This is a spacious 28' Rinker cuddy cabin, with a single 496 Mag Mercruiser. Rinker manufactured this boat in both a cuddy cabin and as a bow rider, and the boat is designed to maximize space in and around the driver and cockpit area. The boat is located within blocks of the factory where it was m...more
This is a spacious 28' Rinker cuddy cabin, with a single 496 Mag Mercruiser. Rinker manufactured this boat in both a cuddy cabin and as a bow rider, and the boat is designed to maximize space in and around the driver and cockpit area. The boat is located within blocks of the factory where it was made! The owner has a slip on the lake where Rinker tests all of its boats! He has neighbors that have worked at Rinker for decades, and most probably helped manufacture this boat! The owner is selling it as his daughter, son-in-law and grand kids moved out of the area, and the boat is not used. His favorite feature is the handling, speed and the way it handles in rough water. The largest lake the owner has used the boat on is 20,000 acres.
From the outside, the boat and trailer show well. The trailer was manufactured for Rinker, and is well suited for this boat. It is painted to match the boat. This is a steel trailer that has a 9,600 lb rating and features disc brakes. Tires have ample tread and there is a spare that appears never to have seen a road surface. The owner pulls this boat with a 2500 series ( ton) GMC pick-up truck.
The hull has a step design allowing this boat to run with less drag. The owner claims a top speed of 48 MPH, and speaks well of the fuel efficiency of this boat! Although he did not keep a log, he filled the 100-gallon fuel tank on the way to a week long adventure on a 20,000-acre lake in North Central Michigan. He used the boat everyday, along with friends and family, and had fuel to spare! When asked about comfortable cruising speed, he told me he really didn't know as he "likes to go fast." He maintains a slip with access to Lake Wawasee (3,000 acres) in North East Indiana (same lake Rinker uses to test boats), and fills the tank in the spring and mid-season. He enjoys the portability of this boat and the ease of getting it on and off the trailer. He uses this feature to fill the boat at "road" stations, rather than purchasing fuel on the water!
The boat was fully shrink wrapped when I visited. Please excuse the "blue-ish tint" in some of the interior photos. Because of the shrink wrap, I was not able to access the engine compartment, so, there are no photos of the engine or the bilge area. The owner has the boat professionally serviced and maintained by a local Rinker dealer. The owner claims the dealership should have a full set of records of the work done under his ownership.
Once I pushed my 230 lb. frame through the rabbit hole we cut in the shrink wrap, I was amazed at the space in the lounge area! This is a big party boat that is equipped with a flushable head and a full berth that converts into a dinette in the cuddy! There are three large lounges for seating or sunning! It is nicely appointed with ample storage under the starboard lounge, and a ski locker in the center of the floor. The boat feature high sides and seems a great place for children of all sizes! The boat is accessed from the swim platform taking 2 small steps down into the cockpit. The table from the cabin has a floor recept and can be used at the rear lounge. Similar to what is found in large motor homes, the captain and passenger seats rotate allowing both to be used to join "the party" while the boat is docked or moored. Both seats swivel, tilt, and are adjustable fore/aft for maximum comfort while both at rest and under power. The seats also feature a front "bolster" cushion that folds up to allow occupants to sit higher, or stand for slow speed maneuvering. Plenty of additional seating is provided on the three lounges that wrap around the entire cockpit area!
There is a solid surface counter space just rear of the captain's chair. This counter has a railing around three sides, and built-in sink and storage area. The sink has a solid surface cover, as does the storage compartment. The sink has pressurized water from the fresh water holding tank. There are two 110 volt recepts on the side of this area, nicely hidden behind the captain's chair. This would be the perfect area for a blender "station"! Under this sink is the half height refrigerator which has a small freezer, and the ability to make ice in the old fashion ice trays.... Another reason for being the perfect area for a blender!
The helm is richly appointed with a wood grain backdrop. All controls and instrumentation in full view of the captain's chair. The steering wheel is adjustable, and raises or lowers to maximize captain comfort! Add this to the very adjustable captain's chair, and it makes a very inviting, very accommodating space for the captain. Visibility seems good from both sitting and standing positions. The bilge blower and bilge pump switches are nicely positioned next to the ignition switch, as a reminder to purge the bilge before starting! Above these switches is the marine VHF radio. The Faria instrumentation includes a speedometer, a tachometer (with hour meter) outdrive trim gauge, and a center cluster containing fuel gauge, engine temperature, oil pressure and amp meter. The large Danforth floating compass sits at the top of the helm. The twin rocker switches controlling the Lenco trim tabs are nicely positioned between the steering wheel and the single lever throttle/shift/outdrive trim controller. The lower right panels contain controls include the horn, navigation/anchor lights, panel lights, cockpit lights, docking lights, cabin lights, pressurized water pump (for sink), and engine hatch switches. Just in front of the single level engine control is the electric windlass controls. There are three cup holders for the captain!
The center front of the cockpit features the single piece sliding hatch to the cuddy cabin. The hatch easily slides into a pocket just forward of the passenger area. There is a latch to keep the hatch open.
