I am a long time lake boater, recently transferred to the Tidewater
area. We sold the old Invader 170/150 Merc and upgraded to a new 230LX.
The hull was not as deep and the bow not as high as some of the other
crafts I considered, so I was a little anxious about my first outing on
the big water.
This weekend we took our first trip out of protected water. Day one was
15+ knot headwinds and 2 foot seas plus the wakes generated by departing
tankers and other large craft. On our return, after a great overnight, the
wind was over 20 knots with following seas and whitecaps. I was impressed
with the boat's handling and relative comfort, considering the
circumstances. The helm was easy, and it handled the rough water well. I
made 22-25 easily in the rough water and avoided all the crab pots enroute.
Mileage was good as well, averaging a little over 4 mpg. Pretty impressive
for a boat designed for speed.
Of course, where it's calm I can fly by most of the jet skis. What a
smile. In short, it's a great craft and a nice upgrade for us.
Jay & Joan Davis
Stingray 230LX - 350MPI
Virginia Beach, VA