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Brief Summary

Rinker’s new 290 Express Cruiser model features an entirely new deck and open cockpit layout adopted from the popular 310 Express Cruiser. Recognizing that this cruiser is used for cruising and entertaining, Rinker has maximized cockpit and bridge seating. Most important, Rinker has maintained its tradition of providing a lot of boat for the price.

Key Features

  • Carpet snap-in, stain resistant
  • Color scheme mystic white with metallic alloy accents
  • Corian lids and surfaces
  • Deck access - walk-thru with molded-in steps
  • Anchor roller stainless steel with storage locker and cradle
  • Windshield curved with walk-thru, tinted safety glass
  • Stereo remote with LCD digital display transom
  • Custom cherry cabinetry & doors
  • Vinyl and fabrics stain resistant with enhanced colors berth "V" with storage and shelving
  • Headboard mirrored
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 31' 8''
    9.65 m
    Beam 9' 1''
    2.77 m
    Dry Weight 7,640 lbs.
    3465 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 24''
    .61 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 5''
    1.96 m
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 100 gal.
    378.5 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG

    Captain's Report

    Captain’s Report by Dan Armitage


    To offer a feature-filled express cruiser capable of entertaining a dozen guests topside and comfortably sleep two couples, or a family of four, below. The target market for the new 290, according to our Rinker spokesman, is the young family who may be entering the cruiser market or moving up from a smaller class cruiser to allow them expanded entertainment options while cruising or relaxing dockside.

    Rinker 290 EC
    The new Rinker 290 Express Cruiser is Nautic Global Group’s first 2013 model-year boat to be introduced.

    Distinguishing Features


    There is no getting around the fact that historically Rinker has fielded cruisers that are among the lowest-priced in class, and the 290 EC is no exception. The builder proudly proclaims that the 290 is available for "as low as" $80,999 equipped with a 350 MAG (300-hp) MerCruiser sterndrive.

    Rotating helm seat.

    The double helm seat swivels to port and even slightly aft to provide more conversational comfort in the cockpit when a crowd is aboard. We have seen this feature in only a couple of boats.

    Rinker 290 EC
    Full camper canvas is standard with the Rinker 290 EC for 2013 – as is MerCruiser 300-hp gas engine which Rinker tells us pushes the vessel to a top speed approaching 45 mph. We have not tested the boat.

    Cruising canvas.

    The Rinker 290 EC comes standard with "camper canvas", a piece of equipment that is usually relegated to the option list by most builders, even the most expensive ones. We like this feature as it extends the useful season of any boat. Mom will like it because it means she can stay topside if it begins to rain.

    Options for cruising.

    Because most buyers will use the 290 strictly as a day boat, it has put a lot of expensive cruising-oriented equipment on the options list. In that way most people will not be paying for things that they will rarely use. The 5 kW generator, A/C, folding radar arch, colored gel coat in the topsides and other up-grades are all on the option list. Having said that, there are a number of standard items on the 290 which we sometimes see on a builders option list, such as a pressurized transom shower, a stowable table for the cockpit, an electric engine hatch lift, a spotlight and a windshield wiper.

    Topside Highlights

    Rinker 290 EC
    The forward deck design of the 290 accommodates a large, integrated optional sunpad that fits in pockets designed for the purpose. A stainless steel anchor roller and locker with cradle are standard.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The helm console features a clear view of multi-function Faria gauges and a large magnetic compass centered over a five-position tilt wheel. The view of the optional sonar/GPS screen flush-mounted on the port side of the wheel is partially blocked. Note the bolstered armrest built into the gunwale aft of the throttle/shift control. Standard trim tabs have LED indicators.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The cockpit offers an aft-facing reclining lounge seat to port and the double-wide, bolstered helm seat that can swivel to port and partially aft to face the passenger area. The topside galley area features are well-integrated, offer a surprising amount of Corian surface space for food prep and are readily accessible from seating areas fore and aft.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The open cockpit design offers a good flow from transom to companionway aboard the new 290 model. Stereo and speakers are standard.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The open layout also creates a comfortable conversation-pit area in the cockpit. There is easy access to the refreshment center, food prep area and refrigerator. Note the aft backrest that reclines or folds flat to form a sun pad. When in the upright position, it reveals the aft-facing “rumble seat” over-looking the transom.
    Rinker 290 EC
    Sectional, snap-in carpeting extends all the way aft beyond the transom door to the edge of the integrated swim platform fitted with a three-step telescoping ladder.

    Cabin Highlights

    Rinker 290 EC
    The galley offers good surface and cupboard space in custom-made cherry wood-veneer cabinets, a sink with hot/cold pressurized water system, a refrigerator/freezer, microwave and a single burner alcohol/electric stove. Most people will use the boat in this mode, with the table up for lunch below in cool weather.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The cabin entertainment center comes with a flat-screen LCD TV with DVD and a full-featured stereo system. There is also a stereo remote on the transom.
    Rinker 290 EC
    This view of the companionway shows the open layout of the galley area of the cabin which, according to Rinker, offers 6’ 5” of headroom. Note access to the mid cabin abaft the galley.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The dinette converts to double vee berth with overhead directional and sconce lighting as well as considerable natural illumination via two functional ports and a hatch overhead.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The mid cabin has a double berth, an optional flat screen LCD TV, and overhead lighting.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The all-fiberglass head is equipped with a porcelain toilet and a hot/cold shower fed by a six-gallon water heater/exchanger.
    Rinker 290 EC
    The layout of the Rinker 290 EC.


    The 290 EC appears to have met Rinker’s goal of producing a sleek-looking, 30-foot-class cruiser designed around entertaining and comfort topside and below. The cockpit seating set-up is modern and functional – from rotating double-helm seat and aft-facing to the rumble seat aft. Standard accessories and options are sensible without being over the top and the standard power is sufficient for most purposes. The boat is priced at $80,999, plus freight and dealer prep, for the standard package. I suggest that you go through the option list, determine what you will really need, if anything, and tack that on to this low price. My guess is that most people will still be under 100k.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Standard


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional
    Windlass Optional


    Icemaker Optional
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard


    Camper Back Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Generator Optional


    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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