Stingray 195RX Bowrider is Family Affordable

Building a 20’ bowrider with I/O power for family use is nothing new. What is new, though, is offering a well-built model with an up-to-date clean engine (a catalyst-equipped, 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0 MPI ECT with Alpha sterndrive), heavy-gauge marine vinyl upholstery, a Bimini top, a marine audio system, a remote oil-change system, an upgraded bilge pump, a transom-mounted trim switch and a trailer as a complete package for $20,000. Stingray’s 195RX Bowrider does just that. Two options worth considering are an automatic fire-extinguishing system ($472) and a cockpit and bow cover with support poles ($692).

The boat’s layout is standard for bowriders of this size: an open bow cockpit with storage under the seats (including a cooler), helm and companion swivel chairs, a full-width stern seat with storage under, a sunpad over the engine box, and a stern deck over the outdrive, with a 3-step folding, stainless-steel boarding ladder. Details matter, though. For example, the bow seats allow 2 passengers seated there to lounge facing forward or, in rough water, to sit sideways with feet planted on the cockpit sole. For either position, there’s a cushioned grab handle for support.

The proven 4-cylinder MerCruiser pushes the 195RX to top speeds in the mid-40s, with economical cruise in the 20s and low 30s, which are realistic speeds for navigating boats of this size in choppy inshore waters. Stingray’s exclusive Z-Plane hull soaks up moderate seas while providing a wide range of usable speeds for safe, efficient cruising.

Details:

  • LOA: 19’ 6”
  • Beam: 7’ 7”
  • Draft: 18” (drive up)/31” (drive down)
  • Weight: 2,290 lbs.
  • Transom Deadrise: 19˚
  • Capacity: 1,470 lbs.
  • Fuel: 21 gals.
  • Max power: 130 hp
  • Base price: $19,995

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