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1998 Sea Ray 540 Sundancer

  • 54 ft
  • Express Cruiser
  • Spring Lake, MI, US

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1998 Sea Ray 540 Sundancer


We would like to introduce you to Why Knot she is a Gorgeous Sea Ray 540 Sundancer that has had over $60,000.00 in updates over the last six months. She is detailed and serviced and ready for her new owners! She is currently owned by a multi Lifetime Sea Ray Owner and also a 100 Ton Captain. She has been maintained locally and has been in west Michigan the last 15 years and has been treated with a open check book from her last three owners. I don't think you will find a nicer boat with all the updates listed below in the Midwest.  Please call today to schedule a private showing. 

Basic Information

Sea Ray
540 Sundancer
Stock #:
Spring Lake, MI, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Why Knot
Boat Type:
Express Cruiser
Hull Material:
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Dimensions & Weight

54 ft - 16.46 meter
54 ft 5 in - 16.59 meter
15 ft 11 in - 4.85 meter
Draft - max:
3 ft 11 in - 1.19 meter
Bridge Clearance:
14 ft - 4.27 meter
Dry Weight:
39000 lbs


Cruise Speed:
31 MPH
374 MI
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Fuel Type:
640 (Individual), 1280 (combined)
Max Speed:
35 MPH

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
600 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
150 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
68 gallons - 1 tank(s)


Total Cabins:
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Updates summer 2020-Fall 2020

Garmin GPS/Radar summer 2020
New Radar Antenna summer 2020
Connect Garmin to Fusion summer 2020
Add Engine room camera summer 2020
LEDs In the Engine room and Gen area 4FT (4) Total Summer 2020
Smart TV VIP Guest room summer 2020
Smart TV Saloon summer 2020
New TV HD Antenna receives up to 20+ channels summer 2020
8 Sea blaze underwater lights 4 across back two on the sides
Carbon Fiber for dash Summer 2020
USB Port by Helm Summer 2020
Hard wire USD and outlet helm Summer 2020
New Cockpit LED'S Summer 2020
New Antenna with Steamer light running and Anchor LED summer 2020
New Garmin Autopilot with Remote summer 2020
New Compass Blk summer 2020
SeaDek swim and steps and complete cockpit summer 2020
SeaDek forward foredeck replacing sun pads summer 2020
All raw water hoses on mains and gen summer 2020
New Cutlass bearings Summer 2020
New Main Batteries Summer 2020
Just had Mains and Gen full service September 2020 including Primary and secondary fuel filters,impellers,oil and oils filters.
Gen serviced,impeller,primary secondary fuel filters and oil and filter September 2020
Brand New Vetus Bow Thruster Install scheduled Fall 2020
Brand New Bow thruster Charger/Battery Scheduled Fall 2020

Inside Equipment
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Battery charger
  • (3) Air conditioning Units Saloon, Master and VIP
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Central vac
  • Washing machine - Whasher and Dryier
  • Microwave oven
  • (2) Marine. Vacuflush  heads
  • Brand New Refrigerator - Double door with freezer Deep freezer 2020
  • 27" Flat screen Smart TV in VIP Guest in 2020
  • 32"Flat screen Smart TV in Saloon  in 2020
  • 27"Flat screen Smart TV in Master In 2020

Electrical Equipment
  • Shore power inlet - 50 Amps
  • Generator - Westerbecke 15KW.Remote gauges located in cockpit area for easy viewing
  • Electrical Circuit: 220V

Outside Equipment/Extras
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Cockpit table
  • Swimming ladder
  • Cockpit shower
  • Electric windlass
  • 52" Smart TV Cockpit
  • Hurley III Tender/Jet Ski Davit System
  • 75 ft  Glendinning Power Cord
  • Bell
  • Wet Bar
  • Throw Pillows
  • Throw Cushion
  • 8 Underwater Lights New Summer 2020

Additional Features
  • High and Low RPMs
  • Engine Sync
  • Separate Ice Maker and Refrigerator located in cockpit New Summer 2020
  • Full Cockpit and Helm enclosures.
  • Indirect Lighting throughout all Cabins
  • LED Courtesy lights Summer 2020 
  • LED Spoiler Lights Summer 2020
  • Electric sofa-bed IN Saloon
  • Comfortable electric Sun Pad in cockpit.
  • Brand New Seadek Cockpit and Swim-platform Summer 2020
  • Brand New Vetus Bow Thruster with battery and charger fall 2020

  • New Compass Summer 2020
  • New Garmin Radar HD Summer 2020 
  • New Garmin GPS Summer 2020
  • New Garmin Autopilot Summer 2020
  • New Garmin Remote for Autopilot Summer 2020
  • New Color Engine Room Camera Summer 202
  • Fusion Bluetooth System  Updated and connected to Garmin 15" Screen Summer 2020
  • New Ship Shore Summer 2020
  • New Carbin Fiber Dash panels for Electronics Summer 2020
  • New LED Engine room lights Summer 2020

