The Rinker Captiva 246 CC is a sporty cuddy cabin designed for watersports, trailering and occasional overnights. Featuring a "cockpit-forward" design, she's well-equipped for a full day on the water. When it comes time for sleeping afloat the modest cabin has a full berth with storage beneath, as well as a portable head. Depending on the buyer’s mission, Rinker offers a lengthy list of amenities as well as two optional packages focused around watersports and entertainment. A list of power options ranging from a fuel-efficient MerCruiser 4.5 MPI Alpha (250-hp) to a muscular MerCruiser 8.2 MAG (380-hp) completes the Captiva 246 CC package, leaving room for customization according to the buyer’s intended use.
The Captiva 246 CC features a built-in self-draining anchor locker with cradle molded into the foredeck for easy access and stowage. Having a built-in anchor locker keeps the foredeck clean, and securely stores the anchor out of the way when not in use. We like how Rinker used non-skid throughout, especially on the bow, allowing for safer travel back and forth on the foredeck.
A custom stainless steel bow rail encompasses the foredeck and carries back to the windshield line. All hardware throughout the boat is stainless steel including dual pull up cleats at the bow and stern, compartment hinges, grab rails, cup holders and ski tow pylon. An optional scuff plate for the bow stem is available and recommended as it adds an element of protection, whether pulling up an anchor or driving onto a trailer.
Rinker uses low profile navigation lights directly forward of the anchor locker. These LED lights allow for extended usage time and water resistance as well as better long-range visibility.
Stepping down through a tinted and curved safety glass windshield we’re welcomed with standard snap-in carpet, two swivel seats with standard bolsters and U-shaped seating aft. The seating configuration on the Captiva 246 CC features a wide walkthrough to the stern for easy boarding. An optional filler cushion is available and recommended, completing the U when the walkthrough is not in use. The cockpit is protected with a standard Bimini top, keeping riders out of the sun when desired. Optional two-tone upholstery adds style and comfort.
The optional arch support is an asset for those interested in watersports, and it's completely compatible with the standard Bimini top. An optional arch hinge allows folding the arch down, easing bridge passage and entering covered docks. The arch features a stainless steel eye for watersports and is offered in black or white finishes.
Sink and Table.
Directly behind the captain’s chair, Rinker built in a functional refreshment station with a pressurized 10-gallon (38 L) water tank. The sink is useful for preparing food throughout the day as well as washing hands after a day in the salt water. A standard removable table mounts in the center of the U-shaped seating, allowing for easy access to communal refreshments. We like how Rinker designed the table with recesses for plates and cups, adding stability to food and drinks while underway.
Behind the U-shaped seating on the starboard side is a built-in trash receptacle that folds away when not in use. Fitted with stainless steel hinges, a Corian top conveniently lifts up for easy disposal of garbage. This is a feature that keeps the cockpit clean. When cleaning up, simply replace the trash bag and the cockpit is ready for the next adventure.
One of our favorite features on the Captiva 246 CC is the cooler design. Everyone on the water wants cold beverages, and in this case Rinker delivers with a carry-on cooler that stores beneath the U-shaped seating. The clever design feature is in the access of the cooler. Rather than asking guests to stand up in order to access beverages, Rinker provides an opening in the upholstery that allows reaching down directly into the cooler with minimal effort. The upholstered square easily removes, the cooler door slides open, and difficult access to drinks becomes a thing of the past.
The Rinker Captiva 246 CC comes standard with a Sony BTMEXM70BT head unit featuring a CD player, dual USB ports, Bluetooth and a removable faceplate. Additional options include:
Sitting at the helm we find an angled footrest, tilt steering, and a swivel bucket seat with bolster all adding to the ergonomics. A standard Richie compass is mounted in direct sightlines of the helmsman, along with contrasting Faria beveled gauges. Backlit, labeled rocker switches with breakers surround the wheel and are attached to a main circuit breaker, eliminating the need for replacement fuses. A depth gauge is also included on the Captiva 246 CC and optional trim tabs with LED indicators are available. The throttle control is mounted against the side bulwark within easy reach of the helmsman.
A locking dual-hinged door system allows continuous ventilation throughout the cabin without interfering with the cockpit space. Stepping down we find dual port lights and hatch, providing natural light and air flow. Brazil wood on both sides of the bulwark carries forward and adds an accent to an otherwise simple space. The V-berth allows for occasional overnights aboard, and storage beneath the removable cushions adds functionality to the space. A hideaway portable toilet is discretely mounted to starboard, keeping a clear path for entering and exiting the cabin.
Reclining Sun Pad.
A spacious sun pad located behind the U-shaped seating is large enough for several people. The adjustable sun pad folds upward, creating bench seating facing aft for times at anchor.
A hinged engine compartment hatch lifts up with gas assist struts. LED lighting is standard here. There's room on either side of the engine block for easy maintenance and access to key components.
The walkthrough from the swim platform to the cockpit is finished in non-skid, with Versa-Teak as a handsome option.
The 10-gallon (38 L) freshwater transom shower located on the starboard side allows guests to rinse off before re-entering the cockpit. This is a nice feature for those who plan on swimming and then spending the night aboard or traveling to a dock-and-dine for dinner.
Rinker added a storage compartment right off the swim platform that's handy for housing watersports gear such as skis, lines, tubes, or even scuba equipment. For those less interested in watersports it would be a good place for storing emergency gear and fenders.
The swim platform finished in non-skid or optional Versa-Teak extends past the transom and clears the sterndrive. On the starboard side, a telescoping ladder with wide treads folds into the platform and disappears, creating a flush surface that won't stub bare toes. On the port side, a self-draining compartment is handy for icing and accessing beverages from the water without having to climb into the boat and through the cockpit. An optional transom stereo remote for the Sony head unit also allows guests to adjust music without leaving the water.
Options to Consider
The Captiva 246 CC offers a list of options depending on the buyers’ mission. There are three primary packages worth considering:
Additional options include:
The Rinker Captiva 246 CC comes in a variety of engine configurations depending on the buyer’s need. MerCruiser, Volvo Penta, and Volvo Diesel are all available at various horsepower points. Buyers seeking fuel efficiency, though at an increased initial cost, might consider the diesel package. For all-out watersports, the MerCruiser 8.2 MAG might be preferable.
Equipped with a MerCruiser 6.2 MPI B3 she lists for $77,565.
Rinker’s Captiva 246 CC is an excellent platform for entertaining and family fun on the water. With a "cockpit forward" design, the boat’s mission focuses around day-use functionality, with modest accommodations below for occasional overnights. Unique design traits such as the built-in steps to the foredeck, a functional refreshment station and easy-access cooler are pluses. A lengthy list of options and packages allows buyers to customize the Captiva 246 CC according to their needs. Nicely equipped with a MerCruiser 6.2 MPI B3 she lists for $77,565, a competitive price for the genre.
Standard and Optional Features
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