Author: Norman Phillips
If you play polo, pilot your own Lear jet, fly to Italy to have your suits tailored and drive a Ferrari, you really ought to by a Sea Ray Pachanga 22 to complete the picture. This quality boat is equally sporty.
The Pachanga has style; style that is simply breathtaking. All Sea Ray boats are handsome, but this new Pachanga is simply outstanding. The firm makes a line of 50 different models ranging from a 17 foot runabout to a 46 foot convertible cabin cruiser, but with this boat Sea Ray designers have outdone themselves.
Besides its flashy looks, the European-looking Pachanga is performance oriented. This boat has a deep-V bottom with longitudinal lifting strakes which run from the stem to the transom. Itâ s a real rough water design. The topsides are high and have a good deal of flare in the bow sections. Standard power is a 350 MerCruiser Magnum, and 454 cu. in. MerCruiser V-8 is optional. With either engine, this boat will top out at 60 mph or better, Sea Ray says.
According to Gary McCloud of Sea Rayâ s marketing department in the Knoxville, TN plant, the boatâ s construction is of hand-laid fiberglass using the companyâ s trademarked Ray-Tech process. McCloud said Ray-Tech is a composite of fiberglass and resin laminated over an ultra-light core material, that results in a 30 percent lighter layup than conventional hulls.
The engine cooling system is another trademark Sea Ray exclusive, called Power-Pak. Itâ s a power lift system which dumps the manifold discharge into three inch tubing, which then empties into five inch pipes. These in turn run the water into big mufflers, which look like rubbish cans. This exhaust system permits the engine to purr gently as it runs at no-wake speed, but makes it snarl like 20 tigers when running on a plane.
All of this is artfully concealed beneath the hatch on the engine compartment, the top of which is luxuriously padded and upholstered to make it into a sun lounge. It also has a hydraulic ram beneath it with a switch on the dash. This lifts the hatch up when you want to service the engine and saves you a lot of struggling.
The interior layout is sophisticated. The foredeck is long and smooth, rounded and uncluttered by mooring cleats of handrails. It has two hatched in it, both glazed with tinted acrylic and leading to the cabin below. Neither is big enough to crawl through; theyâ re just there to ventilate and illuminate the cabin.
The cabin sleeps two with a Porta-Potty between. Itâ s a lay-down berth, without sitting headroom. There is a big storage locker in the eye of the boar and more storage beneath the bunk pads. A folding acrylic door shuts off the cabin from the cockpit.
The cockpit is as luxurious as any drawing room. Deeply padded seats are provided for pilot and navigator, both of which swivel 360 degrees. The rear seat runs the full width of the cockpit. Convenient to the pilot are the Pachangaâ s fully instrumented dashboard and controls; easy to reach, but not close enough to bang his knuckles on. A swim step is molded into the stern, running the full width of the transom.
Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this boat is its sheer quality. The gelcoat gleams, the deck is through-bolted to the hull and the joint is glassed and covered with a heavy aluminum rubrail. Electric wiring is run through PVC conduit and all circuits have breakers, not fuses.
Tinted safety glass is used in the windshield, not acrylic or plexiglass. The striping which runs form bow to stern, just above the chine, is part of the gelcoat, not just strips of sticky tape which will scuff off the third time you use the boat.
Sea Rayâ s Pachanga 22 will, or course, be used for waterskiing, so a socket for a ski tow pylon is installed in the cockpit sole. But the boat will also delight the cruising family. It offers all the performance they could ask for, and style to attract even the most hard-to-please.