Sea Ray has mastered the art of building boats that maximize enjoyment time, and the 450 Sedan Bridge is no exception. It starts up top, where I practiced all those joystick maneuvers. I appreciated the excellent line of sight from the helm seat. To port, the double-wide passenger seat rotates almost completely aft, so under way the captain can have company, and on the hook, the crew can spin the chair to create a circular conversation pit with the settee. Our test boat had the optional retractable ragtop roof, a fantastic feature that allows guests to have sun or shade.
Those lounging in the L-shape seating in the cockpit will enjoy the shade provided by the bridge. From there, it’s easy to access the extended swim platform or take a few steps up onto the main deck, where the combination of light Ultraleather furniture (a sofa and two movable chairs) and wood paneling give the salon a warm ambience, enhanced by the natural light through the curved windows. Forward, the elevated dinette to port gives the impression of a second room above the rest of the salon as well as the galley to starboard. (The dinette can be converted into an optional lower control station.)
The raised dinette allows for extra headroom in the guest stateroom directly below it — a twin bed configuration that can be filled in with cushions to create a king. The guest head is just forward, and because the master stateroom has its own, it is for all practical purposes a second private head.
The master stateroom features an island queen, with voluminous stowage underneath, and twin cedar-lined lockers. The master head has a tile sole and solid-surface counters, as well as a stand-up shower that can be cordoned off from the vanity and toilet with a bifold door.
Overall, the interior arrangement gives the 450 great practicality as an overnighter or family cruiser, but heading back through the cockpit and up to the bridge reminded me that this boat is also well equipped as an entertainment platform. The bridge alone features nine drink holders and a 12-volt refrigerator. If the captain wants to be alone with his thoughts, the party can move below to the cockpit, particularly with the optional wet bar, 240-volt grill and 12-volt refrigerator added for good measure.