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      by Published on 03-31-2015 10:31 AM
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      Written By Bob Brown
      Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
      Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)



      Although best known for its classic line of vee-bottom models, Hallett hasn't neglected the popular performance deckboat market. More than a decade ago it debuted its 285 Party Cruiser, a well proportioned air-entrapment family boat that undeniably fit comfortably into the now established deckboat genre.

      As the performance deckboat marketplace grew ever more crowded in recent years, Hallett became aware for the need to distinguish its deckboat brand from the rest. Its running surface was already delivering top of its class numbers, but its styling had been diminished by others who imitated it.

      In 2011, Hallett made the decision to re-tool the entire deck and interior of the 285 and give it a new and more modern personality without losing the classic heritage that's an inherent part of every Hallett. Always willing to step- out-of-box, Hallett turned a young, not-of-the-industry designer with an automotive background loose on the project. Guided by the steady hand of the Hallett staff, the new 2.0 Party Cruiser began to take shape, first on a computer monitor,
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      by Published on 02-02-15 02:38 PM
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      Written By Bob Brown
      Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
      Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)



      "Live the Legend" sets the bar pretty high for a performance boat builder, but Hallett has been doing it for nearly six decades. In particular, their 240 and 270 models became family sportboat icons in the industry, achieving legendary status among owners and the recipient of countless awards for excellence from leading boating publications of that era. And, as boater preferences for bigger and even more luxurious models evolved, Hallett naturally followed suit, introducing an all-new 290-S in early 2012 in three different configurations: a conventional closed deck w/forward cabin, a mid-cabin bowrider, and awalk-thru bowrider to satisfy the widest possible range of boating habits.

      Right from the start, let's discuss what sets the Hallett 290-S apart from the rest of the step-vees out there. The modern-day ventilated step-vee trend began over twenty years ago. It's difficult to determine which manufacturer ...

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