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Sea Ray 290 Sundeck (2015-)
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Brief Summary

If entertaining throngs of family and friends on the water is one’s goal, then Sea Ray has built a boat for that mission. This super-sized deck boat supplies a big water bottom and a deep, 21-degree deadrise for distant journeys to secluded coves. The 290 Sundeck also delivers a girthy beam and substantial displacement to tame the sloppy water on the way back to the dock. Three separate seating areas offer spacious relaxation zones and possibly the coolest lounge ever, situated at the stern. Sea Ray also fitted a full function head compartment as well as a wet bar for hydration. Completing the yacht is single engine sterndrive power; ensuring lower fuel costs, insurance, and of course maintenance.

Key Features

  • Comfortably seats 17 people while underway
  • Open floor plan with expanded beam and convertible seating, including aft-facing transom loungers
  • Stereo with wireless Bluetooth for easy control of audio devices onboard
  • Easy to operate canvas covers and Bimini tops
  • Enclosed head compartment with portable head, vanity and sink
  • Self-bailing cockpit for easy cleaning
  • Available shade via the Bimini top or an optional watersports tower
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 29' 2''
    8.89 m
    Beam 9'
    2.74 m
    Dry Weight 6,471 lbs.
    2,935 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 42''
    1.07 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 85 gal.
    322 L
    Water Capacity 20 gal.
    76 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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 1 x 300-hpMerCruiser 350 MAG ECT Bravo III DTS Sterndrive
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 1 x 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2L MPI ECT Bravo III DTS Sterndrive

    Captain's Report

    Sea Ray 290 Sundeck running shot
    The Sea Ray 290 Sundeck has an overall length of 29’2” (8.89 m), a beam of 9’ (2.74 m) and a draft of 42’’ (1.07 m).

    Major Features

    • Seats up to 17 people while underway
    • Wide beam and open floor plan with expansive convertible seating
    • Ultra-cool aft facing transom loungers
    • Enclosed head compartment with portable head, vanity and sink
    • Deep-V running surface improves rough water performance
    • Long factory options list for easy owner customization

    Performance

    Sea Ray set out to make the 290 Sundeck a luxury day boat and not speedster since most enthusiasts are not driven by velocity. Her single engine, 300 horsepower propulsion reveals that, but there is an optional 380-hp big block available should the need arise. Standard power is from the honored MerCruiser 350 cu.in. small block V8 with emission control technology (ECT) that meets the latest EPA clean air standards. The 8.2 L big block also has the ECT technology and may be the better choice for high altitude applications. Both engines include digital throttle and shift, and share a common Bravo 3 sterndrive with counter-rotating propellers. Hydraulic trim tabs are standard issue for the 290 Sundeck and when used with the SmartCraft auto trim mode, make for smooth and effortless piloting.

    Test Results

    We have not yet tested Sea Ray’s new 290 Sundeck.

    Sea Ray 290 Sundeck floor plan
    The floor plan of the new Sea Ray 290 Sundeck.

    Ergonomics

    The squarish bow

    design provides generous U-shaped seating for nearly a half dozen folks. Here, the group can enjoy lunch, cocktails or a card game while not being interrupted by the party at the back. This convertible seating area has a pair of wide chaise lounges for cruising or for sun tan work. Each seat bottom features a hinged cushion for the storage compartments below, and there is a handy integrated beverage cooler as well. Beach access is simplified via a concealed boarding ladder nestled under the forward hatch that is assisted by gas struts.

    Sea Ray 290 Sundeck flip down armrests
    Flip-down armrests abound on the seats of the 290 Sundeck.
    Sea Ray 290 Sundeck pedestal table
    The optional pedestal table is a must have.

    The 290 Sundeck’s stern

    lounge is the benchmark of what relaxing is all about. A pair of aft-facing recliners cradle the occupants with day-spa styled luxury and keeps beverages at hand with a centerline cooler. The seats’ arm and footrests really make the space, as does the optional SeaDek flooring fitted to the swim platform and transom walkthrough.

    Sea Ray 290 Sundeck transom
    Whether watching the kids play or the sun going down, this spot is the place to be.

    A very large swim platform is the recreational key to this boat. It is deep and wide, and provides a massive, recessed boarding step designed for heavy usage and safety. Several wet lockers can also be found in the area, all with quality hardware and latches. A nice upgrade offered by Sea Ray is an optional hot water system for the transom shower.

    Sea Ray 290 Sundeck helm
    Sharp styling and consolidated functionality make for a great helm.

    The helm

    is sleek and modern with a sophisticated minimalist flair. A center pod displays a SmartCraft monitor for navigation and vessel management, flanked by a pair of analog styled, multi-function gauges. A side mount digital throttle and shift (DTS) lever is standard with either of the two engine packages from MerCruiser. This is paired with a power assisted sport steering wheel and a deep console foot well for increased captain comfort. What I really like is the wide, flip-flop helm and companion seats. These units are generously upholstered for maximum comfort and feature a backrest that can recline to convert the cockpit seats into another pair of oversized loungers.The companion side console provides a fully lined head compartment with portable toilet and vanity with sink. There is also a small porthole to give the space a little ventilation. Several useful upgrades for the compartment exist including a pump-out VacuFlush toilet, shower unit and a grey water tank for restricted waterways.Numerous canvas options allow customizing the central entertainment space for four-season fun.

    The cockpit lounge

    starts with a roomy L-shaped settee to port and a wedge shaped wet-bar to starboard. Below all the seats are storage compartments, and the bar console offers a solid surface counter top with storage space below in the locker. Shading this space can be performed with the standard top arch or with the aluminum sports tower, both including an integral Bimini top.

    Recommended Options

    The 380 horsepower engine upgrade is certainly worth considering, especially when it comes to time to resale the 290 Sundeck. Sea Ray also offers several trailer choices but the boat’s wide beam may require special permitting in some areas, so it’s a good idea to check before one buys. For entertaining purposes, the wet bar grill and refrigerator seem to make good sense, as does the stereo and shore power/battery upgrades.

    Observations

    The Sundeck line from Sea Ray has always been about maximizing play space without compromising ride quality. From my perspective, there is nothing worse than jostling one’s guest about when trying to enjoy the greatness of boating. Fortunately, the 290 Sundeck has the stability and size to provide a soft, dry ride. As far as looks go, the jury is still out; the retro flat-panel windshield goes well with the interior styling but it seems to date the boat’s exterior profile. Fortunately, there are a handful of hull colors and graphic packages available to jazz up the big runabout.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard AM/FM/Bluetooth Stereo
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Power Steering Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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