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Brief Summary

There are four boats in Monterey's Super Sport series and the 288 SS is the second largest. But by anyone's account she is big, beefy, and ready for "big water" applications both in freshwater and coastwise. She comes with three single-engine power options from 380-hp to 430-hp, so she will not be a slow 288 SS no matter which engine is under the hatch. The other part of the story is her luxurious interior.

Key Features

  • Stainless steel ski tow
  • 48 quart carry-on cooler
  • Bow seating with fold down armrest and molded in cooler
  • L-shaped bench seat with flip-up sun pad extension
  • Stereo Fusion Satellite Ready AM/FM
  • In floor storage with gas assist hatch
  • Depth sounder with shallow water alarm
  • Steering wheel wrapped in leather with chromed stainless spokes
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 29' 0''
    8.8 m
    Beam 9' 0''
    2.7 m
    Dry Weight 7,100 lbs.
    3,221 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 37''
    0.94 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 100 gal.
    378.5 L
    Water Capacity 11 gal.
    41.6 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 380-hp MerCruiser MAG MPI DTS CAT 8.2
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 1 x 380-hp MerCruiser MAG MPI DTS 8.2
    1 x 430-hp MerCruiser MAG MPI DTS 8.2
    1 x 430-hp MerCruiser MAG HO MPI DTS 8.2
    1 x 380-hp Volvo Penta V8-380C EVC
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    Captain's Report

    Snapshot Review--

    Monterey 288 SS
    Because the Monterey 288 SS only draws 25" (63 cm) with the lower unit up, she can get into shoal areas for watersports fun for the whole family. Note that the swim platform extends beyond the lower unit.

    The Mission of the Monterey 288 SS

    Like Babe Ruth pointing at the center field fence in the 5th inning of the 3rd game of the 1932 World Series, Monterey seems to be pointing at the fences in a confident challenge to its competition. Monterey has loaded the 288 SS with technology, luxurious amenities, and has given her a low, sleek style that is hard for most boaters we know to resist. Her mission is to "wow 'em!"

    Monterey 288 SS
    The standard layout plan of the Monterey 288 SS. Alternative layouts are available.

    Basic Specifications

    The 288 SS is a big bowrider. Not only is she 29'(8.8 m) long with an 9'(2.7 m) beam, but she also weighs 7,100 lbs., which makes her one of the most robust boats in class. She has a 21-degree deadrise at the transom, a deep-V design that will keep the ride as comfortable as possible when blasting through choppy -- or even downright rough -- water.The strength of her stringers, bulkheads and laminates speak for themselves as the 288 SS is as much as 1,300-lbs. (590 kgs.) or 23% heavier than some of her competitors. This indicates to us that she is built for both a luxurious ride, but also will be able to take a beating and go on ticking for many years. Indeed, her hull and deck have a lifetime limited warranty. Her fuel capacity at 100 gallons (380 L) is greater than all but one boat in class. At normal cruising speeds that should give her well over 30 hours of running on a tank of fuel with a 10% reserve.

    Monterey 288 SS
    The helm console of the 288 SS is all business and tastefully laid out. Simple is better. There is leather wrapping on the steering wheel which has power assist.

    Standard Equipment

    As we look down the list of standard equipment we can only be impressed by how Monterey is outfitting this boat. Items that caught our eye for being somewhat unusual in class as standard are -- ●Bimini top with embroidered boot ●Colored hullsides ●Custom hullside graphics ●Transom shower (cold only) ●Battery panel switch with parallel capability ●Transom engine tilt switch ●Engine compartment LED lighting ●Engine hatch electrically actuated ●Automatic engine room fire suppression system ●Gel coated engine room and bilge ●Synthetic wood deck in the head compartment ●Depth sounder with shallow water alarm ●Leather-wrapped steering wheel ●Steering power assist ●Trim tabs, indicators, and auto retract ●Ski tow eye ●All storage in the transom has gas-assisted struts ●Special storage compartment in the stern for wakeboards ●Stainless steel windshield header for curved windshield

    Monterey 288 SS
    Surveys show that owners of bowriders spend a lot of time in the stern of the boat and Monterey has taken that VOC (Voice of the Customer) aboard by giving the sun bathing pad a second mission as a rumble seat facing astern. That, together with the table, makes the stern a possible romantic venue for adults or a place for the children to eat when at anchor.
    Monterey 288 SS
    A view of the stern of the 288 SS with the hatches open. The one at left is intended for wakeboards and the other, for watersports gear. The large compartment has a dedicated rack for the table and pedestal legs with room left over for fenders and other gear.
    Monterey 288 SS
    The head/changing room is on the port side in the console. It is relatively large and comes with a standard Porta-Potti and the synthetic deck seen above.

    Optional Equipment

    In looking over the options list we found only three things that we "must" have. This speaks well of the level of equipment put aboard as standard. Those items are-- ●Cockpit table -- $517 ●Battery charger with plug -- $250 ●Bow and aft cockpit cover -- $1,333These options add to only $2,100, less than 2% of the list price of the vessel. This is exceeding low. There are some other options on the list that prospective owners might want to buy. For example, some people might want the towing arch. The price of this is $8,708 and it includes a Bimini.

    Monterey 288 SS
    The seatback for the companion flips forward and back. In this image it has been moved forward to create an aft-facing lounger.

    Power and Price

    The standard 288 SS comes powered with an 8.2 L MAG 380-hp MPI Mercury engine with DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift). The new Volvo Penta V8-380 6.0 L engine is available for $123,934. Powered by a Mercury 8.2 L MAG HO MPI engine producing 430-hp with DTS sells for $129,594. All engines are catalyzed for the U.S. market.

    Monterey 288 SS
    This photo gives an idea of the sheer size of the Monterey 288 SS. She is a very large bowrider and will seat a large crowd.


    In this short Snapshot Review we cannot go into detail of all of the aspects of the 288 SS. It looks to us as if only the best materials have been used in her construction, her interior d├ęcor is tasteful, she has plenty of room, and is not under-powered with any of the engine options. This is a boat that can be used in large bodies of water such as the Long Island Sound, the Chesapeake Bay, Lake Michigan and general coastal work nearly anywhere. However, she is not so big that she would be out of place on inland lakes, where she should be queen of the docks.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Power Steering Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard


    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Optional


    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Lifetime limited

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