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Old 03-01-2006, 11:12 AM
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I am a first time boat buyer, i live on the coast of florida with lots of salt water to contend with. i am looking at purchasing a 2005 rinker 232, but have not heard a lot of feed back from anyone i have talked to. i would appreciate any input anyone has, to the good, the bad, the ugly. any advise would be helpful. toroman2
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:34 AM
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Rinker is a boat builder that has been around since 1945. In a recent J.D. Powers report, they were ranked right up there with Sea Ray in their initial quality and customer service. They have a history of offering alot of bang for the buck thus being a good value. Not a "Rolls Royce" like Cobalt but a Rinker will let you keep much more money in the bank for your kid's college fund. Overall a pretty decent boat in it's catagory.

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Bowrider or cuddy model? The Rinker cuddy is an especially strong choice. Their bowrider has more competition across the various brands. As the other post said, Rinker can be pretty competitive on price. Generally lower than Chaparral, Four Winns, Monterey, Regal, and Sea Ray. Here is another thread that kicks around various I/O boat brands -

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...=66031&start=1
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Old 03-01-2006, 06:19 PM
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I own a 270 Rinker--and it is a well built boat. Not an offshore fishing boat however. The fit and finish were better (in my opinion) that many of the Brunswick boats. I have owned it 3 years with no problems.
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Old 03-02-2006, 02:15 AM
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I have read several reviews of Rinker boats in "Boating" magazine within the past several years. Under "low points", the magazine mentions that Rinker lag bolts their engine mounts to the stringers rather than thru bolting the mounts to the stringers.
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My friends parents have a 2000 31' rinker and it is kept in the water at a marina. The boat looks like its about 20 years old. The ride quality stinks and so does the craftsmanship. The engines are always breaking down and the interior looks like its from a bayliner. But it does float! Rinkers are made for the freshwater boat garage lake setup. These are just my opinions from when i have gone on the boat, others may disagree, but you wanted to hear the bad also.
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Old 03-02-2006, 03:52 AM
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I had a friend who had one in the early 90s and was on it many times. It was a 19' cuddy. Many items were screwed on fell off, ie. the non-skid "teak" on the step down of the gunwale, the lights didn't work like after two months, the floor rotted within a couple of years, all of the (I hate to use the term) "fit and finish" items were low quality and did not hold up well at all. The hull itself seemed OK, but it was white w/red and the red faded out almost immediately.
The problem was that it looked like a 10 year old boat after 1-2 years.

The power was good, I think it had a mercruiser 140 i/o.

All that being said, he bought what he could afford, new, at a boat show and probably had it 6-7 years and his and my family had plenty of fun on that boat. It wasn't the best but it got him on the water.

After the 6-7 year time frame he gave it away. That was along time ago, so things could have changed.

Not trying to bash, but it was what it was.
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My friends parents have a 2000 31' rinker and it is kept in the water at a marina. The boat looks like its about 20 years old. The ride quality stinks and so does the craftsmanship. The engines are always breaking down and the interior looks like its from a bayliner. But it does float! Rinkers are made for the freshwater boat garage lake setup. These are just my opinions from when i have gone on the boat, others may disagree, but you wanted to hear the bad also.
"My friends' parents have a 2000 31' Rinker". Thanks for the review, Mr Rinker Expert.

I guess the "engines always breaking down" is a Rinker problem too, eh?

If they read this, don't expect too many more invitations to go out on it.
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Old 03-02-2006, 12:30 PM
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Rinker's are "Kmart" boats. They couldn't meet Walmart's quality standards. As stated hereinbefore, "You get what you pay for"!

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Old 03-02-2006, 12:52 PM
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My Father in law had a 19 or 20' cuddy for over 20 years. Boat was trailered and used prety much every weekend for 6 months of the year. Never had any major problems, replaced it in 2005 becuase new stringers and floor would cost more than the boat was worth. Traded in in for a new Trophy and got a few grand for it (and that was after negotiating a really good deal on the Trophy).

My Sister had a mid 90s bow rider for a few years as the seccond owner. It was a decent little boat, Nothing spectacular but nice for a casual ride or occasional fishing.
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Old 03-02-2006, 02:01 PM
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Another boat at a great price, but no sacrifices on quality is Stingray. http://www.stingrayboats.com/
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Old 03-02-2006, 02:27 PM
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Strat,

What's the matter? Defending Bayliners not enough for you? So what do you know about Rinkers?

