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Knoxville, Tenn. - Sea Ray's 185 Sport was created with one thought in mind: to make a vehicle that matches the exciting and ever-changing lifestyle of the next generation of boaters. With edgier interior vinyl and new hull graphics for 2008, this dynamic bow rider continues to succeed in that design directive, setting its owners far apart from the ordinary. And with a long list of standard features and options, the 185 Sport makes investing in a family fun machine more enticing than ever.

From a choice of engine packages sure to deliver plenty of power for any boating activity, to a fun and versatile Wakeboard Package, this boat is not your father's ho-hum runabout by a long shot. The standard engine is a power-packed 135-hp MerCruiser® 3.0L Alpha I sterndrive. Or an owner can choose to upgrade to a stout 220-hp MerCruiser® 4.3L MPI for that extra muscle needed to pull the extreme water sport fanatic quickly out of the hole.

For the born to be bold, the 185 Sport's exterior can be decked out in optional two-tone hull colors in black, blue, red or yellow. The new marine-grade and mildew-resistant vinyl treatment with glimmering silver accents and embroidered Sport logos make the interior equally impressive. Twin swiveling bucket seats, a wide aft-bench, deep molded bow seating and an ingenious "gull wing" sun pad with cavernous storage underneath create a generous seating plan with plenty of room for both passengers and gear. More storage can be found in the side panels, beneath the bow seats and in a large ski/wakeboard locker with injection-molded fiberglass lid and interior vinyl matting.

Superior standards aboard the 185 add real value to an already attractive vessel. There's a Clarion® stereo with CD player and four speakers, and a custom ShoreLand'r painted trailer with swing-away tongue. Sea Ray's custom backlit instrumentation with stainless-steel bezels results in one of the most avant-garde helms in the boating industry. The LCD hour meter is enhanced by a soft-touch dash for a low-glare finish. Illuminated, weatherproof rocker switches with ISO symbols, power-assist steering, audible engine alarms, automatic bilge pump, and power tilt and trim make operating the 185 Sport simple and sure. An extended swim platform with three-step ladder invites even the most seasoned ski pro to enter the water and experience this quick and agile sport boat.

At the heart of the optional Wakeboard Package is a tubular, aluminum water sports tower with an integrated bimini top, anchor light and wakeboard racks. Also included in this versatile package is a premium upgraded Clarion® stereo system with subwoofer and MP3 port, snap-in carpet and extreme two-tone graphics choices. All dressed up, it's one of the most head-turning boats on the water.

Components like stainless-steel hardware, thru-bolted cleats, a durable fiberglass stringer system and more put the 185 Sport at the head of the pack when it comes to quality and durability. Plus, a full range of options including stylish black canvas and Sirius® satellite radio gives you the freedom to make Sea Ray's 185 Sport the boat of your dreams.

As with every 2008 Sea Ray, the 185 Sport comes with a full membership in the Sea Ray Owners Club™, where you receive discounts on travel, hotels, dining, boating insurance and more. You can even earn points toward a discount on your next new Sea Ray. The 185 Sport belongs to the new breed of family sport boats from Sea Ray - sure to deliver big thrills and awesome performance. But don't take our word for it. Call to arrange a sea trial at a Sea Ray Master Dealer near you!

Specifications* for the 185 Sport are as follows:

Overall Length
w/Std Extended Swim Platform
19'8 5.99 m
Beam 7'3" 2.21 m
Draft (Sterndrive down) 34" 86.3 cm
Draft (Sterndrive up) 17" 43.1 cm
Dry Weight 2,600 lbs 1,179 kg
Fuel Capacity 26 gal 98 L
Dead Rise 19° 19°
Max Persons/Weight 8/1,100 lbs 499 kg
(MWC) Max Weight Persons/Gear 1,200 lbs 544 kg

*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