As I peered down from my motel window into the sloshy, early-morning darkness, noting how deeply the palm trees in the parking lot were bowing to the whims of the wind-driven deluge, it seemed pretty obvious: testing Rinker's new 350 Express Cruiser before nightfall was gonna be challenging, if it was doable at all.
"We'll call 'er off this morning," I told photographer Jeffery Salter, who
There was virtually no wind on test day, so rather than make the trip out to the open Atlantic to wring out our Rinker Fiesta Vee 360, I went with a stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway not far from Davey Marine Center, Rinker's dealership in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Why waste fuel goin' offshore when conditions right next door are virtually the same?
All went well at first. The part
Syracuse, Indiana, might not be as quickly associated with boats as, say, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but on the quiet Syracuse street called West Chicago, the number of boats produced last year almost equaled the town’s 3,000-plus population. The builder responsible for this? Rinker. Some people say Rinker is Syracuse, since it employs about 15 percent of the area’s residents. By the look of
As soon as I heard Rinker Boats was about to launch a couple of new Fiesta Vee 342s, one with twin I/Os and the other with V-drive inboards, I was on the case lining up one of each for an all-day, head-to-head wring-out. From the standpoint of doing a fair, even-handed comparison, it sounded like a perfect setup: two midrange cruisers with identical interiors, dry weights, and powerplants, but