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Boat Test - Stingray 250CR

Power Boating Canada - Anniversary Issue - 2005

From the company that incorporates unique engineering in
every model they build comes a 25-footer that's ready to ride.

Stingray 250CR I've been to literally hundreds of manufacturer press introductions and dealer meetings over the years, but Stingray's annual 2005 model introduction held in Hartsville, South Carolina, was a first. With the company's down-home southern hospitality, it felt more like a family reunion than a dealer meeting. It was here that I tested the all-new 250CR, a 25-foot cuddy boasting a new, sleek profile and modern, innovative appointments. Its design and unique features came as no surprise, however, after learning Stingray is responsible for introducing many marine-industry firsts, including computer generated CNC cut frames for master plugs, the ever-popular Z-plane V-bottom hull and environmentally-friendly low VOC gelcoats and resins used for all the fibreglass parts in its models. This year Stingray is celebrating its 25th anniversary and with a handful of new models added to its series, there's no doubt the company will enjoy continued success.


Access to the cockpit is easy thanks to the rounded, integrated swim platform. It's large enough to firmly attach wakeboards or tubes and a three-step stainless steel ladder is recessed under a fiberglass cover. Just forward is Stingray's notable storage compartment that's perfect to stow lines, fenders or towropes. It can also be used as a step to get over the transom. Another unique idea here was notching the top centre of the transom to provide even easier access to the cockpit, where thoughtful features abound. A large U-shaped lounge that converts to a large sun lounge can seat several passengers, and the moulded wet bar to port incorporates pressure water, a sink and 25-quart Igloo cooler. Opposite is an almost-matching moulded unit featuring a top-loading fixed cooler with a drain plus a storage cabinet highlighting a built-in trash container. The self-draining fiberglass cockpit sole is covered with a high quality snap-in carpet.


Stingray 250CR At the helm bulkhead, the driver and passenger are treated to attractive, comfortable, matching swivel adjustable bucket seats with flip-up bolsters. On the centre of this bulkhead are four rounded, moulded steps that lead up through the curved walk-through windshield to the foredeck. The centre stainless steel supports for this windshield are designed as handholds for security when using the steps. A fine pebble-grain non-skid path on the deck leads to a concealed bow anchor locker, featuring a stainless steel anchor roller. Stainless steel pop-up style cleats are used throughout.

The helm is well organized and features an attractive Dino stainless steel-spoked, padded tilt-wheel. The grey-toned brow over the instrument panel reduces glare and a vacant flat panel to the right of the wheel is reserved for the optional marine electronics. Our test boat boasted a compass, digital depth sounder and Lenco trim tabs with dash indicators.


Entry to the cabin is via an attractive, lockable, bi-folding fibreglass door with smoked plexi panels. Once inside, you'll find a spacious berth with ample headroom and seating space. All cushions have easily accessible storage underneath and the centre cushion hides a porta-potti. Under the steps, leading from the cockpit to the foredeck, is a carpeted storage area with an upper shelf for essentials. Another storage locker is found to port. Just above is a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo with two cabin speakers. Another two speakers are in the cockpit. A remote control for the stereo is incorporated on the dash and even on the swim platform. Gunnel-level storage netting is found on both sides of the cabin, while a deck-mounted circular, screened hatch is overhead. Cross-ventilation is provided by hull-side screened stainless steel-framed opening ports. Three adjustable lights offer additional interior lighting.


Our test boat was equipped with a Volvo Penta 320 hp Volvo 5.7L Gxi DP. Base power is 220 hp. With two adults onboard and a full tank of fuel, the 250CR leaped onto plane in an average 3.7 seconds. Minimum planing speed was at 2,200 rpm at 17 mph. Wide-open throttle produced 54 mph at 4,800 rpm. Official test results from Volvo with approximately the same load and ambient temperature produced 53.6 mph at 5,000 rpm.

A comfortable cruising speed for me was 2,500 rpm at 23 mph. Volvo's testing revealed the most efficient planing speed (in terms of lowest fuel consumption) is between 2,500 and 3,000 rpm, 23 and 30 mph respectively). The 250 was extremely quiet at cruising speeds and easily allowed conversations. Visibility was great from the helm. One annoyance, however, was the rattling of the cabin door when crossing wakes. That could easily be corrected with a length of foam weather stripping.


I spoke at length to Al Fink, Stingray founder, owner, and president. He started Stingray in 1979 and produced his first model, a 17-foot bowrider in 1980. He is passionate about the business, about his
Deadrise:21 degrees
Draft (drive up):34"/.86m
(drive down):17"/.43m
Dry Weight (w/engine):4187 lbs/1899 kg
Fuel Capacity:68 gal/257L
Prop Configuration:Volvo DuoProp
Maximum Horsepower:320 hp
Standard Power:220 hp
Power as Tested:Volvo Penta 320 hp
Volvo 5.7 L GXi DP
Price as Tested:$55,015 w/ Volvo 320 hp
company, his employees, his dealers, and above all, his boats and their owners. "You have to add passion to anything you do to be successful," he says. "I like trying new stuff. I'm not afraid to innovate."

This, if anything is an understatement. Stingray's innovation is quite evident in every model they build, and the 250CR is no exception. While browsing the shows this winter, stop and take a look at this newcomer. There's little doubt you'll like its style, creature comforts and utmost functionality.

Richard Crowder
Power Boating Magazine


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