2019 Stingray 201DS

Stingray's 201DS is a fun machine that’s easy to trailer and comfortable to purchase.

2019 Stingray 201DS
LOA: 20'1" | Beam: 8'4" | Draft (max): 2'8" | Dry Weight: 2,800 lb. (with power) | Seat/Weight Capacity: 10/2,225 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 46 gal.Courtesy Stingray Boats

When engineers create a 20-foot deck-boat hull with exciting top speed and watersports-capable hole shots using a four-cylinder 150 hp outboard, you either have a great design, a magical motor or a marriage made in heaven between the two.

This boat has Stingray’s Z-Plane hull, the result of nearly 40 years of successful engineering. It is designed to provide a stable platform with a crisp ride in chop, plus comfortable steering and stability at any speed. The power comes from Yamaha’s proven 150 hp four-stroke motor. On our muggy day, the boat topped 48 mph, but on cooler crisper days when the air was denser and perhaps the load a little lighter, Yamaha techs saw over 50 mph on their speedo. We think it’s doable.

And the driving was done in a comfortable bucket seat with flip-up bolster facing a tilt wheel, Fusion audio controller, stainless-steel bezel gauges and a central panel that fits up to a 7-inch navigation display. The 201 may be easy to trailer, but it’s got a big-boat feel you won’t fully appreciate until you load the coolers and fill the seats with friends.

2019 Stingray 201DS
At the helm is a comfortable bucket seat with flip-up bolster.Courtesy Stingray Boats

Aft of the cockpit is a step-over transom with a platform that allows easy passage from port to starboard — a feature only gradually becoming available in outboard designs. There’s a boarding ladder angled away from the motor so feet won’t get nicked by kicking a prop. The 201DS has a wraparound windshield, providing wind protection and converting the deck-boat seating plan into a sleek-looking runabout without losing important passenger capacity. Forward of the dual consoles are cozy lounges with padded seat backs and coaming bolsters. A center step is concealed beneath another cushion, with a cooler under the step.

2019 Stingray 201DS
The bow features cozy lounges with padded seat backs and coaming bolsters.Courtesy Stingray Boats
2019 Stingray 201DS
Seating to port is comfortable.Courtesy Stingray Boats
2019 Stingray 201DS
The cockpit is set up for entertaining.Courtesy Stingray Boats

Styled to look great at a convenient price, the 201DS we tested had color stripes to complement the glossy gelcoat. Two-tone vinyl upholstery adds flash to the boat’s zippy dash. Stingray didn’t just marry exciting power to a functional and stylish hull; it created a fun machine that’s easy to trailer, comfortable to purchase and ready to make your family’s marriage to boating fun a lifelong pleasure.

High Points

  • Color-matched Bimini comes with the preferred equipment option.
  • Hydraulic steering is a wise option given the horsepower.
  • LED cockpit lighting (optional) illuminates the interior and adds ambience at night.
  • Stainless-steel trim on gunwale molding, rub rails and cup holders adds durability and good looks.
  • Italian steering wheel is standard, adding panache to the dash.
  • Electronic engine-hour meter tracks maintenance intervals.

Price: $49,746 (as tested)

2019 Stingray 201DS
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How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha 150
Drive/Props: Outboard/Reliance 19
Gear Ratio: 2.0:1
Fuel Load: 32 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.

Stingray Boats - Hartsville, South Carolina; 843-383-4507; stingrayboats.com