Stingray Powerboats
Stingray 240LS
Confident handling, convenient space

Today's Boating - June 1999

Stingray 240LS

It takes more than simply size to make an open-bow runabout stand out from the crowd. While a bowrider bigger than 20 feet was an oddity less than five years ago, open-bow designs have proliferated to the point where bowriders seem to be built in bigger and bigger sizes every year.

The Stingray 240 LS, though, has many unique design and construction features that set it apart. And not least of these is an accommodating and inviting layout. The bowrider style, we must remember, is increasing in popularity and becoming available in ever-increasing sizes only because it makes so much sense for day-cruising boaters.

With the high-quality canvas available these days, folks who want shelter available but have no desire to stay on the boat overnight have fewer reasons to opt for a cuddy cabin. Big bowriders can give day-cruising boaters the power and space to enjoy watersports, all the conveniences and comforts that make a day on the water more enjoyable and the room to entertain crowds of family and friends.

While deckboats and pontoons also offer oodles of space, bowriders benefit from a more traditional shape (pointy end at the front, square end at the back) and more confident handling in waves and bad weather. With an already proven hull (it's built on the same hull as the company's already popular 240 CS cuddy cabin) Stingray 240 LS already has a head start in the area of performance. It also benefits from some advances in the area of production.

Stingray has long been using computer technology, not only to keep its manufacturing process moving smoothly, but also to ensure high quality boats. Each Stingray hull and deck, for example, is weighed after coming out of the mould and automatically checked to ensure it falls within a close weight tolerance.

Another high-tech Stingray feature is the Z-plane hull a patented hull that uses Z-shaped strakes as part of a modified V-hull. The result, on the water, is a boat that planes quicker, uses less fuel and corners with more confidence than most modified-V hulls.

240LS - Inside View

The 240 LS tested by Today's Boating in Miami, once again proved the hull's efficiency and confidence. The boat accelerates to plane quickly, reaching 20 mph in 5.34 seconds, 30 mph in 6.59 seconds and 40 mph in 8.7 seconds. The boat's fuel-injected Volvo Penta 5.7 GSi engine and DuoProp outdrive, with twin counter-rotating props likely helped produce those acceleration numbers, but they're still impressive. Like most boats with DuoProps, the 240 LS does not require much positive trim to reach top speeds: the twin props also provide torque-free handling.

Also impressive is the boat's ability to stay on plane right down to about 2000 rpm, its agility in tight corners and ability to handle good-sized swells. Top speed in radar testing is 51 mph, while the boat cruises nicely at 38 mph at 4000 rpm and would run happily all day at 33 mph at 3500 rpm. It's quiet too, with sound readings of 82 dbA at the helm in the cruising range.

With swiveling seats at helm and companion positions and a huge U-shaped bench seat aft along with the standard twin benches forward in the open bow the 240 LS has plenty of room to roam and play. The moulded-in swim platform aft and a "step" area at the bow will make it easy to get aboard and disembark.

As for storage space, there's plenty: built-in coolers in the moulded-in cabinet behind the helm seat and in a bow locker; a locker in the helm console with space for the aft table as well as fill-in cushion; lockers beneath both bow seats and in the sides of the aft bench seat; and a deep in-floor locker. For convenience, there's a sink to port aft of the companion seat (with 17-gallon pressurized water system), a telephone-style transom shower and an enclosed pumpout head in the companion console, complete with moulded floor liner, electric light and an opening porthole.

A bimini top with windshield filler comes standard, as does an AM-FM CD player. So, rain or shine, you and plenty of your friends or family members will be able to enjoy a comfortable day on the water.

Mike Milne
Today's Boating
June 1999


Specifications Power/Performance
Length
Beam
Weight
Fuel
Water
23 ft. 6 in. (7.1 m)
8 ft. 6 in. (2.59 m)
4,425 lb. (2,007 kg)
65 gal. (246 L)
17 gal. (64 L)
Test boat engine: Volvo Penta 5.7 GSi DuoProp, 280 hp, 350-cid V-6, electronic fuel injection, driving a DuoProp sterndrive.
Acceleration: 0-20 mph: 5.34 sec.; 0-30 mph: 6.59 sec.; 0-40 mph: 8.7 sec.
Top speed (radar): 51 mph/5,000 rpm.
Cruising speeds (radar): 29 mph/3,000 rpm; 33 mph/3,500 rpm; 38 mph/4,000 rpm.
Sound Levels(at cruise): 82 dbA (helm); 85 dbA (aft cockpit).

Speed testing by Decatur Electronics radar
240LS - Top View




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