- January 2005
The president and founder of Stingray Boats has a boat-building strategy we like: Make the boats
as fast and exciting to drive as possible but make them so stable your grandmother can handle them.
The newest Stingray, the 250CR cuddy, perfectly meets that objective.
Our test boat was equipped with a Volvo 5.7 MPI that gave it a thrilling top speed and awesome
handling, carving sharp, tight turns with little blowout and plenty of speed left at the end of
270-degree maneuvers. Trimmed high, the boat reached its top speed while giving a soft ride capable
of handling rougher lakes and bays. With snappy acceleration, the boat will make watersports fun
whether on a tube or a wakeboard.
The 250 offers expensive and durable hardware onboard, including pull-up cleats and hinges that
are all saltwater-ready stainless steel. Midship cleats make it easy to moor the boat single-handedly
or hitch up a spring to handle tide changes. Aft cleats are positioned high on the transom to give
easier access from inside the boat or on the dock — and to keep them clear of towlines.
The walk-through transom design is simple and functional, giving easy access from the very wide
swim platform while conserving the need for hardware or hinges — making the system reliable
for the long-term owner. Aft seating has filler cushions to convert it to a large sunning area, or
a table can be deployed from its convenient dedicated storage for cocktail cruises.
With plenty of seating and the convenience of a freshwater sink, cooler and wastebasket, the
cockpit is ideal for entertaining guests. The cuddy offers ample berth space for a weekending couple
or napping children. A pumpout head is conveniently located for privacy. A shower on the transom will
make swimmers happy and help keep the platform clean.
Lots of space, exciting performance and sleek stying are crowned with quality hardware and durable
new vinyl to make this boat a worthwhile investment.
Boating Life Magazine
Test Engine: Volvo 5.7L MPI, 280-hp
Test Prop: F6 Duoprop, stainless steel
Test Load: People (375 lb.); Fuel (25 gal.)
Top Speed: 50.7 MPH @ 5,000 RPM
Time to Plane: 3.4 sec.
Time to 30 MPH: 8.6 sec.
Min Plane Speed: 19 MPH @ 2,300 RPM, 80 db
Length Overall: 25'
Dry Weight: 4,137 lb.
Seat/Wt Cap: 10/2,265 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 68 gal.
Max HP: 320
MSRP (test boat): $47,555