Sea Ray’s New Watersports Machines

The SDX 270 and SDX 270 Surf are made for playing and entertaining all day long.
Sea Ray SDX 270
The Sea Ray SDX 270 has been redesigned with flexible layout options and is standard with 300 hp Mercury MerCruiser 6.2Ls. Courtesy Sea Ray

Sea Ray has launched two new models in its SDX series of surf, sterndrive and outboard boats. The SDX 270 and SDX 270 Surf come in sterndrive and surf configurations, with features and amenities intended to support all-day entertaining and watersports for the whole family.

“The SDX 270 and SDX 270 Surf are the latest boats in our lineup to receive a keel-up redesign, and the first SDX models crafted with our next-generation design language,” Keith Yunger, Sea Ray’s president, stated in a press release. “Also, the SDX 270 Surf is the first surf addition to our SDX Series.”

Designers updated the seating on the SDX 270, which has flexible configurations. In the cockpit, there’s an L-shaped bench, an integrated cooler compartment for drinks and snacks, and USB outlets. Options in this part of the boat include a table and inductive charging stations. For fans of board sports, there’s a board-sized stowage compartment under the bench seat. Above the cockpit is an electric folding watersports tower (standard on the surf variation and optional on the sterndrive model) to provide protection from the elements. It has elevated tow points for wakesurfing or wakeboarding, and it can be lowered or raised for storage. It also can be ordered with optional tower speakers and board racks.

Sea Ray SDX 270 Surf
The Sea Ray SDX 270 Surf is the builder’s first SDX Surf model, and the boat is standard with 350 hp MerCruisers 6.2Ls. Courtesy Sea Ray

Up at the bow, there’s lounge-style seating, a bow ladder and another integrated cooler compartment for drinks and snacks. Owners who go with Sea Ray’s Comfort Bundle will also have a table and a filler cushion that converts into a sun pad. The bow can further be upgraded with a manual sunshade. A windlass is available with Sea Ray’s Anchor Bundle.

Another convertible sun pad is at the transom. Its backrest folds down to extend the area, with optional Fusion stereo controls close by. The swim platform has a concealable ladder and manual submersible step that’s optional on the sterndrive variation and standard on the surf boat. The transom also has a ski tow eye attachment to connect watersports riders, and an in-sole compartment with drainage for stowing wet gear and lines.

The SDX 270 models also have a starboard compartment to stow life jackets, towels and the like. Sea Ray’s optional Water System Bundle adds a head with a sink and countertop. There is also an option to transform the compartment with cushions, making it a hangout area for kids. A portside cubby provides more stowage.

At the helm are Simrad’s NSX touchscreen display (two of them on the surf variation) and Mercury Marine SmartCraft Connect engine monitoring.

Let’s talk power packages: Standard engines on the SDX 270 are 300-horsepower Mercury MerCruiser 6.2Ls. The SDX 270 Surf has standard 350-horspoewer MerCruiser 6.2Ls.

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