BENETEAU’s GT 36 is part of its Gran Turismo lineup and comes off the drawing board in France, but made in the factory in Cadillac, Michigan. Her interior boasts some creative thinking on the part of the design team.
The BENETEAU Gran Turismo 40 recreates the sport cruiser concept. A perfectly proportioned interior and superior performance make her not only eye-catching but a pleasure to drive.
Equipped with the leading Air Step® technology, the Gran Turismo 46 is the latest generation of a sport cruiser. Boldly designed, she boasts a stylish and clever layout with ample opportunity to personalize.
The Gran Turismo 50 stands apart. This sport cruiser’s elegant profile, full-space main deck, and onboard technology will win over connoisseurs of beautiful objects and thrill-seekers alike.
The Monte Carlo 5 conveys the premium spirit of the line with great distinction. This iconic model stands apart for the elegance of its textures, the attention to detail and its highly accomplished Italian design.
The Monte Carlo 52 by BENETEAU features a lot of improvements based on customer feedback, including more interior space, more natural light and certainly more comfort.
When the BENETEAU brand unites its expertise with the greatest Italian designers, it reinvents the motor cruiser concept. The Monte Carlo 5S stands apart for her boldly sporty profile with an outdoor lounge.
Elected boat of the year in the ‘Flybridge up to 60ft’ category at the ‘Motor Boat Awards’, the MC6 has carved itself a niche through style, services and a top quality build. She has all the qualities of a megayacht.
A safe, comfortable, and ingenious boat designed for the high seas. The many qualities and the size of the Swift Trawler 35 will tempt you to go on a long cruise.
The Swift 41 is the latest addition to the popular Swift Trawler lineup that now encompasses seven different models. The keyword here being “addition!”
Combining comfort, confidence, and capability, the Swift Trawler 47 is the ideal boat to travel with family. She’ll take you further faster with 580 gallons of fuel.
The Swift Trawler 50 appeals to all with her easy handling and intelligently-designed fittings; perfect for both romantic and family getaways.
Agile, powerful and very habitable, the Antares 23 oozes character. The ideal boat for exploring new shores, she is wonderful for taking a break for a few days, confident that you are completely safe.
The ultimate weekender! With an innate sense of detail and comfort, the Antares 27 is an invitation to spend more time at sea. She has everything to make short cruising a great experience.
The spacious Flyer 23 SPACEdeck is a joy to drive and to live aboard. Certified to carry 10 passengers, she is ideal for all day-boating programs: bathing, picnicking on board, water sports, or fishing trips.
The 27 Barracuda outboard powerboat is the SUV of the sea. From fishing to diving to cruising, she has been designed, built, and tested to be on a first-name basis with all waters, even in their foulest moods.
Christopher Hughes tours the BENETEAU factory in France, highlighting the woodworking process. It all begins with the selection of the best materials like beech, oak, teak, and mobi. Learn about how they select their materials & adhere to best practices for sustainability.
Here’s an insider’s view on how BENETEAU builds their hulls & decks. BENETEAU utilizes 3 processes for the manufacturing of its hulls and decks: 1) conventional hand lay-up 2) resin infusing, and 3) injection molding. Have a look at the entire process.
Boat builders are always working to prevent water intrusion through osmosis. So BENETEAU meticulously tests all materials that comprise their hulls. Look inside BENETEAU’s testing laboratory and learn about their disciplined testing practices.
The SPX line from Sea Ray focuses on a new level of affordability, but ensures that the build doesn’t lose sight of the Sea Ray heritage. The 19 SPX is the smallest in this new lineup and the “Select” version we tested had the optional package that added luxury to the mix. Now, those just starting out, or restricted in size by lake limits or towing weight, don’t have to compromise on. Entry-level no longer means bare bones, and this boat proves it. But to us, the real attraction is in the ability to customize to the heart’s content, starting with choosing between outboard or sterndrive power.
Sea Ray has moved to fill a gap between its affordable “sport” lineup and the luxury SLX models and created a somewhat cost-conscious line that still embraces an upscale look. The result is the SPX Series. Affordable, but depending on how she gets optioned out, still embraces many of the amenities that the brand is well known for. Perhaps most importantly, the hulls are the same as her more expensive siblings, and for that reason we expect the ride and the handling to be on a par with them. Four optional packages: Captain’s, All Sport, Elevation and Select
The Sea Ray SLX-W 230 is a luxurious family bowrider that can become a towsports machine with the push of a button on the dash-mounted touchscreen. She comes standard with three ballast tanks and the Dynamic Running Surface with Wake-Shaping tabs that turn the boat into a serious towing platform. An unusual option on a boat this size is the Mercury JPI system, combining the main propeller with an electric bow and stern thruster for precision handling not only around the dock but for retrieving those in the water. Enjoy as a towsports boat and family bowrider.
