John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge
JANUARY 2007 
 
Length 37'6"
Beam 13"
Draft 40"
Fuel capacity 300 gals
Water Capacity 75 gals
Holding Tank 35 gals



It was a chilly gray day when I met with Chuck Moore from Clarks Landing Boat Sales in Shady Side, Md., to test drive Sea Ray’s new 36-foot Sedan Bridge. This is a very big boat in a not-so-big-boat package, and Sea Ray has done its part to make this vessel user friendly. The first thing I noticed when I climbed aboard and got ready to fire up the engine was the absence of a giant electrical distribution panel with dozens of breakers and switches. Sea Ray’s new system uses a 10-inch touch-screen instead. Not only that, but illuminated touch pads in key locations throughout the boat’s interior allow you to adjust the lighting to pre-programmed settings.
   
Up on the bridge, I was impressed by the 360-degree visibility. Even with a full canvas-and-isinglass enclosure it was easy to back the boat into the slip. (With the docking-on-command package, the boat comes with both bow and stern thrusters, making docking even easier.) The instrument console is large enough to accommodate dual 12-inch electronic displays. Our test boat was fitted out with Smart Craft engine data instrumentation as well as traditional analogue gauges and a Raymarine E 120 multi function display, which is capable of providing GPS, depth, speed, chart plotter, radar and fishfinder data all on one screen.
    
I was also happy with the easy access to the engine room. A hatch in the main saloon opens to the front of the engines while a cockpit hatch gets you to the running and steering gear.
    
The 36 Sedan Bridge gave us a comfortable ride. With 20 knots of wind and a one- to two-foot chop at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay’s West River, it performed well. We cruised along between 20 and 25 mph, and she topped out at 30 mph. Her 17 degrees of deadrise made for a smooth ride, while the canvas enclosure kept us out of the breeze. What’s more, the ample seating on the bridge includes a dinette table and built-in drink holders so passengers can keep the captain company.
     
Down below, the 36 Sedan Bridge is well laid out. Beginning aft, the saloon area has a sofa and a love seat as well as a built-in entertainment center complete with a flat panel TV. The dinette, just forward of the saloon on the starboard side, seats four, and the seating bench slides open to provide easy access to storage. Down two steps, the galley sits to port. It comes equipped with solid surface counter tops, front-loading stainless steel dual-voltage (12V/120V) refrigerator and freezer, a two-burner smooth cooktop, stainless microwave oven and plenty of storage. Entertaining or feeding a hungry crew should be no problem on this boat.
      
Twin bunks in the guest stateroom convert to a queen-size bed with storage underneath. The head and shower are in separate compartments port and starboard respectively. All the way forward is the master stateroom, featuring a centerline double bunk with innerspring mattress. The foot of the bed flips up to make a bench seat with additional storage underneath. Sea Ray has gone the extra mile here with plenty of storage and adequate hanging lockers.
     
The Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge makes a great family boat for day trips, weekending or cruising. For a couple off on an extended cruising adventure, the generous and comfortable accommodations make it easy to invite friends along for the ride. I can easily picture this boat at the heart of any friendly raft-up or as party central on the marina dock.