The big news at Stingray this year is the introduction of the third-generation Z-plane hull, which instead of
contacting the water on only one place, now contacts three for greater stability. After testing the 225LR powered
by Volvo Penta's 300 hp 5.7 Gi, we were impressed with not only the speed of the hull - reaching the 61 mph mark -
but also its ease of handling. It will turn hard without ventilation and we didn't detect any porpoising, which many
sterndrives of this size will do at select speeds. The 22-foot, 11-inch next-generation hull also helps the 225 get
out of the hole quickly with an impressive time of 2.6 seconds to plane and a 0-30 mph time of 4.8 seconds.
Although Stingray boats are very competitively priced, there are a number of really nice standard features
including the 2-inch fuel fill, rotomolded hatch interiors and an upgraded standard MB Quart stereo that now boasts
twice as much power. Four speakers are recessed in the seatbacks for better sound with two speakers up front - a
first for this class of Stingray. Also tucked away is the three-step boarding ladder that is covered by a hatch,
and adding to the upscale look are five pull-up cleats. For versatility, the standard rectangular pedestal cockpit
table mounts fore or aft and has dedicated storage under the rear sundeck.
Several new elements take the 225LR to the next level, like the integrated swim platform and an updated graphics
package that really pops. There's a new Faria four-way gauge that gives you a lot of information in a very small
space. The U-lounge uses every bit of space for maximum seating capacity, but there's still a centerline walkthrough
that reverts to seating and sunning via removable cushion inserts. The walk-through is a family-friendly way to
handle boarding without having a wide-open alcove. Another safety factor is the amount of interior depth that gives
guests a more secure feeling.