Stingray Boats
Stingray 195LR

Boating Life - January 2004
Take a 195LR video tour with Randy Vance, editor of Boating Life


Stingray 180RX
  Test Drive
Test Engine: Volvo 4.3L GXi | Test Prop: 14.75 x 21" stainless steel | Test Load: People - 225 lb, Fuel - 10 gal | Top Speed: 60.0 MPH @ 4,800 RPM | Time to Plane: 3.3 sec. | Time to 30 MPH: 7.0 sec. | Min Planing Speed: 20.8 MPH @ 2,200 RPM

Idle 3.4 68 db
1,000 5.9 74 db
1,500 7.2 78 db
2,000 10.7 81 db
2,500 27.1 84 db
3,000 35.2 89 db
3,500 42.4 88 db
4,000 47.3 88 db
4,500 56.0 90 db
4,800 60.0 98 db

Length Overall: 19'5"
Beam: 7'6"
Dry Weight: 2,580 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 8/1,315 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 38 gal.
Max HP: 225
MSRP (test boat): $24,125

Notable Features
• Stainless steel pull-up cleats at bow and amidships for snag-free operation and clean look. • Nonskid bow step conceals an insulated cooler (which could alternately be used for an anchor locker). • Teleflex instrumentation cluster features a Pitot-driven speedometer that's refreshingly accurate. • Dual bucket seats for captain and passenger swivel and slide back for good legroom. • Sharp graphics come in two different treatments. Stingray 195LR The 195LR is ideal for families wanting performance style in a compact package.

Not many family bowriders have the sexy performance of the 195LR. Why? Because they don't have Stingray's patented Z-Plane hull.

This deep-V design replaces "add-on" lifting strakes with longitudinal steps that add lift without drag. A cross section of the Z-Plane hull shows the Z-shaped strake profile for which it is named.

What it is, or what it is called, is much less important than what it does. When we opened up the throttles and trimmed up the outdrive on the 195LR, we could feel the hull lift from the water, riding high with reduced drag and thrilling performance. We don't recommend you try the following maneuver, but our testers repeatedly put the 195LR in hard-over turns left and right. The boat cut into the water, scribing tight little circles with incredible control and stability. You'll appreciate this when retrieving skiers.

The 195LR takes chop and boat wakes well, too, especially for a 19-foot boat. It cleaves the waves with a sharp 19-degree entry and 15-degree deadrise at the transom, as we experienced first-hand during our test. We consistently see Stingray boats perform better than similar-size boats with equal horsepower and in similar water conditions due to this unique hull style.

Inside the Stingray is a carefully crafted interior that features lush vinyl, stylishly sculpted seats with headrests on the aft bench and sporty graphics sewn into the sun pad. Double stitching is uniform and tight, with special care intended to add to the good looks. Sport bucket seats are roto-molded with fore and aft adjusters for ease of entry and exit, comfort and long life. All this rides on an all-fiberglass stringer system that will never rot.

A five-year structural hull warranty and a three-year gelcoat warranty by a company as strong as Stingray make this boat a great buy. The engine and drive are covered by a two-year warranty. Speaking of power, this is the first V-6 stern-drive we've tested that hits the 60-mile-per-hour barrier. For a family that wants performance and comfort, the 195 is spot on.

Randy Vance
Boating Life Magazine

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