Stingray Powerboats
Stingray 220 - Floating Game

Boating Magazine - April 2003

An ace up your sleeve.

Stingray 220DR Deck Boat

The sleek bow of Stingray's 220DR gives the impression of a serious sportboat. But look closer and all the party favors expected of a deckboat are present: forward and aft boarding platforms, a huge cockpit lounge, a freshwater sink, and a head in the console. Does the 220DR's mix of sport and deck work?

Ride and performance scream sportboat. Push the throttle. The 220DR giddyups. I boogied to a 50.1-mph top speed with the standard 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI Alpha stern drive turning 4900 rpm. The ride is silky, and turns are tight and controlled. The 220DR's Z-plane hull, which uses inverted chines, does its job. The notched transom allows the drive to be mounted higher to reduce drag. Think this speed won't cause enough windburn? Upgrade to the optional 300-hp MerCruiser 5.7L Bravo Three ($3,500).

The helm is well situated and visibility is unencumbered. With the flip-up bolster in the down position, rest your arm on the ledge behind the throttle. Comfortable. Even with the throttle jammed wide open, your fingers aren't crushed into the console. High-end faux-wood trim surrounds white-faced gauges. Switches are illuminated and easy to reach. Hot day? Open the old-style vent window.

The port console conceals a head compartment with screened vent port. The two-piece lidded hatch didn't fly open, even when I slammed across wakes. Abaft are the wetbar and 25-quart removable cooler. When it's time to bow-in to the beach, you can bring your cold drinks ashore. Plush filler cushion turn the U-shaped aft seating area into suntan central. No sun? Congregate around the removable cocktail table, which can be placed in the fore or aft cockpit.

The transom door? Since a deckboat's mission is to provide maximum seating for the crew, Stingray opted for a larger lounge instead. The stern platform is accessed through a cutaway aft of the centerline seat and over the transom trunk. There, as on the bow platform, you'll find a shower.

Daniel W. Long
Boating Magazine

Boating
Certified Test Results
Stingray 220DR
SPEED
EFFICIENCY
OPERATION
rpm
knots
mph
gph
naut.
mpg
stat.
mpg
n. mi.
range
s. mi.
range
run
angle
sound
level
1000
4.8
5.5
1.5
3.2
3.7
178
205
0
64
1500
6.0
6.9
2.6
2.3
2.7
129
148
0
66
2000
6.9
7.9
3.9
1.8
2.0
98
113
1
70
2500
7.8
9.0
5.5
1.4
1.6
79
91
2
72
3000
23.1
26.6
7.3
3.2
3.6
177
203
2
82
3500
29.5
34.0
8.7
3.4
3.9
190
218
2
86
4000
35.2
40.5
12.3
2.9
3.3
160
184
2
87
4500
39.3
45.2
14.8
2.7
3.1
148
170
2
88
4900
43.5
50.1
18.6
2.3
2.7
131
150
2
88
Advertised fuel capacity 62 gallons. Range based on 90 percent of that figure. Performance measured with two persons aboard, one-eighth fuel, no water. Sound levels taken at helm, in dB-A.

Standard power: Single 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI Alpha V-8 gasoline stern drive.

Optional power: Single MerCruiser or Volvo Penta gasoline stern drive to 320 hp.

Test boat power: Single 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI Alpha V-8 gasoline stern drive with 305 cid, 3.74" bore x 3.48" stroke, swinging a 14" x 19" three-bladed aluminum prop through a 1.62:1 reduction.

Standard Equipment: major items: Portable MSD; Bimini top; Kenwood AM/FM/CD player w/remote; 2 SS 3-step telescoping swim ladders; 25-qt. removable cooler; transom and bow showers; cockpit sink.
LOA 22'3"

Beam 8'3"

Draft (max) 1'5"

Displacement
(lbs, approx)
3,811

Transom deadrise 16 deg

Bridge Clearance 5'1"

Minimum cockpit depth 2'4"

Max. headroom 6'0"

Fuel capacity (gal) 62

Water capacity (gal) 17

Price (w/std power) $29,850

Price (w/test power) $32,010


High Points: Screened vent port in the head lets you breathe easier. Windshield vents are cool—literally. Low maintenance fiberglass cockpit liner. Bimini stows neatly in the engine compartment. Long list of standards.

Low Points: The grabhandles in the bow lounge poke into your back when seated upright. Swim platforms are small for a deckboat.

Toughest Competitors: Maxum's 2100 Sport Deck is $39,915 powered as our test boat. The 2100 Sport Deck has a swivel seat to port but no freshwater sink. If you like the no-windshield, open-model school of deckboats, check out the Hurricane FunDeck GS 232. It's $37,634 powered by a 260-hp MerCruiser 5.7L EFI.




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