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Rinker Watersports

April 29, 2016

Rinker Watersports coming to Syracuse and Lake WawaseeCompany marks the return of a Rinker dealership to the regionSRYACUSE, Ind. [April 26, 2016] – Since 1945, the Rinker name has been synonymous withboat lovers. In the beginning the Rinker Boat Company, then Rinkerbuilt, was founded by afamily with a passion for life on the water— people who brought that passion to work with themevery day and made boating their life’s work. Their shared drive and desire to build somethingbetter...    Read More ]

COMING SOON

April 19, 2016

Look for the All NEW Rinkerboats.com website coming your way the beginning of May!...    Read More ]

This weeks Boat Shows

February 10, 2016

THE COUNT DOWN IS ON – 39 MORE DAYS TILL SPRING! Join the Fun this weekend and attend one of the following shows where Rinker will be displayed! Dallas Boat Show Expo (Dealer: Carey & Sons) Utah Boat Show (Dealer: Rogers Performance) Miami Boat Show (Dealer: Pirates Cove Marine) Bismark Tribune Sport Show (Dealer: Moritz Sport & Marine) Detroit Boat Show (Dealers: North Shore Marine, Hideaway Yachts) What you waiting for? …..See you at the show!...    Read More ]

How To Launch & Retrieve Your Bowrider

April 8, 2014

With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here’s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time. Before You Hit The Road  Don’t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure....    Read More ]

Pets Ahoy Photo Contest is over -- but now the Judges are Tallying the Results!

April 7, 2014

Spring has sprung! And to celebrate the chance to get back out on the water, we launched the Rinker Pets Ahoy Photo Contest during the month of April! The contest is over now, but stay tuned for the results as our judges are busy looking at all of the entries we received!  One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Hurricane Gear Store and a full summer of bragging rights! The top 3 photos with the most Facebook votes were handed over to our illustrious panel of judges who will determine...    Read More ]

How To Boat At Night

March 28, 2014

Believe it or not, this brutal winter will be over before you know it. And that means you'll be out on the water again, doing everything you can to get the most out of every day. One way to do that is to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here’s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down. SLOW DOWN Cruising...    Read More ]

Nautic Global Group Recognizes Accident-Free Milestone

March 17, 2014

Nautic Global Group along with plant three has reason to celebrate! Godfrey Pontoons Plant Manager Dan Finke announces that Plant Three has made it an entire year wihout having an accident. “And these guys sure aren’t making teddy bears over there,” said Finke who has worked for NGG for two years. Plant Three makes metal railing for all Godfrey Pontoons and railing sets for the Hurricane FunDeck series. “Plant Three has one of the best teams, and I believe earning this honor...    Read More ]

How To Anchor Your Boat

March 13, 2014

Whether you're a day boater, a dedicated angler or you love the sound of the waves on your hull while overnighting, you need to know how to properly anchor your boat. While there are lots of different special situations to consider, anchoring has a fairly simple set of basic techniques you can master in no time at all. This will mean your boat will stay put while you can focus on swimming kids, hungry bass or getting a good night's sleep even if it's windy or the tide/current is fighting against...    Read More ]

United Way Recognizes Nautic Global Group Contributions

March 6, 2014

Thanks to contributions from our incredible employees, the United Way of Elkhart County announced today that Nautic Global Group has earned the honor of being among the Top Ten companies in Elkhart County to contribute to their 2013 donation campaign.  This morning, representatives from the United Way of Elkhart County stopped by the NGG corporate office to present a plaque to show their appreciation of the contributions.  Steve Ott, Director of Human Resources for Nautic Global Group (pictured),...    Read More ]

This Week's Boat Shows Featuring Rinker!

March 5, 2014

Here's where you can find Rinker Boats this week at boat shows Progressive 60th St Louis Boat & Sport ShowFeb 26, 2014 - Jan 18, 2038 America's Center/Edward Jones DomeSt Louis, MO   Lewis Boats Dubai International Boat ShowMar 4-8, 2014 Dubai International Marine ClubDubai, United Arab Emirates Aquamarine ...    Read More ]

NGG Hiring 40 Positions At Syracuse Facility

March 3, 2014

Nautic Global Group (NGG) is excited to announce we are continuing to grow! The NGG Human Resource Department will hold open interviews with applicants on Wednesday, March 5. Interested parties must first fill out an online application by visiting www.NauticGlobalGroup.com. The open interviews will take place at our Polar Kraft/Parti Kraft production facility located at the 300 East Chicago St. in Syracuse, Indiana, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  NGG  has enjoyed several years of...    Read More ]

NGG Rewarded For Going Green

February 28, 2014

Nautic Global Group (NGG) is going green and is proud to be rewarded for doing so! Kurt Kenning with Energizing Indiana and Bruce Griffey, an Energy Efficiency Representative with AEP, along with David Kline, an AEP local customer service engineer presented NGG with a rebate check for $103,000 today at Nautic Global Group’s headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana. The rebate money is from the Energizing Indiana Commercial & Industrial Rebate Program that is designed to help Indiana’s commercial...    Read More ]

Nautic Global Group Names New CEO

February 28, 2014

Nautic Global Group (NGG) — parent company of Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Express Cruisers and Captiva Sport Boats, Godfrey Pontoons, Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats, and Parti Kraft Pontoons — today announced that Bradley (Brad) D. Gates has been named as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Gates, who brings marketing, customer service and product strategy experience to NGG, succeeds the company’s interim CEO James (Jim) R. Malone. Malone will continue in his...    Read More ]

Nautic Global To Add 70 Manufacturing Jobs

February 24, 2014

If you or someone you know is looking for a great job in southwestern Michigan or northern Indiana (known as Michiana), Nautic Global Group is having open interviews at its Elkhart, Indiana, campus on Tuesday, February 25, from 12:30-3:30pm.  The boat builder — Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Express Cruisers, Captiva & MTX Sport Boats, Godfrey Pontoons (Sanpan, Aqua Patio & Sweetwater), Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats and Parti Kraft Pontoons — is hiring 70 manufacturing...    Read More ]

Your New Rinker Gear Is HERE!

February 21, 2014

If you haven't checked out the all-new Rinker Gear website, you are missing out on tons of new selections! There's even an easy new check-out system. Just click here to get in gear!  ...    Read More ]

Improve Your Docking Technique

February 20, 2014

You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That’s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the “advice” you’ve ever been given about how to do it properly.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things to remember,...    Read More ]

Rinker Is Coming To A Boat Show Near You

February 19, 2014

Here's where you can find Rinker Boats this week!  ShowLocationDealersBrands Detroit Boat ShowFeb 15-23, 2014 Cobo HallDetroit, MI Krupa's Boat Mart Rinker Detroit Boat ShowFeb 15-23, 2014 Cobo HallDetroit, MI Hideaway Yacht Center Rinker Istanbul Eurasia Boat ShowFeb 15-23, 2014 CNR Expo CenterIstanbul, Turkey Blues Yachting Rinker The Boat Show of SpringfieldFeb 21-23, 2014 Illinois State FairgroundsSpringfield, IL Clinton Marine Rinker ...    Read More ]

Boat Shows This Weekend!

February 6, 2014

Here's where you can find Rinker Boats this week... ShowLocationDealersBrands Tulsa Boat Sport & Travel ShowJan 24 - Feb 14, 2014 Tulsa State FairgroundsTulsa, OK Grand Lake Marina Rinker Tulsa Boat Sport and Travel ShowJan 24 - Feb 14, 2014 Tulsa State FairgroundsTulsa, OK Grand Lake Marina Rinker 36th Annual Cedar Rapids SportshowFeb 7-9, 2014 Hawkeye Downs Expo CenterCedar Rapids, IA Midwest Boat Repair Rinker Columbia Boat ShowFeb 7-9, 2014 State FairgroundsCoumbia, SC M &...    Read More ]

Boat Show Fever Continues Around The Country!

