Building on the success of their Captiva 236 Bow Rider, the boatbuilders at Rinker have introduced a cuddy-cabin version called the 236 CC. The company, based in Elkhart, Indiana, is no stranger to the lifestyles and preferences of boaters on inland lakes, where pontoon boats are a big presence, or along saltwater coastlines, where runabouts and dedicated fishing machines hold sway. With this boat offering dedicated, comfortable shelter below, they’ll be occupying an important niche.
There are several keys to Rinker’s success. One is value for price. Another is clever engineering focused on ergonomics. The 236 CC features big areas of comfortable seating in the cockpit, with seats that hide plenty of innovations, like a fold-up backrest, multi-position bolsters, and the so-called ICE System, which allows the cooler to be accessed through a sliding lid under a small cushion insert in the aft bench seat. This keeps both cooler-wrestling and cooling loss to a minimum. There’s a similar arrangement for trash and recycling.
Down below, inboard-facing seats aft of the V-berth offer sitting headroom, and can be folded down to increase the berth length to over seven feet. In the V-berth notch there’s a covered toilet area that can house either a porta-potty or a plumbed toilet.
Engine options and control systems are available from Mercury (Sea-Core) and Volvo Penta (Ocean-X). The standard equipment list is generous, but the best value in a new boat will probably come in a package deal like the “Preferred Option Group,” which includes an upgraded stereo system with Sony speakers, dual batteries, mooring lines and fenders, an anchor kit, and more.