The large master stateroom features a queen size island berth, plenty of storage and ensuite head. Island Berth, Queen Sized w/Innerspring Mattress and Gas-Assisted Hatch for Carpeted Storage Below

  • Decorator Spread, Shams and Pillows
  • Hanging Locker, Full-Length Cedar-Lined w/Lights & Mirrored Door
  • Vanity w/Beveled Mirrors and Drawers Below
  • Private Access to Head and Shower
  • Privacy Door w/Mirror
  • Smart TV
  • Reading Lights
  • Portlight with Curtains
  • Skylight w/Cover
  • Carpet with Clear Cover

Master Head
Master Head

  • The Master bath has a separate shower stall with seat.
  • Vanity w/Solid Surface Countertop and Sink and Storage Below
  • Grohe Faucet
  • Mirrored Medicine Cabinet
  • Separate Shower w/Seat
  • Circular Acrylic Shower Door
  • Adjustable Shower Wand
  • VacuFlush Head
  • Tile Flooring
  • Opening Portlight 
  • Storage Cabinet above Head
  • A/C Vent and Exhaust Fan
  • Chrome & Gold Bath Accessories

  • Pedestal Berth, Full Size with Decorator Spread, Shams and Pillows
  • Drawers under Berth
  • Hanging Locker, Full-Length Cedar-Lined w/Light & Mirrored Door
  • Storage Cabinets
  • Privacy Door with Mirror
  • Carpet with Clear Cover
  • Overhead Storage Cabinet
  • TV/VCR/Radio Combo
  • Reading Lights
  • Overhead Hatch with Oceanair Screen/Shade
  • Port lights (4) Fixed and Curtains
  • Mirrored Rope Locker Bulkhead

Guest Head
The Guest head has private access from the forward VIP stateroom as well as from salon

  • Vanity w/Solid Surface Countertop and Sink and Storage Below
  • Grohe Faucet
  • Mirrored Medicine Cabinet
  • Sepatate Shower w/Seat
  • Circular Acrylic Shower Door
  • Adjustable Shower Wand
  • Tile Flooring
  • VacuFlush Head
  • Opening Portlight
  • A/C Vent and Exhaust Fan
  • Chrome & Gold Bath Accessories
  • Access from Salon & VIP Stateroom

Sea Ray PMY Reviews and Test

The 540 achieves the smooth look and the 37-mph top speed her designers hoped she would.

Every year Sea Ray hosts a gathering at its Merritt Island, Florida, plant called the Yacht Rendezvous. A two-day event for select Sea Ray owners and potential buyers, it lets Sea Ray introduce its best customers to its biggest yachts. Guests are invited to board, inspect, and run the yachts, and since the Rendezvous is held right at the plant, Sea Ray's team of engineers and designers are on hand to make sure that no question goes unanswered. It was here that I was able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Sea Ray's new 540 Sundancer came to be.

Prior to boarding, I discussed the design concept with project manager Arnie Dingman. "The new 540 DA is a step between our 500 DA and 580 Super Sunsport," he told me. "But in designing her, we were not going to play the game of modifying hulls and decks. We did a lot of work to give this new hull a soft ride, and we wanted the 54 to have the same speed and fuel consumption as the 50, but with the same engine package." Given the fact that the 540 is nearly five feet longer and 4,500 pounds heavier than the 500, Dingman and lead designer Charles Brown had their work cut out for them.

Brown told me he wanted the 540 to have a muscular yet soft look. "Look at today's automobiles," he suggested. "The smoother they look, the more attractive they are." A glimpse at the 540 reveals that vision. There are almost no straight lines. The transom is rounded, the radar arch curves forward, the raised foredeck blends into the wide side decks, and there's no pulpit, just an integral anchor roller.

You board the 540 in one of two ways. If you're alongside a fixed pier, a step flips down from the hull; it's two molded steps down into the cockpit from there. For floating docks, just step right onto the integral swim platform and walk through the port-side transom door. (Our test boat featured the optional TNT hydraulic lift platform.)

All docking gear stows neatly in a centerline transom locker; a second locker holds a hot and cold shower, TV/phone connections, water hookups, and more stowage for items like masks and fins. Two Glendinning Cablemasters eliminate the need to wrestle the 75-foot-long, 50-amp shorepower cords. All hatches here and throughout the boat have gas-assist rams for easy handling.

In fact, gas-, hydraulic-, and electric-assisted items are found everywhere on the boat. One example is the convertible cockpit lounge seat that at the push of a button extends and flattens to make a sunpad for two. A second curved lounge faces aft, creating a cockpit conversation area. This is also a good place to relax in the shade, since you are protected from the sun by the standard bimini or optional hardtop.