January 29, 2014

Here's where you can find Rinker Boats at boat shows this week... Tulsa Boat Sport and Travel ShowJan 24 - Feb 14, 2014 Tulsa State FairgroundsTulsa, OK Grand Lake Marina Rinker Progressive Minneapolis Boat ShowJan 30 - Feb 2, 2014 Minneapolis Convention CenterMinneapolis, MN Erickson's Marine Rinker ...    Read More ]

Using Your VHF Radio

January 27, 2014

Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life. Understand that if there’s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms of being valuable to you (and your...    Read More ]

Rules Of The Road For Boating

January 22, 2014

No better time to review the "Rules of the Road" for boaters. Suitable for sharing... ...    Read More ]

Heading To The Boat Show?

January 21, 2014

Here's where you'll find Rinker Boats this week!  ShowLocationDealersBrands Istanbul Boat ShowDec 31, 1969 - Feb 23, 2014 TUYAP FAIR CONVENTION AND CONGRESS CENTERIstanbul, Turkey Blues Yachting Rinker Boot Dusseldorf Boat ShowJan 18-26, 2014 Duesseldorf Exhibition CentreDusseldorf, Germany Augusta Marine Rinker Louisville Boat, Sport & Travel ShowJan 22-26, 2014 KY Expo CenterLouisville, KY Arnolds Boats & Motors Rinker Louisville Boat, Sport & Travel ShowJan 22-26,...    Read More ]

Rinker 220 MTX Cuddy

January 20, 2014

Based on the popular open-bow model, the Rinker 220 MTX Cuddy incorporates both beautiful form and unforgettable function. Consider the removable walk-through transom cushion, which practically beckons you to the huge two-tier swim platform. When you can sit down comfortably on the upper platform to put on and remove your watersports gear, and the lower platform down at water level completely covers the outdrive, you really start to see where beautiful design and smart functionality come together....    Read More ]

Rinker Captiva 246 Cuddy w/ RLS Package

January 19, 2014

At just over 26 feet, the Captiva 246 CC is a surprisingly spacious cuddy that's packed with high-quality standard features. Let's start inside the cabin with one thing that folks always notice aboard a Rinker cuddy...there's an incredible amount of headroom...most in its class, in fact. The comfortable V-berth sleeps two adults, and quickly converts to a convenient dinette with table. Brazilwood cabinetry and Corian countertops are absolutely beautiful and there are numerous smart storage areas...    Read More ]

Rinker Captiva 236 Bowrider (R-Series Package)

January 18, 2014

Bringing together the classic styling of Rinker and some sexy new innovative features, the all-new Rinker Captiva 236 BR is in a class of its own. From the sharp-looking complementary hull colors that carry through the upholstery accents and canvas, and even concealed cooler access, the 236 is a perfect fit for many boating families. While it has exceptional performance and top-end speeds, the 236 is also very quick to plane, meaning you'll enjoy economical watersports and cruising operation. Plenty...    Read More ]

Rinker 290 Express Cruiser

January 17, 2014

Show your family and friends the time of their lives with the beautiful and value- packed Rinker 290 Express Cruiser. With a perfect-sized cabin and ergonomically designed cockpit, this cruiser is made for entertaining. As you move through the boat from the transom to the companionway, you'll notice a subtle serpentine flow that feels very organic. The design allows for a nicely integrated cockpit and galley, with easy access to the refreshment center and plenty of counter space. Special attention...    Read More ]

Rinker 200 MTX w/ Extreme Package

January 16, 2014

With cutting-edge design, family-friendly features and an unbelievable value, the Rinker 200 MTX is a great option for watersports fun. Deep cockpits, two-tiered swim platform (safely covering the outdrive), standard walk-through transoms and head-turning designs mean you can check off everything from your "must-have" list and get on the water quickly and easily. From is spacious "pickle fork" bow seating all the way back to the oversized aft sunpad with convenient center walkover, everyone will...    Read More ]

Rinker Captiva 236 Cuddy

January 15, 2014

Building on the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the Captiva 236 BR last year, Rinker has introduced a cuddy version, the Captiva 236 CC. With a beautiful profile from the water, the boat features an incredibly roomy forward berth and upgraded touches borrowed from Rinker's express cruiser line such as Corian countertops and Brazilwood cabinetry. The cockpit features all of the clever innovations from the bowrider version including two hideaway jump seats that stow away neatly into either side...    Read More ]

Rinker Captiva 236 CC Intro At Dusseldorf Boat Show

January 15, 2014

If you will be attending the Dusseldorf Boat Show this weekend, please join representatives from Rinker as we officially introduce the Rinker Captiva 236 CC (Cuddy Cabin) to the European boating market on Sunday, January 19, 2014. The event will begin at 5pm in Hall 9 (Stand A04.2) and will be hosted by German dealer Augusta Wassersport and Rinker European importer Uninautic. “We pulled out all the stops when we designed the Rinker Captiva 236 bowrider last year, and everything really...    Read More ]

Rinker Boat Shows March On!

January 15, 2014

Here's where you can find Rinker Boats this week! ShowLocationDealersBrands Istanbul Boat ShowDec 31, 1969 - Feb 23, 2014 TUYAP FAIR CONVENTION AND CONGRESS CENTERIstanbul, Turkey Blues Yachting Rinker Chicago Boat, Sports & RV ShowJan 16-20, 2014 McCormick PlaceChicago IL Basa's Marine Rinker Quad Cities Boat & Vacation ShowJan 17-19, 2014 River CenterDavenport,IA Midwest Boats Rinker Boot Dusseldorf Boat ShowJan 18-26, 2014 Duesseldorf Exhibition CentreDusseldorf, Germany Augusta...    Read More ]

Rinker Express Cruiser Series

January 14, 2014

When it comes to outstanding performance, first-class accommodations and undisputed value, your search for the perfect Express Cruiser will always end with Rinker. In fact, you could say that Rinkers offer the most appealing contradictions on the water — performance and luxury; seductive and sensible, comfortable and functional — you get the idea. Blending timeless style with smart, modern design, you simply will not find a better cruiser under 40 feet, whether you're enamored by the...    Read More ]

Rinker At Boat Shows!

January 9, 2014

Where in the world is Rinker this week? Glad you asked! Istanbul Boat ShowDec 31, 1969 - Feb 23, 2014 FAIR CONVENTION AND CONGRESS CENTERIstanbul, Turkey Blues Yachting Rinker Houston International Boat ShowJan 3-12, 2014 Reliant CenterHouston, TX Rinker's Boat World Rinker Atlanta Boat ShowJan 9-12, 2014 World Congress CenterAtlanta, GA Bay Marine Rinker Omaha Boat,Sport & Travel ShowJan 9-12, 2014 Century Link CenterOmaha, NE Beaver Lake Marina Rinker Central Texas Marine Association...    Read More ]

Rinker Captiva & MTX Sport Boats

January 9, 2014

From the classic-yet-modern Captiva bowriders and cuddies to the innovative MTX Series, Rinker Sport Boats range from 18 feet all the way up to nearly 31 feet and really do offer something for everyone. Whether you're a day boater looking for a stylish-yet-practical bowrider, you prefer the versatility of a fish and ski, or you dream about overnighting on a cuddy, every Rinker Captiva will inspire you to new adventures on the water. You can also take your Rinker up a notch by adding the R...    Read More ]

Creating A Boat Show Game Plan

January 7, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new boat, the boat show can be a great place to work a deal. Of course, it can also be a dizzying and confusing experience if you’re not prepared. The good news is that with a little research and some easy planning, you can head through the front door of the boat show with confidence. 1) Start early. That’s all part of the fun, isn’t it? The anticipation. The build-up. The excitement. Make that a key part of your experience. The more time you...    Read More ]

Get Prepped For Your Local Boat Show!

