- January 2005
||Take a 195LX
video tour with Randy Vance, editor of Boating Life
What do boaters want from a family runabout? That's a question Al Fink, founder of Stingray, has asked
himself every year since their first model year 25 years ago. Speed has always ranked up there in his books,
so he's developed one of the fastest hull designs on the water. Now Al is sprucing up his boats with even
more durable, good-looking stainless-steel hardware and rich, stain-resistant upholstery.
The look of the 195LX is all new, thanks to the focus on premium hardware and the more supple, full-bodied
vinyl over artfully sculpted and comfortable seating. Windshield supports, hatch hinges, cleats and other
hardware make this boat ready for fun in saltwater bays and estuaries or the lakes and rivers of your choice.
The vinyl is heavily stitched shaped in a fashion you'd expect in more expensive boats. The new
25th-anniversary medallion embriodered on the upholstery highlights this change.
This little boat screams along at a top speed that comes from a strong but lightweight Z-Plane hull that
lifts high on the water, reducing drag. This hull has plenty of rocker in the keel, helping boaters trim the
boat up high to reduce the wetted suface and drag to build speed. While some boats lose stability with more
trim and less wetted surface, the Z-Plane hull holds its footing beautifully, even in hard turns.
Stingray has a high standard in mechanical design, too. While most boat testers can't get "below the sole"
of a boat to dig around in the gas tank, Fink handed us a sliced-open tank. It revealed a foolproof magnetic
fuel level sensor molded into the rigid polymer tank. What's so great about that? It eliminates ballcock floats
that break down over time. Also, a specially molded bottom gives the fuel line pickup an extra low level to
make sure all the fuel can be drawn out of the tank — adding range to a family bowrider like the 195LX.
Stingray always sets a high standard in performance that makes us look forward to testing each new design.
New styling, improved hardware and a creative use of cockpit space sets what we think will be a new standard
for durability, too.
Boating Life Magazine
to view the video by Randy Vance.
Test Engine: Volvo 4.3L GXi SX, 225-hp
Test Prop: 14.5 x 21, stainless steel
Test Load: People (400 lb.); Fuel (30 gal.)
Top Speed: 59.8 MPH @ 5,000 RPM
Time to Plane: 3.5 sec.
Time to 30 MPH: 7.5 sec.
Min Plane Speed: 20 MPH @ 2,300 RPM, 89 db
Length Overall: 19' 6"
Dry Weight: 2,580 lb.
Seat/Wt Cap: 8/1,315 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 35 gal.
Max HP: 225
MSRP (test boat): $23,693