Who should buy it:
Speed, handling and comfort are priorities of Stingray engineers, and they bring it all in for a value price. Those seeking practical pleasure in boating will gravitate to Stingray's newest bowrider.
|LENGTH OVERALL: 20'11" BEAM: 7'9" DRY WEIGHT: 2850 lb SEATING/WEIGHT CAPACITY: 8/1700 LB FUEL CAPACITY: 35 gal MAXIMUM HP: 260 MSRP (W/ VOLVO PENTA 5.0L MPI 270 SX): $29,812|
What we think:
There are all kinds of corporate buzzwords for hull designs, but Stingray's Z-Plane hull is a design that warrants a unique moniker. Chines are cut into the hull, rather than molded as a protrusion. The difference in appearance is obvious. The difference in performance can be felt from the first punch of the throttle.
Acceleration is quick in the 205 LR. But more important, the midrange handling is precise. The V-bottom carves hard arcs even at high speeds. While some boats have a tendency to blow out, at least in one turning direction, the 205 sticks to the hardest prudent turns in either direction. We cut the boat back over our wake, then followed at a safe distance, zigging and zagging through the wake of another boat. Control was still crisp as the hull sliced through waves at hard angles. Even in closer angle crossings, the 205 crossed safely, not surfing or sliding but holding its own.
Certainly performance is king in the 205, but the captain and crew are treated with kid gloves too. A wraparound aft seat is wide and comfortable. Upholstery is three-color, carefully stitched and contoured to give a sporty 3-D look. The sun pad features a pullout cushion that converts it to a transom walkway, easing entry into the boat. The platform of the Stingray is integrated, giving maximum durability and style to a feature that is still bolted on in many boats. A solid stringer system, structural foam-filled bottom and durable components and fasteners add durability, a promise Stingray guarantees for five years.Randy Vance
Boating Life Magazine