Applying the deck boat concept — meant to maximize interior lounging space — to a 20-foot runabout hull is not the easiest of engineering feats. But Stingray does it, and the new 192SC proves it does it very well.
Stingray makes the most of the 192SC’s 8-foot-4-inch beam, especially when boarding via the molded-in steps on the port side, opposite the helm. The gunwale topsides sport nonskid, and the two integrated steps make for easy dockside entry. The steps are molded in just forward of the entertainment center, which includes a freshwater sink and a dedicated storage space for a trash can.
On the starboard side, the ergonomic helm console features plenty of space to flush-mount electronics; an attached eyebrow protects the screen and gauges from glare. When we throttled up during testing, we noted the unobstructed view while on plane and making lock-to-lock turns at 30 mph. The 192SC employs the same Z-plane hull that Stingray incorporates on all its runabouts. Instead of traditional protruding lifting strakes, the Z-plane uses recessed strakes, created by “stacking” the hull panels on top of one another like roofing shingles. The design increases lift and efficiency and helps the driver execute smooth, predictable turns. The fact that we could top 40 mph with a 115 hp engine speaks to this.
Back to the space: The L-shaped lounge in the aft cockpit can seat five, and with full beam carried forward, no one sitting in the spacious bow lounge will knock knees. Deploy the optional cockpit table for dining at anchor, or get the optional filler cushion to convert the bow lounge to a sun pad.
Our test boat sported the optional fishing package — which includes a built-in livewell, rod holders, fishing seat and a trolling motor mount — but our favorite feature on board was the extended swim steps. Most outboard boats have small, awkward swim steps to either side of the outboard — a compromise for the power choice — but the 192SC’s are massive. Combined, they provide fantastic access to the water, with the swim ladder to starboard angled away from the prop, and the acreage rivals a sterndrive’s swim platform.
It all adds up to quite a package, and a deck boat that gives you what you need.
*Z-plane hull eschews traditional lifting strakes for stacked recessed strakes that increase lift and efficiency.
*Massive swim steps flanking the outboard provide space that rivals a sterndrive’s continuous swim platform.
*Portside boarding steps make side-to boarding from the dock a nonissue.
*Five stainless-steel cup holders are built into the transom.
*Optional fishing package adds a trolling motor mount, rod holders and a livewell.
*Filler cushion converts the bow lounge into a sun pad.
How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha F115 outboard
Prop: 13″ x 19″ 3-blade aluminum
Gear Ratio: 2.15:1
Fuel Load: 23 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
$34,769 (with test power)
Stingray Boats Hartsville, South Carolina; 843-383-4507; stingrayboats.com