2021 Stingray 269 DC

In this article, a Boating Certified Boat Test, we explore the performance, price and provide shopping advice for this new Stingray Boats model. A must-read, by the world's foremost powerboat experts, for those in the market for a dual console. Complete with video and photos.

2021 Stingray 269 DC

Overview

Stingray’s 2021 269DC represents a new tack for the popular boatbuilder. It’s the company’s first crossover fishing boat aimed at the premium boat market—and it’s still comfortably priced, keeping within Stingray’s outstanding reputation for delivering quality and fun in family boats with an eye on value.


This is Stingray’s first boat focused on the coastal boater, equipped to address anglers and day boaters with targeted amenities. (Garrett Cortese/)

Engines

Twin Yamaha F200 outboard engines powered our test boat. These are inline-4, 2.8 liter, outboards rated to maximum rpm of 6000. With these outboards, our boat planed out in just 3.7 seconds and made an average top speed of 49.9 mph, with several 50-plus mph trials. Power steering, a three-spoke stainless steering wheel, and a heavy-duty stainless hardware package are included. You can equip the 269DC with Optimus joystick steering with autopilot ($16,152), and anglers who venture far offshore for pelagics or bottom fishing should strongly consider it. This joystick autopilot system is among the easiest to learn and most convenient to use.

Interior and Accessories

Its fishy nature is a departure from the sporty bowriders and deck boats, sure, but all the accoutrements of a fun rec boat are aboard the 269DC. The dual-console style, a fast-growing category in coastal boats, is a saltwater-hardened bowrider that gives the comfort of forward seats, posh interior cockpit seating and a walk-through windshield. Dual consoles’ versatility is the primary asset that has driven the category’s growth over the past decade, and we are glad to see Stingray in it.

The stylish helm offers great visibility.
The stylish helm offers great visibility. (Courtesy Stingray Boats/)

Taking a cue from popular performance boats, the seating throughout is firm, with multidensity foam that ensures comfort in the roughest waters. Durable rot-proof stitching, supple vinyl, and sewn-in accents add to the luxurious look and feel. Vinyl colors are rich, available in shades like charcoal gray and deerskin brown. At the bow, seating is deep and plush. Our 269DC test boat came upholstered in brown, with diamond pleat accents and contrasting black piping. Thick bolsters surround the area, making it comfortable to sit facing any direction while leaning against the deeply padded bolster. Storage under the port and starboard seats keeps the deck organized. The bow seat’s center cushion lifts up to reveal a step to the anchor locker. Beneath it, an insulated cooler drains overboard.

Creature comforts make for a relaxing aboard the 269DC.
Creature comforts make for a relaxing aboard the 269DC. (Courtesy Stingray Boats/)

In the cockpit, portside seating is back-to-back, but the cooler module slides open to stretch the lounge aft to the transom to provide comfortable bench seating, with a bolstered coaming serving as a backrest to accommodate big crews in this Yacht Certified vessel.

Space below the console is roomy.
Space below the console is roomy. (Courtesy Stingray Boats/)

Stingray prioritizes comfort over fishing, as typified by the transom seating, which is fixed in place and does not fold away. Most fishing boatbuilders use foldaway benches in the cockpit, which is often less comfortable but frees up the deck for fish-fighting action. In a further nod to comfort and relaxation, Stingray built an aft-facing couch on the transom, keeping those who choose to remain in the boat comfortable when at anchor while others swim or go beach combing.

In addition to comfort, there is an added bonus to the fixed transom seat: It hinges upward, supported on durable hardware and gas shocks to reveal the plumbing and standard four-bank battery system belowdecks. The work area is spacious and convenient to access, reducing maintenance efforts in long-term ownership.

Cockpit seating is comfortable and well-appointed.
Cockpit seating is comfortable and well-appointed. (Courtesy Stingray Boats/)

The captain’s chair is extra-wide and comfortably positioned for a clear view forward when in command. On our tester, we had the optional hardtop ($11,768), and the underside was color-matched to the hull sides ($691). There are additional rod holders in the hardtop, and the entire structure is powder-coated for a cool accent in an off-white tone. The convenience package, included as standard, provided many features normally optional on competitors’ boats, such as a Fusion stereo. The most desirable option would be the windlass.

Rod holders are found throughout the 269DC.
Rod holders are found throughout the 269DC. (Courtesy Stingray Boats/)

For fishermen, there are a pair of rod holders in the gunwales, a pair of under-gunwale rod holders, and four shotgun rod holders in the transom. Also, in the transom is a handy 25-gallon baitwell. Tackle storage below the cockpit seats keeps gear handy.

