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Spectacular luxury throughout. Expansive flybridge with dinette, seating, bar and climate control. Three staterooms and two full heads, elevated dinette for dining with great views, comfortable salon, washer/dryer. Spacious cockpit with lounge, grill, icemaker and fridge, hydraulic platform for launching fun toys. Spirited performance with cruise 26 knots with her twin Cummins QSM 11 660 hp each. Always Fully Serviced, Captain Operated, 698 hours. In May 2017 at 633 hours-complete engines services including full exhaust systems service by Cummins on the mains and generator [867 hours] plus gear and fuel coolers-spent $30,000, spare propellers. Recently fully prepared and launched for your season.
Transit from the City to your Coastal Harbor-whether your work and live in Manhattan, Washington or Boston, get to Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Montauk, Block Island, Cape Cod or Newport to escape the ordinary confines. Avoid sold out hotels and stay in comfort aboard your own waterfront villa replete with private luxury and space. Peace, tranquility and open vistas are all yours.
Quality updates and enhancements. NEW bridge enclosure with scratch resistant polycarbonate forward for superior optical clarity, by Linhart May 2018, NEW Premium state of the art sound and lighting systems throughout and underwater lights-May 2016. NEW Air compressor July 2017, NEW televisions and cabling December 2016. All seating, table, helm covers to keep this boat outstanding. Records of oil sampling and service records since 2015. Captain delivery & Instruction available for your convenience, comfort and confidence.
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Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.Std. Power 2 x 765-hp Cummins MerCruiser QSM-11 Diesels w/ETS Tested Power This model has not been tested Opt. Power 2 x 765-hp MAN T-R6-800 CRM Diesels Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge (Not in Production) Line Drawing Hardtop Isenglass enclosure w/optional bridge AC. Comfortable 3 stateroom layout with 2 heads. Fiberglass hardtop with 20 x 20 hatch. Cockpit: Self-Bailing, w/Gas-Assisted Engine Hatch
With a well-built boat in the 50-foot range most people can go pretty much anywhere they want to go in North America or the Med, and the Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge because of its 300+ mile range is no exception. In fact, owners of “expedition-type” boats in the mid-40-foot size range are now fairly regularly going across the Atlantic. The Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge is not made for that, but it illustrates the point that well-built powerboats in the hands of knowledgeable and experienced yachtsmen, can enjoy fairly adventuresome cruising these days.
Getting three staterooms in a boat this size is not easy, but Sea Ray has done it. The washer/dryer goes in a compartment under the galley sole which is just to starboard of the VIP cabin.
As most people know, Sea Ray is the largest builder of fiberglass power boats in the world. That gives the company a lot of advantages. One of them is that because they build so many more units than any other builder, they get much more owner feedback than any other builder. And Sea Ray changes their models with alacrity, particularly when they discover major improvements can be made.
Many enhancements have been made to this boat over the years and they include enlarging the 3rd stateroom and its bunks to accommodate a 6’ person or larger, walk-in access to the washer and dryer with added storage, enlarged galley with increased storage, and adding 23” to the length of cockpit to add “L” shaped seating, wet bar with grill and refrigerator. You see the larger cockpit in the photo below.
Wood soles come standard in the galley and under the dinette to port. The engine room is accessed through the hatch in the cockpit. This is just one of three optional cockpit layouts available. Check Sea Ray’s website for the other two.
We checked our “Owners’ Reports” for Sea Ray to see if we had one on the 52 Sedan Bridge. We did not. However, one reader had taken the time to report on their 48 Sedan Bridge which they had used for over 250 hours before writing us. So while it is not the same boat, it is a near relative and we feel some of the comments are worth passing along. Our reader, W.B. from Lake Forest, Illinois, said in part, “It’s really a dream boat. Just the perfect size for the Great Lakes…it handles well in 6-8-foot seas.”
Evidently this Sea Ray owner had been used to express cruisers and had liked the enhanced visibility that a flying bridge gives the helmsman. Listen: “I’m not sure we will move away from a sedan bridge again because it makes docking easy.” (To see the complete “Owner’s Report” , click here.
