We Say: Rinker’s QX29 BR offers an upscale feel and a long list of standards. Step onto the swim platform and you’ll immediately note the plush, aft-facing rumble seats; cushions lift on pneumatic struts to access the stowage below. One more step leads to the convertible sun deck straddling the transom walkover. More stowage resides below the gull-wing-style cushions, and like all stowage compartments aboard the QX29 BR, these are lined with molded tubs rather than mildew-inducing carpet. A third, hinged cushion pivots out of hiding to create a full sun pad.
A GPS chart plotter graces the helm. Below the wheel, a roomy shelf is waiting for gadgets. Under the helm, the large, two-shelf stowage is cleanly lined with Formica. A Lexan wind blocker deploys to partition off the cockpit.
Opposite, the head compartment features a fiberglass liner, an opening port for light and ventilation, and stowage for the cockpit table. The refreshment center features a sink with pressurized water. Two in-floor stowage lockers wait underfoot. The typical cockpit carpet is replaced with snap-in, bamboo-style flooring. Grab rails abound.
Below the waterline, standard trim tabs are integrated into the running surface. They played a role in the QX’s exceptional rough-water handling. The MerCruiser 6.2 pushed our test boat onto plane with minimal bow rise and past 30 mph in 8 seconds. At wide-open throttle, top speed approached 50 mph.
Who’d Want One: Experienced boaters who know what they really need.
Another Choice: Crownline’s 285 SS ($107,507 powered like our test boat)
Bottom Line: $91,700; rinkerboats.com
How We Tested
Engine: Single 350 hp MerCruiser 6.2L Bravo Three
Drive/Prop: Sterndrive/24" pitch stainless-steel Bravo Three propset
Gear Ratio: 2.20:1
Fuel Load: 25 gal.
Crew Weight: 365 lb.