By Craig Ritchie
Performance boat enthusiasts will get a first-hand look at Hallett’s all-new, outboard-powered 290-S mid-cabin bowrider next month when it appears at the 18th annual Desert Storm Poker Run and Street Party in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
The new model – the first outboard-powered performance boat from the Irwindale, California-based company in decades – was unveiled in late February at the Los Angeles Boat Show. Its upcoming appearance at Desert Storm will mark the first time the public will have an opportunity to see the new boat on the water.
Built on a 28’ 6” double-stepped hull with an 8’ 6” beam, the 290-S features twin Mercury Verado 300 outboards mounted on a transom bracket. The boat is said to run at 77 mph.
Hallett built a number of outboard-powered boats in the 1980s, but moved away from outboards and focused on sterndrive power. New developments in outboard technology and the appearance of much larger, more powerful engines in recent years have driven the company to re-examine outboards as a power option. So too has the simple fact outboards have completely dominated the engine market for the past 10 years, as sterndrive market share declined.
Hosted at the Nautical Resort on Lake Havasu, the 2016 Desert Storm Poker Run is a six-day celebration of performance boating with meet-and-greets, a kids cruise, the Desert Storm Shootout and the popular Desert Storm Poker Run.