Beyond her handsome profile and hardwood-clad interior, the Sea Ray L550 has a glass helm that lets owners control onboard systems as easily as navigating their smartphones.
Sea Ray and Raymarine worked for two years developing the intuitive control system. “Many owners are used to touchscreen innovations in their cars,” says Ron Berman, vice president of product portfolio at Sea Ray. “They don’t want to read manuals when they get on their boats.”
Sea Ray condensed dozens of functions into a manageable matrix that emphasizes user-friendliness. For instance, the climate control function lets an owner adjust the heat or air conditioning in every room without leaving the helm. The same goes for the lights. Things such as fuel, engines and generators are also monitored, with built-in warnings.
“We’ve made this system as straightforward as possible,” Berman says. “Owners can also control everything with an iPad, if they’re not at the helm.”