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Rinker 400 EC (2010-)
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Brief Summary

Rinker sells a lot of boats because the company tries hard to give consumers a big boat with as much stuff as possible packed into it as standard, at a low price. And low-price in a big boat is an offer many people can’t refuse. For example, the first glance at the Rinker 400 EC shows a typical express cruiser profile, but this one is also a little higher than most (but not all). There’s a lot of freeboard between the waterline and the side decks, that at first it may look a bit awkward, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it, and the tradeoff is 6’10” (2.08 m) of headroom in the main salon!

Key Features

  • Camper canvas acrylic with bimini top
  • Anchor windlass
  • Radar arch
  • Electronic engine hatch lift
  • Non-skid molded deck surfaces
  • Swim light under swim platform
  • Walk-thru transom entrance with latching gate
  • Sink with refreshment center
  • Custom cherry cabinetry and doors
  • Sleeping accommodations for 6
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 41' 6''
    12.64 m
    Beam 13' 0''
    3.96 m
    Dry Weight 19,680 lbs.
    8,927 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 38''
    96 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 18 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 13' 3''
    4.04 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
    1,136 L
    Water Capacity 69 gal.
    235 L
    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 Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Rinker 400 EC (2010-) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Rinker 400 EC
    At 41’ 6” (12.64 m) the Rinker 400 EC represents the largest boat this manufacturer produces.

    Typical Cockpit Layout

    Not much changes in the cockpit layout from one express cruiser to the next. But noticeably, most of the features that matter in this size range are represented nicely in the 400 EC. The double wide helm seat with dual flip up bolsters allows for a second set of eyes looking forward. The walkthrough to the bow has steps that are wider than on some boats and narrower than on others, but they are serviceable. The port side lounger is on a raised step and allows for sitting comfortably whether facing ahead, aft, or towards the helm.

    Rinker 400 EC
    The swim platform is pre-rigged to accommodate the Rinker Dinghy System that accommodates an optional Walker Bay RIB and 4-stroke outboard (add $4,369). The outboard has dedicated storage in the “fender garage.” The cockpit entertainment center has a standard dual voltage refrigerator and pop up blender.

    One step down to the cockpit deck takes you to U-shaped seating with pedestal table and filler cushions. Here is where the standards list starts to shine. Starting with the standard dual voltage refrigerator and icemaker. That’s a welcome feature in any cockpit but an easy item to leave off the build list. And here’s a new item for those wishing to waste away again in Margaritaville... a built in pop-up blender. That’s standard, too.

    Rinker 400 EC
    The cockpit layout is typical express cruiser, but the standard features usually found on options lists makes a difference.

    Helm Layout

    Realizing that drink holders are only sometimes used to hold drinks, Rinker included four in its helm console in easy-to-reach locations. Digital throttle controls are standard with the MerCruiser package and joystick maneuvering is optional with either the MerCruiser Axius (add $18,640) or a Volvo Penta sterndrive joystick system. Regular readers know that we like the throttles to be mounted on horizontal surfaces, and we think this helm could be helped with such a change.Also standard is the Raymarine C-120 display with radar, GPS, and chartplotter. If desired, you can opt up to the E-120 system with color radar and open array antenna (add $5,363) but to get it you’ll also need the optional hardtop (add $16,679). The hard top comes with screened hatches, lights and vents. The standard radar arch (yes standard) comes with integrated hinges to lower the it for travel.

    Rinker 400 EC
    That’s a standard C-120 display with radar and GPS. Notice the four drink holders. Digital throttle controls are standard with the MerCruiser package. The joystick is well placed.

    Cabin Features

    There’s also much to like in the cabin of the 400 EC. The layout is the usual fore and aft staterooms with the salon in between. The salon sofa is to starboard, across from the galley, and offers a fold out option for converting to a double bed. Removing the pedestal table opens up the room for entertaining. With 6’10" (2.08 m) of headroom, this salon is anything but cramped. Adding to that voluminous list of standards is an 18,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioner with another 7,000 BTU unit for the aft stateroom. This is a noteworthy standard item as many builders make it optional because they have buyers in northern climes. This is a good example of what we mean when we say that Rinker is trying to make their 40 compelling by loading it with standard stuff that is normally optional.

    Rinker 400 EC
    The layout of the Rinker 400 EC.
    Rinker 400 EC
    Notice all the rounded corners on all the cabinet doors. Overhead hatches allow natural light in. The two-burner stove, over the refrigerator, is recessed to hold cookery in place. The TV is on a hinged door for viewing all throughout the salon.

    The floor package is standard and includes a cherry and holly table, steps, and deck in both the salon and aft cabin. On the smaller Rinkers, this is a $5,704 option.

    Rinker 400 EC
    Martinis, anyone? The sofa makes into a bed.

    Engine Options

    Rinker offers several choices for powering your 400 EC. The engines included in the base $375,259 price are the twin 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Mags with B3 drives. Switching to Volvo Penta power will actually lower the base price to $374,107 for the same horsepower (375-hp) engine. And lastly, if you want diesels, Volvo Penta is your only choice with the 350-hp D6 engines (add $97,100).


    It appears that the Rinker 400 EC is representative of a good value in a 40' express cruiser. She has outstanding headroom in the main salon, and a standards list that’s hard to match. The boat is agressively priced so you owe it to yourself to see her in person to see whay you are getting for your money.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Standard
    VHF Radio Standard


    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
    Hardtop Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard


    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Vacuum Standard


    Hull Warranty
    Limited Lifetime

    NMMA Certification Yes
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