I have been watching the development of Stingray boats for several years.
From the introduction of the Z-plane hull, computer-aided design and
manufacturing processes have made Stingray a leader in high-technology boat
building. One of the results of this process is the 230LX, a 23-foot production
bowrider with style and detail finish that rival the finest hand-crafted boats.
With 32-ounce marine-grade vinyl, the seating and upholstered areas offer a
feeling of durability as well as comfort. The polypropylene seat frames are
designed to provide years of hard use without cracks, splits or rot. Carpeting
is plush and UV-stabilized. Generous use of molded interior components cuts down
on maintenance and enhances durability.
Parts fit properly together and the hull-to-deck joint is smooth and even.
Mold smoothness and gelcoat work are first-rate.
The stringer system includes steel motor mounts and rubber insulators to reduce
engine vibration and noise. A premium sound system is standard.
Performance is the area where Stingray boats shine, and the 230LX is no
exception. Speeds of more than 62 mph in a boat of this size with a small-block
V-8 no less, is not just respectable, it is commendable.
It is easy to build a fast hull. It is a lot harder to build a fast hull that
rides and corners well, handles with ease, and provides the creature comforts we
all expect. Stingray's patented Z-plane hull accomplishes all this and does so at
a very reasonable price.