Sleek and stylish, the supremely capable 290 Cruiser offers luxurious accomodations, a spacious deck area and exceptional performance. The 290 also benefits from an imaginative use of space that will satisfy even the most discerning taste!
Swim Platform When the 290 CR is at anchor, the integrated extended swim platform provides the perfect place to don your ski or scuba gear or to just relax and watch the sun set.
Entertainment Center Both stylish and practical, the 290 Cruiser is equipped with a generous cockpit refreshment center providing wetbar, built in beverage cooler, cup holders and plenty of storage.
Full Instrumentation The helm is designed for optimum convenience and visibility. Critical instruments are within easy reach and sight-line. All gauges have no-fog, polycarbonate lenses and stainless steel bezels.
There are those who will buy a boat on first sight, especially if the boat possesses muscular, angular good looks and hot helm styling. A boat such as Monterey’s 290 Cruiser. But wiser boaters look closer, setting aside how the boat makes them feel to assess how well it will serve-and survive-its intended mission.
Express cruisers the size of the 290 Cruiser are as much dayboats as they are weekend cottages with power. As such, they need to provide some thrill when you hit the throttles and have enough grunt to make good speed when loaded down with gear. The 290 Cruiser delivers, topping out at 47.6 mph with twin 270-hp Volvo Penta DuoProp stern drives. It also planes briskly and angles at only 3 degrees throughout the cruising range. Handling is predictable, so you can whip the wheel to delight a tuber following in your wake. This ride report probably wouldn’t be as favorable were you to opt for the standard twin 225-hp engines, which I would avoid. Regardless of power, the 290 Cruiser’s hull effectively cleaves a two-foot bay chop.