PLAY STATION. How many deckboats do you know of that have room for a transom swim platform and an aft sunpad? The padded engine hatch, reinforced with 3/4" treated plywood, makes a great aft sunlounge when closed. It opens on gas-assisted struts for easy engine access. The 4'10"-by-1'9" bow platform allows for easy and safe water entry forward, and the slightly larger aft platform gives skiers and boarders plenty of room to put on their gear.
The cockpit lounge is well set up with an entertainment center that has a stainless-steel sink, a 25-quart Igloo cooler, and a removable trash can. An AM/FM cassette player with four speakers comes standard, as does the stereo remote on the aft swim platform. The helm sports VDO controls and a swivel-seat captain's chair with a flip-up bolster. But where can I throw my keys and cell phone? Other builders also omit a dedicated spot for the sundries we tend to bring aboard, but I wish the 26 Flotilla had a lockable glovebox at the helm. With all the space available on this layout, I'm sure Rinker can find room for it.
LAST WORD. With a trimaran's handling and stability and a lot of wide open space, this is one deckboat that more than lives up to its name.
Displacement (lbs., approx.) ..........4,740
Minimum cockpit depth...2'8"
Fuel capacity (gal.)...60
Water capacity (gal.)...10
Price (w/standard power) ..........$33,795
Price (w/test power) ..........$41,995
STANDARD POWER: Single 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L Alpha V-8 gasoline stern drive.
OPTIONAL POWER: Single MerCruiser stern drive to 320 hp.
TEST BOAT POWER: Single 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2L MPI Bravo Three V-8 gasoline stern drive with 377 cid, 4.00" bore x 3.75" stroke, swinging a 14 1/4" x 24" three-bladed ss propset through a 2.2:1 reduction.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT (major items): Built-in removable trash container; cockpit snack table; ss cockpit sink; transom shower; 25-qt. Igloo cooler; bow and stern 3-step telescoping ladders; cockpit wading pool; snap-in cockpit carpet; wrap-around windshield; dual battery system; Bimini top; depthfinder; 12v outlet; AM/ FM cassette stereo w/4 speakers; remote transom stereo control; docking lights.