Boating - - CERTIFIED TESTS - —Jim Hendricks

SeaVee’s new 290B ap­peals to boat own­ers seek­ing a ca­pa­ble off­shore fish­ing boat that’s also easy to trailer.

SeaVee uti­lizes the vac­uum-as­sisted resin­trans­fer mold­ing tech­nol­ogy (VARTM) that in­fuses the cored hull, stringers and bulk­head si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The cen­ter-con­sole model is 600 pounds lighter than the pre­vi­ous 290. It is also more rigid, and that al­lowed SeaVee to re­duce the num­ber of stringers from four to two, creat­ing more space belowdecks for larger epoxy-coated alu­minum fuel tanks. The 290B fea­tures a 251-gal­lon fuel ca­pac­ity, up by 19 gal­lons from the orig­i­nal model.

A heavy-duty tran­som door in the port quar­ter eases the task of land­ing a big tuna or sword­fish. A new op­tion is the Coastal lean­ing post with a styl­ized back­rest that in­cor­po­rates rod and drink hold­ers and a grab rail, as well as a tackle cab­i­net and slide-out cooler. The helm pro­vides enough space to flush-mount twin Garmin GPSMap 7616xsv mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays. The cen­ter­con­sole’s for­ward lift-up hatch grants easy ac­cess to a step-down in­te­rior and its 6 feet 4 inches of head­room. Qual­ity con­struc­tion is ev­i­dent in the heavy-duty deck hatches, which close with an au­thor­i­ta­tive thump, and im­mac­u­late rig­ging and ca­ble rout­ing. Deep gut­ters around the level, self-bail­ing deck route wa­ter to scup­pers in each cor­ner of the aft cock­pit.

A pres­sur­ized 50-gal­lon livewell re­sides in the tran­som and is fed by a pump box. You can add more bait ca­pac­ity with a tran­som livewell in the star­board quar­ter and/ or a deck well be­low the aft cock­pit sole. Twin in­su­lated for­ward fish lock­ers keep plenty of ice.

The 290B’s deep-V hull slices smoothly through chop. Pow­ered by twin Mer­cury 350 Ver­ado out­boards, the boat dis­plays crisp han­dling. Bow flare de­flects spray down and away. Turn­ing Mer­cury Revo­lu­tion 4 21-inch-pitch four-blade stain­less-steel pro­pel­lers, the twin 350s pushed the 290B to plane in 4 sec­onds, reach­ing 30 mph in 6 sec­onds. Top speed was a pleas­ing 63 mph at 6,200 rpm. The 290B achieved its most ef­fi­cient cruis­ing speed at 4,000 rpm and 35.2 mph, con­sum­ing 18.5 gph for 1.9 mpg — re­mark­ably ef­fi­cient for a boat of this size with 700 ponies on the tran­som.

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