Rinker 186 Captiva

Rinker 186 Captiva

The smaller of two Rinkers in our test rally, the Rinker 186 Captiva was anything but small on performance and features. Available with either a closed bow, this sporty performer is a true head-turner.


The bowrider model is available with either the standard or sport interior. The standard version offers fore-and-aft facing helm seats, twin jump seats, and a traditional padded engine box, while the optional (300$) sport version covers the engine completely with full-beam sunpad, and mounts an aft benchseat (for three) in front of it. There are also dual bolster-style seats forward and a plush bowrider area that can seat three.

The helm has been designed for ergonomics and comfort. Easy-to-read black-on-white Teleflex instruments, standard power steering, and a Momo tilt-wheel make the Rinker 186 Captiva a pleasure to operate. The Quicksilver binnacle control with in-handle tilt and trim makes trimming a simple matter. The driver’s seat is fore-and-aft adjustable and perfectly positioned for seated helmsman, but it could use a few more inches of range alt for those of us six-plus-footers who like to handle a boat from a standing position.

Engineered for The Best

To port, you’ll find a convenient glove box, along with a built-in AM/FM casstette deck, both standard. Aft, the benchseat (with easy-to-reach drink holders) has ample stowage beneath. Engine access on the 186 is superb. Lift the aft sunlounge pad, fold down the twin fore-and-aft side stowage panels, and the MerCruiser 4.3L Alpha One is ready for inspection. And the Rinker 186 Captiva comes standard with an integral swim platform, two-step ladder, and centerline ski tow ring. That, combined with in-sole ski stowage and highly responsive handling sets you up for plenty of waterskiing action.

Rinker 186 Captiva cockpit
Black-on-white Teleflex instruments are easy on the eyes. The wheel tilts for comfort.

Speaking of action, our test package yielded more permormance than you may need. Once on plane (only about 2.5 seconds), the 186 grabs the water and really takes off, but without giving you the feeling that she can get away from you. She carves a circle almost within her own length at low speed, and she handles even a nasty chop (especially dead into it) with surprising grace for bowrider of this size. All this performance and styling make the 186 a hard package to beat.

Technical Specification of Rinker 186 Captiva

  • Base price: 15,095
  • Standard Power: MerCruiser 4.3LX
  • Notable Standard Equipment: full instrumentation, tilt steering w/Momo wheel, power steering, convertible top, integrated swim platform, S/S rails and cleats, AM/FM cassette stereo, curved all-glass windshield, auto bilge pump, in-floor ski stowage
  • Construction: two layers of fibreglass alternating w/layers of 1½-oz mat and 24-oz. woven roving; five hull stringers constructed of ¾” 7-ply Marine-tech plywood; stringers and flooring encapsulated in 2415 Fabmat
  • Deadrise at Transom: 20°
  • Warranty: 3-year
  • Measurments:
    Loa: 18’6” Beam: 7’6” Draft: 18″
  • Approx. Weight: 2,600lbs
  • Fuel/Water Capacity: 42 gal./0 gal.
  • Options: sport interior