It took about 30 seconds behind the helm of the newly redesigned QX26 BR to safely make the proclamation “Rinker is back.” True, the builder never really went away, but it hasn’t released a new model in nearly three years. Plus, over the past few years, Rinker has drifted away from the mission statement that made its boats so popular in the first place: Build a safe, able-performing boat equipped with everything that makes sense, and stop there. Since Bennington Pontoons bought the brand last year, though, it has made a commitment to return to its roots. Sitting at the wheel and throttling up the 300 hp MerCruiser 6.2L engine, I enjoyed handling a boat that climbed onto plane in 3.7 seconds, reached 30 mph in 7.7 seconds, and carved smooth hard-over turns at speed with no surprises. This reflected the Rinker I remembered, bolstered by 21st-century styling and amenities demanded by today’s boaters.