Sea Ray

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Sea Ray
Founded Detroit, Michigan (1959)
Founder C.N. Ray
Headquarters Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Products Recreational boats
Parent Brunswick Boat Group
Website www.searay.com

Sea Ray is a company who produces a same-named brand of pleasure boats. The company currently operates as part of the Brunswick Boat Group, a division of the Brunswick Corporation.

History[edit]

It was founded as an independent company, Ray Industries, in 1959 in the U.S. city of Detroit by C.N. Ray. That company was bought by Brunswick for $350 million in 1986. At the same time Brunswick purchased the Bayliner brand, making Brunswick Corporation the largest pleasure boat producer in the world.[1]

Sea Ray opened a plant at Merritt Island, Florida in 1972. It eventually grew to three plants at that location. It employed more than 1,500 workers at its peak. At that time it produced about 20 sports yachts weekly, each retailing from $200,000 to $500,000. It largely phased down operations during the Great Recession.[2]

Overview[edit]

Sea Ray manufacturing plant in Merritt Island, Florida

Sea Ray designs, manufactures and markets boats ranging from 17 feet (5.2 m) power cruisers to over 65 feet (20 m) yachts, including the Sundancer brand and, new for 2014, the "L" Series luxury yachts. Sea Ray is based in Knoxville, Tennessee and operates two factories in Tennessee and two in Florida.[3] Sea Ray designs and markets more than 40 models ranging in boats from 18 to 65 feet (5.5 to 19.8 m). Sea Ray was the first boat manufacturer to use fiberglass in its pleasure boat construction, and also pioneered the molded-in swim platform when it launched Ski Ray ski boats in 1991.[4] In 1995 Ray Industries' acquired a new subsidiary, Baja, the world's largest manufacturer of performance boats.[citation needed] Brunswick has since sold the Baja brand to another entity.

Boat Models[edit]

Yachts[edit]

Yachts that have been constructed range from 52 to 65 feet (16 to 20 m). They include:

  • 520 Sedan Bridge
  • 540 Sundancer
  • 580 Sedan Bridge
  • 580 Sundancer
  • 600 Super Sport (2003-2005)
  • 610 Sundancer
  • 590 Express ("L" Series- 2015)
  • 590 Flybridge ("L" Series- 2015)
  • 650 Express ("L" Series- 2014)
  • 650 Flybridge ("L" Series- 2014)

Sport Yachts[edit]

  • 410 Sundancer
  • 450 Sedan Bridge
  • 450 Sundancer
  • 470 Sundancer
  • 510 Sundancer

Sport Cruisers[edit]

Sports cruisers that have been constructed range in length from 24 to 37 feet (7.3 to 11.3 m). They include"

  • 240 Sundancer
  • 255 Sundancer
  • 260 Sundancer
  • 265 Sundancer
  • 270 Sundancer
  • 280 Sundancer
  • 305 Sundancer
  • 310 Sundancer
  • 320 Sundancer
  • 330 Sundancer
  • 350 Sundancer
  • 355 Sundancer
  • 370 Sundancer
  • 370 Venture

Sport Boats[edit]

  • 190 Sport
  • 195 5 Series
  • 200 Cuddy Cabin
  • 21 Jet
  • 205 Sport
  • 210 Sundeck
  • 210 Overnighter
  • 210 SLX
  • 220 Sundeck
  • 220 Sundeck Outboard
  • 230 SLX
  • 235 Weekender
  • 240 Sundeck
  • 240 Sundeck Outboard
  • 240 Sun Sport
  • 250 SLX
  • 260 Sundeck
  • 270 SLX
  • 280 Sundeck
  • 300 Sundeck
  • 300 SLX

L-class[edit]

The L-class boats are 65 feet (20 m) long. They retailed at $3.5 million in 2015.[2]

Other Brunswick boats built at Sea Ray plants[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Reuters (1986-11-29). "Brunswick to Acquire Ray". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b Price, Wayne T. (February 10, 2015). "Sea Ray Boats to resume operations". Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida). pp. 1A. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Silence, Michael. "Sea Ray lays off 5 percent of work force". Knoxville News Sentinel. 
  4. ^ "Innovation Is What Leads Buyers to Sea Ray Boats". Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Sport Boats : Sport Cruisers : Sport Yachts : Yachts : Sea Ray Boats". Sea Ray Boats. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 

External references[edit]

  • Rodengen, Jeffrey L., edited by Stanimira Stefanova (2008). Commanding the waterways : the story of Sea Ray. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Write Stuff Enterprise. ISBN 978-1-932022-33-9.