Today’s express fishing boat must make good on a threefold mission: a smooth and dry ride, enough deck and storage space for fishing, and a spacious, well-appointed cabin for the family. The Stamas 390 Aegean delivers all three, says company president John Stamas.
“The Aegean is for [the owner] who wants a huge fishing cockpit but also a boat that the rest of the family is going to like,” says Stamas.
“That’s why we give equal attention to the cabin, where you have three places to sleep, a huge head, nice galley and dinette — all in air conditioning.”
Boaters certainly appreciate the equal concentration on the cockpit and cabin, but it’s the ride that stands out as the 390 Aegean’s No. 1 attribute, says Stamas, whose father and uncle founded the business in 1952. (Stamas runs the factory-direct builder with his two brothers, George and Bill, and sister Anna.)
With its modified-vee hull and reverse chines, the boat cuts through chop and slaps down spray. Also, there is very little bow rise coming up on plane, for a clear view ahead, says Stamas. “You always see the horizon, so you can really cruise at slow speeds,” he says. “Trim tabs are for port and starboard trim or windage. She has no need for them to adjust fore-aft attitude.”
The company uses pressure-treated wood encapsulated in fiberglass for the stringers, bulkheads and transom. “The wood thoroughly absorbs the resin,” says Stamas. “You end up ripping wood or glass if you separate a bond.” The company tried foam coring in the 1960s but preferred wood’s stiffness and strength, which heightens the boat’s sure-footed ride.
The boat comes standard with a generator, windlass and hardtop, among other equipment. “Her 12-foot, 6-inch beam carries a tower with great strength and stability,” says Stamas.
Most have been powered with triple F300s, but twin F350s also provide plenty of horsepower. With the F300s, the boat cruises at about 37 mph and gets 1.1 mpg, for a range of more than 400 miles with a 10 percent fuel reserve. Fuel supply is 410 gallons.
LOA: 41 feet, 2 inches
BEAM: 12 feet, 6 inches
WEIGHT: 16,500 pounds (dry)
DRAFT: 2 feet (engines up)
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 19 degrees
POWER: twin F350 Yamahas (optional triple F300s)
SPEED: 50 mph top, 34 mph cruise (twin F350s); 56 mph top, 37 mph cruise (triple F300s)
TANKAGE: 410 gallons fuel, 40 gallons water, 20 gallons waste
PRICE: $327,957 (F350s), $363,000 (F300s)
CONTACT: Stamas Yachts, St. Petersburg, Florida.
PHONE: (727) 803-6848.
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June 2015 issue