55 ft. Sea Ray – Luxury Power Yacht
55 ft. Sea Ray - NEW LUXURY YACHT - 2018
Features on the L550 are; the hydraulic swim platform, walk-around decks, large fly-bridge with lounge seating, shaded bow seating area, aft galley, full-beam stateroom, shaft drives, docking thrusters and one of the coolest features that guests absolutely love is the Seakeeper Gyro 9 Stabilizers that keep the yacht stable in any size waves.
This is a $2.5 m loaded yacht that comes with plenty of features that you will love including air-conditioning throughout, televisions and bedding, stone bathroom counters, on-trend grain-matched walnut joinery, even a separate washing machine and dryer. Outdoors, there’s a grill in the fly-bridge, electric cockpit awning, bow cushions and covers, and a hydraulic swim platform with 450 kg lift capacity for carrying our tender which we use for the donut tube.
At the upper and lower helm stations, there are 24 V Vetus bow and stern thrusters, a new Sea Ray digital switching system, a Caterpillar 7 in engine screen, twin Raymarine 12 in screens with autopilot, and so on. The boat comes with a Bose AV system, electric salon windows, a Dyson vac, even a coffee machine.
You can enclose the fly bridge and there is an extended hardtop, too. The Joystick Docking and upgraded generator are excellent features but the Seakeeper Gyro 9 stabilizer system is the main key feature on this boat because you will enjoy a very smooth ride.
LAYOUT AND ACCOMMODATION
The L550 has sharp lines, especially this new 550. It’s a big boat for its length, however, Sea Ray has invested in creating a user-friendly interface and operating system with digital switching to reduce hassles. No more than two button pushes will access any and all of the boat’s systems and functions. Pre-set boat modes like cruising, day anchor, night and so on let you dial-in all the right equipment on via the digital switch panel to suit the role.
More wow factor exists in the innovative deck design that uses the full length of the boat like we’ve not seen before. The walk-around decks are backed by grab rails, moulded toe rails and there’s an opening starboard helm door for communication with crew and access to the decks when docking.
Another highlight is the trick sunken bow seating area with a table, optional shade canopy and separate sound system controls and speakers. In the Mexico heat, this shaded open-air bow seating area is a treat. It is a great go-to area for kids and adults for whale-watching cruises because the comfort and view are the best. This is the biggest bow seating zone we've seen on a 55-footer.
The cockpit is extended by the standard jumbo hydraulic teak swim platform. Heading forward, opening doors lead into the aft galley and wet bar to bring the outdoors back indoors. There are also side doors in the cockpit for improved marina access and provisioning, too. An electric awning now comes standard in the cockpit and it’s designed to shade the inbuilt L-shaped transom lounge and teak lunch table.
Moulded stairs lead up top to a seriously big fly-bridge with abundant seating and a long lunch table that, with the Seakeeper 9 gyro stabilizer system, becomes a rock-steady entertaining area. There’s a fridge, grill and a hardtop for shade with a concertina electric canvas sunroof.
Between all these super functional deck areas — you can seat four on the bow, eight in the fly-bridge, six in the cockpit, this L550 is a great entertainer. This is the boat’s real strength. As we said, we haven’t come across a 55-footer with so many comfy outdoor ‘zones’.
The opening Opacmare salon doors present the boat’s aft galley and wet bar area with genuine wooden flooring. You get four drawer fridges/freezers and wine cooler, plus a cockpit ice-maker.
The stone galley counters have a short return with bar stools perfect for casual meals. Opposite, the wet bar and entertainment center include a 50 in TV. The forward lounge area is also a highlight.
The plush white lounges (long enough to double as a daybed), deep glazing and surrounding views, and the nearby twin high-backed helm seats, mean you can cruise indoors on passages in comfort.
Styling is snappy, with two-pack galley cupboards, the grain-matched walnut joinery, supplied cutlery and drawers, and deft Italian touches including tapware and a stitched-leather dash.
Of course, Sea Ray’s accommodation areas are comfortable with a three cabin and two-bathroom layout that includes a full-beam owner’s stateroom. The third cabin has single beds that manually push together to form a double; the VIP in the bow has the traditional island bed; while the queen bed in the full-beam owners’ stateroom is offset 45 degrees to maximize floor space.
Cabin highlights include indirect mood lighting, inner-spring mattresses, cedar-lined hanging lockers, separate TVs, USB ports, tiled suites, American-sized shower stalls (rain-shower for owners) and high headroom throughout.
There’s good light penetration and ventilation below decks and an ambiance of luxury in keeping with the L-Class tag. It's a very comfortable yacht.
HULL AND ENGINEERING
With the new Sea Ray digital switching, bow and stern thrusters, upgraded joystick docking, Raymarine electronics, Bose, and the latest Caterpillar engines, the L550 is a showcase of today’s boating smarts.
The resin-infused hull — with symmetrical half prop-tunnels, no keel, and Veem props, plus Interceptor trim tabs — works beautifully. The boat runs smooth with no rattles, shakes or shudders and low running noise.
It’s a monocoque one-piece boat and it feels solid and super seaworthy, not light and flighty like some production boats. The 17 degrees of transom deadrise is quite sharp for a 55 footer, too.
In the nicely insulated engine room, the sea strainers are at the entrance, the twin Racor fuel filters for the wing fuel tanks are easily accessed forward, and there is plenty of room over the top of the straight-six Cats with paired oil dipsticks on the center-line.
The generous 257 lt holding tank will let you do long weekends with a crowd before needing an empty.
Sea Ray has increased the fuel supply to 2195 lt for long-range boating and you could cruise for 300 nm on the L550 Fly. Australian boat builders tend to fit 3500 lt+ on their 52-54 footers for that kind of range at faster speeds.
ON THE WATER
- Great performance, a tight build and ride
The performance really adds to the pleasure from the fly-bridge and back at the lower helm. At top speeds of 28 knots at 2350 rpm for the day the performance is incredible.
On the water, the highlights are the quietness and smoothness, the air of sophistication and the dignified ride through the water. With big seating areas and twin helm stations, this is an all-weather pleasure luxury cruiser that rates highly in the performance and comfort.
THIS YACHT HOLDS:
- Up to 15 passengers
THIS YACHT INCLUDES:
- Bottled Water, Soft drinks, Beers.
- 3 Bottles of Liquor
- Seasonal Fruit, Guacamole, Chips, Fresh Ceviche (Fish & Shrimp)
- Snorkeling Gear
- Assorted Breads
- Assorted Meats & Cheeses
- Lettuce, Onions & Tomatoes
Private chef available on-board at $50.00 USD per person.
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