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September 21, 2007

First Look

Stamas 340 Express, Scout 205SF, Albin 26 Center Console

Stamas 340 Express

PARTY OUT BACK: Outboard power frees up interior space on the Stamas 340 Express.

Length 34' Beam 12' 6"
Draft 2' 4" Deadrise 20 ¿
Fuel 350 gals. Price $263,240
w/ twin 250-hp four-stroke Suzuki outboards

After a half-century, family-owned Stamas Yachts still turns out quality fishing boats, and the outboard-powered 340 Express is no exception. This setup provides speed and range with a shallow draft while the wide beam and aggressive deadrise provide dependable performance. The roomy cockpit has a transom live well and fishbox, coaming bolsters and rod racks. And the space below makes it seem much bigger than a tape measure reads. Stamas Yachts, (800) 782-6271;

Scout 205SF

PRO AND CONSOLE: This open boat can venture beyond nearshore waters on calm days.

Length 19' 11" Beam 8' 4"
Draft 1" Deadrise 19 ¿
Fuel 63 gals. Base Price $39,489
w/ Yamaha F150TXR four-stroke outboard'

A pocket centerconsole means versatility, and Scout launched the 205 Sportfish for just that reason. This boat has an aerated bait well, rod storage, a raw-water washdown and a 148-quart insulated fishbox-it's fully equipped to fish the bays, or head offshore when the weather allows. Equipped with a standard leaning post and aft bench seat, the 205SF is factory-rigged with hydraulic steering and a 150-horsepower four-stroke Yamaha outboard. Scout Boats; (843) 821-0068;

Albin 26 Center Console
BALANCE OF POWER: A diesel engine beneath the console gives the Albin 26 a great fishing cockpit.

Length 25' 8" Beam 8' 6"
Draft 26" Deadrise 24 ¿
Fuel 160 gals. Price $89,900
w/ 315-hp Yanmar diesel inboard

The new 26-foot center console from Albin has it all for anglers seeking range, reliability and great rough-water handling. An inboard diesel provides fuel economy and a low center of gravity, improving stability. The spartan interior layout is ready to fish with an expansive, level deck, a cockpit surrounded by padded coaming bolsters, a huge fishbox in the forward deck and a 40-gallon sub-deck bait well aft of the leaning post. Albin Marine; (203) 661-4341;