Stingray's new 220DS blurs the traditional lines between deck boats, runabouts and
performance sport boats. Like a luxury runabout, it features a curved glass windshield
and high gunwales, wraparound cockpit seating that accommodates an integrated transom
door and a burled woodgrain dash with full instrumentation. Because it rides on
Stingray's patented Z-plane hull with a performance notched transom, the 220 also
offers the speed and handling excitement of a sport boat — especially when
equipped with the 5.7-liter engine.
At heart, however, the 220 remains a do-all, hold-all deck boat that boasts
exemplary access and elbow room.
In addition to the hinged transom door, this boat provides three entry and exit
points forward of the windshield. The nonskid bow boarding platform is accessed by
molded steps and flanked by stainless-steel grab rails. In the center of the enlarged
bow lounges, cutaway gunwale sections and foldaway railing sections on both sides of
the boat provide additional dockside access. The bow area also accommodates a removable
The interior is finished in premium 32-ounce vinyl, with a low-maintenance fiberglass
cockpit liner from bow to stern. In place of a traditional passenger-side dashboard, the
220 incorporates a wet bar, which is equipped with a cutting board, two storage lockers,
a sink and a 17-gallon water tank coupled to a pressure-water system. A recess below the
sink holds a removable 25-quart ice chest.
Lockers under bow and cockpit seats and a bow storage compartment supplement a
large in-deck storage locker. The forward section of the driver's console encloses a
locking compartment fitted with a portable toilet.
Swimmers are provided with a folding three-rung boarding ladder and an accompanying
grab rail, as well as a built-in shower system. A full-width stainless grab rail set atop
the transom facilitates movement along the platform.
The 220's Z-plane hull design not only enhances running performance, it also increases
lift to provide faster acceleration. This feature allows the 220 to cruise comfortably on
a 4.3-liter engine. Owners looking to pull skiers, however, should upgrade to at least
the 5.0-liter V-8 and might want to consider one of the 5.7-liter options if they plan to
tow a pair of adults while also carrying a full load of passengers.
Boating Life Magazine