Captain's ReportGetting Started At The TopTested By John CacciuttiThe Captiva 192 is Rinker’s entry-level boat, but it has the luxury appointments and conveniences of a higher-priced model. At the heavily-sculpted helm station, chrome bezel Faria gauges are surrounded by a rich, polished wood finish. The fiberglass is beige in the dash area to complement the wood tones, and the combination of materials comes together like a fine tailored suit.At the HelmPiloting the 192 is a breeze, thanks to the steering wheel, which tilts for convenience, and is equally as comfortable to use while standing or sitting. The three-spoke design, finished in padded, water-resistant faux leather and wood, is straight out of a luxury automobile.Standard instrumentation consists of a tachometer, speedometer, trim position indicator, fuel level gauge and more. Some of the nice touches that you won't typically find elsewhere include a cushioned arm rest for the driver’s throttle arm, a depth finder that is cleverly hidden in one of the standard size gauges, and an out-of-this-world suspension seat with flip-up bolster.Comfort UnderwayThe new Rinker Easy Rider driver and passenger seats swivel, so those in the front can join conversations in the stern, slide forward and back, and are vented, which keeps them cool. Best of all, the front bolster under the thigh area flips up vertically, which increases the seat height approximately four inches. In this position, the bolster can be used as a leaning post while standing or a temporary seat that affords an unobstructed view over the windshield. Additional passenger comforts include an L-shaped bench that wraps around the stern and port side, plus twin lounges in the bow. Altogether, the boat seats six to eight people comfortably (depending on the mix of adults and children) and there are twelve cup holders in total. This effectively squelches the common complaint that there are never enough of these. Another unique feature for a 19-footer is the walkthrough transom that really adds a touch of class to the boat, especially when you are going out at night. One of my favorite things to do with friends is visit a waterfront restaurant for dinner, and there is just no graceful way to climb over a sun pad in evening wear.The optional $1079 swim platform is a must-buy option that adds almost four feet to the boat and comes with an integrated, collapsible, stainless steel ladder. A waterproof stereo control panel is also available, which gives swimmers and sunbathers the ability to control the Sony AM/FM CD player from the water’s edge.Under the sun pad of the craft we tested lurked a venerable 220 horsepower, 4.3-liter Mercury. The standard engine is a 135 horsepower, three liter, and there are various options available up to 270 horsepower.PerformanceThe test boat sprinted to 30 mph in under 8.5 seconds and topped out a hair under 48 mph. In this configuration, it should have enough oomph to load the boat up with seven people, fuel and gear, and still pop heavy skiers onto their feet.We evaluated the 192 in calm conditions near the factory, so I can't say how it handles in rough seas, but I was impressed by its thrilling, sports car-type feel in turns.Once on plane, the bow rides low enough to see clearly over it while seated and the hull doesn't bank heavily into turns like most boats. It hooks tight, high-speed turns almost horizontally and sticks to the water like dried paint on fingers.With performance like this, coupled with luxury amenities, it is easy to see how the Captiva 192 is much more than an entry-level boat.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Rinker 192 Captiva BR with 220-hp (Not in Production) is 47.8 mph (76.9 kph), burning 16.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 61.7 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Rinker 192 Captiva BR with 220-hp (Not in Production) is 24.8 mph (39.9 kph), and the boat gets 3.76 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.6 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 142 miles (228.53 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3 MPI gas sterndrive.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Sony AM/FM/CD/ Optional Sirius Satellite Service|
|Power Steering||Standard Rack and pinion|
|Ice Chest||Standard Igloo 36-qt.|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!