Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production)
(w/ 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2 MX MPI)

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Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production)
Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production)
This 232 makes a good entry-level sportboat that’s easy to handle and maneuver. She offers a layout that’s both convenient and practical for her size with plenty of seating to go around.

Key Features

  • Complete backlit marine instrumentation
  • Single-lever shift & throttle control with trim & tilt in handle
  • Rack & pinion power steering
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • NMMA Certified
  • Curved, tinted glass walk-through windshield
  • Anchor storage locker
  • Acrylic Bimini top with 6´6˝ headroom

Specifications

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Specifications
Length Overall 23' 6'' Dry Weight 4,100 lbs.
Beam 8' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 0'' (max) Fuel Cap 75 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg. Water Cap 33 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 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Engine options
Std. Power 1x220-hp Mercruiser 5.oL
Tested Power 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2 MX MPI
Opt. Power Not Available

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Photo Gallery

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Style and Performance

She's as much fun to drive as she is to look at. The 232 is available in yellow, blue, red or black two-tone hull.

Serious Riding

The helm is complete with single-lever shift & throttle control w/trim & tilt in handle and rack & pinion power steering.

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Bowriding

The spacious bow area seats up to 3 adults comfortably and gives you a breathtaking view when you're underway.

Amenities

The 232 has an enclosed portable head and a list of factory options that include a full canvas package and an extended swim platform.

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Captain's Report

Known in the boating industry as a value packed producer of family fun machines, Rinker offers the 232 Captiva. She is a contemporary styled, open bow platform that offers boaters all the bells and whistles that make boating more enjoyable. Rinker’s value priced boats are not striped down versions with a low price, but rather boats that come with many standard features that other builders tag on as expensive options.

Starting in the bow of the 232, you will find the typical wrap-around seating configuration that is found on most bow riders. Chase lounges are supplied on the port and starboard sides, accompanied by stainless steel grab handles, cup holders, stereo speakers and storage pockets on the gunwales for small items like suntan lotion. The upholstery is comfortable and there is enough room for five adults. Additionally, there is storage under the cushions, with the forward center storage configured for your anchor rode.

Access from the bow to the cockpit is via a folding windshield door. Here you will find a starboard side storage cabinet under the helm station. Directly across, is a small head compartment with a porta-potti. The head is a tight fit for most people, but a necessity in today’s family boat market. Also a necessity is the deep ski locker located in the sole of the cockpit. Unfortunately this locker does not use a latch that can be secured, as a result, the door will flap when the water gets rough.

Rinker didn’t skimp with the helm design; the dash is tastefully done in simulated wood grain accents. Analog gauges provide the engine information, while a MerCruiser throttle and shifter provide the control. The only down side is that there is no armrest at the gunwale mounted throttle. After a long morning of pulling skiers, your right arm might be more pumped up than the skiers! The seating up at the helm is comprised of two-bucket seats that have a swivel lockout that is conviently located between your legs. This lever does double duty as the fore and aft slide adjuster. I liked how easy the seats adjusted and that I didn’t have to search around for a lever while underway. Although conveniently located, the seat lever does occasionally scratch the back of your legs. The bucket seats also have flip up bottom bolsters to help with maneuvering.

The aft cockpit seating is comprised of an L-shaped settee that houses a storage spot for a removable, insulated cooler. Directly to port is a small seat and a tiny counter top that conceals a trash can under the flip up lid. The Captiva utilizes a portside transom walk-through. This configuration has become very popular with consumers because it makes for effortless transitioning and adds safety. At the stern, Rinker enlarged the molded swim platform by adding an extended platform, which houses the recessed, telescoping boarding ladder.

The padded engine hatch makes for a comfortable sun pad, however, I was surprised to find that the hatch was manually operated. Two gas assisted struts help lift the hatch, but these really don’t do the job, as you have to give a good yank to get the heavy hatch up. Inside the engine compartment, you’ll find a large storage tub for snorkel gear or ski ropes. Our test boat was equipped with the largest engine available for the 232; a MerCruiser 6.2 MX. This motor produces 320-horse power to the Bravo III propellers. This combination performed well, with quick acceleration and a top speed of 54.9 mph.

With a list price of just under $30,000, the Captiva 232 is a bargain. You will definitely want to upgrade the standard 5.0 liter carbureted engine package. With only 220 horsepower, the base engine does not have enough grunt to push the Captiva’s hefty 4,100-pound hull. Other than that, the 232 handles well, is comfortable and has tons of standard features.

By Ron Svoboda

Test Captain

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) is 54.9 mph (88.4 kph), burning 23.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 87.43 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) is 36.2 mph (58.3 kph), and the boat gets 2.82 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 191 miles (307.38 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2 MX MPI.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Optional
Head: Portable Standard
Power Steering Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Warranty

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) 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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Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Price

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production) Price
Pricing Range $30,000.00
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.


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