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 52 Sedan Bridge
OCTOBER 2007
 
   
Length overall  52'3"
Beam  15' 3"
Draft  4'3"
Displacement36,700 LB
Water Capacity 140 GAL
Base Price $1,185,037
Price as Tested  $1,342,240

Looking for mega yacht luxury without having to pay a professional crew? With its KVH satellite television (standard), four flat-screen TVs, state-of-the-art navigation systems, new-age galley and well appointed three-stateroom layout, the Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge offers plenty of the amenities common to large luxury yachts, but this boat comes in a package that’s as user friendly as it is sea worthy. Sea Ray is running with a successful design here (there are no significant changes between the 2008 and the 2007 models). What you get is a solidly built boat geared for stylish entertainment and comfortable cruising—a hallmark of the Sea Ray line.

The accommodations below are refined and thoughtfully laid out. An entertainment center lies to starboard. The Bose surround-sound system makes for easy listening, and the TV is mounted so it can be seen from the entire saloon. There are two leather sofas—a crescent-shaped one to port and a loveseat to starboard. The galley, slightly forward and down two steps on the starboard side, is equipped with stainless appliances and a smooth-top cooking surface. Across from the galley is a raised dinette that puts diners at eye level with someone standing in the galley and lets them see out the forward windows or face aft to watch TV. At the push of a button the galley sole lifts hydraulically to reveal a laundry and storage area down below.

The staterooms lie forward of the galley and down a few more steps. The master (all the way forward) has a centerline, walk-around queen-size bed, LCD TV and Bose entertainment system. A private master head with a separate stall shower completes the master suite. A stateroom to port has a queen-size bunk; the third stateroom (starboard) has over-under bunks. Both access a shared head and shower.

You get to the air-conditioned bridge by way of a stairway leading from the cockpit. The helm station is located aft, overlooking a U-shaped settee. At the top of the stairway, to port, there’s a bar with a standard refrigerator, sink and self-draining in-counter ice bucket. (The curious-looking orange inspection port on the bar face is actually a storage area for flare and signaling equipment–great idea.)

Visibility from the bridge is excellent, even with a full isinglass enclosure. Helm positioning was such that I could see the back of the swim platform from the wheel even with the bridge closed-up (and I’m under six feet tall). The noise level was fairly quiet despite twin 640-hp Cummins QSM-11 diesels rumbling down below. The engine torque, single-lever controls and bow thruster (standard) all make maneuvering this vessel fairly straight forward.

We ran a boat off Kent Narrows, courtesy of Clarks Landing. This boat performs well at speed. We made 29 knots wide open and cruised at 23 knots, burning about 43 gallons per hour on both engines combined. The ride was smooth and quiet, and she handled tight turns at planing speed with no problem.

Whether it’s for family cruising or dockside cocktails with friends, Sea Ray’s 52 Sedan Bridge packs a lot of luxury into a package that’s so easy to handle, any captain will feel like a pro.