The newest and smallest member of the Rinker QX family is a modernized throwback to times when ski boats were smaller, could be powered with less than 100 hp and were very affordable. With an LOA of 16 feet, 10 inches, powered by a Yamaha F90 and priced at less than $30K, the 17QX checks off all the boxes, including being a light enough rig — 1,753 pounds, boat and motor combined — to be towed by almost all light SUVs or compact pickups. And it will fit easily in most garages. There’s more than enough seating in the cockpit, on twin captain’s chairs and a full-length stern bench, to accommodate its full capacity of six passengers, and that doesn’t even include the surprisingly roomy bowrider section.
Boat Test Video
Four bold colors are available, the helm and upholstery accents are color coordinated, and an upscale Kicker KMC1 Bluetooth stereo comes standard. This compact runabout makes a great little ski boat even with the Yamaha F90 that powered our test model. At around 30 mph it trails a flattish wake for slaloming. But at 20 mph, its healthy 20 degrees of deadrise, plus a little engine up-trim and a few people on the stern bench, can create a jumpable wake for junior wakeboarders. The standard stern ski tow is too low, so installing something such as an aftermarket TurboSwing would be a good addition if watersports action is high on the list of activities. For ski storage, there’s a roomy in-floor locker.
Our test boat had optional SeaStar hydraulic steering ($1,229) for the Yamaha F90, which is highly recommended, especially for towing kids on tubes. The 17QX OB is rated for up to 140 hp, but the new F90 features a larger 1.8L block than last year, which gives it more torque for a better holeshot, as evidenced by its time to plane of 2.8 seconds. It has a very flat power curve, and the littlest Rinker reached 30 mph in 8.9 seconds and achieved a respectable top speed of 41 mph. Although we had calm conditions on Geneva Lake (in Lake Geneva, Wis.), busting through a few cruiser wakes revealed a surprisingly soft ride, thanks to its 20 degrees of deadrise.
Time to Plane: 2.8 sec.
0-30 mph: 8.9 sec.
Peak: 41.0 mph/6000 rpm/92 dBA
Cruise: 25.2 mph/4000 rpm/83 dBA