We think that this is as nice a layout as you will find in class on a flying bridge. Not only is there comfortable seating for a large party with refer, sink and counter, but there is also a fiberglass stairway to the bridge which is far easier to climb than a vertical ladder seen on most convertibles.
Back to the Basics
As we always point out, the basic specs of a boat should be checked and, often, the most defining one is the boat’s displacement. In the case of the 52, it is 42,000 lbs. Her beam is 15’3”, which is also an important number as it will help better define the interior space, stability, as well as speed and fuel consumption. Most 50’ sportfishing convertibles are from 48,000 lbs. to 65,000 lbs. displacement because of their beam, heft and heavy, high-horsepower diesel engines designed to make them go over 40 knots.
Sea Ray offers three different cockpit variations to fit your lifestyle and needs. This one has wet bar, grill and “L” seating. Note courtesy lights on the steps to the bridge and canvas awning on the aft end of the bridge deck. Hey, there are even rod holders! We recommend putting teak treads or some other nonskid on the fiberglass steps.
By comparison, the Sea Ray 52 is relatively light. She has a solid fiberglass bottom and balsa core is used in the superstructure to save weight. Because she doesn’t have to reach the arbitrary 40 knots required by tournament fishermen who want bragging rights, her engines can be smaller and turn in a respectable speed. Also, because the Sea Ray 52 is descended from a long line of express cruisers (the famous Sundancers) her beam is anywhere from 3” to a foot narrower than most convertibles in the same size range. This saves a lot of weight and makes the boat easier to push.
The 52 Sedan Bridge is powered by CMD QSM-11 ETS 765-hp diesels as standard. We have not tested the boat, nor have we put one of our captains on the boat for a thorough inspection and Captain’s Report with video. Cruising Boat Types
These days when buying a cruising boat in this size range consumers have four basic types, for the most part, from which to choose: express cruisers, convertibles, sedans, and long range cruisers. The primary difference between convertibles and sedans is in the cockpit. A sedan’s cockpit is relatively short fore-and-aft because it is not made to accommodate a fighting chair, nor any of the attendant equipment like bait wells, fish boxes, bait prep counters, bait freezers, etc.
Sea Ray has gotten a lot in this 52’ boat. There is a strong emphasis on entertaining venues and comfortable seating. This cabin is bright and airy, unlike many convertibles.
It is interesting that Sea Ray does offer an optional fish box. If you are intent on making this boat a little more fishy it can probably be done with some dealer modifications. Interestingly, we are seeing more and more convertibles along the dock these days without fighting chairs, which must mean they are used for light tackle fishing or primarily for cruising. Go For the Bridge
By having a flying bridge, the helm can be eliminated from the main cabin, as Sea Ray has done, which opens this area up for a large galley, settee and entertaining area. On the flying bridge you have yet another entertaining area as well as plenty of room for all of the electronics needed and a companion seat next to the helmsman. The 52 comes standard with cruising canvas for the bridge which means that this boat can be used both early and late in the seasons as well as in driving rain. The builder also offers optional air conditioning on the bridge. (We suggest you have it installed as it also becomes a heating system.)
Also, the incremental cost of a flying bridge over a hardtop express is well-worth the up charge when you figure in the incredible increase in utility and living space.Bite the Bullet
As everyone knows now is the time to buy nearly any big ticket item, including new boats. Sea Ray is famous for not being shy about discounts and now is probably the best time to find out just how generous it can be.
As we have said before, once the current inventory overhang is sold off, competition will be reduced and prices will rise. In the case of large boats like the 52 Sedan Bridge, in the future many builders will only be building large boats to order. What do you think your chances will be to get a deep discount then?
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It quietly states that you’ve arrived.
By Brad Roberts
During the ride home from the marina after testing any boat, I get quiet time to myself to reflect back on the test. In my mind, I walk through the boat again several times, I revisit the feelings I experienced during the on-water test, and I let whatever words and descriptions I’ll write in my test report percolate up to the surface. Often, I’ll pull over and scribble a particularly good phrase or thought down on my test notes and work with it later. It’s the creative process at work, and it’s such a necessary part of good journalism.
