is there a DR in the house?
- February 2003
THE STINGRAY 220DR IS A DELIGHTFUL CURE FOR THE LOVESICK BOATER
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For most of you, it’s a day to take stock of your relationship and
let your significant other know how much you love him or her. For others, the day serves as a cruel reminder
that we’re completely alone in the world, with no one to love us. (But we’re not bitter. Really.)
However, even if you think you've found true love (ha! sucker!), you’re going to want to make plenty of
room in your heart for the new Stingray 220DR. When we saw this boat for the first time, it was as though
cupid had come along and shot us with one of his enchanted arrows. Our hearts skipped a beat. (We’re having a
cardiologist look into that. It could be a murmur.)
In fact, after our test ride, our hearts were more than just aflutter — they were downright pounding
with excitement. It was love at first ride.
We tested the 220DR on South Carolina’s Lake Robinson. The water was a happy medium between flat and choppy,
and the skies were clear.
With two adults and half a tank of fuel on board, we wasted no time getting to the fun. The Stingray jumped
to plane right away, making the most of its patented Z-plane hull.
If you look at the 220DR’s profile, you’d never know it was a deckboat. Instead, its sleek lines would lead
you to believe it was a typical runabout.
When you look at the 220DR head on, though, you can see how wide the bow is, offering an amazing amount of
room up front. In fact, where spaciousness is concerned, Stingray has been so bold as to compare the 220DR to
pontoon boats, which are known for their roominess.
However, that Z-plane hull allows the boat to cut through the water better than most of the pontoon boats
and other deckboats out there on the water. That equates to both fuel efficiency and speed.
Our test boat was powered by a 5.0L MPI MerCruiser Alpha I stern drive with a 19 inch stainless steel Laser
prop. We took the boat to a wide-open throttle of 4,900 rpm, where it hit a top speed of 50.5 mph. Stingray
has rated the 220DR’s top speed as 52.1 mph, which certainly seems doable. Cruising speed is approximately 30
The 260 hp 5.0L offered just enough power, but we’d suggest you go for an even more powerful engine, due
to the boat’s weight of 3,811 pounds. The 220DR is available with a 300 hp 5.7L MPI MerCruiser Bravo III and
a 320 hp 5.7L Volvo Penta Duo Prop, both of which are worthy of your consideration.
With the 5.0L engine, the ride was excellent, as was the turning. Vibrations and shuddering were
the look of love
The 220DR’s layout is one of its best features. From the additional stowage locker at the bow to the fully
integrated swim step at the transom, every detail ensures that this Stingray is as ergonomic as it is
A bow storage locker fits snugly into the forward swim platform, which also features a built-in boarding
ladder. Take two steps down from the forward platform and you’re on the main level.
The large settees that flank both sides of the bow offer a generous amount of seating ̬ and filler
cushions can be used to transform the entire area into one large sunpad. Bigger settees mean bigger stowage
is hidden underneath, and even the four built-in cup holders are placed at just the right spots.
The 220DR’s aerodynamic windshield deserves a good amount of credit for the boat’s sporty look. It
provides plenty of protection — and visibility — while adding to the boat’s attractiveness.
An in-floor locker is located right at the walk-through space between the bow and the cockpit. To the port
side of the locker is a sturdy head compartment that opens to reveal a portable toilet with self-contained
holding tank. A portlight illuminates the space.
Just aft of the head compartment is a small entertainment center. The most noteworthy features of this
center are its moderately large freshwater sink and its 25 quart removable cooler (which is optional).
The helm console is starboard of the in-floor locker. At the helm, you'll find backlit instrumentation
and switches that work in unison with the standard woodgrain trim to give the entire console a sophisticated
The captain’s chair is standard size and includes bolster seating. When the skipper wants a frosty
beverage, all he or she needs to do is reach back to the small built-in cooler that has been placed right
behind the captain’s seat. Good idea.
A J-shaped settee wraps around the transom and the sides of the cockpit. A removable pedestal table can
be positioned at the center of the space or moved up front to serve the bow.
The designers at Stingray have made it easy to get to the transom. The skid-resistant surface that covers
the rest of the deck crawls up through the center of the rear settee, so you just take two small steps up
and then two small steps down to the integrated swim platform.
Optional features on the boat include tilt steering, a magnetic compass, a pedestal cocktail table,
pressurized water with a transom shower, a Bimini top with a stand-up boot, deluxe throttle and trim controls,
a hull graphics package, a Kenwood high-power CD player with remote, and a 500 gph bilge pump.
This year, Valentine’s Day can be a happy occasion for every boater. Those of you who are already in a
happy (quit bragging!) relationship can use the Stingray 220DR for romantic getaways — and those of us
who have no one on the entire face of the planet to love us can get away from the rest of those saps who like
to point out things like, "Maybe you’re single for a reason." (But we’re still not bitter. Really.)
Whatever the case may be, you'll be glad you have a DR in the house.
The Go Boating Test Team