- January 2004
||Take a 195LR
video tour with Randy Vance, editor of Boating Life
PERFORMANCE BOWRIDER RACY STYLE TURNS ON A DIME
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
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
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.
Boating Life Magazine
to view the video by Randy Vance.