January 2, 2014

All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather’s nice, we’re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few “personal” days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows.  Whether you’re looking for your first boat or you’re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch...    Read More ]

Choosing A Great Boat Dealer

December 18, 2013

While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don’t have in common. Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And because...    Read More ]

Why Are Boaters So Superstitious?

December 13, 2013

Let’s face it…boaters are a superstitious bunch. Well, we've got a storied history that goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would otherwise...    Read More ]

Thinking About A New Boat? Consider Pre-Show Purchase

December 5, 2013

We all know that the Winter Boat Show season is a great time to get a deal on a new boat, right? But it might surprise you to know that December might actually be the best time of the entire year to make a deal. Think about it...when are dealers receiving truckloads of inventory? Right before boat shows! High inventory levels, winter moving in fast, AND the holidays around the corner...that's a win-win. Thinking about a new boat? Think December! ...    Read More ]

Find The Perfect Gift AND Sleep In On Black Friday

November 19, 2013

If you're one of the frantic holiday shoppers that rises at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving, here's an idea that will guarantee you find the perfect gift for everythone on your list AND be able to sleep like a baby on Black Friday. Just head to the all-new Nautlc Global Group Gear Store for a great selection of goodies from Rinker Boats. You'll find stylish new merchandise from t-shirts to hats and hoodies so folks in cooler climates can keep the fire burning through the fall...    Read More ]

Rinker Is America's Longest-Running Boat Brand!

November 8, 2013

As the oldest American boat brand in continuous production, the Rinker Boat Company has quite a story to tell. From our humble beginnings out of Lossie Rinker’s workshop on the White River in Indiana to today when we’re exporting boats to more than 40 countries, we build with pride, craftsmanship and the desire to be the best value in the industry. At the request of many of our loyal customers and dealers across the country and around the globe, here’s a look back at some of the...    Read More ]

Qatar Dealership Welcomes Rinker To Luxury Lineup!

October 2, 2013

Rinker Boats is quickly becoming a well-respected international brand, with boats being exported to dozens of countries including Switzerland, Netherlands, Cyprus, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, China, Egypt, Bulgaria, Jordan, Dubai, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungry, Montenegro, Singapore, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia, and New Zealand. One Rinker's key dealers in the Middle East is Alfardan Marine Services Company,...    Read More ]

Boat Show Features Rinker!

September 27, 2013

It's going to be a beautiful weekend in the Garden State, so come on out an enjoy the Atlantic City In-Water Boat Show! Our friends from Stone Harbor Marina will be featuring a selection of Rinker Boats through Sunday at Farley State Marina next to the Golden Nugget Casino. ...    Read More ]

Rinker Honors Top Dealer for 2013

September 24, 2013

Nautic Global Group, parent company of Rinker Boats, recently recognized Rinker's top worldwide dealer for model year 2013, Hideaway Harbor Yacht Sales in Harrison Township, Michigan, on Lake St. Clair. Brothers Rick and Rob Velger are part of a family that's been in the boating business since the late 1800s when their relatives began selling aluminum boats and bait on the Detroit River. Friendly service and competitive rates sets Hideaway apart. The Hideaway Harbor Marina has 110 slips...    Read More ]

Rinker Captiva 236 CC ... New Model For 2014!

September 11, 2013

Building on the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the Captiva 236 BR last year, Rinker has introduced a cuddy version, the Captiva 236 CC. With a beautiful profile from the water, the boat features an incredibly roomy forward berth and upgraded touches borrowed from Rinker’s express cruiser line such as Corian countertops and Brazilwood cabinetry. The cockpit features all of the clever innovations from the bowrider version including two hideaway jump seats that stow away neatly into...    Read More ]

Don't Fear The Trim Tab Button...It's Here To Help

August 7, 2013

There’s probably no more misunderstood accessory on your boat than the trim tab. New boaters, especially, are reluctant to start flipping switches they don’t completely recognize for fear of some imagined catastrophic result. Or, they the press the button, nothing appears to happen, and the switch is ignored from that point forward. You see trim tabs are one of those features on a boat that you never really knew you needed. That is until you climbed aboard your buddy’s boat and...    Read More ]

Check Out The Rinker Captiva 216!

August 2, 2013

With a fresh new design from the hull up, the Rinker Captiva 216 is a beautiful combination of form and function.Featuring a surprisingly wide bow area, this boat sports the two things you can never get enough of: seating and storage Please join Captain Steve for a tour of this new bowrider that signals a new wave of Rinker designs. ...    Read More ]

Models Needed For Rinker Photo Shoot!

July 30, 2013

Attention Rinker fans! The next Rinker Photo Shoot will take place in two locations during the month of August. We're looking for models of all ages for both morning and evening sessions to feature swimwear & watersports gear aboard a variety of boat types. This is your chance to be featured in the next Rinker catalog and boating publications around the world! The first photo shoot is Aug. 18-20 on Lake St. Clair near Harrison Township, Michigan, north of Detroit.  The second photo shoot...    Read More ]

GPS Has Changed Navigation...Here's How It Works

July 29, 2013

By now, you’ve no doubt come in contact with Global Positioning System (GPS) in one form or another. After all, if you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve probably already got an app for that. But what is GPS? And, more importantly, how has it changed the way we approach boating? From the days when ancient mariners practiced coastal “landmark” navigation, through the complicated process of “dead reckoning” using a compass, ship’s speed and the hope you’ll...    Read More ]

Naming Your Boat Is Serious Business...Seas The Day!

July 24, 2013

When your new boat arrives, remember it comes with an enormous responsibility — you will need to choose a boat name! Okay, maybe it’s not SUCH a big burden, but lots of folks feel pressure to come up with the latest, greatest boat- or water-related turn of phrase to dazzle the rest of the marina with their cleverness. It’s for those people, we’ve come up with a few pointers to help you narrow down the choices. As you can see by this list of last year’s top boat names...    Read More ]

New To Watersports? Here's What You Need To Know

July 16, 2013

As much as we all enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise, part of the fun of boating is the opportunity to not only get out on the water, but also to get wet once in a while. And if you’ve got younger passengers, your boat will likely be decked out with a hefty collection of different equipment…some familiar and some not so familiar. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular watersports today. Please remember to ALWAYS wear a life jacket when participating in any of these...    Read More ]

How To Be A Good Marina Neighbor (Suitable For Sharing)

July 10, 2013

Being a good marina neighbor basically comes down to doing for them what you would have them do for you. That’s right…it’s the Golden Rule. Be gracious, be helpful, be generous, and be considerate. But you knew that already. It’s the others who might need a helping hand, right? Here are some pointers to help guide you in building a great relationship with the folks in your surrounding marina slips and in the process set a good example for everyone else. SLOW DOWN It’s...    Read More ]

Photo Contest Winner Announced!