While I’ve enjoyed all the rides home after all my boat tests over many years, the drive home from Bayport Marina in Midland after testing Sea Ray’s 520 Sedan Bridge was one of those shining moments you’ll never forget. I’m headed down highway 93, day dreaming quite honestly about this incredible boat I’ve just had the pleasure of enjoying (for a measly few hours – it so deserves more), and I’m trying to come up with the hook to hang the test report on. I come up behind a Rolls Royce sedan, white with gleaming chrome, driven just under the speed limit by a silver haired gentleman with his wife sitting beside him, and the license plate reads “WVARIVED”.
Indeed. They have arrived. And that’s exactly what the Sea Ray 520 Sedan Bridge yacht says – quietly without any need to state it on the transom – as you pull up to any dock, anywhere. It quietly says you’ve arrived – in style, with grace, to a place in your life where you settle for nothing but the very best.
Sea Ray designed the 520’s salon for entertaining. The galley and dinette are both up and included in the main conversation area.
Ok, so now I have the hook, let me take you aboard on my test. When we arrived – Kevin Marinelli from Skyline Marina, my wife and I – our subject test boat, finished in the optional black gel coat on the hull with white topsides and canvas, was moored stern in.
The optional extended hydraulic swim platform (a must) is large enough to have an after-dinner dance on, barefoot and carefree, in a quiet anchorage while the music spills out from the Bose stereo in the salon. Guests not wishing to dance, could enjoy the space and L-shaped seating of the aft cockpit just through the port-side transom door. Both groups will appreciate the transom entertainment centre with icemaker and grill.
The galley says that the chef has arrived. A solid surface u-shaped counter in mystic black is centered around an under counter separate stainless fridge and freezer. There’s a two burner electric stove with an over-the-range vent hood; a convention/microwave; large stainless sink and coffee maker.
My wife thought there was ample storage in the galley cabinets but then she discovered “the pantry”. Under the galley floor, which rises via an electric hatch, and down two steps, there’s a massive space that houses the washer/dryer combo and on two large shelves dedicated space for four large storage bins. Heaven.
The galley is a chefs dream. Note the over-the-range vent hood.
Moving forward, the guest stateroom is to port with a double innerspring mattress, hanging storage, a flatscreen TV and access to the day head. I love the thoughtful touches like the skylight overhead that provides plenty of light through from the forward windows. To starboard, the kids’ stateroom features twin bunk beds as well as hanging storage and a skylight.
The day head with separate shower also features the same mystic black solid surface counter, a stainless sink and large mirrors on the overhead cabinet doors. As you’d expect in a yacht of this size, the day head isn’t a closet shoe-horned into stolen space, but rather a proper room with space and décor to match.
All forward rooms are accessed through a solid wood dark cherry door with chrome handset and hinges that just feel luxurious. The master stateroom features an island queen with large drawers underneath and his and hers hanging storage to either side. A private TV/DVD and stereo system, with overhead indirect lighting make this room a true private oasis. The overhead hatch features both blackout and screen roller blinds. Two portholes provide you with a view of the morning before you decide to rise or roll over and drift back off to sleep. The private head is to starboard and appointed identically to the day head, yet it features a curved plexi-glass wall that provides plenty of room to move (and yes ladies, to shave) in the shower.
The master stateroom is a private oasis with a queen island bed, private TV and stereo system.
When either you or your guests arrive on the foredeck, you’ll be treated to an abundance of space thanks in part to the over fifteen foot beam. Up here there’s a large double sunpad with separate adjustable backrests, cupholders, two large anchor locker access hatches, a rope/chain windlass with foot pedals and a remote searchlight.
