But even though it has a different focus, the Predator still shares the same proven Stamas qualities: overbuilt construction and a smooth, steady ride. Tipping the scales at nearly 8,200 pounds and sporting a 10-foot beam, it muscles through waves with ease. The choppy seas and confused boat wakes we encountered offshore didn't affect performance a bit. Regardless of heading, the boat behaved predictably. It was quick to plane, dry as a bone and rock solid, without the slightest creak or shudder. I wouldn't hesitate taking it anywhere, an assurance that comes from its considerable heft and build.