Winner: 450 Sundancer
Sea Ray's new 450 Sundancer takes home top honors from Boating Industry.
Boating’s most awarded brand has done it again: Sea Ray’s new 450 Sundancer has earned a spot on Boating Industry’s prestigious 2016 Top Products list.
“It is an honor to be chosen by Boating Industry, one of the marine industry’s most respected sources of information and analysis,” said Sea Ray Boat Group President Tim Schiek. “The 450 Sundancer represents the latest of Sea Ray’s iconic Sundancer line, and we’re grateful to be recognized for the efforts that have gone into shaping and producing this remarkable boat.”
In designing the new 450 Sundancer, Sea Ray focused on the total boating experience, achieving a harmonious interplay of indoor and outdoor spaces. An open floorplan creates generous, connected social zones throughout the boat. This includes a large enclosed sunroom that seamlessly connects to the cockpit, and features an electrically opening skylight as well as a gourmet-ready galley.
“We designed the boat to feel remarkably spacious,” said Ron Berman, Sea Ray Vice President of Product Portfolio. “The roomy interior makes it ideal for socializing and overnighting. And the large opening sunroof and port and starboard opening windows bring lots of light and fresh air into the sunroom. The effect is that boaters can enjoy the full benefits of being out on the water, while also enjoying climate-controlled luxury. And it’s very easy to move about: The single-level cockpit and aft salon are flush with the salon door threshold, adding to the expansiveness.”
That sense of light and air extends down below, as well, where large hull windows open up the lower accommodations. Living quarters include a full-beam master stateroom and an additional forward stateroom, each with its own beautifully appointed head. Rich materials and finishes further enhance the overall aesthetics and flow. “The full-beam aft master rivals many 50-foot models,” Berman said, “and the transition from the main level to the lower accommodations is easy to navigate.”
Heading aft, an optional gourmet transom center adds a countertop with grill and sink, expanding social capabilities. Superior sun coverage comes courtesy of an optional foredeck shade and cockpit SureShade®. “We focused on creating inviting, usable space throughout the entire boat,” Berman said. “The result of this focus is usable social zones from bow to stern, from the standard sun lounge at the bow to the clever transom gourmet center aft.”
In terms of cutting-edge performance, the 450 Sundancer truly delivers there, too. A choice of twin Cummins® QSB 550 Diesel engines can be driven through V-Drives or Zeus® pods, and joystick control is included with all power options, making docking and maneuvering a breeze. The power-expanding cockpit adjusts to maximize ergonomic comfort for the captain on even the lengthiest offshore excursions.
The 450 Sundancer, along with the entire 2016 Top Product list, will be featured in the May issue of Boating Industry, and all winners are currently listed on BoatingIndustry.com. Hand-picked by Boating Industry editors, the 2016 Top Product list highlights “the best products and services introduced or significantly updated in the last year, from boats to engines to accessories to software.” Winners were culled from hundreds of nominations and chosen based on several factors, the primary including “impact on the industry, innovation and how they advanced their category.”
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