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Rinker 246 Captiva Cuddy (2006-)
(w/ 1 x 350-hp MerCruiser Mag MPI (Bravo III))


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Brief Summary

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

  • 316 stainless steel hardware throughout
  • Color-coordinated bimini top
  • Integrated swim platform with stainless steel boarding ladder
  • R4-90 molded non-skid surfaces
  • Transom shower
  • Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo
  • Omnova Nautolex Vinyl
  • Hideaway portable head
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 2''
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight N/A
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 22''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 75 gal.
    Water Capacity 10 gal.
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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

    Std. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
    Tested Power 1 x 350-hp MerCruiser Mag MPI (Bravo III)
    Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI
    1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag
    1 x 270-hp Volvo 5.0 L GXi SX
    1 x 320-hp Volvo 5.7 GXI DP
    1 x 160-hp Volvo D3 DP Diesel

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    700 3.5 3.0 0.9 4.0 3.5 269 234 72
    1000 4.8 4.1 1.4 3.5 3.1 238 207 75
    1500 6.7 5.8 2.2 3.1 2.7 207 180 76
    2000 8.5 7.3 4.5 1.9 1.7 127 111 78
    2500 1302.0 11.5 7.2 1.8 1.6 123 107 88
    3000 23.9 20.7 7.8 3.1 2.7 208 181 85
    3500 30.8 26.7 10.1 3.0 2.7 205 179 84
    4000 36.6 31.8 12.6 2.9 2.5 196 170 86
    4500 43.2 37.6 17.6 2.5 2.1 166 144 89
    5200 49.4 42.9 22.7 2.2 1.9 147 128 92
    700 234 433 5.60 3.41 1.70 72
    1000 207 383 7.70 5.30 1.50 75
    1500 180 333 10.80 8.33 1.31 76
    2000 111 204 13.70 17.03 0.80 78
    2500 107 198 2095.40 27.25 0.77 88
    3000 181 335 38.50 29.53 1.31 85
    3500 179 330 49.60 38.23 1.29 84
    4000 170 315 58.90 47.70 1.23 86
    4500 144 267 69.50 66.62 1.05 89
    5200 128 237 79.50 85.93 0.93 92

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.0 sec.
    0 to 30 8.4 sec.
    Ratio 2.2 : 1
    Props 15 1/4 x 26
    Load 2 persons, 5/8 fuel, no water, minimal gear
    Climate 94 deg., 60% humid.; wind: calm; seas: flat

    Rinker 246 Captiva Cuddy (2006-) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    RINKER 246 CAPTIVA By Capt. Ron SvobodaThere 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 LayoutBut 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.Helm FeaturesThe 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 DifferThe 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.SpecsAll 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. PerformanceSince 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.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Rinker 246 Captiva Cuddy (2006-) is 49.4 mph (79.5 kph), burning 22.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 85.92 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Rinker 246 Captiva Cuddy (2006-) is 30.8 mph (49.6 kph), and the boat gets 3.04 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.29 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 205 miles (329.92 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 350-hp MerCruiser Mag MPI (Bravo III).

    Standard and Optional Features


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard Clarion AM/FM/ CD / Optional Sirius Satellite Service
    Head: Portable Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Trim Tabs Optional
    TV/DVD Optional


    Stove Standard

    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


    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional
    Full Canvas Optional


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