Sea Ray had its origins in a Detroit, Michigan area boat manufacturer named Carr Craft. Cornelius Nathanial Ray III, known as C.N. or Connie, purchased Carr Craft in 1959 and renamed it Sea Ray, co-founding the new venture, Ray Industries, with his life-long friend, Arch John Mehaffey. Carr Craft had produced golf cart bodies, coffins, and fiberglass boats. With the design assistance of Jerry Michalak and Harley Earl & Associates, a line of Sea Ray Boats were highly styled (Obituary, Arizona Republic, Dec. 30 2011; Yachting, May 2009).
Sea Ray is the world's largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats, producing more than 40 models ranging from 18 to 68 feet. No other pleasure boat manufacturer in the world offers such variety. The four families of Sea Ray products include Sport Boats, Sport Cruisers, Sport Yachts, and Yachts.
Founded in 1959, Sea Ray was one of the first boat builders to use fiberglass and other high-tech composite materials in the construction of pleasure boats. The company's continuing innovations in unique styling, performance, interior design, technical systems, and many other areas, plus many revolutionary breakthroughs in technology and quality manufacturing processes, have placed Sea Ray at the top of the world's pleasure boat builders for over a quarter of a century.
In 1986, Sea Ray became part of the Brunswick Corporation. Sea Ray, together with the other divisions, makes Brunswick the world's largest producer of marine engines and boats. At twice the size of the next largest marine company, Brunswick's strength and expertise gives Sea Ray the resources to employ the industry's best people and allow them to fund the ideas, innovations and investments required to be the industry leader.
Sea Ray's range of products was augmented even further in 1995 with Ray Industries' acquisition of a new subsidiary, Baja, the world's largest manufacturer of performance boats.
Sea Ray's employees at its eight manufacturing facilities, as well as employees at Baja, are committed to ensuring that Sea Ray customers are ultimately and totally satisfied. This commitment is not merely an ideal, but a corporate policy. As a result, Sea Ray's customer satisfaction ratings are among the highest in the world, and the resale value of Sea Ray boats is unsurpassed.
Sea Ray's focus on quality is evidenced by a complete line of boats that not only meet but also exceed the standards set by the United States Coast Guard, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the American Boat and Yacht Council and the International Organization of Standards (ISO). Sea Ray, in fact, is the first pleasure boat manufacturer to be certified for meeting the high ISO 9002 standards.
Quality. At Sea Ray, it's not just exacting attention to details. Or careful desire to use only the best suppliers, materials and components. Or employing the highest caliber people in the industry. Or four decades of being committed to be the very best in the boating industry. It is, for everyone in the Sea Ray family, a way of life.
For additional information see the following link: Sea Ray Company Model Archives (1960 to 2002 Brochures)
1966 Sea Ray SRV-190 MerCruiser 225 Test
1969 Sea Ray SRV 185 Mercury 1000EL test