The 290B’s deep-V hull slices smoothly through chop. Powered by twin Mercury 350 Verado outboards, the boat displays crisp handling. Bow flare deflects spray down and away. Turning Mercury Revolution 4 21-inch-pitch four-blade stainless-steel propellers, the twin 350s pushed the 290B to plane in 4 seconds, reaching 30 mph in 6 seconds. Top speed was a pleasing 63 mph at 6,200 rpm. The 290B achieved its most efficient cruising speed at 4,000 rpm and 35.2 mph, consuming 18.5 gph for 1.9 mpg — remarkably efficient for a boat of this size with 700 ponies on the transom.