The 240 is Stingray's latest entry for the 2002 boating season and offers several creature comforts. The
design is appealing and reminiscent of its larger sisters but in a scaled down and less expensive package.
For optimum performance the 240 houses the company's exclusive ZP hull. This design features patented
Z-planes that pass through the water more effectively than ordinary strakes to eliminate vortices of air bubbles.
This means less drag on the hull and the prop can gain a better bite in water to deliver improved efficiency
and performance. In addition, the notched transom, a design usually found on larger offshore performance boats,
allows the drive to be mounted higher to further reduce drag. Stingray estimates these characteristics offer a
20 percent increase in speed and between 20 to 30 percent better fuel economy. After testing this new model, I
don't dispute these claims at all.
The 240 behaves very nicely on the water. I took her out mid-July on a calm day in Hartsville, South Carolina.
Pulling away from the dock, I took aim towards the far end of the lake and I pushed the throttle. She shot out
of the hole at 3.5 seconds - not bad for a 2,000-pound boat powered by a 350 MAG MPI MerCruiser. She hit a top
speed of 54.1 miles an hour at 5000 rpm and when I throttled back she hung on plane all the way down to 16 miles
an hour at 2000 rpm. I felt that the most comfortable cruising speed was just under 30 mph with the engine at
3000 rpm. At that speed she was even quiet enough to carry a conversation.
Aside from Stingray's engineering, this is a very handsome bowrider. The cockpit layout includes an aft lounge,
swivel helm and companion seats to seat four adults. The bow also offers seating for extra passengers. The swivel
bucket helm seat featured a flip-up bolster and offered plenty of side support for those tight turns. All seating
is big and comfortable.
Instead of a walk-thru transom and gate at the stern, a set of integrated steps lead from the swim platform
over the transom into the cockpit. A walk-thru windshield makes access to the bow equally convenient.
The fully-loaded helm is comfortable and the single-tier dash houses all standard gauges as well as a
compass. For long cruises storage can be found under the seats and in the transom locker. A larger locker is
featured in the cockpit to store skis or wakeboards and a spacious compartment under the dash can hold
For added convenience, the 240 offers a head concealed in a large compartment forward of the passenger seat.
The 240LR also features a Kenwood CD player with remote to enhance on-the-water entertaining. A built-in ice
chest, a 25-quart carry-on cooler and even a butane stove to entertain all day long.