It runs dry too. The strakes of the 290 SS remain proud all the way to the stem rather than diminishing. This, coupled with the fact that they are reversed, or turned down, deflects much of the spray climbing the hull back into the sea. The 290 SS's soft ride makes it drier as well: Most days, you can run the 290 SS fast enough and comfortably enough that loose water making it past the bottom is behind you before it can blow across the boat. Running beam-to the wind during my test confirmed this.
The hull shape, particularly the flam, also lends the 290 SS great sociability by providing greater width lower in the boat. That's space where you can use it, evidenced not just in the aforementioned engine room, but elsewhere as well. Check the built-in stowage outboard of the helm and companion seats. Note that the depth of the cockpit seating allows comfortable slouching yet retains knee and foot space between the wet bar and seating opposite. Check out the width of the convertible aft lounge. Wide enough for two to tan, there's still room for a more generous than average passage to the platform.
Belowdecks, it's equally easy to forget you're aboard a boat with a 9-foot beam. Though the 290 SS's sleek, low lines would be marred by the standing headroom of a tall cabin, when I perched on the head and shut the door, my 6-foot frame didn't feel cramped. The convertible ultraleather dinette allows sitting across the highgloss table from your mate without knocking knees and provides enough width to sleep, when arranged as a berth, without absolutely having to snuggle. So this thrilling and luxurious day boat, picnic boat, cottage commuter or sport boat - call it what you will - serves admirable overnighter duty too. That's a big-picture mission statement, but details are what set the 290 SS apart.
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