Stingray has been on a steady march to bring quality to boaters while keeping its boat firmly in the value-price range of its target customer. The philosophy? You buy a Lexus for opulent luxury, but quality should also come standard with a Toyota. Stingray is on the right track.
We noted the two-tone gelcoat and the polished stainless-steel trim. We pressed our finger deep into the upholstery, felt its firm support and watched as it instantly sprung back to its original shape. Under the sun pad was an easy-access transom walkway to protect the vinyl.
A 2-inch fuel-fill line, a simple upgrade, makes fueling a Stingray easy, clean and green by eliminating blow-back from the fuel-fill line. We cranked the Volvo Penta engine and popped it into gear. Conical shifting is smooth, and standard — we know why boaters pay extra when other boat and motor brands make it optional. The silky-smooth throttle comes from premium Teleflex cables that are so slick that we were able to slide them fore and aft easily even after knotting them — far more torture than they receive winding from helm to engine. We idled to open water and listened to the splash of the water on the hull. The bilge fan blower and the engine were both mounted to the hull using rubber bushings so the sound of nature — the reason we boat — could better be experienced.
MSRP $34,858 (w/ 5.0 engine)