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Sea Ray Boats 290 Sundancer - Cruiser Boat


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2007 Sea Ray Boats 290 Sundancer Description


This all new 290 Sundancer offers a wealth of upgraded features including fiberglass arch top with aft sunshade, Sirius® satellite receiver with six months activation and optional colored hull. Full canvas enclosure with aft curtain is also included, plus electrically activated engine hatch and optional underwater swim platform lighting.
2007 Sea Ray Boats 290 Sundancer Specifications
Boat
  • Length Over All: 31 Feet and 1 inches.
  • Draft: 3 Feet and 8 inches.
  • Beam: 9 Feet and 6 inches.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 125
  • Water Tank Capacity: 28
  • Holding Tank Capacity: 28
  • Dry Weight: 9250
  • Hull Color: Gel Coat, Arctic White
Engine
  • Model Name: T-4.3L MPI Bravo® III MCM (220 hp - 164 kW) - STANDARD
  • Model Year: 2007
  • Hours: 1
  • Horse Power: 220


2007 Sea Ray Boats 290 Sundancer Standard Features


Cabin Features
Carpet Runners, Interior: Sunbrella®
Carpet, Deep-Pile BCF: 44-Ounce
Lighting, 12V
Outlets, 120V GFI Protected
Pillows, Accent
Stereo, Clarion®: 12V AM/FM Single CD, 6-Disc Changer, & Sirius® Satellite Receiver w/Antenna, MP3 Port, Speakers (2 Coax - Cabin & 2 Component - Cockpit) & Digital Cockpit Remote Control.

Canvas (Sunbrella®)
Aft Curtain: w/Bungee Straps
Aft Sunshade
Canvas Storage Bag
Front Curtains
Side Curtains.

Certifications
Meets Applicable USCG & ABYC Standards
... more
Sea Ray 290 Sundancer
By Kevin Falvey
July 2006

Feel the Day: Full moon crazy on a sunny afternoon.

 

sea_ray.jpgYou can order Sea Ray’s 290 Sundancer with a single diesel stern drive, but I wouldn’t. You’d give up docking ease and redundant security. Plus, the single draws 6" more water — twin drives are set to either side of the keel instead of right on it, so twins give you a greater margin of operation in coastal bays and shallow coves.

My test revealed that this boat is as much a dayboat as it is a cruiser. Topside, there’s a long, flat cockpit so the largest crew possible can enjoy the ride and the fun. Below, there’s a head, galley, and V-berth providing roomy overnighting for two. But the V-berth converts into an aft-facing sofa by way of clever hinging. I’d leave it set this way — I’d prefer to use the area to wait out a shower rather than spend the night. In fact, I’d bet that most boaters who choose this boat would leave the berth in its sofa configuration most of the time. There’s an aft cabin with a twin berth, but the 290 Sundancer’s low, sleek freeboard means headroom is nil. Relegation as stowage is likely, despite the convenient center entry.

Cruising amenities aside, topside fun is why you’d buy this ride. Performance matched those racy lines, which are capped by a flat, angular windshield. Punch the keyless ignitions, throw the levers, and the 290 Sundancer races to 47-plus mph. Dial it back to the 30s and you can cut, weave, and carve at will. Efficiency? It holds plane at 12.8 mph and gets better than 1.5 mpg while cruising.

Done with the run? Drop the hook and chill. There’s a windlass with footswitch to help you. Coming aft through the split windshield — there are no sidedecks, a design deletion that adds cabin width — enjoy the cockpit amenities. I discovered a neat aft lounge with a hinged cushion that covers drinkholders — similar to many home sofas. A wetbar is abaft the helm and the oversize swim platform features a four-step ladder mounted underneath. At rest or underway, fun is the order of the day.

Boating
 
Certified Test Results
Sea Ray 290 Sundancer

High Points:
Arch-mounted grabrail eases walking through the split windshield; grabrails are copious throughout. Nonslip coverage complete, not just in patches, on gunwales and bow. Three-way cabin light switches are a thoughtful convenience.

