Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-)
(w/ 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag)

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The Captiva 246 is now available in three dynamic configurations; the base model bowrider, the R2, and the Cuddy. The R2 model is destined for serious wakeboarders and skiers while the Cuddy provides overnight enjoyment. All three models have a huge a cockpit lounge area and active transom amenities.

Key Features

  • Bow ladder with 3 stainless steel steps
  • Hull graphics with designer touch and tape accents
  • Integrated/extended swim platform with stainless steel ladder
  • Molded non-skid surfaces
  • Transom wakeboard storage trunk with built in rumble seat
  • Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo
  • Oversized sun lounger
  • Enclosed head

Specifications

Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) Specifications
Length Overall 26' 2'' Dry Weight N/A
Beam 8' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 22'' Fuel Cap 75 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg. Water Cap 10 gal.
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 5' 0''
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

Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
Tested Power 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag
Opt. Power 1 x 320 MerCruiser 6.2 L MX
1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI Mag
1 x 270-hp Volvo 5.0 L GXi SX
1 x 280-hp Volvo OSi
1 x 160-hp Volvo D3 DP Diesel

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Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-)

Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) Captain's Report

RINKER 246 CAPTIVA

By Capt. Ron Svoboda

There have been a lot of changes at the Rinker boat company in the last few years and one of the biggest is the revised Captiva sportboat line. Ultimately, all the changes at Rinker have resulted in more choices for the consumer. The new Captiva 246 is now available in three dynamic configurations. Starting with the base model bowrider layout that can be upgraded to the R2 version, which is a decked out ski/wakeboard machine. And for you conservative types, there is a cuddy model that features a nicely appointed enclosed cabin.

Cockpit Layout

But the one similarity between the three models is the cockpit. The aft seating is a large U-shaped lounge with a port side transom walkthrough.

An insulated cooler is close by just under the back seat, as is a miniature wet bar to starboard. Combine this with the removable snack table and the Captiva becomes a very comfortable entertainer.

Rinker 246 Captiva BR

The layout of the Rinker 246 Captiva BR.

Helm Features

The sporty helm gives the feel of a European performance car with a contoured tilt wheel taking center stage. Faria gauges are grouped for easy reading, and accessory toggle switches along with the stereo remote are within quick reach. On the companion side, Rinker installed a spacious compartment for changing into swim wear or for using a portable toilet. A convenient ski locker is situated between the two swivel bucket seats at the helm that feature flip-up bolsters and thick padding.

At the back of the boat is a large sun lounge with a multi-position pad that covers the transom walkthrough. Although a novel idea, I found the pad to be cumbersome and could probably do without it. On the other hand, the spacious swim platform at the stern is roomy and offers a locker large enough for a wakeboard. Additionally, there is a shower for rinsing off with and plenty of drinkholders.

At the other end of the 246, is a bow that has enough room for four people to enjoy the snack table. Under the forward cushion is a deep anchor locker for a fluke-style anchor and at the forepeak there is a useful boarding ladder for effortless beach access.

Where the Models Differ

The Captiva’s R2 model is destined for serious wakeboarders and skiers. It starts by adding to the base model a stout, tubular aluminum tower which can be equipped with speakers and board brackets. And, to help riders perform at their best, the R2 includes Perfect Pass speed control. Just set the unit to the desired speed and the electronic controller maintains that speed perfectly. No more getting mad at the driver!

While on the other side of the spectrum, the 246 Cuddy is the perfect choice for boaters looking for a day boat that they could spend the night on too. The cozy cabin provides a V-shaped lounge with table, which easily converts into a berth for two adults. There is some storage space in the cabin as well as a portable toilet neatly stowed in a secure spot.

Specs

All three of the boats measure in at 26 feet, 2 inches overall with beams of 8 feet 6 inches. The 20 degree deadrise hull will draw 36 inches of water with the sterndrive in the down position. And while the boat’s weight could not be determined at time of testing, it sports a 75 gallon fuel tank and a 10 gallon freshwater tank.

Performance

Since Rinker offers multiple engine choices from MerCruiser and Volvo-Penta, we decided to test the standard power package in addition to the top-of-the-line, 375 horsepower option. The base motor delivers 260 horses to the prop and gave us a top speed of just over 50 mph. We also calculated a cruise speed of 31 mph and 3.1 miles per gallon. With the big 496 Mag, the bowrider reached a top end of 57 mph and cruised at 39 mph delivering 2.7 miles per gallon.

Rinker has always given boaters more bang for their buck and the new Captiva gives even more with all the standard amenities, storage and comfort.

Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) is 57.2 mph (92.1 kph), burning 31.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 118.47 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) is 39.3 mph (63.2 kph), and the boat gets 2.73 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.16 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 184 miles (296.12 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
Battery Charger/Converter Optional
CD Stereo Standard Clarion AM/FM/ CD / Optional Sirius Satellite Service
Power Steering Standard
Trim Tabs Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Transom Shower Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) Warranty

Rinker 246 Captiva BR (2006-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

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