Boat Test: 2018 Rinker 19QX BR

Boat Tested2018 Rinker 19QX BR
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Bowrider
Manufacturer Rinker
Length19ft 6in / 5.94 m
Beam8ft / 2.44 m
HullFiberglass
Max HP280
Drive TypeI/o Sterndrive
Fuel Capacity41
Family bow riders have a tough job. They are often the do-it-all water vehicle for cottagers and recreational boaters. That means skiing, wake boarding, tubing, cruising and general transportation are all daily activities. Rinker’s QX19 has all of the standard features you’d expect. There is enough seating for nine people, comfortable bow cushions, plenty of under seat storage, a large in-floor ski locker, large sun pad and a full beam swim platform. 
Rinker understands how competitive this category is, and looks to provide extra value with features developed from years of customer feedback. For example, standard on the QX19 are flip up bolsters on both bucket seats so your passenger can have a clear view on those warm sunny days. Rinker also includes a removable cooler under the rear bench and an integrated trash container, something very handy but often overlooked on smaller boats.
This particular QX19 was equipped with Rinker’s Captains Choice options package which adds a number of special features. A bow scuff plate for example helps prevent damage to the gelcoat when pulling up an anchor. Retractable pull-up cleats instead of standard cleats reduce the chance of catching a toe or finger when jumping in and out of the boat. Handy fender clips help keep your cleats free of fender lines. LED cockpit and swim lights look cool and reduce demand on the batteries. A bimini top offers some shade and a storage cover provides protection when out of the water. 
Also part of this package is the latest 250 HP Mercruiser 4.5L V6, and what a great power plant for this boat. Smaller and lighter than the aging 5.0 L V8 it replaces this responsive V6 provides similar performance with the added benefit of Mercury’s Adaptive Speed Control, which automatically maintains engine rpm regardless of load or water conditions. When performing a few tight turns I was surprised to find I didn’t have to add throttle to keep the boat on plane. Certainly a great feature for cruising and water sports. I was also surprised how smooth and quiet this engine is. Outboard power is also available but eliminates the sun pad and half of the swim platform, which is a big compromise without gaining any interior space. Personally, I’d stick with the stern drive, especially now that the new "Season Extender" drain makes it so easy to drain water from the engine for those trailering in the colder parts of the season. 
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