Luxury Class

The smallest entry in the yacht line provides plenty of space, performance and luxury.

Sea Ray is undertaking a bit of an “addition by subtraction” campaign on the luxury end of its lineup. It added a new model to the L-Class — the sixth — but it’s the smallest yacht on that particular branch of the family tree, so the lineup got bigger, and smaller. It’s still just more than 56 feet long with a 15-foot, 7-inch beam, and the DNA is the same.

The L550 debuted at the Yachts Miami Beach boat show. It’s the companion to the L550 Fly, which was introduced last fall, and the smaller sibling to the L650, L650 Fly, L590 and L590 Fly. Perhaps the L550’s coolest feature is the bow entertaining area. It’s more of a conversation pit than anything else and will be the most popular spot on the yacht on a harbor cruise or at the dock. A bench settee faces forward, and a V-shaped sofa is opposite. A removable sunshade is overhead, and a stereo head unit is easily at hand, for ambiance control.

The openness of the main deck and three staterooms (full-beam master) and two heads below are what make the L550 a “dayboat” with “cruisitude.” The cabin bulkhead is an all-glass affair that opens three-quarters of the way, so the cockpit and main cabin become one area from helm to transom. Open the big hardtop sunroof, and the interior feels like the outdoors. Windows all around the superstructure add to that feeling.

Twin Caterpillar C12.9L 850 hp diesels power the L550, and they can be connected to a joystick system, to make close-quarters operation videogame simple. The L550 Fly with the same engines reached 30 knots, so the non-flybridge version is sure to go at least that fast.

With Silestone natural quartz counters, walnut wood, Sunbrella fabrics, Stainmaster carpeting, luxe finishes and amenities, a washer/dryer, a wine cooler, a 50-inch salon TV, Bose sound and more, the L550 feels like a high-end yacht, which makes sense. The L in L-Class stands for luxury. Sea Ray, searay.com

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