Stingray Powerboats 220LX
Put to the Test -- Ray of the Future
Go Boating - Summer 1998
GO Boating Test Team


Stingray's cutting edge technology gives its 220LX
high speed performance and affordability.
 Stinging Its Praises
Stingray's patented zp hull has a racing style notched transom, allowing the engine to be mounted higher for less drag, enhanced fuel efficiency and better top speed. The fully instrumented helm features backlit Teleflex gauges, tilt steering, a depth finder, a compass, illuminated switches, a 12v outlet and a Teleflex steering wheel. The port side console has a lockable glove box and a covered AM/FM cassette stereo. An in-floor ski locker drains overboard and offers plenty of room for all your water toys. Cockpit seating is provided by two adjustable bucket seats and an aft lounge seat. Reboarding swimmers and water skiers is easy via the recessed two-step ladder on the integrated swim platform. The forward hanging anchor locker has cleats to port and starboard so you can easily tie off on either side.
 
The wave of the future is happening now in Stingray's Hartsville, South Carolina plant. The company's technologically advanced manufacturing facility turns out a line of bowriders, cuddy cabins and deck boats that offer sporty performance and durable construction -- at a price most families can afford.
220LX link We love the classic lines of a bowrider -- especially when it also has enough seating capacity to bring along all our friends -- and Stingray's 220LX is one of our favorites. With the ability to seat 10 adults and still have the zip of a sport boat, the 220LX offers a unique hull design, high speed performance and affordability.

We tested the Stingray 220LX on a slightly overcast day on Florida's Sarasota Bay and were impressed with its performance.

Stingray's patented zp hull has a racing style notched transom, allowing the engine to be mounted higher for less drag, enhanced fuel efficiency and better top speed.

Powered by a 5.7L MerCruiser EFI Bravo III, our test boat cut through the chop, giving us a relatively smooth ride and the boat reached a top speed of 57.1 mph. It didn't take a lot of throttle to put the boat on a plane, nor did the bow raise noticeably.

The standard power steering is very responsive through even the tightest maneuvers and the hull is able to track straight without much input from the helm. There is also minimal slide during turns giving the operator more control.

Vessel With Vision
As you slide into the helm seat, you'll notice that the 220LX's interior looks as sporty as it performs and that the dash is reminiscent of those on high-performance boats.

The fully instrumented helm features backlit Teleflex gauges set in burled wood, tilt steering, a depth finder, a compass, illuminated switches, a 12v outlet and a Teleflex steering wheel. Its computer generated ergonomic design ensures generous leg room, correct helm position, convenient control locations and overall comfort.

The helm and companion bucket seats are fully adjustable fore and aft as well as swivel, which can turn the cockpit into an entertainment area when the boat is stopped. They are constructed of injection molded polypropylene cores instead of wood for longer wear. The standard Sunbrella Bimini top comes with a see-through filler to give even the tallest operators standing headroom when the canvas is on.

The port side console has a burled wood lockable glove box and a covered AM/FM cassette stereo with four speakers.

Forward, the bow seats are roomy enough so that even more amply sized adults can sprawl out. There is also plenty of storage space under the bow cushions. The forward hanging anchor locker has cleats on port and starboard so you can easily tie off on either side.

Passengers sitting in the cockpit are protected from the wind by a Taylor clear view windshield with side vents. Additional seating is provided by the aft bench seat with more storage underneath. The infloor ski locker drains overboard and offers plenty of room for all your water toys.

Other features include side storage, drink holders, courtesy lights, grab handles and a 48 quart cooler in the floor which is large enough to hold a two liter soda bottle standing up.

The aft sunpad lifts up via the hydraulically assisted hatch for easy engine access. The engine compartment has a designated area to stow a Bimini top with a boot for protection and carpeted storage dividers that can separate your gear while under way or can be folded down to make it easy to work on the engine.

Reboarding swimmers and water skiers is easy via the recessed two-step ladder on the integrated swim platform.

When we finally pulled the 220LX out of the water after our test, something else caught our eye. The brass garboard screw-in drain plug fastens in solid fiberglass, preventing water seepage into the transom core.

Leading the Way
But what really sets the 220LX apart is the quality of the construction and detailing that seems impossible at such a reasonable price tag.

Stingray Powerboats has really come into its own, having grown from a 1,500 square foot plant with 11 employees to more than 200,000 square feet with more than 100 employees.

It is now one of the most technologically sophisticated builders in the world, producing more than 2,000 boats a year ranging from 18 to 23 feet long.

A unique overhead tram system, developed just for Stingray, carries parts around the plant under computer control.

Each boat is created and tested using advanced computer design and manufacturing programs, and a multi-axis milling machine produces three-dimensional parts from computer instructions.

Where many builders use power saws to trim fiberglass components in a blizzard of fiberglass dust, Stingray uses a computer-controlled water-jet cutting machine -- that uses a stream of water .007 of an inch thick firing at more than 50,000 psi -- to cut quickly and neatly through a variety of material much more easily.

Stingray's thorough lamination process combines robotics and skilled craftsmanship. All hulls are constructed of hand-laid fiberglass with Klegecel and Coremat cores for a high strength to weight ratio.

All this cutting-edge technology also allows Stingray to offer an affordable product. The 220LX costs $20,844 with a 4.3L MerCruiser. And Stingray backs every model it produces with a five year protection plan.

Go Boating
Summer 1998




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