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Knoxville, Tenn. - Aug. 27, 2008 - No matter how experienced the boater, from veteran owner to brand-new buyer, they'll always have the upper hand with the new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer. This is the first Sea Ray to come standard with the revolutionary Zeus propulsion system and intuitive helm joystick, which means that now anyone can dock. All the driver has to do is move the joystick in the direction he or she wants to go, or twist it to turn the boat in its own length. Nothing could be easier.

The 43 Sundancer comes standard with twin Cummins MerCruiser® QSB 425 diesels (425 hp - 313 kW) mated to Zeus drives - individually articulating pods that offer up to 15 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent faster top speeds than regular inboards. Plus, the Zeus-equipped 43 Sundancer provides a more comfortable ride because gear noise and vibration are significantly reduced. Optional power includes twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 480 diesels (474 hp - 353 kW) with Zeus drives.

Above the waterline, the 43 Sundancer is everything that discriminating boat owners have come to expect from the definitive express cruiser series on the water. It starts with a trademark reverse sheer line, below which are two oversize hull windows and 10 portlights. A hardtop integrates seamlessly with the windshield for the ultimate in weather protection and climate control (16,000-BTU helm air conditioning/heating is optional), yet you can still let the sun shine in thanks to two retractable skylights.

The captain will enjoy that sunny warmth from a double-wide helm seat with flip-up bolster and armrests. It slides and adjusts vertically in front of the gel-coated dash with SmartCraft® VesselView Display and MerCruiser digital throttle and shift. To port, guests can lounge on the big L-shaped bench. The seating options continue in the cockpit, which boasts a U-shaped lounge flanking a convenient fiberglass table; a wet bar opposite features a solid-surface countertop, sink and icemaker - or you can opt up to the removable flatscreen TV, stainless-steel barbecue grill and refrigerator.

Below deck, the 43 Sundancer features a functional (and absolutely gorgeous) split stateroom plan, each with a wood privacy door. The forward master pampers owners in an island-style bed, from which they can watch the flatscreen HDTV with remote DVD player. Cruising couples will be amazed at the storage - under the berth, in gunwale cabinets, in two hanging lockers, in the floor - and they'll also love the individual head and shower compartments, port and starboard, both with tile flooring.

The mid-stateroom has two twin beds that convert to a queen, so it's perfect for kids or grown-up guests. Along with a hanging locker, overnighters here will appreciate a private head and shower compartment; the vanity is separate and includes a solid-surface countertop, mirror, sink and storage.

In between the two staterooms, the salon and galley have all the modern indulgences of a refined seaside condominium. There's optional wood flooring and Ultraleather HPTM seating; a 26-inch flatscreen HDTV with DVD player and stereo with six-disk CD changer; wood blinds and high-gloss cherry interior (either regular or dark). The galley is designed to make life as easy as possible for the onboard chef, sporting designated storage for cutlery, plates, and glasses. Full stainless-steel appliances add more than a touch of luxury.

At its heart, the new 43 Sundancer is a boat that will make owners feel comfortable in any situation, whether it be driving, docking, entertaining, or cruising with friends and family. And since it comes with a free membership in the Sea Ray Owners ClubTM, which offers great money-saving benefits and endless fun experiences like owners' rendezvous and dock parties, the newest sport yacht will have ample opportunity to show off its slick handiwork.

Specifications* for the 43 Sundancer are as follows:
Overall Length w/Extended Swim Platform 47'3" 14.40 m
Beam 14'0" 4.27 m
Draft (Zeus Drives) 42" 107 cm
Dry weight 28,500 lbs 12,928 kg
Fuel capacity 350 gal 1,325 L
Water capacity 100 gal 378 L
Holding tank 42 gal 159 L
Dead rise 19° 19°
*The specification measurements are approximate and are subject to variance.

Founded in 1959, Sea Ray is the world’s largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 17 to 60 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle — each built with a unique commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at