Captain's ReportTested By Capt. Bob SmithRinker’s line of boats for 2005 continues its tradition of delivering boats that are well thought out. It is obvious to the trained eye and most anyone else that these boats have the input of people who use them. You won’t come off the boat with a laundry list of what you would do different. Functional FeaturesEveryone will have a space for their drinks with 10 cup holders and they will all have a speaker close by with four standard speakers.Snap-in carpet is standard is makes the floor on a hot day much easier to tolerate and simplifies cleaning after a great weekend on the water. Bucket seats on my test boat had a new ventilated back style with spring suspension seating. They even have a built in armrest at the shifter control so it is not tiresome to keep one hand on the throttle. Tilt steering is standard with the rack-and-pinion steering system. The Faria gauges are backlit for easy night view, and a digital depth gauge is also standard as well as a 12vdc socket for charging your portable gear. These seats were very comfortable underway and took the sting out of jumping large wakes on landing. Good SeatingThe bench seating in the cockpit wraps from the port side just behind the companion seat all the way over to the walkthrough on the starboard side. Under the back side is a carry on cooler to keep the beverages ready and cool. Storage under the bench back here is also finished with roto-molded boxes. A storage space in the floor can handle skis and wakeboards as well as other long gear.Transom FeaturesThe broad sun pad is large enough for two to relax together in the sun. It doubles as an engine hatch which lifts easily and is supported with two gas assist shocks. Bright LED lighting in the cockpit is also used in here for light. There is a large bin to toss the wet life jackets in here to dry off using normal engine heat in the compartment. Space around the engine is plenty adequate to get to all your typical maintenance points on the engine. Under the walkthrough is another storage space for some large items. Our test model had the extended swim platform that really added a lot of play room at the stern. We also had the stereo remote to keep the tunes in control from back here.About the only item I could find that I felt was a negative was the position of the bimini straps at the center of the back of the stern bench. The idea was good to move them away from the sides, but they dangle into the front of the engine when not in use. Rinker says they will work on a solution that allows them to keep it further away from the engine drive belt.SpecsRinker’s 2005 Captiva 212 is 10’10” length on average with a trailerable beam of 8’6”. The 212 has a draft of 22 inches with the outdrive down and 36 inches with the outdrive up. She needs five feet of overhead clearance under low bridges and weighs approximately 3,120lbs dry. She has a fuel capacity of 42 gallons and has a five year transferable hull warranty. Rinker offers either a Volvo 190hp Penta 4.3L GL with SX outdrive or a Mercruiser 4.3L 190hp sterndrive with Alpha outdrive as standard power plants or you may choose one of four Mercruiser or three Volvo optional power plants up to 300hp.PerformanceWe took the Captiva 212 out with two people on board and 20 gallons of fuel on a fresh water lake for testing. Our test boat was powered with a Volvo 270-hp 5.0 GXi sterndrive with a single 19” four-blade prop on the SX outdrive. She cruised most economically at 3000rpm traveling 27.3mph with a fuel burn of 5.9gph and a range of 175 miles on a full tank. At wide open throttle we found she was turning 4950rpm. At maximum throttle the 212 was traveling at 51.6mph with a fuel burn of 20.9gph and a range of 93 miles. Our test model was quick to plane in just 3.1 seconds and was running along at 30 mph in just 7.6 seconds.I found the 212 simple to work around the slips and very responsive underway. The 212 appears to be a great boat for a small family with the power and the amenities most need and look for. If you are looking for a step up from an entry level bow rider, but are not ready for a maximum bowrider, the 212 Captiva from Rinker should be on your list of boats to test before making your decision to buy.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Rinker 212 Captiva BR with 270-hp (Not in Production) is 51.7 mph (83.2 kph), burning 20.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 79.11 liters per hour (lph).
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Sony AM/FM/CD|
|Ice Chest||Standard Igloo 25-qt|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!