After I took the Stingray 240CR for a sea trial, I wanted to take it home with me. A swift and
stylin' number, this boat can do a lot of things well. Big enough for entertaining at a seasonal
slip, it's also compact enough to be easily trailered, which opens the door to visiting a different
port every weekend for us lubbers who are landlocked. Plus, at about $40,000 for the boat and
trailer, it's a superb value for a weekend retreat.
My attachment to this boat all started on a blustery day in May when I met Jim Grewe, Stingray's
Great Lakes rep, and John Noel of Grand Valley Marine at the public ramp in Grand Haven, Michigan.
We had a choice of heading out onto Lake Michigan or running the boat through its paces on the more
tranquil Spring Lake. With heavy winds, high seas and small-craft warnings, we opted for the
As we idled though a no-wake zone, Grewe noted the boat's wide appeal. "At shows over the winter,
we had the almost-retirement-age couple as well as young families and young couples," he said.
"Mostly people who had a boat before, and quite a few who had owned open-bow Stingrays who wanted
Brand loyalty is something Stingray actively promotes, especially on its website, which serves
as an active forum for Stingray owners—and where the South Carolina company picks up plenty
of design ideas. The 240CR, for example, is in its third year of production, but sports some
innovative tweaks suggested by owners via the site.
"As those people boat every day, they give us ideas we might not think of," Grewe said.
Some of the recommendations that became part of the 240CR's design include a storage bin inside
the step into the cuddy, a port-side cabinet in the cuddy, an enclave for reading material and a
storage area built into the cabin bulkhead where a couple of sea bags could be stowed. These added
touches optimize space and definitely add a lot to the overnight capability of this 24-foot