Low Points:
Ground bus terminals in bilge aren’t sealed. Anchor rode locker access is poor. Test boat’s bowrail was higher on the port side than starboard— closely eyeball the one aboard the boat you sea trial to ensure this has been corrected.

Toughest Competitors:
Monterey’s 298 SC is a racy dayboat with a cockpit sunpad, versus the extra walking space aboard the 290 Sundancer, and no aft cabin. It’s available with larger engines, up to twin 320 hp, and has a larger fuel supply. It costs $114,019 when powered like our test boat. Chaparral’s 290 Signature is a pure cruiser — bigger, deeper, with a generous aft cabin and more conservatively styling. It costs $133,853 powered like our test boat.

       Speed

  Efficiency

Operation

rpm

knots

mph

gph

naut. mpg.

stat mpg.

n. mi. range

s. mi. range

run angle

sound
level

1000

5.1

5.9

3.6

1.4

1.6

160

184

0

74

1500

7.4

8.5

5.2

1.4

1.6

160

184

1

75

2000

8.7

10.0

9.4

0.9

1.1

104

120

4

79

2500

11.8

13.6

15.0

0.8

0.9

89

102

6

80

3000

21.9

25.2

17.0

1.3

1.5

145

167

4

81

3500

28.6

32.9

19.8

1.4

1.7

162

187

2

80

4000

33.4

38.4

24.8

1.3

1.5

151

174

1

83

4500

38.7

44.5

31.9

1.2

1.4

136

157

1

84

4850

41.0

47.2

37.2

1.1

1.3

124

143

1

86

Advertised fuel capacity 125 gallons. Range based on 90 percent of that figure. Performance measured with two persons aboard, five-eights fuel, no water. Sound levels taken at helm, in dB-A.

Monthly Payment $893
(6.75% interest with 15% down on test boat power, tax not included; 20-year loan to qualified buyers estimated by Excel Credit)

  • LOA31'1"
  • Beam9'6"
  • Draft (max.)3'3"
  • Displacement (lbs., approx.)9,250
  • Transom deadrise21°
  • Bridge clearance8'10"
  • Max. cabin headroom6'2"
  • Fuel capacity (gal.)125
  • Water capacity (gal.) 28
  • Price (w/standard power)$134,194
  • Price (w/test boat power) $138,152

STANDARD POWER Twin 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI V-6 Bravo One gasoline stern drives.

OPTIONAL POWER Twin MerCruiser gasoline stern drives to 520 hp total; single 310-bhp Volvo Penta D6 DuoProp diesel stern drive.

TEST BOAT POWERTwin 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI V-8 gasoline Bravo Three stern drives with 305 cid, swinging 24"-pitch ss propsets through 2.2:1 reductions.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT (major items)Radar arch w/canvas sunshade; aft, front, side curtains; ski-tow-eye; 4-step swim ladder; wetbar w/sink, trashcan, bottle rack; flip-bolster helm seat; electronic engine hatch; satellite-ready AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo w/4 speakers and remote; microwave oven; refrigerator; single-burner stove; enclosed head w/vacuum-flush commode; VHF radio; battery charger; galvanic isolator; 30a shorepower; water heater.

Contact Sea Ray Boats, Dept. B, 2600 Sea Ray Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37914, 800/772-6287, www.searay.com.

 



Boating Magazine For this and other Boating Magazine boat tests and reviews go to www.Boatingmag.com
Stylish sportcruiser with best-in-class layout delivers high-octane blast of performance, sex appeal. Classy midcabin interior with leather seating, compact galley sleeps four adults, two kids. Unique forward berth converts to useful aft-facing salon seat with storage below. Topside features include cockpit wet bar with Corian counter, power engine hatch, transom shower. Note walk-through windshield, modest fuel capacity. Twin 260hp MerCruiser sterndrives cruise at 25 knots (about 40 knots wide open).

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