John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.

APRIL 2013
LOA  37' 2"
Beam  11' 3"
Draft 2' 5" (engines up)
Bridge Clearance 12' 9"
Fuel 222 gal
Max. Power 600 hp

Sea Ray is a Brunswick Company, so its boats have all come with MerCruiser inboard-outboards . . .

until now, that is. A couple of years ago Sea Ray engineers and naval architects got to thinking, “Why not Mercury outboards?” So they teamed up to create the 370 Venture Sport Cruiser—introduced last fall with twin 300-hp Verado supercharged four-stroke outboards.

And the rig works. With the engines mounted inside wells under the twin “rumble seats” aft of the cockpit, the 370 Venture is super quiet, especially at her cruising speed of 30 mph. And the compact outboards free up a lot of space onboard, both above and below decks.

Above, the helm area offers a true double-wide seat for skipper and companion to starboard, opposite a six-foot lounge and Sea Ray’s compact staircase to the foredeck. Aft of the helm is an L-shaped day galley with a sink, removable cooler and grill (optional), complemented by an L-shaped lounge. Opposite that is a C-shaped settee with a removable teak table. A central walkway leads to the two rumble seats and a full-width swim platform. Those engines, by the way, breathe air through “snorkels” from the well-ventilated equipment space just forward of where the 5 kilowatt genset and air conditioner reside.

Because of the outboards, that well-insulated equipment space is compact enough to allow a full-width master cabin just forward, with full headroom and a queen-size berth set at a 45-degree angle to the centerline, with a settee. Forward are a galley (to port), an enclosed head with shower, and a V-shaped dinette that converts to a double berth. Base price for the 370 Venture is $391,745. Sea Ray Boats, Knoxville, Tenn.