Sea Ray did a customer feedback study and discovered, not surprisingly, that boaters were looking for more… more space, more seating, and more luxury in an open bow day boat. It responded with the SDX 270 (formerly known as the 270 Sundeck). By narrowing the gunwales, along with a few other design features, it created a spacious boat that can seat 15 people underway in luxurious seating that rivals the luxury of the company’s SLX line. Available in both sterndrive and outboard versions. She’s also got a level of class and style consistent with the Sea Ray brand.
With luxurious seating for up to 15, the Sea Ray SLX 280 has lots of room to party. Upscale options include a hydraulically-actuated swim platform and an articulating Bimini/watersports tower and the Dynamic Display “glass cockpit” on the dash, among many others. Leather-wrapped grab-rails are standard, as is plush, diamond-stitched and embroidered upholstery. Scissor-style hinges keep all larger seat pads in place and provide hands-free access to the large storage compartments below.
Few things can be more appealing for day cruising than a big deckboat. Not all of us can make the time for overnights and those cabins become nothing more than wasted space. For those who could use that space for other things, enter the Sea Ray SDX 290 (formerly known as the 290 Sundeck). It’s all about maximizing space for either holding people or entertaining them. The SDX 290 has the stability and size to provide a soft, dry ride. As far as looks go, she’s also a home run.
The Sea Ray SLX 310 features many amenities as standard that are options on other brands, including a watersports tower that folds down electrically, a wet bar and a head compartment with sink with running water and a VacuFlush toilet. The cockpit includes a sink and hard-surface worktop and can be upgraded with an electric grill and refrigerator. The dash is unique, with automotive-style Dynamic Display that provides all information for operational systems as well as navigation on 12” and 7” touchscreens
Sea Ray’s SLX 310 Outboard bowrider is built for entertaining friends and family, watersports of all sorts, while coving and cruising. This dayboat is a versatile vessel with standard options that include an electrically actuated power tower, digital dash, wet bar, and a day head. With room for up to 17 on board, she is made for spending an afternoon catching waves or rays, fishing or exploring. Most buyers looking for an entertaining boat will find little lacking in design from the SLX 310 OB.
The Sea Ray SLX 350 OB includes a hardtop with optional sliding sunroof and joystick steering as standard features. She’s built to handle triple outboards up to 1050 horsepower total, ensuring exciting performance. A small cabin is tucked under the starboard console, while a head with VacuFlush toilet is hidden in the port console. A mini galley encourages entertainment in the aft cockpit.
The Sea Ray SPX 230 is an inboard powered sport boat. She has a maximum weight carrying capacity, people and gear of 2,300 lbs.or 13 people. The SPX Series has two other boats, both smaller at 19’ and 21’. All three models come in an inboard/sterndrive or outboard version. This largest boat in the series includes a head compartment, optional seating, and power choices from 250 to 300-hp.
The Sea Ray SDX 250 OB is a deckboat with a wide topside flare forward that has superior social space for up to 14 people. This Mercury outboard-powered sibling to the sterndrive version has space bigger than a normal bowrider. With more deck space comes more room for family and friends. Kudos to Sea Ray designers for inventive seating, storage, and flow solutions that work.
The Sea Ray Sundancer 320 is a hybrid sport cruiser. She has overnight capability for four adults and a full head, but retains an open air bowrider entertainment style. She is available with either outboard or inboard power. A very rare “two thumbs up” came from Captain Steve when asked about the Sea Ray Sundancer 320. He said, “Solid, a very nice boat, I like the way this boat handles.”
The Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe is the largest boat in Sea Ray’s Sport Cruiser line. It successfully makes the leap from open runabout to a smaller coastal cruiser with entertainment amenities, and can overnight a family of four to six people. The Sundancer 350 Coupe has a protected helm, with solid windshield and side windows that connect to the hardtop. Along with protection from the elements, enhanced visibility, and climate control, the Sundancer 350 Coupe is all the boat many people need.
The boat tests themselves are conducted independently by BoatTEST.com’s staff of U.S.C.G.-licensed Captains and the opinions expressed in the editorial are those of the captains and have been edited and approved by BoatTEST.com. Test numbers shown are recorded by BoatTEST.com’s technical team and are NOT supplied by the manufacturers.