Captain's ReportThe New Captiva 226 – Available in Two VersionsRinker will captivate you with two impressive new versions of the Captiva 226, uniquely designed for the different lifestyles of today. By Capt. Bob SmithTest CaptainRinker tossed out the old plans for the 226 and started fresh with the 2006 version of this popular 23-foot runabout. Now don’t get me wrong, the old design was a good one, but once in awhile, you can take a great design and make it even better. Rinker did just that, and you will be as impressed as I was. The 226 comes in two versions, the base model SE, and the R1 wakeboarding edition.SpecificationsThis new design measures 23’6” length overall and has an 8’6” beam for stability and space inside. Between the two versions, you’ll find the weight to be around 3300 pounds dry. The sporty 20-degree deadrise adds to the great handling under all conditions. Draft with the stern drive up is 22 inches, and with it down it’s 36 inches, so getting close to the beach should be no problem. Her fuel capacity of 42 gallons will give you a lot of time for skiing and cruising.Starting at the BowThe bow area of the boat is designed to be just as comfortable as the cockpit. Comfortable cushions and lounger backrests along with built-in armrests make up the seating. Other features include cupholders inset in the bow area and two speakers. Under the seats there is plenty of storage as well as dedicated space for a Danforth style anchor. Low profile grab rails and pop-up cleats keep the boat streamlined. A stainless steel bow boarding ladder completes the bow. The new one piece windshield has a nice walkthrough with a two-piece lower panel that locks closed to keep out the chilly morning air.Cockpit FeaturesIn the cockpit, the helm and companion chairs have spring suspension seats with armrests, slide and swivel adjustments, and a bolster for individual comfort. The companion side has a dash with a grab safety rail, glove box, and an upper box that holds the Sirius Satellite-ready stereo AM/FM/CD player, that’s mounted safely out of the elements. Between the helm and the companion seat is a very large in-floor storage compartment that can handle a bunch of skis and wakeboards as well as other large gear. In the stern area are two cupholders and small storage in the side pockets for the riders back here.Behind the WheelThe helm has a tilt wheel with fog-free Faria gauges in bright bezels for keeping up with the engine performance. A digital depth gauge keeps an eye on the bottom. You can switch out the speed gauge for an optional Perfect Pass Pro series system for your own upgrade into the wakeboarding arena. Switches controlling the power are clustered to the right of the wheel and all are protected by circuit breakers. A 12-volt connection is also to the right for powering portable gear and recharging the cell phone. Comfortable SeatingThe stern seating wraps around from gunwale to gunwale providing ample room to hang out. More storage is under the seats with a dedicated space for the carry-on cooler located under the center seat. A filler cushion completes the seating with the walkthrough cushion down, and the sun pad also becomes much larger. When you prop it up and you have a comfortable headrest so you stretch out, but still see all the action. The hinge on the headrest juts out a little bit when it’s completely up, so watch for that when walking back and forth. Underneath the sun pad you gain access to the engine and space, where there’s also room to store kneeboards and wet items in a storage tub. The stern light stores in clips under the sun pad for easy locating when daylight slips away. Stern FeaturesOur test model also came equipped with a remote stereo control back at the stern for controlling the tunes without climbing back into the cockpit. An ingenious trunk on the stern is actually quite useful. I was able to easily store a wakeboard in this trunk space, and it even has a courtesy light inside. The integral platform completely covers the outdrive even with it up in the trailering position. The covered swim ladder is situated in one corner while the other side has a built-in wet locker.Handling and Ride I tested the SE and the R1 in some pretty choppy Intracoastal waters around Sarasota, Florida. She handled just fine, jumping over wakes and taking tight turns without hesitation, proving this 226 will deliver a smooth dry ride. She will also be a ton of fun on skis and wakeboards. R1 PerformanceThe R1 leapt out of the hole in just 2.9 seconds and was passing 30 miles-per-hour in only 6.3 seconds. She was at best cruise speed around 3500 rpm traveling 31.4 miles-per-hour for a fuel burn of 8.9 gallons-per-hour. At cruise, you can expect to get about 154 miles from the 42 gallon fuel tank. When we opened her up, the 226 topped out at 51.6 miles-per-hour and burned 25.1 gallons-per-hour. SE PerformanceThe SE model cruised most economically traveling 29.6 miles-per-hour at 3500 rpm. At wide-open-throttle she achieved a top speed of 43.4 miles-per-hour, but the SE needed a different prop on it, so don’t get too concerned over the top end we achieved on test day, it will be better with the right prop.If you are one of Rinker’s many fans, or have been looking for a great runabout that will give you performance, a laundry list of features, and most of all a thrilling ride, the newly redesigned Captiva 226 is waiting for you to take her out for a spin. This year’s changes are all geared towards comfort and performance, and Rinker has definitely met this goal.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Rinker 226 Captiva SE (2006-) is 43.4 mph (69.8 kph), burning 17.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 65.48 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Rinker 226 Captiva SE (2006-) is 29.6 mph (47.6 kph), and the boat gets 3.22 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.37 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 122 miles (196.34 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5L MPI.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Optional Sirius Satellite Service|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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