Boaters seeking a fast and economical bowrider should definitely check out the Stingray 198 LX. It might not be the biggest runabout on the market, but great things also come in small packages.

It boasts a very minimal interior design with your standard bow lounge seating, two swivelling bucket seats in the cockpit, a large aft seat and an equally large sunpad.

It also comes with an extended swim platform, two built-in coolers with drain and a Fusion stereo system. You’ll have to spring a little extra for a ski tow system.

It features a Z-Plane hull design with overlapping planes and a notched transom that minimizes drag by allowing the drive to be mounted higher. This combination rewards the 198 LX with high performance and plenty of speed.

Powered by a 220 horsepower MerCruiser 4.3L, the Stingray 198LX reaches a top speed of nearly 60 mph, which is not only impressive for a 4.3-liter engine but also quite economical.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Reasons to buy:

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    Excellent performance
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    Fuel efficient
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    Affordable

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markBimini top is not included
  • check-markHelm seat doesn’t come with a flip-up bolster
  • check-markNot very spacious for 9 people

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Stingray 198 LX

Specs & Features

  • Length: 19’9”
  • Beam: 7’10”
  • Dry weight: 2662 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 34 gal
  • Seating Capacity: 9
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Excellent performance
  • check-mark
    Fuel efficient
  • check-mark
    Affordable

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markBimini top is not included
  • check-markHelm seat doesn’t come with a flip-up bolster
  • check-markNot very spacious for 9 people

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