This week's gadget comes from the International Boat Show. Captain Dick has a boat and he loves to attend this to see the latest in maritime toys. This year he noticed the Sea Ray SLR 400. It was conceived as the ideal entertaining vessel for socializing with large groups of family and friends. For entertaining, there's a well-appointed wet bar with refrigerator, sink and available dual grills. The transom entertainment zone — featuring a stereo, sprayer, and comfy aft-facing seating overlooking the integral extended swim platform.
The most remarkable cockpit feature is the innovative new fold-down patio, a brilliantly designed wing of the hull that opens 90 degrees to expand the cockpit all the way to the water. The SLX 400 include Axius® joystick control, for effortless docking and maneuvering in the tightest of spaces. (Dick has used Sea Ray joystick control on a different 40+ Sea Ray boat and he found it amazingly easy to use, especially for leaving the dock and returning.) Raymarine® 14” glass displays let you create your dashboard instrument layout.
Below deck there's a private head with shower, luxury sleeping for four, flat screen TV and more. Engine options to power this beauty between 40 and 50 mph. Depending on options it can range up to the $500,000 range.