Stingray Powerboats
Fleet-Footed Fun

Go Boating - June 2000

Fishing, skiing, cruising and letting it all hang out on Stingray's new 190FX

Stingray 190FX Fish and Ski

When attacking the realms of fishing and skiing with a single boat, certain things are to be expected. The boat should be fleet of foot and have the basic features that every angler needs. Stingray's new 190FX is swift and loaded with the tools of the angling trade, but what's surprising is how far it goes beyond the regular expectations.

With the Stingray 190FX, you've got a range of choices for on-water activities: fishing, skiing, cruising, or just plain letting it all out with a burst of speed. We most enjoyed the 190FX when the wind was blowing through our hair. When it comes to moving out, this boat will leave many in its wake.

Stingray 190FX Cockpit

Fast as a Jack Rabbit
The 190FX jumps to plane quickly and is tight in turns. The running was smooth at cruising speeds. Our experience with Stingray's patented Z-plane hull has been positive in the past, and this boat bears that out. It's rated as one of the most fuel efficient in its size range.

We'd suggest the EFI option, especially if you're going to do some skiing. The extra power helps get the skier out of the hole quicker. The reliability of EFI over a carburetor notwithstanding, there's not much difference among the V-6 power choices.

Our test boat was equipped with a 210 hp MerCruiser 4.3 liter V-6 engine with electronic fuel injection. The other MerCruiser option available for the 190 is a carburetor version of the same block that puts out 190 hp. Both sets are paired with an Alpha One drive turning a 23-inch aluminum prop. There's a difference of 2 mph in the top end between the two. Our FX was factory rated to do 56 mph.

If you prefer Volvo Penta power, you can select from a 4.3GL or a 4.3GI EFI engine coupled with an SX drive. Top speed numbers for the V-6 Volvo Pentas are identical to the MerCruisers.

Stingray 190FX Tackle Locker

The Basics
The 190FX is a fish and ski model with an overall length of 19 feet and a beam of 7 feet, 7 inches. The boat weighs an easily trailerable 2,590 pounds (dry) with the base engine, so you can take it along anywhere without having to buy a monster truck to pull it.

The cockpit handles five adults: two in captain's chairs and three on a bench. Two more people can stretch their legs at the bow.

Storage spaces can be found everywhere — under the bench seats, in the coaming, in the deck and in the engine compartment. The helm has full engine instrumentation set against a standard wood-grain panel and switches to control accessories. An optional Humminbird depth gauge and tilt steering can both be installed, as can a Sony high-power AM/FM stereo cassette deck with four speakers.

Stingray 190FX Fish and Ski

Casting Off
Statistically speaking, fishing is one of the most popular activities among boaters, and the 190FX is up to the task. The boat's fishing configuration is quite versatile.

A 36-quart livewell is situated under the center section of the cockpit bench seat. The livewell is standard, and includes the recirculating pump. There are two lockers large enough to swallow a tackle box — one situated on each side of the livewell.

The large hatch in the center of the cockpit sole makes for excellent ski or board storage. It could also hold fishing rods with ease. The two-drawer tackle locker at the bow peak will assist you in keeping your lures organized.

When you open the walk-through windshield and enter the forward seating area, you can place a filler panel between the bowrider seats. This serves as a sunpad when it's covered with a cushion, but it also has the base for a casting chair.

Just to port is an electrical panel with accessory switches and a power plug for a trolling motor. It's a short reach from the casting chair. There's a pad molded into the fiberglass at the bow for mounting the trolling motor base. When you order the Fish and Ski option package, a second battery is included.

Stingray 190FX Bow

Double Duty
At the aft end of the 190FX, the engine hatch serves double duty in much the same way as the bow area. The hatch serves as a sunpad when the snap-on cushion is in place. Take the cushion off to reveal the base mount for a second casting chair.

The casting platform is carpeted — a nice touch that will go a long way toward keeping the bottom of your feet cool on hot summer days. The same all-weather marine carpeting runs throughout the cockpit of the boat.

As for the other watersports, the 190FX is equipped with a two-step, recessed swim ladder on the molded-in swim platform. There's a ski-two eye in the middle of the transom, too.

A pair of gas-assisted shock absorbers keeps the engine hatch open. This makes it easy to stow the fishing chairs inside the engine compartment, along with the convertible top. There's plenty of room for working on the engine, and everything is within easy reach for fluid checks and fills.

Stingray's 190FX comes with a standard Sunbrella convertible top. You can upgrade to a full canvas set with side curtains. A mooring cover is available for the cockpit as well as the bow area.

No matter what your other option choices, you'll be satisfied with the bottom-line choice of the Stingray 190FX. The boat delivers excellent performance, a host of features and plenty of versatility — all delivered at a very affordable price. Where else can you get a boat that will do so much (complete with trailer) for around $20,000? Check it out. There's a lot to see.

Go Boating Test Team
Go Boating Magazine

Stingray Powerboats:
The people behind the company

Stingray Powerboats has managed to become one of the nation's leading independent boat builders in just 20 short years. Al Fink founded the company in 1979, with two molds and a passion, and the quest for excellence continues to this day.

Stingray's product line has grown to over 21 models, all of which represent a fine mixture of performance and value. That list of models goes beyond simple changes of size and features; Stingray manufactures several types of boats, including runabouts, sportboats, a deck boat and a 24 foot cruiser.

The entire Fink family takes pride in their understanding of the boating community. As avid boaters themselves, Al, Debbie, Todd, and Chad are always seeking new ways to satisfy their customers' needs.

With over 225,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities on 46 acres, the company's South Carolina plant is a state-of-the-art force to be reckoned with. Every Stingray boat is designed, built and tested using advanced computer design and manufacturing programs. Stingray harnesses the latest technology — such as multi-axis milling machines and computer-controlled water-jet cutting machines — and uses it to aid its bevy of skilled craftsmen. — James Corns


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