Stinger 18 HP Special Edition, by Lowe: Boat Test Notes

After testing this special edition boat for a Boats.com video review, Charles Plueddeman submitted these detailed notes.

5th May 2011.
By Charles Plueddeman

Overview: An aluminum bass boat with the performance boost of a pad running surface and high-performance two-stroke outboard, loaded with extra features for the Lowe 40th Anniversary.

The Stinger 18 HP has been loaded with features to mark Lowe’s 40th anniversary.

CONCEPT
An affordable aluminum bass boat that splits the performance difference between a typical aluminum mod-V model and a fiberglass bass boat that costs much more money.

VIEW THE STINGER 18HP VIDEO BOAT REVIEW

Lower Stinger 18HP Performance Data

CONSTRUCTION

  • All-welded aluminum hull created from two extruded sections, MIG-welded together down the keel, supported by “powergrid” aluminum structure
  • Wood-free
  • Aluminum TufDeck deck
  • Aluminum console with molded acrylic cap

PERFORMANCE

  • Top speed of 50 mph with optional Mercury Optimax Pro XS 115 outboard and stainless steel Laser II propeller
  • Effortless cruising at 40 mph
  • Pad hull enhances hole shot and provides outstanding lift and stability at speed

HANDLING

  • Tracks well in very rough conditions; ride is good for boat type
  • In smooth water, takes a nice set and turns with confidence

FEATURES/DETAILS

  • As a Special Edition, hull is finished with black and silver paint and special graphics
  • 24-volt MotorGuide FW75FB trolling motor
  • Bow-mount Lowrance X-52DS fish locator and helm-mount Lowrance X-50DS fish locator
  • Deluxe helm with chrome-bezel instruments, tilt steering, and polished stainless steel Gussi wheel
  • Upgraded black and silver upholsteryLowe Stinger 18HP specifications
  • Painted trailer with cast-aluminum wheels and swing-away tongue
  • Dual 7-foot rod lockers
  • Locking dry storage
  • 13-gallon forward live well; 30-gallon aft live well
  • 19-gallon fuel tank is small for this engine rating

Boats.com Video Boat review graphicFor more information, visit Lowe Boats.


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Charles Plueddeman is Boats.com's outboard, trailer, and PWC expert. He is a former editor at Boating Magazine and contributor to many national publications since 1986.

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