Sea-Ray announces new jet boat

Sea Ray Boats
January 11, 2013
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Knoxville, Tenn. – Jan. 11, 2013 – Perhaps the phrase “what a jet boat always wanted to be” sums it up best. Crafted with the exceptional design, engineering and quality for which Sea Ray has become so well known, the all-new 21 Jet is a true “boat” and not just a “jet boat.”

It starts with a substantial 21-foot, 6-inch length and 8-foot, 6-inch beam, boasting exterior lines, sculpting and styling that embraces the sporty, yet sophisticated, Sea Ray DNA. Six (not four) stainless-steel cleats are thru-bolted at precisely the right places for easy use when tying off. And unlike many jet boats, which come in only one or two colors, the 21 Jet is available in five choices of two-tone gel coat, in addition to a black hull bottom option and graphics upgrades.

The new Sea Ray’s generous dimensions translate into a spacious cockpit with seating for up to 10 people. The bow area has full wraparound benches and padded bolsters, allowing for nearly 360-degree utilization (an optional filler cushion creates a full-width sun pad). Stainless-steel grab handles replace the plastic ones found on many competitive models. At the nose is an anchor locker; it and the gel-coated storage compartments under the seats are molded into the finished fiberglass floor and liner system. This quality construction feature provides added moisture protection, helps in cleanup and maintenance, and creates a stronger and more solid overall design.

On the other side of the tempered/tinted glass windshield, a convertible lounger faces forward for comfort while under way, or can lie flat for stretching out. The rest of the cockpit seating consists of a big, U-shaped bench topped by marine-grade vinyl with mildew and UV protection. The portside console houses a standard Sony® stereo with CD-player and MP3 port; 12-volt accessory outlet; beverage holder and wakeboard storage inside. A cockpit floor locker, with gas assists, opens wide, so owners can easily access the interior with its full rubberized liner. A 25-quart, carry-on cooler comes with the boat and has its own dedicated storage.

Clean and compact, the helm of the new 21 Jet is reminiscent of a modern, luxury sports car. Stainless-steel hardware and bezels, along with lighted chrome toggle switches, impart a premium feel consistent with the Sea Ray aesthetic. Custom backlit gauges come with low-glare blue night-lighting and glass lenses that are more resilient than plastic ones. The tilt wheel has leathery custom padding, and the helm bucket seat swivels and slides for optimum adjustability. Different from competitive models, a single binnacle controls both of the twin engines evenly for easier operation than with dual binnacles.

Beyond the center transom walk-thru, an aft entertainment zone redefines the boating experience for owners of the 21 Jet. This multi-tiered, multi-purpose area includes a pair of aft-facing seats with padded backrests and an integral swim platform with three-step, stainless-steel ladder. It’s the perfect place to conveniently gear up for water sports, or to hang out and enjoy an afternoon of sunning and swimming. A ski tow eye is standard; add a stereo remote and speaker package here for even more fun at the water’s edge.

The 21 Jet is powered by twin 120-hp MPE-850 four-stroke engines with jet drives from Weber Motor, a global manufacturer since 1969 that has provided engines and engine components for world renowned automotive brands such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Ferrari and Ford. In addition, Weber has been providing engines and jet propulsion for the marine industry for over a decade, having built engines for numerous personal watercraft (PWC) and jet-powered yacht tender companies.

The 21 Jet’s intercooled and turbocharged engines offer rapid acceleration and smooth operation through the power band. Along with the other advantages of water-jet propulsion — shallow draft, faster planing, no exposed lower drive unit — Weber engines are also known to have lower-than-average fuel consumption for extended cruising range. Of particular note, “optimized thrust” from Weber’s exclusive reverse gate design creates efficiently balanced thrust that reduces drifting while in neutral. The 21 Jet will also be the first and only model available to meet California 4-Star super-ultra-low emission levels, setting a new industry benchmark.

Like all Sea Ray boats, the 21 Jet comes with a long list of standard and optional equipment to provide the best possible ownership experience. This includes a painted trailer with disc brakes and swing-away tongue (standard) and forward-facing, folding water-sports tower with integrated bimini top (optional). And, of course, every Sea Ray benefits from the superior strength, service support and marine focus of the world’s largest dealer network.

Specifications* for the 21 Jet are as follows:

Overall Length (w/std integral swim platform)              21 ’6”                           6.55 m

Beam                                                                           8’, 6”                            2.59 m

Draft                                                                             21”                               53 cm

Dry Weight                                                                   2,883 lbs                      1,308 kg

Fuel Capacity                                                              45 gal                          170 L

Max Persons/Weight                                                    10/1,650 lbs                 748 kg

(MWC) Max Weight Persons/Gear                                1,800 lbs                      816 kg

Dead Rise                                                                    21°                               21°

*The specification measurements are approximations and are subject to variance.


3 Responses to “Sea-Ray announces new jet boat”

  1. TOM on January 15th, 2013 3:47 pm

    WHAT! No Sport Jet? Makes one wonder about the future of the sportjet.


  2. Doug Nelson on February 2nd, 2013 10:26 am

    Let's see the magazines go to work on the fuel economy and performance of this jet vs. an equivalent prop boat.


  3. Steve on February 19th, 2013 4:38 am

    Only 240 HP? Mercury had one of those available since early 2000's without the need of a turbo.

    At 2883 lbs, that is very heavy for a jet boat....... What a "jet boat wanted to be" was quick and nimble. Bring back Sugarsand


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