July 8, 2013

Congrats to the Thomas Family from Oklahoma on winning the most recent Rinker Boats Photo Contest! Their photo "Sunday Funday Cruise" was shot aboard their Rinker Captiva 212. Stay tuned for information on the next contest coming up in September!...    Read More ]

Guide To Viewing Fireworks From Your Boat

July 2, 2013

About the only way to make a Fourth of July fireworks display even more spectacular is to watch it from your boat. Not only do you get to enjoy the relatively cooler temperatures as the evening sets in, you essentially get double the show because of the reflections off the surface of the water. If this is your first time to venture out on the water at night, let’s just say it will be tough to spend an Independence Day on terra firma ever again. Sure, it takes a little planning to get ready...    Read More ]

Master The Raft-Up With These Simple Tips

June 20, 2013

At one time or another, you’ve probably seen a group of boats banded together in a floating, fun-loving, makeshift community.  And when you see everyone swimming, grilling, laughing, dancing and generally having a great time, you might just ask yourself: How can I join the party? Raft-ups are great way to enjoy spending time with friends, family and, occasionally, complete strangers. As with any worthwhile endeavor, however, there are both time-honored traditions and unwritten rules one...    Read More ]

Rinker Boats Summer Kickoff Photo Contest

June 14, 2013

Summer is finally here! And to celebrate the chance to get back out on the water, we just launched the Rinker Boats Summer Kickoff Photo Contest! Through July 7, just click here to upload your favorite pics taken onboard or near your Rinker Express Cruiser or Rinker Captiva Sport Boat or Rinker MTX. One winner will receive a $50 gift card and a full summer of bragging rights! It’s never been easier to participate because now all entries and voting will be done via Facebook. We invite you to...    Read More ]

What To Do When You Run Aground

June 11, 2013

It’s not if…it’s when. No matter how prepared you are, no matter how alert you are, no matter what your chart plotter/sonar/depth gauge says, one of these days, you’re going to come to an abrupt stop against your will. And if it hasn’t happened yet, you just wait. But it doesn’t have to be the end of your boating day. And if you follow these steps, you can limit the damage done and the time it takes to free your vessel from its embarrassing perch. EVALUATE We’re...    Read More ]

Tips For Boating After The Sun Goes Down

June 3, 2013

Even with endlessly long summer days, sooner or later you may want to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here’s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down. SLOW DOWN Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you’ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don’t. You’ll...    Read More ]

All-New Rinker Owner's Club Forum

May 30, 2013

Attention Rinker Boat Owners! We invite you to join other owners and the Rinker Customer Support Team to help get your questions answered promptly so you can spend more time on the water. The new Rinker Owner’s Club Forum (click here to join) makes it simple to get answers to your questions, but also to help other owners by using your boating experience. And, you can get dependable advice from our network of experts, all in one easy-to-use website. If you already have previously registered...    Read More ]

The ABCs Of Using Your VHF Marine Radio

May 22, 2013

Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life. More on that in a minute. For now just understand that if there’s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms...    Read More ]

Putting Kids At Ease On The Water

May 15, 2013

As the skipper of your boat, you’re responsible for the safety of everyone on board. And, if you’ve got children on deck, it’s easy to come across as intimidating when you’re really just trying to make sure they’re not in harm's way. If that’s the case, consider using these tips to encourage their love of the water and make sure they want to be out on the boat as much as you do. While most kids are naturally drawn to the water, sometimes it’s a tough leap...    Read More ]

Understanding Boating Superstitions (Knock On Wood)

May 7, 2013

Let’s face it…boaters are a superstitious bunch. You’ve got to believe that storied history goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would...    Read More ]

The Unwritten Rules of Boating Etiquette

April 30, 2013

Even if you’re new to boating, you probably already know the basics about the “Rules of the Road.” Those are the general things you need to know when operating your boat, especially when there are other boats in the area such as how to know who has the right of way and when it’s okay to pass another vessel. But there is another category of customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. We’ll just call...    Read More ]

Rinker Boats Construction Pt 2 — Superior Cabinetry

April 30, 2013

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quality and detail that goes into every Rinker Express Cruiser, Rinker Captiva, and Rinker MTX! This episode deals with the incredible process and attention to detail found in Rinker's legendary cabinet construction. http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RNK_340_EC_07.jpg...    Read More ]

Rinker Boats Construction Pt 4 — Quality Control

April 30, 2013

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quality and detail that goes into every Rinker Express Cruiser, Rinker Captiva, and Rinker MTX! This episode deals with the multi-step Quality Control process that every boat goes through. http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_186_OB_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg...    Read More ]

Rinker Boats Construction Pt 1 — Precision Wood Cuts & Assembly

April 30, 2013

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quality and detail that goes into every Rinker Express Cruiser, Rinker Captiva, and Rinker MTX! This episode deals with precision wood cuts and assembly http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Lifestyle_Beach.jpg...    Read More ]

Rinker Boats Construction Pt 3 — Carpeting, Electrical & Deck Assembly

April 30, 2013

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quality and detail that goes into every Rinker Express Cruiser, Rinker Captiva, and Rinker MTX! This episode deals with carpeting, electrical and deck assembly. http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_220_MTX_Extreme_Wakeboard_Prep_LO-RES.jpg...    Read More ]

2013 Rinker Express Cruiser Brand Video

April 30, 2013

When it comes to outstanding performance, first-class accommodations and undisputed value, your search for the perfect Express Cruiser will always end with Rinker. In fact, you could say that Rinkers offer the most appealing contradictions on the water — performance and luxury; seductive and sensible, comfortable and functional — you get the idea. Blending timeless style with smart, modern design, you simply will not find a better cruiser under 40 feet, whether you're enamored by the...    Read More ]

2013 Rinker Captiva + MTX Brand Video

April 30, 2013

From the classic-yet-modern Captiva bowriders and cuddies to the innovative MTX Series, Rinker Sport Boats range from 18 feet all the way up to nearly 31 feet and really do offer something for everyone. Whether you're a day boater looking for a stylish-yet-practical bowrider, you prefer the versatility of a fish and ski, or you dream about overnighting on a cuddy, every Rinker Captiva will inspire you to new adventures on the water. You can also take your Rinker up a notch by adding the R Series...    Read More ]

2013 Rinker Boats Full Line Brand Video

April 30, 2013

When you're looking at family sport boats and express cruisers, sooner or later it all comes down to one word: Value. As in best-boat-for-the-money value. Rinker Express Cruisers and Captiva Sport Boats give you the cutting-edge designs, incredible standard features, head-turning style and superior performance you want, all at a price that makes sense for your family. You see, while our boats have evolved over the years, one thing hasn't changed — we still believe in giving you the best value...    Read More ]

The ABCs of Launch & Retrieve

April 22, 2013

With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here’s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time. Before You Hit The Road Don’t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure....    Read More ]

Docking Anxiety? These Tips Will Ease Your Trip To The Slip

April 15, 2013

You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That’s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the “advice” you’ve ever been given about how to do it properly.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things...    Read More ]

Basic Boating Behavior For Beginners

April 10, 2013

  Okay new boaters…why do you think they call it the “Rules of the Road” if you’re on the water? Well, despite the confusing name, it’s all about relating your boat-operating experience to something you’re likely already familiar with…driving a car. But, although they may have some things in common, it’s important that you take some time to understand the differences. You see, these rules are all about avoiding the single biggest critical incident...    Read More ]

Could Your Boat Pass A Vessel Safety Check?

