Sea Ray 43 Sundancer
The new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer is the first Sea Ray to come standard with the Zeus pod drive propulsion system and intuitive helm joystick as a standard feature.
The 43 comes standard with twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 425 diesels (425-hp/313 kW) mated to Zeus drives — individually articulating pods that offer up to 15 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent faster top speeds than regular inboards and reduced gear noise and vibration. Optional power includes twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 480 diesels (474-hp/353 kW) with Zeus drives.
The cockpit is equipped with optional 16,000-BTU helm air conditioning/ heating, two retractable skylights, a double-wide helm seat, a gel-coated dash with SmartCraft VesselView Display and MerCruiser digital throttle and shift. To port is an L-shaped bench. The seating options continue in the cockpit, which incorporates a U-shaped lounge flanking a fiberglass table; a wet bar opposite features a countertop, sink and icemaker — or an optional removable flat-screen TV, stainless-steel barbecue grill and refrigerator.
Below deck, the 43 Sundancer features a functional split stateroom plan, each with a wood privacy door. The forward master features a flat-screen HDTV with remote DVD player. Storage can be found under the berth, in gunwale cabinets, in two hanging lockers and beneath the floor. Individual head and shower compartments, port and starboard, both have tile flooring.
The mid-stateroom has two twin beds that convert to a queen along with a hanging locker, private head and shower compartment and separate vanity.
Between the two staterooms, the salon and galley have a 26-inch flat-screen HDTV with DVD player and stereo with six-disk CD changer; wood blinds; and high-gloss cherry interior; and a full galley.
The base MSRP on the Sea Ray 43 is $849,906. www.searay.com
Rampage 34 Express
Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts recently introduced its dealers to its new Rampage 34 Express powered by the Volvo Penta IPS technology with sportfish mode.
The revolutionary new propulsion system dramatically increases power and is more fuel efficient than conventional inboard models. The Rampage 34 Express contains many of the features from the Rampage 33 Express, with the added kick of IPS and sportfish mode. It features the same bow flare, sharp entry, and full 13-foot beam as the 33.
The 34 features 60 gallons of freshwater capacity, a 45 gallon fuel tank, 6-foot, 6-inch cabin headroom, a 29-inch drat and sleeping accommodations for six adults.
Rampage 34 Express base boat with base engine (Crusader 8.1 gas) is $311,947; with Volvo Penta D6 IPS 500 370-hp is $417,253; with Volvo Penta D6 IPS 600 435-hp is $451,693. www.rampageyachts.com
Grady-White Chesapeake 290
Celebrating 50 years of boatbuilding, Grady-White has introduced a customer-inspired boat full of features and amenities. The 2009 model year 29-foot Chesapeake 290 is a coastal cabin boat with Grady-White’s walkaround styling.
Within the 56-square-foot cockpit is a helm with flush-mounted, easy-to-read gauges positioned above a 316L stainless steering wheel. A newly styled hardtop encloses the helm area and has a radio box, storage nets for PFDs, spreader lights and four side-mounted rod holders. Hardtop drop, front and side curtains are also standard. AV outlets are located at the cabin entrance.
The 56-square-foot cockpit also has a starboard-side, 132-quart insulated fish box, and a portside 35-gallon raw water live well with a 1,100-gallon-per-hour circulating pump, plus a light and a full-column distribution inlet. At the transom is a cavernous 265-quart insulated box with overboard drain.
The cabin features teak and holly in the cabin sole, oval-shaped teak dinette table, portside galley with Corian countertops, a deep stainless sink, refrigerator, microwave oven and an electric stove with touchpad flush controls.
The starboard berth stretches 81 inches. Cabin air conditioning is optional. There is also a DC television option.
The MSRP with twin Yamaha 250-hp 4-strokes is $183,625.
Mariah G270 Cruiser
The Mariah Boat Company recently unveiled its new flagship, the G270 mid-cabin cruiser. The G270 measures 27 feet with an 8-foot, 6-inch beam, which provides for a spacious cockpit and cabin.
The G270 cabin offers standard features such as 12-, 110- and 120-volt outlets; V-berth storage compartments; AC/DC panels; aft cabin mattress, pillows and storage compartment, center filler cushion for the V-berth; Clarion AM/FM/CD and MP3 adaptor with four speakers; full galley with a hot- and cold-water sink, stove, microwave, Corian countertop and sink cover; removable dinette table; electric toilet with a holding tank, faux teak and holly flooring; full head; galvanic isolator; hanging locker with table storage; high-water alarm; AC/DC refrigerator; and shower sump pump.
The G270 also comes standard with two 30-amp, 120-volt shore power inlets; 25-quart removable cooler; anchor roller; engine compartment lighting; and hot-water heater.
The G270 can be customized with several optional features such as: 22-volt shore power; air conditioning with reverse cycle heat; anchor chafe plate; Bimini top; bow sun pad; cockpit propane grill; Garmin 440s depth/fishfinder/ GPS/chart; radar arch with LED lights; and a DC-to-AC inverter. Each Mariah also offers a variety of Mercury MerCruiser engines to power your boat.
The G270 outfitted with a MerCruiser 350 MAG B3 will run about $71,000. www.mariah-boats.com