Rinker 186 BR OB FS

This outboard-powered runabout is versatile and performs well with moderate power.

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker 186 BR OB FS

Rinker roared back into the outboard runabout world in 2012. If the preponderance of new outboard boats is an indication, that proved to be a trendsetting move. For 2013, the Indiana builder’s 186 bowrider gets the fish-and-ski treatment. And it’s not just a token effort. The package includes a bow-mount trolling motor, Lowrance fish finder, two fishing seats (with a choice of three pedestal positions, two aft and another one in the bow), livewell under the aft-bench center cushion, bow fill-in cushion, rod holders and a ski pylon. Remove the bow cushions to reveal a nonslip casting deck. Ditto aft.

Other than the fact that the aft bench consists of two chairs and a center cushion, the balance of the 186 BR OB is classic runabout. In the bow, plush V-shaped seating spans the perimeter of the cockpit. Adequate cockpit depth will put nervous parents at ease — one rides in this boat, not on it. The main cockpit offers twin captain’s chairs and a small sun pad behind those aft seats. Skis and boards can be stowed in the in-floor ski locker. A Sony stereo with two speakers dishes out the requisite tunes.

Multiple engine choices are available. Our test boat was equipped with a Yamaha F115, which pushed the boat onto plane in 4.6 seconds, passed 30 mph in 10.6 seconds, and topped out just shy of 40 mph.