A Family Passion & Pastime Is Born
For many boat manufacturers, building boats is simply a way to make a living. For the Rinker family, it’s a way of life. Starting in the 1930s, dairy farmer Lonnie “L.E.” Rinker started building fishing and racing boats out of his White River workshop. Following soon after, John and Jan Rinker would spend all week tinkering on boat designs and all weekend collecting racing trophies. Their success on the water led to the nickname, “The Racing Rinkers.” What started as a small hobby quickly blossomed into a flourishing side business. As fast as they could build them, friends, neighbors and family would buy them. Word spread and the Rinker brand was born.