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Rinker 186 BR (2011-)
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Brief Summary

Rinker packs so many features aboard their Captiva 186 Bow Rider you might think the boat is bigger than 18' 11" (5.77 m) LOA. There's bow seating for two to stretch out; a comfortable cockpit with helm and companion buckets; and a sundeck roomy enough to sprawl out and work on one's tan lines (or lose them). But the Captiva 186 isn't all show: Rinker builds her with a full fiberglass liner, offers 3.0- and 4.3-liter power options and includes plenty of standard equipment, including a trailer.

Key Features


Length Overall 18' 11''
5.77 m
Beam 7' 5''
2.26 m
Dry Weight 2,310 lbs.
1,048 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 36''
91 cm
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 5' 0''
1.52 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 29 gal.
109 L
Water Capacity N/A
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.

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Captain's Report

Rinker Captiva 186 BR
Rinker says the Captiva 186 will run between 38 and 41 mph (61 and 66 kph) with standard power, and up to 48 mph (77.2 kph) with the optional 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI Alpha or 225-hp Volvo Penta 4.3 GXi SX. We like speed, so would pay the upcharge for the 4.3L.

Anyone for Fun on the Water?

If you're interested in having daytime fun on the water, we suggest you investigate the Rinker Captiva 186. She'll be fast enough for almost anyone, especially with the optional 4.3-liter engine, and has the bells and whistles you need for skiing, swimming or just riding around. Her systems are simple, so maintenance should be easy: Service the engine on schedule and keep her clean, especially if you boat in salt water. Rinker includes a painted trailer as standard (galvanized is optional), so you can keep her in your yard where it'll be easy to flush the motor with fresh water and keep the hull sparkling.

Rinker Captiva 186 BR
Two can lounge comfortably in the Captiva 186's bow, supported by thickly padded back and side cushions. All upholstery is GX 48 vinyl, treated to be stain and mildew resistant. Note the convenient grab handles. The windshield is tinted safety glass.
Rinker 186 BR
The layout of the Rinker 186 BR.

Almost every inch of the Captiva 186 is available for sitting, sunbathing or swimming. The cockpit will seat five: The standard helm and companion seats are buckets, with flip-up bolsters optional, and there's a full-beam bench seat that will hold three more, maybe four if they're kids or skinny. Aft of the bench, there's a large sunpad – larger than most you'll find on boats this size. Rated capacity is 8 people.

Rinker Captiva 186 BR
This is a spacious sunpad for a boat less than 19' long, we think. As on all boats of this size and type, the sunpad is for use only when the boat's stationary: There are no rails or even handholds, and underway it would be too easy to slide overboard. But at anchor, this is one pad we'd be happy to hang out on. All hardware on the Captiva is stainless steel.
Rinker Captiva 186 BR
The swim platform has a stainless steel boarding ladder. We think the platform is long enough to provide foot clearance for the outdrive when swimming, but haven't tested it ourselves.

At The Helm

Rinker installs backlit Faria gauges with stainless steel bezels in the Captiva 186's helm, which is further highlighted with "Turned Titanium" accents. Power steering with a sport wheel is standard, a tilt wheel optional. Engine controls are single-lever with integral trim/tilt, there's a horn and an outlet for a searchlight or other 12-volt accessory. An in-dash depth finder is optional.

Rinker Captiva 186 BR
The co-pilot, to port, has control of the stereo, making her/him, at times, the most important person aboard. There's an MP3/iPod input and a CD player. A glove box, also to port, is fine for sunglasses, lotions and other small items.
Rinker Captiva 186 BR
We'd add the optional flip-up bolsters, at least to the helm seat: They let the skipper sit higher and see better, especially helpful if someone tall is sitting in the bow or in close-quarters situations.
Rinker Captiva 186 BR
An in-sole locker provides stowage for large items. We'd stow wakeboards here – a transom-mounted ski-tow eye is standard -- and keep PFDs under the bench seat.

Options and Pricing

Depending on power, the MSRP of the Captiva 186 BR ranges from $24,021 to $26,893. That's about in the middle of the market: A Bayliner 195 BR lists for $22,101 with the 3.0L engine; a Four Winns H190 is $31,918 with a MerCruiser 4.3 MPI Catalyst. But Rinker sells the 186 BR complete, with only a few options, all of them affordable.

Rinker Captiva 186 BR
Snap-in carpet is optional. We'd stick with the standard non-skid fiberglass cockpit sole, but if your crew has tender tootsies, maybe you prefer carpet.

Our Opinion

There are an awful lot of bowriders like the Captiva 186 BR on the market, so if you've got a hankering for a boat like this you should do a lot of shopping before writing the check. We don't think you'll go far wrong with the Rinker, but only you know what features are important. Shopping is half the fun of buying a boat, so make a list and start visiting dealers. Maybe you'll decide the Rinker is just the ticket.

Rinker Captiva 186 BR
Two-tone gelcoat is standard, white plus any color you want – as long as it's red, black, blue or yellow. Custom graphics are optional

Standard and Optional Features

Exterior Features

Carpet: Cockpit Optional


Bimini Top Optional


Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!


Pricing Range: $24,021.00

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.