|Deadrise/Transom||19 deg.||Water Cap||none|
|Max Headroom||open||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
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|Std. Power||1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L|
|Tested Power||1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3 GL|
1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L
Captain’s Report by Capt. Steve
Our test showed a top speed of 56.4 mph with a best cruise coming in at 22.2 with a 4.4 gph fuel burn.
You can get your 195 in several versions, but all will share the same bow layout. Like most bowriders in this size range, the 195 LX's forward cockpit will fit two people lounging, but sitting and facing each other will be a tight fit with knees bumping. There's 15" (38 cm) of clearance between the seat cushions and the top of the gunwales. Additionally, our test boat had lengthy stainless steel grab handles atop the caprails at the bow, part of the optional stainless steel package (add $340). I find this to be a much better method of securing myself when bouncing over waves than the single handle down low, which is standard. These won't be digging into your back as you sit facing sideways either.
There's 19-degree deadrise at the stern. Stingray offers an option for an extended swim platform (add $832) and a transom mounted trim switch (add $123).
I also appreciate that there's a 32-qt cooler (30.2 L) in the forward compartment that saves the bow occupants from having to either yell for a drink from someone in the cockpit, or get up to get one. Drink holders are on either side of the cooler.
This self draining cooler adds a lot of convenience to the bow area but I'd like to see a gutter drawing water away from the interior in case I take a wave over the bow. The plastic drink holders keep the price down and work just as well as stainless ones, which are available as part of the optional stainless steel package ($340).
The cooler lid is non-skid on top, and held in place with stainless hinges. Notice the pull-up cleat at the bow that tucks away for beach boarding.
I could feel the thicker vinyl on the seats almost immediately. Some builders go with thinner vinyl to save costs, but at Stingray, they use the meaty 36 oz vinyl and treat it with PreFixx to resist staining. Does it work? I've been known to run a ball point pen across a PreFixx treated seat cushion only to spray and clean with ease, but the truth is, I'll only do it when the builder hands me the pen and says go ahead. There's still something stopping me from doing it on my own, but knowing it can be done is enough for me to bring a boatload of kids onboard. Naturally, there's storage under the cushions, but it can fill up quickly. I recommend wearing life jackets rather than adding them to the limited storage space.
Stingray could have just as easily made flat seats that we see time and again, but opted for a more comfortable contoured seat that hugs the body a little better. I find then to be more secure as well. Notice how the longer grab handles make for a more natural way to hang on. And you can just make out the indirect LED courtesy light at the walkthrough.
Another nice feature of the contoured seats is that you'll have a bit more leg room when transiting to and from the bow, but don't expect to load four people here facing inward. Knees will still be bumping together.
The normal storage under the seats is available, but I'd like to see some method of channeling water away from the compartment.
The walkthrough to the cockpit is understandably narrow, but lacks an air dam below the windscreen to block the chilly morning air. One is available as an option (add $74) but I'd rather see it on the standard list, and built into the side of the console. Since the windshield supports will be used throughout the boat's lifetime as a grab handle, I always see how they will do with supporting my weight. They showed no give or flex.
Anunder-sole locker is roomy enough for wake boards and the lid is hinged and supported by a gas-assist strut. The bottom is carpeted to protect your gear. I'd rather see removable rubber matting so the compartment can be cleaned more easily.
We've seen this panel layout time and again and it works well. The gauges are all Faria with chrome bezels and are backlit. The digital depth gauge is an option on the 195 LX (add $351). Tilt steering is also optional (add $168) as is a compass (add $131).
The stereo faces the port side passenger, but remember the captain gets the last say on the choice of tunes. I was happy to see that the stereo gets protected from water by a cover and the glove box is lockable. That's a nice touch for locking up the valuables when heading to the dockside restaurant.
If you take your shoes off you feel the thicker 20-oz marine grade carpeting used on the deck, so there is no cutting corners on price here. Our test boat had the full carpet, but snap-in is available as an option (add $328) with the full fiberglass floor liner (add $542) which will be much easier to keep clean if you're into beaching your 195 LX.
Even with the sun pad option, the 195 LX has an 8-person capacity. Notice the cleats up high and away from the toe-stubbing zone.
The three-step reboarding ladder is mounted to the side to keep the swimmers away from the sharp edges of the outdrive, and keep them in the captain's line of sight.
The layout of the LX version calls for dual bucket seats with a bench and sun pad at the stern. The LS version has a front/rear seat to port and dual seats flanking an engine box at the stern. In the LS version you can elevate the seat cushions to form the sun pad.
The engine is located under the sun pad in the LX version and it's very easily accessible. The hands-on types will love that a remote oil change system comes standard. Engine choices range from the standard Merc 3.0 MPIC 135-hp for the base price of $25,788 (FOB East Coast), to the 220-hp 4.3 MPI which will bring the price up to $28,136. Choices are also available from Volvo Penta so check to see what you local dealer will service before deciding on which manufacturer.
As for how much power you need, I tested the boat with the Volvo Penta 190-hp 4.3GL with SX drive and a Laser 23 prop. With this combination I reached plane in only 3.2 seconds and made 30 mph in 5.9 seconds. She cruised comfortably at 2500 rpm and 22.2 mph for a full tank range of 161 miles with the extended 35 gallon tank. She reached a top speed of 56.4 mph at 5000 rpm.
That felt like plenty of available power to me, but if you constantly load your boat to capacity, or love towing skiers then it may be wise to consider the higher horsepower.
Stingray builds very nice boats and has a reputation for reliability and lasting customer relationships. This 195 LX is another example of a boat that will keep the family together and on the water for years to come.
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
= Standard = Optional
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|Years||5-year Limited Transferable|