The 269DC is certainly a departure in hull style for Stingray, but it keeps the boatbuilder squarely in the middle of its lane in providing quality boating fun for adventurous families.

The Z-Plane hull features three planing surfaces of varying deadrise.
The Z-Plane hull features three planing surfaces of varying deadrise. (Courtesy Stingray Boats/)

Construction and Design

Stingray built the 269DC on its proven Z-Plane hull. The design features a hull bottom with three planing surfaces., of varying deadrise: steepest along the keel, less shallow mid-body and flattest near the chines. A sharp stem cleaves wakes and transitions to a 21-degree deadrise at the transom.

How We Tested

  • Engines: Twin 200 hp Yamaha F200s
  • Drive/Props: Outboard/Reliance 14 1/4″ x 18″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.86:1 Fuel Load: 70 gal. Crew Weight: 550 lb.

High Points

  • Fusion audio system rocks the boat, and can be controlled via the head unit or multifunction display.
  • Convenience package is standard and offers important features, like an audio system.

Low Points

  • Fixed transom lounge encroaches on fishing space, but is more comfortable than folding seats while offering easy access to the bilge, batteries and pumps.

Toughest Competitor

Sailfish offers a 276DC of comparable size ($194,426 with twin 200 hp Yamahas and hardtop), but takes a hardcore angler’s approach to its design. Foldaway seating opens the transom, and a 22-degree deadrise at the transom is better suited to heavy seas but more tender at rest when the crew is moving about the boat.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $147,456 (base with twin Yamaha F200 outboards)
LOA: 27′11″
Beam: 8′6″
Draft (max): 1′6″
Displacement: 6,400 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 21 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 8′9″
Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
Fuel Capacity: 135 gal.
Max Horsepower: 400
Available Power: Yamaha, Mercury and Suzuki outboards

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Pursuit 269DC Certified Test Results
Pursuit 269DC Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

Stingray Boats - Hartsville, South Carolina; 843-383-4507; stingrayboats.com


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Wally has released details of a radical new motoryacht with a wraparound bow window built into the hull. Futuristic lines include a hull window that wraps around the bowCalled the WHY200 in reference to its unusual hull shape (Wally Hybrid Yachts) and gross tonnage (199GRT), this futuristic design promises to shake up the market for semi-custom yachts. Crucially, although it measures 89ft LOA, its load line length is less than 24m, avoiding the extra costs and regulations that apply to bigger boats. Space […] This article Wally WHY200: Radical design is the biggest yacht under 24m so far appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Wally WHY200: Radical design is the biggest yacht under 24m so far

Wally has released details of a radical new motoryacht with a wraparound bow window built into the hull.

Futuristic lines include a hull window that wraps around the bow

Called the WHY200 in reference to its unusual hull shape (Wally Hybrid Yachts) and gross tonnage (199GRT), this futuristic design promises to shake up the market for semi-custom yachts.

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Wally claims this delivers 50% more volume, 60% more main-deck area and 40% more upper deck space than a conventional planing yacht of the same length.

Externally, the Wally heritage is clear. The majority of the hull and superstructure are composite and carbon fibre but the vast raked windscreen and hard top is almost all smoked glass. Coupled with that slight reverse rake stem, it delivers the kind of angular looks that have long been a Wally hallmark.

Arguably its most daring feature is the stunning main-deck owner’s cabin with a forward-facing island bed and 180º views. While we have seen plenty of bow windows set into the hull sides, this is the first time we have seen one wrap right around the stem.

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The view from inside the main deck master cabin

Three or four further guest suites occupy the forward end of the lower deck, with the former layout allowing space for a large VIP suite complete with sofa, two heads compartments and an oversized shower stall.

Further aft, fold-down side cheeks extend the size of the beach club and double as doors for a pair of garages, one for a 4m tender and the other for toys. A Transformer platform creates a gently sloping stairway into the water.

One of the reasons the WHY200 has so much accommodation is because the engine-room has been compressed around four compact Volvo Penta IPS pod drives rather than the usual pair of big shaftdrive diesels.

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The walkaround beach club features twin side garages and a Transformer platform

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The heavily glazed sky lounge should be a wonderful spot to sit

The first two WHY200s are already under construction with the first due to launch just in time for the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival in September. The price has not yet been announced.

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