Rinker Q7 OB

The Rinker Q7 OB performs just as good as it looks.

The running surface of the sexy Rinker Q7 OB was developed based on the ­best-selling boat model in Rinker’s 75-year history, the Captiva 232, but the boat’s look and feel prove brand-spanking new. In profile, the Q7 OB’s lines swoop from bow to stern in a gentle arc, with style lines rising from the chine to seamlessly meld into the swim platform below and the artfully crafted windshield above. Within its expansive cockpit, the two-tone upholstery covering the seating avoids excessive patterning, opting instead for clean, angular lines that deliver a fresh look and inviting feel. The uncluttered dash at the helm is highlighted by a single Simrad GO7 flat-screen display that can handle most all gauge and navigation requirements. Even the aft platform boasts pleasingly minimalist styling. Rather than attempting to install an upholstered rumble seat that will just get trod on, Rinker instead opts for a base cushion made from an extra-thick layer of EVA traction material.

Rinker Q7 OB
LOA: 27'2" | Beam: 8'6" | Dry Weight: 4,950 lb. | Seating/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified | Fuel Capacity: 73 gal. | More Information: rinkerboats.comBill Doster
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The floor plan creates an open, airy feel and practically makes for great pedestrian flow both forward and aft of the windshield. Forward, the angular bow cockpit’s depth provides plenty of peace of mind for parents, and 4 feet of length for adults to stretch out. Aft, twin seats reside behind helm and port consoles, each with a flip-up bolster. An L-shaped bench runs 9 feet along the starboard length and transom. To port, another nearly 5-foot couch waits behind the passenger seat. The starboard console offers stowage, a door-mounted trash receptacle and pullout 25-quart cooler. The port console reveals a roomy head with port-a-potty or optional toilet. Behind the helm seat, the cockpit galley features a sink with faucet, a standard Waring blender and optional refrigerator.

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Underway, the Q7 performed just as good as it looks. With a Mercury Verado 300 mounted to a custom bracket off the transom, our test boat displayed minimal bow rise as it leaped to 30 mph in 8.3 seconds. Top speed peaked just shy of 54 mph. Handling at speed was precise and confident, with the boat banking through ­corners with total authority.

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High Points
* Abundant low-maintenance stowage includes roto-molded compartments under nearly all seating, along with the in-floor ski locker and expansive starboard console.
* Extended port and starboard swim platforms flank the engine, as well as feature an integrated walkway to cross in front of the engine.
* Optional watersports tower adds a stylish accent, as well as a solid 7-foot attachment point for towing duties.

Price: $88,612 (with test power)

Rinker Q7 OB
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How We Tested
Engine: Mercury Verado 300
Prop: Mercury Enertia 14.2" x 18" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 50 gal.
Crew Weight: 360 lb.

More Information
Rinker Boats - Syracuse, Indiana; 574-457-5731; rinkerboats.com