1969 Marine Unlimited Stingray 2000

1969 Marine Unlimited Stingray 2000 Prototype

In 1969 a young engineer at Marine Unlimited, Inc. in Warren, Michigan set out to design the boat of the future. He sharpened his lead pencils (a 2H, a B, and a 7B for you drafters out there) lined them up on his drafting table alongside his t-square and protractor and went to work. One hour fifty-five minutes later he would emerge and present the elderly management team at Marine Unlimited something they could never imagine… the Stingray 2000!

The Stingray 2000 is a revolutionary single person watercraft with a 25 horsepower inboard/outboard Johnson motor designed to be so damn much fun you’d swear you were motor boating into the future. Marine Unlimited would build only one of the Stingray 2000. The elderly executives concerns over safety and unsubstantiated fear of the crazy, futuristic design would extinguish the young engineer’s dream like the CEO’s Lucky Strike cigarette being smashed into an ashtray after he draws his final, deeply inhaled drag.

Here resides that prototype. Now resting comfortably in Saint Augustine, Florida the Stingray 2000 can be yours for $4,500 buy it now on eBay. A small price to pay for a one-off slice of Buck Rogers on waves.

1969 Marine Unlimited Stingray 2000 Lower Unit
An engineer demonstrates the state-of-the art propeller safety shield. Oooooo. Look out, it’s not intended to save smaller extremities.
1969 Marine Unlimited Stingray 2000 Johnson 25
Behold the Johnson. 25 ponies positioned just aft of your ass.
1969 Marine Unlimited Stingray 2000
That bowtie-shaped steering wheel is no doubt lifted from a Russian fighter jet.

2 thoughts on “1969 Marine Unlimited Stingray 2000 Prototype”

  1. There were actually more than one of these made, only a very small handful though. This is only the third one I’ve seen besides the one I have resting in my garage. The dream of a huge assembly line manufacturing these vessels never quite took off the way the designer had hoped, It’s rare to come across one of these today, especially restored, and even more rare to find them for sale. This is definitely a nice piece to add to a collection.

  2. Hi I’m Mike, I have one of these stingrays. I was going to junk it until I saw yours. Mine has a welded aluminum transom for an outboard. Otherwise it looks alot like yours. Id still like to sell it. Hers my # xxx-xxx-xxxx, I’m in upstate NY. Give me a call I’ll send a picture.

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