I'll preface this by saying I am a Sea Ray fan. The first three boats I owned were Sea Ray, a 17' bowrider, a 22' Pachanga and a 24' bowrider. Also, the opportunity I had today to go out and see what I thought about the L 650 Fly was arranged by a long time friend who owns some Sea Ray dealerships. However, I have no financial relationship with Sea Ray or any of their dealers. If I hadn't liked the L 650 Fly, I'd be posting nothing. Sea Ray has talked about "yachts" before but the L series appears to be a serious effort. This is a market segment that I think is terribly short of builders. I think Sunseeker Manhattans are nice, Riva has no flybridge models in that range, Princess, Marlow, Grand Banks have offerings as do some trawler builders. Hatteras has a 60' and 70'. Marquis has a 660 you'd consider the competition to this boat. The ride of this boat I'd put a lot closer to Sunseeker and Riva than I would to Princess or Marquis which I consider lesser rides. It seems to me they really researched and listened, rather than just taking a Sundancer and tossing a bridge on top as I perceived the old 68' Sun Sports they had a decade or more ago. While I think most of the optional equipment is absolutely necessary for long range coastal cruising (standard perhaps more than adequate for rivers), the boat can be very well equipped. Four staterooms and optional crew cabin. Some might not like the space sacrificed in the salon for the galley and dining, but with a bridge plus cockpit and bow seating that seemed ok to us. The only other design in this range that has really gotten my attention recently is Neptunus and I've never been out on one. I worry whether people will buy Neptunus or Sea Ray. Many think of them as lesser. Neptunus because of volume and location in Canada, Sea Ray because they're a volume production builder. Some people consider Sea Ray to be a step below. In this range, I think they're in the upper group of sport boats with bridges. Definitely not for a trawler person who wants slow and economical, perhaps not for the performance oriented who wants a Pershing that will do 40+ knots. But perhaps for a person who wants to cruise comfortably at 20 to 23 knots but wants the space of a trawler. I think if one refuses to consider a Neptunus or a Sea Ray simply because of the name on the side, they're making a mistake. One interesting point. The L590 Fly is powered by three 600 hp Cummins engines with Zeus drives. The 650 by two 1150 hp CAT C18's. The two boats have very similar performance from the numbers I've seen. But Sea Ray just doesn't have a pod option for the 650 and I think they're fighting an uphill battle on the 590 with triples. Volvo IPS would be able to perhaps power this boat with twins but definitely with triples. So Sea Ray's parent company works against them using pods on a boat this size. I'm not sure if having different propulsion systems on the two boats makes them look smart and innovative or makes them look confused and confusing. I picture a salesman pushing a 590 and praising pods and all their advantages over straight inboards and the customer decides they want a larger boat and how he has to explain why everything he said no longer holds true. The 650 does use about 20-25% more fuel than the 590. With basically the same size fuel tank that's a big advantage. The range of the 650 with the standard tank is only 235-240 nm. Even with the optional fuel it's only around 265 nm. Now at hull speed it has many times that. When I look at Sea Ray Sundancers I see them as a nice day on the lake type boat. Maybe a weekend. I see the L series as very comfortable for major cruising. I just found this boat interesting as a large production builder entering this range and type of boat.