If your float plan will keep you closer to shore, a single 300 should push it along just fine. For the ultimate blend of economy and peace of mind, however, twin 175 hp Suzukis are an option. Projected top speed is in the mid-40s with these engines. The additional propeller surface of the twin 175s should have less slippage and better fuel economy than the single 300, Stamas predicts. Although the latest generation of four-stroke outboards are very dependable, it's always nice to have that second backup to get you home when you're 40 miles out and one decides to go on the fritz.
As intended, the die-hard crowd will appreciate the 308's many angling features. A level deck with the company's traditional non-skid pattern from bow to stern ensures safe footing. In the bow sole, a 600-quart box will stash some big tuna or serve as dry storage. A second 288-quart fish box on the transom increases overall capacity.
The helm leaning post comes with a 60-gallon livewell and flip-back, bolster-style seating. The second 52-gallon well is located in the port transom corner. A freshwater sink for rigging and accessible tackle drawers are incorporated into the helm center. Our test boat had the optional T-top with all the bells and whistles. Upper station controls are also available, along with a bow coffin box and a Taco outrigger package.
The convertible bolster helm chairs let you comfortably run the boat from either a standing or sitting position without strain. Sightlines are good all around, thanks to the low-profile windshield. The wide console has a huge panel for mounting the electronics necessary for serious offshore action. In the one concession to comfort, the forward access door swings open to starboard to allow entry into the console compartment, which can be outfitted with a porcelain electric head. More likely this will serve as dry storage.
There are plenty of center consoles on the market that are suitable for leisurely cruising and other sedate water activities: The Stamas 308 Predator is not one of them. Its no-nonsense design and solid performance will let you fish hard and get home comfortably when those other boats are tied to the dock.
STAMAS 308 PREDATOR
With twin 300 hp Suzuki four-strokes
Stamas Yacht 727-937-4118 www.stamas.com