In 1995 I decided to purchase a new boat and proceeded to do just
that. After looking at virtually every brand, I decided to order one
of the first that I had looked at, a 1996 Stingray 729zp (now renamed
240CS). I ordered a loaded model with almost every option, yet the
boat still was affordable, and I have not been disappointed.
This has been a fantastic boat that suits me to a "T". Quality
and reliability have been excellent, and she really turns heads
wherever I take her. The Stingray web site is great, and the Stingray
video also influenced my decision to purchase.
At least once a year I spend a few days tied up at "Ego Alley" in
Annapolis, Maryland among the large trawlers and sailboats that ply
the intracoastal waterway. Even when the basin is filled with much
larger boats, my 23'6" Stingray receives many compliments from boaters
and non-boaters alike. Perhaps the best of many compliments this
October (2000) was "Is that a new boat?" from a captain who pulling
in with a much larger vessel.
The Stingray is comfortable to cruise and affordable to refuel with
the small-block Merc 5.7L, but still has plenty of kick to get where
I need to go. She overnights like a dream; I have spent a week on her
in complete comfort. I have been out on rough days when everyone else
stays at the dock. I stay warm in cold weather with the full camper
canvas and snug at the dock sleeping in the mid-cabin berth while
overnighting. I stay dry in the rain and get the max number of weeks
out of the boating season.
To anyone considering a Stingray 729zp/240CS, go for it, you will
not be disappointed.
C. A. Bell