Start it up, and you'll hear the unmistakable, throaty sound of speed. But the
220SX is built for more than rapid runs. This is a true family boat, with seating in
the cockpit for five, a cabin that sleeps two adults and efficient, yet peppy, stern
We tested the Stingray 220SX on Lake Robinson, near the Stingray manufacturing facility
at Hartsville, South Carolina. This proved to be a true 60 mph boat that handles quite
nicely. We performed a variety of on-the-water maneuvers - including a series of tight
turns at 40mph, with terrific cornering ability. We maintained a soft ride, and the
220SX felt solid throughout.
Our boat's standard power steering was very responsive through even the tightest
maneuvers. The hull tracked straight, without continual adjustment at the helm.
The 220SX features Stingray's high-performance zp hull with a race-oriented
notched transom, allowing the engine to be mounted higher for less drag, enhanced
fuel efficiency and better top speed.
Powered by a 300 hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI Alpha 1 stern drive, our test boat
planed quickly without a lot of throttle, and the bow did not rise noticeably.
The 220SX's fully instrumented helm features backlit Teleflex gauges, illuminated
switches, a 12v outlet and a Teleflex tilt steering wheel. The gauge array, accented
with stainless steel bezels, looks like something out of a classic luxury speedboat
- but the console's contemporary ergonomic design has all the convenience of the
present, with generous leg room and conveniently arranged controls.
Swiveling helm and companion seats have two-level bolsters that adjust for maximum
comfort. Both helm and companion bucket seats are fully adjustable fore and aft, and
the seats are built on injection-molded polypropylene cores instead of wood, for
The port side console has a compact cold storage locker for beverages and a
covered AM/FM cassette stereo - or an optional Sony CD stereo, as on our test boat
- with four speakers.
Drink holders and courtesy lighting are among the many other convenient features
in the cockpit. Aft, there's a bench seat with room for three adults, plus ample
Behind the aft seat, there's a wide upholstered sun pad that lifts to reveal
the engine compartment. The compartment not only provides good access to the
powerplant, it has a designated area in which to stow the boat's Bimini top - with
a boot for protection and carpeted storage dividers.
At the transom, there's a ski tow eye and a wide integral swim platform with
a fold-out boarding ladder.
Forward, the 220 SX's cabin is accessible through lockable doors between the helm
and passenger consoles. The doorway is adjacent to a fold-out step that makes for
easy access to the bow.
Inside the cabin, there's a large V-berth with a portable head concealed
underneath. At eye level, the V-berth is surrounded by convenient side storage
pockets that will hold everything from a tiny tube of sunscreen to a big fluffy
A large round, translucent overhead hatch provides natural light for the cabin,
while maintaining privacy. It opens to offer flow-through ventilation.
Additional cabin features include a freshwater sink and an alcohol stove. The
cabin is fully fiberglasslined and well finished.
Boats of the Future
Stingray's South Carolina plant has become well known for its technologically
advanced manufacturing process. The company produces bow-riders, cuddy cabins
and deck boats that offer sporty performance and durable construction - at
Every Stingray is designed, built and tested using advanced computer design
and manufacturing programs, and a multi-axis milling machine produces
three-dimensional parts from computer specifications. A computer-controlled
water-jet cutting machine uses a stream of water .007 of an inch thick - firing
at more than 50,000 psi - to cut quickly and neatly through material. And the
company's lamination process combines robotics and skilled craftsmanship.
Each Stingray hull is constructed of hand-laid fiberglass with Klegecel
and Coremat cores for a high strength-to-weight ratio. And Stingray backs
every model it produces with a five-year owner protection plan.
With a track record of 12 years in computer-aided design and 11 years of
producing Stingray's patented z-plane hull system, Stingray's cutting edge
technology is well proven on the water.
If you're looking for the styling and excitement of a high-tech speedboat,
but the practicality of a family cruiser, the 220SX truly offers the best of
The Go Boating Test Team