Sea Ray introduces the new SLX-W 230, a luxury wake sports boat powered by a Mercury Marine V-Drive propulsion system. The new SLX-W was designed to combine wake-shaping capabilities with amenities for all-day coving and comfortable cruising.
“This is the ideal boat for active families seeking to maximize their time on the water,” said Brad Anderson, Sea Ray president of sport boats and sport cruisers. “We started with Sea Ray’s unique dedication to Orchestrated Excellence, then added a thrilling new wakesurfing technology design to achieve the perfect boat for wake sports, coving and cruising. The SLX-W delivers pure enjoyment with nothing sacrificed and we¹re calling it –Orchestrated Adventure.”
The SLX-W 230 features a deep-V wake-hull design, which Sea Ray says was honed during hundreds of hours of development and testing, and comes standard with Dynamic Running Surface for a smooth ride and predictable handling.
At the helm, technology includes Dynamic Display, which is designed to provide easy viewing for the captain and intuitive command of wake sports functions. Pre-sets for wakeboarding and surfing fill the 2,000 pounds of ballast to the appropriate level and set the underwater gear for the perfect wave. The ballast system is entirely contained within the hull, a solution that aims to reduce consumption of valuable storage space.
The SLX-W 230 offers a fully integrated joystick control that utilizes the engine and thrusters to make maneuverability of the boat easier and more intuitive.
“During the research phase of this project, customers were very clear about how difficult it was to maneuver traditional tow boats in close quarters such as around docks or when picking up surfers,” Anderson said. “Working with Mercury Marine, we’re introducing a wake sports boat that makes it easy to dock in any condition and spin on a dime to pick-up a fallen surfer more quickly.”
The cockpit comes with a reversible companion helm seat and U-shaped seating. Luxury elements include modern contrast-stitch upholstery and soft-touch surfaces. Storage placement throughout the boat, including transom trunk storage for boards, is designed to accommodate loads of personal belongings and gear.
A forward-folding tower can be paired with board racks and optional tower speakers. Aft, a wide, center walk-through transom makes the water accessible for everyone, which can be paired with an optional submersible swim step.
“With its incredible versatility, superior fit and finish, unprecedented wake technology and easy maneuverability – courtesy of Mercury’s joystick piloting technology – the SLX-W fulfills a bold new vision for wake sports capability,” said Anderson. “The wave of the future is here.”
The official world premiere of the SLX-W 230 will be at the Atlanta Boat Show, Jan. 12-15, 2017, with additional appearances throughout the 2017 boat show season.
For more information and to view the Sea Ray lineup, visit searay.com.