Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production )
(w/ 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI)

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Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production )
Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production )
The Captiva 232 is a great boat to step up to when you find your family has grown or you need more room than your smaller bowrider can deliver.

Key Features

  • NMMA Certified
  • Fiberglass stringer system
  • One-piece fiberglass liner
  • Walk-through windshield
  • Integrated swim platform
  • Walk-through transom
  • Snap-in carpet
  • Sony® AM/FM CD stereo with four speakers
  • Depth finder
  • Transom-mounted ski tow
  • Tilt steering wheel

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'' drive down Fuel Cap 75 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 20 degrees Water Cap 10 gal.
Max Headroom Open boat Bridge Clearance N/A
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 1x260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI gas sterndrive
Tested Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI
Opt. Power Not Available

Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production ) Photo Gallery

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Maximum Interior Space

This boat has plenty of seating and the added amenities most will find makes this boat comfortable for a full day of fun.

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

Tested By Capt. Bob Smith

The Captiva 232 Bowrider maximizes interior space and does a great job of delivering the room of a much larger bowrider. Interior freeboard is high enough to be safe for the little ones to run around without fear of them easily taking a header into the water before you can grab their collar.

This year Rinker has gone to a rich Omnova vinyl on all the seating and uses a silver and beige twisted pile carpet for a comfortable floor even on a hot day. Also new for 2005 are Easy Rider bucket seats by Atwood with spring suspension for comfort underway as well as an armrest built into the side so the driver can keep a hand on the throttle without fatiguing their arm in the process.

Comfortable Layout

Bow seating wraps from the helm and on around to the companion side. Lounger backs are built into the front of the helm and companion pods so two can stretch out and relax up front. Under the peak seat is storage for the anchor and rode. Two rubber clips hold a Danforth style anchor tight so you don’t have to listen to the rattle underway. The wraparound windshield has a nice walkthrough with large rubber bumpers to protect the hull when it is open.

At the Controls

A door on the side of the helm pod gives you access to this storage space and is the typical location to mount a stereo booster and CD changer system. The helm has Faria gauges with bright metal bezels and back lighting for night viewing. All electronics are protected by circuit breakers and you have a 12 volt socket to keep the cell phone and other portable gear charged up. I found the slight elevation built into the floor under the bucket seats a slight distraction when moving around in the cockpit.

Cockpit

Over on the companion side, you have a tray built into the top along with a covered glove box. The companion pod has space inside for storing the table as well as enough room to change or house a porta-potti.

In the floor between the helm and companion pod is a large storage space for long skis, wakeboards and other gear. Behind the companion seat is a station with a covered removable trash bin, cup holder and a seat with wraparound comfortable back. The bench seating in the cockpit is abundant and wraps all the way to the port side walkthrough.

The sun pad offers enough room for two to hang out, and it also doubles as the cover for the engine. Bright LED lights are used in the cockpit for night lights and two are in the engine space to light this area up. I found there to be sufficient room to reach the typical maintenance points on the engine.

Our test boat had the extended swim platform attached which really makes this area fun. A three-step boarding ladder and a swim shower supported by a ten gallon water tank are also back here.

Specs

Rinker’s Captiva 232 Bowrider measures in at 23’6” length overall with a beam width of 8’6”. She weighs about 4,100 pounds dry and only needs about 5 feet of overhead bridge clearance. Her draft is 22” with the outdrive up, and 36” with the outdrive in the lower position.

The 232 BR has a standard power plant selection of either a MerCruiser 5.0L 260-hp MPI with Alpha drive or a Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi SX drive with 270-hp. You can choose between three optional MerCruiser and three Volvo sterndrives up to 320-hp, including Volvo’s Penta XDP Ocean Drive.

Handling and Performance

We tested the Rinker Captiva 232 Bowrider on a fresh water lake in Indiana with two people on board and 1/3rd of a tank of fuel. Our test model was powered by a MerCruiser 300-hp 350 Mag MPI with Bravo III outdrive and 26” props. Winds were 10mph with a one foot chop and the temperature was comfortable at 70 degrees. The Captiva 232 cruised most economically around 3000rpm traveling 27.4mph. At this speed the boat has a fuel burn of 7.6gph and you can expect to get about 243 miles on a tank of fuel.

Top speed was achieved at 5000rpm at wide-open-throttle and going 51.4mph. You can expect to get about 162 miles on a full tank of fuel.

The 232 accelerated very well into turns without sliding through them and felt genuinely in control at all speeds. I also found she was easy to pull in and out of a slip, even in a strong breeze.

The Captiva 232 is a great boat to step up to when you find your family has grown or you need more room than your smaller bowrider can deliver. It has plenty of seating and the added amenities most will find makes this boat comfortable for a full day of fun in the sun.

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

  • Top speed for the Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production ) is 51.4 mph (82.7 kph), burning 21.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 81 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Rinker 232 Captiva BR (Not in Production ) is 27.4 mph (44.1 kph), and the boat gets 3.61 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.53 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 243 miles (391.07 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG 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 Standard Sony w/6 speakers and Optional Sirius Satellite Service
Power Steering Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard Igloo 36-qt.
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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