Stingray Boats
Boating Life - April 2004


Stingray 200CS



We pick seven boats worth the
retail price — and more.


BOTTOM LINES
STINGRAY 200CS (cuddy cabin)
STYLETypically "Stingray," with a racy design
PERFORMANCE The calling card of Stingray - quick with any power choice
STABILITY/HANDLING Made to hold firm and not skip in quick maneuvers
CONSTRUCTION Five-year structural hull warranty, three years on gelcoat
FEATURESLoaded with stainless steel; Kenwood CD player
PRICE$23,676 (w/4.3L)
LENGTH/WEIGHT20'3"/2,287 lb.

The Boating Life editors have driven some 200 boats for the 2004 model year. From each test we've come away with personal impressions on quality, comfort, setup, looks, handling and performance. Only a handful of boats, however, have been noted among our jottings as a "great value." Those seven are highlighted on the following pages. Remember, we didn't call out these models simply for having a low price. Each one prompted our attention before we even saw a dollar figure. The price simply sealed the deal in our book.

Stingray has earned a reputation for building efficient, cost-effective boats — which is not as dull a concept as it might seem. Why? The company's idea of efficiency is to design hulls that obtain maximum speed from a given power plant, which means you get plenty of speed without resorting to exotic engine choices.

Also, their model for cost effectiveness isn't to lean things down to save a few bucks, but rather to use every appropriate technology to reduce waste and produce a solid — and stylish — final product at very competitive price.

The 200CS is a prime example of the company's ability to put not only practicality but also fun into a value-priced boat. Base price is just over $23,000, which gets you a mini cruiser, complete with sink, portable toilet and stove. An available full-canvas package turns the entire cockpit into all-weather living space, while an upgrade to a stainless-steel prop and perhaps the 5.0-liter power plant will max out the boat's water-sports towing potential.

Not that the boat needs the larger engine. Thanks to the Stingray's unique Z-plane hull configuration, this 20-foot family boat will edge past 50 mph with the standard 4.3-liter power plant. Plus, for a cuddy cabin, it's light on the highway, saving more dollars there.

Pierce Hoover and Robert Stephens
Boating Life Magazine

NOTE: The Stingray 200CS was featured along with six other boats in this article. For the complete article, refer to pages 88-96 of the April 2004 issue of Boating Life.



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