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Sea Ray - Celebrating the best selling Sea Ray 205 Sterndrive Bowrider

Published: Thursday, April 7, 2011 7:00 am
By: Sea Ray

Sea Ray - Sea Ray Boats is proud to announce that its 205 Sport, a perennial top performer in the company’s four-model Sport Series, ranks as the best-selling sterndrive bowrider over 20 feet, according to data from Statistical Surveys, Inc.

“The 205 Sport is one of the best-running boats in its class. Combine this with the model’s smart design and timeless style, backed by Sea Ray’s superior construction and confidence, and you can understand why it is so popular,” said Rob Noyes, vice president of marketing for Sea Ray. “Our Sport Series owners are active boaters who demand exceptional performance, versatility, value and quality. The 205 Sport leads its class because it exceeds expectations on all these categories.”

Third-party acknowledgement of the 205 Sport confirms it is a true stand-out in today’s highly competitive marine marketplace. In 2008, the boat was rated a “Best Buy” in Consumer Digest magazine, a recognition received by less than 3 percent of the competing models in an given product category.

The editors at Consumer Digest said the 205 Sport “delivers big fun for its price,” citing it has “plenty of oomph for water skiers and kids on tow tubes” and includes popular water-sports options such as an aluminum tower and speed control. “Many bowriders aren’t equipped to handle these,” said the editors.

In addition, as part of the “Sterndrive Bowrider Boats” class, the 205 Sport has been honored with seven consecutive Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “The Marine Industry CSI Award recipients are at the forefront of our industry's growth potential and are helping ensure the experience of purchasing and owning a boat adds value to the overall enjoyment of the boating lifestyle," said NMMA President Thom Dammrich.

Indeed, the 205 Sport provides a superior ownership experience by offering three floor plans that allow buyers to customize the boat to suit their particular desires. Highlights of this dynamic run about include a Sony® stereo with CD player and MP3 port, pop-up ski tow eye, integral swim platform, power assisted steering and reliable power up to a 260-hp MerCruiser® sterndrive. Also included is a tandem-axle trailer with surge brakes and swing-away tongue, plus a limited lifetime hull and deck warranty.

Sea Ray provides 205 Sport owners with incomparable peace of mind by offering the marine industry’s largest and most knowledgeable dealer network: more than 450 locations operating on six continents and boasting an average tenure of 24 years in business. Sea Ray consistently has more dealers ranked on Boating Industry magazine’s “Top 100 Dealers” list and spends significant resources to ensure that its representatives provide the best possible customer service and support.

Naturally, owners of the 205 Sport also receive complimentary membership in the Sea Ray Owners Club™, which provides wallet-pleasing benefits such as discounts on insurance and travel, an Earnings Account that can be used to achieve a reduced rate on their next Sea Ray, and endless fun opportunities like owners’ rendezvous and dock parties.

Founded in 1959, Sea Ray is the world’s largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 17 to 60 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle — each built with a unique commitment to quality, craftsmanship and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at

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