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Boat Reviews By Owners

2003 -- 17' 5" SEA RAY

Model: 176 (now the 180)

Cockpit: The helm is laid out pretty simple. There is enough room for a full sized adult to sit or stand. Visibility when sitting is a bit obstructed by the top of the windshield (trim) but this seems to be a trait of MANY boats. You could fish off of it, but this particular model doesn't have snap out carpets, so it would be kinna icky...

Cabin: n/a

Construction: Though its still fairly new, everything seems very solid. The fit and finish is superb.. Seats are very comfortable.. everything feels solid..

Handling: This puppy shoots right up on plain with 400 lbs. of people in about 5 seconds. The power trim helps a lot if your passengers all insist on sitting in the back.. At full throttle she doesn't let go of her path with hard turns.. offers a quick response. This was has only been used on a landlocked river (fresh)

Engine Room: I got this one with a 135 horse, and only seems under powered once there are 5 adults on board and a 50lb. cooler... even with three or four folks, it'll still pull a tube or skier...

General Comments: I couldn't be happier. This is a great starter boat.. not to big when you're first learning how a boat acts/reacts.. it's missing a lot of things I now want like snap our carpets, depth finder, and more roaming room inside.. it's comfortable hanging out at anchor with three other adults, but there isn't much of any room to get up and wander or move about... then again, that's why I'm now looking at a 23'.

Email Address: jasono@rcn.com


Date Submitted: 2004-03-13

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