The mission of the Stingray 212SC is to offer a new approach to the standard deckboat design that most builders employ. Like all deckboats she is designed to make watersports easy and to maximize the number of guests on board. She can carry 2,600 lbs. (1,179 kgs.) or 12 people, whichever comes first.
This is an unusual bottom design that the builder says makes the boat both faster and more efficient and throws spray out away from the boat. (See below.)•
Special Side Boarding.
This is one of the few sportboats that has dedicated side boarding steps to make boarding from a fixed dock easier. There is storage under the seats.•
By having a single console, Stingray has eliminated both the port companions console that usually contains the changing compartment, and also has eliminated a walkthrough windshield. The changing compartment is in the helm console.
Standard outboard power comes in the form of a 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke engine. A 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke or a 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke are also available options. The maximum rating for the boat is 200-hp. The 212SC comes with standard power and tilt steering with detent, and “zero torque steering’’.
The 212SC is equipped to handle a crowd. With a built in cooler forward, a cooler with a drain under the aft bench seat, as well as a carry-on with its own dedicated compartment, sink (3 gallon/11.4 L freshwater tank), enclosed changing compartment, and L-shaped seating, the 212SC has the basics.
Probably most important is the boat’s standard table which can be mounted into the deck both forward and aft. Some owner’s might consider buying a second table if they plan a lot of sit-down entertaining.
is always important when having guests aboard and we recommend it as an option. It is $146 by itself or $323 with a pump-out facility. In any case, the changing room is always welcome in order to get out of wet bathing suits, and we like the lift-up overhead hatch that makes exiting and entering easier. Part of entertaining is making sure guests are comfortable. That includes making sure that they don’t get sun burned. And the best way to do that is with sunscreen permanently kept on the boat and the standard Bimini top.
We like the midships sink which is easy for everyone to access, and we recommend getting the optional pressure water system ($500) so that it can be used for clean up prior to fixing lunch.
The 212SC comes with a standard Bluetooth audio system. For those folks who are really into sound, Stingray makes available a Polk 200 watt system ($1,162), with remotes at the bow and transom ($323).
With an optional removable tow pylon ($500), the 212SC makes good use of its entertaining platform either towing a tube or a wakeboarder. There are standard boarding ladders at both the bow and the stern.
And, Fishing, Too?
Most deckboats are limited to watersports, entertaining and cruising, but Stingray has gone one sport farther by adding a “Fishing Package’’. For $915, an owner can have installed an aerated livewell, rod holders, get casting seats, as well as having the boat wired for a trolling motor and set-up with a removable motor mount. For a family with anglers, this might be the best $915 they could spend.
Z-Plane Hull Design
According to Stingray, its Z-Plane design eliminates additional surface area by incorporating horizontal planing surfaces to the hull rather than adding traditional strakes. The company says the Z-shaped planes act as horizontal faces when submerged and the outside edge of the Z-plane allows spray to release at the surface and in other ways reduces drag. Clearly, by essentially cutting away a piece of the hull and then resuming it closer to the centerline several times, Stingray has accomplished two things at the same time: 1) Reduced wetted surface; and 2) Created horizontal lifting surfaces without also creating a diagonal surface as with strakes.
Stingray has designed the stern on the 212SC with L-shaped seating to port and a boarding transom gate to starboard. There is a mount for the standard pedestal table in the center, storage underneath the seats, and two wet storage compartments built right into the swim platform, in addition to the reboarding ladder.
The cockpit has an open-floor plan, with plenty of room to move about and comfortable seating. By not having a port console and opening up this space for the sink and stairs, Stingray has effectively opened the boat up somewhat.
console on the new 212SC has space for an optional fishfinder ($358) or moving map display, as well as standard full instrumentation with white faced gauges and chrome bezels.
Since we have not tested the boat we can not comment on the effectiveness of the boat’s tinted windscreen. Our experience is that some deflect wind into the hair and some deflected it into the face. Effectiveness depends on the heights of the driver, the seat and the screen.
Bow seating is characteristically roomy and has storage underneath all of the seats. An integrated fiberglass cooler with drain is in the step to the foredeck.
Options to Consider
The Stingray 212SC comes with a host of options, including a stainless steel hardware package ($340). We would choose the dual-battery system ($285) because its safe to have a backup, and hydraulic tilt steering ($1,346) for keeping the engine out of the water when docked. A cockpit cover is a must, and the builder offers one made of Sunbrella material for $915. Regular readers know that we always prefer a boat with a colored hull, and this one is no exception. For $608, the boat can have a colored hull. Different graphic packages are also available. When we used Stingray’s “Build a Boat” software on its website starting with the Mercury 150 outboard, and plugged in the basic options we feel are advisable (cockpit cover, dual batteries, pressure water, hydraulic tilt steering, ski tow pylon, the stainless steel hardware package, full color hull stripe and outboard installation), we came up with a price of $44,751, plus dealer prep and freight.
We have not tested the boat so we can make no comments on the boat’s performance. However, she has a 20-degree deadrise hull at the transom which is fairly deep as deckboats go. We deduce from that spec that her ride should be reasonably comfortable in a chop at speed.
Her cockpit depth is 26” (65 cm) forward, and 28” (70.6 cm) amidships. In addition, the distance from the cap rail forward to the seat is 10” (25 cm). All of these measurements are on the generous side for a deckboat, many of which (but not all by any means) are known for having low freeboard and relatively shallow cockpits. This is good news for families with tots.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|