I'm considering buying a 28' Rinker Fiesta Vee with a 10' beam, displacement of 8700 lbs, and powered by twin 4.3L, 175 hp mercruisers. Is this boat underpowered? I'd be happy to cruise in the mid 20's with a top speed in the low to mid 30's.
There is a review of the 290 in a past Boating mag. They opted for the optional 220Hp 4.3's. It topped out for them at 42.4 MPH and cruised at a very respectable 28MPH at 3500RPM. With the smaller engines you can expect lower numbers and I am sure real world speeds will be somewhat slower. The lows they listed were no double clamps on fuel hoses and unlabeled raw water intakes. Both minor and easily fixed. The interiors are not top of the line, but are fine for weekenders I'd say. I too have considered the Rinker. I am looking at a Maxum and a Sea Ray now also. The Maxum model I am hoping to see at the boat show this weekend. The Sea Ray is the 260 Sundancer. Not sure which will win over if any of them do. Good luck.
I really liked the sundancer. You can also get the radar arch on the 260 now, which I thought was a nice touch. If you get a chance, check out the Larson 272 cruiser. My wife really liked it and I thought it had a nice set up. I am still leaning toward the 260 Sundancer myself though. Does anyone know how the 260 sundancer handles the Lake when it gets rough?
QUOTE(Fast~Eddie @ Feb 20 2003, 08:46 PM)The 4.3 litre, not familiar with the fuel efficiency of the
marine engines. However, they are thirsty in the older
GMC Jimmy's, S15 / S10Blazer.
They had to meet emission requirements in the land yatchs.