2019 Stingray 186CC
|Speed and Distance|
|Engine Model||DF 115|
|Hull Shape||Modified Vee|
|Hull Warranty||99 year|
Its like this: Here is a brand new model for Stingray. The company that builds sporty deck boats has crafted a center console. And its so new that Ill be riding on the prototype, not even hull number one. Ill be the first journalist to ride along and write along. Its out of my usual comfort zone of size, and thats cool.
About 30 minutes out, I called my contact, Aaron Dumont, regional sales manager at Stingray Boats, for instructions on my final approach. After a few miles on side roads, I could smell the salty air permeating the cars cabin a sure sign I was moving in the right direction. After turning into the park, the Ranger gave me directions to the boat ramp. Here we go!
As I pulled into the parking lot, the 186CC was evident right away. Proudly perched on her single axle trailer, the 186CC glistened in the sunlight, thanks to the metal trimmed rubrail and polished gelcoat hull. After greetings, Dumont went right into explaining the features and highlights of the 186CC, not so much as a salesman, but as a proud employee showing off the next best thing since sliced bread. Dumonts passion was evident, as his background and family life is pretty much centered on boating and being on the water. The 186CC is his baby, and he has an enviable job of showing it off to the world.
Put through her paces
The 186CC has a low profile with just under a 5-foot bridge clearance. If bridges are a concern in your boating area, this may be a solution. The package may fit nicely inside a home garage; I would prefer that over storing it in a rack, unless I can get the coveted top row.
Launching and securing is easily a one-man operation, so stepping on and getting out was a breeze. After checking out the local scenery, it was time to hold on as Dumont put the 186CC through her paces.
Powered by a single Yamaha 115-hp outboard, I noticed the hull do two things: One, it cut through the chop nicely and held its track during the range of speeds and turns, thanks to the 19-degree forward deadrise and 15 degrees on the transom. My other observation was that when on plane, the point of contact with the water surface is back behind the bow, almost midship. This not only makes for a dry ride, it also reduces the noise level of the water on the hull. Credit has to go to the Stingray exclusive Z-Plane hull, where strakes have no vertical edges that can trap air bubbles, thereby reducing performance. The 186CC topped out at about 42.5 mph an exhilarating speed on an open boat.
Bells and whistles
Stingray has created a fun, stable and convertible platform. The center console has a helm seat for two, with a backrest that swings forward for rear-facing seating (and opt for the ski tow). Theres also a forward helm seat with padded backrest. Grabrails on either side of the helm pod are beefy and stable, and also secu