Left: Unlike most boats her size, the 540 shelters guests in the stateroom at the bow as opposed to amidships. Here, they'll find room to stretch out on the pentagon-shape berth.Right: Curves in the galley continue into the saloon, which features an extra-long lounge that seats seven.

As you'd expect, you don't have to go far for refreshments. A curved wetbar to port has all the amenities, including a U-line icemaker, cold-water sink, cooler, trash bin, and optional Norcold refrigerator. Yet even with all its curves, the cockpit is arranged so you can walk in a straight line from transom to companionway door, a welcome arrangement when you're hauling a week's worth of groceries aboard.

The cockpit is also the access point for the 540's engine room. You reach it through an in-sole hatch. There are no closed bulkheads or separate compartments here, just one big, open area stretching from the 640-hp Caterpillar 3196s (two feet apart) back to the rudder posts. Even with a 12.5-kW Westerbeke genset on centerline, the space is uncluttered, organized, and easy to move around in. It's even carpeted. I appreciated the easy access to filters, dipsticks, and strainers but would like to have seen labels for the various lines and manifolds. The standard oil-change system and freshwater spigot are bonuses.

Back topside and at the helm, you'll find an optional air-conditioning system for the helm and cockpit. The helm itself consists of a two-person benchseat next to a single captain's chair to starboard, a layout that makes you feel like you're skippering the Starship Enterprise. The wraparound dash has plenty of room for flush-mounted electronics, but some of the lesser-used rocker switches are located behind the helmsman, which I found slightly inconvenient.

Standard equipment on the dash includes a four-station intercom with cellular phone interface, plus a Raytheon VHF, Nav 398 GPS/Loran, and Tridata digital instrument. Complete, factory-installed navigation packages from Raytheon or B&G; are available as options, and given the 540's 450-mile cruising range, my guess is that not too many boats will leave the plant without them.

Opposite the helm to port is the companionway door. As you look below you'll know in an instant whether the 540 is right for you, since most boat buyers place a lot of importance on the interior layout. With a long walkway that leads from the saloon steps, past the port-side galley, and then past the curved lounge to starboard, the 540's saloon is a single, wide-open space.

Like the 50, the 540 has a two-cabin, two-head layout. But unlike the 50, which has the master stateroom in the forepeak, the 540's master is amidships and lower than the saloon, with an entrance just to starboard of the companionway steps. This central location should provide a smoother ride while underway.

This stateroom - like the rest of the boat - features either cherry or bird's-eye maple veneer cabinetry, including impressively curved drawer fronts that maximize drawer space in the cabin. Accommodations here include an angled queen-size berth with stowage below, and a private, en suite head with separate shower stall.

The curved in-line galley in the saloon has a full-size GE refrigerator/freezer, Sharp microwave, and nearly any other appliance you can think of, including a built-in blender and coffee maker. Forward and to starboard is one of the longest settees I've ever seen on a boat, capable of seating seven. Though it's not particularly well laid out for group dining, it does convert (electrically, of course) to an extra-wide double berth.

Wrapping up the interior, the forward stateroom - with its pentagon-shaped island berth - offers complete privacy for another couple or the kids. Though it doesn't have direct access to the second head with separate shower (it's located just abaft the forward cabin and is accessed from the saloon), it does feature a Splendide 2000 washer/dryer combo, so you don't have to schlep laundry during extended cruises aboard.

When you start adding up heavy-duty gear like house-size appliances, four zones of air conditioning, and a 12.5-kW genset, you usually end up with drab performance in the end. But luxury aside, performance is probably the most surprising part of the 540's story. "It's a quick-planing hull," says Brown, "and a lot has to do with the level ride, big chines, lifting strakes, and balanced center of gravity."

With a pair of 640-hp Caterpillars, the 540 turned in a top speed of 37.5 mph, which not only beat Sea Ray's own expectations for the boat, but figures in to beat the performance range of the 500 DA as well. (And believe it or not, Sea Ray says she still hit 36 mph with 25 people aboard.) Though there is a slight delay when you apply full power, the turbos kick in around 1300 rpm, and she's up on plane and running in just 7.5 seconds without tabs.

I also appreciated the Cats' computer-controlled engine system, which lets you maneuver smoothly around the docks in low idle with no bumps, grinds, or grumbles.

Her controls are amazingly light to the touch, and she's nimble enough to run through a slalom course of lobster pots like a boat half her size. When you crank the wheel over at speed, she shoulders-down into a turn with a 20-degree bank angle, and she doesn't put off a big wake at cruise (a testament to a well-designed running surface and good balance).

So Sea Ray's lovely, new 540 not only has curves in all the right places, but she performs every bit as well as the 500, something to which her designers will attest. But don't take their word for it. Put their claims to the test at their next Rendezvous.

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The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Additional Units Included
  • 2019 Highfield
  • 2019 SUSUKI 25

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