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January 15, 2014

SeaVee’s 390Z Defines Performance in a Fish Boat

SeaVee has produced solidly performing, feature-rich boats for years, and that continues with the introduction of the Z-series 320, 340 and 390 models.

The freshwater and saltwater washdown hoses store ­under-gunwale alongside the tackle center. The 390Z has fold-out jump seats in each corner of the transom that can be swapped out for 30-gallon livewells. A 65-gallon livewell with a clear Plexiglas lid sits center in the transom.

We ran the boat out of Haulover in calm conditions with three people and 400 gallons of fuel. Its triple F-350 hp Yamaha outboards, just one of many power options, lifted it to plane quickly with negligible bow lift, and I never lost sight of the horizon. The boat blistered along at 60 mph as if on rails. Put through its paces, the boat turned tightly without sliding on SeaVee’s proprietary Speed Rails. The 390Z was stable drifting, trolled nicely and backed to both sides, atypical of stepped hulls, which usually back only one way. At 50 mph we got a mile to the gallon. With its 500-gallon capacity, we joked we could be in Isla Mujeres from Key West in about seven hours, and still have fuel to fish!

Once again, the guys at SeaVee set out to make a finely tuned, fast, feature-appropriate, stepped-hull performance boat. From where I stand, they succeeded. The attention to detail, engineering, execution, and overall package are first class and worthy of a look if you are thinking of a quality center console between 34 and 40 feet