StingRay Speed-XP Hydrofoil Stabilizers for Boat Motors
Classic StingRay Junior
Previously had one of these on a 14 foot Lund with 25 HP Merc 2 Stroke and currently have one on a 15 foot Alumacraft with a 25 HP Suzuki 4 stroke.The Stingray increased the performance and stability of both boats.The boat is up on plane in a heartbeat and you can stay on plane at lower engine RPMs.The biggest advantage,in my opinion,is the stability in provides against chine walking when in windy,rough water conditions or when crossing the wake of larger boats making the boat alot safer.I lost maybe 1 or 2 MPH top end but thats negligible compared to the advantages of this product.
June 22, 2012
I put this model on a 1995 Skeeter 200SL Fish n' Ski with a 1994 Evinrude 200 Vindicator, and the only advantage was the ease of installment. I had to drill 4 holes in my Lower Unit, and bolted it on. This model made my boat "Porpoise" really bad in high wake and wavy conditions. On a no wake, no wind lake it was O.K. even though I shaved 8 mph off of my top end just in using this product. Before the Stringray Speed XP on wide open throttle I could hit around 62 to 65 mph. With using the Speed XP I was slowed to around 52 to 55 mph.
I have since bought the 'Doelfin' and only use it when I am going to have skiers in tow. The advantages just aren't there for me to keep it on full time. Oversteering is a problem when you have a hydrofoil attached. Be sure to get a feel for it before you go wide open with it. It does make a difference in cornering and handling as well as the drag is increased.
August 13, 2007
I know people have said before that they never write online reviews, blah blah, but I really don't unless I am impressed. And let me say, I am impressed! I have a 18ft stingray runabout that has beat us to death in choppy water since we bought it three summers ago. I finally decided to do something about it and I am soooooo glad. Boat much easier to get on plane and I can cruise with it trimmed up now without that annoying porpoising that use to knock our kidneys out! Best 50.00 I have spent in a loooonnng time!
July 20, 2013
"Spend-a-little...Get-a-lot ! "
Okay....I bought a 16'4" tracker 170 TX Pro with a 50 hp 2-stroke on the back. The boat's bow, at low speeds, was way too high and it also bounced all over the place towards the top-end of the speed range ( even with correct trim settings,etc.). I had Bass Pro to put the Sting Ray ( w/o trim tabs ) on the motor ( Merc. ) and took her to the lake with a full load ( which you should always do when you test this for the first time ). BINGO ! all previous problems were solved. The only 2 "small" down-sides are that we lost around 200 rpms on the top end ( I am still at 5200 and Merc says I am still good-to-go ) and I lost about 1 mph on top end ( but I am still at 34.5 mph with a full load and gas..not bad :>). You must learn to start trimming the motor right out of your hole-shot, this is the key to your success. Also, try adjusting your trim-fin on your motor ( right above the prop. ), sometimes this helps, too. Overall, I feel like the boat handles much more like the higher-end boats such as Nitro and Ranger with this improvement. Really, a must for the heavier alumn. boats that tend to be middle and back heavy. So, do this, and fall in love with your boat again ! Thanks for reading..be smart and do this asap :>)
July 5, 2009