April 4, 2013

  You’re out enjoying a great day on the water when all of the sudden you get approached by the local boating law enforcement. Whether it’s a DNR agent, a sheriff marine patrol or the U.S. Coast Guard, they will know exactly what to look for to see if you pass a basic vessel safety check. Do you know, without a doubt, that you’ve got everything covered? If not, the time to make sure is now, before you ever leave your driveway or marina. Here are some of the basic items that...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 236 BR

April 3, 2013

Bringing together the classic styling of Rinker and some sexy new innovative features, the all-new Rinker Captiva 236 BR is in a class of its own. From the sharp-looking complementary hull colors that carry through the upholstery accents and canvas, and even concealed cooler access, the 236 is a perfect fit for many boating families. While it has exceptional performance and top-end speeds, the 236 is also very quick to plane, meaning you'll enjoy economical watersports and cruising operation. Plenty...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 186 OB Fish & Ski

April 3, 2013

With the wildly successful introduction last year of the first Rinker outboards in more than 20 years, came a wave of requests for a true fishing package. In response, Rinker has introduced the Captiva 186 Fish & Ski to satisfy the needs of family boaters who need the comfort and watersports performance of a Rinker bowrider while providing fishing versatility for anglers. With classic Rinker styling, the 186 F&S (also available as an I/O) announces its fishing DNA from a distance with a standard...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker MTX 220 Extreme

April 3, 2013

With the head-turning WOW factor of top inboard wakeboard boats at a fraction of the price, the all-new Rinker MTX 220 Extreme is primed to bring a fresh new attitude to a lake near you. From its five exciting color choices (carried through the upholstery, along with spectacular quilted Silvertex accents), aggressive standard wake tower with speakers, and upgraded stereo system with separate power amp, the Extreme is the latest bar-raising addition to the MTX family. The watersports pedigree doesn't...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 186 OB

April 3, 2013

With the perfect blend of versatility, performance and fun, the all-new Rinker Captiva 186 OB sportboat package includes boat, outboard motor, plus a matching trailer!...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 246 BR

April 3, 2013

Whether you're ready to kick back or make waves, the Rinker Captiva 246 BR is up to the task with a huge swim platform, sunpad and enclosed head, as well as racing-inspired bolster seats in the helm. ...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 276 BR

April 3, 2013

Whether you're cruising across the lake for a dockside lunch or taking it easy in this spacious and comfortable yacht-certified open-bow boat, the Rinker Captiva 276 BR is made for getting away from it all. ...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 196 BR

April 3, 2013

Built to maximize both your fun on the water and your boating value, the all-new Rinker Captiva 196 BR is a sleek and sexy sport boat that's packed with features including 4.3- and 5.0-liter sterndrive options. ...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker MTX 220

April 3, 2013

With its stylish and practical forked bow design, the 220 MTX incorporates both beautiful form and unforgettable function. ...    Read More ]

Boat Show Season Rolls On!

April 2, 2013

You can find Rinker Captiva Sport Boats & Express Cruisers at these boat shows this week! Gulf Coast Yacht & Boat Super Show (Legendary Marine); Traverse City Boat Show (Long Lake Marina); Lake Region Boat & RV Show (Blakes Marine). ...    Read More ]

Get Your Boat Ready For Spring Launch!

March 26, 2013

  You’ve spent all winter dreaming about getting your boat back in the water. But are you really ready? Some of the things you may take for granted once the season is under way have a way of getting misplaced, out-of-date or run down during those months of inactivity. So what’s the best way to make sure you’ve got everything properly squared away for a fun and “uneventful” first launch? Just follow this handy pre-launch checklist! • Keep it legal. In...    Read More ]

Getting Spring Fever Yet?

March 14, 2013

Look for Rinker Boats at these events this week! Novi (Michigan) Spring Boating Expo (Hideaway Yacht Center); Eastern Iowa Sportshow (Midwest Boat Repair); Dow Diamond Boat Show (Stryker's Marine); Danforth's Open House (Danforth's Marine); Moscow International Boat Show (Gart Marine Group).  ...    Read More ]

Boat Shows Far & Wide This Week!

March 6, 2013

Here's where Rinker Boats will be this week: Dubai International Boat Show (Aquamarine Boats & Yachts); Amsterdam International Boat Show (Kuysten Watersports); Fargo Sportsman Show (McLaughlin's Boat & RV); KX Sport & RV Show (Moritz Sport and Marine); Augusta (Maine) Boat Show (Hamlin's Marina); Biloxi Boat Show (Legendary Marine). ...    Read More ]

Boat Show Season Marches On!

February 28, 2013

Here's where you'll find Rinker Boats this week: Buffalo Boat Show (Lime Lake Marine); Portland (Maine) Boat Show (Hamlin's Marine)....    Read More ]

Rinker Is Coming To Town!

February 21, 2013

Rinker Boats will criss-cross the country this week, appearing at these boat shows: Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show (Ted's Aqua Marine); Detroit Boat Show (Krupa's Boat Mart & Hideaway Yacht Center); New England Boat Show (Meredith Marine); Omaha Boat, Sport & Travel Show (Beaver Lake Marine); Appleton Boat Show (Horn Ford & Marine); Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen's Show (Len's Cove Marina); Fredericia Denmark (Baadhuset); Mobile Boat Show (Legendary Marine); Grand Forks Men's...    Read More ]

Big Week For Boat Shows!

February 12, 2013

  Checking the schedule, this is another big week for boat shows...c'mon down if you're looking for some fun! Here are the shows we know about... Istanbul, Turkey (Blues Yachting); Syracuse, NY (RC Congel); Bismarck, ND (Moritz Sport & Marine); Richmond, VA (James River Marine); Ocean City, MD (North Bay); Detroit, MI (Krupa's Boat Mart); Boston, MA (Meredith Marine); Miami, FL (Davey Marine).    ...    Read More ]

Heading To A Boat Show? Remember These 3 Key Tips

February 4, 2013

All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather’s nice, we’re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few “personal” days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows.  Whether you’re looking for your first boat or you’re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch...    Read More ]

Finding The Right Dealer Is Key To A Great Boating Experience

January 31, 2013

  While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don’t have in common. Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And...    Read More ]

No Rain, No Ice, No Snow At The Boat Show!

January 24, 2013

And the lucky winners this week are...Rochester (Ballantyne RV & Marine), Louisville (Arnold's Boats & Motors, Fentress Marine),Cincinnati (Hern Marine), San Antonio (Lake LBJ Marineland), Pittsburgh (Full Performance Marine), & Dusseldorf, Germany (Chantier Naval Uninautic, Kuysten Watersport)!  ...    Read More ]

Check Out This Week's Boat Shows!

January 15, 2013

Boat shows this week featuring Rinker Boats include...Toronto (Bay Marine, Central Marine & Fenelon Falls Marina), Cleveland (Happy Days Boating Center), Des Moines IA (American Marine), Cedar Falls (Midwest Boat Sales & Repair), Cinncinati (Hern Marine), & Dusseldorf, Germany (Chantier Naval Uninautic & Kuysten Sportboat). Now get out there and have some fun! ...    Read More ]

Huge Week For Boat Shows!

January 10, 2013

If you live in Toronto (Fenelon Falls Marina, Central Marine & Bay Marine), Denver (Island Lake Marine), Atlanta (Bay Marine), Chicago (Basa's Marine), Columbus (Buckeye Lake Marine), Houston (Rinker's Boat World), Belton TX (Lake LBJ Marineland)...you're in luck. There's a boat show this weekend! Come check out what's new with Rinker Boats...you know you love that new boat smell! ...    Read More ]

Winter Boat Show Season Begins!

January 2, 2013

Hello and welcome to another season of Winter Boat Shows! If you're in Houston or Columbus this weekend, please stop by and say hello to our partners at Rinker's Boat World and Buckeye Lake Marine. ...    Read More ]

Nautic Global Group Dealers Earn Top Industry Awards

December 13, 2012

Nautic Global Group is proud to recognize its retail partners named to Boating Industry’s Top 100 program this year, including Dealer of the Year Legendary Marine — with multiple locations on Florida’s Gulf Coast carrying Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Sport Boats and Express Cruisers, and Godfrey Pontoons. “As we continue to expand our dealer network, we’ve been fortunate to partner with some of the strongest marine retailers in the world,” said Doug Sexton,...    Read More ]

Best Time To Buy? December...BEFORE Boat Shows

December 13, 2012

We all know that the Winter Boat Show season is a great time to get a deal on a new boat, right? But it might surprise you to know that December might actually be the best time of the entire year to make a deal. Think about it...when are dealers receiving truckloads of inventory? Right before boat shows! High inventory levels, winter moving in fast, AND the holidays around the corner...that's a win-win. Just check out these boats leaving the factory and heading to a dealer near you. Thinking about...    Read More ]

Nautic Global Group Creates New High-Level Customer Service Role

October 5, 2012

In response to increasing boat sales and a rapidly expanding worldwide dealer network, Nautic Global Group has named Natalie Thomas to the newly created position of Director of Customer Service. Thomas, who has extensive customer service process experience with Harmon Automotive, NIBCO and Delta Faucet Company, will design, implement and oversee customer service initiatives across many areas including parts, sales coordination, warranty and process improvement.  "We are seeing a tremendous increase...    Read More ]

Rinker Photo Contest Winner!

