STINGRAY
225LR

SPECIFICATIONS
Length22 ft, 11 in
Beam8 ft, 4 in
Capacity10 people
Dry Weight3,125 lbs
Fuel Capacity57 gals

PERFORMANCE
mphrpmmpgmilesdBa
Peak
61
5000
2.7
139
92
Cruise
35.4
3000
4.99
256
82
Time to Plane2.6 seconds
0-30 mph4.7 seconds

POWER
TestVolvo Penta 5.7 Gi
Maximum hp300
CylindersV-8
Displacement5.7L
Weight1,027 lbs
WOT Max5000 rpm
Base Price$38,442

VALUE-ADDED
STANDARD FEATURES

MB Quart DC MP3 Hi-Power stereo, cockpit table, tilt power steering

MUST-HAVE OPTIONS
Electric or hydraulic trim tabs, Captain's Call exhaust, bow filler cushions

FINANCING:
$307.57 a month for 15 years assuming a final price of $38,442 with a 15% down payment


Finish-Line Winner
Stingray 225LR

BY ALAN JONES

In the world of racing there are two groups: winners and those whom the winners see in their rearview mirror. For Stingrayís president and founder, Al Fink, who in his spare time drag races in the Top Eliminator Class at Darlington Dragway in South Carolina, one of his favorite things is to give his competitors an excellent view of the signature feature of his 1963 Corvette Stingray: its split rear window. On lakes this year, lots of people will be seeing the new 225LR Ö the back half of it anyway.

Unique Factor
Perhaps knowing the view people would be getting of their boat, the engineers at Stingray paid close attention to the stern of the 225LR, which features an oversized sculpted swim platform. The look is kept clean with a stainless steel swim ladder that sits beneath a hatch when not in use. The problem of boarding without stepping on the upholstery is solved by a centerline walk-through that, unlike the usual open stern alcove on most boats these days, keeps the cockpit safe for youngsters. When boarding is complete, the skipper can retrieve the pair of removable filler pads that can be neatly stowed away in the cavernous engine compartment on either side of the 300 hp Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi sterndrive. For maintenance, there is an incredible amount of room to work in once you remove the carpeted vertical panels—that keep gear away from the engine—by simply pulling the quick-release rubber fasteners.

This yearís look features bolder graphics and a sleek silhouette that tapers to a point at the bow like a razor arrowhead and hints at the Stingray 225LRís performance. The accented sunpad and stern bench that has sculpted headrests is a move out of the go-fast boat playbook.

Performance
Stingray seems to get the most out of its boats without having to resort to overpowering them, and the 225LR is no exception. New for 2009 is the next-generation Z-plane hull that gives you the performance of a delta pad in the stern, but instead of balancing on only one point, the 225 contacts the water at three points for greater stability. The new hull has plenty of lift and got out of the hole quickly with very little bowrise. We streaked to 30 mph in 4.7 seconds and accelerated to a top speed of 61 mph, which is at least 5 to 6 mph faster than most other boats in this class. In addition to its efficient hull, speed is maximized by its relatively light 3,125-pound weight, which helps it to get nearly 5 mpg at a cruise speed of 35 miles per hour.

Handling
At high speed with the trim up in low-flying airplane mode, the 225 was very easy to handle. At no time did it lose the ability to track straight. Try as we might, we couldnít find a speed that wasnít driver-friendly. On test day, Lake Robinson, outside Hartsville and home to Stingray Boats, was as flat as a roadside armadillo. We couldnít verify its slicing ability other than by creating a few man-made waves by carving very precise doughnuts, which the 225 handled well without ventilation. Pounding over the newly rumpled water with its next gen Z-plane hull that features 20 degrees of deadrise at the stern, the only adverse reaction was a glove box cover that rattled—an easy fix with some stick-on gasket material. The rest of the boat felt solid as we slammed it around heartily.

Recommended Setup
If you just bought a totally stock 225LR, you would have a very well-equipped boat. Stingray loads it up with what it calls the Bowrider Convenience Package: 22 value-added standard features it calculates to be worth $3,558. With it, you get features including the MB Quart Hi- Power MP3-ready stereo thatís been upgraded 50 watts over last yearís model to a total of 100 watts. Another clever feature is that when you turn the ignition key to the accessory position, only the stereo is drawing power from your batteries, so go ahead and crank it up at anchor. High up on the list of preferred options is a choice of electric or hydraulic trim tabs ($934) and the Captainís Call switchable through-hull exhaust ($2,145).

Best Uses
The Stingray 225LR does a lot of things well, like skiing and towing inflatables. It has a large 57-gallon fuel tank and at its best cruise speed has a 256-mile range, good for long trips such as extended boat camping expeditions.

Boating World
March 2009





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