COOL Boat for Lots of FUN
Great layout to hit the beach, surf the sea and even sleep on the water. Her Mercruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo III has just 185 hours and has been professionally serviced by Al Grover’s. Fresh GARMIN 741XS, U-shaped cockpit seating and aft sun lounge, sink, walk thru windshield, cuddy cabin with potti and table. Black hull, stored indoors.
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|Boating review by Vince Meyer|
|Rinker Captiva 246 R Series It says a lot that the foundation of Captiva 246 R-series has been in Rinker’s stable for years. Why mess with a good design? Rinker developed the R-Series for this boat to amp up the water-sports application. And they did it from top to bottom, or vice versa. By Vince Meyer February 20, 2008 It says a lot that the foundation of Captiva 246 R-series has been in Rinker’s stable for years. Why mess with a good design? Rinker developed the R-Series for this boat to amp up the water-sports application. And they did it from top to bottom, or vice versa. Some manufacturers slap on a ski tower and say, “It’s a ski boat.” But Rinker’s designers are true water-sports aficionados whose touches are seen everywhere on this model. Take the big rearview mirror, for example. It’s a must for serious water sports, yet many boats don’t have one. We also like the boom on the wakeboard tower, the padded armrest for the driver’s throttle elbow and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. These are all features you’d find on a wakeboard-specific V-drive, but rarely on a stern-drive. |
But what many water-sports enthusiasts will like most is the Perfect Pass system, which maintains a constant boat speed no matter how much a skier jerks the transom around. It allows the driver to concentrate on running a straight course instead of making constant speed corrections with the right hand.
The in-floor storage compartment is lined with plastic to prevent nicks to the boat and to the ski or wakeboard. The seat on the swim platform lifts to reveal a compartment for tow lines and other small gear. There are four storage compartments total aft of the cockpit, so there’s no need to haul wet gear into the boat. New to this proven boat are vinyl accents, sport seats, stain-resistant carpet and a newly designed wakeboard tower. Even with the added weight, we found the boat capable of 55 mph with all the safe freeboard for which Rinker’s bowriders are known.
|Boating World Magazine by Alan Jones June 3, 2010|
|Rinker Captiva 246 Cuddy Cabin Alan JonesJune 3, 2010 |
Author: Alan Jones
Deciding on a boat can sometimes be a conundrum for buyers as they find themselves torn between two seemingly opposite choices. Like the cartoon angel and devil perched on each shoulder, one voice is telling you, You need to be practical and buy the cuddy because you promised the spousal unit we would be weekending, while the other voice says, Cmon man, you know you want something sporty and fast; dont listen to that wimp.
Fortunately, Rinker has the solution with its 246 Cuddy Cabin especially if you power it to the max with MerCruisers 8.2 MAG H.O. sterndrive that cranks out 430 horsepower.
Cuddy cabins often eat up a disproportionate amount of space on a boat, but the 246 CC has a cockpit-forward design that preserves fun-in-the-sun space. Sure this cuts down on cabin space, but its still roomy enough for what we typically use it for: crashing, getting in out of the rain or giving the kids a parent-free zone especially if you get the optional flip-down DVD/flat-screen unit.
Finding a wind-neutral side channel, Slocum advanced the drive-by-wire Digital Throttle and Shift, and we popped on plane in 3.8 seconds. The new 8.2L MerCruiser sports a catalytic converter for vastly reduced emissions, making it a 4-Star engine by California regulators standards. While many thought these new green engines would have all the attitude of a neutered housecat, the 8.2 H.O. proves theyve only gotten better especially in regard to midrange acceleration.
We quickly gathered speed, hit 30 mph in just 7.2 seconds and reached an eye-watering 60.2 mph top speed. Lest you think Rinker accomplished this by going light on hull materials, the Rinker 246 CC weighs 5,050 pounds, which falls squarely between similar models from Regal and Sea Ray. Pretty good company.
Even at 60 mph, the Captiva 246 CC was easy to control and didnt dive off line or feel like it was teetering on a tiny pad. When we got into the slop of the main channel, the responsiveness of the MerCruiser 8.2L H.O. and electronic throttle made it very easy to react smoothly and decisively to larger waves, which yielded a comfortable ride. Cornering is more sportboat than cruiser and we were able to whip it about without snagging a chine, making it very predictable.
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