September 10, 2012

Congratulations to Richard Bruner for his winning entry in the latest Rinker Owner's Club Photo Contest! He wins a $50 Visa Gift Card for his shot "Sunset Over The Bow." Have you got a great shot you'd like to share? Just click here to enter!  ...    Read More ]

Introducing the Rinker Captiva 236 BR!

September 7, 2012

Bringing together the classic styling of Rinker and some sexy new innovative features, the all-new Rinker Captiva 236 BR is in a class of its own. From the sharp-looking complementary hull colors that carry through the upholstery accents and canvas, and even concealed cooler access, the 236 is a perfect fit for many boating families. While it has exceptional performance and top-end speeds, the 236 is also very quick to plane, meaning you’ll enjoy economical watersports and cruising operation....    Read More ]

Introducing the Rinker Captiva 220 MTX Extreme!

September 6, 2012

With the head-turning WOW factor of top inboard wakeboard boats at a fraction of the price, the all-new Rinker Captiva 220 MTX Extreme is primed to bring a fresh new attitude to a lake near you. From its five exciting color choices (carried through the upholstery, along with spectacular quilted Silvertex accents), aggressive standard wake tower with speakers, and upgraded stereo system with separate power amp, the Extreme is the latest bar-raising addition to the MTX family. The watersports pedigree...    Read More ]

Introducing the Rinker Captiva 186 Fish & Ski!

September 5, 2012

With the wildly successful introduction last year of the first Rinker outboards in more than 20 years, came a wave of requests for a true fishing package. In response, Rinker has introduced the Captiva 186 Fish & Ski to satisfy the needs of family boaters who need the comfort and watersports performance of a Rinker bowrider while providing fishing versatility for anglers. With classic Rinker styling, the 186 F&S (also available as an I/O) announces its fishing DNA from a distance with...    Read More ]

Rinker Boats Featured At Boat Show In Turkey

September 4, 2012

Many thanks to our friends at Blues Yachting for hosting Rinker Boats at the Bodrum Yacht Show in Turkey from August 29 through September 2! ...    Read More ]

Nautic Global Group Introduces Eight All-New Boats

September 4, 2012

  Nautic Global Group introduced new models for each of its primary boat lines at its annual international dealer conference. The new boats were developed based on ongoing requests from consumers for models with specific features.  "It's important that we continue to set the bar higher and keep working to develop innovative products to inspire our dealers and our boat-buying consumers," said Doug Sexton, Nautic Global Group Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "By adding new offerings...    Read More ]

True American Hero

July 31, 2012

What an incredible honor to be joined by American hero and football legend, Rocky Bleier for our annual dealer conference! Mr. Bleier won a college football national championship in 1966 while attending the University of Notre Dame and went on to join the Pittsburgh Steelers before being drafted into the U.S. Army and being sent to Vietnam following his rookie season. After being seriously wounded in the leg while on a mission, doctors gave him no chance of ever being able to play again in the National...    Read More ]

New Rinker Sneak Peak...Top Secret!

July 26, 2012

Well...it appears that the new Rinker that will be unveiled July 31 also comes in an inboard version. Remember, you didn't see these here...shhhhhhhh!...    Read More ]

Shhhh...More Spy Pics Of New Rinker

July 23, 2012

Snuck into the factory and quickly snapped these spy pics of the new Rinker. It will be unveiled on July 31!...    Read More ]

Discount on Rinker Gear!

July 19, 2012

Lots of new merchandise to choose from at www.rinkergear.com!...    Read More ]

Rockets Red Glare! A Guide To Enjoying Fireworks On The Water

June 25, 2012

About the only way to make a Fourth of July fireworks display even more spectacular is to watch it from your boat. Not only do you get to enjoy the relatively cooler temperatures as the evening sets in, you essentially get double the show because of the reflections off the surface of the water. If this is your first time to venture out on the water at night, let’s just say it will be tough to spend an Independence Day on terra firma ever again. Sure, it takes a little planning to get ready...    Read More ]

7 Golden Rules For Being A Good Marina Neighbor

June 25, 2012

Being a good marina neighbor basically comes down to doing for them what you would have them do for you. That’s right…it’s the Golden Rule. Be gracious, be helpful, be generous, and be considerate. But you knew that already. It’s the others who might need a helping hand, right? Here are some pointers to help guide you in building a great relationship with the folks in your surrounding marina slips and in the process set a good example for everyone else. SLOW DOWN It’s...    Read More ]

Stuck In The Muck? Here’s What To Do When You Run Aground

June 19, 2012

It’s not if…it’s when. No matter how prepared you are, no matter how alert you are, no matter what your chart plotter/sonar/depth gauge says, one of these days, you’re going to come to an abrupt stop against your will. And if it hasn’t happened yet, you just wait. But it doesn’t have to be the end of your boating day. And if you follow these steps, you can limit the damage done and the time it takes to free your vessel from its embarrassing perch. EVALUATE We’re...    Read More ]

Join The Party! A Guide To Boat Raft-Ups

June 6, 2012

At one time or another, you’ve probably seen a group of boats banded together in a floating, fun-loving, makeshift community.  And when you see everyone swimming, grilling, laughing, dancing and generally having a great time, you might just ask yourself: How can I join the party? Raft-ups are great way to enjoy spending time with friends, family and, occasionally, complete strangers. As with any worthwhile endeavor, however, there are both time-honored traditions and unwritten rules one...    Read More ]

Out After Dark? A Guide To Boating At Night

May 30, 2012

Even with endlessly long summer days, sooner or later you may want to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here’s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down. SLOW DOWN Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you’ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don’t. You’ll...    Read More ]

Victor Hotel Foxtrot! Know How & When To Use Your Marine Radio

May 22, 2012

Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life. More on that in a minute. For now just understand that if there’s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms...    Read More ]

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Basic Boating Etiquette

May 15, 2012

Even if you’re new to boating, you probably already know the basics about the “Rules of the Road.” Those are the general things you need to know when operating your boat, especially when there are other boats in the area such as how to know who has the right of way and when it’s okay to pass another vessel. But there is another category of customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. We’ll just call...    Read More ]

GPS Has Changed How We Navigate…Here’s How It Works

May 4, 2012

By now, you’ve no doubt come in contact with Global Positioning System (GPS) in one form or another. After all, if you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve probably already got an app for that. But what is GPS? And, more importantly, how has it changed the way we approach boating? From the days when ancient mariners practiced coastal “landmark” navigation, through the complicated process of “dead reckoning” using a compass, ship’s speed and the hope you’ll...    Read More ]

Hey…What Does This Button Do? The ABCs of Trim Tabs

May 1, 2012

There’s probably no more misunderstood accessory on your boat than the trim tab. New boaters, especially, are reluctant to start flipping switches they don’t completely recognize for fear of some imagined catastrophic result. Or, they the press the button, nothing appears to happen, and the switch is ignored from that point forward. You see trim tabs are one of those features on a boat that you never really knew you needed. That is until you climbed aboard your buddy’s boat and...    Read More ]

Freedom, Fellowship And Free Stuff? Join The Club!

