Stingray Boats
Boating Life - June 2005

Stingray 250LR Smooth rides are what Stingray's brand-new 250LR is all about, and we think it's also a winner for performance and style.
When it comes to sharing the water, boat wakes are growing and so is traffic. That makes for some great camaraderie, but it can also be a downer for folks looking for a smooth ride on a busy weekend.

You can't go wrong with 25 feet of hull underneath you to reach across the wakes. Freeboard is high, giving parents a strong sense of security for their youngsters. Stingray's patented Z-plane hull has reverse strakes, which reduce drag surface of the hull. Also reducing drag is the higher mounting point of the stern-drive; together, these features mean more speed per horsepower and less sensitivity to trim position, making the boat fun and easy to drive.

In spite of the 250LR's beefy size and sizzling straight-ahead speed, we found this boat willing to dive into hard-over turns and stick them out until the end. Then it would come up, still on plane and still hooked up another nice treat from Z-plane hulls.

Our test boat's 350 Mag MPI with Bravo III drive was extremely satisfying, but Stingray's founder Al Fink is a horsepower fiend; we just finished testing it with an 8.1-liter block. Oh ... my ... gosh! We racked an additional 10 miles per hour with the larger engine.

This boat would look really cool with an aftermarket tower, providing the performance that recreational wake riders and water skiers want. If buyers don't spring for the tower, there's still a styled tow point at the transom. Reboarding is done on the spacious platform via the drop-down stainless ladder. Then, thanks to a center transom walk-through, you can enter the cockpit at least as gracefully as you skied.

The new hull design has a glossy gelcoat with a choice of accent colors: red, yellow, titanium or blue. Rub rails are stainless steel, and so are pull-up stern, midship and bow cleats. In fact, we found more stainless-steel hardware onboard the Stingray than ever before and at least as much as comparable boats in its class. This is a major upgrade for 2005.

The vinyl upholstery is a big improvement, too. It has a nearly stain-proof finish, as we inadvertently tested with some ballpoint ink washing it off took two seconds. But the look and supple feel of the upholstery adds the most in terms of class. Stitchwork is so careful you can see the pride Stingray takes in its boats.

Worry about carpet maintenance? Don't. This optional carpet snaps out for easy cleanup, and underneath is a nicely finished fiberglass sole that looks great all alone. And the cockpit drains overboard, so end-of-the-day cleanup is easy in salt or fresh water. For convenience, there's a standard pump-out head onboard, a built-in cooler and a freshwater galley, making this boat the ideal business entertainer.

Stingray Boats has come a long way in 25 years, and this model is an example of the company's commitment to performance, design and family boating values.

Randy Vance
Boating Life Magazine

QUICKSTATS
Length Overall:
25'

Beam:
8'6"

Dry Weight:
4,056 lb.

Seat/Weight Cap:
10/2,265 lb.

Fuel Cap:
68 gal.

NMMA Certified:
Yes

Max. HP
320

MSRP (test boat w/ freight, prep
and trailer: $43,991


TESTDRIVE
Test Engine: MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI Bravo III

Test Prop:
24", stainless

Test Load:
People (375 lb.); Fuel (10 gal.)

Top Speed:
51.1 MPH @ 4,800 RPM

Time to Plane:
4.6 sec.

Min. Plane:
21 MPH @ 2,500 RPM


RPMRPM SOUND
LEVEL
Idle3.967 db
1,0006.274 db
1,5008.273 db
2,00013.876 db
2,50021.377 db
3,00029.083 db
3,50035.886 db
4,00042.687 db
4,50048.392 db
4,80051.192 db


NOTABLEFEATURES
  • All new stainless steel hardware package is good-looking and saltwater-resistant
  • Lush, supple vinyl has a durable stain-resistant finish for long-term good looks
  • Steps integrated into the bow make forward access secure and safe for anchoring
  • Fiberglass liner cockpit adds to saltwater durability and makes cleanup easy
  • Awesome color selection available in a fade-resistant, high-luster gelcoat



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