Cuddy Angler That Works: Rinker 240 Festiva 240 — Orlando Sentinel

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Cuddy Angler That Works: Rinker 240 Festiva 240

Trial run

November 17, 1994 | By Trailer Boats Magazine

Compromises abound in the wonderful world of boat design, and it seems most evident with fishing boats. For example, although the popular walkaround cuddy design offers wide-open access to the full perimeter of the boat, the very catwalks flanking the cabin to allow such access usually encroach on cabin space and narrow the helm area. On wider boats of this style it’s usually not an issue, but with the limited maximum trailerable beam of 8 to 6 inches, the compromises must be weighed.

Walkaround design

The clean Rinker 240 Festiva Fish illustrates the antithesis of a walkaround design and points out the effectiveness of a more standard cuddy-angling machine style. This Festiva is a nicely built boat with the kind of fishing effectiveness, low clutter factor and efficiency normally associated with a sport-specific boatbuilding operation. This is first offshore fishing boat for this venerable company, recognized more for building family runabouts and cruisers for the past 49 years. As a first effort, the Rinker team members obviously did their homework.

The most obvious thing about the Rinker 240 is abundance of clean open space. The cockpit is huge and uncluttered. The cabin is roomy with seated headroom throughout. The helm area is wide open and comfortable. The bonus is that the boat is also well-equipped with standard equipment and offered at what seems to be a bargain.

Rinker 240

The Festiva’s cockpit is open and efficient. Because this model is powered by a small-block MerCruiser sterndriver package, it has an engine box at the stern, which takes up some otherwise valuable fishing space. However, the box has a pad on top and a pair of removable jumpseats on either side. It is touted as a dual-purpose boat, trying to appeal to anglers and weekend cruisers. There are rod racks in each gunwale, an insulated fishbox across the width of the transom, access beneath a pair of hinged lids and a smooth inner liner for keeping cleanup a minor chore. The test boat also sported snap-in carpeting and even a combo shower/washdown system, fed from a 10-gallon water tank.

In addition to the expected cockpit amenities on a boat of this style, there are saniboard step pads on the gunwales, coaming pads, stainless-steel rod holders, and an aerated livewell upon which the helm seat is mounted. The full-width swim platform is also nice. Also located on the platform is a fold-down boarding ladder, grab handle, and stout, stainless cleats.

The engine box hinges forward and provides excellent access to the powerplant, in this case the standard engine, a MerCruiser 5.0-liter V-8. The installation is neat, and there is ample room around the block to handle routine servicing. The Rinker elevates a pair of batteries at the forward edge of the engine compartment on a platform that also holds the battery switch. Rinker’s method allows quick inspection, ease of hooking up a charger, and no dangerous contortions to remove the heavy units.

Efficient helm area

The helm area is equally efficient and clean. The helm itself features a small stainless destroyer-style wheel and white-faced instruments — tach, speedo, fuel, trim, volts, oil, temp — mounted slightly above. A standard VHF radio also is mounted on the helm adjacent to the wheel. The dash benefits from a handy 12-volt receptable, fold-down drink holder and a nicely positioned Suunto compass. Troubleshooting the wiring and steering mechanism was made considerably easier by Rinker engineers by hinging the whole dash fascia for access to its back side. A couple of handy, molded recesses on either side of the compass provide mounting locations for additional fishing or navigations electronics. A pair of pedestal-mounted buckets seats are comfortable, but the passenger seat seemed curiously low, even to the company representatives present. A tackle cabinet is flush-mounted in the gunwale ahead of the passenger seat, just about deck level. Our preference would be to have the tackle drawers situated behind the seat, but it is usable as-is.

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