April 26, 2012

  As a Rinker owner, you are invited to join a great community that will not only help you share your experiences with other owners, but will give you exclusive access to special contests, incredible discounts and even the chance to earn free Rinker gear, cash rebates and fuel cards. Yes, fuel cards. When you sign up for your complimentary membership in the Rinker Owner’s Club here, you are immediately linked to a terrific network of fellow owners who also enjoy living their life to the...    Read More ]

Wake Up! An Up-Close Look At Boat Watersports

April 20, 2012

As much as we all enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise, part of the fun of boating is the opportunity to not only get out on the water, but also to get wet once in a while. And if you’ve got younger passengers, your boat will likely be decked out with a hefty collection of different equipment…some familiar and some not so familiar. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular watersports today. Please remember to ALWAYS wear a life jacket when participating in any of these...    Read More ]

Making Kids Comfortable On The Water

April 16, 2012

As the skipper of your boat, you’re responsible for the safety of everyone on board. And, if you’ve got children on deck, it’s easy to come across as intimidating when you’re really just trying to make sure they’re not in harm's way. If that’s the case, consider using these tips to encourage their love of the water and make sure they want to be out on the boat as much as you do. While most kids are naturally drawn to the water, sometimes it’s a tough leap...    Read More ]

Understanding Boating Superstitions (Knock On Wood)

April 13, 2012

Let’s face it…boaters are a superstitious bunch. You’ve got to believe that storied history goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would...    Read More ]

Going The Distance? Prepare A Float Plan

April 11, 2012

A float plan is kind of like jumper cables. You won’t need it at all until you really need it. Then, you will look like the smartest boater on the water. Until then, however, you should get into the habit of using a float plan, if not every time you’re on your boat, at least every time you plan on venturing beyond your well-populated comfort zone. So, what is a float plan? Simply put, it’s a way to let someone know where you’re going and when you’re likely to return...    Read More ]

Easy Tips For Launch Ramp Success

April 9, 2012

With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here’s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time. Before You Hit The Road Don’t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure....    Read More ]

Need A Boat Name? Puns Still Seas The Day

April 5, 2012

Boy, things are really cranking back in the Rinker plant. This is the time of year when all those winter boat show orders are getting built, shipped and delivered. And when your new boat arrives, remember it comes with an enormous responsibility — you will need to choose a boat name! Okay, maybe it’s not SUCH a big burden, but lots of folks feel pressure to come up with the latest, greatest boat- or water-related turn of phrase to dazzle the rest of the marina with their cleverness....    Read More ]

Fiberglass=Happiness

April 4, 2012

In addition to fiberglass, gelcoat, and upholstery, there's something else we measure every day at the Rinker boat plant. It's morale. Because happy workers are motivated workers and motivated workers build the best boats in the industry. Look closely at this chart. You can see that right now, during our busiest time of year, morale is right at 100%. You'd think that having a full pipeline of orders that need to be shipped out might affect morale in less-than-positive way. But it doesn't....    Read More ]

Before You Hit The Water…Do You Know The Rules?

April 2, 2012

Okay new boaters…why do you think they call it the “Rules of the Road” if you’re on the water? Well, despite the confusing name, it’s all about relating your boat-operating experience to something you’re likely already familiar with…driving a car. But, although they may have some things in common, it’s important that you take some time to understand the differences. You see, these rules are all about avoiding the single biggest critical incident...    Read More ]

Need To See A Shrink?

April 2, 2012

Here's what happens to new boats before they're loaded on the truck for delivery. Yep, it IS pretty cool. Of course, this takes place in the quality control center after SEVEN different inspectors sign off on the boat. That's every single boat that leaves the plant. The shrink wrap, of course, keeps the gel coat from getting scratched and keeps the boat clean for the duration of the trip, and during the time before you fall in love with it and strike a great deal with your local dealer. Think about...    Read More ]

It's Great Upstate This Weekend!

March 30, 2012

If you've got boating fever in upstate New York this weekend, you're in luck! The 2012 Great Upstate Boat Show is being held at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, and our friends from Saratoga Boat Works and EZ Marine & Storage are ready to a show you a good time. Please stop by and say hello! There will be activities for the whole family, and you can register to win prize  throughout the weekend. Click here for a coupon for discounted tickets.   ...    Read More ]

Love Boating But Hate Docking?

March 29, 2012

You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That’s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the “advice” you’ve ever been given about how to do it properly.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things to remember,...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 246 Bowrider

March 28, 2012

Whether you're ready to kick back or make waves, the Rinker Captiva 246 Bowrider is up to the task with a huge swim platform, sunpad and enclosed head, as well as racing-inspired bolster seats in the helm. Captain Steve walks us through this great sport boat! ...    Read More ]

Staying On The Cutting Edge...

March 22, 2012

We're always working on new ideas to keep every Rinker on the cutting edge of style. So cutting edge, in fact, that we had to tell the design department that we weren't taking pictures. Remember...you saw nothing... ...    Read More ]

Rinker Hits Houston & Moscow

March 22, 2012

  These two cities probably don't come up together in casual conversation that often,but you can find Rinker Boats proudly displayed in Moscow, Russia, and Houston, Texas, this weekend! Moscow Boat Show — March 20-25 — Gart Marine Southwest International In-Water Boat Show — March 22-25 — Rinker's Boat World...    Read More ]

Flying Rinker?

March 22, 2012

There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that this is part of next year's Rinker lineup. Unless there's a HUGE public demand, of course! Amphibious airplane...now that's cool....    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 220 MTX

March 21, 2012

With its stylish and practical forked bow design, the Rinker Captiva 220 MTX incorporates both beautiful form and unforgettable function. Captain Steve walks us through this great boat to point out all the incredible features. ...    Read More ]

Is Your Boat Ready For A Safety Check?

March 20, 2012

You’re out enjoying a great day on the water when all of the sudden you get approached by the local boating law enforcement. Whether it’s a DNR agent, a sheriff marine patrol or the U.S. Coast Guard, they will know exactly what to look for to see if you pass a basic vessel safety check. Do you know, without a doubt, that you’ve got everything covered? If not, the time to make sure is now, before you ever leave your driveway or marina. Here are some of the basic items that are sure...    Read More ]

Is Your Boat Ready For The Water?

March 16, 2012

You’ve spent all winter dreaming about getting your boat back in the water. But are you really ready? Some of the things you may take for granted once the season is under way have a way of getting misplaced, out-of-date or run down during those months of inactivity. So what’s the best way to make sure you’ve got everything properly squared away for a fun and “uneventful” first launch? Just follow this handy pre-launch checklist! • Keep it legal. In the weeks leading...    Read More ]

Splash Down!

March 15, 2012

Spring has sprung in southeast Michigan...Rinker's newest dealer in the Detroit area, Hideaway Yacht Sales just splashed their first boat of the year! Many more to come...check out their information online for a huge selection of Rinker Express Cruisers and Sportboats here......    Read More ]

Boat Show Fever Continues!

March 15, 2012

It's not too late to catch a boat show this season...go have some fun and get a great deal. The time is right to get your boat delivered in time to enjoy a looooooong summer on the water. This week, you can find Rinker at: Spring Boating Expo, Novi, Michigan — March 15-18 — Hideaway Yacht Sales, Freeway Sports Center & Krupa's Boat Mart Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, Edmunton, Alberta — March 15-18 — Free Spirit Marine Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, Wilmington, North Carolina...    Read More ]

And the winner is...

