Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production)
(w/ 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2 gas sterndrive)

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Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production)
Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production)
If you are interested in a multi-purpose craft, one that is large enough to handle rough seas, yet small enough to trailer, the 262 is a great boat to settle down in.

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 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) Specifications
Length Overall 28' 2'' Dry Weight 5,250 lbs.
Beam 8' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 0'' drive down Fuel Cap 85 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 21 degrees Water Cap 10 gal.
Max Headroom N/A 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 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) Engine options
Std. Power 1x300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAP MPI
Tested Power 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2 gas sterndrive
Opt. Power Not Available

Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) Photo Gallery

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Sleek New Cuddy With Plenty To Rave About!

This is the type of boat that novice mariners dream of stepping up to and veteran boaters often scale back down to.

Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) Captain's Report

Settling In

Tested By John Cacciutti

If you like watersports and weekend cruising, you will love the Captiva 262 Cuddy Cabin. This is the type of boat that novice mariners dream of stepping up to and veteran boaters often scale back down to.

Take me for example. Twenty-five years ago, I got started with a small, sixteen-foot runabout and loved to take friends out skiing and tubing. The only problem was, we couldn't take many people and often had to unload passengers on a beach in order to get up on plane while towing a skier.

Over the years as our children grew older and wanted to bring more friends along, we worked our way up to 30- and 40-footers, but the bigger the boat, the more maintenance they required and less versatility they offered.

Design

At twenty-eight feet overall with an eight-foot, six-inch beam, the 262 can knife through some pretty rough conditions, yet it is just small enough to fit on a tandem axle trailer and tow it with most full-size sport utility vehicles.

The hull is a descendent of the high-performance Rinker 262 Super Sport, which was designed with a bigger emphasis on speed than family recreation. For the Captiva 262 Cuddy Cabin configuration, the running edges have been tamed down a bit so that it stays on plane at lower rpms, can carry a heavier payload, is more stable and easier to trim. More specifically, Rinker increased the amount of hull surface area that remains in contact with the water while the boat is running.

To understand the hydrodynamics that apply, consider this: a smaller running surface equals less drag and more speed, but also is more susceptible to bouncing and offers less control. The new Captiva hull cruises slightly deeper and more level than the previous Super Sport, and as a result offers a smoother, more predictable ride.

Innovative Features

On the topside, there are more improvements to help cushion the ride, including suspension seats for the driver and passenger that we can’t stop raving about. The springs are built into the base cushion and the backrests are vented to help keep you cool in the summer.

One of the most innovative features that we have seen in a long time is the flip-up front seat bolster. The front part of the seat, under the thigh area, flips up vertically, which increases its height approximately four inches. In this position, the cushion can be used as a leaning post while standing or a temporary seat that affords an unobstructed view over the windshield. It is fantastic for close docking maneuvers and looking back and forth while towing.

Moving Aft

In the stern, to the port side of the walkthrough transom, is a large sun pad for sunbathing -- another innovation that we highly applaud. Here Rinker incorporated a unique design that allows the entire back section of the sun pad to be propped up into a recliner that can accommodate three to four people. It is great for taking in the scenery and surrounding activities or just reading and relaxing at the dock.

The Cabin

Down below, the cabin has limited headroom for sitting around the table, but it is ideal for locking up water-skis and gear while away from the boat. The vee-berth is spacious enough for a couple to overnight in or for children to play “fort” and steal a catnap, and of course, the porta-potty can come in handy in a pinch.

Performance

The 262 that we evaluated was equipped with a 320 horsepower MerCruiser V-8 engine. With this powerplant, it planed quickly, reached a top speed of 45.8 mph, and cruised oh-so smooth and quiet. It banks marginally into turns and holds corners tight enough to give tubers a thrilling whip.

For overnighting often, there are better choices, but if you are interested in a multi-purpose craft, one that is large enough to handle rough seas, yet small enough to trailer, the 262 is a great boat to settle down in.

Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) is 45.8 mph (73.7 kph), burning 23.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 90.46 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) is 23.7 mph (38.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.98 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.27 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 225 miles (362.1 kilometers).

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


Standard and Optional Equipment

Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Fishfinder Standard Depth guage only
Systems
CD Stereo Standard Sony AM/FM/CD / Optional Sirius Satellite Service
Head: Portable Standard
Power Steering Standard
Galley
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard Single burner
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard Igloo 36-qt.
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard Extended
Transom Shower Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) Warranty

Rinker 262 Captiva Cuddy (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.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!



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