When we came across the 2016 Stingray 182SC deckboat at the Palm Beach boat show, we knew it wasn’t exactly what most boaters think of as hot news. The model doesn’t boast any new designs, technologies, or performance. It’s not some big luxurious headline-grabber, it doesn’t have Euro-styling, and it doesn’t boast one of those obscenely large new outboards on the transom. Yet it stopped us in our tracks for one simple reason: the boat’s price tag, which financed by the dealer broke down into payments of $182 a month. (Total cost for the boat ranges from the low 20’s to the low 30’s, depending on the powerplant and options you choose). You can’t find many recreational fiberglass powerboats of any size that can make this claim—much less one that comes with a F115 Yamaha four-stroke outboard, which propels it to speeds in the mid 40’s. And power tilt and trim, back-lighted gauges, both integrated and removable coolers, LED courtesy lighting, and Nano-Block stain-resistant vinyls. Interesting, no? Let’s take a peek.


Before you move on, take another look at the seating: we count three full-length loungers, two settees, and the helm chair. Remember, this is a 19’ boat—Stingray did a great job of providing plenty of comfy spots to plop down. And yes, there are cupholders within reach of all of them.

No, this isn’t your boat if you’re looking for fancy stuff like touch-screen displays and monitors, built-in grills, or electric sunroofs. And we aren’t thrilled by the tiny windscreen, which really won’t provide much protection. But one thing the Stingray 182SC clearly provides is a lot of value. When it comes to bang for your buck, this one’s going to be tough to beat.

If this boat fits your needs and your budget, check out some Stingray 182SC listings. Or, visit Stingray.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.