On the port side is the passenger helm seat, which like the pilot seat is fully adjustable, and features the same bolster feature. A large glove box is positioned directly in front of the passenger. A grab rail provides additional security and comfort. Molded into the dash area are steps that allow access to the walk out windshield, giving occupants access to the bow area. Like the pilot's seat, the passenger's seat has three cup holders!
At the rear of the cockpit, just above the small steps, is a hatch with access to the main electrical panel. A circular Guest switch provides control between the system and the two batteries. Circuit breakers to the main electrical systems are easy to get to and clearly marked. The 110-volt controls are located on the same panel. These feature twin circuit breaker/disconnect switches, power on light, reverse polarity light, and twin GFI protected 110-volt recepts. Aft and above this panel is a convent small storage area, used by the current owner for rear dock lines! The area also features a trash receptacle at the rear of the port lounge. This is nicely covered by the same type of solid surface material used for the sink and counter area.
There are six speakers and a sub woofer in the cockpit area, driven by a Sony CD head with wireless remote control. The CD unit is located inside the cabin, and a Sirius receiver on the dashboard Under the floor is what appears to be an amplifier in a space easily accessed from the cabin step down landing.
Inside the cabin, on the port side, there is a small head with flush-able toilet. The head has an opening port hole, light, and vent built into the bottom of the door. This entire area is finished in a smooth bright white fiberglass gel making it bright, airy, and allowing for quick and easy cleaning. Inside the head is a handy easily accessed built in storage pocket for the table top. The top easily lifts in and out of the the pocket, and can be set up in either the cabin or the lounge area quickly and easily!
The cabin features rich looking side walls, ceiling liner, bolsters and trim all finished is soft and inviting white and beige vinyl. A full sized berth with richly padded bolsters run the length of the berth on both sides. The bolsters double as shelves providing storage along both sides. Small port windows can be opened for fresh air. These port windows are positioned for privacy when laying on the berth, yet allow viability when the berth is used as an inside seating area... A feature that could be overlooked by those not acquainted with sleeping in a forward berth! A large center ceiling hatch can also be opened. At the bow is a removable mirror. Behind the mirror is an access hatch to the anchor locker. A large center cushion lifts out to provide wrap around three-sided seating. The table can be used in this area to provide private, inside dining. Flush mounted ceiling lights compliment the cabin layout and finish. The outside berth cushions lift for additional storage areas. A half height wardrobe/storage locker completes the cabin area.
Fit and finish are very good on the entire boat! The cockpit/outside lounge area is shadowed by a radar arch, with built in speakers. The windshield has a high rake angle and wraps smoothly around to both sides, with side glass that slowly and smoothly declines to the base of the arch. The center section of the windshield opens allowing air flow as well as a walk thru access to the from the deck.
There is a Bimini, which was detached, but present inside the boat. The owner also has a mooring cover to protect the outside lounge area when trailering, or when the boat is not in use.
I was unable to get photos or "eye witness" views of the engine/bilge compartment, or the swim platform area, as the shrink wrapping tightly covered the swim platform, and made access to the engine compartment impossible.
The boat is equipped with an electric engine hatch opening system, that again, I was unable to access due to the shrink wrap.
There is an electric windlass at the bow, again covered by shrink wrap. I could see the anchor, but had no access to the actual windlass.
The owner claims all of these work and are excellent features, and I see no evidence that would lead to another conclusion.
The boat and trailer are in good to very good condition. I would rate this boat a 3.5 to 4 on a 0 to 5 scale with 0 being a complete wreck, and 5 representing showroom or bristol condition. This rating is based upon how the boat presents and the attitude and care of the owner. I am using a range for my rating as the boat was fully shrink-wrapped when I view it and lacked accessibility to much of the gel coat, the engine, swim platform, bow, and windlass.
The trailer is in very good condition including the tires and spare. The hull seems sound, however, does show some small scratches in the gel coat. There is one small scratch on the port side that is deeper than the gel coat. The bottom is painted, which one would expect of a boat that spends the season in the water tied to a dock. It appears the boat was power washed, especially the areas which sit in or below the water. The outdrive and trim tabs are clean but could use some TLC and touch up. The prop was covered by shrink wrap. I observed no evidence of scratching or damage to the painted area of the hull.
The vinyl and upholstery are without blemish, with the exception of the folding bolster on the captain's chair. The stitching on this pad is beginning to fail and needs repair. All other areas, including the solid surface tops, are in good condition. The cabin was also in good condition, with all of the vinyl and fabric all in very good condition. All of the padding in the seats and cushions seems to be solid, firm and without issue.
The boat has been professionally maintained and cared for by a Rinker dealer. This includes winterization, shrink wrapping, annual tune-ups/oil changes as well as cleaning and detailing each spring. A full set of records during his ownership should be available.
The toilet and sink were winterized when I viewed the boat. Generally, a very good indicator the boat is properly winterized. Shrink wrapping was nicely done, reinforced from the inside, and employ two vents at the highest points.
All of the carpeting was in good shape.
Overall, I believe this to be a sound vessel, and look forward to a water test in the spring!
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