luxury sport cruiser propelled by Concealed Outboard Propulsion.
That’s right—“concealed outboards” is no oxymoron, it’s a whole new way of looking at marine propulsion. As part of its Next Wave series of innovations, Sea Ray’s product developers have designed a revolutionary engine compartment—enclosed below the boat’s sunpads—that keeps the outboards entirely hidden from view, yet preserves the benefits of outboard power.
Benefits that include, for one, a remarkably roomy interior. Space that would typically be consumed by inboards is now fair game. “The interior plan is impressive, particularly for a vessel of this size. It’s very open,” Ron describes. Picture this: Natural light floods the space, thanks to an array of hull windows and openings. Forward, a large wrap-around settee seats six adults comfortably. An elegant wood table converts the space into a massive V-berth for overnight guests. The lower galley and the head serve their respective purposes handily. And, mid-cabin, the master’s double island bed further distinguishes the Venture from anything you’ve seen in the past. “It’s unusual to see an actual bed like this placed in a full-beam master stateroom in a 37-foot boat,” Ron says.
Of course, there’s more to the Venture than what lies below deck. “With traditional sterndrive or inboard power, you’re left with a lot of hardware in the water when you’re not using the boat,” Ron says. With the 370, the Mercury FourStroke Verados® tilt cleanly up out of the water—which makes for significantly less maintenance work and cost, in particular when it comes time to store the boat—and could potentially extend your boating season. Plus, the engines’ robust design and stainless steel and anodized components offer industry-leading durability and protection against saltwater corrosion. And they allow you to trim for shallow depths, affording easier shore access and making it a great choice for shallow-water regions like Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Not only are the engines hidden from sight, but you also won’t hear them. “Because we’re using Mercury Verado power, the boat is just about silent apart from wind and water noise,” Ron says. “It’s incredibly quiet.”
And the Venture is eminently useable, especially for entertaining friends and family. Knowing that boaters want to spend a lot of time outdoors rather than down in a cabin, Sea Ray has moved the primary galley up to the cockpit. The Venture features a sink, stove, refrigerator and optional grill up top, so that whoever’s cooking can still be outdoors without missing a minute of the action.
Not an inch goes to waste in the overall cockpit layout. From a sprawling portside loungs to the large, U-shaped benches and the spacious dual convertible sunpads with a walk-through to the swim platform, there’s ample room to sit, entertain, or just relax and enjoy the outdoors. “From the swim platform to the bow, it’s all useable space, with amenities that will enable customers to stay out longer and more comfortably,” Ron says.
From an overall styling perspective, the Venture also features a fresh new look for Sea Ray. Large hull windows and an accent band running the length of the boat are just two of the design touches that give the boat an open, light- and air-filled vibe.
And while it’s true what they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words, witnessing a phenomenon in action is worth thousands more. Contact your local dealer to get up close and personal.