Captain's ReportThree other BoatTest captains and I had the pleasure of putting Rinker’s 2003 lineup to the test in Sarasota, Florida. Tom Mattern of Marketshare, Inc kept the boats ready to romp and Kim Slocum, President of Rinker helped us while we ran the numbers. The only fly in the ointment was the typical afternoon thunderstorms we Floridians have grown to expect. This all-new design for 2003 measured out at 29’0” with a beamy 9’0”. Her deadrise of 24-degrees helps her slice the waves and deliver a smooth ride. Our test boat weighed in at 6,240 lbs and had nearly 5 feet of headroom in the cuddy cabin. With the drive down, she carries 36” of draft and with the drive up she can slide into a beach with 22” of draft. She has a 100-gallon fuel capacity and comes standard with a 320 hp Mercury 6.2 MX power plant. Our test boat had a 375 hp Mercruiser 496 Mag Power plant with a Bravo III outdrive and dual 24” props.This model is so new; you need to check with the dealer to be sure what is standard and what is optional on the boat I tested. Walking up to the 282 you are struck with the site of a rear-facing bench on the stern. This is a great place for guests to relax after getting out of the water so they aren’t tracking water into the cockpit area. Just don’t let someone ride there underway! This boat had a swim shower and four-cup holders for the rear-facing seat. There is a nice walk-through with stereo remote and small stuff pocket. Just ahead is an access door for the battery switch. The engine hatch is power assisted and gasketed for noise control. There is lots of room to work around this engine. Back in the cockpit you have a nice galley with a trash bin accessible from the top, cup holders and cooler on the port side. On starboard is a bench seat with storage. A small table can be mounted here in the stern or inside the cabin. The galley sports a refrigerator, sink and outlets. The helm has typical instrumentation, but I felt the VHF was a little hard to reach. The helm and companion seats could slide and swivel to comfortable positions and had bolsters for better visibility when getting underway. The companion pod had three-cup holders and a nice size glove box. The sole locker was very spacious and gave you access to the through hull valves. A sliding door gives you access to the cabin while molded in steps up the companion side give you access to the bow. These steps will take a little getting used to. Up at the anchor locker, my test boat had a handy windless and plenty of extra room for line in the locker. The interior seems much larger for the space it actually has. The shelf is heavily padded for its dual duty as a seat back. In sleep mode, it will sleep two adults comfortably. A nice head will help insure a comfortable overnight at anchor while you have hanging locker space and space under the companionway for dry storage. Above the hanging locker is the CD changer, stereo and a handy 12vdc outlet to keep your cell phone charged.Our test boat got underway just after one of those storms, so the waters were pretty calm and the wind was mild. The 282 cruised along smoothly at 3000 rpms, which registered about 28.7 mph. This gave us a fuel burn of 11.9 gph and a cruising range of 217 miles. When we pushed the throttles all the way up, we were at 4430 rpms and 47.1 mph. At this speed we burned 29.8 gallons per hour and an effective range of 142 miles. Sound levels were pretty comfortable. At cruise, she registered 87 dBa and at top speed she registered 97 dBa. She climbed out of the hole in 4.2 seconds and was up to 30 miles per hour in 9.3 seconds. If you are looking for a cuddy that can entertain a crowd and still have room for a night out at your favorite anchorage, be sure to check out Rinker’s Captiva 282 Cuddy for 2003.By Capt. Bob SmithTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Rinker 282 Captiva Cuddy (Not in Production) is 47.1 mph (75.8 kph), burning 29.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 112.79 liters per hour (lph).
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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