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.