Zippy. That's my take on what ZP stands for, but Stingray insists it's short for Z-plane hull.
Although the new 195LR is a bowrider, it rides on the company's patented next-generation ZP hull
and is uncharacteristically fast.
Like many boating enthusiasts, Stingray president and founder Al Fink has a passion for
performance and a bent for speed. Hence the Z-plane hull. At the unveiling of the 195LR in
Hartsville, South Carolina, Fink stood at the docks next to the boat and said with ever so
slight a grin: "This boat will hit 60 mph...with a V-6."
"Really? A V-6?"
The grin grew bigger and Fink simply nodded.
After a bit more prodding, he explained it was the new hull, which includes special contours
to the running surface that extend beneath both sides of the integrated swim platform and create
virtually three-point contact with the water at high speeds. And like all Stingray models, the
195LR includes a notched transom. It's not a big cutout, but it does allow the sterndrive to sit
a little higher up on the transom, eliminating some of the outdrive's drag in the water.
I climbed aboard the 19-foot, 6-inch boat and opened the engine hatch. Inside was a Volvo
Penta 4.3 GXi SX. The fuel-injected V-6 generates 225 hp and, in this case, was coupled to an SX
drive unit spinning a 21-inch stainless steel propeller. Stingray also offers MerCruiser
Armed with a Garmin handheld GPS, I took the 195LR for a ride. After a brief shakedown, I
opened it up and headed for the opposite end of Lake Robinson. Sure enough, before long my GPS
indicated 60 mph. At that speed, the boat rides freely, almost completely out of the water,
giving the distinct feeling that you're riding on a cushion of air — which, in fact, you
are. It's an exhilarating experience.