SeaVee 290B

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS -

There wasn’t any time to panic. When sea-tri­al­ing a boat with Capt. Bill Pike, there’s no time for any­thing, re­ally— es­pe­cially if it’s “a-goin’ ma­chine,” to use an ex­pres­sion Bill is quite fond of. You just grab the near­est handrail and hold on. Fast. The boat was the new SeaVee 290B, a trail­er­a­ble, sta­ble per­former that’s ver­sa­tile by de­sign.

Be­fore the test, Bill and I were dis­cussing the boat’s build dur­ing the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat Show at Vir­ginia Key with John Ca­ballero, sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of SeaVee Boats. The 290B’s fully cored hull, stringers and bulk­heads are resin-in­fused si­mul­ta­ne­ously, thereby cre­at­ing a pri­mary bond be­tween them for a fast, ef­fi­cient and quiet ride. (SeaVee stands be­hind its con­struc­tion tech­niques by of­fer­ing a 10-year war­ranty on the hull.) John jumped down into the for­ward 110-gal­lon fish­box for em­pha­sis: Ev­ery­thing on board was solid.

This par­tic­u­lar 290B fea­tured plenty of stowage op­tions, from lock­able wing boxes at the bow to com­part­ments on the star­board and port sides of the tran­som. Our boat was clas­sic white, but it’s of­fered with at least nine fac­tory gel­coat col­ors, so cus­tomers have plenty of op­tions to choose from when cus­tomiz­ing their boat.

Founded in 1974 by Mi­ami na­tive Capt. Don McGee, SeaVee boats have long been built for blue­wa­ter fish­er­men. But a re­cent re­brand­ing has given the com­pany a new post to hang its hat. While it still builds fish­ing ma­chines, the com­pany’s deep sta­ble of cen­ter con­soles is now of­fered with a bevy of op­tions, in­clud­ing bow seat­ing and elec­tric sun­pads, aft so­fas and more, which are all geared to­ward the owner who wants to take fam­ily and friends out to fish or just cruise.

LOA: 29'6" Beam: 9'0" Draft: 1'8" Displ.: (w/o en­gines): 5,900 lbs. Fuel: 251 gal. Wa­ter: 34 gal. Stan­dard Power: 2/250-hp Mer­cury Ver­ado Cruise Speed: 34 knots Top Speed: 59 knots Base Price: $148,700

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