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Sea Trials - Full Plate

Motorboating - January 2003

Stingray's 220DR dishes up fine details, roominess and performance.

Stingray 220DR

During a test run in Stingrayís new 220DR deckboat, it came out of the hole in eight seconds. It didn't take much longer for the boat to top out at 49.8 mph. OK, in a world of sportboats that can exceed 50 mph and plane in six seconds, those numbers may not seem awe-inspiring. But catch this: We recorded them on a mirror-flat surface with zero wind—two go-slow factors—and the iron was a 260-hp MerCruiser sterndrive. This engine is among the lightest of a smorgasbord of power choices offered for this model ranging up to 320 hp. Therefore, the aforementioned numbers are not bad. They speak of a dependable design by a builder that is performance-oriented. And, when it came time to cut doughnuts at full power, the 220 once again proved itself to be right up there with bigger, badder boats.

The 220 also is stocked with thoughtful details. The folding stainless steel boarding ladder forward, for instance, is enclosed in a hatch and is flush with the bow; if you make a bad landing, youíre not going to trash the ladder. The aft boarding ladder can be deployed by a swimmer in the water. Thatís an important safety factor. Thereís even a transom-mounted, waterproof trim switch, in case youíre on the beach and want to trim the drive farther up. There also are washdowns located fore and aft.

Test Power: (1) 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0-liter MPI V-8 gasoline engine turning an Alpha One prop through a 1.5:1 reduction.

Performance:
RPM
1000
1500
2000
2500
3000
3500
4000
4800
MPH
5.0
6.5
8.4
8.8
24.0
32.2
39.5
49.8
Knots
4.3
5.7
7.3
7.7
20.9
28.0
34.3
43.3
dB-A
67
70
74
76
83
90
91
96

Speeds measured by GPS in Lake Robinson off Hartsville, SC, in flat water with three people on board, 1/4 tank of fuel and no water. Sound levels were measured at the helm in dB-A.

Warranty: Five-year hull coverage against structural defects in material and workmanship.

Standard Equipment: (major items): Enclosed head with Porta Potti and self-contained holding tank; transom shower; hull graphics package; Sunbrella bimini top with boot; sport bucket with flip-up seat; Kenwood AM/FM stereo/CD; Dino steering wheel; cockpit table.

Optional Equipment: (major items): Sunbrella full canvas set; side curtains; snap-in carpet; depthfinder; automatic engine fire extinguishing system; remote trim and tilt switch.

Rather than the usual plastic or Lexan windshield, the Stingrayís shield is tempered glass with swing-out vents. The whole shooting match is rimmed with a heavy, cast-aluminum frame. The angle of the windscreen is just right; you wonít get your hair ruffled by the slipstream. The skipper gets a bolstered chair with armrests. At the helm, the Dino wheel is adjustable and the analog Teleflex instrumentation can be read at a glance.

Most people buy a deckboat with skiing in mind, so thereís a molded-in ski locker in the cockpit sole. The transom-mounted tow hitch is not the usual post and ring design. Itís an innovative flush-mounted hook. Thereís no way you can snag anything on it.

Come winter lay-up time, an intelligently located forward cockpit drain (along with the usual aft scuppers) ensures proper drainage. Stingrayís designers put plenty of thought into maintenance, as well. The engine hatch lifts manually on two hydraulic rams and thereís enough room for you to work without scorching your elbows. The wiring is well laid-out and protected; the circuit-breaker panel is mounted under the dash to protect it from rain and spray.

The Stingray 220DR is designed for up to eight people, and thereís room to stow the whole gangís gear, thanks to creative stowage throughout the boat. But thatís what a deckboat is supposed to do. On those terms, the 220DR measures up to its competition. In addition, this deckboat offers creative features and plenty of oomph for those who enjoy a thrill ride.

Stuart Reininger
Motorboating Magazine




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