Sea Ray’s 500 Sundancer ends the necessity of U-turns with a through-traffic accommodation plan. Instead of a ho-hum bench accessed from beside the companionway, a unique revolving lounge and the deletion of the usual aft-facing bench abaft the helm combine to provide access from a wide arc. This also transforms the cockpit from the typical designated seating area into an entertainment forum par excellence.
Belowdecks, the 500 Sundancer is palatial and chic. The cornerstone of the 500 Sundancer’s accommodation plan is open, common areas with undefined traffic patterns. This negates cutting the boat into areas of specific purpose. Thus, the helm deck and cockpit meld but can be distinguished by a crescent-shaped pedestal for serving snacks. Two settees, one aft and one along the starboard side, are plush and deep, include stowage, and seat 8 to 10 people. A movable, high-low table is standard.
The 500 Sundancer sleeps seven in two staterooms and on a convertible salon sofa. (The guest stateroom features bunk berths; the lower berth is a double.) There are two heads. The galley’s comma-shaped counter is big enough to please the gourmet or those who prefer a catered buffet.