March 11, 2012

Congratulations to Craig Almquist for winning the most recent Rinker Owner's Photo Contest! Craig won a $50 Visa Gift Card just for taking a great shot of his boat in action. To enter the next round, just upload your best pic here... ...    Read More ]

Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? 3.2.12

March 1, 2012

Kamloops Boat Show — Mar. 2-4 — Little River Boat World Greater Philadelphia Boat Show — Mar. 2-4 — Dinbokowitz Marine & Ducky’s Boats  ...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 216

February 28, 2012

With a fresh new design from the hull up, the Rinker Captiva 216 is a beautiful combination of form and function. Featuring a surprisingly wide bow area, this boat sports the two things you can never get enough of: seating and storage Please join Captain Steve for a tour of this new bowrider that signals a new wave of Rinker designs. ...    Read More ]

Who Will Win The Rinker Photo Contest?

February 25, 2012

Will you help us pick the winners for the March 2012 Rinker Photo Contest? To vote click here and “LIKE” or comment on any photo in the March 2012 Contest Entries Album on the Rinker Facebook Page. Voting ends March 5th. The photo will be featured in the exclusive Rinker Insider Newsletter. Good luck to all the finalists and thanks to you for being a judge this quarter!...    Read More ]

Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? 2.24.12

February 23, 2012

Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show — Feb. 17-26 — Ted’s Aqua Marine Buffalo Boat Show — Feb. 22-26 — Lime Lake Marine & RV Ottawa Boat & Sportsman Show — Feb. 23-26 — Len’s Cove Marine Omaha Boat Show — Feb. 23-26 — Beaver Lake Marina New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo— New Jersey Outboards & Green Cove Marina Hot Springs Boat Show — Feb. 24-26 — Trader Bill’s Kingsport Boat Show — Feb. 24-26...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 196 OB

February 22, 2012

Captain Steve walks through the all-new Rinker Captiva 196 outboard, which offers the best value in its class with generous upgraded standard features like GX48 easy-care vinyl, stainless steel hardware, tons of storage, and even full-close walk-through door to keep the chill out on cool mornings. ...    Read More ]

Time To Gear Up Rinker Style?

February 22, 2012

Did you know there’s an online store that’s dedicated to making sure you’re decked out in the latest Rinker Boats apparel and accessories? It’s fast and easy, and we’re adding new items to the spring collection every day for men, women and children. You’ll find everything from t-shirts and hats to jackets and koozies. There are even great boat gift ideas like Rinker burgee flags, oversized beach towels and dock lines. Many items can even be custom embroidered with...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker 260 Express Cruiser

February 15, 2012

Captain Steve walks through the Rinker 260 Express Cruiser, giving us a closer look at this roomy, yet trailerable boat that has the perfect combination of performance and home-away-from-home luxuries. Note some of the clever design details that make the most of seating, storage and style! As with all Rinker models, you will find that the Rinker 260 is designed for maximum value. This boat is absolutely packed with high-quality standard features, and it would be an excellent choice for anyone looking...    Read More ]

Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? 2.16.12

February 15, 2012

Detroit Boat Show – Feb. 10-19 – Krupa’s Boat Mart & Hideaway Yachts More than 100 of Michigan's best boat dealers and marine businesses will be under one roof for nine days of great prices, selection and services. This is your chance to see new 2012 products, and get great prices on new non-current boats, motors, trailers and accessories. New England Boat Show – Feb. 11-19 – Meredith Marina The New England Boat Show attracting thousands of visitors from the New...    Read More ]

Express Cruisers 101: How To Shop For Your First Weekender

February 14, 2012

If your boating experience has consisted only of day trips, you’re missing out on a whole new side of the boating lifestyle that extends your time with friends and family past sunset, entrances you with the peace and serenity of a quiet cove, and lets you enjoy the best night’s sleep you’ve gotten in years. Is it time for you to step up to an Express Cruiser? Let’s take a look at some things you should consider before making that decision. What is an Express Cruiser? Generally,...    Read More ]

South Beach in February? Miami Boat Show Time!

February 13, 2012

If it's the week of Valentine's Day, it must be time for the Miami International Boat Show! And while the who's who of the boating industry will converge on South Beach this week, we want you to know that the show's all about YOU. This is a great chance to stop by and say hello to Nautic Global Group team members. Some of the best ideas we get come from the folks who use our products every day. So, if you're coming to the show, please come and see us. We'd love to be able to shake your hand and...    Read More ]

Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? 2.9.12

February 9, 2012

 St. Louis Boat, Sport & Travel Show – Feb. 8-12 – Mid Missouri Yachts Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or are just looking for a way to escape winter for the day, this is YOUR show! The annual five-day event turns America’s Center & Edward Jones Dome into a one-stop marketplace for outdoor fun— the best place to see and buy everything you need for your outdoor adventures! See nearly one thousand boats—from fishing to cruising to family fun there...    Read More ]

Sterndrives Versus Jet Boats: What's The Right Choice For Your Family?

February 8, 2012

You may have seen some of the new jet-drive boats that have come into the boating marketplace in the past few years. They are kind of like an overgrown personal watercraft (PWC), and they can be fun to drive. But are they the right fit for you and your family? Let’s compare jet-drive boats to traditional sterndrive propulsion. The answers may surprise you. Steering This is probably the most important factor to consider when comparing a jet boat to a sterndrive. If you’ve ever ridden...    Read More ]

A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 226 BR

February 7, 2012

Captain Steve walks through the Rinker Captiva 226 BR from bow to stern, giving us a closer look at this sportboat that's built for watersports with the R Series package. From the oversized, full-beam swim platform with cushioned "rumble" seat and integrated swim ladder to the huge sunpad and roomy bow seating area, the Rinker Captiva 226 BR is built for serious family fun!   ...    Read More ]

Where In The World Is Rinker This Week?

February 3, 2012

Atlantic City Boat Show – Feb. 1-5 – Stone Harbor Marine See what’s new, NOW! Find the boat of your dreams and everything to go with it—see and shop hundreds of new boats and an unbeatable assortment of marine gear at the Atlantic City Convention Center. From luxury motor and sailing yachts to sport fishers, performance boats, and personal watercraft, there are boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget. Rochester Boat Show – Feb. 2-5 – Ballantyne RV &...    Read More ]

Did You Know That Rinker Is America’s Oldest Boat Brand?

February 1, 2012

As the oldest American boat brand in continuous production, the Rinker Boat Company has quite a story to tell. From our humble beginnings out of Lossie Rinker’s workshop on the White River in Indiana to today when we’re exporting boats to more than 40 countries, we build with pride, craftsmanship and the desire to be the best value in the industry. At the request of many of our loyal customers and dealers across the country and around the globe, here’s a look back at some of the...    Read More ]

Where In The World Is Rinker This Week?

January 27, 2012

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show – Jan. 25-29 – Hern Marine The 54th Annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show will feature 250,000 square feet of boats and 400 companies representing boats, marine services, travel destinations, and outdoors fun all indoors on one huge exhibit floor. This is the best time to buy, book, plan or as a last resort, just plain dream about. Louisville Boat RV & Sportshow – Jan. 25-29 – Arnold’s Boats & Motors Celebrating...    Read More ]

Shop With Confidence With These 5 (Not So) Secret Boat Show Tips

November 22, 2011

If you’re in the market for a new boat, the boat show can be a great place to work a deal. Of course, it can also be a dizzying and confusing experience if you’re not prepared. The good news is that with a little research and some easy planning, you can head through the front door with confidence. 1)    Start early. That’s all part of the fun, isn’t it? The anticipation. The build-up. The excitement. Make that a key part of your experience. The more time you...    Read More ]

How To Find The Right Boat Dealer For You

November 20, 2011

While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don’t have in common. Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And because...    Read More ]

Top 3 Things To Remember At The Boat Show

October 21, 2011

All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather’s nice, we’re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few “personal” days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows. Whether you’re looking for your first boat or you’re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch finally...    Read More ]