By Jeff Hemmel
Sea Ray 210 SLX: Bowrider with Wow
Details and thoughtful design set the Sea Ray 210 SLX apart from the bowrider crowd.
Bowriders are often saddled with the reputation of being cookie-cutter, dime-a-dozen clones, but Sea Ray’s newly re-imagined 210 SLX refuses to be lost in the swarm of competitors. Take the helm as an example: its look is decidedly upscale, with wood accents, a soft-touch dash with double stitching, chrome switches and levers, and a wheel that looks like it was swiped from a Euro-launch. Add in a standard chocolate/taupe interior color scheme and you’ve got a classy look not often seen in this size range.
Two cockpit options are available on the SLX, the standard motorbox with flanking jump seats and aft sunpad, or a sunpad lounger with a starboard-side walk through. A generous bow cockpit features hinged cushions for easy access to the finished stowage below. Toss in the filler cushion and turn it into one big bed, complete with cupholders and tunes to keep you entertained. Aft, the bench lifts to reveal a big cooler that will help keep everyone hydrated. In the floor a roomy ski/wakeboard locker features vinyl matting to protect the toys, and a hatch supported by gas struts. It’s even lockable, to secure the toys from unwanted advances.
More thoughtful touches stand out on the 210 SLX. The curved, three-piece glass windshield features anodized black trim rather than shiny silver. It goes nicely with the earthy tones in the cockpit, yet will stand up to long-term abuse from sun and spray.
The optional Sea Ray watersports tower has also been retooled in black, and features a new forward-swept shape that integrates the Bimini top and anchor light into the design. Its spring-loaded hinge allows it to be easily lowered for trailering or storage. Aft, those tow-types can climb out of the water using an extended swim platform that’s part of the hull and deck mold. Option it out with SeaDek padding to complete the luxurious look.
Few other options, however, are necessary. Standard items include SmartCraft instrumentation; a Sony stereo with CD, iPod connector, dash remote, and four Rockford Fosgate speakers; snap-in carpet; and a trailer with surge disk brakes and swing-away tongue.
Standard power is a 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3 MPI with an Alpha 1 sterndrive. It’s adequate for the task at hand, but I’d be tempted to upgrade to 300 horses and a Bravo III if I had the means. Also tempting are the customizing options. Two-tone gel coat, unique graphics, and a variety of full-color hull bottoms are available, to make your craft stand out even more from that fleet of clones.
For more information, visit Sea Ray.
- Jeff Hemmel writes for boats.com, Boating, PersonalWatercraft.com, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.