Does anyone know anything about this 9' long craft (badged as Stingray Boats)?

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by DrDan, May 4, 2012.

  1. DrDan
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    Hi folks,

    I have a small powerboat, just 9' in length. I bought it privately in the UK last year and, while it looks factory built, I have never been able to find any information about it. It has a "Stingray Boats" decal on the nose, but I can't believe this is the US manufacturer of the same name. It's a fantastic little boat - the guy who had it before me had a 10hp on it and he recommended upgrading so I now have a 15hp Merc 2-stroke on it that needed me to fabricate a new transom plate to fix. Since these pics I've also mounted a short Whale bilge pump vertically in the small well at the stern to empty out the bilges when I'm on the sea with it. Launching it off the beach stern-first on the trailer it tends to ship a little too much water for the little foot pump mounted on the bulkhead to handle comfortably.

    As you can see from the pics, it's set up like a 'plane...foot steered, left hand throttle and the joystick between your knees controls independent trim tabs at the stern. It's a blast and hits the plane almost instantaneously, especially with a push down on the joystick!

    If anyone has seen one or knows anything about it, I'd love to hear!

    Many thanks - just joined the site and can't see me getting much work done today! Lots of interest.

    David

    (I'm hoping I've managed to attach the pics properly - apologies from this site newbie if not).
     
  2. Submarine Tom

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    Well, that's just got fun written all over it!

    Pictures attached fine.

    Welcome to the forum.
     
  3. SamSam
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    Well, I googled 'Stingray Boats' and you could be right about it not being from the US company.

    This doesn't look like it...

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    or this...

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    nope...

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    not quite...

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    Sorry I couldn't help, but I will keep looking.

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  4. DrDan
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    Thanks guys

    Thanks for the welcome Tom.

    Sam...thanks for searching. That's what I like about the forum already - someone willing to go the extra (nautical) mile :)
     
  5. PAR
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    What does the HIN say it is?
     
  6. DrDan
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    PAR...it doesn't have any identifying numbers or plate of any kind that I have found.
     
  7. PAR
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    Those were the precursors to PWC and didn't last long in the industry. There are many still around. She appears too modern to not have some sort of HIN located somewhere. Does she have capacity plates?
     
  8. DrDan
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    Hey PAR...no plates of any kind inside or out. As you say, she looks reasonably modern - she's in good condition but I would estimate <10 yrs old. She gets a lot more attention than a jet ski but no-one I know has seen anything like her. My specialist marine insurers here in the UK have never seen one and
    won't touch her as "it is neither a speedboat, nor a PWC". I can see how the design might be some kind of precursor to PWCs, but she's great fun in her own right...and really stable. You can run her at pretty much full throttle, push down hard on the foot bar and turn her through 180 degrees on a sixpence (or a dime for the other side of the pond!). Thanks for asking the questions.
     
  9. Submarine Tom

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    Nah, that was just a cable or two...
     
  10. Andiamo
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    Don't recognize this boat but it looks a thrill! Will ask around and see if I can find out for you.
     
  11. PAR
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    She's more then 10 years old, but 20 wouldn't be unreasonable, though this too is unlikely. She was probably built in the 80's when these things were popular. Even back then, capacity and HIN documentation was required. If these things have been removed, you'll have hell to pay, to get it registered. A title registration search is probably the only way you're going to get it legal.
     
  12. DrDan
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    Thanks guys.

    PAR - things are a bit more relaxed here in the UK. To launch her off my local beach, which is monitored by the local council for the busy 10 weeks or so of the main holiday season, I need to confirm I have third party insurance, as a minimum, only. I do, but they don't even ask to check documentation. I have her registered from a safety point of view with our Coastguard Agency, but there is no legal requirement for anything. I do have powerboat qualifications (and am also a PADI scuba instructor - which helped with the insurance discussions) but, basically, anyone can take anything into the water without any paperwork or documentation most of the time. The risk then lies with you if you foul up. It's a very British approach to risk!

    What purpose does registration serve in the US? Sounds like things may be a little different.
     
  13. mydauphin
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    In Florida it is small enough to get it registered as a home built.
     

  14. PAR
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    If you try to register that as a home built, a bunch of red flags will go up and they'll assume you've stolen it, removed the HIN and are now trying to re-title it clean. Of course this will force them to ask the obvious questions about material receipts and build photos.

    DrDan, the registration process is primarily an anti-theft system, much like the VIN's used on cars and trucks. The HIN of each vessel is registered with the state it's titled and operated in. It's receives a registration number and a compliance sticker, just like a car gets a license plate and inspection sticker when it's "current". Both of these things show if taxes are current and that the vessel is what the owner says it is.
     
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