Boat Test: 2005 Rinker 262 Captiva

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Boat Tested2005 Rinker 262 Captiva
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Bowrider
Manufacturer Rinker
Length28ft 2in / 8.59 m
After spending a couple of hours with the Rinker 262 Captiva, my testing companion Rob Scythes and I were trying to determine the key feature of this value-packed bowrider.Was it the seating configuration, the incredible amount of storage, or the well-mannered handling we experienced on the waters of Georgian Bay?

With two bucket seats plus a rear U-lounge, we figured the Captiva 262's cockpit could easily accommodate six adults. In the bow, the traditional layout of opposing bench seats can accommodate four more.New for 2005, Rinker has placed a grid of coil springs below the foam in the bottom cushion of its bucket seats designed to absorb the force of the occupant's body in rough water. Calm water on test day didn't give us a chance to test this system.

To make getting on and off the Captiva 262 easy and safe, Rinker has cleverly designed a walkway on the starboard side from swim platform to cockpit. In the cockpit, we liked the one-piece liner right through the cockpit and into the bow area. The three removable pieces of carpet fit this entire area. Another useful feature was that all of the upholstered seat backs are designed for easy removal for replacement or repair.

Knowing the 262 Captiva can handle a crowd,Rinker wisely incorporated plenty of storage on board. Storage areas under both port and starboard Ulounge cushions, under both bow cushions, below the cockpit liner and beneath the walkway from the swim platform all feature a plastic liner that should be easy to keep clean and will not retain moisture and odours that carpeted storage bins often do. Underseat storage areas are all accessible by lifting cushions off;we prefer the cushions to be hinged.In the port side console a portable head is standard equipment, as is a dedicated holder for the cockpit table that can be set up in either the cockpit or the bow.The starboard side console has the usual large bulk storage area, but Rinker has added a shelf, a clever and practical touch. Directly behind the helm seat, a refreshment centre includes a concealed trash container, a sink with pressurized faucet and open storage beneath. Finally, under the hinged aft sun pad you will find a perfect place to store tow ropes and mooring lines.

Rinker offers power for the 262 from both MerCruiser and Volvo ranging from 280 to 425 hp.The Volvo 5.7 GXi Duoprop 320-hp package in our test boat delivered a top speed of just over 48 mph, cruised at over 32 mph at 3,500 rpm and planed this big bowrider in just over four seconds, never allowing the bow to rise where the view forward was obstructed.We could keep the 262 on plane at 16 mph, meaning if wakeboarding is in the cards you should be able to find a good 'boarding speed and hold it.

For water skiing, at 30 mph with neutral trim on both the outdrive and trim tabs, the 262's wake was no larger than what we have experienced with much shorter sterndrive boats. We found the Lenco trim tabs effective and easy-to-use because the helm control includes an LED readout showing the position of each trim tab. At all speeds and throughout all our cornering manoeuvres the 262 Captiva handled predictably, delivering a very comfortable and confident ride.

Well laid-out seating, storage galore and confident handling are all desirable features.When combined in one package like the Rinker 262 Captiva Bowrider, you would be hard pressed to find more value in any bowrider of this size.
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