Also . . ."engines always breaking down" very well CAN have A LOT to do with the boat manufacturer. As a Bayliner owner, I thought you'd know that. I won't go over specifics because I know that they are a waste of your "expert" time. Just be glad that your boat has strakes, chines, and it floats. Oh! . . I get it, this poster actually did "insult" a bayliner. . . and he insulted the only decent aspect of the bayliner . . . the "interior". "Cheap looking" but I actually happen to like bayliner layouts. Ha ha . . Well, I guess this does qualify the poster as a "bayliner basher" and he does deserve your "negative comments". Probably a good chance that he hates you and your family as well. . . Let him have it Strat!
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Neighbor has a 312 Rinker. He had some problems with it (water getting in fiberglass on his radar arch) and some issues with the dealer. One call to the factory and they put the heat on to get it resolved--gave him a new radar arch. He was happy enough to trade it in on a Rinker 390 this winter
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Old 03-02-2006, 04:05 PM
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Alright stayed out till now. I currently own a Rinker 280 Cruiser and I also have owned a 1994 Rinker 202 Cuddy. I also count among my friends ownership past and current Two Rinker 300 (1990) vintage a rinker 265 a rinker 266 a Rinker 290 Two Rinker 310's a Rinker 312 a Rinker 340 and a good friend just ordered a new 36 foot hard top. I bought the 1994 new in 1994 it was powered with a small block gm v8 with alpha series drive. It was the most trouble free boat that I have ever owned I ran it for five years and never had a major repair warranty or otherwise. I have had my current Rinker for two seasons this will be the third. It is a 1996 Model ten years old. It still has the original upholstery and is in good shape. I have had a few minor water leaks on through hull fittings that I have repaired myself, this is not uncommon on cruisers of this vintage. I also have had to do a valve job on one of the engines which also is not uncommon for a boat of this vintage. I would buy another Rinker without question. These boats are one of the best values on the water for the types of boats that they build. JD power has consistantly placed them at the upper reaches of there polls for customer satisfaction. All that said if I was boating in salt water in Florida I would not own the boat the poster asked about. All the vinyl seats and pretty carpet will be a nightmare in the Florida sun and salt. Go rent a sport boat like this for a day then go rent a good center console or walkaround. In your environment and conditions this would be a much better fit for a first boat. As for the guy that has the friend with parents that have 2000 that looks twenty years old get a life. If it looks twenty years old it is there fault. Not even grady white makes a boat that will wash and maintain itself. Wax and clean it for them to help pay for the ride. I have two friends that have sixteen year old boats that don't look five years old. This is all about maitenance not construction.
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Old 03-02-2006, 04:14 PM
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For the original poster's purposes, he may very well want to take a hard look at a dual console boat by Boston Whaler Key West, Grady, Wellcraft or the like, powered by a nice four stroke outboard. Better suited for everyday salt water conditions.
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Old 03-02-2006, 06:52 PM
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Ok - here is my take on Rinker boats, even though I have never owned one.

I have known the Rinker family personally for over 15 years while racing powerboats. They have been building boats longer that that. The operation is truely a family-owned operation and they have a lot of pride in the family name on the boats. Randy Rinker is the one that did the quality control on the larger boats prior to delivery and also followed up on issues once delivered. He would work his butt off to make sure a boat was right before it left the factory.

Also, any of the Rinkers are down-to-earth people that earn their money the way most of us do, working hard. That being said, they are also going to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. They are building a boat targeted for the mid range buyer, and have gone after the market in the 22 foot and greater boat aggressively. When you get to the cruisers (27 and over), the quality of the boat is ramped up another notch.

I don't think you can go wrong getting a Rinker .

(As a side note, those bashing Rinkers are probably getting second hand information and confusing Renkens with Rinkers.....that is like calling a cat a dog )

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Strat,

What's the matter? Defending Bayliners not enough for you? So what do you know about Rinkers?

Also . . ."engines always breaking down" very well CAN have A LOT to do with the boat manufacturer. As a Bayliner owner, I thought you'd know that. I won't go over specifics because I know that they are a waste of your "expert" time. Just be glad that your boat has strakes, chines, and it floats. Oh! . . I get it, this poster actually did "insult" a bayliner. . . and he insulted the only decent aspect of the bayliner . . . the "interior". "Cheap looking" but I actually happen to like bayliner layouts. Ha ha . . Well, I guess this does qualify the poster as a "bayliner basher" and he does deserve your "negative comments". Probably a good chance that he hates you and your family as well. . . Let him have it Strat!
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