As written in Boat test.com:
First impressions mean a lot, and as I stepped aboard the 196 Captiva I was glad to see that I didn't have to step on the upholstery. A starboard side flip-up section of the aft sun pad revealed a walkthrough with molded non-skid that led to a second, lower non-sk...more
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As written in Boat test.com:
First impressions mean a lot, and as I stepped aboard the 196 Captiva I was glad to see that I didn't have to step on the upholstery. A starboard side flip-up section of the aft sun pad revealed a walkthrough with molded non-skid that led to a second, lower non-skid step under the seat cushion. I found the seat cushions a little awkward to remove as they had pins that fed into sockets in the seat base, but it didn't take long to get the hang of it. The aft swim platform was 20" (50.8 cm) wide which didn't bring it out past the outdrive and to starboard there was a 3-step reboarding ladder under a flush mounted cover that had a handhold cut into its surface
The sun pad has a walkthrough to starboard. Cleats are up and away from the trip zone. Notice that the outdrive is still exposed past the swim platform. The 3-step ladder is concealed under the hatch with the hand hold cut into its surface.
The engine compartment was quite roomy, and notice the trash receptacle in front of me. This is a common feature on Rinkers, but here it would help if they had put a small hatch in the sun pad for accessing it.
At the walkthrough, there's an oblong hatch in the decking that opens up to reveal a large storage compartment that shares an access with a hatch under the seat cushion. The two access points are clever as this compartment runs all the way back to the transom.
The aft sun pad measures 35" (89 cm) x 6'2" (1.9 m) and lies just above and behind the bench seat. I've mentioned the boarding step under the starboard seat, and under the port seat is another storage compartment. The center seat is a bit wider than the outside seats and covers a 36qt (34L) carry-on cooler that is recessed into the deck to keep it secure in its place. The front of the cooler storage is open to the cockpit so you can see the cooler. To access the cooler, just raise the seat.
To both sides of the bench are lengthy stainless grab handles at a 45-degree angle. Nestled in the bulwarks is an open area for the two cockpit speakers and three drink holders per side. For safety, the wrap-around windshield runs well aft and raises the height of the bulwarks to 38" (96.5 cm), a feature that will bode well with families with small children.
In the center of the cockpit are dual bucket seats that wrap-around, are open in the lower backs for improved ventilation on hot days, and they both swivel and slide. Flip-up bolsters are optional and I wouldn't want to live without them on any boat. The observer gets a stainless grab handle just over a spacious glove box that measures 10" (2.4 cm) x 18" (45.7 cm) with a 4" (10.2cm) opening. Just above was a standard stereo with a 12v supply right next door to power your MP3 player that plugs into the stereo.
Dual bucket seats and a bench aft make up the layout of the 196. Look at how the windshield wraps around the whole cockpit. And as it's nice and high.
The skipper gets a basic and functional helm with the now common Faria gauges with chrome bezels. The center gauge is a four-in-one to reduce panel clutter. Options allow for tilt steering, a depth gauge, and a stereo remote to starboard of the helm. To the right of the wheel are the circuit breakers and the Italian Isotta wheel is flattened at the bottom to facilitate swinging your legs past without having to feel squished. I'd like to see a higher footrest molded into the deck, just abaft the consoles, as my short legs didn't quite reach the deck and I felt like a kid with my feet swinging.
The wheel is flattened at the bottom to allow you to swing your legs past. The depth gauge to the right is optional and notice the contoured space for a stereo remote at the lower right of the helm.
The sole storage locker is huge and accessed by a hatch with an irregular geometry that is hinged from the front rather than the sides. While the compartment is certainly large enough to hold all your gear, and possibly even the next boat's as well, I'd like to see a surrounding gutter to channel water away, perhaps a rubber gasket surrounding the opening too, and the compartment should drain, at least into the bilge.
The bow seatbacks are reclined nicely and the lengthy stainless grab rails are comfortable to rest your arm on.
This boat has the dual lifting strakes, and how the hard chines carry forward to form spray rails. They were very effective at throwing water out to the sides.
NOTE: This boat is powered by a 4.3L Mercruiser with 220hp
The 196 to be a comfortable boat and a nice handler. The advantage of the heft of the Rinker 196 is that it gives you a solid feel and she will ride better in a chop, all things being equal.
Well maintained one owner
2016 bought brand new from factory in 2012 includes complete coast guard kit, Bimini Top, Bow Cover, Cockpit Cover, Matching Tandem Dual axle trailer & Digital Depth Finder, AM/FM/CD Player/MP3 Port for I-Phone, Ipad or Tablet, Swim Platform W/ Fold Down Ladder & Air Head Tube 3 riders.
Can Eat off the motor. It is cleaned on average 7 times per season; just load the cooler and drive it!!! 220 HP 4.3 Mercruiser Inboard/Outboard tops out at 55MPH.
Stored Indoors climate controlled each year Gel coat is buffed 3 times per season.
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