Stingray gives more boat for the buck than many of its competitors. Few boatbuilders, if any,
bring boaters the sporty performance, aggressive looks and great value in a boat covered by a
five-year structural hull warranty. Find more boating fun and quality for the money and we’d
suggest you buy it before the price goes up.
The 220 SX is a solid performer, and we proved it by hitting a top speed of over 65 mph during
our test. Acceleration with the modest V-8 engine puts it right in the water-ski stats we look for,
too. At speeds of 50 or so, the 220 SX takes graduating acute turns without blowout and without
shaking up the crew. Keep a steady course at top speed, though; hot-dogging at 65 mph is not a good
Stingray’s patented Z-Plane hull is extremely stable and cultivates the most speed possible from
the MerCruiser engine. Little trim adjustment is required to coax the boat to full speed, and we
think that tells of a well-designed hull.
The helm is perfectly set up to manage the power, giving the driver a solid bucket seat with
flip-up bolster for a better view when docking. Passenger No. 1 gets equal treatment. We like the
aft bench that seats another three or four passengers in this party-down boat. There’s plenty of
storage beneath the seat for fenders, ropes and gear. The stereo CD player will make sure spirits
You can overnight in the 220 SX, thanks to the V-berth in the cuddy below. Keep it organized by
stowing gear in the cargo nets. The portable head tucks beneath the berth for convenience. We liked
the galley sink and portable butane stove below. Sleeping accommodations, a galley and a head make
this rig qualify for a second home in some circumstances, which can make it even easier to own.
Good performance, sexy looks and family fun are the principles on which Stingray is founded. They
are clearly visible in the 220 SX.