Sea Ray SLX 230

Sea Ray continues to explore new ways to pack more luxury and usable space into its boats, and the SLX 230 Select is the poster boy for this mission. Outboard-powered boats are growing in popularity, but a glance at the stern of this boat illustrates why sterndrives are still the king of back porch lounging. The huge swim platform is free of any toe-stubbing obstructions and features optional SeaDek padding ($713) for extra comfort. An available flip-down Manual Submersible Swim Step ($2,077) allows people to reboard easily or sit semi-submerged on a hot day. The sunpad has a reversible backrest for reclining and a flip-up backrest for sitting with one’s feet on the swim platform. The cockpit is ringed with seating to help expand its payload to a lucky 13 people.

Sea Ray SLX 230 Boat Test Video

Our test boat was rigged for watersports with the optional electric tower with an integrated Bimini top ($9,000). To maximize its skiing attitude, add the premium stereo system with a subwoofer and a transom remote ($3,038), twin coffee can stereo speakers ($1,506) and board racks ($1,149) to the mix. During our sea trial, we dialed the optional Smart Tow digital speed control ($872) to stop at 21 mph and then gave the trim a bump up. Without ballast or a group of people on board to weigh it down, the SLX 230 plowed up a decent-size wake for wakeboarding. Spectator viewing of the skiers is excellent from a portside doublewide companion seat that has a backrest that flips to face rearward; in the bowrider section, there’s room for three passengers to face aft.

To help get the starting price down to $76,832, Sea Ray’s standard engine for this 23-footer is a modest 4.5L V-6 that puts out 250 hp. Considering this is a 4,840-pound boat with a healthy 21 degrees of deadrise, I didn’t know if that would be enough power, but because it’s MerCruiser’s new-gen ECT MPI sterndrive, it had enough push to move it along really well. The standard twin-prop Bravo 3 helped launch this boat as it got on plane in 4.5 seconds and reached 30 mph in 9.8 seconds. Top speed was 44.6 mph and the addition of Active Trim ($768) automatically kept the SLX 230 at a proper running attitude from launch to WOT.

Owner Review


LOA: 23 ft.
Beam: 8 ft., 6 in.
Fuel: 60 gal.
Engine: MerCruiser 4.5L 250 hp
Base Price: $76,832 w/ test power
Standard Equipment:

Rockford Fosgate Bluetooth stereo, SmartCraft gauges, power steering

Optional Equipment:

Dynamic Display, bow and cockpit tables, premium stereo with subwoofer


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