Up on the 520’s bridge, twin captain’s chairs are positioned behind a dream helm equipped with a Raymarine VHF, widescreen radar and GPS, the Raypilot autohelm, and controls for the Vetus bow and stern thruster,. Overhead, the Mercury SmartCraft displays provide every possible number on the performance of the twin Cummins MerCruiser diesels you could possibly want. Forward of the helm, there’s a large u-shaped sofa centered around a table with the entertainment centre to port. There is room enough up here for all your guests to cruise “above-it-all” in style with a commanding view, and the fridge and wet bar means you don’t have to go back down below for snacks or beverages. The hardtop protects from the sun, while the Isinglass side curtains provide roll up access to that wind-in-your-hair feeling we all know and love, for those days that you don’t want the bridge air conditioning on.
The third stateroom is perfect for kids with twin bunkbeds and an overhead skylight.
I always find a couple of things that I don’t like in any boat I test. It’s honestly hard to find something to not like about the five-twenty, but it came to me as I was sitting in the salon below making my notes as Kevin prepped for our sea trial. I’m sitting there sweating from the humidity inside on what was not a particularly hot or humid day outside, and I looked around. None of the windows open. As a Canadian boater, I’d like to see side windows that open to provide cross ventilation for those days that you need it but don’t want the air-conditioning on all the time. It’s an option I’d pay for.
Sea Ray provides only two engine options on the five-twenty, and the standard Cummins MerCruiser 640 hp QSM11 670 Diesels installed in our test boat, rolled over and fired with a familiar deep hum. Despite the strong cross wind, and tight slip space, we maneuvered out effortlessly with the Vetus bow and stern thrusters. Once clear of Bayport’s breakwall, we turned on the sync on Mercury’s digital-throttle-and-shift and ran the boat in a light chop on Midland Bay. Sea Ray calls the 520 Sedan Bridge a yacht. At over 14,000 pounds it certainly qualifies on paper. On the water however, it handles more like a sport yacht as we rolled it through our test protocol and jotted down the performance specs.
There’s definitely no lack of power throughout the rpm range, however there is a sweet spot in both cruising feel and fuel efficiency at around 1700 rpm doing 17.5 knots using 50.2 liters of diesel per hour. With the almost 1900 liter fuel tanks, that works out to a cruising range of over 37 hours – enough to arrive at virtually any destination you choose. The thought of an afternoon run to Killarney for dinner was so very, very tempting. But alas…
Sea Ray has hit the mark with the 520 Sedan Bridge, the smallest in the line of yachts ranging from 52 to 61 feet. Space, luxury, performance and design all combine in uncompromised quality to meet your need to state “we’ve arrived….and we’re not settling for anything short of the very best,” without saying a word.
Overall Length: 52′ 3″ / 16 mBeam: 15′ 3″ / 4.65 m
Draft: 51″ / 1.30 m
Dry Weight: 42,000 lbs / 19,051kg
Fuel Capacity: 500 gal / 1,892 L
Water Capacity: 140 gal / 530 L
Holding Tank: 68 gal / 257 L
Dead Rise: 15 degrees
Power (as tested): Twin Cummins MerCruiser 640 hp QSM11 670 Diesel Inboards with DTS
MSRP: starting at $1,400,000 plus options
KTS RPM LPH
6.1 600 16.3
9.4 1000 16.3
13.3 1500 50.2
17.5 1700 63.4
19.2 1800 69.8
23.9 2000 84.7
29.4 2340 122
When your guests arrive, and step through the sliding glass doors into the salon, they’ll be treated to an interior finished in beautiful dark cherry Lignapal wood and Prestige charcoal upholstery with a light maple hardwood floor. Simply stunning. There’s an ultraleather couch with pull out sofabed to port, a facing couch with storage underneath for the bedding to starboard.
Forward, the raised L-shaped dinette over the guest stateroom, features a beautiful bird’s-eye maple table that swivels for easy in-and-out access, and there’s clever storage in the table base that’s accessible from the starboard galley. Seated, everyone has a commanding 360 degree view through the large forward and side windows and aft out through the sliding door.
The dinette offers a commanding 360 degree view from its raised position over the guest stateroom.