NOTE : the 240CS was formerly the 729zp
The Stingray 729zp is a livable 23 foot cruiser with sleek, Eurostyle styling and a full-bodied
profile that provides plenty of topside space for entertaining and below decks accommodations
Generous freeboard and a high crowned foredeck combine to make boaters on the 729zp feel as
if they're living large on a compact cruiser. The freeboard gives the boat a deep cockpit
that's ideal for keeping youngsters secure while underway, and the crowned foredeck opens up
space in the cabin to allow standing headroom for six footers.
The designation "zp" in the model name refers to Stingray's patented Z Plane hull
configuration. Through years of experimentation, designers at Stingray realized that the
placement of strakes on the bottom of the hull were as critical to overall performance. (Strakes
are elongated protrusions that run on both sides of the keel. They help minimize lateral roll
and maintain directional tracking when underway.)
Most builders simply integrate their strakes into the V-profile of the running surface.
Stingray, in contrast, uses each strake to produce a clean break in the surface of the V. In
this way, the hull maintains its designated angle of deadrise, but is able to divide into
separate, offsetting segments between strakes.
A line drawing of the hull from a head-on perspective looks like a symmetrical series of steps
("Z" shapes) as the eye moves from the centerline to the outer chines. This configuration
produces a boat with exceptional lateral stability, tracking, and improved performance. To further
improve speed and efficiency, the hull has a notched transom so the engine may be mounted higher
for a reduction in drag.
To help the cabin create a feeling of roominess, Stingray installed four portlights and a big
opening deck hatch for ventilation and light. The galley is well-stocked with a sink, icebox, and
an especially useful two burner alcohol stove. The marine head is just shy of having true standing
room (although children will find it suitable). On the upside, it's located in a separate
compartment and equipped with a sink and portable head. Other belowdeck features include a
removable dinette table and a midcabin berth located athwartships.
The topside layout differs somewhat from larger and roomier midsized cruisers, but Stingray
designers managed to install seats for the largest of families. The helm seat, for instance, is
not only double wide, it's a back-to-back unit that folds down to form a sunpad. There's also a
bench seat at the helm (a side-facing unit) and another bench in the stern that's formed out of
the engine compartment.
Stingray is justifiably proud of the care it puts into constructing its entire boat line. This
care starts with an industry-leading reliance on computer-assisted design systems and continues
through the Z-Plane hull (found on all Stingray boats), Teleflex gauges, power steering (found on
the base 190-horse 5.0-liter MerCruiser sterndrive) and a long list of other standard features.
The 729zp is the flagship model of the Stingray line, and it benefits by being equipped with the
best that the Hartsville, S.C., builder can offer.