The Express Cruiser 340 is built for comfortable cruising at a manageable size and a cockpit large enough for day-boat entertaining. By providing virtually everything necessary to go cruising and a lot of amenities that most other builders offer only as options Rinker has taken much of the guesswork and aftermarket expense out of the ordering of the 340. As a result, she should appeal to boaters moving up from sportboats who are not quite sure what is needed. The builder has included most everything needed as standard.
Virtually Fully Equipped.
Rinker has differentiated the Express Cruiser 340 from other boats on the market by loading her up with equipment that many boaters would like to have but often don't order when buying a boat to keep the total cost down. See the list below of standard equipment-- •
A/C-Heat Reverse Cycle System.
12,000 BTUs. •
Bimini Top and Camper Enclosure.
in the cockpit wet bar. •
and 30' of chain and 130' of line. •
, with hinge and lights •
Automatic fire extinguisher system
in engine room. •
Electric Engine Hatch.
5 kW generator
, gas, low-CO. •
Sony Sound System.
, C-95 Raymarine. •
, teak steps and hardwood flooring.
Rinker claims that its Express Cruiser 340 line has the most cabin headroom in class. We haven't measured all boats in class so will take their word for it.
The Express Cruiser 340’s standard solid surface countertops and lids, hardwood cabin sole, wooden dinette table and upholstered items indicate an attention to both details of upholstery and style. Standard galley equipment includes microwave, 2-burner electric stove and stainless steel encased refrigerator/freezer.
The 340 is also equipped with a built-in blender and icemaker. A pressurized water sink with refreshment center, a pressurized transom shower and stowable cockpit table are also on board as standard equipment as noted above, and these items as well as others make the Express Cruiser 340 virtually a "turn-key" boat for entertaining.
An all standard Bimini top and camper canvas
is high quality, heavy construction. An aluminum hardtop is available for the Express Cruiser 340. The windshield connector panel is clear acrylic for an unobstructed view and standard with the hardtop.A heavy-duty windlass with bow foot controls, electric engine hatch lift and 5 kW, low CO generator with sound shield are also standard.
Passengers will step onto a large stern swim platform, and move through a walkthrough transom with trunk storage. There is a standard shower on the transom. Synthetic teak is available as an option on the swim platform. It certainly makes the boat look classier but some of our readers complain that vinyl teak gets very hot.Padded passenger seating is positioned to starboard, and a (stowable) table and entertainment center are located on the port side. The standard table can be upgraded to teak and we would recommend that.A stereo and remote at the transom are also standard.
The Wet Bar.
In fair weather most time is spent in the cockpit on any express cruiser and the 340 is equipped to handle a party. Not only is their a sink in a solid surface counter, but there is also a standard blender. That is a lot of equipment to get into a wet bar console, but Rinker has done it on the Express Cruiser 340.We think that this is one of most noteworthy features on the boat.
A 2-person double-wide pilot seat with flip-up bolster is a standard feature on the Express Cruiser 340. Also standard are compass, digital depth gauge and a Raymarine C-95, radar-compatible chartplotter. DTS digital shift controls (compatible only with the Merc power selection), 5-position tilt steering, trim tabs with LED control indicators and VHF radio are also standard.
Walkthrough to the Bow.
Molded steps on the sliding companionway hatch lead up through the windshield to the bow. This arrangement is not unusual and allows the cockpit to be as wide as possible, pretty much eliminating side decks. Some people prefer the walkthrough windshield as they feel more secure. The important thing with this arrangement is to have hand rails on which to hold on to, something we would add to the Express Cruiser 340. Bear in mind that the hard part is descending back to the cockpit when leaving the bow.
Stepping down the standard teak steps into the cabin, passengers will note the ample headroom that the Express Cruiser 340 provides. The boat has an 11'4" (3.45 m) beam and the space below is divided into three areas -- open bow cabin for sleeping, the center section for the settee, table, galley and head, and the mid cabin which is aft and tucked under the bridge deck.
This layout is pretty much standard among most boats in this size range as there is not much else a designer can do with the space. We think that Rinker has handled it about as well as any builder. Boats are distinguished in this area by the size and comfort of the settee which usually makes into a bed, and does in the case of the Express Cruiser 340; the size of the head, and the ease with which guests can enter the mid cabin.
The mid stateroom
has a large U-shaped couch that converts to a double berth, a hanging clothes closet locker and under berth storage. There is only sitting head room on the starboard side, so this area can't be used for seating in the round. It makes an ideal place for kids to hang out, play board games or watch TV. There are filler cushions to make the space into a double bed and there is a privacy curtain.
counter is on two levels, one for the two-burner stove top and one for the round ss sink with goose neck faucet. There is a microwave over the stove at a reasonable height, several drawers for flatware and utensils and a cabinet for other items. Is there room for dishes? How many and what size? We don't know, and this is a detail that should be checked out on any cruising boat, no matter what size. Every family has its own requirements.
The forward cabin
is all berth with a memory foam mattress and privacy curtain. Here again, taller passengers will note the space afforded by the forward berth.
The head has been fabricated with one large fiberglass molding with a gel coat surface to make it easy to keep clean. The sink faucet is the pull-out type which serves double duty as a shower wand. There is a solid surface counter top, and the toilet is a Tecma, “easy-flush" porcelain type with a holding tank.
Again, it looks to us as if Rinker has done as good a job as most in handling the interior spaces. What separates express cruisers here are the amenities, materials used, and the fit-and-finish of the joiner work and the upholstery. We have not tested and inspected the Rinker Express Cruiser 340 so can offer no opinion on those subjects. Consumers will have to judge for themselves.
include a hardtop, foredeck sun pad, transom platform mounted grill, and swim platform LED under lighting among other things.
All Rinker Cruisers come with a comprehensive warranty. For more details see your local Rinker dealer.
Engine Description and Options
The Express Cruiser 340 runs on twin small block V-8 stern drive engine choices by Mercury or Volvo Penta. She is available with MerCruiser SeaCore or Volvo Penta OceanX Series for saltwater applications.MerCruiser Axius and Volvo Penta joystick controls are available options, as is the MerCruiser Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) with the Merc power option, and the Volvo Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) on Volvo equipped models. An optional bow thruster is also available.Diesel engine options are available and although more expensive, they will double the range of the 340.
As we have not tested the Rinker Express Cruiser 340 we cannot offer any information on this critical subject. All hulls are different and behave differently. Important questions to have answered are: time to plane, the degree of bow rise getting on plane, running angle, cruising speed, fuel consumption and range. Boats in class typically run from about 14,000 lbs. dry to 18,000 lbs. (6,350 kg to 8,165 kg), and at 14,100 lbs. (6,396 kg), the Express Cruiser 340 is definitely at the light end of the 34' (10.36 m) express cruiser range.
Price with Typical Options
The manufacturer encourages buyers to check with their dealers, as MSRP information is just that -- "suggested retail price" -- and dealers may offer better pricing.As a typical measure, the Express Cruiser 340 packaged with Chili Red hull sheer and Dark Platinum boot stripe options, the Preferred Option Group with teak cockpit table, a Fabric Collections upgrade, 4 mooring lines, 2 fenders, boat hook, LED swim light, and auto glide trim tabs, and powered by a MerCruiser catalyzed 350 MAG MPI B3 engine will cost buyers about $276,000 -- MSRP.
With her standard features and amenities, we think the Rinker Express Cruiser 340 packs a lot of equipment into her standard price. She is definitely worth a look.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!