Captain's ReportI had the pleasure of testing several models of Rinker’s 2003 lineup. Working closely with the people at Rinker and three other BoatTest Captains, we put a dozen models through our paces. First out of the blocks for me was the Captiva 212 Bowrider. My test boat came complete with an optional wake board tower and was the hit of the dock for anyone under forty. I screamed fun and proved to be a very agile boat with lots of power for water sports in the bay. She could leap out of the water, cut fine turns and sprint with the best of the crowd. The only thing she couldn’t do was outrun one of our typical Florida afternoon thunderstorms. This Captiva 212 had some extras on it, so be sure to check with the dealer to make sure what is standard and what is extra. The wakeboard tower, an option for sure, was a prototype but was very nice. It didn’t seem to cause any side rolling in tight turns regardless of speed. Stem to stern, she is 20’ 10” long and 8’6” across the beam. Draft is 36” with the drive in the down position and 22” with the drive up. She is readily trailerable at 3,120 lbs and comes with a 42-gallon fuel cell. Her standard power plant is a 190hp 4.3L Mercury while our test boat had the optional 300hp Mercruiser 350 MPI. The optional 19” Hive Five props were chosen for this setup. She has a nice wide bow area for up to four adults, complete with safety rails cup holders and speakers for their entertainment. The anchor locker has rubber keepers so the Danforth anchor doesn’t chip up the insides underway. The bow seat bottoms are hinged so they don’t fly overboard when you are having fun and they have roto-molded liners that drain into the bilges. Filler cushions make the bow area a little sun pad while anchored, although I did struggle a little installing the supports for the filler cushions. A small trash bin is mounted on the door of the storage under the helm while the companion side has the CD changer and locker for storage. The helm was nicely laid out and sported a tilt wheel, two-cup holders and in-dash depth finder. There was a nice deep pocket here for all the stuff you need but don’t want cluttering your pockets. The companion pod had two cup holders, safety rail, glove box and both seats swiveled and had bolsters for a better view when doing hole shots.The cockpit area was a large entertainment space with an L-shaped bench and high seat backs. At the stern was a nice sun pad, flip out swim ladder, walk through transom and towing eye. The engine hatch lifts easily and has pneumatic assist arms. Next to the engine is a nice storage bin for wet items. The walk through also has a storage bin along with a remote for the stereo and small pocket for the little things that can get easily lost.We got the numbers down while the storm was off shore, but tested her agility in rough water trying to get back to the dock. She seemed to shoot out of the water and was on plane in 3.5 seconds. She was passing 30 mph in 7.8 seconds. Her average top speed was 51.6, although I did see over 52 mph. She cruised easily at 3000 rpms and topped out at 4400 rpms on our Mercruiser 350 MPI. At cruise, she burned 8.4 gph and at top speed she burned 19.7 gph. This would give you an average range at cruise of 148 miles on a tank versus 99 miles to the tank at top speed. Sound levels were amazingly good for a muscle bow rider like this one. Cruise was only 87dBa and top speed was 92 dBa.The Captiva 212 Bowrider is certainly a fun little boat to run and should be easy to tow to your favorite spots around the lake, bay or shore. By Capt. Bob SmithTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Rinker 212 Captiva BR (Not in Production) is 51.6 mph (83 kph), burning 19.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 74.56 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Rinker 212 Captiva BR (Not in Production) is 33.2 mph (53.4 kph), and the boat gets 3.93 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.67 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 148 miles (238.18 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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