Rinker 212 Captiva | WATERSKI

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Rinker 212

Rinker 212 Captiva

Rinker’s 212 Captiva hasn’t changed one iota since we tested it last year. And that may be the best thing Rinker ever did to this three-year-old workhorse ski boat. When you’ve got one of the best all-around runabouts in terms of performance and value in the 21-foot class, why change a thing?

In 1994, Rinker took its popular 209 Captiva and added enough hull length to improve the boat’s stability and expand the interior space for more elbows and skis. In doing so, the company took an already good ski boat hull and made it better. The 212 now has solid handling and maneuvering, both at speed and at idle, thanks to the integrated afterplanes (added in ’95 model year) and a 20-degree hull and center planing pad. The result is a boat that’s quicker to plane and feels more stable. For skiers that means quicker hole-shot and easier deepwater starts.

You can feel skier-related niceties all around. Rinker has incorporated generous storage space for gear. The rear seat bench lifts to reveal glove, vest and rope storage even enough for a wakeboard. Both sides of the massive engine box have room for bulky gear, including kneeboards. The in-floor ski locker holds both high-wrap slaloms and combos. The gunwale areas are open and deep enough to house more skis, and the bow cushions raise to reveal small areas for clutter items. Boatloads of up to nine skiers will appreciate the clean feel of the 212, as all gear can be stowed away safely.

Speaking of safe, the high freeboard on the 212 will give you the impression you’re walled in; gunwales are high and padded. Even in the bow, passengers sit deep on comfortable upholstery. And grab rails abound. Even though the 212 makes no abrupt movements while under way, passengers have plenty of places to hang on for security.

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The long, wraparound windshield means rope retrieval has to be done aft; discussions with skiers require standing and talking over the five-piece walk-through windshield. These are minor drawbacks, though, as speed-holding is good for the range of skiing speeds, the swiveling pedestal helm seat is supportive enough for long sessions, and all gauges are within sight lines.

That’s good, because drivers will be spending a lot of time behind the wheel. The 212 Captiva has one of the widest arrays of skiable wakes in the runabout class. That’s no surprise, as some of the chief decision-makers at Rinker, including general manager Kim Slocum, have storied backgrounds of tearing up northern Indiana lakes as competitive skiers.

There is no real specialty discipline for the 212. Slalom wakes are just what the recreational skiing family ordered: soft and smooth at longline and between 24 and 28 mph. If you’re skiing faster than that and using shorter line, you should be behind a specialized slalom boat anyway. These wakes are perfect for weekend trips and afternoon sessions.

Barefooters and boarders will like them too, as wake shape is sufficient for anything a family can dish out. That’s the essence of the Rinker 212: Give recreational skiers everything they want at a price they can afford, and they’re guaranteed to keep coming back.

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