Toward that end, Sea Ray engineered the 280 Sundancer with a hullform that has 21 degrees of transom deadrise and a length-to-beam ratio of just under 3:1. This design, along with the lift and push provided by twin 210-hp MerCruiser stern drives, proved its worth during the test. Fighting a 20-knot breeze, I headed the 280 Sundancer into Government Cut during the Miami Boat Show, running it through the wakes of every kind of boat you can imagine. Conditions, to say the least, were sloppy-with a capital S. But the 280 Sundancer took it all in stride. Its sportboat-like handling and gentle ride made for a fun afternoon. Seeing a stretch of tight three-footers, I pushed the throttles forward. At 3400 rpm, you could pour a drink. At 4000 rpm, the hull was still tracking straight and soft. I cranked the helm over into a tight turn and the 280 Sundancer shouldered aside quartering waves without slamming or pounding. Minimum planing speed, a criterion we use to judge all cruisers, was achieved at 2600 rpm and 15 mph with the stern drives trimmed under and the trim tabs deployed in the full down position. This is good for a cruiser of this type, especially one with a deep-V hullform like the 280 Sundancer. It will allow you to maintain maneuverability when longer stretches of choppy seas take the fun out of wave busting at cruising speed. Not only does this boat get you there, it allows you to enjoy the ride along the way.