The lower helm is a big deal for Sea Ray as it's a new design but one has to look closely to fully appreciate it. It's a dash that shows no fasteners. The displays are connected with a "fast mount" system. This is a socket and pin system that's attached to the back of the panel. The twin 16" (40.6 cm) displays are flush mounted to the Ebony panel and there's standard helm air conditioning. Above is a stitched leather visor cutting down on the reflective glare, and a pair of Stidd seats.
The lower helm is a work of art in its simplicity and functionality. We like the companion seat next to the captain's chair -- and so will cruising couples. Both seats are by Stidd.
To the right side is the Zeus joystick, a touch panel to control the dash displays, and the digital engine controls just ahead.
High-level electronics. For all intents and purposes, this lower helm station is the primary, on the flying bridge being secondary. The level of electronics being offered as options is better than on the commercial vessels that some of our captains pilot. The autopilot is integrated into the Zeus system. The twin displays are providing visuals for the color radar, GPS and chartplotter, all integrated to a 4 kW open array antenna. In the center is the VesselView engine analyzer with its selectable information readout.
The flying bridge helm is wide open to the elements, and with the lower being the primary, there's no need to have this level wrapped in isinglass. It is fully intended that this a fair weather deck. The helm station is a pod style with dual 12" (30.5 cm) displays. On this deck the helm is to the port side, opposite the lower helm. This allows for clear sightlines from whichever side the L590 Fly id docked on Of course a third optional station at the cockpit makes backing into a slip even easier.
The flying bridge helm is port and is a pod style. There is an insulated cooler to the right side, right within reach of the operator.
A third control station can be located in the cockpit.
Turning is something that doesn't happen quickly on the L590 Fly, even with the wheel cranked over hard. She remains comfortable regardless of how "heavy handed" the driver. The slower the speed, the tighter the turning radius -- all of which is controlled by the Zeus software for safe and comfortable operation of the L590 Fly.
She's also a relatively dry boat. You have to work at it to get spray on the windshield, and the way we did it was to take the chop just off the bow where it would be most affected by the wind. For the most part, when underway, she tends to ride about 5-degrees bow high which puts the spray about half way back on the hull, certainly well past the windshield. This what serves to give her such a dry ride.
Wave penetration is another huge plus. When a large wave approached while underway, you'll find yourself bracing for a hit that would never come. She slices cleanly through the waves, her weight keeping the feeling of the wave to an absolute minimum. There was no pounding you'll encounter on some boats this size because of their more blunt bow sections and large, low chines taken too far forward. Even on our choppy day she remained stable throughout the cruise and that bodes well, especially for those guests that my not be accustomed to the feeling of being offshore.
When operating from the lower helm, she has a feel of being in a living room on the water.
She's an extremely quiet boat. Driving from the lower station is like driving in a typical living room. Sound levels started out at 58 dbA (less than conversational level) and increased to only 81 dbA at top speed. At no time did anyone have to shout to be heard above the engines, right below the salon deck.
From the upper helm, there's certainly no shortage of fresh air and sunshine, expecially with the sunroof opened up.
There's also a commanding view from the flying bridge that will make it one of the best seats in the house.
As for her close quarters, she's also an outstanding performer.
When maneuvering up to the dock, the flying bridge station offers a view of the whole length of the L590 Fly.
The goal of the L590 Fly was to load up on the luxury, it's what the "L" stands for. In our opinion, Sea Ray met that goal. For the lucky owner that also happens to be the operator, this yacht will also provide an experience that is hard to achieve.
Top speed for the Sea Ray L590 Fly (2016-) is 35.8 mph (57.6 kph), burning 97.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 368.28 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Sea Ray L590 Fly (2016-) is 30.8 mph (49.6 kph), and the boat gets 0.4 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.17 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 348 miles (560.05 kilometers).