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Knoxville, Tenn. - If you're looking for a boat that can handle a crowd without sacrificing an ounce of performance, take a look at Sea Ray's 290 Select Ex. With exceptional styling, three spacious seating plans and power options ranging from the standard 496 Magnum® Bravo® III Digital Throttle and Shift sterndrive to twin gas or diesel sterndrives, it's the sport boat that fills the bill beautifully.

The standard cockpit arrangement includes two bucket seats with flip-up thigh-rise bolsters, and a U-shaped aft bench with walk-through transom that converts to a sun pad. The first optional layout comes with a comfortable double helm seat with flip-up thigh-rise bolster, an adjustable back-to-back lounger with flip-up bolster to port, a large circular aft seat with table and sun pad filler cushions plus contoured fiberglass bow rider loungers with molded-in armrests, storage below and a standard bow table with filler cushions. The second optional seating plan offers two swivel-bucket seats with flip-up thigh-rise bolsters, a sweeping curved aft seat with storage below and an enormous gas-assisted sun pad.

With so much room for guests, Sea Ray still managed to place everything you need to entertain family and friends close at hand - like a wet bar with optional refrigerator, ice chest, carry-on cooler and abundant storage. In fact, beneath the helm there's a huge lockable storage compartment.

Sea Ray's 290 Select Ex features one of the industry's largest enclosed head compartments for a boat in its class with lockable door, VacuFlush® head, pullout sprayer and sink. For optimum sound quality, the boat has a standard Clarion® single CD system with amplifier and digital cockpit remote, plus you can add an optional remote at the transom. Or if you're really serious about quality sound, you can upgrade to a Polk/MOMO premium stereo system with component speakers, amplifiers, subwoofer and transom remote.

While it's definitely big, the 290 Select Ex is still agile enough to handle all types of water sports. Just grab your skis, wakeboard or inner tubes out of the lighted floor storage compartment and hang on for the ride. A center walk-though transom and integral swim platform with concealed three-step swim ladder makes water access safe and easy. You can add even more room for diving or fishing with the optional extended swim platform.

The control station is well protected by a standard stainless-steel windshield. The skipper has every technical advantage available, including SmartCraft® diagnostics to help monitor depth, fuel usage, engine hours and more for an added level of confidence. When you select a twin engine upgrade, you can also add an optional SmartCraft VesselView which includes system maintenance records and more. Standard technical features abound on the 290 Select Ex, like power steering, power tilt and trim, Vessel Control System™ and Sea Ray's exclusive illuminated waterproof switch pads with ISO symbols and dimmer control.

As with all Sea Rays, the 290 Select EX was built to last with durable vinylester resin, a fiberglass cockpit liner with direct overboard drainage and stainless-steel fittings. To create a truly stunning look, you can dress it up with a fiberglass sport spoiler and colored hull in blue, black, burgundy, titanium or pewter. The 290 Select Ex also comes with a full membership in the Sea Ray Owners Club™, where you can earn special benefits including a discount on your next Sea Ray. The 290 Select Ex from Sea Ray - it's big enough if you're bold enough.

Specifications* for the 290 Select EX are as follows:

Overall Length 29'6" 8.99 m
w/Opt Extended Swim Platform 32'2" 9.82 m
Beam 9'8" 2.95 m
Draft (Sterndrive down) 40" 100 cm
Draft (Sterndrive up) 23" 58.4 cm
Draft (Twin Sterndrive down) 35" 88.9 cm
Draft (Twin Sterndrive up) 24" 61.0 cm
Dry Weight 7,700 lbs 3,493 kg
Fuel Capacity 130 gal 492 L
Water Capacity 24 gal 90 L
Holding Tank 20 gal 75 L
Dead Rise 21° 21°
Max Persons/Weight 12/2,000 lbs 907 kg
(MWC) Max Weight Persons/Gear 3,000lbs 1,360 kg

*The specification measurements are approximations and are subject to variance.

Founded in 1959, Sea Ray is the world's largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 17 to 60 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle - each built with a unique commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at