There is a disease that is infecting all types of boaters. If you haven’t got it, then sooner or later you will.

It’s called the “20-footish”.

Its symptoms are quite easy to notice. You start with a 19-foot runabout, you want a 21-foot the next day, then a 22.

Fortunately, there’s a cure! And that’s the Rinker Captiva 232.

This 23-foot bow rider is spacious, stylish, and powerful.

Rinker boats make a great purchase for boaters because their entire philosophy is based on value. This means that you get a runabout loaded with lots of amazing features at a friendly price.

So, what makes the Captiva 232 stand out?

 

Rinker Captiva 232 Review

Workmanship

The Captive 232 is definitely an attention getter.

It has a sporty look with yellow graphics that flow nicely with in-gel style lines. The mold work is well-above the boat production standards, and looks even better in motion.

The graphic accents are perfectly applied in vinyl tape, and an extruded plastic rubrail is competently installed to enhance dockside protection.

The 232 also has two gas struts to support that engine hatch. The engine is lag-bolted to the stringers and secured by the standard transom assembly, and the bilge compartment is finished with a gray gel coat for easy maintenance and cleaning.

 

Performance

One of the best features about this bout is its incredible power which can be attributed to its 5-liter MerCruiser that drives a Bravo Three drive and a three-blade stainless steel propeller which produces as much as 260 horsepower. The Captiva’s 20-degree hull features six reversed strakes, a delta-pad keel, and after-planes.

The awesome boat also caters to the needs of speed enthusiasts. It has a top speed of about 55.7 MPH and a quick acceleration of about 40 MPH in just 6.5 seconds perfect for recreational skiers and wakeboarding.

Another plus for this bow rider is its great handling capabilities – strong winds and the passenger’s weight does not affect the ride. Moreover, the boat has the ability to decelerate quickly without jarring its occupants.

If you are looking for great agility, speed, and power, the Rinker Captiva 232 should be your go-to bow rider. It won’t let you down.

 

Interior

Rinker (as always) did an exemplary job outfitting the Captiva’s cuddy cabin without actually over-stuffing it.

The interior feels spacious, especially with the abundant natural illumination from the portholes and deck hatch as well as the light interior color.

The V-berth is completed with filler cushions which are large enough for tall people to use comfortably.

Other awesome cabin features include a Porta Potti, a galley with a stove, a lockable door for privacy, as well as a hanging locker. The cockpit is covered with snap-in sections of the carpet and has cozy bucket seats for the pilot and the co-pilot as well as a stainless steel grab handle for the co-pilot.

The simulated wood grain panel allows you to enjoy an unbarred view of all the instruments and the steering wheel has an ergonomic feel.

The L-shaped lounge offers enough space for five adults, and the sun pad accommodates at least one person.

 

How Does the Rinker Captiva 232 Compare to Bayliner 160 Bowrider?

Up front, the Bayliner 160 is quite similar to the Rinker Captiva 232, and this confuses a lot of boaters.

However, these two boats are quite different. For starters, the Bayliner is smaller compared to the Rinker Captiva. The interior design and power system and also far from similar.

The Bayliner uses a Mercury Four Stroke 60 HP engine which is definitely less efficient than Captiva’s.  However, the Bayliner 160 is faster, probably because of its smaller size.

But not all boaters are into speed, some just want to lay back and enjoy the sun. And the study Rinker Captiva 232 is perfect for such laid-back activities.

The Bayliner also has a two bucket seating at the cockpit, beverage holders, and aft bench seating. The interior is definitely better than Captiva’s, but will you compromise the space and performance for nice little seats?

 

Rinker Captiva 232: Bottom Line

 

Up front, this bow rider eschews the trend towards pickle-fork designs, which has become quite common. Even with the traditional pointy bow design, Rinker has managed to perfectly carve out lots of space in the Captiva 232.

Today, there are several 23-foot bow riders on the market. But not all these boats will completely meet your needs.

The Rinker Captiva 232 boasts of easy drivability, strong performance, comfort, incredible stowage, and pleasant interiors. It’s everything you want on a bow rider.

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