- January 2004
||Take a 180RX
video tour with Randy Vance, editor of Boating Life
PRICED LIKE A PWC GREAT STARTER BOAT EASY TRAILERING
Test Engine: Volvo 3.0L Gi |
Test Prop: 21" Aluminum |
Test Load: People - 225 lb, Fuel - 10 gal |
Top Speed: 48.0 MPH @ 5,000 RPM |
Time to Plane: 2.8 sec. |
Time to 30 MPH: 6.8 sec. |
Min Planing Speed: 19.3 MPH @ 2,500 RPM
It doesn't seem possible that a sporty bowrider capable of crossing the lake at nearly 50 mph
could be had for the same price as the new three-seater personal watercraft. But the Stingray
180RX makes it so.
What do you get for the nine bills and change? A sharp little boat with seating for seven that
reflects the best of the Stingray in-house upholstery shop. Bucket seats are roto-molded and won't
rot. There's full instrumentation at the helm and a reliable Volvo stern-drive engine at the
Yet it's only $9,995. After testing this family starter boat we thought it would be ideal for
boaters who want to keep a boat at their lakeside cottage.
The Z-plane hull features strakes that are reverse-molded into the hull rather than added-on.
The result is a quick, efficient hull with a solid bite in the turns. Put the 180RX in a hard-over
turn and it can stick in its arc better than you can stick to your seat.
The water was calm on our hot and humid test day, so we chopped up the lake by plowing wakes at
sub-planing speed in a crisscross pattern that would demoralize most skiers — and boaters,
too. We then turned around and went through the mess with throttle wide open and slipped through
It isn't often we see an 18-foot boat that runs this well with a four-cylinder 3.0-liter
stern-drive, but this one performed admirably. We were impressed that it dropped to plane in less
than three seconds.
There's a ski locker on board the Stingray 180RX and we think buyers will use it. More skis can
be stowed under teh gunwales. A ski tow hook at the transom makes it easy to pull skiers, tubers
and board riders. The stainless-steel reboarding ladder on the platform will get them all back in
the boat with ease.
Stingray boats come with a five-year limited warranty, a three-year gelcoat warranty against
blisters and a two-year engine warranty. All that for a boat and motor package (trailer optional
through your dealer) that can be had for just $9,995.
Boating Life Magazine
to view the video by Randy Vance.