Got lots of friends? Sea Ray’s 290 Sundeck can accommodate 17 passengers and doesn’t sandwich them in like sardines. Its design offers 27 percent more interior volume than the 280 and 300 Sundeck models that it replaces, thanks in part to an additional 7 inches of interior beam width. Use the space to put part of your crew in the squared-off bow. It narrows to a mere 18 inches over its 4-foot-6-inch length, maintaining nearly the entire beam width forward. The majority of space, however, has been saved for the aft cockpit. There, a large L-shaped bench begins adjacent to the double-wide helm seat and spans nearly 13 feet as it traverses the port side and stern. More seating space is located directly behind the helm. Pivoting backrests on both seats focus attention forward or aft, depending on whether you’re underway or socializing. The coolest seats in the house, however, are arguably the transom loungers. Facing the swim platform, they extend an additional 5 inches when you want to stretch out, and flank a cooler and storage nook with a 12-volt receptacle.