The mission of the Rinker Captiva 186 FS OB is to provide utility and value. She is a multi-purpose fish-and-ski platform that delivers all the necessary components for a fun day on the water with family and friends. The builder offers the boat in several different engine configurations including a pre-drilled transom without motor. A lengthy list of options accompanies the engine configurations, allowing a buyer to customize somewhat.
• Sony CDXM20 with dual speakers• Fish-and-Ski Package
1. Trolling motor at bow2. Fishfinder3. Forward/aft casting platforms with removable cushions4. Dual removable fishing seats5. Livewell6. Battery charger
Four stainless steel cleats are standard on the Captiva 186 FS OB -- two at the bow and two at the stern. Rinker also offers a hardware upgrade package that includes stainless steel grab handles, stainless steel cup holders, stainless steel rub rails, and stainless steel speaker covers. We would encourage anyone who frequently boats in saltwater to consider this upgrade.
A Minn Kota PowerDrive with foot pedal is mounted between the front two cleats at the bow. On the port side we find an electrical panel that houses a trim switch for the outboard aft as well as an electrical plug for the trolling motor. In the future we would like to see a separate battery designated to the Minn Kota. The extra battery would bypass the boat’s electrical system, and eliminate the possibility of running the main battery down.
The V-shaped seating design with padded gunwales spans the perimeter of the bow, allowing passengers to sit in any direction and still have a backrest. Water Resistant GX48 two-tone upholstery adds an element of comfort to the space. Beneath the bow cushions are lockers that are perfect for anchor storage and emergency gear.
When the cushions are removed
, a non-skid platform mounts between the V-shaped seating, creating a raised deck for casting. One of three pedestal seat mounts is located in the middle of the bow within easy reach of the trolling motor, cup holders and dual flush lockers.
Moving through a 17'' walkthrough one finds a ski/rod floor locker surrounded by a Taylor Made tinted safety glass windshield. Measuring almost 8' in length, the self-draining compartment could easily house two sets of skis as well as fishing rods.
Glove Box and Stereo.
On the portside of the boat we find a matching swivel captain’s chair with optional bolster and a glove box. The dry compartment is perfect for storing cell phones and car keys while underway. Directly to the left is a 12-volt accessory plug that powers devices and additional accessories buyers may desire onboard. A standard Sony CDXM20 head unit powers two speakers and features CD, Sirius and 3.5 mm Aux connectivity.The front panel is designed with a UV resistant coating that meets ASTM G154 standards and prevents discoloration, according to the builder. Internal circuitry is coated to protect it from contamination and corrosion. For buyers interested in top-shelf technology, the builder also offers optional Sony speakers and a Sony MEXM70BT head unit that features Bluetooth connectivity as well as two USB inputs and a removable faceplate.
Deluxe Sport Package.
An option worth considering is the Deluxe Sport Package. The package includes the following components:
Bimini Top --
Keeps riders out of the sun and protects from harmful UV rays
Snap-in Berber Carpet --
Gentle on feet for those interested in sunbathing and watersports, yet easily removable for fishing outings
Depth Finder --
Always a good idea
Tilt Steering --
Adds to the ergonomic comfort and support of the helm station
The simple “turned titanium” dash features a contrasting Faria gauge cluster as well as water-resistant backlit toggle switches. Directly to the right we find an optional depth finder, and a standard Lowrance X4 Pro Fishfinder. With optional tilt steering and seat bolster, the helm is adjustable according to the needs of the helmsman. We also like the ergonomic angled footrest and convenient placement of the throttle control.
The aft bench houses two removable foldaway seats that convert into dual pedestal seats mounting throughout the boat. One location is found in the bow, while the other two are found on either side of the extended swim platform. In between the two seats a center cushion lifts to reveal an aerated livewell that is perfect for keeping fish alive throughout the day. On either side of the aft bench, two self-draining compartments are found beneath the foldaway seats, offering additional storage for life jackets and emergency gear.
Extended Swim Platform.
The extended platform runs past the transom, allowing some room for boarding and fishing despite the outboard splash well. Both swim platforms contain mounts for the pedestal casting seats, and the starboard side features a foldaway three-step swim ladder. We like how the builder created a recess for the ladder to sit in, keeping the platform flush and easy to navigate while reeling in fish. The wide plastic steps on the ladder also make re-boarding easier, and are less stressful on bare feet.
The Rinker Captiva 186 FS OB comes in a variety of engine configurations, depending on the buyer’s need. All major brands including Yamaha, Suzuki, Mercury, Honda, and Evinrude are available at different horsepower points. If the buyer is looking for fuel efficiency, we would encourage them to consider the 90-hp Evinrude that burned 8.2 gph at the top end and less than half of that at cruising speed. Should the buyer’s mission focus around watersports we would encourage them to consider a 135- or 150-hp configuration for extra power out of the hole. As mentioned earlier, the builder also offers the boat with a drilled transom and no motor, depending on mission and financial need.
Rinker has designed a multi-purpose cost-efficient bowrider with a reasonable list of standard components. With an impressive fish-and-ski package, including a Minn Kota PowerDrive trolling motor, Lowrance X4 fishfinder, forward/aft casting platforms, dual removable pedestal seats, a livewell and battery charger, the Captiva 186 FS OB comes fully-equipped and water ready -- all the buyer needs is a fishing pole and skis.A lengthy list of options and power configurations accompany the Captiva 186 FS OB, making it appealing to buyers looking to get the most out of their investment. The base price is $25,690 with a Yamaha 115.
Standard and Optional Features
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