Thanks to overwhelming customer demands, Rinker is introducing a new bottom design for their flagship cruiser. The new boat features two inboard power plants coupled to v-drive transmissions. If your seeking an affordable, salt water pleasure palace, then the inboard boat may be a better choice than the original 342’s sterndrive configuration. There are some trade-offs between the two vessels, like top speed and draft clearance. But, like all boats, you should know what you really need before you buy. My first impressions from the helm were that the 342 is big. The view over the foredeck is that of a yacht much longer than Fiesta Vee’s 37 feet overall. Her 12-foot beam supplies all the width needed for entertaining in style. The cockpit is nicely equipped with lots of seating and one of the best equipped wet-bars I’ve seen. The triangular wet-bar has generous counter space, a large refrigerator, an icemaker, and a concealed, flip out blender to keep that icemaker busy.The helm is ergonomically designed with everything in easy reach of the driver. Molded contours and pods provide extra space to mount your favorite electronic navigation displays. While wood grain panels give a luxurious look to the helm station. The only thing I didn’t like about the 342’s helm was the glare produced off the dash and windshield. Besides that, the Captain and first mate can enjoy the ride from the fully adjustable helm seating with flip up bolster. Like all the other Rinker cruisers we tested, the molded steps at the helm made foredeck access a breeze. For safety, I would add a handrail to the windshield’s folding door. Through the sliding acrylic door and down a few steps, you’ll find a super spacious cabin. The forward berth is almost beam width, but is shallow, so you’re going to have sleep perpendicular to the boats centerline if you are over 4 feet tall. A little strange if the water gets bumpy when you’re on the hook.The galley is well equipped for the gourmet cook aboard to prepare the feast of the day. The galley’s appliances include a large refrigerator, electric cook top, microwave oven and coffee maker. The polished stainless steel sink is very deep and great for soaking whatever. In the galley and throughout the whole boat, are a countless number of drawers, cabinets and storage nooks for just about anything you could possibly need to bring along on your extended adventures. The U-shaped dinning settee is long and comfortable. A table can be lowered to provide an additional berth for almost two people. A curtain at the forward birth can be closed to supply some privacy when guests are aboard. And again there is more storage above and below the settee.The port side head is large and comfortable. The head boasts a separate shower stall that is divided by an acrylic door. A great idea if two people need to get cleaned up in a hurry. The vanity and sink join the flush toilet in the forward section of the head.Finally, completing the accommodations below decks is the super wide aft cabin. Plenty of room here for the kids to play or for several guests to bunk for the evening. You will also find more storage nooks here, just in case you run out of space in the salon. Lets talk power. With a pair of MerCruiser 6.2 liter Horizons pushing the 342’s girthy 14,000-pound hull, we achieved a top speed of 35.8 mph. Now this was the standard power package, and Rinker does offer a good selection of MerCruiser gasoline engines to suit your wallet. So if speed is what you need, you’ll have to opt for the bigger engines. Or you can spring for the efficiency of Yanmar diesels to propel you through the ocean blue. After spending considerable time with the 342 and the entire Rinker line up, I was pleased to find a manufacturer that offers good quality and surprising performance at a price that you almost feel guilty about paying. There is no doubt that all the awards that Rinker has received for outstanding value have been respectively earned.By Capt. Ron SvobodaTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Rinker 342 Fiesta Vee (Not in Production) is 35.8 mph (57.6 kph), burning 47.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 181.3 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Rinker 342 Fiesta Vee (Not in Production) is 23.4 mph (37.7 kph), and the boat gets 0.96 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.41 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 202 miles (325.09 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2L Horizon.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
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