Stingray Boats
Stingray 220SX

Boating Life - January 2003
Take a 220SX video tour with Randy Vance, editor of Boating Life

Not many boats with forward berths can also get into the mid-60s with a single engine.

Stingray 220SX Sportboat

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 idea.

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.

PERFORMANCE

TEST ENGINE:
MERCRUISER 6.2L MPI BRAVO 1

TEST PROP:
21" LAZER

TEST LOAD:
FUEL (30 GAL); PEOPLE (200 LB)

TOP SPEED:
65.1 MPH @ 5,000 RPM

TIME TO PLANE:
3.5 SEC

TIME TO 30 MPH:
7.3 SEC

NOISE AT IDLE:
66 DB

NOISE AT 30 MPH:
88 DB

MINIMUM PLANING SPEED:
21.5 MPH @ 2,200 RPM

CRUISE STATS:
98 DB; 42 MPH @ 3,500 MPH

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800-948-2484
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FINAL TAKE:
TOOOOOOO SEXY! SOOO FAST!

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 stay high.

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.

Randy Vance
Boating Life Magazine

WE ALSO LIKE... 1. Retro-looking side-vent windshields bring cool air into the cockpit. 2. Stainless-steel windshield supports look great and add durability. 3. Walk-through in windshield gives forward access when mooring, rafting or anchoring. 4. Aft bench seat features racy contoured headrests for aggressive look. 5. Wide sun pad allows three to sun side by side. 6. Swim platform gives easy reboarding access.




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