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Draft (max): 3'1"
Displacement (approx.): 7,100 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 21 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 8'7" (with arch); 5'11" (without arch)
Fuel Capacity: 100 gal.
Max Horsepower: 430
Available Power: Volvo Penta 380 EVC dual prop; MerCruiser 380 Bravo Three and MerCruiser 430 MPI DTS CAT Bravo Three
We had 380 horses at our command, with MerCruiser’s 8.2-liter sterndrive under the sun pad and a Bravo Three drive turning the dual props. Sadly, our test boat was overpropped and topped out at just 4,500 rpm, averaging 48 mph. When the 26-inch propset was later changed to a 24, Botti reported the 288 topped out at a horsepower maximizing 4,900 rpm and a top speed of 49 mph. Even though we didn’t get to experience that added speed, we knew Monterey’s design was on target as we left the sea and headed through the nasty inlet. Boca Raton means “mouth of the rat,” and this narrow little passage has one of the trickiest currents on a tide of any along Florida’s east coast. In fact, you may power through this inlet until you’re just short of the residential docks inside. The power gives control and adds to safety. But even as we powered down in the lingering current, the 288 held its course, tracking truly as we came in. At the dock, a current swept along at 4 knots or better. Mike pointed the vessel into it and she laid up alongside sweetly.
The 288SS is going to be right at home any busy weekend on lakes like Lanier, Mead and Lake of the Ozarks, vying with Cobalt for the title of king of luxury boats.
It’s no accident that Monterey has built contoured custom dash panels with leatherlike brows and contrasting stitching — a page from the A7’s playbook, as is the swing-away passenger console with complimentary styling and a roomy head behind it. Entry to the head is spacious for a boat its size, and a granite look spices the fiberglass interior.