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Sting Ray “deck Boat” DS220 Great Large Lake Boat, ocean, not so much IMHO

By: Court Dwyer on January 20, 2023 at 11:48 am

Year: 1999

Brand: Stingray

Model: DS 220

Length: 23′

Subtype: Other

Purchased: New

Full Review:

Most all the features of a traditional pontoon deck boat but set in a fiberglass, bow-rider config. A 22.5-foot Deep-V hull, 350 I/O with the deck set up as if a pontoon deck boat but looks like a bowrider both on deck and overall – no pontoons! Seating and rated for 11 passengers. I’ve had it up to 54 MPH on a glassy lake surface. Handles waves but “bounces and thumps” a lot, and does not “cut through” them. Head area [for a portapotty] sink for fresh water fill, shower hose/head on the stern platform, which is narrow but workable, maybe 20 inches wide across the whole stern. Helm nicely laid out; not much in the way of boating gee-gaws: temp, gas, rpm, lighting switches, compass. Deck lights for night-time are good – would have been great if there was a red-light option. All running lights. Adequate anchor space for Danforth and 100-foot line. No windlass, electric or otherwise. Hand over hand. Plenty of underseat storage. 11 bulky orange and 2 good water-trigger life vests and 2 throwables stored under the starboard bow still leaves still PLENTY of space for everything else: 4 mooring balls, side bumpers, tools, pail, electrical cords, lines, pails, cleaning stuff etc. And still more space in the head area. Head is a portapotty. I suppose you could add a marine head, but this is a Lake Boat, not a cruiser. I got both mooring canvas covers as well as a bimini top and side/stern enclosures. I’ve been very happy with having both. It closes up well with bimini/side covers. You could sleep over on it in a pinch. No bunks, just seat cushions. It’s a fish-bowl as far as privacy, but overnight could be done. No cooking. I’ve added various fishfinders, GPS etc and find them crowding the helm seating space. But still workable if not totally comfortable. What do you want for the price? Was a great deal in 1999 when I bought it out of the box. Was great on Damariscotta Lake in Maine [35 miles shoreline], not so much in Belfast/Penobscot Bay. We go out and still enjoy it but only on calm days. Any waves and we don’t go. On a nice calm day we like to dock n dine around Penobscot Bay. We’re retired and no longer into skiing, dragging floats, fishing etc.

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Quality: 8
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Layout: 8
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Comfort: 8
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Storage: 9
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Ride: 10
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Styling: 9
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Propulsion: 10
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Value: 10
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Would You Recommend? Yes