Captain's ReportTested by Capt. Bob SmithI traveled to Syracuse, Indiana, that is, to test the latest addition to Rinker’s lineup recently. I got the feeling during the plant tour and brief meeting the night before that this was going to be a bigger test than I had anticipated. While going through the plant, I was able to see the boat out of the water. It was obvious Rinker was taking a new tact on their graphics, but they are also doing something different with the bottom design. They told me it would make the boat more responsive and give a smoother ride with more speed than expected.PerformanceDid they deliver? Did they ever! The next day I was out for a short spin while waiting the camera boat and did a few laps with the new 262. Instantly, you notice there isn’t much of a rise from the bow as you come up on plane. She stays on plane down to a very low speed. I did laps around the camera boat that proved she could hold a line and not skip through the turns. You feel her come up on the step and you sense the speed increasing with the push of the throttle. I came away from the boat at the dock and was met by one of the managers from the plant wanting to know what I thought. From his smile, I could tell he knew it was a great ride, and I confirmed that for him. I can hear the people coming back from a test ride at the dealer now, “Wow, I’ve got to have one of these!”I was running hull number two, so some things are going to change as the boat gets some work on the water. One change is already under way. The companion pod door to the port-a-potty swings open in tight turns. The first time really got my attention, the second time I just stuck my foot out to block it.Bow SeatingThere are currently few options but they are considering a special addition package. This is Rinker’s next generation of runabout. Up front she has the room to carry several people in the wrap around seating. Drop in filler cushions extend this area into a large sunpad. The wrap around tinted windshield has a nice wide walk-through for easy access forward and pop up cleats keep the gunwales clean so you don’t have a trip hazard when boarding. This day boat has a port-a-potty built into the companion pod that also has a rack for the storable snack table. There’s also a wet bar on this model. At the WheelHelm instruments are all backlit for easy view at night and arranged nicely for easy view in the daytime. Responsive rack-and-pinion steering give you firm control of the boat underway. Bucket seats have tilt, swivel and bolster adjustments. CockpitIn the cockpit aft seating adds more room for your friends and family to comfortably join you for the day. In-floor storage is provided for long items like skis and wakeboards. Plenty of storage is provided under the seats for smaller items and life jackets. The aft sunpad doubles as an engine hatch with plenty of room below for working with the power plant. The aft section of the sunpad is a cover over a drainable storage area for wet items like ski tow lines. Swim PlatformMoving further back is the integrated swim platform, which is nice and wide. This one had a remote control for the stereo and a three step telescoping nested swim ladder. A transom mount two eye finished out the platform.SpecsThis water rocket measures out to be 28’02” with the swim platform attached, with an 8’06” beam, so you should be able to trailer her to your favorite spots. Her final weight is yet to be determined as well as her fuel capacity. She does carry 10 gallons of fresh water and needs only 36” of draft with the drive down and only 22” with the drive up. Test RunRinker lists her standard propulsion as a 300 horse power MerCruiser 350 MPI Bravo III. My test boat had a beefy 320 horse power MerCruiser 6.2 MX with a Bravo III outdrive and 24” props. She leaped out of the hole in only 3.6 seconds and was smoothly gliding along at 30 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds. Even with selectable exhaust, she was a fairly quiet ride. She starts out at idle at only 67 dB-A and tops out at 48 miles per hour at 90 dB-A. The 262 fills the gap between the 232 and the 282 nicely. She is comfortable enough for six or eight people to go out for the day and powerful enough to ski behind, if you choose. If you are looking for something different that runs like a sportster and has the room of a larger ride, the 262 Captiva from Rinker may just be your ticket to a great time on the water.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Rinker 262 Captiva Bowrider (Not in Production) is 47.8 mph (76.9 kph), burning 24.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 91.22 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Rinker 262 Captiva Bowrider (Not in Production) is 29.6 mph (47.6 kph), and the boat gets 2.84 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.21 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 192 miles (308.99 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser MX6.2 MPI.
Standard and Optional Features
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