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Power Boating Canada - Volume 20, Number 3 - 2005

Stingray's 195LX has many configurations but fun,
excitement and performance are all part of the package.

Stingray 195LX

After testing for nearly three decades there's not much that I haven't seen. But after attending Stingray's annual media/dealer conference in Hartsville, South Carolina, last year I was impressed with the company's all new 195LX. And impressed is not a term that I use all that often.

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New and improved may be an over-used phrase, but when it comes to Stingray's 195LX bowrider, there couldn't be a more appropriate term. This 195LX replaces the shorter 19-foot version and boasts numerous appointments that make this model even better. What's more impressive is that the 195LX is available in two other bowrider versions, the 195LS and the 195LR, each offering unique, comfortable seating layouts.

While the 195LX features a set of bucket seats forward (port and starboard), an aft bench plus a sun pad aft, the 195LS comes with one bucket facing the helm and a large sleeper seat to starboard. When folded flat, this sleeper can be used to catch the rays or be propped up on either end to form a fore- or aft-facing lounge. Sturdy side bolsters on all four of its sections will prevent you from slipping around in rough water and provide comfortable side support. Just aft are two Hi-Lo jump seats on either side of the featured motor box. These seats raise parallel to the motor box and create a large, full width sunpad. As an added bonus, the motor box houses a small console with a set of drink holders.

If you're looking for just a little more seating space, opt for the 195LR, which comes complete with two bucket seats forward, a wrap-around bench plus a sun pad. All models share face-to-face contoured benches in the bow with storage underneath.

Just when I thought I had seen it all, the company showcased two cuddy versions in the 195 series, the 195CS, which hosts the same layout of the 195LS bowrider and the 195CX, featuring the same configuration of the 195LX. There's even a fish n' ski model available, the 195FX.

Another highlight of these seating layouts is the bucket seats and lounges are injected with moulded polypropylene cores instead of wood. Moulded foam inserts are then covered with 36-ounce UV-stable vinyl that's designed to provide optimum puncture-resistance.


All three models ride on the company's popular and performance-proven Z-Plane hull, which is designed with special contours on the running surface that extend beneath both sides of the integrated swim platform. This innovative design creates a virtual three-point contact with the water at high speeds to provide improved top end speed, handling abilities and of course, performance.

Our white and bright red test boat was powered with the largest engine Stingray offers for the 195LX, the 225 hp V6 Volvo Penta 4.3L GXi SX sterndrive with a 23-inch SS Laser propeller. For our test, there were two adults plus a full tank of fuel on board. After punching the throttle from dead stop, the 195 shot onto plane in an impressive three seconds. Pushing the throttle further, she hit 60 mph at 4,800 rpm. I was impressed and even surprised at how quietly she rode at its minimum planing speed of 22 mph (indicated) at 2,200 rpm and at a comfortable cruising speed of 32 mph (indicated) at 2,800 rpm. The trim-sensitivity throughout these ranges took some getting use to, as did the mild chine walking at full speed.

To verify our test numbers, Volvo Penta supplied me with its own test reports which revealed a time-to-plane of 3.8 seconds, a top speed of 58 mph at 4,865 rpm and 33.1 mph at 3,000 rpm, consuming 21.8 liters of fuel per hour or 1.5 miles per liter. Volvo used a 21-inch stainless steel prop rather than the 23-inch SS Laser on our test boat.

During our performance trials, I also test the 195CS, which was equipped with a 135 hp Volvo Penta 3.0 L, spinning a 21-inch aluminum prop. While there was the same load on board, this heavier model jumped on plane in an impressive four seconds and topped out at an indicated 44 mph at 4,800 rpm. A comfortable cruising speed was at 3,000 rpm at an indicated 22 mph. Volvo's official test results revealed 3.74 seconds to plane, 43.5 mph at 4,840 rpm (wide open throttle) and 23.5 mph at 3,000 rpm (cruising speed), consuming 14.76 liters per hour or 1.6 miles per liter.


The sundeck lid on our test boat had a safety latch to keep it closed while two gas-assisted struts easily raise it. With these two struts, closing the lid is a test of strength. The motor compartment is clean and even fully carpeted to protect stored gear.

No matter what hull colour you choose, the entire sole of the 195LX is covered with dark taupe carpeting to conceal any dirt. The helm is highlighted with a wood grain instrument panel, all the standard instrumentation plus an hour meter and Dino wheel. A Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo with two speakers comes standard.

In the bow, raised lips in the fiberglass around the openings of storage area prevent water from entering and a huge in-floor carpeted locker can stow cumbersome gear or water toys. Just forward is an anti-skid-covered bow step that can be used as a cooler or an extra seat or storage area.

Back in the cockpit the passenger side glove box has a useful flat top with top access, while the integrated and large moulded swim platform sports a three-step stainless steel ladder to provide easier boarding.

If you're curious about the 195LS/LX and the rest of the configurations, check out stingrayboats.com and see what these 195s are all about.

Richard Crowder
Power Boating Canada Magazine

Deadrise:19 degrees
Draft (drive up):31"/.78m
(drive down):18"/.45m
Dry Weight (w/engine):2,580 lbs/1,170 kg
Fuel Capacity:21 gal/79L (3.0L)/35 gal/132L (4.3L)
Person Capacity:8
Prop Configuration:23-inch SS Laser
Maximum Horsepower:Volvo Penta 4.3L MPI 225 hp SX drive
Standard Power:Merc 3.0L Carb 135 hp Alpha I Drive
Power as Tested:Volvo Penta 4.3L 225 hp GXi SX drive
Price as Tested:$28,118 w/ Volvo Penta 4.3L 220hp


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