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Rinker 290 Fiesta Vee (Not in Production)
(w/ 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI)


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Brief Summary

Filling the gap between their 270 and 310 cruisers, the 290 was designed to include attributes of a big cruising machine rolled into a smaller package.

Key Features

  • Quite nimble underway
  • Good sized cockpit entertainment area
  • Removable table for alfresco dining
  • Wet bar
  • Integrated fender storage at the transom
  • Full head with shower
  • Galley with small refrigerator, microwave oven, sink
  • Forward and aft berth
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 31' 6''
    Beam 10' 6''
    Dry Weight 11,100 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 36''/ 22''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 18 deg.
    Max Headroom 9' 6''
    Bridge Clearance 9' 6''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 150 gal.
    Water Capacity 33 gal.
    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 2 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L
    Tested Power 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    620 3.2 2.7 2.0 1.6 1.4 213 185 64
    1000 5.3 4.6 3.1 1.7 1.5 231 201 76
    1500 7.8 6.8 5.4 1.4 1.3 194 168 70
    2000 9.7 8.4 8.8 1.1 1.0 149 129 76
    2500 14.4 12.5 13.8 1.0 0.9 140 122 84
    3000 22.6 19.6 17.4 1.3 1.1 175 152 84
    3500 29.0 25.2 19.8 1.5 1.3 198 172 85
    4000 35.1 30.5 25.5 1.4 1.2 186 162 87
    4500 39.7 34.5 28.7 1.4 1.2 186 162 87
    5000 44.5 38.7 38.9 1.1 1.0 154 134 96
    620 185 343 5.10 7.57 0.67 64
    1000 201 372 8.50 11.73 0.73 76
    1500 168 312 12.60 20.44 0.61 70
    2000 129 240 15.60 33.31 0.47 76
    2500 122 225 23.20 52.24 0.44 84
    3000 152 282 36.40 65.87 0.55 84
    3500 172 319 46.70 74.95 0.62 85
    4000 162 299 56.50 96.53 0.59 87
    4500 162 299 63.90 108.64 0.59 87
    5000 134 248 71.60 147.25 0.48 96

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 5.9 sec.
    0 to 30 10.3 sec.
    Ratio 2.2:1
    Props 22'' C.R.
    Load 2 persons, 1/3 fuel, full water, min. gear
    Climate 85 deg., 80% humid.; wind: 5+ mph; seas: minimal chop

    Captain's Report

    Newly released for the 2003 cruising season is Rinker’s newest member to the family; the 290 Fiesta Vee. Filing the gap between their 270 and 310 cruisers, the 290 was designed with a fresh sheet of paper to include attributes of a big cruising machine rolled into a smaller package. Also included in the 290’s design, is all the intelligent use of space and value that Rinker is known for throughout the boating industry. Like all the Rinker boats, you get a lot for your money. At first glance, the 290 is a big cruiser. With an overall length of 31 feet 6 inches, and a roomy beam of 10 feet 6 inches, she provides all the room you need for entertaining on the water. Because of her high freeboard, boarding is best accomplished at the extended swim platform only. Here you will find handy features like the integrated fender storage at the transom, a telescoping boarding ladder and quick release dingy cleats built into the swim platform.Access to the cockpit entertainment area is through a starboard side transom gate. I liked how this door opened and locked in place in either direction. Unfortunately it does not use a lockout switch to prevent the engine hatch from being opened when the transom gate is in the closed position. The cockpit is basically two separate areas; fore and aft. The aft area has just one settee located along the transom. A removable table can be inserted for alfresco dining, but only for a few, as this table is tiny. The rest of your guests will have to relax in the forward area that supplies a long L-shaped settee on the port side. Of course there is lots of storage under all the lounge seating cushions. Separating the two lounges is a molded storage area and drink holders. A small wet bar is aft of the helm station and although it is minimal, it does provide a sink, some counter space and a small, removable cooler for beverages.At the helm, the Captain is treated to a wide, fully adjustable chair. The helm’s dash layout is simple, straightforward and elegant. Who said you had to spend a million to look like a million? All the controls and instrumentation wrap around the helmsman and the ergonomics are excellent. White-faced gauges, wood grain dash accents and a wood ringed steering wheel add a touch of class to this already refined helm. Finally, molded steps at the helm make the trip to the foredeck much easier.Going below is easy too, with the one piece, sliding, acrylic cabin door. Inside the cabin, I was surprised at the space and amenities that you get with the 290. A full sized stand up head with shower is located to starboard. Inside you’ll find a vanity with sink, a flush toilet, and comfortable shower space. The port side galley is complete with a small refrigerator, a microwave oven, sink and an alcohol stove. Although they have been around for millennia, the alcohol stove is outdated for a boat like the 290. Despite that, there is lots of concealed storage in the galley for stores, spices and such.The only thing that is awkward in the cabin is the forward berth. To starboard is a dinette that converts into a narrow, double berth and is adjacent to a narrow, double mattress to port. Although comfortable for singles, paring up may be a bit tight. Alternatively, you can bunk down in the 290’s aft cabin that is wide enough for three, but does not have much headroom.Underway, I found the 290 Fiesta Vee to be quite nimble. With twin Mercruiser power, this 11,000 pound cruiser gets on plane easily and has a good top speed of almost 45 mph with the two 5.0 liter mills. Considering that these engines only produce 260 horsepower each, the 290 has a very effective bottom design. You’ll love that attribute when you get to the gas dock and realize your achieving almost a mile and a half per gallon of gas. You might do a little better than that if you go with the standard power of the 4.3 liter V-6, but you’ll notice the lack of power out of the hole and your top speed will be cut by at least 5 mph.With all things considered, and a base price well under a hundred grand, you’ll have tough time trying to find a boat that compares to Rinker’s 290 Fiesta Vee.By Capt. Ron SvobodaTest Captain

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Rinker 290 Fiesta Vee (Not in Production) is 44.5 mph (71.6 kph), burning 38.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 147.24 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Rinker 290 Fiesta Vee (Not in Production) is 29.0 mph (46.7 kph), and the boat gets 1.47 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.63 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 198 miles (318.65 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI.

    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
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

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


    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional
    Full Canvas Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Generator Optional


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