Stingray Powerboats
Stingray 240LS Boat Test
Power Boating Canada - July 1999

The all-new 240 LS from Stingray is not your average family bowrider, it's what the company calls a friends-and-family bowrider. At 23'8", it's the largest of the company's fleet and well-equipped to log some fun-filled hours on the water.

One of the more popular features on bowriders these days is the enclosed head. By adding this amenity to a boat, designers give it the functionality of the cuddy (i.e. you can take the kids out for extended cruises without having to make "pit stops" ) with the popular open concept design of the bowrider.

Stingray tucks the 240's head under the companion dash. The door angle works well resulting in easy entering and exiting. Inside, the Porta-Potti with self contained holding tank is illuminated by a 12-volt light and a porthole.

The 240's spacious cockpit layout is dominated by a huge U-shaped stern lounge accompanied by a pair of comfortable swivel buckets. Amidships you'll find a freshwater sink on the port side and an icebox across from it on the starboard side.

A table can be mounted to accommodate dinners in the aft section (it can be stowed when not in use) or filler cushions can be brought out to create a wide two person sunlounge.

We tested the 240 LS in calm conditions with three adults onboard and 3/4-full tank of fuel. Our boat was fitted with a new Volvo Penta 285 php 5.7 GSi, fuel injected and driving a DuoProp. The new, more powerful 5.7 EFI motors have replaced the much heavier and more expensive motors we always saw powering 24-footers and larger boats.

How fast? Check out our test results, at 3000 rpm, the radar stopped at 25 mph while the speedo stretched to 28 mph with 1/8 trim. At wide open throttle, 5000 rpm, the radar hit 51 mph while the speedo bragged a bit at 54 mph.

Our acceleration runs really impressed us. We found the 240 LS capable of 0 to 30 in 5.82 seconds; 0 to 35 in 7.76 seconds; 0 to 40 in 9.44 seconds and 0 to 45 in 11 seconds. Compared to other 24-foot bowriders, and cuddies with large motors, this one is fast. The combination of Stingray's patented ZP hull and Volvo's new 5.7 EFI with DuoProp really jumps on plane very quickly and very quietly.

Fold out the seats on the 240LS to make a
		sundeck for two!

The hard chop that we encountered during our test was skillfully muted. She held on plane as low a 200 rpm both in straight-line runs and in tight figure eights. Other single prop boats require more throttle to maintain plane during figure eights.

Stingrays have just returned to Canada after several years' absence. There have been many, many changes including the elimination of the unintelligible metric model numbers. Check them out from home at www.stingrayboats.com - then, take a test ride. You won't believe the improvements.

Doug Dawson
Power Boating Canada
July 1999


Specifications

 
240LS - Top View

LOA

Beam

Weight

Transom Deadrise

Fuel

Water

Power as Tested

Price as Tested

23'6"/7.1m

8'6"/2.59m

4,425 lb/2,007kg

21 degrees

65 US gal/246L

17 US gal/64L

Volvo Penta 285 hp 5.7 GSi DuoProp

$43,900


 

Price Supplied by Leisure Marine, Woodbridge, Ontario

 




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